Analisa Leonor Balares is CEO & Chief Innovation Officer of Womensphere, and Chair of the Womensphere Foundation. Womensphere is a global platform empowering women and girls to create the future (www.womensphere.org). She leads the Womensphere Innovation Leadership Lab (WILL) and Womensphere Incubator Network (WIN), being built globally to inspire, train and empower 1 million women and girls by 2020 (1 billion by 2030) in leadership, innovation, sustainability, and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & design, mathematics).
Balares has also been Convenor of the Womensphere Summits and Womensphere Festival, and creator- curator of the Womensphere Global Codefest, Global Artfest, and Global Videofest, the world’s largest empowerment initiatives for women and girls to leverage STEAM for the sustainable development goals. She is Creator and Curator of the Global Expert Mentoring (GEM) Project, and Chair of New Champions 5050 (www.newchampions.org), a global initiative for gender parity and women’s empowerment bringing together Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers, Schwab Social Entrepreneurs, Tech Pioneers, and Young Scientists to join forces in creating an egalitarian, sustainable world.
Balares is recognized as a UBS Global Visionary, and World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in America and in the World, honored with the Madam CJ Walker Leadership Award by the US National Minority Business Council and Distinguished Leader Award by the Society of Foreign Consuls of New York and the Philippine Consulate General New York.
Balares previously worked at Microsoft, at Goldman Sachs’ High Technology Investment Banking where she helped execute $1.5 billion in IPOs and M&As for technology companies, and at Milestone Capital Management where she worked on the 85 Broads platform (now called Ellevate).
Balares serves as a Commissioner of the Women's Refugee Commission, Advisory Board Member of Music Beyond, and elected Member of the Women's Forum of New York, International Women’s Forum and Women Moving Millions. She is also a NASA Datanaut, and experiments with NASA data from earth and planetary sciences, to astronomy and space science.
Her journey to make a positive impact and help “create the future” started very early, and continues to span the globe: While at the Manila Science High School, Balares led innovative experiments, research and prototype development on biofuels and pollution mitigation – a body of work that earned her and her team multiple national awards from the Philippine Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Philippine Shell Foundation over three years - Outstanding Junior Scientist, Outstanding Youth Science Researcher, and the DOST Appropriate Technology Award. She represented the Philippines in International Science Fairs in Asia.
As a high school senior, Balares was also chosen to serve as Youth Mayor of the City of Manila, and elected Senate President of the inaugural Philippine Youth Environment Congress where she led drafting the Philippine youth’s public policy recommendations for the inaugural UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Analisa was a recognized national youth spokesperson and community organizer on areas such as girls’ leadership, youth empowerment, innovation, and sustainability, as National Capital Region Chair of the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, and as President of Y-Teens of the Manila YWCA.
She is an alumna of Harvard Business School (MBA), Mount Holyoke College (Economics & Mathematics), Lester Pearson United World College (International Baccalaureate), and Manila Science High School.