G100: Group of 100 Global Women Leaders

Tanja Wehsely

She is the CEO of Volkshilfe based in Vienna. Before this, she was Member of the Viennese state parliament and chairwoman of the economic and finance committee of the city of Vienna. Volkshilfe Vienna is a big Aid/Social/Care Organisation mostly publicly funded and operating in various fields, from home care/nursing, housing first/homeless shelters, preventing evictions, refugee shelters and counseling, foster care, day care for kids, counseling for sexworkers, programmes for labour market reintegration, general social work counseling, volunteer services and mentoring porgrammes.

Volkshilfe employs 1.500 people, works with 400 volunteers and counts about 3000 members of our association. Tanja is a board member in numerous social enterprises, such as the Association of Viennese Youth Centers, the Umbrella Association of Vienna Social Institutions, the SWÖ – Social Economy Austria, as well as the umbrella association Arbeit plus.

She is a member of the supervisory board of WU’s NPO Institute and is a juror for the annual World Summit Awards (WSA) and Social Impact Awards (SIA).

Gloria Feldt

She is a global expert on women, power, and leadership, author, and keynote speaker, She is cofounder and president of Take The Lead, whose mission reflects her life’s passion: to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025 by providing her breakthrough training, mentoring and coaching role modeling, and thought leadership.

Author of Intentioning: Sex, Power, Pandemics and How Women Will Take the Lead for (Everyone’s) Good to be published September, 2021, she is the bestselling author of four previous books; the latest is No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, the research for which plus her own real world knowledge forms the core of Take The Lead’s programs.

Previous books include Send Yourself Roses cowritten with Kathleen Turner and The War on Choice. She is formerly president and CEO of the world’s largest reproductive health and advocacy organization, Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Dr. Iris Good

 She is Scientist-entrepreneur and investor, Iris specializes in commercialization of healthcare technologies in international markets for over 20 years, focusing on the Indian market. Iris chairs Good Relations India, the Imperial College Enterprise Seed Fund, the London Business School HealthTech Challenge, a member of the investment committee of Cambridge University Seed Fund and a trustee of Weizmann-UK Board. 

She has recently joined the Advisory Council of Martlet Capital, a Cambridge-based early stage investment Fund. Soon after completion of her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute of Science, followed by two post docs (molecular biology and brain research), Iris co- established UltraShape and developed the first FDA-approved and commercially-used non-invasive aesthetic ultrasound procedure. The company was acquired by Syneron Medical Ltd ($12M).

Baiba A. Rubesa

She was member of the Supervisory Council and member of the Human Resources Committee of the Latvian energy company Latvenergo. From 2015 to 2018, B. Rubesa was the Chairperson of the Management Board and the Executive Director of the joint venture RB Rail, which implements the largest railway infrastructure project of the European Union in the Baltics, Rail Baltica. Since 2014, she has been the owner of the consulting company RFactor.

Prior to her position as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Statoil ASA from 2010-2013, from 2008 to 2010 Rubesa was Statoil Azerbaijan’s Director of Public Relations with government institutions.

From 2011-2013. B. Rubesa was a member of the Council of EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) and from 2012 to 2015 – a member of the Council of Citadele banka. From 2004 to 2007, B. Rubesa chaired the Foreign Investors’ Council in Latvia, as well as was the Vice President of the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Latvia, from 2002 to 2009, she was a member of the Council of DnB Nord banka.

Jaime Webbe 

She is the Global Director, Climate Change & Biodiversity, Alinea International, Jaime brings more than two decades of experience delivering innovative solutions in sustainability around the world. In senior roles with the United Nations and World Bank, among others, she has a proven track record of successfully transitioning concepts, approaches and technologies from scientific facts to international best practices.

Part of her earlier role with the United Nations was to assemble some of the world’s preeminent scientists, policymakers and holders of Indigenous and traditional knowledge to introduce, into the narrative on the value of ecosystems, a focus on climate change services like storing carbon and preventing floods.

Together they made up the drafting group of the United Nations expert group on biodiversity and climate change, tasked with preparing a report for the UN General Assembly on the links between nature and climate. Nature-based Solutions (NbS) encompass the good management of ecosystems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help society adapt to the negative impacts of climate change.

