We believe the empathic, holistic, collaborative nature of female leadership is of tremendous value in our world. We promise to help women find their strength and balance to make this world a better place. With our stories, our academy and our community, we aim to inspire and educate women, so ‘they can have it all’. This is our promise.
Kristin Sharpe, Director, European School of Economics
Kristin Sharpe, Director of the European School of Economics. The European School of Economics (ESE), famously known as the 21st Century Business School is a Private Business School, offering Bachelor’s Degree, Masters MSc or MBA and short programmes at its centres.
The School has six campuses around the world including London, Rome, Milan, Florence, Madrid, and New York and also offers online blended courses.
Graduates from the European School of Economics are among the most competitive business professionals on the market, prepared for leadership roles across the globe.
Executive Director for Europe for WEConnect International
A global organisation championing supplier diversity in procurement and helping majority owned women businesses to connect into the corporate supply chain.
She has lead responsibility for the organisation in Europe and her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and supporting a network of c1,000 women owned businesses across Europe.
Marion Tjin-Tham-Sjin is the daughter of a Chinese father and a Dutch mother. After her father passed away in 2003, feelings for her Chinese roots became increasingly stronger. In 2006, she founded her own company Splendid China. Splendid China assists European entrepreneurs with exporting their products and services to China. Meaning, if you are an exporter and you want to conquer the huge Chinese market with 1.4 billion people, contact Marion from Splendid China! There is no necessity to learn Chinese or acquire knowledge of the Chinese culture. Splendid China has offices in Shanghai and The Netherlands.
The Rockstar Mentoring Group was set up by Jonathan in 2007 as he wanted to create a model for ALL types of businesses to benefit from REAL Mentoring. Jonathan was in the London property market where his mentor helped him build a large portfolio, and has taken the model of having to set real goals to be achieved over a 6 month period. He works with his mentees to achieve it and show a measurable return on investment. So far he has mentored over 50 mentees within Rockstar and has an incredible track record.
Heather Melville OBE, CCMI is an established Banker and currently the Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives , for Commercial & Private Banking , Royal Bank of Scotland.
Heather has over 30 years experience in financial sales and marketing roles in a variety of global organisations and is recognised as an innovator in the field. Her achievements include the sale of the first global payments licenses for major Asian & US Banks. In September 2016, Heather was appointed to the Board and as Chair of the Advisory Committee for ‘CMI Women’ at the Chartered Management Institute. Heather is also the Non Executive Director for Enterprise Enfield, a Government backed social enterprise. Heather is a Diversity and Inclusion leader and the Founder and Global Chair of RBS Focused Women’s Network. She has been recognised in the Financial Times, in the 2016 Upstanding 100 BAME Executive Power List, 2017 EMpower 100 Ethnic minority leaders as well as the 2017 HERoes Top 50 Champions of Women in Business. In 2017 Heather was recognised with an Order of the British Empire for her ‘services to Gender Equality’.
Appointed in 2017 as Chief Executive Officer at Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, Richard Burge is also currently a member of the Council of Durham University, Chair of the Council of Hatfield College, Durham, and a Commissioner to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. From 2009 to 2017, he was a Chief Executive at Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office which brings together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media to provide innovative thinking on global issues. From 2005 to 2009, he was a Government Commissioner for Rural Communities and a trustee of the Commonwealth’s Iwokrama Rainforest Centre in Guyana. During this time, Richard was Strategy Director for the African Parks Foundation. He also established Beyond Carbon – a strategic science, technology and policy company.From 2000 to 2005, he was Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, a rural campaigning organisation with 120,000 members. From 1995 to 1999, Richard was the first Director General of the Zoological Society of London responsible for the management of London Zoo, Whipsnade and Europe’s largest conservation science research centre
board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research
Professor Vicky Pryce is a board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research and sits on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory board of OMFIF, the central banking think tank.
She was previously senior managing director at FTI Consulting, Director-General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Joint Head of the UK Government’s Economic Service.
Sophie Walker is Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, a new collaborative force in UK politics to put women’s rights at the top of the agenda and close the gender gap.
She has helped to build the party from scratch into a grassroots movement with thousands of members and registered supporters and some 70 branches in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. WE (as the Party is known) aims to do politics…
A Pennsylvania, USA native; Alexia holds a Bachelor’s in International Business & Economics, Licenses in Health, Property & Casualty Insurance, and Certifications as a Customer Experience Professional and Organizational Change Manager. Alexia spent 12 years in financial services, receiving national recognition for performance and participation in commercials reaching global markets. Embodying the entrepreneurial spirit, Alexia transitioned from her corporate role, launching her Professional Evolution Agency, Milestone Pros. Her effort to provide operational solutions didn’t stop there; in Q4 of 2017 Alexia partnered to open the 1st Black Women Owned Virtual Contact Center in Philadelphia, PA, S.O.S Virtual Network!
Tineke is a Business Accelerator and in business for nearly 30 years.
She started at the age of 25 with an outdoor and survival traveling business. She operated internationally. After 22 years she sold this business and dedicated herself to helping business women to grow their business to its full potential.
For many years she studied how women do business. This resulted in a though row report called “How Women do Business”. How men do business she knew all too well because that is what she did most of her career. She was elected as the best female business owner of the county.
She was the national champion freestyle whitewater kayaking.
Taha is the Chair of UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, specialising in international business development and marketing internationally. As Asia TV UK’s CEO he hosts Business Talk with Taha, Politics: The Debate, Umeed-a-Saher: Friendship Between India and Pakistan and In Conversation with Taha. His experience spans geographical regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia, Americas and Africa. He has been appointed at the Economic & Business Advisor to the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara in Uganda. Taha holds several non-executive director roles in the private sector and is an advisor to Charities in Britain.
Dayna Byfield is a dynamic financial educator. Helping people beat the banks and learn the inside rules of the money game. Get ready for a fun-filled, interactive, no-nonsense, plain English session on effective financial planning. Cover topics such as; what to consider when financially planning?, the root of financial success – mindset, the 6inch rule that will change your financial life forever! the history of money (and why this is Important) what’s debt got to do with it? and more! This is sure to be the best 45minutes that you’ll invest in 2018.
Catherine Wines is the Co-Founder of WorldRemit. Her belief that digital innovation would enable faster, lower-cost money transfers around the world lead her to co-found WorldRemit in 2010. Her current board responsibilities focus on corporate governance and compliance. She represents the company with keynote appearances at major conferences and in the international media, talking on fintech, innovation and women in business. A qualified accountant, she has extensive international experience and deep knowledge of the money transfer industry. She has held a number of previous corporate leadership roles. At Coinstar Money Transfer, she was a regional director, actively involved in scaling up the business the UK, Ireland and Benelux
Is a senior audit partner at Deloitte LLP, working with global, listed clients in the areas of due diligence, stock exchange and other regulatory reporting in the UK and US. She interacts with the Boards of Directors and their teams at those listed corporates on a variety of corporate development activities. Anna acts as a sounding board to a number of the CFOs or other board members she works with. Anna is a Board Member of the North West European Board for Deloitte an is member of the Executive team for the Audit practice in the UK, with responsibility for our talent strategy and programmes. Anna leads our FTSE 250 CFO client programme.
Izabella is a Performance Nutrition & Wellness Coach who she has been working as an Independent Herbalife Member for over 23 years. Through her ‘Total Wellness’ business she helps clients to embrace a Healthy Active Lifestyle and understand how what we eat and how we think has a major impact on our energy, overall well-being and performance in our personal, family and professional lives. She is the author of the upcoming book ‘Stop Dieting, Start Eating’. She is also a co author of the newly published book ‘Paying it Forward’, and looks forward to sharing her knowledge at Wintrade Week.
Penny has been speaking from the heart in her talk entitled “Business is Personal”.
For the past 20 years Penny has evangelized, trained, consulted and built businesses ensuring that business’ embrace the ability to socially connect online and offline in their leadership, words and culture. Penny created the world’s first business social network in 1998, Ecademy. Awarded an OBE in 2014 for this contribution, Penny then spent 3 years in the digital skills sector, notably building a new Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing and helping 1000 young people into jobs. Now Penny is pioneering a change in offline networking, building The Business Cafe as a destination for homeworkers and small businesses across UK High Streets.
