Social entrepreneur Alexia Hilbertidou to work with New Zealand at Expo on gender equality

The GirlBoss New Zealand founder is here to showcase New Zealand as global leaders in gender equality

Today is International Women’s Day and what better way to celebrate than to announce that we will be working with Alexia Hilbertidou, one of New Zealand’s leading champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Alexia will work closely with the NZ at Expo Team to develop New Zealand’s presence at Expo 2020’s Women and Girl’s Week. This will include a series of impactful and engaging events designed to reinforce New Zealand as pioneers in gender equality, as well as inspiring the next generation of movers, shakers and action takers.

Alexia, 21 is the founder and CEO of Girl Boss New Zealand, a 13,500 army of young women with a mission to close the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and to achieve gender equality in their lifetimes.

Disappointed by the under representation of women in leadership roles and women involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Alexia founded GirlBoss New Zealand when she was just 16.

GirlBoss New Zealand is now New Zealand’s largest organisation for young women and has programmes implemented in over 100 High Schools in New Zealand, Australia, and the Cook Islands.

At 17, Alexia was the youngest person to lead a research project at the New Zealand Treasury and at 18, was selected to seek new stars and planets on the NASA SOFIA mission. She was named the most influential young leader under the age of 25 at the Westpac Women of Influence awards and recently returned from Buckingham Palace where she received the Queen’s Young Leader medal for services to the Commonwealth. She is the youngest Commonwealth citizen to ever receive this honour.

As part of New Zealand’s theme of Care for People and Place, Alexia will be working with the New Zealand Expo 2020 team on empowering women and girls at the world’s greatest show where she’ll be showcase New Zealand as global leaders in gender equality on the world stage.

Check out her video announcement below!