Women and Leadership 2019

This international round-table brings together top women leaders.

Last year's poster for the Women and Leadership conference.
Photo: Universitetet i Oslo

The event is open to everyone and free of charge. Still, we kindly ask you to register by filling out this form, to make sure we have enough coffee and cake.

Session format

We will explore topics through six short talks followed by five minutes of questions. Additionally, we will have two 30-40-minute discussions lead by the organizer. Find the full program here.

Confirmed speakers

Photo of H.E. Professor Hirut Woldemariam. Photo: Ministry of Science and Higher Education, EthiopiaH.E. Professor Hirut Woldemariam, Minister of Science and Higher Education, Ethiopia


Photo of Professor Allyson Jule. Photo: Trinity Western UniversityProfessor Allyson Jule, Author of Speaking Up: Understanding Language and Gender, Canada



Photo of Åse Gornitzka. Photo: UiOÅse Gornitzka (PhD), Vice Rector for Research and Internationalization​, Norway



Photo of Gro Brækken. Photo: Kilian MunchGro Brækken, Secretary General from the Norwegian Institute of Directors, Norway




Nadja Macht, Head of Product Operations at Jimdo GmbH, Germany



Solveig Busk Halvorsen, Doctors Without Borders (MSF), Norway.




Our aim

We want to assist and encourage the next generation of women to take the lead and learn about what leadership means and entails in different professions. 

The women at this year's event come from:

  • higher education
  • the corporate world
  • the political sphere

It's time for honesty. We want to engage in an open conversation that will serve as a powerful reminder that there is still much to do about gender equality and the promotion of women in leadership roles in diverse workplace contexts globally.


Despite gains in education and the workplace over the past 50 years, men continue to outnumber women in leadership positions in nearly all professions making women underrepresented. Research shows that structural complexities, socio-cultural norms, stereotypes, discrimination, sexism and gendered bias are among the key obstacles to women’s advancement and contribute to the so-called “gender leadership gap”.

Last year’s “Women and Leadership” round-table at the University of Oslo was successful in bringing together a group of international female academic leaders to discuss the challenges and victories of female leadership within different academic contexts, institutional traditions and paradigms. This year we are opening up the forum to include women leaders from a variety of fields in order to better understand the adversity women face concerning career advancement and leadership roles.

This event is funded by the Faculty of Humanities.


Kellie Gonçalves
Published May 21, 2019 2:10 PM - Last modified Oct. 24, 2019 12:05 PM