About us

    We connect professional women and men across industries and trades in the Lake Geneva region.

    Our members represent a diverse spectrum of nationalities, cultures and skills. Whether working in private or non-profit sectors, multinational corporation or a small enterprise or owning their business, they all share a common interest in expanding their professional networks, sharing ideas, and best practices as well as continuing their personal and professional development.

    Our members and constituency enjoy numerous networking, development and social opportunities throughout the year in five focus areas:

    1. International trade and diplomacy
    2. Business and entrepreneurship
    3. Personal and professional development
    4. Women's empowerment
    5. Diversity & inclusion

    Read our Articles of Association.

    OWIT International

    OWIT Lake Geneva is a non-profit organization and chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), an international network of over 3,000 members in twenty-five chapters around the world. Through OWIT International, we provide our members with access to a worldwide network of people with similar interests, keen to expand their professional networks and to exchange business experiences and ideas. OWIT International is the only global business association dedicated to helping women and men excel in international trade and business. Learn more about OWIT International.

    What is key and what makes the spirit of OWIT come alive in each chapter is our value set – in how we deliver our mission and areas of focus … these are: collaboration, integrity, responsibility, respect, diversity, empowerment, learning, compassion and of course having fun.

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    Sign up for our monthly e-bulletin featuring announcements of upcoming events, interviews with successful professional women and opinion articles.


    All the positions at OWIT Lake Geneva are fulfilled by a committed volunteer team divided into specialist teams responsible for their own areas of expertise (Events, MarCom, Partnership, Treasury). The association is headed by the President who is supported by the Board members. Click on the volunteers' name to access further information about them.

    Board members

    Nasya Dimitrova

    Hulya Kurt
    Executive Vice President

    Loredana Serban

    Catherine Gambotto
    VP Partnership

    Joelle Thonet
    VP Events

    Anca Gosling
    VP Marketing Communications

    Active volunteers

    Chokoufeh Samii

    Veronika Stoilovski
    Mentorship Program & MNM

    Ekaterina Filippova
    MarCom team volunteer

    Katherine McGregor
    Events Team Volunteer 


    Birgit Thomsen Guth
    General Council

    Immediate past president

    Violette Ruppanner
    OWIT International VP of Strategy

    Open positions

    We are always looking for passionate, skilled and responsible members to step forward to contribute to our activities as volunteers. If you have the skills or knowledge that could help us provide more value to our members, perhaps through organising events, creating online communities or fostering new professional partnerships - do let us know.

    The following positions are currently open for the 2017 Volunteer Team. Let us know where you see yourself next!

    • Marketing & communication volunteer
    • Events volunteer 
    • Lausanne Monthly Networking Meeting (MNM) coordinator

    In order to apply, please download this form, fill it out and send it back to volunteering@owit-lakegeneva.org.


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