Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Press Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson
May 24, 2019
Today, the United States of America and the Kingdom of the Netherlands are pleased to announce Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump and business leader Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga will lead the closing session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in The Hague, The Netherlands. Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs, will moderate the session. Co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, GES 2019 is the ninth gathering of entrepreneurs, business leaders, supporters, and government officials.
As Ms. Trump announced:
“I am excited to visit The Netherlands and participate, for the second year, in the Department of State’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. I plan to address issues related to women’s economic empowerment, with a focus on women’s entrepreneurship. A core pillar of our W-GDP initiative, launched by the White House this year, is to help women in developing countries succeed as entrepreneurs through access to capital, markets, networks, and mentorship. I am looking forward to joining Queen Maxima, Secretary Pompeo, Mastercard’s CEO Ajay Banga and entrepreneurs from around the world at this powerful Summit to build on the progress.”
GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and partners. This year’s Summit will accelerate the momentum of the 2017 GES in Hyderabad, India, which highlighted “Women First, Prosperity for All.” More than 1,000 entrepreneurs from around the world will have unprecedented opportunities to showcase their start-ups to more than 300 investors that collectively represent trillions of dollars of assets under management.