Board members & volunteers 2018-2019

BOARD MEMBERS

 
Hulya Kurt
President

Hulya works at Thomson Reuters as Business Implementation and Strategy Manager, at the same time acting as Global C-chair within the Diversity & Inclusion global steering committee and driving the D&I agenda. Hulya is passionate about fostering and supporting women in advancing their career and following their ambitions.

Hulya followed the traditional career path within the OWIT Lake Geneva organization. After VP Events she moved on to become Executive VP. At the OWIT Lake Geneva Annual General Meeting 2018 she was elected President and now she is looking forward to taking the organization to the next level, making the organization's vision and mission more distinguished and unique.

Anca Gosling
Executive Vice President

Anca is passionate about strengthening women’s role in international business. Result-oriented and dynamic, she believes that through integrity, hard-work, collaboration and networking women can reach their highest potential.

Anca works for the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a Product Manager, Airline Management, Aviation Law & Environment training. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) Geneva, specializing in European Economy.

She joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2015 and after her role as VP MarCom, 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. 
Jyoti Guilland VP Events

Jyoti joined OWIT in 2017 . She strongly believes that women deserve to enjoy both a successful career and family. She enjoys organising events to bring together interesting and professional women.

Jyoti founded a successful Relocation Agency Jyoti Relocation about 12 years ago. She is an experienced professional with expertise in Swiss Real Estate and expatriates' management.

She works with pharmaceutical companies, trading companies, international organisations and other multinational companies. 

Nicole Pitter-PattersonVP Partnerships

Nicole's bio coming soon
Clementine Lue Clark
VP Membership

Clementine’s "raison d'être" is to create and support cross-cultural networks and connections.

She started attending OWIT events in 2016 soon after moving to the Geneva area. She decided to join the board as VP of Partnership, because she feels passionately that engaging membership will build an even stronger support group for everyone. 

When she isn’t volunteering with OWIT, she’s consulting on communication strategy and facilitation skills. 

She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Principia College, U.S.A and an M.A. in Co-existence and Conflict from Heller School at Brandeis University, U.S.A.
Ekaterina Filippova
VP Marketing Communications

Ekaterina or Kat as she is known to friends, joined OWIT Lake Geneva as a member and MarCom volunteer in November 2016. Since then, she has upgraded the association's website to make it better reflect the organisation's professionalism and its warm and welcoming atmosphere and taken care of the design & formatting of monthly e-bulletins.

As VP MarCom, she is responsible for defining OWIT's marketing and communication strategy and streamlining online content management.

When she isn't volunteering for OWIT she runs her own business eKat Communication. She helps entrepreneurs in the Lake Geneva region Lake Geneva region who don’t know how to position themselves to get clients or where to start with their online communication. She helps them build an image online that reflects them as the experts that they really are, which gets them clients, money and confidence to run their business effectively.

Originally Russian, Kat has called Switzerland her home for the past 14+ years.

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 studing 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

 
Chokoufeh Samii Administrator

As a career counselor and Adult Educator, Chokoufeh has been working with women in Geneva for more than 20 years. She also specializes in Gender issues.

Chokoufeh joined OWIT to be part of an international and dynamic network which offers women the opportunity to widen their social and professional horizons.The strength of OWIT resides in the diversity of its people who are willing to share their skills and knowledge.That is what she was looking for, and she found it at OWIT.

Veronika Stoilovski Mentorship Program coordinator & MNM Geneva Coordinator

Working for years in trading environment and now in banking, women career development has been always a meaningful cause for me. I was previously involved in the creation of internal professional women’s committee and coordinating events related to women’s personal and professional development.

In 2015 I have joined OWIT Lake Geneva and almost immediately I volunteered within the event team. OWIT Lake Geneva is a great place for the exchange of ideas with women from different professional environment, a place to learn and to share, to get support and mentoring when you need. I thrive on the excitement of being involved at every level of each project and my best award is great feedback for the work done.

Anila Hussain MNM Lausanne Coordinator
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 fashion brand. 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 and Globus Geneva.

She is currently an OWIT MNM ​coordinator​,​ Lausanne facilitating monthly network meetings. Anila and​ ​committed to emancipation and empowerment of  women,  ​and ​also ​accompanying mindful people wanting to contribute to a prosperous, just and sustainable​ ​civilisation​ ​through their daily work​.  ​Her dream is to spread the message of gender equality through entrepreneurship and education, across the world.
Nil Sengel-Corbaz MarCom Volunteer

Having studied engineering and worked in male dominated industries like container shipping and automotive, Nil has joined OWIT in 2018 as a volunteer to be part of this group of exceptional women empowering women.

Born and brought up in Turkey, Nil is an environmental engineer by education.

Her passion for an international life has taken her abroad in 1996, since when she has lived and worked in Malta, Chile, India and Switzerland apart from having travelled extensively.

Nil, speaking 5 languages fluently, also a Swiss by naturalization, works for a luxury car brand in charge of logistics and sales service.

Passionate for photography, she is as well an amateur writer who spends a good deal of time on social media.

Ruxandra Grigorita Events & Marcom Volunteer
She joined OWIT Lake Geneva in 2018 as a volunteer and is committed to supporting the organization in the events and communications area.

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.

Ruxandra worked in the past 10 years as a senior learning professional, with companies like Expedia Lodging Partners, Thomson Reuters, HSBC and Caterpillar, and is currently refocusing on her career after a 2 year family relocation to Dubai. She holds an MBA from Solvay Business School in Brussels, with a focus on European Management.

Iulia Popescu Events Volunteer

With 7 years of experience in the administrative field and 4 years in the sales, Iulia is our new volunteer for the events. The versatility 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.

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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