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Cartier announced the laureates of the 2021 edition of the Cartier Women’s Initiative

The names of the 8 laureates of the Cartier Women’s Initiative were announced on the 26th of May, during a digital ceremony, which concluded three days of virtual gathering on the theme of “The Ripple Effect”.

For its 2021 edition, the Cartier Women’s Initiative program aimed to explore how to create and sustain the ripple effect ignited by these women changemakers, thus paving the way for a better world for future generations.

Hosted by Cyrille Vigneron, Cartier President and CEO, the virtual gathering brought together a diverse group of global thinkers and doers ranging from prominent leaders such as entrepreneur and author Jacqueline Novogratz, award-winning journalist, author, and founder of Shriver Media and The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Maria Shriver or scholar Nassim Nicholas Taleb to friends of Cartier such as actor, producer, and change agent Yara Shahidi, to collectively discuss the challenges of our time and to shine a light on the opportunities they provide to foster antifragility, build new alliances, and uplift women impact entrepreneurs.

The 8 laureates were selected by an independent international jury committee amongst 876 applicants from over 142 countries. The winners of the 2021 edition all share an unwavering commitment to generating positive change in the world by answering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of promoting good health & well-being, reducing inequalities, and encouraging climate actions as well as responsible consumption and production.

“For the past fifteen years, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has celebrated women impact entrepreneurs. It has long been our belief that to thrive, they need an enabling environment, a supportive ecosystem, and empowering culture. During the Virtual Gathering, like-minded individuals and organizations from all horizons have joined us to explore how we can collectively uplift these outstanding change-makers. We look to the future with confidence by their side, as we witness them building up a tide of change, thus making the world a better place for generations to come.” Pointed out  Cyrille Vigneron, President and CEO of Cartier International.


LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN: Valentina Rogacheva, Mexico


EUROPE: Andrea Barber, Spain

SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Seynabou Dieng, Mali

MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA: Basima Abdulrahman, Iraq

EAST ASIA: Corina Huang, Taiwan, China

SOUTH ASIA & OCEANIA: Rebecca Percasky, New Zealand


The 8 laureates for each Award category took home the USD $100,000 in prize money, whereas the second and third runner-ups received the USD $30,000. Finally, the 8 laureates and 16 finalists will all benefit from tailored 1:1 training, collective workshops, media visibility and international networking opportunities, as well as the opportunity to join an INSEAD impact entrepreneurship program.

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the initiative, the program will place an impact at the heart of its 2022 edition by launching a new Impact Award which will reward past Cartier Women’s Initiative fellows that have made the most progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals and by hosting a world reunion for the Cartier Women’s Initiative community on March 8th, 2022.