Mrs. Neerja Birla 

She is an inspiring personality, progressive, dynamic and versatile woman, driven by her passions and an unwavering resolve to give back to society responsibly. A passionate educationist and a mental health champion, Mrs. Neerja Birla is the founder and chairperson of the Aditya Birla Education Trust (ABET), which endeavours to positively impact the lives of people from all sections of society and bring about progressive change, whether it is in the field of education or on the mental health landscape of India.

Under the ABET umbrella and Mrs. Birla’s dynamic leadership: Mpower is a revolutionary movement that has brought about a paradigm shift in India’s attitude towards mental health by spreading awareness, alleviating stigma, and providing holistic and quality mental health care to individuals from all walks of life.

The Aditya Birla World Academy, an international school with an Indian soul that promotes the holistic development of its students over and above their academic ones, has been ranked the 2nd Best International School in all of India.

Nana Ama Poku   

She is an astute Commercial and Development Banker with extensive insight in Corporate, SME and Retail Banking, Risk Management, Banking Operations, Financing support for Non Bank Financial Institutions, Government guaranteed project financing, Import and Export Trade financing, and Asset and Liability management. She has extensive experience in value chain financing support for strategic subsectors towards export promotion and import substitution and in corporate strategy execution at the Executive Management level in Banking.

She’s a Member, Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana. (MCIMG). She holds a BA (Sociology/History) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana, an MA (Marketing Communications) from the University of Westminster Business School – UK, and an Executive MBA (Entrepreneurial Management) from the University of Ghana Business School.

She was conferred with the Global Leadership Excellence award by the Centre for Economic and Development (CELD) Dubai – U.A.E.

Dr. Aurora Martin  

Dr. Aurora Martin. Expert in promoting equal opportunities, combating gender-based violence and discrimination, she is senior advisor to the National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men. Professor at Pontifical Oriental Institute of Vatican, she has taught Gender Studies, Good Governance, Non-Discrimination, Cultural Violence and Conflict Transformation at: Wilmington College, Ohio, USA; Russian Presidential Academy for National Economy and Public Administration, St. Petersburg; University of Belgrade; RomaTre University; Lomonosov Moscow State University; Khazar University, Baku; University of Bucharest, 

Faculty of Political Science, European Center for Security Studies at George C. Marshall in Germany. Her research at George C. Marshall focused on Human Security, Responsibility to Protect, and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. She is Vice President International Institute for Human Security, and Honorary President Womanity for All. She has also served as senior adviser to the National Council for Combating Discrimination.

Dr. Patience Mpofu 

She is a multi-award-winning mining executive, International Women’s Forum 2018 Fellow, Global Thought Leader in sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), an Executive Leadership Coach, and Women in STEM advocate, Patience is founder and partner of Insight Mining Experts, a global platform that connects technology experts to help solve sustainability issues in the mining industry to help them meet their ESG commitments. She has more than 25 years’ global multidisciplinary industry experience in the Mining and Metals industry.

She is also the founder and CEO of Peak Performance Executive Leadership Coaching, an Academy that helps women in STEM to unleash their superpowers to succeed. Prior to founding her businesses, she was Vice President Corporate Affairs Africa of a global Australian mining company, where she led the delivery of the Africa region sustainability strategy, risk mitigation, social performance and reputation enhancement.

Previously, she also spent several years working for other global mining companies in senior technical roles in processing, mine planning, transformation, M &A, strategy and business development.

Ruth B. Ncube 

She is the Chairman of Agricultural Finance Corporation Insurance company (Limited) in Zimbabwe and on its board. As a distinguished business leader and marketing expert, she initiated and managed various insurance schemes of national significance thereby contributing to the increased participation in the formal financial systems of previously excluded population segments.

A versatile new generation transformational leader with over 20 years of leadership experience spanning across various economic sectors notably farming, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, retail, advertising, banking and insurance, she has achieved remarkable success, driving sustainable business growth in an increasingly competitive and saturated insurance market. She has presided over a threefold growth in revenue and business volumes over a 6-year period in a challenging economic environment.

