Feminomics is a boutique consulting firm specialised in women's economic empowerment. We work at the intersection of Gender, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and the Economy. Because Feminomics' experience is with governments, the private sector, non profits, international institutions and foundations we are able to envision unique connections, winning outcomes and create positive enabling environments around issues and programs encouraging women's economic well being and women's economic contribution to their communities and countries. Research shows us that where women are empowered economically, the benefits to families and communities is significantly greater that when similar economic resources are concentrated in the hands of male family members. Women are the majority of the world's poor. Improving the economic well being of women is key to eradicating poverty and is at the center of all Feminomics' work.
Astrid Pregel | President, Feminomics Ltd.
Astrid Pregel is a passionate advocate for the economic empowerment of women. She has spent most of the past 15 years studying, advocating, writing policy and advising international organizations and governments on women’s economic issues. Astrid is a career Foreign Service Officer and the President of Feminomics Ltd., a boutique consulting firm specialized in women’s economic empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurship. Pregel recently served as Special Advisor, Women and the Economy for Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade where she created the strategy for Canada’s participation in Secretary Clinton’s Women and the Economy Summit at APEC. Additionally, she completed an 18 month assignment at the Canadian International Development Agency as Special Advisor Women’s Economic Empowerment to ensure a gender equality focus within CIDA’s new Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy, wrote the background policy papers for CIDA’s Framework for Action for Women’s Economic Empowerment and helped create the strategy, content and international invitation list for the joint CIDA-UNWOMEN Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In 2009 Astrid completed a special assignment at Status of Women Canada where she contributed to Canada’s National Action Plan for Women by creating a policy framework for a national strategy on women’s entrepreneurship. Pregel is a founder, founding board member, and the first executive director of WEConnect Canada, the northern sister organization of the Women’s Business National Enterprise Council which is focused on creating business growth opportunities for women business owners through supplier diversity programming. She is a member of the board of directors of two microfinance non-profit organizations and works as a volunteer on projects in developing countries working with women on access to markets and moving up value chains. Astrid has completed assignments for the World Bank, the United Nations, foundations and non-profits and regularly advises on women and international trade and access to market issues.