Board members & volunteers 2022-2023


Iulia Popescu

With more than 10 year experience in the private sector in Switzerland (corporate and entrepreneurial), Iulia is an active project manager looking for new challenges. 

The versatility and agility she have shown in her various positions has allowed her to put into practice her sense of organization and communication, while respecting a quality objective. 

Dynamic, flexible and autonomous, she does not lack rigor and she adapts very easily. 

She joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2017 and after her role as VP Events during 2017-2019, she took over the Executive Vice President position working mainly on the organisation's strategy on how to bring value to our members and community. 

Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz Executive Vice President

Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz has been working as an Intercultural Communications Trainer since 2017 and as a Project Management and Business Process Trainer since 2001.

In her workshops she meets the needs of already well-established professionals coming from the corporate world as well as those of students preparing to work successfully across borders.

She is a double master’s degree holder – in Intercultural Communication (MIC) at the USI Lugano and in European Studies (European Law, Economics and Culture) at the University to Poznan.

Patricia Fromaget-Montanier VP Events 

Following 15 years in the banking industry in Geneva, and a decade in the luxury goods sector developing business relations in Dubai, Patricia has become a proven specialist in events management, initiating and coordinating numerous events and conferences for international companies and private banks in Geneva, Zurich, Paris and Dubai.

Possessing strong social agility and interpersonal skills, Patricia enjoys collaborating with open-minded people who look to use their knowledge and expertise to bring positive results to society.

Patricia joined OWIT in 2022 and is delighted to support inspiring women from all different backgrounds and cultures whose common purpose is to strengthen and promote the multiple actions of women, notably in the area of international affairs, education and ecology.

Aditi Varma VP Marketing Communications

Aditi is a sustainability and international development professional. She has an MSc. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University in the city of New York.

She has lived and worked in Asia, Africa and the USA on development and sustainability issues including girls education, youth unemployment, sustainable supply chain, waste and recycling and sustainable coffee production.

She is fluent in English, Hindi and has conversational knowledge of Bhasa Indonesia and is learning French. She is delighted to be a part of the OWIT community and network.

Jenitha Jacob VP Membership (temporary assignement)

Jenitha Jacob has a bachelor degree in International Economics and Trade fromWenzhou University, Zhejiang, China and master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from International University in Geneva, Switzerland.

Before volunteering at Organization ofWomen in International Trade (OWIT), Jenitha worked at Bugando Medical Hospital as a counselor and Nono Tanzania Limited as an accountant and supervisor.

Jenitha is interested and motivated to work in the economic empowerment of Women in all spheres and is currently enrolled in a postgraduate diploma in Women’s Leadership Development from Said Business School at theUniversity of Oxford.

Sanaz Javadi Farahzadi VP Partnership

An international lawyer, trainer, mentor and adviser to international organizations, local governments, academia, private sector, United Nations and European Union on IP technical assistance, trade development projects and gender equality in Europe, Middle East, Africa and South East Asia.

Master in Intellectual Property Law, LLM in International Trade Law, Doctoral Researcher in Intellectual Property, Based in Geneva, Switzerland. 

She has been lecturing in ETH Zurich, Graduate Institute Geneva and University of Cambridge.
Teaching experience in more than 12 countries from developed and developing world.
Work experience with World Intellectual Property Organization, International Trade Center, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, South Center, INTA & UNCTAD.

Project Consultant, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), (ARISE+ IPR)
Mentor, women in International Affairs Network, London, UK
Member of the Gender, Social Inclusion and Trade (GST) Working Group

VACANT  VP Treasury 


Temporarily covered by Iulia Popescu, President. 

Active Volunteers

Aurélie Hutzli Administrator

With a Swiss and Russian background, and having resided several years in China, Brazil, and the United Kingdom, Aurélie is thoroughly experienced in working in multi-national and multi-cultural environments. She is fluent in Russian, Portuguese, French, and English, with a strong understanding of German and Spanish, and a sound notion of Mandarin.

Aurélie has practice in working with the international sector, the private financial sector, and marketing. Her driving interests include social digitalisation and transnational communication.

Besides OWIT-Lake Geneva, Aurélie is an MA candidate in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute Geneva. She holds a First-Class Honour’s bachelor degree in political anthropology from Durham University.

Ruxandra Grigorita Volunteer (MarCom, e-bulletin & Events, Geneva)

Ruxandra is an experienced learning professional with a passion for adult learning and human resources. She is also focused on increasing the women's role and presence in all business areas and the technology sector in particular. Passionate self-starter, she believes in achieving excellence only through hard work, integrity and full commitment to one's responsibilities.

Currently an International Learning&Development Manager with L’Occitane Group as well as External Instructor with IATA, Ruxandra worked in the past 10 years as a learning professional, with companies like Expedia Lodging Partners, Thomson Reuters, HSBC and Caterpillar. She holds an MBA from Solvay Business School in Brussels, with a focus on European Management.

She joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2018 and after being an active Volunteer, she took over the VP Marketing Communication position and is committed to supporting the organization in the events and communications area.

