Charleen Michel (Swiss), International Human Resources and Well-Being Consultant, WIN/Private
Charleen has more than 30 years of experience working with the corporate business world. She has broad, in-depth HR knowledge, and a proven track record in individual, organisational and leadership development, talent management, learning, and diversity to enable organisations align their people strategy with the business priorities. She has provided counsel to senior management and individuals on issues that affect women's careers in a corporate business environment. She is a Chopra Certified Instructor on Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle and is a WIN Wisdom Keeper since 2002. She holds a PhD in Polymer Science, and is fluent in English, German and Swiss German. Charleen’s passions include nature, gardening, golf, photography and wellness. She is particularly fascinated with the multiple aspects of an Ayurvedic Lifestyle associated with personal health and wellness from both an individual and environmental perspective.
Reema Haddad, Diversity and Inclusion Leader Middle East & Africa, IBM
Reema Haddad is the Diversity and Inclusion leader for IBM Middle east and Africa. She is dedicated in helping IBM build a diverse workforce while implementing programs and initiatives that drive a culture of inclusion and belonging. During her 13+ career in IBM, she has held multiple roles within the HR function – Talent strategy, Executive success and development, Compensation & Benefits processes and HR consulting. In her current role as the D&I Leader for the Middle East and Africa, she develops talent strategies and action oriented roadmaps that focus on improving the diversity representation and inclusive behaviours at IBM to help foster a culture where everyone feels valued and can bring their whole self to work. Being born and raised in UAE, this gave Reema a greater opportunity to apply her knowledge and expertise of the multi-cultural experience she has gained from the region to drive the D&I agenda in IBM. Reema believes that each one of us is different in their own way and those differences represent our own unique and innovative way of thinking which is why organizations need to embrace them for the better future.
Sarah Fern (Dual British German), Chief People Officer, Velocity Global
Sarah Fern is an innovative business leader who is willing to push the boundaries of thinking about the way we work. She leads the People strategy for Velocity Global's growing remote-first team in 27 countries that is expected to triple over the next 18 months. Fern applies two decades of experience including leading global remote teams for international brands and high-growth companies. Fern joins Velocity Global from the Talent Management software technology space. Most recently she served as Human Resources Director for Saba Software (now part of Cornerstone OnDemand) through several acquisitions, business integrations and transformations into a public company. Fern was a client of Velocity Global as Saba Software expanded into Mexico. Prior to Saba Software, Fern held roles with Honeywell and Mattel. Fern is an executive coach and offers her time to a number of global organizations through coaching, mentorship and allyship.
Thalia Mingo (American), Global Lead, Bristol Myers Squibb Network of Women (B-NOW) People and Business Resource Group, Bristol Myers Squibb
Strategic, empathetic leader, successful working across large matrix teams, and building collaborative relationships, passionate about helping others to realize their full potential, agility, and ability to thrive during times of change and disruption. Thalia uses authentic and empathetic leadership to energize others through periods of uncertainty. Thalia is a gender champion and advocate, using authentic leadership to energize others through periods of change and transformation. Her career spans 20+ years in the healthcare industry, with leadership roles in direct patient care, payor pricing and contracting, and ancillary care services. Thalia began her career with Bristol Myers Squibb in Field Sales, and has advanced with promotions to roles of increasing responsibility in Learning and Development, Marketing, and Worldwide Commercialization, and Commercial Operations. She is currently serving as Global Lead for the Bristol Myers Squibb Network of Women, or B-NOW. In this role, Thalia is responsible for the strategic and operational business plan that supports BMS efforts to recruit, support, develop, and advance women throughout the organization to increasing levels of responsibility, including the executive and C-suite level.
Beatrice Bauer (German), Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management
Beatrice Bauer is a Senior Professor at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milano. As a licensed psychologist, she has taught at the Bocconi University and created the Center for Teaching and Learning for the development of innovative teaching methods of the Faculty. Since 1989 at SDA Bocconi School of Management, she creates customised corporate curriculum for international organizations. Her major interest in the field of organizational behavior are issues of training needs analysis and the design of innovative training programs on leadership. Based on her training and experience in clinical psychology her areas of expertise are the development of change processes, dealing with resistance and motivation, and in creating participation and engagement at all organizational levels. Her particular interest is to promote high performance competences combined with and not at the expense of individuals’ well-being. As a sports psychologist she has prepared the Italian Ski team for the Olympics and worked with coaches and sportsmen on their emotional fitness.
Kedar Naik (Indian), Partner, McKinsey & Company
I am a Partner at McKinsey and Company based in Belgium. I advise and serve clients across a variety of sectors including Life Sciences, Chemicals and Industrial. I am leading our Marketing and Sales efforts for Northern Europe. By education, I am a post-graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and an engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee. I live in Brussels with my wife and two young boys (6 and 2 years old). Today, I have the privilege to share McKinsey’s latest research and thinking on how we think about the future lives and livelihoods: sustainable and inclusive and growing.
