portraits of project leaders

Aryal, Sadikshya - Project Leader

Aryal, Sadikshya


Skills: Environment, Leadership

Project Leader

Gaunbata Sanjal

Solar Forward 

BPW Nepal, Club Patan, Young BPW


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Short CV

Himalayan Innovations is a for profit entity that works on introducing innovative , non-intrusive technology in Nepal. Focussing on Engineering, Technology and Design. Himalayan Innovations aims to bridge traditionally isolated sectors through cross cutting innovation projects. Himalayan Innovation focuses primarily on design, development prototyping and pilots and partners with other grassroots organisations for scaled implementation of the projects. 


A member of  Business and Professional Women International of Patan Chapter, Ms Sadikshya Aryal, is a women tech entrepreneur, co-founder of Himalayan Innovations . She is an engineer and a solar enthusiasts.  Knowing the potential of solar technology, she has been working in the energy sector since 2015.

She has been working as Program Manager at Renewable Energy Confederation of Nepal since 2018.


Winner of the Yunus Center Social Business Challenge 2017 through its project, Agroshelter, Himalayan Innovations was also the winner of Youth Co:Lab Nepal and was among top 5 for scaling track at Youth Co:Lab Summit at Bangkok organized by UNDP Asia Pacific and CITI Foundation. 


Sadikshya is also certified in ”Innovation and Readiness” from University of Texas, Austin. She was incubated by Nexus Hub at American Center, Delhi with the support from State Department of United States as an entrepreneur.


Her company works with community members to design solutions that are customized and suited to the local needs all the while creating frameworks that allow some form of scalability and replication as much as possible. It works across multiple sectors and involves a diverse set of individuals for each project it designs and partners with. It’s projects operate in a sandbox design style based on human centered design approach running along the lines of innovation, localization and invention.


She runs “Gaubata: products from the village”, that is a logistical solution focused on the nexus of energy, agriculture and women. Her social enterprise also runs “SOLAR FORWARD” carefully catering its service to the bottom of pyramid population.

Languages: Nepali, English

Baehrer-Kohler, Sabine - Project Leader

Baehrer-Kohler, Sabine

Project Co-Leader,

Good Health & Wellness for Women 

BPW Switzerland, Club Baselland


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Professional Career

Managing Director

Dr. Bährer-Kohler& Partners, Switzerland. Own company in Basel/Switzerland for counseling clients with burnout symptoms and she provides training for companies and organizations in this context.

Invited Professor at Tropical Neurology and Neuroinfection Master, Mental Health, International University of Catalonia (UIC), Barcelona/Spain.

President of the Swiss Association for Global Mental Health. Member of the World Federation for Mental Health. http://www.globalmentalhealth.ch/vereinsleitung.html

Member WHO- International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Mental and Behavioral Disorders- IFSW.

Member WHO- Global Competency Framework for Universal Health Coverage/community 'Education Hub.'

Founder- Own scientific journal. https://www.graphyonline.com/journal/founding_board.php?journalid=IJGSW

Reviewer of 9 scientific journals.

Member Editorial Boards:

- International Journal of Community & Family Medicine.

- Cambridge Scholars Publishing- Editorial Advisory Group Member- Neuroscience.

BPW Activities

Membership 2018 Business and Professional Women (BPW) Switzerland, Club Baselland

UN Representative WHO Geneva

Personal Information

Married, one daughter- 14 years old.

Leisure Activities/ Interests:

Horse riding, our dog, gardening, and painting with oil.

Languages: German, English, French

Basnet, Neelima - Project Leader

Basnet, Neelima, 

Project Co-Leader

Intergenerational Dialogue

BPW Nepal, Budhanilkantha Chapter

BPW International Young Representative 2017-2020


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Born and raised in a beautiful country Nepal, Neelima Basnet is professionally an Architect but passionate about environment so prefers to call herself climate action advocate. She has been practicing architecture through her private company Design casa private limited. Besides commercial building she has been involved in various local building constructions at remote areas with local material and has been volunteering to promote and bring awareness about green and sustainable architecture nationally and internationally.

