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Monaco Women Forum 2023

The global and transversal impact of digitalization and technology in society

The Monaco Women Forum, placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, designed by journalist Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, preceded the 11th edition of the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award on Friday March 24, 2023 at the Conference Center of One Monte-Carlo.

Digitization and numerous advances in technology are redistributing the cards of a new society.

The 2023 edition of the Monaco Women Forum was dedicated to the debate on the role of digitalization in the era of the transition towards a green economy and perhaps, towards a near-zero cost society.

The theme of this new edition allowed speakers to share their expertise and the progress made in their field, such as cyber security, technology for health, finance and digital assets, the virtual economy for the development of smart cities.

Mrs. Maria Betti, former director at the European Commission and the United Nations for Environment and Energy, was the moderator of the debate guests:


Leanne Robers, Founder and President of She Loves Tech Global, Singapore.
Domitilla Benigni, CEO & COO Elettronica, President of Cy4Gate (cyber-security), President of Women4cyber     
Maria Teresa Minotti, Director of PayPal, Italy
Dr. Veronica Iacovacci, Bio-Robotics Institute Sant’Anna, Italy
Manila di Giovanni, Founder and Director of D-World, Monaco
Laurent Marochini, Head Innovation of Société Générale, Luxembourg

Leanne Robers highlighted the difficulties women face when entering the tech industry; she then dedicated herself to promoting equal access and opportunity for women in technology. Manila Di Giovanni, the youngest winner of the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award, presented her activities as CEO of her own metaverse expert company. And, from another point of view, Veronica Iacovacci explained that digitalization is exploited in medical applications for social illnesses.


But how is this research based? Public and private money but also crowdfunding. Maria Teresa Minotti highlighted how and why the public is more interested in online transactions and Laurent Marochini discussed cryptocurrencies, how they are regulated and whether you should be afraid about them. Finally, Domitilla Benigni concluded the forum by highlighting what cybersecurity can protect citizens and how the weak link in the security chain is human behavior.

The topic addressed is very complex and the forum debate showed that it is very important to educate society about the new way of life through solid information. Another important point is the need to encourage and empower women to engage in technology which must not remain a male-dominated world.

The final address was delivered by Ornella Barra, Chief Operating Officer – International, Walgreens Boots Alliance, the event's sponsor.

MWF in pictures

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