Board members & volunteers 2020-2021


Hulya Kurt

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.

Iulia Popescu Executive Vice President

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. 

Seza Onur VP Events 

I am an entrepreneur. I’ve setup my first web agency at age 19 because it was not legal before. I specialize in new technology and communications. I have experience in advertising, telecommunications, and e-commerce. Currently working on building and serving multicultural communities through technology. I am a people-connector by nature and I thoroughly enjoy organizing the events for the OWIT community. I also never miss a tennis game invitation.

I joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2019 and after being an active Volunteer, I took over the VP Events position. 

Ruxandra Grigorita
VP Marketing Communications

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.

Mahathi Nemallapudi VP Membership

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.

Nicole Pitter-Patterson VP Partnerships

A senior international development advisor with 20+ years of expertise in both the public and private sectors, Nicole has focused her career in the areas of community-based entrepreneurship, SME growth and social enterprise development.

As an Independent Development Adviser and Co-Founder of SheLeadsIt, a social enterprise focused on women’s economic empowerment since 2017, she has launched a Caribbean-wide innovative initiative supported by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for young women and girls in tech, as part of a woman led consortium; serves as Adviser to Ghana National Board for Small Scale Industries developing a specialized program for women’s economic empowerment; serves as Speaker at international conferences and is an Advisory Board Member of INDEGO Africa a social enterprise for artisans.

Nicole holds a B.A. in Economics at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica and an M.A. in Regional Economic Development at Northeastern University, U.S.A. with training in Residential Interior Design at the Art Institute, U.S.A.

Ioanna Barla VP Treasury

Ioanna joined the organization in 2018 as VP Treasury.

Senior Business leader with 20+ years’ experience of driving business growth across sectors, utilising a distinctive blend of expertise in International Finance, HR & Sales leadership and Business transformation projects.

She holds a MBA from EMLYON – France and a BSc. In Economics from the University of Economics – Piraeus, Greece. Actually she is studiyng in Geneva in order to obtain the Brevet de la Comptabilité et de Finance and explore the professional opportunities on Lake Geneva region.

Ioanna is particularly interested in cooperating harmoniously & effectively, by developing a strong working rapport & positive working relationships and supports women in their career and development.

Active Volunteers

Juliette Bigot Administrator

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.

Anila Hussain Volunteer (Events & Afterworks)

Anila is a Social Impact Entrepreneur & Co-Founder SHENANNZ.

Driven by a strong business mindset since childhood, Anila, a national level gymnast, was raised in Karachi, the cosmopolitan fashion hub of the East. Her zest for knowledge led her to become a Montessori International Educator, settled in Geneva, Switzerland. Alongside her teaching role as a Montessori educator, Anila’s formative years were spent pursuing fashion styling consultancy in Switzerland.

Her presence in the world of fashion and glamour in Europe led to SHENANNZ becoming an international brand, where she serves as the brand’s global Ambassador. Anila currently oversees the showcasing of SHENANNZ’s couture collection in Europe across fashion events and platforms such as Montreux Moda Switzerland, London Fashion week, House of iKons, Swiss Fashion week Manor, Vevey, Globus Geneva and recently in Dubai.

Anila is committed to emancipation and empowerment of impoverished women, by fostering their creativity to create sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families. Her dream is to spread the message of gender equality through entrepreneurship and education, across the world.

Katarzyna Grzesik-Harz Volunteer (Events & Afterworks)

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.

Johanne-Ashlee Moore Volunteer 

Johanne Moore is a volunteer for OWIT Lake Geneva, and she is a recent graduate student and studied at the International University in Geneva, Switzerland.

As she continues with her studies, Johanne’s goal is to represent her country Jamaica in intergovernmental agencies and utilize her interests in digital and data diplomacy to foster better relations for her country. Johanne is the Global Communications Associate for SheLeadsIT which gives young women from the Caribbean exposure to and opportunities in the information technology field. Her interest also includes to help public primary and secondary schools in Jamaica improve teaching methods for English Language learning. She holds degrees in International Relations & Diplomacy, and Digital Media.

She is set to begin her Doctoral studies with Plymouth University in Public Administration, with a concentration in education reform for Jamaica.

Sindhura David   Volunteer 

Sindhura David has a Bachelors Degree in Law (with Honours) from School of Law, Christ University, Bangalore, India, and a Masters Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from International University in Geneva, Genève, Switzerland.

Sindhura is enrolled at the State Bar Council of Karnataka, India, and has three years of litigation experience in civil and family matters, as well as in arbitration and mediation. 

Jenitha Jacob Volunteer 

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

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

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

Ruby Lambert Volunteer 

Ruby Lambert joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2020. She is a Sustainability Expert at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She is a versatile communicator with 10 years of multifaceted expertise acquired through various industries, namely FMCG, pharmaceutical, governmental and international organisations.

Currently, Ruby is specialised in the facilitation of Voluntary Sustainability Standards as a market response and global trade instrument to address the growing ecological and social challenges. She has represented the United Nations Forum on Sustainability Standards (UNFSS) as a speaker on several occasions, particularly focused on the impact of sustainability standards on global trade and its interactions with global value chains and public policy. Ruby's flair for writing paved her way in the editorial of UNFSS news articles and a contributor in several UNCTAD publications.

Born and raised in Singapore, Ruby holds a B.A in Communications and Media Studies at Murdoch University, Australia and a M.A in Standardization, Social Regulation and Sustainable Development, a specialised programme in collaboration with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Immediate Past President

Nasya Dimitrova President 2016-2017

Nasya joined the organization in 2012 and after having volunteered in various roles became a President in May 2014.

Nasya enjoys collaborating with multicultural and open-minded individuals who share the common goal to work together in a friendly and respectful manner to deliver positive result to society, in exchange of knowledge and showing trust to individual talents and inspirations.

She holds a Master Degree in Economics from the University of Economics - Sofia, Bulgaria and an Executive MBA from the IE Business School - Madrid, Spain.

She is currently working in Finance at Nestlé.


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