Technology Empowering U.S. Diplomacy and Development

The Secretary's Office of Global Women's
Issues and the GSMA
Join Tech@State for a Special Event:

October 7, 2010
1:30pm - 4:30pm EST

Loy Henderson Auditorium, U.S. Department of State

  • Why is a woman 21% less likely to own a mobile phone than a man in the developing world?
  • What benefits do mobile phones bring to women, particularly in developing regions?
  • What can be done to close the gender digital divide?

Following an announcement by Secretary Clinton as part of the State Department's commitment to close the gender gap and increase opportunities for women, join the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues and the GSMA for a Tech@State event on extending telecommunications technologies to women worldwide.

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1:15pm Arrive at State Department's C street entrance: 2201 C St NW, Washington D.C.
1:15-2:00 pm Tech Alley and light refreshments in the Diplomatic Reception Room
2:00 pm Welcome & Opening Remarks by:
  • Robert Hormats, Under Secretary for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, Department of State
  • Chris Locke, Managing Director, GSM Association (GSMA) Development Fund
2:15 pm Session I: Mobile Technologies as an Effective Tool for Women's Empowerment and Global Development
  • Moderator: Maura O'Neill, Senior Counselor for Innovation to the Administrator, USAID
  • Yvette Alberdingk-Thijm, Executive Director, Witness
  • David Aylward Executive Director of mHealth Alliance, UN Foundation
  • Rajiv Bawa, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Uninor
  • Ellen Blackler, Executive Director of Regulatory Planning and Policy, AT&T
  • Trina DasGupta, mWomen Program Director, GSMA Development Fund
3:15 pm Break
3:45 pm Session II: Closing the Gender Divide through Innovation: Policies, Programs, Costs, and Cultural Norms
  • Moderator: Sonal Shah, Director, Office of Innovation, White House
  • Suren Amarasekera, CEO, Mobitel
  • Lee Epting, Director of Branded Content, Vodafone Group
  • Nancy Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Treasury Department
  • Ambassador Vonya McCann, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Sprint Nextel Corporation
4:45 pm Closing Remarks by Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Program ends and guests leave

Through Secretary Clinton's 21st Century Statecraft initiative, Tech@State convenes technologists, established leaders, government personnel, academics, entrepreneurs, and others to collaborate on technology solutions to target goals of the of the U.S. diplomacy and development agenda. Tech@State improves the education, health, and welfare of the world's population via networking events that combine physical and virtual presence.
mWomen@State is a Special Event. For information about our quarterly events including Tech@State: Haiti; Tech@State: MobileMoney; and Tech@State: Civil Society 2.0, please visit:


The GSMA represents the interests of the worldwide mobile communications industry. Spanning 219 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world's mobile operators, as well as more than 200 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset makers, software companies, equipment providers, Internet companies, and media and entertainment organisations. The GSMA is focused on innovating, incubating and creating new opportunities for its membership, all with the end goal of driving the growth of the mobile communications industry. For more information on the GSMA's mWomen Program please visit:

GSMA mWomen Program

The Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, led by Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer, works for the political, economic, and social empowerment of women worldwide and ensures that the consideration of gender is factored into all major U.S. foreign diplomatic and development policy decisions and State Department practices.

For more detail, read the full invitation.

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