Georgie Benardete is a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is investor in Orchard Mile, a NYC-based luxury fashion marketplace. It leverages on the pioneering in-ad universal cart technology created by her previous company, Shopbeam.
She is also the CEO of Align17
She is honored with titles and rewards and is recognized by the UN Foundation who named Georgie to be part of their Global Entrepreneurs Council. Benardete started her career at OPIC, Coopers & Lybrand and JP Morgan. A committed environmentalist, she founded Yesilist.com, Turkey’s largest green portal. She is also part of Al Gore’s Climate Project as a speaker, a founding member of the Charly Alberti R21 Foundation in Latin America and a LEAD International Fellow.
Benardete is an active investor in Belle Capital USA, an early-stage VC fund that promotes investments in companies with strong female leadership, and is a Founding Curator of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers hub in San Juan and NYC. Georgie earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service (with honors) from Georgetown University, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow. She coursed studies in Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon.
“Everything I do serve a common purpose: to create more innovators, critical thinkers and problem solvers – more peace in the world.”
Co- Founder of www.womenreignite.com. It is her vision to change the world to a better more tolerant place through trade and business, and relations between countries and people. Networking is fundamental is everything she does. Soulaima Gourani is an international business women and politics and trade expert. She just moved to Palo Alto from Texas (yerhhhh).
She has worked as an advisor/and/or speaker for clients e.g. Samsung, Roche A/S, Leo-Pharma, NNIT, Genzyme, Aberdeen, DuPont, LEGO, McKinsey, DELL, Microsoft, Harvard Kennedy University, Adecco, Alk Abello, Aon Hewitt, Citroen, Colliers, Diageo, Cisco, Dong Energy, Ernst & Young, Volvo, FL Smidth, H. Lundbeck, IBM, TDC, SimCorp, Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, Danske Bank, and Deloitte etc.
She is a motivational speaker and philanthropist with a big heart (she is chair/ambassador or protector of more than 15 big charities). She speaks around the world and has been to more than 30 -35 countries eg. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Findland, Greenland, Austria, Hungary, Germany, UK, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Russia, Mongolia, Dubai, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, India, Greece, Morocco, Turkey and USA.
She is the author of 3 bestseller books, and has contributed to more than 14 books (https://www.soulaimagourani.dk/udgivelser/boger/)
E-MBA – CBS, Denmark (2007)
Export technician, Odense Tietgenskole (1997) and has been to Yale, Harvard, ISB India, INCAE and Stanford.
Recipient of awards and honours including:
Rising Star Award (2004)
Talent 100 Award (2004)
Young Global Leader (YGL; 2012, World Economic Forum)
Top 100 Women, FEMINA, Denmark (2012).
Nordic Thinkers 20 (2013)
“40 under 40” (2014)
UN Woman Ambassador Advisor (2016)
Inspiring fifty (2016)
European talent—She can also be found on the European list of talents (2004, Magasin Courrier)
and many more…