While growing up she witnessed the side effects of civil war, political crisis, refuges crisis, natural disasters and above all the discrimination for being a girl in her own society. To think as global citizen and be part of the solution of the global crisis she attended various national and international events organized by United Nations.

She is a member of Business and Professional Women,Nepal and was elected as young BPW international representative 2017-2020 at Cairo, Egypt at the congress of BPW International. She is passionate about working in rural areas to empower the local people to understand and work towards achieving sustainable development goals.

She is also member of various organizations in Nepal which is working for empowerment and sustainable development of her country. She believes that life if not about how much we learn or earn but how much we share our knowledge and give back to humanity.

Languages: English

Bellini, Enrichetta - Project Leader

Bellini, Enrichetta

PILOT Team Member

Project Leader

Raise Awareness for Non-Violence Culture, Focus on Abuser 

BPW Spain, Club Valencia & Club La Spezia

Past President BPW Ticino/Switzerland, 

BPW Bergamo/Italy


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Enrichetta Bellini is graduated in Administration-Commerce and foreign languages beside postgrade intensive  Management courses among them Emotional Intelligence and Transactional Analysis both in Switzerland and Italy. She started her professional advancement as secretary/assistant to the Company President up to Proxy, General Manager and Executive Board member.She has been for more than 20 years a well known International Executive of Swiss/Italian and Danish Companies manufacturing machines and complete plants for ciment industries including packers, pallettizers and automatic bag loaders. Since 2008 is offering tecnical and tecnological translations’service and contract management advise. She entered BPW in 1983 covering charges both in Switzerland and Italy. In 2006 she was elected BPW Europe Finance Officer covering the charge for two turns. She has been member of many national and international taskforces. In 2001 she has been elected Chair of BPWI Legislation Standing Committee. Currently she is chairing the Legislation Committee 2014-2017 for the second turn. Since 2004 she is  the chair of La Spezia YOUNG BPW cup jury, adressed to BPW Europe YOUNG members.

Languages: Italian, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese

Chiappetta, Eliana - Project Leader

Chiappetta, Eliana

Project Leader

Bees & Trees

BPW Brasil, Club Brasil


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Eliana Mucari Chiappetta, born December 29, 1952, Brazilian

Sociology and Politics -School of Librarian Science. Foundation School of Sociology and Politics, Brazil

Post-graduatation in Agribusiness. Foundation José Irmão Otão (PUC) –Brazil

ISA ( International Soyabens Associations) in USA – since 2005

IFA (International Fertilize Associations around the world) – since 2008

BPW Associate: since 2005, having participated in all BPW International Congress, except in 2011 (in Finland) 

Languages: Portuguese (native language), French, Italian, English and Spanish

Crevat Géraldine - Project Leader

Crevat Géraldine

Project Leader

International Mobility

Online Meeting

BPW Club Nice Intercontinental



Géraldine Crevat is founder and president of Business and Professional Women (BPW) Nice INTERCONTINENTAL network since 2013. The network is designed to focus on the issues of the international mobility. Counsellor in communication and strategy, she is also coach for gifted, high potential people, leaders. 

Languages: French, English

Cruz, Eunice - Project Leader

Cruz, Eunice

Project Leader

Giving Life

BPW Brasil, Presidente Prudente


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Advogada, Administradora de Empresas, Bacharel em Comunicação, Coach pela Sociedade Brasileira de Coaching e Practitioner em PNL. Pós-graduada em Direito Civil e Processo Civil, Educação Especial,  Gestão de Pessoas e Desenvolvimento Humano, Direitos Humanos e Inclusão,  Planejamento das Políticas Sociais e Gestão do Terceiro Setor. Cursou Especialização em Relações Humanas Internacionais na Faculdade de Ciências Humanas e Sociais da Universidade de Sorbonne no Quartier latin de Paris. Por 15 anos foi executiva em empresas multinacionais na cidade de São Paul. Há 23 anos é Advogada militante em Direito Criminal e Direito de Família, Consultora, Palestrante, Professora Universitária, Articulista e Facilitadora em Cursos e Treinamentos.  É sócia proprietária da Girassol – Desenvolvimento Humano. Conselheira no CNDM e do CIESP/FIESP, Presidente da Organização Soroptimista de Presidente Prudente e  Presidente da Federação das Associações de Mulheres de Negócios e Profissionais - BPW Brasil.

Languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English

Eimiakhena, Annie - Project Leader

Eimiakhena, Annie (Anastasia)

Project Leader

Building Board Ready Women

BPW Lekki, Lagos Nigeria


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An experienced management consultant of over 20 years, Annie Eimiakhena, has been involved in a wide range of consulting assignments. Starting with a career in the ICT industry, Annie was involved with implementing banking applications within the Financial Services industry under Tara Systems Limited and Computer Systems Associates. With her Technology experience, Annie was hired in Accenture to strengthen the Technology Competency, particularly with the firm’s thrust on Technology and Outsourcing. Leaving Accenture in 2004, after six years of consulting exposure to various sectors in Manufacturing, Financial Services, Telecommunications and Real Estate, Lohi Consulting came into being. Lohi Consulting, established over 12 years ago, was a venture taken up by Annie with the firm belief that the company can extend management consultancy services to small and medium sized companies. Armed with this strategy, Lohi Consulting worked with a number of companies in developing winning business plans and corporate strategy that will assist these companies with their growth plans. Lohi Consulting has worked with various organizations in the areas of Strategy, Process, Technology and People Development. Annie has evolved to be a certified Human Resource practitioner, being an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management and a certified trainer from the Center of Management Development (CMD) which has positioned her to develop the right competencies in workforce development: human resource strategies, recruitment and selection; performance management systems; personnel administration and industrial relations management. Annie has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the prestigious Lagos Business School, PanAtlantic University. She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Languages: English, French

Forsythe, Marilyn - Project Leader


Project Leader

UN Global Compact Initiative 

BPW Australia, Club Cessnock


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Marilyn joined BPW in 1999 and was National President from 2007 to 2013. Marilyn is currently Oceania Sub Regional Coordinator (2014 to 2017). In 2010 Marilyn became a Life Member of BPW Australia.  From 2011 Marilyn has been the Project Leader of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) encouraging Federations to become Participants to the UNGC. Marilyn has a passion for equal pay and gender equity. While President of Australia Marilyn started a campaign for Australian women to have Paid Parental Leave and it was successful when the National Government introduced Paid Parental Leave in 2001. Marilyn was the Leader of the National Equal Pay Alliance that was started by BPW Australia and now has 100 member organisations and over 300,000 women members. For her commitment to gender issues and the rights of people, Marilyn has received two awards from BPW International. Marilyn has a commitment to charity work and was a Board Member of UNIFEM Australia (UN Women) for three years and the founder of the global UNIFEM Spring Walk Campaign. The campaign raised thousands of dollars to help the women of East Timor who had suffered during the guerrilla insurgence. Marilyn had a 35 year career in middle management in NSW Public Hospitals. Marilyn was honoured by becoming a Life Member in 2011 of the Health Services Union for her advocacy and representing members across a broad spectrum of women and men. Marilyn holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Management) and a Graduate Diploma Change Management.

Languages: English

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Hilty, Anne - Project Leader

Hilty, Anne, 

PhD, Psychology

Project Co-Leader

International Mobility

Project Co-Leader

Women, Peace, Security

Project Co-Leader

Intercultural Dialogues 

Project Co-Leader

Intergenerational Dialogue

BPW Hong Kong

Founder and Immediate Past President

BPW Hong Kong / EPW Club New York

Hong Kong 

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Anne Hilty, PhD, is a psychologist, writer and educator, working with individuals, organizations, and institutions. A native New Yorker -- "natural global citizen" -- she has lived abroad since January 2005 in both East Asia and Europe. She has been engaged throughout her career in the promotion of peace through global understanding, traveling to 80+ countries thus far for her research in cultural psychology and intercultural competency. EastWest Psyche Inc., her current company, represents Dr Anne's 4th entrepreneurial experience.

