Board Members


Anaida Dibra, President

Anaida is an energetic HR leader with over 15 years of global international experience. After graduating from the University of Antwerp in Science for Applied Economics, she focused in building a career in Human Resources. 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 partnering with the businesses on divestment or business sell-out projects. Anaida brings a proactive, collaborative, transparent and high integrity approach. She enjoyed her experience to addressing business issues/challenges and particularly, leading an EMEA regional team of HR professionals and helping them realize their potential. Recently, founder of MEGADEA, her own consultancy, providing HR/Change Management/Leadership Development expertise to her clients. She has two daughters and loves to explore challenging and exciting time with family. 




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 organizational 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 practices. Anna is an enthusiastic public speaker, covering the areas of her expertise and passion.




Claire Mattelet, VP Corporate Membership

Claire has a deep interest in the science of the living world and its many interconnections with political and moral questions. This is why her initial background is bio-engineering. She further completed this with a Master in Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT and a Master in Management at Solvay School of Management. Claire started her career has a STEM professional endorsing the roles of technical EHS lobbyist and corporate environmental engineer. Then she moved to managerial roles in the automotive industry and as management consultant for global leading companies. In her current role, Claire is enthusiastic about developing new markets through innovation: this is how she connects business to STEM.  Claire is a Belgian citizen who has one son. In her free time, she enjoys going to Museums or concerts to find the link between the beauty of "Art" and "STEM".




Patricia Zapata Familia, VP Individual Membership

Patricia was originally born in Dominican Republic, studied in in USA and has been working in Belgium for the last 8 years. She holds a degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Engineering Management. Engineer by education and Latina by origin and at heart, she has a passion for couching, process improvement and working with people from different cultures. Before joining her current company, Cargill, Patricia worked in the Electronics and Industrial Machinery Industries. During this time she worked on supply, demand and materials planning as well as implementing the full IBP process. These experiences allowed her to develop a holistic view of the full supply chain, how it operates and interacts with other functions. For the last 5 years Patricia is been actively involved in several initiatives around gender parity issues in the workplace. Within Cargill she is co-leading the EMEA Cargill Women’s network business resource group since Sep 2018.

Patricia totally adores to dance to Latin rhythms , cook, travel and discover new natural products/brands.


 Michelle Vilar, VP Leadership

 Michelle is a student and citizen of the world - having lived and worked in the United States, Spain, Singapore, and Belgium.

     After graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA, studying Spanish & International business, she has worked in finance/trade execution and Learning & Development/HR leadership roles, within Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management solutions. Over her 25 years of service, she has enjoyed developing leadership and teams - as a business HR leader & manager of teams, as a coach & program manager of leadership development & learning programs for current & emerging leaders, and as a continuous facilitator of connections to bring about positive change and impact.  Michelle is positive, collaborative, and energetic.  Currently, she leads the strategic HR agenda for Commercial Excellence and Research & Development,  working to develop diverse and engaged teams to deliver innovation to market. She loves her husband and two daughters; she also loves singing & music, hiking, mindfulness, and traveling.


Mihaela Uricaru, VP Empowerment

 Mihaela is passionate about Organizational Development and about creating consistency between the business strategy and the talent agenda. With a varied educational background in International Business & Economics, Finance & Investments and Human Resources, Mihaela worked most of her career in Human Resources and Strategy Consulting.
She has been leading large organizational transformations, including design and deployment of new organizational models and architecture, and has always been energized by advising and helping teams succeed in their strategy execution.

Having Romanian roots, Mihaela lived in the Netherlands for 7 years, and now in Belgium for the last 10 years. She has a strong interest in cultural differences & diversity, and the influence of unconscious bias in the corporate environment. Mihaela has two kids and loves spending time with her family, and she enjoys playing tennis and dancing tango.



