Women Economic Forum: 2022

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@ Vikash Sharma | Sr Journalist

New Delhi: India-Austria Bilateral Business Council under Women’s Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WICCI) hosted Women Economic Forum (WEF: 2022) on 11th-12th June in IIC (India International Centre) Delhi.
The Two day event included a series of seminars and panel discussion on topics challenging the humanity at present. It included discussion of introduction of carbon tax on polluting industries, promotion of carbon credits in industry, transition of humans into Metaverse etc.
The show was inaugurated by Ms. Swati Maliwal, Chairperson Delhi Commission of Women, as a Chief Guest.
The event included a Humanoid launch, an award ceremony, and launch of world’s first fashion show where designs are converted into NFTs and hosted in a metaverse.
Rounds of Panel Discussion were held on a range of topics.
Digitalization of culture: IPR protection of rural Handicrafts to branded products on blockchain.
Discussion on Metaverse.
Introduction of refundable carbon tax.
Green Economy of the Industries.
Following are some of the eminent people who participated in the panel discussions and gave their thoughts.

SaurabhiGawde “Associate Director – Capgemini Invent – Banking & FS
Col. Hardeepbarara “Ex- Chief Cyber Officer (CCO) – Indian Army |TEDx
Rachana Singh Business Head Instito Marangoni
Pico Velasquez Harvard – School of Design | Founder and CEO at VIIRA | Metaverse Advisor – Dior, Disney, LVMH, etc.
Vilma Matilla Ex- UN – USA – Advisor on CBDC & Digital Currencies; Investor in $2 Billion – Private Seed Fund, Dubai; 8 years in Crypto Industry
Akash Puri Director – Sotheby’s International Realty
Dirk Boll President – Christies’s EMEA
Catherine De Henry Metaverse architect Media Monks
Dr. Giovanna Graziosi Casimiro, Decentraland Director – XR and Metaverse| Head of Metaverse Fashion Week | Fashion, Luxury & Art |
Aman Kumar Country Head, Bvlgari
Samridhi Shoor CEO& Director – House of Krifin | President – India Austria Bilateral Council, WICCI
Massimiliano Subba MD, Anthea Art investment AG – Switzerland
Georg Bak Art Advisor, Philips Auction House
Leanne Elliot Young Co-Founder & CEO at Institute of Digital Fashion – London
DrHarpreet A.D. Singh: Director at Air India
Ms Apoorva Bose: UNEP
Ms Merit Valdasu : Founder Single Earth
Mr Muralee : UNEP.

House of Krifin, PDP by Shubika, BBT (Big Boys Toys), New Delhi’s Hotel Leela Palace, Forest Essentials, and JamiaMilliaIslamia University’s MF Hussein Gallery are among the event’s key sponsors.
House of Krifin revealed its digital humanoid during the event, which was the show’s centerpiece. In the digital realm, often known as the Metaverse, this digital humanoid was HoK’s influencer. It will have its own identity and will accept tasks as a social media influencer in digital world. Samridhi Shoor, Director and CEO of the House of Krifin said “The Metaverse provides an opportunity for a new form of digital interaction which would further the current development in social media. We want women to be at the forefront of this new digital revolution. The host council has subsidized the cost of metaverse showcased by 90%, to promote the metaverse in India.”
Shubhika Sharma from Papa don’t Preach, a Bollywood celebrity designer and India’s first Metaverse Fashion Designer, displayed their garments and accessories on this Metaverse Platform, making them the first ever fashion apparel brand to do so. Shubhika Sharma, CEO & Founder of Papa Don’t Preach said “We at Papa Don’t Preach are so happy to be one of the pioneers of this new step. Metaverse is definitely a reality that we are going to move into – It will also help in making fashion more sustainable. You don’t really need to manufacture everything that we want to make and collections can hence be much smaller. The kind of more avant-garde designs can be moved to a metaverse release, so I believe all brands will eventually move into this new universe since it will be the only way to be relevant to the current customers.”
In addition, in the metaverse, BBT (Big Boy Toyz) launched their automobiles. Mrs. Ritika Jatin Ahuja, COO, Big Boy Toyz said “We at Big Boy Toyz are proud to unify and strengthen our partnership with WICCI. We look forward to this informational panel discussion and we are elated to support the initiative. This is our first experience to be a part of such an event wherein the BBT cars were the part of the metaverse show followed by the fashion show. We are excited to be a part of the same.”

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