The Founders

Ania

Business & Partnerships Manager, Blog Curator

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

LEGAL & FINANCIAL OFFICER

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.

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Sabina

Community Leader

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 soy latte on the side. She works in the EU Bubble and runs several side projects focused on women empowerment and youth participation. Sabina talks too much politics, well, ok, too much everything… with disarming passion. Sometimes she plays tennis and she used to be a ballroom dancer. 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.

Management Team

Ania

Business & Partnerships Manager, Blog Curator

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.

Özlem

LEGAL & FINANCIAL OFFICER

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.

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Sabina

Community Leader

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 soy latte on the side. She works in the EU Bubble and runs several side projects focused on women empowerment and youth participation. Sabina talks too much politics, well, ok, too much everything… with disarming passion. Sometimes she plays tennis and she used to be a ballroom dancer. She’s often asked where she fits it all, a question she never has the right answer for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oana

Communications Manager

Oana hates talking about herself! That and small talk are two topics she steers clear of, preferring soul searching conversations about the meaning of life, the universe (black holes fascinate her), the dangers of climate change, arts (even though she has zero knowledge of), history, religion, politics, economics…or any other topic that goes deeper then the boring: “So, for how long have you been living in Belgium?”. Her daily dose of energy comes from running, spending time with her husband and playing with their two dogs. And food!

 

Ksenija

Communications Assistant

Ksenija is a self-proclaimed EU junky, big foody, agriculture passionate and a curious being. Having moved around Europe a few times and leaving part of her heart in Serbia and Italy she settled in Brussels to work on EU agri-food policies and enjoy Belgian chocolate. Constantly on the move, whether for work or for pleasure she enjoys learning new things and discovering new places and cultures. She always has her next travel booked and enjoys preparing herself for it by reading books and documentaries. In her free time, you will probably find her running, coffee (wine) sipping or cooking. She is very talented in inventing unique recipes and sweets, mostly because she never manages to reproduce the same one again.

Ermenegilda

Business & Partnerships Assistant

Ermenegilda has an Italian name, an Australian accent and lots of opinions. She moved to Brussels from Sydney trading the hustle and bustle of lawyering for the wheeling and dealing of lobbying. She is passionate about climate action and sees it as the challenge of our generation. Luckily for her, she channels that passion into advising energy clients from the world over on emissions reductions regulations. Though most of the work she does is in the Brussels Bubble, she has also represented some of the pacific islands at the UNFCCC and branches out when she can. Away from the office, she loves comedy, yoga, rugby, and a spot of knitting from time to time. She travels to Berlin, and Italy frequently for pleasure and London for work.

Maike

Database Assistant

Maike turns fierce into an artform. German born and raised, she keeps one foot in the Brussels Bubble and one in Berlin where she uses her fascination for function as a lobbyist working on app based services. On weekends Maike dominates the rugby pitch as a fierce fullback. She easily interchanges between brawn and brains. She also has two puppies and loves to bake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabriela

Team Assistant

Feminine yet strong, clumsy yet determined, Gabriela is a wanderer and tomboy. She’s originally from an ex-Soviet country where these things don’t quite add up. Having studied and lived for 5 years in Austria, Gabriela moved to Brussels to fulfill her desire to make an impact. As a Europhile working on digital technologies, she has found a place in the bubble that she can call home. Outside professional convictions Gabriela fights against the female stereotypes that she grew up believing in. She’ll always choose a good conversation with a glass of wine over a crowded night out, likes taking photos and doesn’t shy away from trying new things that make your heart race.

Karima

Events Manager

Karima has a Masters in applied economics and works in the car industry. She went from contract and credit analysis to being the right hand of the CEO and at the same time supporting ongoing strategic projects. She speaks four languages fluently which made it impossible for her to master the art of expression in all. So she’s fairly known for creating her own expressions! She has a bit too much energy not always knowing where to put it so when you can’t find her working behind her laptop coming up with new ideas, she’s putting her energy in sports: Jiu-jitsu, cross-fit and dancing! She loves travelling, laughing, meeting new people, spending time with her family and loved ones. She’s also a spiritual person and puts some time to the side for meditation. She’s positive, joyful, quite straightforward and motivated! Her weakness? Chocolate and her cat Boogie. Yep, she’s certainly a cat person!

Julia

HR Manager

Julia is an EU policy enthusiast, and is passionate about making the EU legislative process understandable and approachable for everyone. Originally from the Åland Islands, a Swedish speaking self-governed region of Finland, Julia moved around for her studies and early carrier. After a short stint in the US, she arrived in Brussels and instantly felt at home. Ten years and two kids later this is truer than ever! Julia is a feminist by raising, and is convinced that everything from policy change to passionate discussion over beer is needed to make society more equal and fair.

Yasmina

Events Assistant

Born and raised in South Belgium from Flemish and Moroccan parents, Yasmina has found herself in spaces where people didn’t look like her. She is constantly trying to navigate in new environments and taking challenges, while finding out who she really is. That is why she loves bringing completely different people together and discovering what they have in common. Yasmina is fiercely passionate about finding everyone’s WHY (check Simon Sinek on this). With a very rational mind, she doesn’t care about getting crazy on the dancefloor or at concerts. She can’t live without karate, that has taught her respect, discipline, self-confidence … and some cool kicks! With two feet in Brussels but her heart always in Liège, she loves to spend her free time volunteering, going to exhibitions, looking for street art, biking and immerging in nature in order to disconnect from the city. Yasmina is not giving up learning Arabic and keeping plants alive.

Marie

Project Manager

Despite being an expat, speaking all day long in a language that is not her mother tongue, being married to an Italian that she met in Finland, Marie only traveled abroad for pleasure once in her life. She is obsessed with optimization and multitasking. Trips are no exception. After a degree in engineering, she now works in an international school where she deals with safety and security. Marie spends her day talking to people about what can be improved in their life; she spends many evenings talking to girlfriends and woman’s groups and her weekends talking to her daughters about DIY. All this talking made her an excellent listener.

London Team

Özlem

LEGAL & FINANCIAL OFFICER

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.

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Singapore Team

Patricia

Patricia is a passionate educationalist who loves to see the people around her succeed. A third-culture kid, she’s grown up in Romania, the UK, and Spain, where she has developed a love of languages and fusion dishes. Her main drive in life is to bring people of different cultures together.
In her spare time she loves creating DYI projects and cooking healthy dishes for her family and friends. When she is not binge-watching Netflix, she swims or trains her dancing skills and occasionally competes in Ballroom and Latin.
Warning: do not give her any mathematical or word puzzles, she is trying to quit.

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