Louise Holt

Director General, Social Development, Global Issues and Development
Global Affairs Canada

Louise Holt joined the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2002. She has served as Deputy Director, Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights; Director, Social Development Policy; and Director, Sector and Thematic Specialist Division at the Canadian International Development Agency. She was posted to Nairobi and Pretoria as Counsellor and Director of Development. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Holt served as Director General, Canadian Partnerships for Health and Social Development and as Director General, Partnership for Gender Equality from 2018-2020. She is currently Director General, Social Development, Global Issues and Development Branch.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
10:30 am EEST 12:00 pm EEST Funding Feminist Movements: Building on Global Momentum
Room MH 3-2

The most effective way to advance women’s rights worldwide is to directly invest in feminist movements. This session will showcase actors including governments and women Read More

Sachini Perera

Executive Coordinator

Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Justice (RESURJ)

Debby Bielak


The Bridgespan Group

Pontso Mafethe

Director of Programmes

African Women's Development Fund

Louise Holt

Director General, Social Development, Global Issues and Development

Global Affairs Canada

Delphine O

Ambassador and Secretary General for the Generation Equality Forum

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Cynthia Eyakuze

Co-Vice President, Global Programs

Equality Fund

04:30 pm EEST 06:00 pm EEST Co-Designing Gender Equality: The Role of Accountability in the Gender Equality Agenda
KCC Auditorium

Watch the recording here

Addressing gender gaps requires addressing accountability gaps. Despite numerous commitments to gender equality and women’s rights, Read More

Nabeela Iqbal

Founder and Director

Sisterhood Initiative

Asenath Mwithigah

Chief Executive Officer

Orchid Project

Wangechi Wachira

Executive Director

Centre for Rights Education and Awareness – CREAW

Pauline Faith Gartor

Youth Activist

Youth Coalition for Sexual Reproductive Health Rights/ Girls Health Alliance

Marci Ien

Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Youth

Government of Canada

Julisa Tambunan

Deputy Executive Director

Equal Measures 2030

Louise Holt

Director General, Social Development, Global Issues and Development

Global Affairs Canada

Gertrude Oforiwa Fefoame

Global Advocacy Manager


Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-Founder

Malala Fund


Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda