2018 WIN Award Winners
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 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).
Simone Roche MBE
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.
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
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 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.
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.