Dr. M (Indian Singaporean), Global Leader & Businessman, Global Citizen Forum
Bhupendra Kumar Modi “Dr. M” is the Founder-President of the Global Citizen Forum & the Global Chairman of the Foreign Investors India Forum; Hon. President of World Federation of United Nations Associations; Founder-Chairman of the Smart Group. A billionaire, Global thought leader and pioneer of the ‘Beyond Gender’ and ‘Beyond 100’ philosophies, Dr M’s many initiatives are directed at creating an ecosystem where everyone can live “happy, healthy and wealthy beyond 100.” As founder of the Global Citizen Forum, he seeks to create a world ‘Beyond Gender, Religion, Nationality and Boundaries’ for which he has organised global events and led discussions with world leaders. For the last several decades, he has directed his efforts towards inter-faith harmony to achieve global peace. In business circles, Dr M’s endeavours have sought to bring the latest tech to consumers. More recently, he has been focusing on improving the quality of life of people reserving special focus on female wellness, by promoting cutting edge innovation in health care. Dr M’s contribution to society has been recognised by political leaders such as Lee Kuan Yew and Narendra Modi among others. He has also been felicitated organisations such as Channel News Asia, the United Nations etc.
Karen Wendt (German), President, SwissFinTechLadies
Moderator Karen Wendt is an investment banker and has shaped Eastern Europe strategy at prominent European institutions. She is keynote speaker at A Speakers, impact investor, founder of SwissFinTechLadies, crypto evangelist and editor of Sustainable Finance. She advises companies on digital transformation and the EU Taxonomy. She was named “Investment Banker” of the Year 2020 by Prestige Awards. Her new book “The Fourth Industrial Revolution and its impacts on Ethics” has just been published by Springer-Palgrave-MacMillan.
Deyana Nedeva (Bulgarian), Head of Investors Relations, Blockchain Valley Ventures
Deyana Nedeva heads the Investor Relations at BVV, and is in charge of supporting the investors community during ICOs. Deyana holds an MBA degree from the University of St. Gallen, and brings more than 10 years of investment management experience to the team at BVV, gained in the Swiss Finance Sector.
Bernadette Leuzinger (Swiss), COO & CFO, Crypto Finance AG
Bernadette Leuzinger is CEO at Crypto Finance (Asset Management) AG. Prior to joining Crypto Finance (Asset Management) AG, Bernadette worked in various positions in banking, IT, and insurance. Bernadette started to educate herself on crypto assets during her free time, and has been following the developments and opportunities of this fascinating field for several years now. Bernadette studied Banking & Finance at the University of Zurich.
Tina Balzli (Swiss), Partner, CMS Switzerland
Tina Balzli specializes in banking, insurance, financial and capital markets law, general corporate and commercial law as well as mergers & acquisitions, with a particular focus on fintech and blockchain. She has a long-standing track record of holistically advising leading Swiss and foreign financial institutions as well as up-and-coming start-ups in her areas of specialization and is excellently acquainted with the international and Swiss regulatory landscape within capital and financial markets law.
Afke Van Mansum (Dutch), Hypnotherapist, InterVitalize
NLP coach, hypnotist, trauma therapist, passionate about healing, neuroscience, art and ocean. I qualified as a hypnotherapist & NLP life coach after a corporate career of 20 years. Now I work with clients to make their lives easier, to show that “the eternal sunshine of the spotless mind” does, in fact, exist. After finalizing a post-graduate in psychology, which included family constellations, transactional analysis & NLP, I studied with NLP founder John Grinder & the world’s best therapists, in order to be certified by OMNI & NGH, as well as learning the neuroscience and practices of mind-body healing from traumatic experiences like childhood abuse, burn-out and depression. I volunteer as researcher and writer for the Dutch Knowledge Centre on Transgenerational Organized Violence and am one of the founders of All-in.foundation which educates kids and teens on D&I.
Yana Mann (Russian), Mezzo-Soprano, Singer, Song-Writer and Music Producer, Irreverence Group Music
Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Yana began her music studies at a very young age immersing herself in the world of classical music, fine art and theater. She completed her studies at the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov College of Music and graduated from the Tchaikovsky Academic Music College at the Moscow State Conservatory. Later, she studied at the Russian Academy of theater Arts and Academy of young singers at the Mariinsky theater. During her time in St. Petersburg, Yana worked and performed on many stages, including the Mariinsky Theater and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. It was during this period that she experimented with different artistic proposals, including fashion and modeling. Although Yana's musical background came from classical music and opera, she has a great interest in exploring new genres and musical architectures. In spring of 2021 Yana released her album "Poemas De Bar Op.12", created in collaboration with composer Julian De La Chica and Irreverence group music.