She has earlier served on the boards of Zimbabwe International Trade Fair board (ZITF) – Chairperson ; Mosi a Tunya Development Company – Chairman (Ministry of Tourism and Hospitality); Netone – Board Member (State Enterprise).

Krishna Pujara   

She is the Ceo Enfield Saheli – organisation set up in 1991 to enable women to participate fully in the social, cultural and civic life, empowering women to make informed choices, Krishna’s passion for supporting women and her track record of success is truly impressive in promoting the concerns of women regarding Domestic Violence, Forced Marriages, Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK and globally speaking volumes about her dedication and commitment to the communities.

Through her work, Krishna has become an active ambassador and voice of communities. In addition, Krishna has worked within and helped develop statutory and voluntary sector organisations in the UK, with a special interest in supporting Health & Social Care.

Krishna Pujara has many laurels to her name, and with each she embraces an ever greater level of responsibility and accountability that she gently and gigantically shoulders and delivers. Krishna Pujara has become a support system for those all women who do not have the strength to speak up for their rights as she stands in solidarity with every woman fighting the regressive views and cultural practices of the community, and along with her influential leadership she brings others leaders from different walks of life to join her in her cause too.

H.E. Natasa Pilides     

She is the Minister of Energy, Commerce and Industry, Cyprus. She has also served as the first Deputy Minister of Shipping in Republic of Cyprus. Previously, she served as the Director General of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since April 2016, responsible for the design and implementation of the Organisation’s strategy in investment promotion, investor support and facilitation of reform, in close collaboration with the Cyprus government. Natasa’s work experience includes more than fifteen years in the private sector.

She served as a Director and Regional Chief Operating Officer at Baker Tilly in South East Europe, heading the departments of Finance, Marketing, HR, Administration, Operations and IT for Cyprus, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova.

For 9 years she worked at PwC, in Cyprus, Milan and London in the areas of audit and tax consulting, providing services to multinational companies active in the fields of banking and finance, shipping, insurance, energy.

H.E. Dr. May Chidiac

She is the President and founder of May Chidiac Foundation- Media Institute (MCF-MI), Head of GROUND-0 Beirut Relief Committee, May Chidiac is a veteran Journalist, an editor, a Radio Host and a news anchor since 1985 with a career spanning for more than 25 years.

She fought for the freedom of the Lebanese people when few dared to speak up against the prevailing state of tyranny, through morning political shows. Six months after the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005, Chidiac was attacked by a car bomb causing her to lose her left leg and arm. She returned to the TV screen in a prime time political talk show called “With Audacity” from 2006 till 2009.

In parallel, Chidiac published an award-winning book: “Le Ciel M’attendra”, to be followed later on by another prized book “La Télévision Mise à Nu”. She obtained her PhD in “Sciences de L’Information et de la Communication” with high distinction from Université Panthéon -Paris II Assas and also continued her teaching career as Professor of Radio/ TV at Notre Dame University-Louaize till present.

Zeynep Bodur Okyay 

She is President and CEO, Kale Group of companies in Turkey. Born in 1964 in Istanbul, Zeynep Bodur Okyay graduated from the Italian High School in 1985 and earned a degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1989.

She attended Harvard University between 1990 and 1992 and earned a graduate degree in management. From 1992 to 1993, Zeynep Bodur Okyay worked in various roles, including production, planning, and management, as a management trainee at the Çanakkale Seramik factory in Çan, Çanakkale. In 1995, she was appointed as an Executive Board Member and President of Kale Group’s marketing companies.

Since July 2007, she has been serving as Kale Group’s President and CEO. Zeynep Bodur Okyay is actively engaged in several NGOs, associations, foundations and chamber boards. Some of her current roles include: President, General Assembly, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO); Vice President, Economic Development Foundation; Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK); Coordinating Chair, Turkey-EU Business Councils.

Marianne Andersen 

She has more than 25 years of international experience within medtech Industry and robotics/AI: global corporate to small startup companies, she is Founder of RoboInsights with a focus on robotics/ automation/ ai with a goal to have 50% female and 50% male speakers – and over time 50% female participants to a technology event. Founder of High5girls NGO working to get more girls aged 13-19 interested in pursuing a career in STEM Scienc Technology Engineering Mathematics. 

