12 Amazing Women Thought-Leaders To Watch At Paris Talks This Year

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The 2018 edition of the Paris Talks conference will feature more than 15 innovative and influential speakers and entertainers.

This year’s Paris Talks female speakers are amazing thought-leaders that have been recognized as authorities in their respective fields and are highly sought after for their expertise.

In this piece, we’ll introduce our women thought-leaders, and what you can expect from them at our conference.



Sienna is a 12-year-old Franco-American artist and comedian based in Paris. She has worked on creative projects with film directors such as Luc Besson and with Brands BIC, Cyrillus, Decathlon, Disneyland Paris, IKKS, Kiabi and many more.




Meghan "Megs" Rutigliano is Burning Man's Associate Director of the Regional Network. She oversees Burning Man's annual European Leadership Summit, which will happen 5-8 April 2018 in Nantes, France. Megs also oversees Burning Man's Global Leadership Conference and the programs that support Burning Man's network of over 300 Regional Contacts and 80 official regional events in 38 countries worldwide!

Find out more here.



Ute has dedicated her career to the pursuit of better environmental protection and a more sustainable energy system. She is currently Senior Programme Leader in the Renewable Energy Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA) here in Paris.

She is in charge of the IEA’s work on renewable heat and renewable energy policies.

Prior to joining the IEA in October 2015, she spent 6 ½ years at the Committee on Climate Change, part of the UK’s governmental advisory body. Previously she worked on energy and climate change issues for the Greater London Authority, as well as several non-governmental organizations and academic institutions.

She tries to stay optimistic about the future, despite mounting evidence about climate change and other environmental damage.


Murielle is founder and CEO of DJOUMAN, one of the leading platforms catalyzing innovation for sustainability in Africa. With a background in computer science and engineering, she worked for more than 6 years in the financial industry.

In 2013, she decided to engage more actively in sustainable development in Africa.

Coming from Cote d’Ivoire, she really wanted her work to positively impact the continent.

She decided to undertake an MBA, followed by her ventures in entrepreneurship.

Find out more here.


Maria Guadalupe is an Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science at INSEAD and the Academic Director of the INSEAD Randomized Control Trials (RCT) Lab.

Maria obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics in 2003. Prior to joining INSEAD in 2012, she was an Associate Professor in the Economics and Finance department at the Columbia Business School where she held the position of Sanford C. Bernstein Co-Chair in Leadership and Ethics.

Maria has been a visiting scholar at MIT and Princeton and is currently a research fellow at the Center for European Policy Research (CEPR) and the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

She is also a member of the Strategy Research Initiative.

Find out more here.


Maëva comes from a family where sexuality is not a taboo.

Educated to accept the difference and the choice of everyone, she is with her team, at the origin of the first SexTech Hackathon in France and the 2nd largest hackathon in the world! With her associates, they've discovered a world of issues where there is no present answer because of the ethical barriers.

She's now, co-founder of Sextechlab, a non-governmental association which aims to create a positive environment (Legal, politics, ethics,...) for Sextech stakeholders. All of their actions are based on care and compassion and are meant to tear down barriers.


After having worked for 15 years in the United States (3M), Canada and the Netherlands (Philips), Lara Pawlicz’ analysis is certain: 70% of company transformations fail.

Her goal?

Prove this statistic wrong thanks to the creation of 2Spark: a technology harnessing the powers of cognitive science, a platform encapsulating the most engaging gamification mechanisms, and an extremely talented and engaged team which, all combined, improve the performance of thousands of employees 1 minute per day!


Kelly Delp moved to the west suburbs of Paris from Indiana, USA in 2010 to work with The Bridge International Church.

Over the last eight years, The Bridge has welcomed congregants from over 70 nations to worship in English.

Kelly now leads this congregation of internationals and very much enjoys the dynamics of the diverse community of the church.

Discover more from Kelly at kellydelp.com.


Elizabeth Milovidov is an American lawyer, a French law professor, and a European eSafety consultant.

She founded www.digitalparentingcoach.com and provides support to governments and associations.

From 2014-2016, she consulted for European Schoolnet, a European consortium of 30 Education Ministries on several Internet-related projects, including the ENABLE (the European Network Against Bullying in Learning and Leisure Environments) project.

She also has provided support to EU Kids Online, Internet Matters, UK Safer Internet Centre, Family Online Safety Institute and many other key actors in online child protection.



Denise Silber is driven by a passion to improve healthcare for patients through better use of digital innovation.

Founder-president of Basil Strategies consultants, she created the Doctors 2.0 & You “conference in a conference” to move digital health beyond the geeks to where the real people meet.

A global thought leader (#11 in 2017) and social media influencer in eHealth based in Paris, Denise is one of the rare Americans to have received France’s highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor.

Find out more here.


Connie-Lee Bennett is the fabulous founder of the Meraki Therapy healing technique and the T.H.R.I.V.E online academy with the aim of bringing holistic psychotherapy to the awareness of modern society.

Connie is an international public speaker, Radio Personality, has appeared on International TV, international radio and featured in International Magazines and has co-authored and authored over 6 books.

She is also the Regional Director of the Global Woman's Magazine Club in Paris. Currently writing her first book, Connie practices Holistic psychotherapy ( in which she was voted the 'Best in Paris' in 2016 via Expatriates Magazine) and Heal Your Life® coaching both online and one-to-one, but also leads certified Heal Your Life® workshops.


Anna Martin is the founder of Affordable Yoga & Fitness – a Paris based yoga school offering high-quality classes in multiple locations, with a key mission to make yoga financially accessible to as many people as possible.

Born in Russia, Anna moved to the UK at the age of 17 where she built up her career in Management Consultancy. In 2011 she left the corporate world to pursue her passion for health and fitness. After qualifying with the Yoga Alliance, Anna arrived in Paris in 2011, where she saw an opportunity to open a yoga studio with a difference.

Health and fitness are expensive in Paris, which keeps many away from classes. Affordable Yoga opened in 2013 to create an affordable fitness experience, with a focus on a collaborative community with a caring soul.

Find out more here.



“Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female — whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.”

― Simone de Beauvoir

As we can see, at Paris Talks our talented women speakers are breaking this mold and defining themselves as women and leading all human beings - male and female - to a brighter and better future.

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