Mojgan Endjavi Barbe (Iranian French), Founder, Endjavi Barbe Art Projects
Shazia Ilmi (Indian), Gender Rights Activist
Social activist, emerging political leader, film maker and former television journalist and anchor with a Master’s degree in Mass Communication Broadcast Journalism and Diploma in Film Production. Proficient social commentator on national TV. Brand ambassador for Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Mission (Clean India initiative). Founder member of India’s Aam Admi Party. Spokesperson for India Against Corruption movement. Campaigner on issues of corruption, gender, social justice. A decade and half’s experience in television news and current affairs. Skilled in documentary film making and production.
Alejandra Castro Rioseco , Founder and Director, MIA Art Collection
Graduated in Civil Engineering, dedicated to philanthropy for the last 12 years. The three main pillars of her engagement are Gender Empowerment & Rights, Education, Arts & Technology. She founded in March 2020 the MIAANYWHERE Virtual Museum, a technological platform for promoting women artists allowing visitors to walk through a virtual museum space. She serves as first South American woman on the Board of the worldwide International Chopin Society Federation headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. She is founder of the project “Exiled for the Arts, NYC”. Alejandra was an active participant in the establishment of the Gender Equality Roundtable in the Chilean Senate, collaborating with Human Rights organizations and supporting the Abortion Law to be allowed for in specific predefined causes. Her commitment to build towards a better and more harmonious and balanced society is expressed through her active engagement with organizations protecting the environment, promoting gender equality, promote music as part of basic children education.
Dr. Mariam Ketait (Emirati), Founder, Chikara Global
Dr. Mariam Ketait is a wellbeing strategist and an expert in the fields of human development and life long learning, she is a family doctor and a holistic entrepreneur who works on cultivating empowering ecosystems for young leaders to grow into their full potential and contribute to society. She started her concept Ebb & Flow in 2012 with one on one counseling sessions which developed into a multi level platform which helps individuals, families, young businesses and social enterprises create solutions through design and innovation. She works with the mindbody connection to help people embrace their strength and create a healthy ecosystem for their body to recover. Through the breathing techniques, and the knowledge shared about archetypes - people will have the ability to explore their mindsets and get the tools to help them overcome blocks and challenges. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and teaching meditation for the past 10, combining meditation, yoga and medicine has been her journey and she has witnessed people overcoming health and life challenges with ease by incorporating the tools and techniques she teaches.
Susannah Haan (British), ESG Adviser / Trustee, SLH*ESG, CBI Retirement Fund
I am a public affairs professional and ESG adviser based in Brussels. I have a degree in German & Russian, plus qualification as a lawyer, and have lived in the UK, Russia and Belgium. Previous roles include: board member of professional womens' network, business angel, Secretary General of an EU association for companies listed on the stock exchanges of Europe, adviser to the UK accounting & governance regulator, associate director of public policy at fund manager, policy expert at business association, associate at law firm. I believe in making capital markets serve their end users, which includes making pension funds accountable to their beneficiaries, and I see potential for greater capital market pressure on companies to improve disclosures on gender equality. I look forward to sharing my experiences of working with senior leaders and setting out some thoughts for the future as to how the S in ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) gives investors (including individual investors) a lever to demand greater accountability from company management.
Hajar El Haddaoui (Swiss), Head of Region West & Tessin, Swisscom AG
Alongside my “side job” as an advisor /consultant , I am a senior manager at Swisscom and have been with the IT industries over 15 years . I have held global and regional roles focused on Corporate Strategy, Transformation, Change and Innovation in Switzerland and in Canada within leading organization. Combining an MBA degree from IMD with Law background , I focus on balancing both the business and human perspective in all my work. My passion lies in creating inclusive and empathetic work environments in which people are encouraged and supported to be the best they can as their most authentic selves.
Fernanda Lopes Larsen (Brazilian British), Executive Vice President Africa & Asia, Yara International
I am a 47 years old Brazilian-British professional, with 20 years of international career, and currently serving as Executive Vice President for Africa & Asia at Yara International, a Norwegian multinational. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Civil Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, a MSc. in Structural Engineering from the Technical University of Graz, Austria, in addition to a specialization in corporate innovation from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, USA. My hobbies are documentary movies, languages and travel. I have lived in 6 different countries and currently I reside in Singapore. My biggest passion in life are my twins – Maya and Nathan – who are my inspiration to fight for a better and fairer world. I strive to do that through active advocacy for gender and ethnic diversity in corporate environments, in particular Scandinavia. I also coach and mentor several women in business, as I believe holding space and lifting each other up is the most effective way to resolve diversity and inclusion issues in companies.