Alessia Robusto Volunteer (Events & Afterworks, Lausanne)

Alessia is curious, resilient, and happy Italian mom of an adorable boy and joyful girl. She is passionate about people and she believe In their unique skills to complement a team.

With more then 15 years of experience in managing all aspects of HR functions from recruiting, performance management, talent and development processes, now she collaborate with UPG an NGO start up of green and sustainable development projects as Talent acquisition Mgr

Aha has a classical education, graduated in law with a Master in HR management, here in Switzerland she obtained a local certificate in HR.

She joined OWIT in 2020 starting to contribute in organise Events, to be inspired and inspire and to continuous improvement.

Alessia believe in “ education , education , education “ to succeed in life and help others. She is very proud to be part of this great team!

Mahathi Nemallapudi
Volunteer (Events & Afterworks, Lausanne)

Mahathi has multi-disciplinary experience, in corporate and entrepreneurial environments. She worked as a recruiter at Sapient and founded her own food company called Maa Vantillu, both in India. Now in Switzerland, she has further diversified, and works as a social media manager in an academic and humanitarian environment, at EssentialTech Center, EPFL.

She joined OWIT as a volunteer in Jan 2020, and, as a firm believer in women empowerment, is excited to get to know the Swiss ecosystem for new opportunities.

Mahathi holds an MBA in HR from Amity University, New Delhi India. Before that she completed her B.Pharm at JNTU. Hyderabad India.

Juliette Bigot Volunteer (Geneva)

Born in Saigon, raised in Cairo then in Paris, “a traveller”, Juliette has always evolved in an international environment.

She has a strong expertise in the Luxury and Fashion business, gained in prestigious Maisons. She has a passion for heritage, craftsmanship and would love to contribute to a more sustainable world in her industry.

She holds a Postgraduate degree in International trade and Economics from Paris 1 Sorbonne University.

She joined OWIT in 2018 to share ideas with inspiring women from all horizons and cultures. She is happy to help OWIT to grow in Geneva, the international city par excellence.

 Daciana Leonte
Volunteer (Lausanne)

Daciana is owner of Rohngate Technologies - Microsoft certified professional and trainer for Dynamics NAV, Dynamics 365 Business Central and Power Platform, with a strong business operations management background and more than 15 years experiences in business applications implementation, scoping, planning, managing projects through the entire life cycle, managing teams and sharing knowledge and expertise.

She joined OWIT in 2021 and is an active volunteer in the Lausanne team of events. 

VACANT Volunteer (Geneva or Lausanne)
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Zohre Momeni Volunteer (International - remote)

Working as a volunteer under the Partnership VP of OWIT-Lake Geneva, Zohre has a lot of experience working as a legal advisor and researcher. She is working with United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Intellectual Property Unit Division on Investment and Enterprise) as an associate researcher now. Zohre is very much interested and driven to work towards development and furthering the knowledge of Intellectual Property especially amongst women.

Zohre holds and LLM on Intellectual Property and is currently working on her second LLM on International Contracts & Arbitration at University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland. 

 Fatemeh Mansouri Volunteer (International - remote)

Fatemeh is an Intellectual Property Law graduate from Iran, with a background of working in International Business Law environment specially on  contracts.

She is fluent in English, Turkish and a basic knowledge in Arabic.

She is a Mentee of 9th Batch "Hear My Voice" program focusing on Women Empowerment.

Also a Candidate of University of Lausanne International Business Law LLM program and holds a bachelor degree in Law with 3.6 GPA.

 Niloofar Alamalhodaei Volunteer (International - remote)

Niloofar has LLM Private Law. She has been working for 6 years in the field of women, especially women's rights and women empowerment, and for 8 years in the field of children, especially children's rights and increasing the level of education of children.

For example , for women prisoners in Iran , she has given a plan to the Iranian Prisons Organization for their economic empowerment , and has also held women's rights education courses to raise awareness of women's rights in Iran for Iranian women. she has also had various research projects in the field of family law for 3 years.

Niloofar has focused her professional goal on achieving gender equality by focusing on women's empowerment and awareness of their rights.

VACANT Volunteer 

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Immediate Past President

Hulya Kurt President 2018-2021

I spent 30 years in the corporate world, where I held many different roles, ranging from Business Admin Manager to Global Customer Experience Lead, Business Strategy Manager and Process Design Lead.

I was part of the Diversity and Inclusion global steering committees, led the local Business Resource Groups and now I am the President of OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) Lake Geneva, as well as VP Chapter Support, for OWIT International.

With a wide experience in managing large, remote and on-site teams, creating strategies, and assessing solutions, I am passionate about helping others to succeed and holding multiple workshops around Career development and Innovation methodologies globally as well a professional business coach.

I have taken currently a new position on as President of Noble Manhattan Coaching Geneva, which is an International Organization, uniting existing coaches, new and student coaches, creating a platform where coaches can practise, learn and upskill themselves in a trust environment, expanding their network and business.


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