Jan 12, 2009

MWC's Eppstein Serves as Corporate Ambassador to Vital Voices Conference in Kuwait


When Christine Eppstein received a call from Vital Voices, inviting her to serve as an Ambassador to Kuwait, she did not wait long to accept. As Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainability, she had become well-versed in international CSR issues, but was very much interested in learning about challenges specific to the Middle East.
Thus, Christine went to Kuwait the week before Thanksgiving as a Vital Voices Corporate Ambassador. Christine participated in the business conference “Strategic Risk Management: Navigating the Global Financial Crisis” organized by the Kuwait Economic Society (KES) and the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce. H.E. Deborah Jones, U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, opened the event, which focused on various risk management issues, including transparency, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement, and corporate social responsibility.
After being a plenary speaker in the first day of the event, Christine led a seminar on CSR and risk management, training business leaders on successful methods of integrating CSR and sustainability in their operations.
The event was very popular with members of the Chamber of Commerce and KES; it received extensive coverage in the regional media and reports were picked up by international news agencies.
Read news on this topic:
Business Intelligence Middle East
Kuwait Times
Journal of Turkish Weekly
MENA Businesswomen’s Network Newsletter
The Vital Voices Democracy Initiative was established in 1997 by then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, the World Bank, the Nordic Council of Ministers, the European Union and other governments. In June 2000, Vital Voices Global Partnership became a nonprofit non-governmental organization, with Sen. Clinton and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as honorary co-chairs. The Corporate Ambassadors Program is a new strategy designed to develop and strengthen entrepreneurship overseas by connecting high-level female executives from the United States with business leaders from other countries, in order to share knowledge, insights and skills on general business issues, as well as those specific to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
This project was funded, in part, through the Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) under Cooperative Agreement number S-NEAPI-07-CA-250. The opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State. MEPI is a Presidential initiative founded to support economic, political, and educational reform efforts in the Middle East and expand opportunity for all people of the region, especially women and youth. More information about MEPI can be found at: