G100: Group of 100 Global Women Leaders

Nino Zambakhidze 

She is Chairwoman of Georgian Farmers’ Association. Georgian Farmers Association is umbrella organization which unites more than 5000 member farmers from all over the Georgia, with the goal and mission to protect farmers’ rights and support them to compete on marketplace and to grow agro players’ profitability.

Nino is founder of several companies, non governmental organizations and innovative startups. Being a proactive person by nature, Nino is a member of almost all key governmental or non-governmental boards and committees active in agriculture. In 2020 she was awarded with a national business-prize “Merkury 2011” where she received the honor as “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year”.

She was the first woman chosen as a coordinator of “Invest in Future” organization created in 2012 under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. A passionate advocate and agri-entrepreneur, Nino is committed to fostering youth leadership in this very important space.

She says in an article, “Most young people I meet on my trips in the countryside simply don’t see their future in agriculture.

Deana Zelenka 

She is currently CEO of the Lula Group of Companies. An international Businesswoman and Philanthropist, she has professional leadership experience serving as Chief Executive and senior executive member in companies ranging from venture-backed start-ups to global enterprises across a variety of sectors including Petroleum, Renewable Energy Technology, Metals and Chemical Manufacturing, Environmental and Clean Tech, Commodities Trading and Structured Finance.

She is experienced in defining and managing strategy, sales and marketing, financial management, intellectual property development, corporate structuring, mergers & acquisitions, and fundraising throughout her career. Deana Specializes in Global Trade and Structured Finance as Principle and agent via a Global Client Book.

Previously, she served as a Senior Executive responsible for Hazardous Materials supply Chain Management and as EVP and Manager of Voith GmbH Polyurethane, Silicone, Rubber product lines, and earlier as Senior Executive for Kaiser Aluminum’s Fluorides Business Division.

Rafaela Rica

She is a successful entrepreneur from Albania, she founded her own company at the age of 23, which is one of the biggest dynamic, innovative and integrated Advertising and Communications agencies in Albania. She graduated from the University of Tirana with a Bachelor’s degree with major in English and 10 years later, she was awarded MBA from University Institute Kurt Bösch in Sion, Switzerland.

Since 2018, she is a PhD candidate at the Consortium of the International Joint Cross-Border PhD Programme in International Economic Relations and Management in Austria and her research topic is the “Factors affecting Female Entrepreneurship in Albania. She credits the success of her to the motivated team of 22 young professionals who grew up together, worked hard, trusted and believed everyday in the common goal and the vision of their leader.

Being one of the rare women entrepreneurs in year 1999, she was always invited as a motivational speaker becaming a role model for many young women and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Chantal Yelu Mulop

She is the Special Advisor to the President of DRCongo on Youth, Gender & Violence against Women, she is a leading activist, a recognized humanist and feminist, a fighter for social justice, economic and women’s rights, without forgetting of course a passionate of the fight against all forms of injustice such as immigration reform, health care reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, racial equality and workers’ rights. 

Having spent more time outside the country, in the DR Congo (mainly in Canada and Belgium), Chantal is multilingual. She is fluent in French, English, Kikongo, Lingala and some Swahili. Her professional career is flourishing and varied: President and CEO, Care Coordinator, Director of Nursing, etc. 

Her clinical background is very laudatory and has mainly focused on the following medical areas: emergencies, long-term care, palliative care, mental health and maternity. What is more, she has been able to access several positions of responsibility within the various organizations as a community leader. 

 

Audrey Mothupi

She is the CEO of South African based SystemicLogic Group, a global financial innovation, data and technology disruptor, specialising in emergent business models, Audrey’s experience spans across various business domains including group strategy, talent design, marketing and communications strategy, integrated with strong corporate relationship management.

In 2015, Audrey was granted honorary membership for academic and leadership excellence from the Golden Key International Honour Society and named one of Africa’s 1,000 most powerful women. She has decisively positioned SystemicLogic Group for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering measurable results to its clients while positioning the company for future growth.

