Speaker's Biography:

Saadia Zahidi
Director and Head of Constituents, World Economic Forum; Co-Author, "The Global Gender Gap Report"

Saadia Zahidi is a Director and Head of Constituents at the World Economic Forum. She is also co-author of the Forum′s "Global Gender Gap Report" series. Her responsibilities include the engagement of women leaders, gender parity groups, religious leaders, NGOs and labor leaders. Through the Women Leaders & Gender Parity Programme, she aims to create awareness and catalyze change by benchmarking the global gender gap, promoting dialogue and engaging leaders — male and female — to address the challenges and opportunities in narrowing gender gaps. Zahidi was previously an economist with the Forum′s Global Competitiveness Programme. She holds a bachelor′s degree from Smith College and a master′s degree in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.