Roberta Russo (Italian), Cloud Business Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Roberta Russo is the Southern Europe Cloud Business Manager at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role she’s responsible for the growth of the most innovative Hybrid Cloud and pay-as-you-go services. In her more than 20 years in the company she’s held several management positions at Italian and European level in sales, marketing and IT. Born in Milano, Roberta has a M. Sc. degree in Electronic Engineer at “Politecnico di Milano”. She’s also studied Strategic Planning at the London Business School in London. She leads several volunteer initiatives as a mentor, teaching coding to girls and boys and explaining to high school students how to use internet and the social media in a responsible way. She’s a volunteer in the “Inspiring Girls” project, where she is a testimonial of the project that aims at fighting against gender stereotypes and to encourage girls to study STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects. In her private life Roberta is married and has a 12 years old daughter (who loves coding…). She loves skiing, reading and travelling around the world.
Louise le Gat (British French), CEO & Founder, Positive Energy Leaders
Louise is the Founder and CEO of Positive Energy Leaders. As a Next Generation leadership Catalyst, she supports leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers to make the impact they are made for at this pivotal time on the planet. Drawing on 21 years’ experience, in Transformation, Career And Leadership Development, she is the Creator of The Positive Energy Leaders Academy, a Next Generation Leadership School to create purpose aligned work and become inspiring leaders of positive transformation. A strategic advisor of the Accelerate 2030 UNDP program, she created the ground-breaking 'Sustainable You' Pillar to support social entrepreneurs to scale their personal impact. She lectures on Self Leadership on The Sustainability Transitions programme for the University of Geneva. And is a regular Facilitator on Acceleration Programmes for High Potential Corporate Leaders, Internal Change Agents and Intrapreneurs. She was awarded the ICF Prism Award for outstanding coaching. Clients include Nestle, Nespresso, Allen & Overy LLP, Adobe, The Impact Hub, Cotty and The Global Fund. Her first career was as a Lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP and a Mediator in London.
Jane Cull ( Australian), CEO, Author, Speaker & Consultant on Change, Life's Natural Solutions
I am the founder and CEO of Life’s Natural Solutions and the author of three books - Living Systems: An Introductory Guide to the Theories of Humberto Maturana & Francisco Varela, The Circularity of Life: An Essential Shift for Sustainability and WTF!?...How am I thinking?: A Thinking Tool For Change. I am also a speaker and consultant on change. I am an expert on the theories of living systems and in particular the Biology of Cognition, the work of Chilean Biologist and Systems Thinker, Prof. Humberto Maturana. I have given many talks, workshops and seminars on the Biology of Cognition. I have conducted workshops, seminars and presentations in the US and Australia on a paradigm shift. I am a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Systems Studies and part of the Great Transition Initiative (GTI), an international network of scholars and activists that analyzes alternative scenarios and charts a path to a hopeful future. I am a former member of the Advisory Board of the Barcelona Consensus, also initiated and led a global campaign to transition to a sustainable economy, Circular Economy.
Natasha Konstantinova (Dutch), Head of Reputation and Communications, Reputation Science
I traveled the world, lived in 6 countries, learned 5 languages, graduated from two Universities, and spent the last 20+ years immersed in the world of corporate communications, media, crisis management, and global reputation science. I've led global and corporate teams in Healthcare, Consumer Electronics, Fashion, Domestic Appliance, and IT for Fortune 500 companies, international institutions, and foundations worldwide. I've always had the privilege to work with amazing and talented people. They inspired and empowered me to explore, bring new ideas, adapt, lead and dare. Today, I help entrepreneurs, executives, and business leaders to share their incredible stories of success, build their brands and credibility, and manage their reputations. I also have their backs when things take an unexpected turn. Givers always want to pay back and pay forward.
Diane Moody, Vice President, Organizational Development & Culture, DSM
As DSM’s global VP OD & Culture, Diane is responsible for inclusion and diversity, corporate culture and employee engagement programmes, and leads on the people and culture aspects of future of work initiatives. She sits on DSM’s Digital Acceleration Board, manages DSM’s partnerships with Catalyst on Women & the Future of Work, and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Work, Wages and Skills. Diane’s career has focused on developing individuals, leaders, and the teams and organizations they work in. She’s previously held senior HR/OD roles in firms in NL, Italy and the UK at ING Group, Generali and RSA, establishing global talent management, employee inclusion, and engagement programmes. Before this she was an external consultant at Roffey Park Institute in the UK, leading their Masters in People and OD. Diane is an experienced coach and mentor, who likes to work hands-on as a program/intervention designer and facilitator, increasingly leveraging digital tools as inclusion and engagement platforms.
Nathalie Coral Lepeltier (French), Author, Speaker & Founder, Conscious Future Institute
I am the founder of Conscious Future Institute. I have a degree in international business and marketing and in Finance. Prior to founding CFI, I worked as an international executive in global companies such as ACCOR, DHL and AIR FRANCE. I have lived in USA, in the UK, Sweden, India, Sri Lanka, Dubai and the Kingdom of Bahrain with my family. I am passionate about human potential, dolphins, and all animals and plants, quantum science and ancestral wisdom, languages, and of course the beauty of life. I am mentoring pioneers, leaders of change, avant-gardistes, renaissance women and men shine their light into the world and create their vision for a world of peace and joy for all.