With her extensive market knowledge, Audrey passionately champions the SystemicLogic business model to deliver solutions that are tailored to the needs of the client, specific to their respective operating environments.

Dr. Anita Caprice Powell 

She is Pioneer and Changemaker with valuable leadership experience of two decades at the Michigan Department of Corrections, she believes that lives can be transformed with measures that enable hope, healing, renewal and dignity. 

She is committed to bringing constructive changes in prisons and correctional institutions through training, skilling and mindset change to those dealing with challenges of incarceration and preparing the path for their societal and economic reintegration. 

A passionate proponent of the second chance to rebuilding a better future, she wishes to bring societal attention and community innovation to the forgotten ones. 

A prodigious poet, writer, calligrapher and wordsmith, she shares wisdom with Oracle-like energy, painting with her beautiful, powerful spoken performances the vision and imagination of our greater selves, igniting in one and all the desire to enrich our own lives and that of others by embracing our universal oneness and dissipating the illusion of our separateness. 

Dr. Sanja Popovic Pantic 

She is Leading innovation in SME sector and female entrepreneurship. She is the President of the biggest national association of female entrepreneurs in Serbia running since 1998. During that time, nearly 200 projects have been realized in strengthening female entrepreneurial initiatives, projects, start up and established companies. She obtained PhD in female entrepreneurship in 2013. at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

She has been chairing Woman’s Entrepreneurship Group within the EU funded project Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) since May 2015. She is the author of two books based on the research of female entrepreneurship in Serbia viz.: “From vulnerable to sustainable group” – how to overcome poverty among women through self-employment in 2007 , “Sustainability of female businesses”, which was published in 2010. She has been engaged also as UN Women expert in their project “Advancing women’s economic and social rights in Serbia.”

Currently, she is engaged as the Sustainability expert by Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME) which is the appointment within the EEN’s new expert group on sustainability support to SMEs.

Neyla Benkadda

She is an Advisor consultant in renewable energy sector, she also has over 6 years of experience in international relations and public policy with a particular focus on new technologies applied to energy sector and sustainable environmental projects. Neyla is passionate about energy policy, renewable energy and climate change policies with an extensive knowledge of the EU, North Africa region and Asia. With 5 years of experience as a senior consultant for Deloitte Madrid, she has helped clients progress in sustainable energy sector and new technologies. She has participated in several projects for horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, and other projects for Energy Company in Europe, Canada, middle east and Asia. During her tenure with Deloitte, she has been developing projects for the European Commission and the world bank related to energy efficiency. She holds a master in Business administration at the ISG Paris and currently pursuing PhD candidate at the department of law and social sciences. 

María Reneé Centellas Guevara

She is a Bolivian Pharmaceutical Biochemist and CEO of the most important pharmaceutical company in Bolivia—Laboratorios Bagó de Bolivia S.A. Also, she is a MSc in Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Management, graduated in: Logistics, Equitable Management, Finances, Negotiation at Harvard, Senior Management program at INCAE, academic training that led her professional career through different areas, from the operational to the managerial, due to the continuous updates in the areas of her performance.

Since she was in the last year of university, more than 25 years ago, she was working at Laboratorios Bagó de Bolivia S.A., where she joined as a Quality Control Analyst, assuming the positions of Head of Quality Control, Production Manager to current positions CEO and Technical Director. Because she has a strong passion to share knowledge, she was a Pharmacology Professor in Biochemistry and Pharmacy career at Universidad Mayor de San Andrés. In 2017, as a representative of the company.

Hayat Jmammou

She is Swiss based Philanthropist, Art Collector and Art Advisor, she is the Founder of Hayat Fine Art Advisory, Hayat Fine Art Selection, La Filature and H.J. Consulting. She manages some of the most important private and corporate collections, curates art exhibitions, organises events to protect historical sites such as a Roman site in Baalbek, Lebanon as also with Aliph, a Swiss based foundation acting for the protection of heritage in conflict areas. 

