Keynote Speakers

Diana J. Fox, PhD

Professor and Chairperson,
Department of Anthropology,
Journal of International Women’s Studies,
Bridgewater State University,

Diana Fox is a cultural anthropologist, diversity consultant and documentary film producer. Her work focuses on the Anglophone Caribbean, particularly Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago where she researches issues of gender and sexual diversity, women’s involvement in ecological sustainability, women’s human right and transnational feminism and activism. She is the Founder and Editor of the open access, online Journal of International Women’s Studies, a published author and recipient of multiple grants, scholarships and awards. Dr. Fox is the executive producer of the documentary film, Earth, Water, Woman: Community and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago in conjunction with Sarafinaproductions, an L.A. based film company. She is currently collaborating with J-FLAG, the first Jamaican LGBT human rights organization on a documentary titled LGBT Lives: Untold Stories of Survival and Resistance.

Dr. Jinky Leilanie Lu

Research Professor
National Institutes of Health
University of the Philippines Manila

Jinky Leilanie LU is a Research Professor of the National Institutes of Health, University of the Philippines Manila, and specializes in occupational health and women’s work. She has authored two books, Gender, Information Technology, and Health which won the National Academy of Science and Technology book award in 2010, and reprinted by the  University of Hawaii Press, 2007, and Basics of Occupational Health and Safety: Guidebook for Practitioners and Industries. She also contributed a chapter in the Handbook of Anthropometry Physical Measures of Human Form in Health and Disease, published by Springer in 2012. She has published gender and women’s work, including the more recent chapters in the book, “Research Handbook of Work and Well-being” published by Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, UK.   She has produced 42 journal articles, and 32 of which are Science Citation-Indexed or Scopus-Indexed.  Jinky Lu is a staunch advocate, both as an engaged academic and researcher, in promoting well-being through occupational epidemiology and gender advocacy programs, especially among vulnerable populations such as the women miners, women farmers, and women factor worker, in particular and women’s work and health in general. Her researches and studies draw from various but complementary voices of women from below, and details of their stories and anecdotes, struggles and resilience, and pains and successes. The studied subjects become active participants in the research, and hence, the usual method of investigation is debunked and enriched to become more participatory and transformative for women as a group, or as one case at a time. She uses both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to capture the breadth and depth in gender and women studies.

Chaymae Samir

Entrepreneur I Columnist
United Kingdom

Chaymae Samir is a serial entrepreneur, columnist, and international speaker. She’s built three businesses in marketing, education and the food industry. She’s helped her clients effectively brand themselves and work with Fortune 500 and heads of states. She also works with companies and tech startups as a consultant and advisor. Chaymae is fluent in French, English & Arabic and has working knowledge of Spanish & Portuguese. Her previous work experiences include working with the Ministry of Finance in Malaysia, the United Nations in Switzerland, the Ministry of Energy in Morocco and The Institute of Economic Affairs in the UK. She’s also worked for an advisory group based in London where she was involved with consulting businesses, non-profits, governmental, and academic organizations internationally, on all matters related to governance and reputational risk. Other experiences include sourcing deals in emerging markets for a hedge fund in New York and overseeing the Middle Eastern sales team of one of the biggest food companies in the world from their Brazilian office.
A millennial herself, Chaymae speaks and advises on millennial engagement and marketing strategies in both the workplace and marketplace. She also discusses digital marketing, personal branding, leadership, and female empowerment. She’s passionate about empowering her generation and doing everything she can to bring passion and purpose to the lives of others. Her work and writing have been featured in Forbes, Wamda, Arabian Business and The World Economic Forum.