Monica's KeyNote

Gender and climate; The importance of women’s leadership to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 


Monica Hornung Cattan is a global citizen. She was born in South America, with German and Palestinian heritage, and has studied and worked between Europe and Asia. Her international career has focused on public-private partnerships and convening multi-stakeholder alliances to tackle urgent societal issues including climate action and promote women empowerment. Monica passionately speaks about the Sustainable Developments Goals Framework and how empowering women could be one of the most powerful ways to mitigate this climate crisis.  

She has been implementing multistakeholder dialogue through the Responsible Business Forum in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program and recipient of the European Community Studies Association (ECSA) for her work on European integration.  

Monica’s passion for women’s empowerment and digital innovation has guided her. She facilitates Google’s #IamRemarkable initiative, while her sustainability focus includes championing impactful initiatives in organizations including the UN to support the SDGs to positively affect the lives of millions of women across the globe. 

About Monica

Monica is the Global Director of Strategic Partnerships and Engagement at QS Quacquarelli Symonds, delivering global education and digital transformation events and publications. Originating from Chile, she graduated in International Relations and studied further at Bologna, SOAS, and INSEAD, undertaking her MBA at Politecnico di Milano. Her international career has focused on public-private partnerships and convening multiple stakeholders to tackle urgent societal issues. Her expertise and interests lie in regional policy ecosystems and partnership strategies in Asia and Europe. 


Monica’s passion for women’s empowerment and digital innovation guides her. She facilitated Google’s #IamRemarkable initiative, while her sustainability focus includes championing impactful initiatives in organizations including the UN. Other work includes Global Initiatives, World Economic Forum’s Grow Asia, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  


Monica believes women empowerment is not an equity need, but a crucial economic imperative for climate action and sustainability. 


Core Expertise

    Sustainability (Sustainable Development Goals)

    Climate Action and Empowerment