Mayada Al-Ahmad (Jordanian Canadian), Business Unit Leader, Bristol Myers Squibb
Mayada is a pharmaceutical professional leader at Bristol Myers Squibb and has more than 19 years of progressive experience in the industry. She has established an accomplishment-driven career highlighted by rapid acceleration to increasingly responsible roles. Her professional history includes roles in marketing, sales, operations and country management. She handled different therapeutic areas including Oncology, Hematology, Cardiovascular, Diabetes and different geographies including Middle East, Africa, Turkey and Russia. Some of the roles she has undertaken are Business Unit Lead MEA, Franchise Coordinator Middle East, Turkey & Russia, Country Manager Gulf. Mayada relocated to Canada in 2012 where she obtained her pharmacy license and worked as a Consultant Pharmacist then re-joined BMS in 2019 as the Sales Lead & Integrity Champion for Middle East & Africa.
Sophie Stanton (French), Chief Marketing Officer Middle East & Africa, IBM
I am the IBM CMO for MEA. I have a Master degree in International Business and Trade. I just celebrated my 20 years anniversary in IBM and prior to that I worked for 7 years in 2 other Technology companies. I have lived in Ireland , France and currently residing in Dubai with my family including two teenagers; one boy and one girl. I am passionate about people and love networking including on Social Media. It is my duty to ensure that girls consider working in technical environments since they can bring critical skills and be very successful.
John Niland (Irish), Author, Coach & Founder, Self-Worth Academy
John’s passion for self-worth is well known to many WIN members. He has presented at many conferences over the past two decades and has coached hundreds of professionals to find new meaning and value in professional life. “The Self-Worth Safari grew out of my own struggles and the subsequent discovery that I was not alone. It has turned into the adventure of a lifetime: the realisation that no matter what is happening around us, we can always be a friend to ourselves. We can reinvent our identity as a reflection of real self-worth and self-belief.” He currently lives in London and Lisbon. In addition to coaching individual professionals and running sessions in companies, John is passionate about working with students and young people, “whose self-worth is often contingent on a rising tide of expectation”. Self-Worth Academy are keen to grow their Associate team and welcome contact from coaches interested in self-worth.
Sylvia Becker-Hill (German), Publisher, Becker-Hill Books
I am the proud founder of Becker-Hill Books, a boutique publishing house in Southern California, and the Becker-Hill Women’s Empowerment School. I believe we are living in exciting yet difficult times as we transition out of the patriarchy into a more caring society based on true partnership and diversity. As a self-confessed ‘brain nerd’, I combine neuroscience with my creativity as an artist. It brings me immense satisfaction to combine seemingly opposite fields - science and art - in my online learning programs and executive coaching in order to empower women. My personal life journey includes dealing with the dark places of intergenerational PTSD caused by the trauma of both my parents and grandparents from the second world war. Bringing inspiration and happiness to others is my soul’s purpose. This journey took me from having a mind full of knowledge yet living disconnected from my body to a joy-filled, confident, grounded, liberated, woman leader.
Lisa Peek (Dutch American), Wealth & Feminine Leadership Mentor for Impact Driven Female Founders, The Impact Ripple
As a professional transformational facilitator, I have coached hundreds of business women to change their money story and embody their true identity as thriving, prosperous, world-changing entrepreneurs. I believe that the biggest block for women to reach their full potential in life and in business is their unconscious relationship to money. My happy place is running experiential seminars that create deep personal transformation and higher wealth consciousness. I draw on 35 years of expertise that includes being a trained feminine power transformational coach and facilitator, IT consultant, business owner, non-profit founder and (social) investor. I grew up in the USA, studied Systems Engineering at the University of Virginia and have lived the past 30 years in The Netherlands with my Dutch husband and our 2 grown children. When I’m not working with groups of women, you can find me on the beach, enjoying a live theater production or at a personal & spiritual development retreat.
Jennifer Jordan (American), Professor, IMD Business School
Jennifer Jordan is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland. She also holds an honorary chair in Human Resource Management at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Jennifer’s research, teaching and consulting focuses on the areas of leading digital, power, influence, and ethics. Prior to IMD, Jennifer was a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Management and Tuck School of Business in the United States. Her research articles are published in several top journals within management and social psychology and Jennifer serves on the editorial boards of two academic journals. In 2019, Jennifer was named as one of the top 40 MBA professors worldwide under 40 years of age by Poets and Quants and nominated for a Thinkers50 Radar Award. Jennifer received her doctorate degree and two masters degrees from Yale University.