High5Girls is also creating a global network of STEM women – all wanting to give back to the next generation of girls and show them how great jobs there exist within STEM.Agnes and Betsy award winner 2020 – given to an engineer that has done something extraordinary for diversity in technology. 

 She is deeply committed to empowerment through innovation, upskilling and enterprise. She has strong leadership and communication skills, and is a focussed, result-oriented, creative networker and team player who thrives working in a challenging environment and is able to manage high levels of uncertainty.  A dear Soul Sister who approaches every goal with enthusiasm and energy. Electronics Engineer being the only female in her class of 32 student, and eMBA.

H.E. Dr. Manal Abdel Samad Najd 

She is Lebanese politician and Caretaker Minister of Information in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, she joined the Finance Ministry in 1997 at the Tax Revenues Authority. In 2000, Manal has been a Pioneer member of the VAT Implementation Project Team in Lebanon, and served as Head of VAT Legislation and Tax Policies Department then Head of VAT Audit and Tax Refund Department.

Also a member in Objection Committees at the Lebanese Tax Administration since 2002. She was also confirmed, since Mar 2016, as a Trained Assessor then a “Lead TADAT Assessor” since 2019, by the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Secretariat at the International Monetary Fund (a field mission in Tunisia, March 2018).

She is an active contributor in preparing the Lebanese Government to sign the Multilateral Convention (MLI) to implement treaty related measures to prevent Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), under the OECD/G20 BEPS package. Manal is a trainer in taxation and strategic planning at different public and private institutions.

Rina Neoh

She is Seasoned serial entrepreneur and active business investor, she has wealth of experience in incubating new businesses, finding new markets, mergers & acquisitions, with solid track record in investing, building, growing and/or exiting successful startups and scaleups.

She has been listed among the Top 10 Most Inspiring Businesswomen in Singapore (By Top 10 of Asia), Top 10 Women Venture Capitalists in Singapore (By Women Founders Network), Top 8 Trailblazers Under 40’s (by The Peak Magazine), and Top 100 Most Influential LinkedIn Icon to follow in Malaysia (by Marketing in Malaysia). She has held several senior executive positions (at CEO/CXO levels) and board directorships in private and public sectors across Asia Pacific.

She is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mercatus Capital Pte Ltd, invested in and managed a portfolio of more than 80 startups in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, India and Australia. Her experience covers a wide variety of areas such as education, food, fashion, pharmaceutical, ecommerce, esports, information technology, artificial intelligence and robotics, human resources development, and executive education, among others.

Norina Sookmoulla   

She is Founder & MD of Norina Co. Ltd, a Pharma company in Mauritius, and Awarded as Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government Award 2016 by CEO Global, Norina is a role model for many. She launched her first pharmacy, Noripharm in 2003 and soon a second, Noor Pharma. In 2004, she became treasurer of the Pharmacists Association. In 2008, she officiated as secretary and finally in 2014, she became President of the prestigious Pharmacists Association of Mauritius.

Her passion and contributions in the sector have resulted in a number of achievements to date which includes the Pharmacy Council Bill: A concept which was shelved for more than 30 years and where Norina worked with the Ministry of Health to put forward the bill to regulate and control the profession. She also worked with Mauritius Pharmacy Registrar on registration fee of pharmaceutical products to prevent monopoly.

Her many prestigious recognitions include: Healthcare Woman Icon of the Year at the 2nd Icons of Healthcare Summit & Awards organised by BERG Singapore on July 21, 2017, ‘Africa’s Most Influential Women 2016’ in Business and Government in Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Petrochemical sector; 100 Most Influential Women in Mauritius, among others.

Dr. Hynd Bouhia

She was nominated by Forbes among the 100 most influential women in the world in 2008 and among the most influential women in Business in the Arab World in 2015, and honored as a member of the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2018. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in high-level and leadership positions, covering investments, financial structuring, entrepreneurship and sustainable development strategies.

