WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Award
The WIN Inspiring Women Worldwide Awards recognizes outstanding, inspiring women

Each year WIN honours 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 thrive and to create flourishing communities and businesses. 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 rather than focus on their “public role” will recognize them 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, Japan and India WINConferences.

1. Application Criteria

1. Candidates may come from anywhere in the world.

2. They must exemplify the WIN vision and values – global, authentic and feminine.

3. They operate with feminine values (collaboration, sustainability, inclusion) ).

4. We value the authenticity of their initiatives as well as how they inspire people globally, even if the project is local.

5. The nominees embody the WIN values and pillars: leaders creating a sustainable, authentic future

• 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

2. Nomination Process

• Anyone can nominate a candidate

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

• If you have any queries, please contact: communication[at]
3. Selection Process

Each year, the WIN committee will select from the list of nominees three to five women for the global awards and one for the regional award.

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.

2018 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 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.

2016 Global WINConference

Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO & Founder, 20-first

WIN awards Avivah for her dedication and relentless work in changing the gender paradigm in the workplace: the problem is not fixing the women, but changing the companies in order to include them in decision roles

Bonnie Fatio, Master Catalyst, Global Speaker & Author

WIN praises Bonnie 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.

Ditta Sandico, Fashion Designer, Cache Apparels

WIN recognizes Ditta for running a business in a true sustainable way from the design process, to production and sales, and combining local and international mindset with a touch of fun and femininity.

