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Women Networks to Drive Social Change in Wildlife Conservation, Business and Health
January 24, 2017World Bank HQ, MC C1-100

This interactive session will provide participants the opportunity to learn innovate ways to improve women’s participation in different types of projects (health, business, environment) and will include perspectives of three inspiring women that are using networks locally, regionally and globally to empower women and accelerate their active role in creating more peaceful and productive societies. 

The session is hosted by the Africa Environment and Natural Resources GP in collaboration with the Global Wildlife Program. 

The Africa Environment Global Practice has a diverse portfolio of projects, where women are key actors in environmental protection and management of renewable natural resources – land, water, fish, forests and ecosystems. In line with the new WB Gender Strategy, there is now a greater focus on designing interventions to help close key gender gaps (in jobs, assets, endowments, etc.).  The Global Wildlife Program (GWP), a partnership led by the World Bank aims to conserve wildlife, prevent wildlife crime and promote sustainable development to protect natural capital and livelihoods.  The GWP is interested to explore methods to engage communities by reducing gender issues and supporting the involvement of women in the natural resource governance.

Dr. Leeanne Alonso is a Conservation Associate at Global Wildlife Conservation (2012- present) and founder of the Women in Nature Network (WiNN).  She has worked in over 25 countries, mainly in the tropics, to document species richness and guide conservation action. She also does independent biodiversity consulting, primarily for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to advise the private sector on how to minimize the impacts of their development projects on the environment. Leeanne will explain what motivated her to start WiNN, how she envisions it to grow and how it can accelerate wildlife and nature conservation in the world.

Yanire Brana has almost two decades of international experience in marketing, training, leveraging information technology, and change management. She has been a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Banco Popular, and Accenture. In 2007, she founded a non-profit organization called MET Community dedicated to supporting women who have taken on an entrepreneurship challenge and started their businesses. The MET Community provides mentoring, training, communications and networking activities to women trying to advance their start-ups. MET is active around the world, with the emphasis on Latin America. Yanire will talk about her own experiences and lessons learned from establishing a network of women that are becoming entrepreneurs and how as part of having their businesses, they are helping villages and communities thrive.

Jean Reddemann is a Native American counselor and inspirational speaker from Wisconsin, USA.  She has conducted retreats and seminars for a wide range of audiences including the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Recovery Foundation and St. Elizabeth Hospital as well as in private groups. Jean is a regular keynote speaker at AVEDA international annual staff retreat.  Jean will talk about her work supporting networks of women, particularly victims of violence and terminal illnesses to reconnect with nature and to Native American ancient wisdom as an accelerated method for their recovery and for regaining balance and productive lives.   

The session will be chaired by Dr. Claudia Sobrevila, Manager of the Global Wildlife Program.


  • Date: January 24, 2017
  • Time: 12:00 - 2:00 PM
  • CONTACT: Hasita Bhammar (for visitor passes)
  • hbhammar@worldbank.org