Exciting stories from the next generation of global women leaders


Tuesday 8 March

10:00am - 10:50am

Hall 2A South, Dubai Exhibition Centre

Expo 2020 Dubai

As part of Expo 2020’s official International Women’s Day Break the Bias Assembly the ChangemakeHER fostered powerful and unprecedented connections across cultures and borders on the topic of women’s empowerment. 


Curated by Alexia Hilbertidou of GirlBossNZ, the event featured an inspiring line-up of bold and diverse youth who shared their stories of transformation and breakthrough against some of the world’s biggest challenges, inspiring attendees to accelerate the pace of progress in their own communities. 

Meet the speakers:


Alexia Hilbertidou 
CEO & Founder of GirlBoss NZ 
New Zealand

Founder of GirlBoss New Zealand. Alexia is a driving force in female-led activism, having engaged with multiple different corporations and communities in her fight for equality.


H.E. Shamma Al Mazrui 
Minister of State for Youth Affairs

United Arab Emirates

H.E. Al Mazrui perfectly represents the support given to youth across the Nation and acts as a leader of the future. 


Hon Patience Masua 
Member of Parliament  

Member of the Constituent Assembly of Namibia. Hon. Masua is a shining example of a young, female leader – she became the youngest member of Namibian parliament at only 22 years old. She is a politician and lawyer, fighting for equality and justice in Namibia.


Rez Gardi 
CEO Empower Youth  
New Zealand / Kurdish Region

International Lawyer and Young New Zealander of the Year 2017. Rez was born in a Pakistan refugee camp to a Kurdish family, before emigrating to New Zealand with nothing to her name. She went on to graduate with a Master’s in Law from Harvard, becoming the first Kurd to ever graduate from Harvard.


Peyton Klein 
CEO & Founder of Global Minds Institute

United States of America

Founder of Global Minds Initiative. Peyton has been featured in Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’ 2022 list, following the growing success of her nonprofit Global Minds Initiative, a for-youth by-youth organisation aimed at cultivating social bonds and intercultural friendships in school.