Women’s Global Leadership Journey
WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Award

The WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Awards recognizes outstanding, inspiring women


Each year WIN honors distinguished women for their dedication and hardwork; women who have inspired others whilst embodying WIN’s principles of the authentic, global and feminine leader. In keeping with WIN’s own mission, we look for women who develop others and who mobilize people to succeed and to help shape a thriving future. Each of these women embody the WIN values and pillars:


• Focus on new opportunities – seeing the possible

• Be practical – makes it possible to achieve

• Be international – inspiration goes beyond local activity

• Be innovative – new ideas, new paths, new implementation models

• Be authentic & independent, follows their own journey

• Be holistic – focus on the human aspect, interdependency and integrity

• Be feminine - build on collaboration and receptivity


We choose women whose work has touched those around them and who may not have received previous public acknowledgment of their work. WIN will also consider candidates who may already be recognized by the public but receive our recognition for their impact away from the spotlight, where their work has contributed to the improvement of their community and society. Awards are presented at the Global WINConference as well as regional conferences in Japan, India and the UK.

2018 WIN Award Winners

Global WINConference

Ester Banque

Heading up Novartis Oncology-Germany, Ester leads a dedicated team to work with a sense of purpose, fulfilling their individual and collective potential as they win for patients. With a BS in Chemistry and an MBA, she merged her passion for science with a desire to enhance people’s lives. After joining Novartis in 1993 (originally Sandoz), she's been taking on increasing roles and responsibilities in the UK, Spain, Region Europe, the US and now Germany; working in more than 10 Areas such as Oncology, Dermatology, Rheumatology Cardiovascular, Women’s Health. As US VP of Immunology and Dermatology, she oversaw the Cosentyx launch, one of the most successful in Novartis US history. Breaking down gender barriers has been a lifelong commitment for Ester. Married to her wife Eva, with two wonderful daughters, she is a voice for the LGBTQ community. For her, D&I is more than a mantra, it’s a mission.


Mine Uran & Majbritt Byskov-Bridges

Recognised as a global Protein expert and having lead teams in R&D at Nestle, DuPont and Unilever, Mine Uran has founded a new company to bring healthy and sustainable food to consumers. Alver Futurprotein has a vision to develop and sell delicious protein rich foods using Microalgae Chlorella. As an industrial engineer, Mine’s life-long dream is becoming reality as she has developed a superfood which is rich in macro & micronutrients. Microalgae is sustainable as production can be done on non-arable land, only requiring water, light and a little sugar. The breakthrough has been the innovation of removing taste and colour to become an incredibly versatile product. Mine Uran is grateful to have full support from her husband and 3 wonderful sons. Come hear her story at her workshop and indulge in her delicious biscuits.

After 15 years in Wealth Management, Majbritt decided that the way to make a positive impact on the world was to start a sustainable business. Alver Golden Chlorella was co-founded with Mine Uran, former head of protein R&D at Nestlé. The objective is to reduce meat consumption by introducing Golden Chlorella micro-algae into everyday foods. It contains 63% protein (meat has 25%), rich in magnesium, potassium, zinc, vitamin B and essential amino acids. What makes it distinctive, is its neutral taste and golden colour. Production is sustainable requiring 44x less water, 41x less land and 36x less CO2 than for meat. Majbritt is Danish/British, grew up in Ecuador and Switzerland, has BA in Economics and a MBA. She has worked for large companies: Morgan Stanley, Deloitte & smaller ones, in Ethiopia, Argentina, London, Munich, Madrid, Monaco & Geneva. She also holds a MMus from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which lets her balance professional life with a passion of singing opera.

Alexandra Pascalidou

Alexandra Pascalidou is an award-winning journalist, author, TV-and radio presenter, producer and a human rights advocate. She's been moderating debates, hosting talkshows, galas, Olympic Games, Eurovision Song Contest and prime time TV-shows in both Sweden and Greece. A lecturer on democracy, diversity, pluralism and equality around Europe since the early 90s when she was a board member at the European Council’s campaign “All different- All Equal”. Also a good will ambassador for - Mentor, Kvinna till Kvinna etc. Alexandra was awarded European of the Year 2015, Big Feminist Award 2016, The Award against racism 2017 and now a Medal from the City of Stockholm and The Bellman-prize 2018 for her cultural contribution. As the editor of the first Me Too-book in the world she collected 82 famous female voices sharing their stories on sexual abuse. From the EU-commissioner to a survivor of the Holocaust. Her latest book is "The Mothers" (August 2018).

