Board Members

Susannah Haan, President

Susannah is a non-profit leader with over 20 years' experience in trade associations, governance, EU capital market & entrepreneurship public policy. 

Susannah has previously served as the Secretary General of EuropeanIssuers, a Brussels-based association which represents the interests of publicly traded companies in Europe, an adviser on the post financial crisis to the Financial Reporting Council, the UK regulator for corporate reporting and governance, an Associate Director of Public Affairs at Fidelity International, a major international asset management firm, a Senior Legal Adviser to the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and a solicitor at Clifford Chance, a leading City law firm.


Sigrid Nauwelaerts, Treasurer



Mihaela Ionasc, VP Corporate Membership

Mihaela Ionasc is an experienced Human Resources Global Leader, with over 20 years of international expertise in business transformation and change, now with Médicins Sans Frontières. In her last assignment, Mihaela led a large team of HR professionals from over 32 countries for Ingersoll Rand, a diversified manufacturing multinational. Prior to that, she worked in various HR roles for British Telecom and France Telecom. She also has experience in the non-profit sector, having worked for the US government agency Peace Corps in training, cross cultural and small business development. Her background is in teaching literature, but she has also been teaching HR and leadership to undergraduate and graduate students in Brussels for Boston University and Vesalius College. Romanian by origin, she lives in Belgium with her Swedish husband, 2 children and a cat. Mihaela says of herself that she is a very dynamic person with a lot of energy, who loves to help anyone interested in personal growth.




Anaida Dibra, VP Membership

Anaida is an experienced and energetic HR professional. In the last 13 years she has had global and regional roles within Cargill,an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management product and services. She experienced a variety of HR business roles, from building teams, processes, programs to leading divestment or business sell out projects. She particularly enjoyed her experience of leading an EMEA regional team of HR professionals and seeing them realising their potential.She lives in Lier, has two daughters and loves to explore challenging and exciting hobbies and pastimes.

Anna Aleksandra Koj, VP Partnerships

Anna is a passionate communicator, with a broad humanistic background and a strong leadership acumen. She holds an MBA degree in Communications; Leadership and has extensive experience in high-profile strategic communications, public affairs, institutional relations, as well as event organisation and project management in public and private sector. Anna has worked with a number of high-level international partners. Over the last years she has developed a particular focus on organisational management, political and strategic communication in the EU institutions and international organisations' environment, as well as on public diplomacy and business ethics. Managing Partner and co-Founder of her own consultancy, she currently provides strategic assistance to the clients within the areas of public affairs, communications and EU affairs recruitment. She helps clients unlock their true potential through trainings on meaningful communication and authentic leadership practises. Anna is an enthusiastic public speaker, covering the areas of her expertise and passion.





Executive Team

Directors of PWI Programmes


Claire Mattelet, Director of STEAM 


Emmanuelle Verhagen, Director of Women Entrepreneurs

Emmanuelle is extremely passionate about stimulating people to grow to their full potential. She’s very much involved in leadership in all it’s aspects and strongly believes people-centric collaborative structures are the key to our future. Emmanuelle earned her spurs running several international marketing and brand consultancies, an internet company as well as a healthcare facilitator, mostly serving Fortune Global 500 clients in Asia Pacific, Middle East and North America. Throughout the various roles she fulfilled, she got confronted with change and chasms. This got her fascinated with how to cope best with transitions - whether it is moving from one role into another or moving from being an employee to running your own business or also moving from one country to another, leveraging a divorce, etc. Emmanuelle is a global citizen who made her home in Europe and lives both in Brussels and under the Tuscan sun in Arezzo.

Ana Escarpenter, Director of Your Path

Ana’s background is in tourism promotion, marketing and event organisation. In her 20 years of experience she has worked for marketing consultancy firms, economy & tourism ministries and international associations. As director of the Catalan Tourist Board for Benelux and of Brussels – Wallonia Tourism in Spain her role was to develop off-line and on-line opportunities in both markets. Her interest for digital marketing has brought her to participate in several initiatives linking new technologies to the travel and meeting industries. She enjoys the challenges of technologies and  particularly those of human interactions. Connecting people with opportunities really motivates her. Being a NLP practitioner, Ana now follows an Executive Master at the Université Catholique de Louvain to become a Business Coach. In her free time she is a Nordic walking instructor and a Kundalini yoga teacher.







Arsenia Corcoba Santamaria, Director of Mentoring

Arsenia Corcoba Santamaria is passionate about working specifically with individuals, business organisations and their employees, along with groups of leaders who care about and enabling them to create long term successes, for themselves and society. Her creativity, multicultural background, powerful spirit and kendo experiences has boosted her approach in leading projects with different teams. Those rich interactions have fostered her ability to drive people to connect with their inner leadership and transform their strength in powerful new solutions. Those experiences are creating resourcefulness in her day-to-day business life. She also coaches in four languages (ES, EN, NL & FR). Cumulatively, this has led to the foundation of Tombo Coaching & Consulting and the Belgium Co-Active Community.

Advisory Board


Cristina Vicini, President of the Advisory Board

Cristina Vicini is a board member and a senior executive with innovative companies and charities in Europe and North America, with focus on international company development and strategy, digital innovation and international governance. During her career Cristina held international management up to P&L executive roles in Europe and beyond with technology corporations like Microsoft and Siemens, with the international public sector, with global non-profits and as an entrepreneur. Committed to women's economic empowerment, Cristina is Chairwoman of The International Alliance for Women Foundation based in Washington, DC, and a Mentor with the European Women on Board Foundation. Cristina was honoured in 2015 with the “TIAW World of Difference Award 100”. She is the Honorary President of PWI Brussels and was PWI’s President between 2006 and 2011. Cristina holds a Masters of International Management from Boston University and a Masters with honors in Computer Science from the University of Brussels (ULB). She is married and a proficient golfer.


Alessandra Zocca, Member of the Advisory Board

Having worked in Belgium, Italy, Germany and Sweden, Alessandra is a change management expert with an international career background in managerial positions within leading global multinational organisations, including DHL, Accenture and the European Commission. Currently, Alessandra is working in HR at the EU agency Single Resolution Board (SRB), the resolution authority within the Banking Union. In 2011 she was appointed as Secretary-General of PWI Brussels where she founded the "PWI Magazine", an online quarterly review about management and culture. She started her career as an organisation and manufacturing lecturer at the University of Verona, where she graduated in Economics in 1985. In 2001 she earned her Master Degree in Neurolinguistic Programming. Recently, Alessandra founded and is the President of Opportunalia aisbl, an organisation in the tourism sector. She has also actively contributed to associations like AIESEC, Amnesty International and Fondazione Marisa Bellisario. Born in Verona, Italy, Alessandra speaks five languages, is a passionate traveler and a psychology scholar.


Ruth Etter, Member of the Advisory Board and Chairwoman of the Nomination Committee

Ruth is a Swiss national with British citizenship. She has a background in banking and for the last 15 years has been managing her own international interior design business working with customers in Europe and USA. Having lived in different European countries has given her the ability to work in four languages and understand nuances of working in different cultures. She held board positions and the presidency of Brussels based Women’s International Club asbl.

Ruth chairs the Nomination Committee for PWI Brussels, interviewing potential Board candidates before the AGM. 

Marie Terese Letorney, Member of the Advisory Board 



Past Presidents

Marie Terese Letorney          2015-2017
Armelle Loghmanian 2011-2015
Cristina Vicini 2006-2011
Elizabeth Hammer-Kjellberg
(in memoriam)
2001-2006
Sandy Dumont 1999-2001
Eva Lotte Eriksson 1997-1999
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