Our Partners

We thank our partners for supporting the European Leadership Academy’s initiatives, and for helping us build a more equal and sustainable future.

European Training Foundation (ETF)

The EU agency that contributes to the development of labour market, education and training systems in EU neighbouring countries.

“Being at the forefront in promoting better opportunities for all in the EU Neighbourhood, we are very happy to continue supporting talented young women and welcome the opening of the ‘School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age’ to a talented young woman from the Western Balkans and from Ukraine. Through initiatives such as this, we can further reduce the gender and digital gap and boost human capital development in the region.”  – Xavier Matheu de Cortada, Interim Director, ETF

EURASHE

The European Association of Institutions in Higher Education is the leading representative of professional higher education (PHE) in Europe with a mission to lead a harmonisation process across the EHEA. 

“EURASHE represents many higher education institutions in rural areas, which provide women with the skills and knowledge to innovate. They also cooperate closely with the world of work that needs more innovative women. We are therefore delighted to be supporting this initiative to increase the capabilities and thus the opportunities for individual women and enterprises in rural areas.” - John Edwards, Secretary-General, EURASHE

University of Salamanca

"Our university has always been an academic institution committed to the local ecosystem, which is why we decided to cooperate in such a pioneering project as the first European Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation. Supporting innovation and equality at local level is key to achieving socio-economic development in rural areas”. - D. Ricardo Rivero Ortega, Rector, https://www.usal.es

COPA-COGECA

“Copa and Cogeca are the united voice of European farmers and agri-cooperatives. As an organization we are very engaged in issues concerning both the representation and participation of women in the sector as well as the topics concerning digitalization, innovation and rural development. We are happy to support the mission and goals of the European Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation in assisting rural women across the EU gain important knowledge and skills that can help ensure their better participation in today’s technology driven society. We believe these skills would allow them to seize the opportunities digital innovation offers and in this way contribute to the development of rural areas and the agriculture sector.” - Pekka Pesonen, Secretary General, COPA-COGECA

SSPA

“The rural and sparsely populated environment is often described as a territory without opportunities. This image makes people in big cities think that these areas are not a lifestyle choice. Furthermore, this vision weakens the confidence of the rural population in their prospects for life and prosperity in their homeland. For this reason, it is important to influence the selfesteem of members of rural communities, as well as to boost economic activity and social commitment through training in innovation for present and future generations.” -  sspa-network.eu

Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG)

The national body responsible for the implementation of public policies designed to promote gender equality in Portugal.

“The Portuguese government is really supportive of this idea [of the Summer School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age], so thank you very much to Huawei.” – Sandra Ribeiro, President, CIG

Summer School 2021, Lisbon

Life Terra Foundation

The Life Terra foundation aims for 500 million trees for Europe

“Life Terra seeks to bring people together, harnessing and monitoring nature’s own carbon capture mechanism and enabling citizens to take urgent action against the climate crisis. In this respect we’re proud to partner with the European Leadership Academy, empowering a new generation of leaders to not only bridge the digital divide but also to promote sustainability across all of Europe” - Sven Kallen, Founder & Secretary, www.lifeterra.eu
 

ABOUT WOMEN

ABOUT WOMEN is an initiative that stems from a desire to direct attention to sensitive issues through a gender perspective. A series of meetings, animated by contributions from entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and women who have succeeded in breaking that glass ceiling that for too long has tried to suffocate them.

“Nothing can happen without the contribution of women. This is the message I want to convey through the ABOUT WOMEN initaitive, which I have been organizing for five years as part of the Venice Film Festival. We talk about sustainability, women's rights, Europe, acceptance, youth, and digital: all topics that cannot exclude a gender perspective. With each edition, ABOUT WOMEN grows, opening up to new realities and new voices. We want to unite ideas for a better future. This is why I enthusiastically welcome the collaboration with Huawei, which has long been committed not only to offering digital tools that are accessible to all but also values women's contributions in an industry that unfortunately still tends to exclude women.” – Alessandra Moretti, Member of the European Parliament – ABOUT WOMEN
 

CEJA

“CEJA acts as a forum for communication between young farmers and European decision-makers. Its main objective is to promote a younger and more innovative agricultural sector across the EU-27 and to create good working and living conditions for young people setting up in farming and those who are already “young farmers”.
The main concerns of young farmers are issues related to access to land, credit and production rights, and strengthening education and training facilities for young people in rural areas. CEJA represents around 2 million young farmers in Europe.
Our membership spans across 22 EU Member States and 33 national member organisations, including an observer member from Latvia and two associate members from the UK and Serbia. We remain in regular contact with young farmers’ organisations, agricultural institutions and associations throughout Europe and worldwide.
CEJA has built strong links with various international youth organisations over the years in its advocacy work for young farmers, while always maintaining independence from any political ideology.”
- CEJA

Digital Collective (DigiCo)