Kyoko Yokota
Kyoko Yokota is the CEO of Colabolabo Co., Ltd, a firm specializes in networking diverse small businesses run by women. Colabolabo provides customer-oriented professional services ranging from “”, an online networking forum, to large-scale events. Colabolabo also provides regular networking opportunities to female entrepreneurs, in addition to bringing them marketing and sales opportunities and potential job offers. Yokota is part of the committee for the promotion of equality by the Gender Equality Bureau of the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan.
Rekha Mody 
Rekha Mody is a social worker and activist committed to women empowerment. She is the founder of Divya Chaya Trust (1984),Habiart Foundation (1987), Stree Shakti-The Parallel Force (1998) and started back in 2010 the Global Women Forum in Singapore aiming to network with women from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation & ASEAN nations. She is an advocate for self reliance, equity, equality and dignity for all women. She has edited “A Quest For Roots”, a book of more than 300 biographies of women from India significant in South-Asian history as an attempt to rediscover and recount women’s histories that are inspirational and relevant even today. She is a firm believer that the role and contribution of women will get even stronger in the future. The government of India has nominated her on the National Culture Fund. 
Lillian Ada Adakole
As a member of International Bridges to Justice Ms. Adakole works passionately under very challenging circumstances in Nigeria to create institutionalized systems where human rights and dignity of an individual are respected, regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation.  She has built and strengthen the relationship between the Constitution and its practice by establishing a Legal Assistance Program offering early legal intervention for defendants and to develop proper investigative methods with the intention of eliminating torture as an investigative tool. Her project has contributed to guarantee the right of legal representation for indigent accused persons and create a network to promote and protect the rights of suspects and detainees against unlawful detention and coercion. 
Anne Stevens
Anne is a multitalented business leader. She is a Council Director - Global Women, Global Leaders with The Conference Board, a ground breaking business council for senior women who operate in a global role. She is also an HR Consultant, Executive Coach and Business Adviser at Anne Stevens Ltd focusing on strategic performance and transformations, working alongside CEOs, Executive Boards and senior HR teams to effect change and organisation renewal. In the past, Anne has held global, international and national executive roles within IBM, CSC Computer Sciences, NCH, CMC Markets & Rio Tinto, leading global teams in Health, Safety & Environment, Government Relations, Communities, Media & Corporate Communications and held senior leadership roles over a span of 40 years. She is regularly sought out as a coach, mentor and confidante by senior executives, high potential talent and in particular by women seeking support and guidance in the corporate world. During her career with IBM and Rio Tinto, she was a strong advocate of the WINConference, making it possible for many (female) employees to attend both global and local events.
WIN presents Anne with the WIN Inspirational Award for her business acumen, her corporate leadership and her passion for the progression and advancement of women.
Veronique Goy Veenhuys 
Veronique is the founder and CEO of Equal-salary, a non-profit organisation established in 2005 as a Swiss Foundation. The Equal-salary Foundation promotes fair wages between women & men, through a certification process thus allowing organisations to promote their fair wages policies both internally and externally though a third party involvement. The salary analysis is done by the university of Geneva and is retained by the Swiss Federal Court. Thanks to the Equal-salary certification, companies now have the opportunity to prove that, salary wise, they offer equal opportunities to women and men. 
Veronique has been instrumental in driving equal-pay certification at 26 innovative organisations. In addition, she is also working with the Swiss Federal Council to oblige employers with at least 50 people to conduct regular analysis of wages in their business, monitor its implementation by third parties, and enforce equal pay through wage reports.
WIN presents Veronique with the WIN Inspirational Award for her innovative approach to ensuring fairness and her dedication and passion for driving equal pay for both women and men.
Rui Matsukawa
Rui Matsukawa is a director of the Gender Mainstreaming Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She has a degree in law and also obtained a masters degree from the school of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. She entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 1993. Since then, she have worked in various divisions including assignments in the Japanese Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and served as the first Deputy-Direct General of the Japan-China-Korea Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat in the Republic of Korea. With the initiative of Prime Minister Abe, Japan held the World Assembly for Women (WAW!) last year and is pleased to have the 2nd WAW! this summer for creating a society where women shine.
Karen Tse
CEO & Founder, International Bridges To Justice
A former public defender, in 1994, Karen Tse trained Cambodia’s first core group of public defenders and subsequently set up country’s first arraignment court. After witnessing thousands of prisoners of all ages being held without trials in inhuman conditions, Karen founded International Bridges to Justice in 2000 to promote systemic global change in the administration of criminal justice. Today IBJ has its programs in 26 countries, including China, India, and Rwanda. IBJ has created global platforms to bring assistance to public defenders worldwide. In 2010, IBJ launched the Justice Training Center in Singapore. A graduate of UCLA Law School and Harvard Divinity School, Karen was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Leaders in 2007. Karen was the recipient of the 2008 Harvard Divinity School’s First Decade Award, 2008 American Bar Association’s International Human Rights Award and 2009 Gleitsman International Award at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Anita Pratap
Journalist and Author, Self employed
I am an award-winning international journalist, author and documentary film maker with 30 years of experience in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. I was the South Asia Bureau Chief of CNN and also worked for Time Magazine and leading Indian media organizations. Currently I freelance, writing articles for international publications and am a speaker at global conferences organized by the United Nations, Governments, business conglomerates, universities and prominent think tanks across the world, ranging from the United States to New Zealand, on issues such as war, economic growth, media, politics, social justice, cultural diversity, environment, terrorism and women’s development. Have received many awards including the prestigious American George Polk Award for my coverage in CNN of the Taliban takeover of Kabul. My first book titled “Island of Blood” published by Penguin became an instant best-seller.
Yuko Arimori
Yuko Arimori devoted her life to marathon running and won a Silver Medal at the Barcelona Olympics and a Bronze Medal at the Atlanta Olympics. The Japanese Amateur Athletic Federation granted her professional status in 1996, making her the first woman runner to achieve this. She retired from professional running in 2007, and founded an NPO called Heart of Gold to aid victims of disasters and civil war in Cambodia. Her contributions to society go beyond the field of sports and she has worked to educate people on preventing HIV/AIDS and in International Studies. She inspires children in Cambodia that success will come if they never give up. In 2010 she was the first Japanese woman to be awarded the Women’s Sports award by the International Olympic Committee. 
Elin Hurvenes 
WIN presented Elin with the WIN Inspirational Award for her work supporting the increase of women in board level positions
Marguerite (Maggy) Barankitse
WIN presented Maggy with the WIN Inspirational Award for her dedication in helping children and families in war-torn Burundi. 
Umran Beba
WIN presented Umran with the WIN Inspirational Award for her work supporting women in corporate leadership positions. 
Kamla Bashin
WIN presented Kamla with the WIN Inspirational Award for her work on NGO initiatives that support marginalised people, especially women. 
Graziella Zanoletti
WIN presented Graziella with the WIN Inspirational Award for her generosity, her sharing and caring across borders and continents.
Hélène Ratte
WIN presented Hélène with the WIN Inspirational Award for her lifetime achievement supporting women in leadership.
Amany Asfour 
WIN presented Amany with the WIN Inspirational Award for making it possible to achieve the impossible.
Barbara Giangrave of Addio Pizzo

Emma Marcegaglia, President of Confindustria

Lorella Zanardo, Creator of Il Corpo delle Donne

Rebecca Spitzmiller of Retake Rome (with Fondaz Garibaldi)

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