Analisa Leonor Balares is Founder, CEO, and Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere, and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation, global platforms for accelerating equality and empowering women and girls to create the future. She curates the Womensphere Summits & Festivals, and leads the Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab and Womensphere Incubator Network.
Analisa has been recognized as a UBS Global Visionary, as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and among the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World and in America. She has been honored with the Madam C.J. Walker Leadership Award by the US National Minority Business Council, and Distinguished Leader Award by UN Women New York Chapter.
Previously, Analisa worked in Wall Street – at the Goldman Sachs High Technology Investment Banking Group, Morgan Stanley Energy & Power Group, and Milestone Capital Management – and in technology and social media – for Microsoft and 85 Broads (now Ellevate).
Analisa recently joined the Advisory Group of UN Women focused on the Women’s Empowerment Principles. She also currently serves as a Commissioner of the Women’s Refugee Commission, Advisory Board Member of Music Beyond, Member of the Women’s Forum of New York and International Women’s Forum, and Academy Member of the Global Teacher Prize. Analisa also served as a Member of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, L’Oreal’s Panel of Critical Friends (advisory board for global sustainability and social impact), and the JPMorgan Corporate Investment Banking Women’s Advisory Board.
Analisa has a longstanding passionate for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics), which has fueled the creation of the Womensphere Global STEAMfest for sustainability (comprised of the Womensphere Global Artfest, Global Codefest, and Global Videofest). She also embraces this beyond her work: She is a NASA Datanaut, where she explores data on the universe and the Earth with NASA. She is in the executive leadership of Space Apps NYC, and co-organizes the NASA Space Apps International Challenge, the world’s largest hackathon, for New York City and for the Philippines. She is also an exhibited visual artist, filmmaker, and published poet.
Analisa is an alumna of Harvard Business School, Mount Holyoke College, Lester Pearson United World College, and the New York Film Academy.