Avivah Wittenberg-Cox

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is chief executive officer of 20-first, where she works with the CEOs, executive committees and top management teams of some of the world’s best known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how best to achieve it. She speaks on leadership, “gender bilingual” marketing and talent management across the globe and lectures at business schools, including INSEAD and HEC Paris. She also serves as an executive coach for CEOs and senior executives.

Wittenberg-Cox has written extensively on gender balance, including three books: Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business: A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the prestigious Manpower Business Book of the Year award. She also writes a blog for Harvard Business Review and is the first female columnist for Der Spiegel’s Manager Magazine.

The founder and honorary president of the European Professional Women’s Network, Wittenberg-Cox has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from INSEAD.