Sanne Feenstra (Dutch), Assistant Professor, VU Amsterdam
I am an Assistant Professor in Organizational Psychology at VU Amsterdam. I completed my PhD thesis (entitled Power in Organizational Life: An investigation of how stable and unstable power affect important organizational leadership outcomes) in 2020 at the University of Groningen. My research focuses on leadership, power, and the impostor phenomenon. I am passionate about communicating my work to a wider audience and love to host workshops and speak at conferences.
Julia Lynch (Canadian), Founding Director, Global Girl Project
Julia Lynch founded Global Girl Project in 2014, after over twenty years working as a Community Social Worker and Therapist. This work ignited her passion for supporting marginalized girls, and GGP was born. Since that time, Julia has worked tirelessly to not only be a role model for her global girls, but to train them on how to be role models and leaders to others within their communities. Since starting GGP Julia has become an in-demand voice on leadership and girls empowerment globally. Julia speaks with integrity and knowledge on international development, diversity, inclusion, leadership training, the mobilisation of youth, and community engagement. Julia is a passionate, engaging and down-to-earth speaker who has the ability to connect with her audience in such a way that they leave feeling inspired and mobilized to create the changes they want to see. She speaks regularly to businesses and organizations about how to be a change-maker in one’s own life, world and work.
Jyoti Bharwani (British), Artist, Curator, Advisor & Gallerist, PaintSpaces Studio & Gallery
I am a contemporary practicing artist, gallery founder, curator and art advisor living in London UK. Having graduated from Central St Martin's Art School (BA) and taking time out for family, I have reengaged and refreshed learnt skills by recently completing an MA Fine Art and a 2-Art Residency as Co-Chair of Students at City and Guilds London Art School. I founded PaintSpaces Studio and Gallery to support and give exposure to emerging artists who employ voices and themes which resonate with my own. I am especially passionate about embracing and empowering the female voice within art and contemporary society, and look forward to meeting and sharing experiences with like-minded people at the WIN conference.
Cathy Dimarchos (Australian), Advisor, Mentor & CEO, Solutions2you
Cathy is the founder of Solutions2you and believes we can all contribute to lifting the baseline across the world. Her values take centre stage and business becomes honest and expressive as she leaves a lasting imprint on those around her. As a visionary, with more than 3 decades of experience in finance, scaling businesses, a qualified counsellor, and certified in psychological safety she supports people to realise their unspoke ambition and to step outside their comfort zone. Through empathy and strategic positioning, she empowers people to establish healthy boundaries, to think limitlessly and to challenge norms. Cathy shares her global experiences include working in orphanages, living with the Maasai, trekking with Gorilla’s to enchanting moments in Bhutan, and how they have contributed to redefining her purpose and passion in paying things forward to the future generation so that they can step outside of their lane, and go against the grain. “As we rise, we must lift those around us.”
Mynoo Blackbyrn (British), Founder, Federation 100 Miracle Lens
At the pinnacle of an impressive corporate career in London, Mynoo Maryel stepped away from her hamster-on-a-wheel life, leapt out into the great unknown — and landed, on both feet, in pure magic. Hers is an ordinary, extraordinary story. From a lifelong pattern of incessant thinking, constant go-go-going and never ending to-do lists for ever-increasing performance, Mynoo learned to become still. She turned up the volume on her inner knowing, and listened to guidance. She went through a series of spiritual awakenings and was blessed with the calling of her soul, to awaken humans and humanity to the miracle that they are, activating expecting and accepting miracles as the norm. It is her great joy to share this work and wisdom with major leaders and corporations across the world, including, the United Nations, Women’s Economic Forum, as well as many prestigious International networks of key influencers and game changers. Mynoo is the author of the global bestseller The BE Book: A Journey Into Miracles and Guide to Self-Liberation, available worldwide on Amazon.com, and Co-Founder of the Federation 100 and Miracles Inc as well as The PoEM Foundation, an NGO.
Claire-Marie Boggiano (Northern Irish), Lecturer in Leadership, The University of Salford
Claire-Marie Boggiano is a Chartered Engineer, a Lecturer in Leadership and has her own consultancy business, Lurig Ltd. She specialises in business change and leadership development, supporting business leaders implementing complex change. She also coaches & mentors individuals going through personal & career transitions. Claire-Marie is an ambassador for Women on Boards UK and Queen Bee Coaching, a Pankhurst Trust service that provides free leadership coaching to women. She received the Inspiring Women ‘Manchester Bee’ Award in 2021. Claire-Marie has been part of WIN since 2007, as a participant, forum speaker, moderator and coach. She is delighted to be an Executive Partner working with Kristin & the team to create WINManchester 2018-2021.
