Celebrating International Women's Day


On 8 March 2023, we celebrate International Women's Day. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. This year's theme is #EmbraceEquity.

To celebrate this important day, we organise an inspiring and interactive day addressing various challenges around the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. 

The event is open for students, alumni, staff and invitees.


09.00 - 10.00 hrs. Kick-off presentation 
Even the Avengers needed female representation for their Endgame
Evalinde Eelens
10.00 - 12.00 hrs. Workshops on SDG5 related challenges Participants
12.00 - 13.00 hrs. Lunch break
13.00 - 15.30 hrs. Presentations from the working groups Participants
16.00 - 17.00 hrs. Closing presentation on
Entrepreneurship and gender (in)equality
Dr. Pomme Theunissen
17.00 - 18.00 hrs. Network drink


During the morning participants will work together in groups on a SDG5 related challenge, like bridging the salary gap, hiring for intellect or for gender, combatting stereotyping and sexism in media, and many more. The group will research, discuss and advise on the assigned topic. After lunch each group will present the findings and recommendations. 

About the speakers

Evalinde Eelens is an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion, excellent governance and Socially Responsible Investing. Evalinde is an executive board member for the Dutch industrywide private security pension scheme, a board member for the Dutch painters' pension scheme, and a board member for the PostNL corporate pension scheme. In the UK she is a member of the Getronics pension scheme investment committee and an associate at Muse Advisory. Before becoming a fulltime trustee and supervisor, Evalinde was an investment strategist advising multiple Dutch and international pension schemes on investments at organisations including PGGM and A&O Services. She holds an MSc from Wageningen University, Financial Risk Management designation from GARP and CAIA Charter Holder Certificate. Evalinde recently finalised her MBA at Maastricht School of Management with a thesis on the lack of gender diversity on Dutch pension funds’ boards.

Dr. Pomme Theunissen is Assistant Professor at the School of Business and Economics of Maastricht University. She has a dual position at the Finance Department and the department Data Analytics and Digitalization. Her research interests lie mainly (yet not exclusively) in entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, Fintech, female entrepreneurs and gender. Pomme has numerous years of teaching experience in academic courses of all levels, both in the fields of economics and finance.


The kick-off presentation, workshops and working group presentations will take place at
Tapijnkazerne 4
6211 KD Maastricht

The presentation by Dr. Pomme Theunissen and the network drink will take place at
Maasboulevard 101
6211 JW Maastricht


If you would like to join the kick-off presentaion and taking part in the workshops, we kindly ask you to register here.

To join the presentation by Dr. Pomme Theunissen and the network drink, please register here.