Saturday, March 25, 12:45–2:00 pm
When women acquire the tools to grow better coffee, negotiate prices, or even build their own coffee mill, they typically reinvest 90% of their income in their families and community. This cycle of positive change can transform entire villages, and creates a more sustainable future for our industry.
Join the International Women in Coffee Alliance for this luncheon event to discuss the imperative issue of gender equality in coffee and meet professionals committed to the cause.
All registered Convention attendees are welcome to attend. Please note that this is a ticketed event.
About the Presenter
Meg Jones is Chief Economic Empowerment at UN Women, responsible for a global team focused on job creation and income generation for women through, inter alia, engendering macro-economic policy,
strengthening economic institutions and developing private and public sector partnerships to deliver
inclusive sustainable development.
From 2008 - 2015 Meg was Women and Trade Programme Manager at the International Trade Centre (a joint
agency of the United Nations and WTO), responsible for the design and implementation of the multi year,
multi million dollar programme to increase the economic benefits women derive from trade. Meg works
with women owned enterprise to connect them to corporate and government buyers; and with institutions
and government to improve the business environment for women exporters.
She is the former Deputy Director of the Evian Group at IMD – a trade think tank. Meg has also worked
for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, prior to which she was on the
Australian delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Meg brings with her private
sector experience gained from working in the financial markets and in management consulting.
Meg has sat on several boards including the Australia-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the
Women’s International Network and the Organization of Women in International Trade.
Meg was awarded 'Woman of the Year' in 2013 by the Organisation of Women in International Trade; and
a ‘World of Difference’ award in 2012 by The International Alliance of Women for her contribution to
women's economic empowerment.
Meg holds a Master of International Studies and a Bachelor of Economics having studied in Australia,
Indonesia, Malaysia and the Netherlands.
She speaks English, French and Japanese.
About the IWCA
Founded in 2003 as a nonprofit organization, IWCA's mission is, "To empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives, and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry.” Learn more about the IWCA.