Bandita Thapa (Nepali), Founder & Director, Women Foundation Nepal/ Butterfly Ventures
Nepali born and raised global Change Maker, Bandita Thapa started Women Foundation Nepal at just 17 years of age. As the youngest change maker by founding Women Foundation, Bandita has traveled the world advancing her skills in leadership development, women’s entrepreneurship, and Breaking the Silence – empowering women and young girls in TECH, education, and leadership. A decade of tireless hard work being a change maker and years of extensive work to uplift the earthquake-effected communities in Nepal, Bandita realized that women need entrepreneurship to generate revenue to fight against all kind of discriminations. In 2018, she founded Butterfly Ventures and providing leadership trainings, inspiring to become an entrepreneur and breaking the silence – speaking up, standing tall (young girls voice) to be heard and understand. An award winner CIDA fellowship, in Leadership Development Canada, NUFFIC Fellowship in the Netherlands and a Community Solution Fellowship in U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Served as a Co-Chair in The Global Summit, UN fellowship in Berlin School of Economics.
Emi Shitara (Japanese), Organizer, Harvard Business School Online Tokyo Chapter
Emi Shitara is a Global speaker and Influencer to key leaders in Japan. Visionary, Experienced Community Manager/Organizer for innovation. Marketing Communication professional for technology, Public Business partnership consultant. Mentor for female and young global leaders. Business consultant for executives, Public Relations, Brand development management, SDGs consultant. She is also a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, member of the Jury Committee of the Global Media & Information Literacy Awards 2021 for UNESCO, as well as contributing as a volunteer jury for European Commission #EUvsVirus Hackathon in 2020. Emi Shitara has been leading the Harvard Business School Online Community voluntary with her professional experiences and skills, since its global launch in 2018. This year her leading project team’s proposal was successfully selected as the winner of Harvard Business School Online Third-Annual Global Community Chapter competition “Community Challenge” for solving real-world issues with “Business with a Purpose”.Business Consultant, Public Relations, Brand development management, CSR consultant in cooperation with UN, Organizing Award at several major events in Tokyo. Personal Business Counselor for Executives. Emi Shitara has been leading the Harvard Business School Online Community voluntary with her professional experiences and skills, since its global launch in 2018. This year her leading project team’s proposal was successfully selected as the winner of Harvard Business School Online Third-Annual Global Community Chapter competition “Community Challenge” for solving real-world issues with “Business with a Purpose”.
Georgia Watson (Australian), Enablement & Skills Transformation, IBM Europe, Middle East & Africa
Georgia Watson is an international enablement and learning leader with a passion for innovation, enablement and inclusion. Currently delivering enablement programs and transforming skills for IBM, Georgia has received many awards for her innovative approaches. Georgia is an active inclusion champion and founder of Ekare Africa, a non-profit organisation focused on breaking outdated stereotypes and suporting inclusive education access in rural West Africa. Georgia’s experience has a been gained while juggling life, family and work in the very different contexts of Australia, Europe, Africa and most recently the Middle East. When Georgia is not working, she enjoys playing superheroes with her two sons or hiding from them trying to sneak in some yoga.
Delphine Robillot (French), Head of Ethics, Human Rights, Data Protection, Genesis Project LLC
I believe anyone who has the opportunity to engage with people willing to build a more Ethic and socially responsible future shall go for it… be it for a ten-minute discussion or a life-long partnership…I am an entrepreneur, a poet, a “human” lover… I learned more from experience than university and as much from failing than succeeding. I studied Law and became a Lawyer; graduated from Paris Law School in 2011; I worked for French Trade Commission, law firm, loyalty program startup (where I naively wanted to link the program to Charity to give some meaning to the shopping and consumption culture…). In 2016, I decided to get more involved in Consultancy Strategy for Education, Protection of the environment and Sustainable development, art, animal welfare and philanthropy projects... because those subjects were essential to me. Being based in the UAE since 2012, I had been immerged in its cosmopolitanism, its catalyst energy, its time perception that is like nowhere else, I had been meeting amazing for years people from all over the globe coming here to try to make a difference engaging in Women Empowerment, renewable energy, protection of the ocean, changing education, developing access to water, access to financial services etc… and I wanted to be part of that movement but at the same time I did not have enough courage to follow my instinct.
Jules Wyman (British), Confidence Coach, Speaker, Author
Jules Wyman is a speaker and coach who loves to shatter the illusions around confidence. Her talks and coaching have been described as insightful, empowering, refreshingly raw, authentic and grounded. Jules is known for speaking with genuine self-belief and honesty. But life hasn’t always been that way. For far too many years she thought the elusive treasure of confidence was something others had. You were either born with or not. It appeared to pop up at random times and leave just as swiftly. As there was no way to control how she felt, she just had to ‘get by’ with what she had. So, she learnt the art of acting as if she felt confident. She faked feeling comfortable and pretended her way through presentations, meetings or interviews. This phoney way of working and living was just too hard. Jules decided that there had to be another way and felt guided to explore the topic of confidence. She now shares her discoveries with clients and audiences globally, dispelling many of the common held myths - myths that hinder rather than help the growth of confidence and that only leave you craving more temporary and meaningless fixes. Jules now knows, without doubt, that living with authentic confidence is possible and has made it her purpose to ensure others experience it too.
