Women’s International Networking is an independent global women’s leadership organization. WIN models, develops, empowers and connects leaders in a feminine, authentic and global way. It is the reference for women working internationally and companies active in women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion. It runs the women’s preferred global leadership forum - the WINConference, the WINCorporate Network Group, the WIN Development Fund and the WINCommunity.
A pioneer in the field of professional women’s conferences and leadership journeys on a global scale, WIN has welcomed thousands of leaders and hundreds of companies to live events worldwide.
With a creative and holistic take on traditional business topics, it transforms and celebrates women and companies. Our innovative initiatives are designed to listen and reflect to the desires of the modern working woman and to the companies of the future. WIN provides a platform and an environment that helps individuals and organizations move forward, realize their potential and focus on each person’s authentic contribution.
WIN inspires leaders to run companies and initiatives with noble values, and to fully live their own lives with beauty and enthusiasm. It accelerates change by developing, empowering and connecting leaders to a global, authentic and feminine vision.
Through plenary sessions and workshops, the conference looks at the World, Work and You and how we can all make a contribution as agents of possibilities.
The WIN Team
WIN works with a year-round core paid team of 5-9 women including various freelancers. It also works with an IT firm, an accounting company, a web company and various other service providers. It is supported by an Advisory Board and sponsor companies. To strengthen the team during the highlights of the year, the week of the Global WINConference and regional events, a team of motivated volunteers of up to 25-30 talented women and men come together from over 17 different nationalities to work as a multi-faceted, yet unified, team.s International Networking is an independent global women’s leadership organization. WIN models, develops, empowers and connects leaders in a feminine, authentic and global way. It is the reference for women working internationally and companies active in women’s leadership and diversity & inclusion. It runs the women’s preferred global leadership forum - the WINConference, the WINCorporate Network Group, the WIN Development Fund and the WINCommunity.
Kristin Engvig - WIN Founder
Kristin is the driving force behind WIN. She creates the overall theme & structure as well as the look & feel which also involves designing the learning program and writing the script and briefs. Kristin is also responsible for governance, strategy, the advisory board and fundraising. She involves team members and stakeholders in collaborative processes in all of the above. She has dedicated the past 20 years to women’s leadership and organizational change, inspiring others to create a world where business and society flourish and all people thrive. Kristin created WINConference to bring alive her vision of ‘bringing a more feminine, global and sustainable way into work, communities and life’.
A thought leader in the field of creativity, feminine and authentic leadership, Kristin embraces our global responsibility through innovative corporate and leadership events and personal speaking engagements, with the aim of inspiring women worldwide to become agents of possibility.
Dominique Mutakwa (South Africa) - Speaker Relations and Project Management
At WIN, Dominique manages all planning, communication and logistics for speakers at the WINConference. With a Marketing and Business Administration degree from the University of Natal in South Africa and having worked in the medical, media, mining and chemical industries, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in supply chain and relationship management to the team. Dominique sees the conference as a place to network, grow and learn from other global citizens.
Claire Ullyet (South Africa) – Participant Relations
Claire manages internal communication and participant relations at WIN. With a background in media - working in television, radio, websites and magazines – and graphic design, she is passionate about design and the importance of creativity in our daily lives. A love of travel (with a particular soft spot for Japan and the Nordics), helps strengthen her view that learning about new cultures and countries is equally important to any university qualification. . She is excited by the opportunity to be inspired by, and to learn from, the diverse array of interesting participants that WIN attracts.
Vegard Knudsen (Norway) - Corporate Relations & Sponsorships
Vegard manages Corporate Relations and Sponsorships at WIN. He has 10+ years experience with different sales and marketing positions from different industries such as media, tourism, food and beverage. His Scandinavian roots instilled in him the importance of gender equality. Before WIN he worked internationally for SmartSeal in Lausanne. Vegard has a Bachelors degree in PR & Marketing from University of Notre Dame in Australia. He grew up in Norway where he competed on a National level in Alpine skiing. Give him a call, he is very social and would love to take a chat with you.
Estela Lopez-Placette – (Mexico) Logistic Relations & Office Management
As the Office Manager, Estela is responsible for organizing all administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the WIN office. She is also our Logistic Relations, where she is involved in the planning framework of the events at the Conferences’ Venues. Estela has been living in Geneva, Switzerland for the past 6 years. She is a Mexican Accountant, who previously worked for Ernst & Young and SONY ATV Music Publishing in the auditing and financial fields in Mexico City. She is fond of Mexican traditions and enjoys all "expériences gastronomiques" in the countries she visits.
Suhani Arora (India) - International Networks and Partnership Relations
Suhani manages International Networks and Partnerships at WIN. She is a public affairs professional with a strong track record in government relations and political advisory. Prior to joining WIN, Suhani led public policy and government affairs for Uber in East India where she built strong relationship with state governments and policy makers to create a progressive regulatory environment for the company. She also served as Political Economy Adviser at the British Deputy High Commission, Kolkata, India, for 4+ years. Suhani has a master’s degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is passionate about leadership and women’s empowerment.
Juliana Cusack (US) - Marketing
Juliana manages marketing at WIN. Before WIN, she worked in sustainability-focused finance. Most recently, this was as an analyst at Vodia Capital in Boston where she supported their seed-stage venture capital arm. She has also worked with entrepreneurship-focused non-profits in the UK and Rwanda. Juliana studied International Relations and Art History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and loves food experiences and living in new places.
Sanjukta Mahajan (India) - Communications & External Relations
manages Communications & External Relations at WIN. She has an experience
of over 6 years in EY and KPMG in Internal Audit, SOX Implementations,
Compliance and Process Reviews particularly in IT/ITES, Healthcare and
Real-Estate. She has also briefly worked in Advertising Sales at Conde Nast
Publications - VOGUE. Sanjukta holds an MBA in Marketing and International
Business from India and is passionate about travel and food.
Mariana Prado (Argentina/Uruguay) - Graphic Design
Mariana is behind the graphic work at WIN and manages some of the projects related to it. A graduate in Graphic Design from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, she holds a Marketing Postgrad from the Universidad de San Andres. After working for Zona Uno studio in 2001/02, she started her own company – GIOA, dedicated to the design and commercialization of women’s accessories in Argentina and Venezuela. In 2003 she set up her own web design venture. Mariana speaks Spanish, English and French. Her current responsibilities at WIN provide her with the opportunity to be in contact with women that are making a difference exercising leadership skills.
The Extended WIN Team
Nancy Fina – Photographer
Fashion and advertising photographer, published worldwide in International fashion magazines and advertising campaigns for global brands. Her American joy of life, and Italian visual aesthetic, create a unique feminine visual sensitivity. Her secret passion is creating bespoke fashion portraits for women, not models. She has lived in Europe most of her life, world traveller, lover of different cultures, and passionate about sustaining women, excited about the future! She works out of Milan, Shanghai and Dubai in fashion and advertising; offering creative and dedicated service to her clients internationally.
Rosellina Garbo – Photographer
She is a dancer turned photographer. She began taking pictures with the desire to share those emotions from the stage, a world in which she had once lived. She is official photographer at the "Teatro Massimo" and "Conservatory of Music V. Bellini" in Palermo where she is based and is also a consultant for Palermo International Airport. Previously, she was a consultant for Council for Culture of the City of Palermo, “Fondazione Amici della Musica" and "Palermo in Danza" an international appointment for dancers and dance lovers. Her pictures are exhibited in Palermo, Milan and in Hanghzoe, Lishui, Zhengzhou, China.