Mahdis Gharaei

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Co-Founder & CEO
the female factor

She is a passionate diversity advocate, entrepreneur, mentor, podcast host and speaker. Her TEDx talk “the largest pool of talent in business: women” has reached over 40.000 people. With her company, a global career and HR platform, she aims at closing the gender leadership gap in business. The community is supporting aspiring female leaders across 75+ countries to get a seat at the decision-making table and works with inclusive employers such as Google, EY, Visa and Mondi on attracting and retaining female talent. Prior to her current role, she served as one of the youngest general managers of an international airline in Austria and Germany for over 7 years and led cross-border projects and teams in the Middle East, Europe and the US. She co-founded her first business at age 23 and also served in leadership roles at non-profit organisations such as the World Affairs Council and AustrianStartups.

Mahdis Gharaei on the Schedule 2023