Her international business education has led her to path where she creatively combines her passion for art, anthropology, literature, opera, theatre, cinema, historical and mythological sites, with solidarity of cultural leaders globally. She particularly supports women art collectors and art aficionados as part of the International Women’s Art Collectors Club. She lectures on the art market and writes papers related to art and geopolitics, finance and economy. She donates to cultural institutions, organises charity auctions and supports artists in difficult times. 

She believes that in every society, culture and heritage matter deeply, even though silently but these remain one of the most important drivers of individual and collectively change. 

Dr. Pauline Crawford  

She is Designer and Originator of the Gender Dynamics Intelligence (GDI©) Map, her vision is authentic harmony among men and women. With more than 30 years’ experience working in the business sectors of the U.K., Europe, Asia, and the U.S., Dr. Pauline is Chief Visionary of the Corporate Heart International, President of WAVE, World Association of Visionary & Entreprenologists, President-Elect, Rotary Club of Global Impact, Chairperson, Permanent Commission for Social Issues and Women Entrepreneurs WUSME, World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises. 

An author and international speaker, Dr. Crawford has been able to introduce her unique concepts and programs to different countries of the world fostering a new leadership narrative that honors women as never before. She envisions a healthy synergy of the best learning practices from the past and humanity-oriented visualization of future for all-inclusive prosperity. 

Kanika Hasrat 

She is the First woman Area Director in India at The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), popularly known as the Taj Group, that manages a portfolio of over 200 hotels, resorts, jungle safaris, palaces, spas and in-flight catering services. It is best known for its iconic Taj brand of Luxury hotels. Kanika in her role as Area Director is responsible for the operation and success of 9 hotels in the North and Central Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh where she with a team of 1600 associates leads lush hotel properties like the spa-resort Taj Rishikesh, The Taj Corbett, the legendary Taj Mahal Lucknow, and the historical Heritage and Palaces properties of Taj Nadesar Palace Varanasi and Usha Kiran Palace Gwalior, as well as the brand new Taj Lakeview Bhopal where she is based as GM.

With over 27 years of hospitality experience, Kanika has worked with some of the best brands in hospitality – namely IHCL, Oberoi Hotels and Resorts and Marriott International in India and internationally.

A noted name in the South East Asia hospitality circuit, with passionate people-building skills.

Dr. Sirikul ‘Nui’ Laukaikul   

She is a brand strategist and sustainability advisor, Founder, The BrandBeing, and Country Director, SB (Sustainable Brands), Thailand. After working for global corporations for nearly 20 years, Nui established her own consulting firm, the Brandbeing Consultancy.

The mission of her firm is to be a small but competent strategic advisor to Thai clients who truly believe in sustainable branding and systematic methodology. Her approach to develop brand strategy is based upon the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy:

A Mindset to Advance Your Brands. With a background ranging from creative to management to professional training plus her own unique combination of creative flair and strategic thinking, Nui is a “one-of-a-kind” consultant who can provide strategic and holistic recommendations that are sensible and practical for each client’s issues. Her strengths are Brand Strategy Development, Branded CSR, and Brand-led Business Planning. She is the author of Build Brand and Sufficiency Branding, Sustainable Brand pocket books.

Anja Carron 

She is an original thinker and compassionate global citizen, Anja founded Theia International in 2018. 2019 she was nominated by the ZEIT Foundation for the Marion Doenhoff Prize for International Understanding and Reconciliation and awarded as one of the Top 100 Leaders of Global Education (Dubai). Theia International is UNESCO (BNE) partner. The global education program for students is selected as one of the most innovative programs in Germany.

Anja works and empowers at the interface between capital market, non-profit and social-entrepreneurship, health care and new technologies, innovation, and tradition, ecology, and sustainability. Anja designed THEIA to identify, inspire and enable young talents by sending them out into uncharted territories of new ideas and insane potential.

Anja understands the circular economy as a transition on its own. Therefore, she focuses the programs and projects on the development of a global mindset in a human-centered and earth-saving manner.