WIN Manchester


Simone Roche MBE

Simone Roche is the CEO and Founder of Northern Power Women and Managing Director of event curation company Events 1st and licence for TEDxWhitehallWomen. Northern Power Women is a campaign to accelerate gender equality from the north of England and reaches a community of 13k amplifying the voices of role models via the annual NPW awards, podcast, programmes and partnerships. Simone started her career in the Royal Navy reaching the officer ranks and then held roles at Aintree Racecourse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, the Arena Convention Centre Liverpool and the Olympics. Simone was awarded MBE in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to gender equality in the north of England.


Japan WINConference


Miyuki Suzuki

Miyuki is President for Cisco Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ), and is responsible for the region’s strategy, accelerating business growth, and ensuring Cisco APJ is the industry’s preferred IT solutions partner and provider. Miyuki joined Cisco in 2015, as President and General Manager for Cisco Japan, and during her tenure turned the business around to achieve sustained growth. Miyuki has an honours degree from Oxford University, and over 35 years business experience, predominantly in IT. As well as Asia Pacific and Japan, she has worked in Europe, the Middle East, and North America. She has held a variety of leadership roles, including President of KVH Co Ltd; CEO of LexisNexis Asia Pacific; Managing Director for Reuters South East Asia; and served as Jetstar Japan’s inaugural CEO. Miyuki has a passion for talent development and building diverse teams. She is an innovative, entrepreneurially minded leader, who leads with a long-term view on vision and strategy.



2017 WIN Award Winners

Global WINConference

Kaouthar Darmoni

Kaouthar's fascination for women empowerment started as a little girl in Tunisia where she saw how women could be so powerful and beautiful at home and invisible and submissive in the public space, which irritated and hurt her. Later as a PhD student in Paris, she was disappointed in western feminism, which achieved great things, but dissociated women from the power of their femininity and the wisdom of their feminine body; making women believe that they must compete with men, via the brain, in a 'gender neutral' way. Isn't smarter and more fun to focus on feminine authenticity and alignment brain-heart-womb? She combines her work as an Assistant Professor (Gender & Media, Univ. of Amsterdam, NL) and consultant/coach in Feminine Capital (multinationals, banks, government, politics...) with feminist activism to rise awareness about women rights. Her method is an exciting and playful cocktail of modern feminist theory with ancient Goddesses Dance (5000 years old, Mesopotamia).

Meg Jones

Meg is Chief Economic Empowerment at UN Women, responsible for a global team focused on job creation and income generation for women through, inter alia, developing private and public sector partnerships to deliver on sustainable development. Meg also works with governments to craft inclusive policies. Previously, Meg was Women and Trade Programme Manager at the International Trade Centre (a joint agency of the United Nations and WTO), responsible for the design and implementation of the multi year, multi million dollar programme to increase the economic benefits women derive from trade. Meg works with women owned enterprise to connect them to corporate and government buyers; and with institutions and governments to improve the business environment for women exporters. Raising 20m over 5 years, the programme has resulted in USD50m in sales and letters of intent thus far. Meg is fluent in English, French and Japanese. 

Josefine van Zanten

Josefine van Zanten is a multinational and multilingual HR Senior Executive in Human Resources. She speaks and works fluently in five languages, holding a Dutch/Swiss dual nationality. Her career has taken her to Fortune 100 organizations in various industries: IT- HP, Energy - RDS (Royal Dutch Shell), Life Sciences - DSM, and Construction - LafargeHolcim. Her responsibilities included designing strategies and overseeing their successful implementation in the fields of: Diversity & Inclusion, Culture Change (Transformation), and Leadership & Organization Development. In her various roles she has successfully designed business-based approaches which delivered tangible and measurable results.  A strong believer in continuous improvement, she enjoys leading and developing global teams, and is a role model in virtual team management. She is an extensive speaker in both academic and business venues and has worked with Ivy League Universities to co-deliver courses and contribute to academic articles.  She is a member of the University of Maastricht School of Business and Economics Advisory Board, as well as a member of the EEAC (Executive Education Advisory Council) at IMD. Currently Josefine is an Executive in Residence at IMD, in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

India WINConference

Sonam Kalra

Award winning singer Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of musician trained in both Indian and Western traditions of music and equally adept at both. Sonam’s unique brainchild, ‘The Sufi Gospel Project’ which blends the many voices of faith has earned her international critical acclaim. She has also been invited to share her work on Secularism and equality through Music at various conferences. Sonam’s beautiful voice, all inclusive definition of Sufism and message of Peace and Oneness has made her a popular voice at prestigious festivals and venues in London, USA, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Europe, The Middle East, South Africa & Australia. She has shared the stage with legendary musicians Sir Bob Geldof, Sufi Legend Abida Parveen, performed for the Prime Minister & President of India as well as 52 heads of African States.

