Portraits of Experts

Bulungu Pemba, Hortense - Expert

Bulungu Pemba, Hortense - Expert - Burkina Faso - Interactive Audio Instruction, Education, Teacher Training

Bulungu Pemba, Hortense


Skills: Interactive Audio Instruction, Education, Teacher Training

BPW Ouagadougou S, Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

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Mrs. Bulungu has over 15 years of experience in language, literacy, and numeracy instruction, teacher training, and in managing technical teams in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mrs. Bulungu currently provides technical assistance to PAAQE/IAI project in providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Education in the development of Interactive audio instruction and in the implementation of these lessons in classrooms in Burkina Fasso. Mrs. Bulungu holds a Bachelors in International Relations from the University Libre of Kinshasa. She is a native speaker of French and Lingala and is proficient in English and Kikongo.


-  Team leader and Education Specialist PAAQE/IAI Project in Burkina faso (Sptember 2017 - Present)

-  Educational Development Specialist, ACCELERE! Project lead by CHEMONICS (June 2015- Septembrer 2017)

-  (3) Acting COP, (2) Pedagogical Director and (1) Scriptwriter supervisor, PAQUED Project,Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), Kinshasa, DRC (January 2010-April 2015)

-  Scriptwriter supervisor, PAGE Project, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC),Kinshasa, DRC (March 2006-November 2008)

-  Gender specialist, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development. (ACORD),Kinshasa, DRC (April 2000 – March 2006)

-  Teacher, Ecole “les Gazelles”, Kinshasa, DRC (September 1992-August 2005)


Universite Libre de Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DRC: International Relations, 1999 Secondary school : Pedagogical option 1991

OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCES: church youth leader, vice president of the international women’s club, member of the the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, member of the International ExchangeAlumni

Languages: French, English

Glenn, Dianne - Expert

Glenn, Dianne - Expert - New Zealand - Health

Glenn, Dianne


Skills: Health

BPW New Zealand

New Zealand

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Languages: English

Mee, Vicky - Expert

Mee, Vicky - Expert - New Zealand - WEPs, Pay Equity, Geology

Mee, Vicky


Skills: WEPs, Pay Equity

BPW New Zealand, Club Auckland

New Zealand

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Vicky trained as a geologist and began her working life as a paleontologist for Esso BHP working in oil exploration in Australia. Since then she has been employed in management roles within an IT development company, developed her own orchard business and currently does some consulting in orchard setup, works as a financial mentor for those in financial distress and is also a facilitator for the Commission of Financial Capability in NZ. Vicky Mee is the President of BPW New Zealand, the Chair of the UN Womens Empowerment Principles (WEPs) committee for New Zealand (NZ) and also a member of the Pay Equity Coalition Auckland.

Languages: English

Savage, Caroline - Expert

Savage, Caroline - Expert - New Zealand - Economy, Business, Finances, Trade, Employment

Savage, Caroline


Skills: Project Management, Communication, Architecture

BPW New Zealand, Club Franklin

New Zealand

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With over 12 years as a Registered Architect and a volunteer committed to making a difference. I have accumulated a variety of skills and knowledge over 30 years developing both personally and professionally and this has been reflected in my Myers Briggs training. My skills have included management of a small architectural and building services company to leadership and senior positions in a team environment. Over the last 4½ years I have further diversified my career portfolio gaining extensive experience in remediation work for the Ministry of Education and Body Corporate projects and full site development of service stations.

Languages: English

Valkouma, Thalia - Expert

Valkouma, Thalia - Greece - Expert - Topics 5, 8, 11

Valkouma, Thalia

Expert / Topics 5, 8, 11

BPW Greece, Club Thessaloniki


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Vice President BPW Thessaloniki Greece

Responsible for national & international projectsMember of Initial Committee of Business and Professional Associations in Adriatic-Ionian Area (BPW ADRIONET)

Manager of Strategic Planning Support in Egnatia Odos S.A. Responsible for strategic planning support on energy, waste management & resources, circular economy, culture, sustainable regional development & innovation issues. Responsible for networking, preparation & implementation of project proposals & studies under Cross-border, European & national funding programs.

Independent consultant in municipalities on Sustainable management - Waste & Energy management - Climate Change - Environmental Monitoring – ICT – IoT – Culture & Tradition – International projects

Co–owner of a construction company, a Renewable Energy Sources (CEO) company & a Social Cooperative company (President)

Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology,

Master in Business Administration (MBA),

Master in Science (MSc) in Environmental protection management & sustainable development,

PhDc in Environmental Engineering

-Married with two children

-ExGeneral Secretary of Lions Clubs Greece Cyprus MD 117

-Active member of BoD of the charity Association “Thermaides”

Languages: Greek, English, German, French

Weill, Alexia - Expert

Weill, Alexia - Expert - Switzerland - Cultures, Art

Weill, Alexia


Skills: Art, Sculpture

BPW Switzerland, Club Lausanne


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Alexia Weill lives and works on the Riviera vaudoise in Switzerland. Passionate about the cinema and photography, she studied at the School of Audiovisual Production of Paris. She began her career working in feature films, commercials, tv shows and documentaries. As gallerist granddaughter, she loved the sculpture from an early age. In between filming, she attended the workshops of sculptors and learned different techniques. By carving the stone, she seeks harmony in the round and clean shapes. In 2009, she received the Honorary Diploma of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Southeast of France.

Languages: French

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Witmer, Lesha - Expert

Witmer, Lesha - Expert - Germany - Legislation, Society, Politics, Advocacy

Witmer, Lesha


Skills: Advocacy and Lobbying, International Policy, Sustainable Development Policy

BPW Germany, Club Würzburg


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Representative of BPW international to UN, Chair of the Standing Committee for Environment, Sustainable Development & Water of Business & Professional Women International, Member core-group OECD water governance Initiative on behalf of BPWI

Languages: Dutch, English, French, German