Having begun in the healthcare field in 1980, Dr Anne maintained a psychotherapy and natural health practice in New York (1989-2004) where she was also on staff at several hospitals; in both South Korea and Hong Kong (2005-2018); and globally, via Internet. Dr Anne has further engaged in academia and education management; in 2017-18 she was Visiting Professor in the Center for International Affairs of Jeju National University (Korea), and she has been adjunct professor at both Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Regis College (Boston) as well as a founding administrator for 2 schools in Seoul and 1 in New York. She has given numerous public presentations and has published 200+ articles and several books and chapters, with a 7-book series on intercultural competency now in preparation for City University of Hong Kong Press.

Additionally, Dr Anne has undertaken international conference organization and event planning, the latest as Congress Organizer and Program Coordinator for the 2014 Business and Professional Women [BPW] International Congress. Founding and immediate past president of BPW Hong Kong (2015-2017), she is also a member of BPW in New York City, BPW Intercontinental Club based in Nice, and the BPW International taskforce for Peace and Intercultural Understanding. For the latter, she developed a "Women, Peace & Security: UN1325" program.

Languages: English

studied, not fluently: Cantonese, Korean, Spanish, French, Latin, Italian, Sign Language (US)

Ippolito, Eufemia - Project Leader


Project Leader

International Legal Advice 

BPW Italy, Club Gravina in Puglia

BPW Italy Past President


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Graduated in law


Graduated in French language and Literature 

Attorney at law (specialised in company law, EU law, International law), Professor of company law - retired.

Since 2009 to 2017 representative of BPW International in the Conference of  INGOs in the Council of Europe

2016/2017 Member  group:   “Brussels Follow-up #  5: Women on Boards 

Since 2004 to 2008   EWL Board Member  (BPW International, European Region) BPW Europe

2004 -2006     Membership  Committee ( EWL) for Verification of the Statutes Member States and financial statement analysis.

Since 2013 to 2017 BPW Italy Representative  in Committee for Equal Opportunities within  the Ministry of Labour – Rome

2011-2013 BPW Italy Representative in Committee for Equal Opportunities within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers - Rome. 

BPW Italy Past National President 

Languages: Italian, French, Spanish, English

Jeanneret Vezzini, Karin - Project Leader

Jeanneret Vezzini, Karin

Project Leader

Solar Water Pump 

BPW Switzerland, Club Biel/Bienne


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Karin Jeanneret Vezzini, born in Switzerland (1965), married, 2 children. Attorney-at-law with own law office (Jeanneret Law) and since 2016, CEO of ennos ag, a Swiss company who designed a highly efficient solar water pump for smallholder farmers (www.ennos.ch). Founder member of BPW Biel-Bienne (1996), Switzerland. President of BPW Biel-Bienne 2014-2018.

Languages: German, English, French

Kabre, Rasmata - Project Leader


Project Leader

Obstetrical Fistulae 

BPW Burkina Faso, Club Ouagadougou

Burkina Faso

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Rasmata Kabré grew up in Burkina Faso and became a midwife in 1995. She knew about the “Suffering in the Silence” or the “Fistules obstetricales” in her country and decided to help these women. In 2009 she established her first center and in 2012 she created her own Foundation “FOUNDATION RAMA”. She works in partnership with different organizations. In 2009 she organized the first Panafrican Congress on “Fistules obstericales” in Ouagadougou and in 2017 her second one. 

Languages: French

Laverley, Juliet - Project Leader


Project Leader

Market Based Access to affordable healthcare

BPW Club Freetown

Sierra Leone

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Founder and CEO of Parene Healthcare, an organization that is committed to making healthcare affordable and accessible in Sierra Leone. The organization is currently evolving into a healthcare franchise model that encourages nurses to become franchisee partner entrepreneurs in micro clinics, and health centres. The goal of the franchise is to manufacture some of the clinic supplies locally, to create jobs within the communities they operate.

Mrs. Laverley – Amabebe is Board Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality improvement, with a degree in Health Information Management, and Licensed Nurse with over 20 years of healthcare quality management, and strategic planning experience. She held a lead quality management position with the St. Luke’s Texas Heart Institute at the Texas Medical Centre for over 10 years, and left for Sierra Leone, to use the skills she had gained to start Parene Healthcare in Sierra Leone. Her primary goal is to help improve health outcomes in her country.