"DigiCo aims to create a more equitable world where all people have access to skills to thrive in the digital age. We are grateful to Huawei for their support of female entrepreneurs through this programme" – Lisa Varga, Co-Founder and Director, https://digico.global/

Fademur

“The Federation of Rural Women's Associations (Fademur) is a progressive organization that strives for equality and progress for women living and working in rural areas. For us to cooperate with the European Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation is to tap into a pioneering project that like FADEMUR believes that innovation and skills can help breach the gender gap and contribute to the economic and social development of rural areas. These objectives that are at the heart of the SDGs.” - Teresa López López, President of FADEMUR

Abodoo

Abodoo is an inclusive skills mapping and matching technology platform that is bridging the gap between education and industry. Female founded and launched from a Village, Abodoo now works internationally with universities, enterprises and government and is a partner of the European Commission's Start Up Village initiative with Huawei to revolunise rural communities as new Live Work Destinations

"We are excited to share The My Work Life Vision e-learning programme that provides the tools needed to achieve an amazing international remote career from a Village." -  Vanessa Tierney CEO Abodoo 

ImagiLabs

A female-founded EdTech startup equipping and empowering girls and young women to learn how to code.

“At imagiLabs we believe that technology is our future and in order for this future to be inclusive and equal, all genders need to have a say in how we develop technologies. We cannot achieve this vision without strong partnerships and we are very happy to be able to join forces with the European Leadership Academy. The young female leaders trained in the programme will be the seeds of change across all of Europe.” – Dora Palfi, Co-Founder and CEO 
ImagiLabs


 

The Municipality of Candeleda

"The character of Candeleda and its people is defined, to a large extent, by the town´s history and heritage, as well as by its relationship with the surrounding natural environment. For this reason, we welcome with great enthusiasm the first Women´s Academy for Rural Innovation, as we believe in the importance of promoting the leadership of rural women, and especially of promoting it through initiatives and policies in line with the new times we live in."  - Carlos Montesino Garro, Mayor
https://ayuntamientocandeleda.es/

Le Wagon

Le Wagon is an international coding school that has taught since 2013, people the skills they need to land their dream job in tech, launch their startup, or change careers. Through immersive bootcamps in web development and data, we offer a life-changing learning experience.

"At le Wagon, we really are engaged into introducing more women to the tech world by launching the first women coders training bootcamp in Nice last year. We felt it naturally to connect with the Winter School for Female Leadership in the Digital Age, recognised and supported by HUAWEI. It was a delight for us to partner with HUAWEI and reward one of the participants to follow classes in Data Science and Web Development." -  www.lewagon.com

Siendas

“Honoring its Sardinian roots, Siendas was created to serve as a guide for the quality agribusiness market. Siendas digitizes and maps regional food and wine production in the island of Sardinia, offering technology integration services to all quality producers, and enabling the local economy internationalize in a uniform, effective and sustainable way. The Siendas Openfood software was created to defend local producers from market speculation, and to protect high-quality food and wine production. In just a few years, it has established itself as a key market player. Exporting to 15 European countries, its system acts as an organizer of the Sardinian agro-food B2B trade with the goal of digitizing the entire Sardinian agri-food sector, offering high-tech solutions for each producer by integrating 4.0 technological processes that can improve and make more sustainable all their operations related to logistics and marketing of products. As a champion of sustainability, inclusiveness and equality in the agri-food ecosystem of Sardinia, Siendas strongly supports the goals of this Academy and is honored to contribute to its mission”. -  
Marco Arca, CEO of Siendas.it

European Data Centre Association (EUDCA)

“The European Datacentre Association is excited about the Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation as the digitisation of our economies and lives progresses. We need to create opportunities for women to support the development the digital economy equally and, in return, the digital economy opens opportunities to all people in all regions to access technology, improve livelihoods, and participate in this important transition of our economy.  The data centre represents the future marketplace and port where data is aggregated, worked, stored, traded and moved – ensuring an equal opportunity for all people” - Michael Winterson, Chairman of the Board, https://eudca.org/

CropLife Europe

The European trade association which represents leading global companies and European national associations working in conventional pesticides, biopesticides, plant biotech innovation, and digital and precision farming.

“I am very pleased that CropLife Europe is able to take part in this initiative. Our members are investing in digital and precision agricultural technologies. These types of technology can be employed to support almost all farming activities on a daily basis. Initiatives like this one from Huawei sets to tackle one of the key barriers to the adoption of these practices – the urban-rural divide. We fully support closing this divide as we believe that there is a huge benefit for society by encouraging rural innovation.”- Olivier de Matos, Director General, CropLife Europe

INCoDe.2030

Portugal’s integrated public policy initiative aimed at enhancing digital competences.

“Digital inclusion is social inclusion, especially for women. Thanks a lot to this Summer School, for choosing Portugal for its first edition. This event shows the great vision of your company.”– Luisa Ribeiro Lopes, Chair of the Board of Directors, .pt & General Coordinator of INCoDe.2030

Summer School 2021, Lisbon