With a PhD from Harvard University (GSAS 1998), an Engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris (1995) and a Master from Johns Hopkins SAIS (2000), Hynd Bouhia started her career at the World Bank in Washington before joining Morocco’s Prime Minister as an economic advisor.

She was appointed in 2008 as the Managing Director of Casablanca Stock Exchange. After that she structured and managed several investment funds for clean energy and a venture capital fund for startups. As the CEO of Strategica, she advises entrepreneurs, companies and institutions on economic intelligence, sustainable finance and growth strategies.

Fida Taher

She founded Zaytouneh.com in 2011, and Atbaki 2014, creating the largest video recipe platform in Arabic, used by millions. Fida is Managing Partner at Amam Ventures, an impact fund that caters to businesses that are committed to diversity and inclusion. Fida is co-founder of the fast-growing “Women in Business Arabia” network, board member at the MicroFund for Women and has served on several advisory boards of startups and NGOs empowering women & youth.

Prior to Zaytouneh, Fida worked in different areas in the media domain for 9 years, during which she produced hundreds of hours of video content. Coming from a production background, Fida strongly believes in the power and potential of the audio-visional content.

She is a member of INTAJ- Jordan. Fida was selected as E&Y emerging entrepreneur for the year 2013 for her work with Zaytouneh. She is also Jordan’s Ambassador for Women Entrepreneurship Day (WED) 2015-2019. Fida has worked closely with angel investors essentially managing their investment portfolios including activities such as opportunity identification, deal structuring, operational assistance at the portfolio company level as well as board representation.

Dr. Paola Fiore 

She is a forward-thinking pioneer in sustainability. She partners with corporate & non-profit management to apply responsible leadership principles & find the right balance among economic, social, environmental & climate policies to drive sustainable innovation, increase responsible profits & enhance brand reputation. With 22+ years of sustainability management & communications experience & 27+ years of environmental studies.

Driven by authenticity, creativity & the pursuit of excellence, Paola takes a holistic approach towards introducing the SDGs as a core business strategy, while creating a culture of sustainability that supports the transition to a post-carbon economy & society.

She works closely with minor & major stakeholders to ensure that economic, environmental, social, cultural, climate & political factors are taken into account when building or restructuring business systems to support long-term, responsible prosperity. She works in green economy sectors, like agro-industry, sustainable chemistry, renewable energy, green ICT, environmental & climate change services.

 Claudia Vergueiro Massei 

She is the Siemens Oman CEO, nominated by Forbes as one of the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East in 2020 and 2021, Claudia is committed to enabling the digital transformation in the sultanate and to contributing to its economic development. She drives business in power distribution, smart grid, smart buildings, control and automation, and digital solutions for industrial applications.

She assumed her role after working with Siemens in Germany, Denmark and China for various business fields, including wind power and rail automation. Originally from Brazil, she commenced her career in strategy consulting, undertaking assignments in France, Morocco, South Africa and the United States, besides her home country. She subsequently co-founded a SaaS edtech startup in Brazil, Eduqo, which she ran before joining Siemens.

Claudia developed her passion for education during her college days, when she worked as part-time teacher preparing students for university entrance exams in Brazil. In her free time, Claudia enjoys to dance, travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs.

Nuria Marín Raventós

She is the co-founder and co-president of the Alvarez & Marín Corporation business group, which has more than 1500 people working on areas such as banana exports, finance, energy, entertainment and property development. She’s also the director of the Corporación Raventós group, which focuses on property development. In the Forbes list of 50 Most Powerful Women in Central America (2014-2018).

She’s a former director of Credimujer, a World Bank’s associate; former president of the Costa Rican University Women Association from 2004 to 2008 an associated to the University Women International Federation. She’s also the co-founder and first president of the Association for Leadership Boosting and Social Mobility known as ALAS from 2008 to 2014, the largest female leaders’ network in the country.

She returned to the presidency on 2019. Cofounder and President of Balance a national movement towards gender equality. In 2012, she became the first female opinion columnist in La Nación newspaper and in 2015 columnist to Forbes CA magazine. She is the Costa Rican Ambassador to the Women Entrepreneurship Day Initiative.