The Founders

Ania

Global Business and 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.

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 latte on the side. When she’s not working on her PhD or one of her many side projects she cares about, she’s trying to hit the right balance between wining and dining and working out in the gym. 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

Global Business and 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.

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 latte on the side. When she’s not working on her PhD or one of her many side projects she cares about, she’s trying to hit the right balance between wining and dining and working out in the gym. 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

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?”.

Being a socially skilled introvert, she’s found her calling as a FinTech consultant, combining her passion for Finance, IT and travel and putting those self thought social skills to good use. She believes in leading with a kind heart and a bright smile, in teaching as opposed to chastising or rolling her eyes, sees beauty in every single person (something her grandmother thought her at a young age) and believes progress for women can only be achieved when we bring the other 50% of the population on board.

Her daily dose of energy comes from running, spending time with her husband and playing with their two dogs. And food! (if you ever need a restaurant partner, you can count on this one!)

Simone

Global HR Manager

After multiple years and many countries later, Simone finally made it to Belgium. With a background in European Public Health, she began her professional career in health policy research, made a short but very enlightening detour into the field of healthcare consulting and is now working for a European Sectoral Social Partner in Brussels. In the last four years, she co-founded a national student network in Sweden and coordinated a Global Mentorship program, which has been running ever since. She is (mildly) obsessed with productivity and organisational hacks – especially concerning her inbox and Reminder, so don’t be alarmed when getting calendar or task invites from her. If she is not categorising her Inbox, you can either find her whipping up one of her legendary cheese platters, buying groceries in the Sunday Gare du Midi market or at the gym.

Ksenija

Global Communications Manager

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

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.

Julieta

“European blood and Latin roots”: the mix that better represents our Events Manager.

She graduated as a Lawyer in Argentina and immediately took a flight to Brussels where she settled in September 2018. Her
passion was to discover a whole new world; therefore, with her commitment and innate enthusiasm, she started giving her first steps in an internationally-minded community.

She is continuously learning about new cultures, languages and jumping on any adventure that crosses her
path and enriches her soul.

She describes herself as a “people’s person”, food lover and music fan (Doing her first steps as an amateur DJ).

Julieta loves outdoor sports, and when the weather allows it, you can see her running in Bois La Cambre or find her in the hockey fields of Louvain La Neuve.

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.

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

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.

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.

Singapore Team

Cornelia

Cornelia was very fortunate to discover her passion about building new relationships and communicating with people at a very early age, as well to learn that women can succeed by inspiring and supporting each other, through her own experience of becoming the youngest Mary Kay Business Leader in her home country, Moldova, at just 20 years old. Having practiced martial arts earlier taught her that women have far more potential than many around them think. She embraced the HR industry in Moscow and continues pursuing it in Singapore, where diversity makes it an even more empowering endeavour. In her spare time, Cornelia is looking for inspiration in books, movies, different cultures, new places and of course, novel dishes.

Mariana

Home is where the heart is and Mariana’s flew from Moldova to Paris and landed in Singapore. Immersed in the ad tech industry, she always says “data is people in disguise”. A believer that the essential is invisible to the eye, she is passionate about emotional intelligence and hearing people’s stories, as that is where she finds her inspiration. Her calm is the ocean, her fire is muay thai, latino dancing and always trying new sports. Fun fact: brunches and cocktails with friends make the smile on her face bigger.

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.

Shin

A born and bred Singaporean who has settled back home after several years in England, Shin constantly has too many things on her plate and is always rushing from event to event. She is never seen without her day bag, consisting of exercise gear, dancing shoes, a bikini, a yoga mat, a cocktail dress and heels. Shin is passionate about every kind of dance, and was a competitive ballroom dancer before recently taking up pole dancing. She travels whenever work allows (not much!) and only if it involves diving, snowboarding, mountain climbing (or any other extreme sport). Shin strongly believes in pursuing her dreams without being limited by societal pressures and hopes to enable fellow women do the same.
In her spare time, Shin is an overworked trainee eye surgeon and hopes to find a cure for irreversible blindness one day.

Tahmina

After living most of her life in Baku, Tahmina moved across the world to Singapore for her family.
A lover of makeup and everything beauty she decided to pursue a career in the cosmetics industry. After working as a makeup artist for a while she found herself drawn to the world of photography and has been capturing her models in a timeless manner ever since.
When she is not glued to her computer editing photos, she loves to have afternoon tea sessions with her friends, explore Singapore and document all the little moments in between.