Juliet specializes in utilizing data and clinical information in decision making, and is an expert in meaningful use of data for board and clinical leadership reports.

In addition to being an entrepreneur Juliet is a local Healthcare Quality Improvement Consultant for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) working on various projects to improve healthcare facility standards, environment of care, and health outcomes in Sierra Leone.

Languages: English

Machon Honoré, Marie-Claude - Project Leader

Machon Honoré, Marie-Claude

PhD, Education

Project Co-Leader,

Intercultural Dialogues 

BPW UN representative to UNESCO

Chair of the International Conference of NGOs at UNESCO

President of  the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee 

BPW France, Club Paris


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Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré is a retired Professor of English and Doctor in Anglophone studies. She researched “The role of the Child Poverty Action Group in British civil society” for her Masters and “The role of education in the development of women in the Anglophone Caribbean in the 21stcentury” for her PhD at the Sorbonne University, Paris. She is a graduate of the Institute of Gender and Development studies, UWI.

She presented her research on “The role of education in the context of international and regional Caribbean female migration”, at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in July 2010, in London (UK). She was a panellist on Commonwealth Day at the University of Paris Diderot in 2014: “The Commonwealth and the United Nations Organisations: A comparative study of Partnerships and Actions in Development”.

She joined BPW France in 2008. She has been the permanent representative for IFBPW to UNESCO since 2012 and was elected member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee in December 2016. 

In December 2018, she was elected  Chair of the International Conference of NGOs at UNESCO and President of  the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee for a two years’ mandate. 

 She has represented the Liaison Committee to the CCNGO/Education 2030 as member of the coordinating group since 2017.

 She contributed to the first international NGO-UNESCO forum on education in 2013, NGO-UNESCO International Day of Literacy in 2014, was  co-leader of the 4thinternational NGO-UNESCO forum on the role of women in fighting poverty (Unesco Headquarter, 2015), the 8th  on climate change in Paris ( December 2017) and the 10th on Science in Moscow (November 2018). She represented NGOs and WfWP at COP 21.

She made oral statements on behalf of IFBPW at the 38thand 39th UNESCO General Conference, Education Commission on Education, Adult learning and TVET. She has a special interest in promoting Women in STEM with the UNESCO Education and Inclusion sector and is a member of the BPW taskforce on WOMEN in STEM and co-leader of the member initiated project on intercultural dialogues/UNESCO platform.


Languages: French, English, Spanish

Marius, Johanna - Project Leader

Marius, Johanna

Project Leader,

Culture Smart 

BPW Germany, Club München


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Intercultural Trainer, Member of the Board of BPW Germany.

Johanna started out on the road to becoming an intercultural trainer with a translator/interpreter diploma. Originally from Munich, she lived in the USA, Italy and Western Samoa before finding her way back to Munich. She now owns an intercultural training institute and specializes in preparing her clients for working internationally and living abroad.

She serves on the board of BPW Germany where she is responsible for leadership and lifelong learning programs. In this capacity and based on her experience as a successful entrepreneur, she gives support to women who wish to develop their leadership skills.

Languages: German, English, French, Italian

Poutakidou, Irini - Project Leader

Poutakidou, Irini


Project Co-Leader,

Women, Peace, Security 

President BPW Thessaloniki

BPW Greece, Club Thessaloniki


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BPW Thessaloniki, Greece: Founder & President

BPW AdrionNet: founding member and committee chair

BPW International: Art for Peace & Intercultural Understanding Taskforce member

Irini lives in Thessaloniki, Greece

She is the CEO of alab-global SA , a Greek trading company, with more than 25 years of experience in public and international procurement for the supply of various goods and solutions in the humanitarian and in the development sectors.

Her expertise is to manage projects and frame agreements with UN Organizations (ex.UNHCR, IOM) and international implementing partners in emergency situations, focusing on providing solutions that improve lives.

She holds both a Master of Science (MSc) in Civil Engineering and a Master’s inBusiness Administration (MBA) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She is an active member in various committees and networks.