Grace Nicola, VP Marketing  Communications  

Grace is an accomplished and energetic marketing and business leader with a career spanning 21 years, who has worked for companies in Healthcare, Consumer Products and Consulting. She has a proven track record in creating and implementing business strategies, as well as introducing new products in both emerging and developed markets. Grace is most passionate about storytelling, as a marketing professional she has used storytelling to connect brands and products with customers in a meaningful way. Grace is also recognized as a champion of diversity and inclusion, which she sees as critical to insight, innovation and business success. She is a strong believer in working on initiatives for growing, nurturing, and propelling female leaders so they can better fulfill their purpose. As someone who wholeheartedly believes in the power of sharing ideas, she is constantly looking for ways to spark meaningful conversations and actions to empower women.

Virginie Martins de Nobrega, VP Legal

Virginie has been practicing law and conflict resolution as a registered lawyer and a mediator over the last 15 years for public and private actors in many international contexts, and as an independent practitioner. Most recently, she conducted research on the risks and opportunities of sustainability-oriented innovation and AI applications to leverage the impact, speed, and efficiency of public policies and initiatives advocating for human-centered and ethical KPIs and benchmarks (2018).

As a creative and strategic thinker, she thrives in building smart-interconnections, providing strategic recommendations and advocates for efficient projects around the SDGs. 

Program Directors

Directors of PWI Programmes



Claire Mattelet, STEAM Program Co-Director

Claire has a deep interest in the science of the living world and its many interconnections with political and moral questions. This is why her initial background is bio-engineering. She further completed this with a Master in Civil & Environmental Engineering at MIT and a Master in Management at Solvay School of Management. Claire started her career has a STEM professional endorsing the roles of technical EHS lobbyist and corporate environmental engineer. Then she moved to managerial roles in the automotive industry and as management consultant for global leading companies. In her current role, Claire is enthusiastic about developing new markets through innovation: this is how she connects business to STEM.  Claire is a Belgian citizen who has one son. In her free time, she enjoys going to Museums or concerts to find the link between the beauty of "Art" and "STEM".


Michelle Vilar, STEAM Program Co-Director

Michelle is a student and citizen of the world - having lived and worked in the United States, Spain, Singapore, and Belgium.  After graduating from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, USA, studying Spanish & International business, she has worked in finance/trade execution and Learning & Development/HR leadership roles, within Cargill, an international provider of food, agricultural and risk management solutions. Over her 25 years of service, she has enjoyed developing leadership and teams - as a business HR leader & manager of teams, as a coach & program manager of leadership development & learning programs for current & emerging leaders, and as a continuous facilitator of connections to bring about positive change and impact.  Michelle is positive, collaborative, and energetic.  Currently, she leads the strategic HR agenda for Commercial Excellence and Research & Development,  working to develop diverse and engaged teams to deliver innovation to market. She loves her husband and two daughters; she also loves singing & music, hiking, mindfulness, and traveling.


Christine Masure, Director of Women Entrepreneurs

Christine is extremely passionate about helping people reaching their full potential in their professional life. She holds a MBA and a Master in European Affairs. Having worked for several international and European organizations, Christine has an extensive experience in strategic communication, project management and international events organization. Two years ago, she took a leap of faith and started a career as an Entrepreneur, first by developing a consultancy company in business and marketing coaching. She has then created a digital startup that she currently develop and make it grow. She is a fervent advocate of the entrepreneurship mindset and passionate by questions related to business launch, growth and upscale. She loves interacting with people from different countries and with different cultural background. In her free time, she is a dedicated yoga practitioner.


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.


Advisory Board


Cristina Vicini, Honorary 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.


Rhonda Ocha, Member of the Advisory Board

Rhonda has lived in Belgium for over 25 years, speaks French fluently and has over three decades of business experience with leading global companies, including 20 years with Mastercard Europe. She has extensive experience in leading cross-functional global and virtual teams to deliver innovative, complex, multi-market products, services and digital programs in the Benelux, Nordics and Baltics. Her career includes management roles in business development and key account sales in the US and Europe within the courier, internet, airline and technology industries. 

She is a member of the Mastercard Women’s Leadership Network steering committee since 2008, a corporate member of PWI Brussels and an active contributor to their STEAM Program. 

Speaker, mentor and organizer, she is a passionate change agent to promote gender balance, diversity and inclusion. 



Susannah Haan, Member of the Advisory Board

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 European Issuers, 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.

 

 



Past Presidents

Susannah Haan

Marie Terese Letorney         

2017-2019

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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