ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs in the Age of Industry 4.0

ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs in the Age of Industry 4.0

Leveraging information and communication technologies (ICTs) is one of the most effective ways to promote women’s economic empowerment. In addition, the world is transitioning towards a digital economy where ICTs are playing a more important role than before. In order to perform successfully in the digital economy, women entrepreneurs are expected to be equipped with appropriate ICT skills and knowledge. In recognition of this, many ASEAN countries have taken initiatives to provide ASEAN women with digital literacy education.

Meanwhile, the Industry 4.0 revolution has started to make tremendous impacts on the world and created fundamental changes in the ways that human beings live, work, and relate to each other. This global trend further highlights an urgent need for women entrepreneurs to develop a sound understanding of new business practices in the 4th industrial revolution and actively leverage ICT skills and knowledge for their business.

Objective: To draw focus on the new digital frontier and the opportunities and challenges it presents for women entrepreneurs. The session seeks to explore practical and meaningful ways in which women respond to these challenges at the same time, optimising the many opportunities.

Key Questions:

  1. Factors that contributed to business success of the women entrepreneurs engaged in ICT business or actively integrating ICTs into their business
  2. Understand the key challenges or obstacles faced by women entrepreneurs
  3. Highlight policy recommendations to enable women’s entrepreneurship
  4. Sharing by successful women entrepreneurs on their journey to success and provide advice to aspiring women entrepreneurs who wish to start up their business in the future.

Irene Boey, Consulting Director of Integral Solutions (Asia) Pte Ltd, Member of ABBWWG, APEC Researcher for Singapore, Singapore Focal Point for ASEAN Women Entrepreneurial Network (AWEN)


  1. Rachel Eng, Chair of ABBWWG & Managing Partner Eng and Co. LLC
  2. Dang Thi Thanh Van, Founder & CEO of savvycomsoftware, Vietnam
  3. Dr. Myonghee Kim, Vice-President of Global Women’s ICT Network (GWIN) and  Professor in School of English, Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea
  4. Joy M. Munsayac-Cacal, Researcher & Project Management Consultant Coca-Cola, Philippines
  5. Mom Luang, Managing Director Chiang Mai Ballet Company Limited
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