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The 3 Women of the Year 2023 in Monaco

She is ever more ambitious, and ever more international!

Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, President and Founder of the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award, has been organizing this brilliant event for 11 years now, which honors women in recognition of their exceptional work and their commitment to their field.


During the evening of March 24, 2023, sponsored by Walgreens Boots Alliance, the public discovered the three women awarded on the theme of: "The global and transversal impact of digitalization and technology in society"


Zimi Sawacha (Italy) received the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award 2023; Manila Di Giovanni (Monaco) received the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Award 2023 for her achievements in Monaco; and the Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year Special Award went to Leanne Robers (Singapore).


HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco, Honorary President of the Prize, met the laureates who discussed their careers, alongside Cinzia Sgambati-Colman, Ornella Barra, Co-Chief Operating Officer – International of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and several authorities of the Principality.

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Zimi Sawacha, married and mother of three children, is currently an associate professor at the Department of Information Engineering at the University of Padua, she is also the co-founder (2017) of BBSoF srl, a start-up from the University of Padova, and IP of an industrial invention, ACL Quick check.

Her research activity focuses mainly on the biomechanics of human movement, with particular emphasis on professional athletes and the prevention of rupture of the cruciate ligament of the knee; on musculoskeletal modeling applied to Parkinson's disease.

Her scientific output includes 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and over 200 publications in international conference proceedings. Her research mainly focuses on the biomechanics of the foot applied to the prevention of diabetic foot.


Manila Di Giovanni, 22, is the founder and CEO of DWorld, a tech start-up that created a country's first virtual twin.

While studying at the International University of Monaco, Manila discovered the latest technologies in China through a student exchange. Having won several awards, she is currently the youngest techno-entrepreneur and technological visionary based in Monaco. Manila's long-term mission is to build smarter, greener and futuristic cities in the Metaverse, starting with Monaco and Malta, where all local and international stakeholders can place themselves in the virtual twin of each city recreated by DWorld. Manila Di Giovanni's goal is to create the first cities to have a virtual twin of themselves in the Metaverse in order to achieve an interoperable Metaverse of countries and cities on a global scale.


Leanne Robers is an entrepreneur, business development consultant, community builder and speaker. She is also the co-founder of She Loves Tech, the world's largest startup competition and conference for female-led tech startups.

She Loves Tech is now present in 72 countries and has hosted more than 13,000 start-ups. Companies that have participated in its programs have raised over US$300 million for world-changing businesses in healthcare, finance, climate and more. Finally, they started investing directly in their start-ups, which is the last piece of the puzzle. She Loves Tech is building an entire ecosystem to help women entrepreneurs succeed.

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