Based on the fact that women are under-represented in the finance industry, Amala Partners, Ardian, Eight Advisory, Lombard Odier, Ondra, Vauban Infrastructure Partners and ESCP decided to create the Women in Finance Chair co-directed by Prof. Almudena Canibano, Professor of HRM, ESCP Paris Campus, and Marion Festing, Professor of HRM, ESCP Berlin Campus.

Identify the reasons behind this state of affairs, as well as the best practices and pitfalls, attract, retain and promote women in Finance... those topics will be discussed during this launching event.


Welcome speech
Pramuan Bunkanwanicha, Faculty Dean, ESCP 
Véronique de la Bachelerie, Board Member and Treasurer of ESCP Foundation
Scientific Directors of the Chair Almudena Canibano and Marion Festing

Keynote: "Why is the representation of women important in Finance?"
Alberta Di Giuli, Professor, Finance Department, Dean ESCP Turin Campus

Panel Discussion: “Opportunities and barriers for careers in Finance – the challenge of gender equity”
moderated by Patricia Delon (CEO, RATP Travel Retail, ESCP au féminin) with:
Julien Bobin (Managing Director, Ondra), Gwenola Chambon (CEO, Vauban Infrastructure Partners), Antoine Desrues (HR Manager, Lombard Odier), Gennat Mouline (Partner, Eight Advisory), Sylvie Huet (Chief Financial Officer, Amala Partners), Maxime Letissier (Human Resources Senior Manager, Ardian)

Workshops with participants
1. Should I look for a job in Finance? An open discussion about concerns, expectations and realities between students and experienced professionals
Moderated by: Delphine Lajoinie, Investment Director (BNP Paribas)
2. Engaging men in gender diversity programmes? Building diversity initiatives for all
Moderated by: Marion Festing
3. Building a career in Finance: the importance of ESG in career choices
Moderated by: Brigitte Geny, Non-executive Director and ESG Committee Chair (Cogelec)
4. Work-life balance and well-being in the finance industry
Moderated by: Almudena Canibano

The conference will be followed by a cocktail.


Organiser: ESCP - site de Montparnasse

Paris - France



Start date: 15/12/2023

Start time: 9:00 AM

End time: 12:00 PM