At the BPW International Congress in Egypt in 2017, as President of BPW Thessaloniki Greece, she presented on “Woman, Peace, & Security” as well as on “Women CEO Strategies that make a Difference”.

Languages: Greek, English

Olunaike, Josephine - Project Leader

Olunaike, Josephine

Project Leader

Sickle Cell Disorder

BPW Nigeria, Club Zenith, Abuja


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I am Josephine Olunaike, born on the 12th of March, 1972. From Edo State of Nigeria. Lived and did most of my early schooling in Lagos state of Nigeria and later proceed to Ilorin in Kwara State for my university degree.

Member of the Business and Professional Women and founder of Beulah Sickle Cell Foundation in Nigeria.

Being a survivor of Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD), I have dedicated most part of myself into helping other affected people and their families to walk through this terrible, painful, agonising and dehumanising disease which could even lead to death. Many already have lost friends, family members, acquittance through SCD including myself who lost two brothers ages 18 and 37 years. Its indeed very painful.

This inspired the formation of Beulah Sickle cell club/foundation whose major purpose is to minimise or eradicate SCD in Nigeria and other African countries where it is mostly prevalent. To also imprint upon the society that SCD is not a death sentence

Married to Mr. Olunaike Adekunle. Currently working and living with my family in Abuja, Nigeria. 

Languages: English, Yoruba, Okpella

Reda Katia - Project Leader

Reda, Katia

Project Leader

Living Together - Helping Each Other

Fidapa BPW Club Soverato


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I am working since 1986 in State High School belonging to the Ministry of Education in Italy.

Since I have got my degree, with honor, I concentrate myself in travelling abroad with students during summer. I have taken students all over the world to attend Summer language courses in English, from Australia to USA.

In 1986, I took my first job in Italian High Schools.

I belong to FIDAPA BPW ITALY since 2000 and I always had a role of coordinator of BPW International inside my Club. I have been elected as President in 2011 till 2013 and in those years I realized a Congress with the participation of IPP - Tuulikki Jussela- on “Empower women in society”.

I work now on International level with Mentoring Program and my chair is Carla Laura Petruzzelli.

I am working at University of Magna Grecia since 2015 and I teach English at Biomedical Engineering Faculty.

My own mission is to help women on realizing themselves, since I have had everything I needed from life.

Helping and encouraging is my aim.

Languages: Italian, English

Rigassi, Daniela - Project Leader

Rigassi, Daniela

PILOT Team Administrator

Project Co-Leader

Good Health & Wellness for Women 

BPW Switzerland, Club Baselland


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Daniela Rigassi is an economist and holds a degree in project management and teaching. She started as a teacher for German, English and history. She then continued as an analyst and programmer for an insurance company before changing into project and process management as well as consultancy for companies in the financial sector. She now works for an international printer company, where she leads projects for strategic national and international clients. Daniela Rigassi joined BPW Switzerland in 2005, where she is the club delegate on the national level. Since 2012 she has been a member of the taskforce of Leadership and Lifelong Learning and has been co-organising the annual pre-conference on cross-cultural understanding in Cairo. She has a strong interest in international and cross- cultural aspects in everyday life and business collaboration.

Languages: German, English, French

Salem, Dahlia - Project Leader

Salem, Dahlia

Project Leader,

Culture Smart 

BPW Germany, Club München


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My name is Dahlia Salem; I am graduated from faculty of Economics and political Sci. Cairo Univ. I worked as a banker in Commercial international Bank then I got married, and I moved to Holland, Ethiopia and then South Korea. In Ethiopia, I worked as a volunteer in the UN Women’s Assoc.; I also participated in several sessions of awareness for teenagers. I wrote an article under the title “Lack of Communication between Teenagers and their Parents “that published in the Newsletter of UN families on Dec.2002. I participated in cross-cultural debates with different nationalities in South Korea. I also participated in the 6th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs organized by EBWA, in Apr. 2011, and then I wrote the conference report. I presented a session in the German School, in Cairo, under the theme “How to avoid Culture Shock” on Nov.2012. Currently I am a member of the Board of Directors of Diwan of Knowledge for Cultural Development Assoc.

Languages: Arabic, English, German, Japanese