Ema Mano Epps (British Macedonian), Creative Partner, PaintSpaces Studio & Gallery
Ema until recently was a Trustee at City and Guilds of London Art School, where she shared an Art Residence and role of chair of students with artist Jyoti Bharwani. Ema was awarded a Distinction from MA Fine Art there and graduated from St Martins School of Art. Ema and Jyoti started Ema and Jyoti Atelier, exhibiting across London whilst published and interviewed nationally and having their works collected internationally with focus on a sustainable art-practice and philosophy. Ema is the founder of Platform1Gallery, also co-founded Studio106 and RoboFold - an innovative robotic technology start up RoboFold, which merged global Avant Gard Architecture, Art and Design, focusing on material language and innovative making processes. She is part of ‘Tracing Earth’ - a collective at Paintspaces gallery. Ema was shortlisted for the FiliA2018 Art award as an emerging female artist of the year, exhibiting in London, Manchester and Brazil. Ema Mano Epps graduated as an Art Director from Central St Martins in 2001.
Kirsten Stendevad (Danish), Founder & CEO, Illumina International Leadership Academy
Kirsten Stendevad is the Nordic Awakener of a more Feminine Future and Illuminary Leadership Evolver, specialized in 21st Century leadership. She is the (co-)author of 7 trendsetting books (in Scandinavian) about 21st Century paradigms which she has lectured about at Harvard Business School, MIT, McKinsey & Company and more. Kirsten is known for her ability to create transformational networks centered around the leadership of the new era. Her lifechanging programs enable leaders, business owners and change makers embody leadership 4.0. She is a popular speaker on topics like “From Crisis to Quantum leap”, “The 7 Dimensions of 21st Century Leadership”, “The New Feminine Leadership”, “Masculine leadership in the “Feminine Century” and more. She has often been quoted in the press for her inspiring out-of-the-box perspectives. She has an MA from University of Copenhagen and New School for Social Research and is a Certified Kundalini-Yoga Instructor and Evolutionary Coach. She has spent half of her life in international environments, including 12 years in Brussels and 10 years in New York City. She currently serves a global audience out of her home in Copenhagen. She is the mother of three, whereof two on Earth and one in Heaven.
Irem Sefa Yayimlar (Turkish), Personal Brand Creator, brandyMe Personal Branding Consultancy
İrem Sefa Yayımlar is a Personal Brand Creator empowering women in business to recreate their personal brands to be more visible, effective and impactful to make a difference and demonstrate their unique value and leadership in the relevant industry. She is specialized on strategic marketing & brand management in multinational companies with performance coaching experiences over 100+ people in Europe. She is Certified Personal Brand Strategist ICF Coach accredited in Personal Branding Guru, William Arruda's Personal Branding Strategist, Digital Branding Strategist Program and 360Reach Personal Brand Analyst Program. Combining her passion of empowering women with her expertise and experiences, she is currently running her own business, BrandyMe Personal Branding Consultancy and working with women in business all around the world. Additionally she is an instructor and mentor in The School of Life, Hackquarters and women communities for entrepreneurs.
Oke Chinye (Nigerian), Founder, Oke Speaks
I am a Business Psychologist, Trainer, Therapist and Coach engaged in helping self-sabotaging individuals break free from mental/emotional blockers to achieve success in life and business. Over the last years, I have helped many who were stuck in life, overcome unhelpful beliefs and behaviour patterns, as well as gain clarity for their much-needed next move. I have lived in the United Kingdom and currently reside in Nigeria with my family. I hold a Masters’ degree in Organizational Psychology from Birkbeck College, London, a Masters’ Degree in Business Psychology from The University of Gloucestershire, UK, Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy and a Certificate in REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute, New York. I am an alumnus of Harvard Business School Executive Program, Boston, a fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, UK and a member of the British Psychological Society, UK. I am passionate about lifelong learning. My vision is to establish a global institute for leadership and personal development. My book “Building the Dream: from crossroads to purpose” which chronicles my journey of overcoming fear and low self-esteem continues to inspire many to overcome their own challenges.
Dr. Kaouthar Darmoni, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
A dreamer and executive leader who wants to make the world a better place thanks to Gender Equality & Feminine Leadership. Her Favorite weapons to accelerate change are: the Pen, the power of Logos, to deconstruct as an academician & intellectual the Gender inequalities. She also uses the Voice, the power of Ethos, as an international motivational speaker (with her viral Tedx Talks) to bring her vision for a gender equal world. She expresses with the Body, the power of Eros, the Rise of the Feminine, in all humans, to help our world evolve towards more (Gender) Equality & Inclusivity.
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