Nominate a Candidate for the WIN Award

Candidates from anywhere in the world are eligible for the WIN Award. Anyone can nominate a candidate or apply themselves for consideration.

Application Criteria 

1. Candidates exemplify the WIN values of being global, authentic and feminine.

2. They operate with collaboration, sustainability and inclusion.

3. Their initiatives are carried through with authenticity and inspire people globally, even if the project is local.

4. They are leaders that embody the WIN pillars and are creating a sustainable future.

Nomination Process


Send a brief bio of your candidate, along with a short paragraph stating why she should be recognized by the WIN Inspirational Award to

If you have any queries, please also contact

Selection Process


Each year, the WIN committee will select from the list of nominees three to five women for the Global WIN Award, and one for each regional WIN Award. 

Previous WIN Inspiring Women Award Recipients

Global WINConference


Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO & Founder, 20-first, was recognized for her dedication and relentless work in changing the gender paradigm in the workplace not by ‘fixing’ the women but by changing companies in order to include them in decision roles. (2016)

Bonnie Fatio, Master Catalyst, Global Speaker & Author, was presented the WIN Award for opening new paths and improving the confidence of senior women, mentoring young ones and bringing an innovative voice to the space of women’s leadership. (2016)

Ditta Sandico, Fashion Designer, Cache Apparels, was recognized for running a business in a truely sustainable way from the design process, to production and sales, and combining local and international mindset with a touch of fun and femininity. (2016)

Anne Stevens, Council Director – Global Women, Global Leaders, The Conference Board, was presented with the award for her business acumen, her corporate leadership and her passion for the progression and advancement of women. (2015)

Veronique Goy Veenhuys, Founder & CEO of the Equal-SalaryFoundation, was recognized for her innovative approach to ensuring fairness and her dedication and passion for driving equal pay for both women and men. (2015)

Karen Tse,CEO & Founder, International Bridges to Justice, was recognized for her work to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice by bringing assistance to public defenders worldwide. (2014)

Anita Pratap, Journalist, Author and Documentary Filmmaker was recognized for her reporting on issues such as war, economic growth, media, politics, social justice, cultural diversity, the environment, terrorism and women’s development. (2014)

Elin Hurvenes, was presented with the WIN Award for her work supporting the increase of women in board level positions. (2013)

Marguerite (Maggy) Barankitse, was recognized for her dedication to helping children and families in war-torn Burundi. (2013)

Umran Beba, was recognized for her work supporting women in corporate leadership positions. (2013)

Graziella Zanoletti was recognized for her generosity, her sharing and caring across borders and continents. (2012)

Hélène Ratte was presented with the WIN Award for her lifetime achievement supporting women in leadership. (2012)

Amany Asfour was recognized for making it possible to achieve the impossible. (2012)

Barbara Giangrave of Addio Pizzo (2011)

Emma Marcegaglia, President of Confindustria (2011)

Lorella Zanardo, Creator of Il Corpo delle Donne (2011)

Rebecca Spitzmiller of Retake Rome (with Fondaz Garibaldi) (2011)

Prof. Paola Muti, Scientific Director of the Regina Elena Institute (2011)


Japan WINConference

Kyoko Yokota, CEO Colabolabo Co., Ltd., was recognized by WIN for leading in a truly collaborative way by providing a platform to connect and provide resources to women entrepreneurs and business owners. (2016)

Rui Matsukawa, was recognized for her work as a director of the Gender Mainstreaming Division within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan towards creating a society where women shine. (2015)

Yuko Arimori, former Olympic athlete, was recognized for her founding of Hear of Gold, an NPO to aid victims of disasters and civil war in Cambodia, as well as her efforts to spread education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. (2014)


India WINConference

Rekha Mody, Social Worker & Activist, was recognized for her commitment to women’s empowerment through the founding of Divya Chaya Trust, Habiart Foundation, Stree Shakti-The Parallel Force and the Global Women Forum in Singapore. (2016)

Kamla Bashin was presented the WIN Award for her work on NGO initiatives that support marginalised people, especially women. (2013)


Nigeria WINConference

Lillian Ada Adakole, Member of International Bridges to Justice, was recognized for her work towards creating institutionalized systems in Nigeria that respect human rights and individual dignity, including early legal intervention, the elimination of torture as an investigative tool and the guarantee of legal representation for accused persons. (2016)