It is with great pleasure that we organised an evening of light food, drinks and discussions on the position of women in finance and law led by our distinguished guest speakers, Fatema Orjela and Simone Polfer.
Our guest speakers opened the debate on the challenges facing women in the legal and financial workplace and offered their insights on the topic. The event was open to all women in law and finance and to any other persons who wished to attend. The event was open to all professionals in the sector and was designed as both an informative discussion group and a networking opportunity.
Ms Fatema Orjela
Ms Orjela is a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in London and is the Co-Founder of Women In Law London (WILL). Ms Orjela is well known for developing and promoting diversity in the City legal profession and is a co-founder of WILL, a network with over 1,700 members across London aiming to promote and engage the next generation of women leaders in law. Ms Orjela is also active in the Professional Development Committee of the City Women’s Network (CWN) and sits on the advisory panel of Oxford Women in Law (OWL).
Ms Simone Polfer
Ms Polfer is the Deputy Director, Directorate of Research and Innovation, Ministry of Economy Luxembourg. Ms Polfer is in charge of State Aid for research, innovation and investment projects in environmental technologies. In addition Ms Polfer counsels political decision makers on strategic new topics relating to economic development in the Luxembourg economy; is a member of the EU monitoring committee of the interreg North-West Europe program; is a member of the High-level Working Group on Eco-innovation in Brussels (DG environment); and is a founding member of the Luxembourg cooperative “Equienercoop” investing in renewable energy and a member of the think tank “Equiclic asbl” which advises her local community on sustainable projects. Ms Polfer also actively participates in the Union des Soroptimistes which mentors young professional women.
18h30 - Introduction - Mrs Véronique Hoffeld - Management Committee Loyens & Loeff Luxembourg
18h40 - Guest Speakers
19h30 - Questions and networking cocktail