Anat Bernstein-Reich 

She is a dynamic entrepreneur, she is the CEO and Co-Founder of the GATE, BDO Israel-India, an investment Banking and advisory firm operating on the axis of Israel, India, Sri Lanka, and emerging markets. Anat is a columnist at The Marker, and is also a frequent speaker on “doing business in India”.

She served as a consultant to The World Bank in Washington for various economic development projects, co-founded 2 start-up companies in the USA, and worked with technology incubators to promote strategic partnerships for JV technology companies within Silicon Valley. Anat holds a LL.B. degree from the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, is a member of the Israeli Bar Association, and holds an MBA (with distinction) in Finance from the University of San Francisco.

Anat also serves as the Chairperson of Israel-India & Nepal Chamber of Commerce, and is the President of TiE Israel. She has helped more than 100 startups to scale in sectors like technology, agriculture, real estate, edtech, clean tech, deep tech, etc.

Mirlinda Kusari Purrini  

She is the Founder & Executive Director of SHE-ERA in Kosovo, she is an economist and active in both business and humanitarian circles with experience in international research and projects. During her influential career she has engaged extensively with minority issues, economic development, capacity building, poverty eradication, education and entrepreneurship for women, men and youth. Kusari has extensive experience of working in transition economies across the Balkans and integrating the region globally. Her organisation SHE-ERA is noted as one of the key and most influential actors that aim to strengthen the position of women and encourage the empowerment of women entrepreneurs. It is also involved in research and analysis of the position of women, and supports local governmental institutions to compile and apply the politics and legal frameworks that promote gender equality and the involvement of women in political, social, economic and cultural areas especially in Kosovo, Balkans and South East Europe. 

Shireen Yacoub

She is an expert in the fields of non-profit management, education technology and youth empowerment, she is currently a managing partner at Istidama Consulting. In this role she leads strategic planning and partnerships for the company, which offers socio-economic development services and consulting. Previously, she was the CEO of Edraak, the Arab world’s leading open online learning platform serving 6 million learners in the MENA region, launched by the Queen Rania Foundation in 2014. She serves as an advisor on multiple councils in the higher education space focused on e-learning and skilling. Shireen holds a master’s degree in Technology, Innovation and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research is focused on the intersection of education technology and the future of work and employment. She is a volunteer with various NGOs working in the space of local community development, youth and women empowerment. She is a proud mother of two boys and enjoys drawing during her spare time. A dear Soul Sister who envisions integrating everyone in the world wide web of opportunities and driving systemic change with inclusion and innovation. 

 

Dr. Nicoleta Acatrinei

Economist and Entrepreneur, she is CEO & Founder Impact Investing Metrics. Alumni of Princeton University, USA, and also Swiss School of Public Administration, Switzerland, she started her career in banking and received her Ph.D. in 2014. Entitled Work motivation and pro-social behavior in the delivery of public services: theoretical and empirical insights, her thesis showed that intrinsic and extrinsic motivations may coexist simultaneously, and that both types of motivation may foster pro-social and altruist behavior at work. She has authored books, book chapters and journal articles, including: Saint John Chrysostom and Homo oeconomicus (2008); Let’s talk about money, let’s talk about human nature (2007); The determinants of work motivation in the delivery of public services: the case of the Swiss education sector (2015); and Perspectives of Saint John Chrysostom for the VUCA world. Based on her work on patristic literature and her PhD on work motivation and altruism at work, she designed an integrative mindfulness program to cope with managerial challenges in a VUCA world. 

Rina Pua

She is a Founder & Chief Executive Director of Nation Care Group of Entities, she is also International Partner of (WBAF), World Business Angels Forum, an affiliated partner of the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI). Nation Care (Group of Entities ) is an International Venture Team, that invests and manages portfolio of Companies, Industries and Assets in the areas of Healthcare, Supply Chains, Deep Technologies, Farmings, Real Estates Development and Education. The group has 30 teams internationally and nations wide resources to assist business from small to medium enterprise to even large corporations to grow globally, providing assistance in funding, finance needs and right capital solutions. An avid community leader, she served as Member of Women Executive Committee from 2008- 2018 and Chairs Young Ladies Community, among others. Since 2007, Rina has served in several national & grassroots committees, assisting various ministers of state leading committees and councils to see to the needs of different issues and policies in Singapore, serving the residents in different constituencies and at national level.

