The Founders

Ania

Ania is a lobbyist who loves everything telecoms. Having done a full Brussels magic circle (the European Parliament, the Council and a trade association), she now settled herself in Facebook.
Ania feels best when is on the move, either checking new spots in her current home town of Brussels or getting lost somewhere around in Europe. In her view, every journey is worthwhile (even if it’s just to discover a new wine bar around the corner). In her free time, she probably spends too much time analyzing latest fashion blogs and enjoys long chats with her friends over a glass of wine about absolutely everything.

Kayla

A Europhile whose identity (and therefore accent) has a little piece of Belgium, UK and France, amongst others. Home is everywhere, and nowhere. This has nurtured her love of travel, especially South East Asia. Nothing quite brings a smile to her face than a sunset over Burmese or Cambodian temples. Sunday mornings find her sipping on green juices or, behind her camera, taking snaps of the city. She quit her job to pursue her passion for women’s rights and is still finding her path. In the meantime, you are guaranteed to be her best friend if you talk to her about the gender pay gap after two glasses of gin.

Özlem

After living in Brussels for several years, Özlem recently burst out of the EU bubble and relocated to London where she works as a lawyer. Özlem discovered that she was a feminist at 13 when she was told off for having a bob haircut — apparently girls are meant to have long hair. Since then, Özlem believes that women should be free to find their own paths in life and shouldn’t be burdened by society’s pressure of who they should be, or how they should look. One of her favourite quotes is “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Malala Yousafzai. It’s something Özlem always asks herself. When she’s not daydreaming about living in a better world, Özlem’s hobbies include interior design, ballet, cheese, detox retreats and wine tasting trips. The top thing on her bucket list is to dance in a flash mob.

Sabina

Sabina likes to think of herself as a doer. She believes in the power of people with larger-than-life ideas.
You will often find her in a coffee shop behind her Mac, with a large latte on the side.
When she’s not working on her PhD or one of her other side projects, you’ll probably bump into her jogging away through the streets of Brussels. Sabina talks too much politics, well, ok, too much everything… with disarming passion. She plays tennis and does ballroom dancing. She’s often asked where she fits it all, a question she never has the right answer for.

Stephanie

Stephanie, a tomboy at heart, would often be seen as ‘one of the guys’ avoiding the stereotypical groups of girls she didn’t trust.
Fortunately (in recent years) she was proved wrong and counts herself lucky to have a group of strong and kind women in her life she calls her close friends. Women who motivate and support each other. Now she strongly feels that more women should be able to enjoy such a support and motivation and this is what encouraged her to be part of this project.

Bucharest Team

Daria

Daria, a mix of Disney princess at heart and Xena warrior attitude, always enjoys a heated debate around feminism vs. femininity.
She believes that women can have it all and tries to lead by example.
A young mother of two, Daria is actively trying to be an innovative changemaker with a strong focus on education. As today’s curricula does not prepare kids for tomorrow’s future, Daria helps bring 21st century life skills in schools all around Romania.

Luciana

A classical introvert, Lu is a person of short and powerful phrases, of quick thinking and immediate action.

She ignites when she picks up new ideas or uncommon concepts which aim to unite people and make us better as human beings. Recently, she started writing and professional mentoring because of her strong belief in the power of sharing and teaching.

In her spare time, Lu spends time with her family and her adorable former stray dog. For outer peace and inner dynamics, Lu loves to read and attend movie festivals. She is also a collector and you’ll get to know more about her collections once you meet her!

Oana

A young creative spirit born and raised in a small town in Transylvania, Oana followed a pretty uncommon career path that combined entrepreneurship, social environment and disruptive technology. She once had a 9 months crush on London, but now she’s in a serious relationship with Bucharest. Her day is perfect if it starts with home-cooked breakfast and good music, and ends with meaningful conversations over a nice glass of wine. Oana built a strong personality by always pushing herself out of the comfort zone and a designer mindset by combining empathy with her interest for sense-making. She’s into observing and improving herself constantly not by using mirrors but by being more present in her life.

Raluca

A research scientist, passionate about art and beauty. She is the contrast between army boots and ballet pointe shoes. Very ambitious and stubborn, a sensitive and professional daydreamer, she believes that impossible become possible if you truly wish it. She admires strong women who proved their supremacy in their profession and thinks that we should be our own example for a better world.
Raluca loves to speak about ideas, science, the meaning of life and any other topics where she can have a brilliant contradictory discussion. It`s not about the destination, it’s all about the beauty of the journey! She does ballet and dance and is passionate about Russian language and culture. If you ask her for an advice she`s gonna tell you “Normalcy is boring! Have the courage to live your life and never ignore your passions! The limit is only in your mind!”

London Team

Alina

Alina’s background is as diverse as her ideas: born in Latvia, raised culturally Russian, growing up in Australia and living in Paris, Switzerland and now London, Alina’s motto is “moving mountains.” Driven by staying curious and pushing boundaries, Alina worked in media & advertising, multilateral development, and now the innovation world. Her deep interest in playing a key role in women’s empowerment first came about in Geneva when she helped build a successful women’s association that focused on supporting women in their first fifteen years of career. She is now keen to drive more change where she lives, in the U.K. When she isn’t thinking about how to encourage younger women to partake in the movement, Alina is on a plane, in Africa, or Nepal, connecting the dots between different stakeholders in her job of building businesses in emerging markets.

Marianna

Born on International Women’s Day, Marianna was always destined to fly the flag for the sisterhood. A Spanish-Irish background bestowed a mischievous temperament with a certain ‘joie de vivre’. After jigging her way across Europe as a lawyer, she eventually settled in London finding herself on the other side of the table as an adviser to government.

Marianna dreams of a diverse gender-neutral world where quotas are no longer necessary. Her school motto, “Action not Words” taught her the importance of making a difference now.

If she’s not hosting dinner parties, Marianna can usually be found practising her backhand on the tennis court or plotting the next travel escapade.

Özlem

After living in Brussels for several years, Özlem recently burst out of the EU bubble and relocated to London where she works as a lawyer. Özlem discovered that she was a feminist at 13 when she was told off for having a bob haircut — apparently girls are meant to have long hair. Since then, Özlem believes that women should be free to find their own paths in life and shouldn’t be burdened by society’s pressure of who they should be, or how they should look. One of her favourite quotes is “Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” – Malala Yousafzai. It’s something Özlem always asks herself. When she’s not daydreaming about living in a better world, Özlem’s hobbies include interior design, ballet, cheese, detox retreats and wine tasting trips. The top thing on her bucket list is to dance in a flash mob.

Sajni

Having started her career in the male dominated environment of banking, Sajni is an advocate of gender equality and breaking through the glass ceiling. She’s since switched to the world of start-ups and is excited by the opportunities of technology to make a difference in people’s lives.

Sajni enjoys bringing people together and lives by the moto, “to have joy, one must share it”. She can often be found capsizing dinghies in the docklands or globetrotting, in an attempt to escape the City.