   

Caroline Sack Kendem

Caroline Sack Kendem is the co-founder and President of AWEP Cameroon (The African Women Entrepreneurship Program for Cameroon ). She is also the chairperson for AWEP Central Africa and a representative of all the French speaking AWEP branches (total of 19 branches). Caroline is a woman committed to the fight against the economic and social exclusion of African women for almost 13 years now. Her activism and commitment radiate in Africa.

In 2012, when she launched AWEP Cameroon, she was a pioneer in the fight for better access for women in the business world. AWEP activities are aimed at female entrepreneurship, coaching, leadership, mentoring as well as the empowerment of young girls and women. In 2017, AWEP Cameroon received a 85 000 USD grant from the US Department of State for the implementation of an empowerment project for women and young girls in the northern regions of Cameroon which faced at that time terrorism. Caroline was the lead coordinator of that 2-year project which involved the training and capacity building of 500 grassroots young girls and women. 

Dr. Dominique J.E. Delporte Vermeiren

President of Groupe VerDel Holding, she is CEO of VerDel Innovation and Social impact Tech investor. She is a seasoned (non-) executive, serial entrepreneur, social impact tech investor, researcher and EU policy writer. Today she acts as CEO of a boutique consulting firm in governance, strategy and enterprise architecture and is President of the Family Holding. Her international signature spans over three decades and is three-fold: 1. as corporate executive (Fortis, KPN, TNT, EPO, Wolters Kluwer, Coface, Atradius, Graydon, Delporte Management & Consultancy DMC bv) from 1998 to 2016 ; 2. as VC partner and social impact investor (TNWCF – Borski Fund, AquaTigres Fund) from 2012 until 2022  ; 3. as academic lecturer and researcher from 2003 to date

This threefold career path has influenced the way she approaches complex social issues and characterizes her as an independent strategic thinker, a technology futurist with a passion for complex problem solving and a continuous learner.  

H.E. Dr. Francesca Chisangano-Zyambo

she is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Zambia. As overall Controlling Officer for the Ministry of Energy, her portfolio roles include; Development of Policies, Legislation and Strategic Plans and the implementation thereof; Execution of Ministerial annual budget (Accounting, Procurement, Auditing and Human Capital); Coordination of Parliamentary and Cabinet Business for constitutional and high level policy decision making; Implementation of crosscutting socio-economic research activities for the promotion of evidence-based decision making and policy formulation and serves as Chairperson of the Board of Directors in one Intergovernmental organisation for power generation. Prior to the appointment, she served in various government organisations at Director level in charge of Planning, Sector Policy formulation and implementation and Sector Budget formation and execution. She holds an MSc in Ecology (Netherlands), MSc in Endangered Species Management (Spain) and a Bachelors Degree in Education (University of Zambia). A dear Soul Sister with abiding commitment to policies that serve the cause of equity and equality. 

Dr. Milan LaBrey

Dr. Milan LaBrey, Founder of KideoGo, and the Co-Founder of KideoTech. Dr. Milan has been a psychology instructor for 19 years. She is an expert in child and social psychology and human relations. She is an award-winning, internationally published author and former radio show host. Dr. Milan is also a movie, TV, voice actress, and international speaker. Globally, she has lectured on authentic leadership, creating your personal signature, education, and emotional intelligence.  In 2013, she was considered for a Grammy in the Best Spoken Word category for the narration of her book, Back to the Basics. Because of Dr. Milan’s passion for education in human values, she created KideoGo to empower children through educational programming and other ventures to meet their true potential as human beings of high moral character. She created KideoTech to advance her work at KideoGo, using neuroscience, psychology.