George Pau-Langevin was appointed Junior Minister for Educational Success (ministre deleguee a la reussite educative) in July 2012 at the French Ministry in the Ayrault government under President François Hollande and become in 2014 the minister for French overseas territories (ministre de l’outre-mer) In recognition of her achievements and contributions Langevin received the French Legion of Honor medal in 2002. George Pau-Langevin is a French lawyer, politician, and author who was born in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe. She worked as a lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal from 1971 through 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. In 1989 Langevin was elected a municipal counselor in the twentieth arrondissement [district] of Paris and in 1992 she was elected as regional counselor for Ile de France. When she was elected to the National Assembly in 2007 she became the first Caribbean-born deputy to represent a region in metropolitan France
Ashley Verma, a former Broadway actress, is changing the way we view health and fitness as Founder of Define London. By exerting a fresh outlook on the way we workout, DEFINE London’s mission is to sculpture a stronger, healthier and more inspired version of YOU. When a shattering Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury brought the 16-year Broadway career of Ashley Verma to a premature end, many could’ve forgiven the West Virginia, USA native for shunning all suggestions of a further career in fitness. However that one jump split from a show back in 2015, which blew out her knee, has proven to be the catalyst for the launch of DEFINE London in the UK for 2018. The intense rehab on Ashley’s knee gave her time to evaluate her next career ‘glissade’ across the pond, helping to form the inspiration behind London’s newest fitness hub. Through years of teaching fitness in New York, Ashley incorporated what she already knew, with her physical therapy routines to launch the DEFINE London brand which now has 10 unique class concepts under its umbrella. Jumping on the latest craze, Barre fitness amongst other fitness workouts, Ashley’s first studio has launched in Fitzrovia with already plans of expanding across London and beyond.
Yulia is an passionate entrepreneur, author, public speaker and the founder of “FAB academy”. She was born in Siberia and raised in Belgium, studied Business Management, worked as a Private Banker in Brussels and Geneva. Helped start-ups grow their business abroad and worked as business coach before starting FAB academy, where we help women breakthrough. For women who want to live a balanced life, building a business based on their passions, who strive for freedom in every aspect of their lives. This is possible, if you recognize your feminine power, become more mindful and do not forget: your head is at service of your heart. For her, Feminine entrepreneurship means being mindful – pace, feel, connect and act.
Carol Rosati OBE has championed women in senior leadership for the last decade since founding the women’s board network Inspire in 2008. What started as a spare-time project, the network grew from 280 to over 8,000 women globally, with chapters in the U.K., U.S. Asia, and Europe. An inspiring leader, coach and mentor to her peers and emerging female talent, Carol has been responsible for promoting women to some of the most senior roles in business and changing the hearts and minds of boardrooms around the globe. She works with many organisations to promote diversity of thought and better balanced teams, using her accumulated knowledge to create diverse workforce and inclusive cultures. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours List for Services to Women In Business and included in the Global Top 50 D&I professionals list in 2016 and 2017. She is a Trustee on the UN Women UK National Committee.
Margaret de Valois is a well renowned Actuary as well as a mum to 18 month identical twin girls. Based from her home by the beach in Cornwall, Margaret splits her working time between acting as Associate Director for a successful financial services recruitment agency and Chairing Cornwall Councils Remuneration Board and the Pensions Board for IMERYS Minerals. She is also a BBC Expert Woman and has appeared extensively on TV, commenting on pensions and financial services. In her spare time she enjoys surfing and also recently completed her 5th half marathon, on home turf, at the Eden Project
Reena is Chairman and Co-Founder of Women Empowered, social initiative run by volunteers that aims to inspire and help women (and men) make the best of their individual talents and skills by connecting with successful and inspirational individuals. WE aim’s to create a powerful yet exciting network open to all though its events, charitable work, blog and debate group. The group is championed and supported by prominent women and men from all walks of life, from politics to media, from finance to music.www.womenempowered.co.uk
Reena was successfully elected as one of the three District Councillors for Moor Park & Eastbury in May 2014. She previously ran as a County Council Candidate 2013 and is on the Conservative Parliamentary Candidates list
has worked as a musician, teacher and editor. She was the first ever senior British deaf diplomat from 2001-11 before having a key posting removed due to her support needs. Jane uses her experience of exclusion and the resilience she has developed in her role as a Director of Result CIC. This social enterprise supports marginalised people to be ‘confidently different’, providing professional coaching and training. It won a National Diversity Award after only 3 years in business. Jane has twice been cited in the Power 100 list of the UK’s most influential disabled people.
Featured on the BBC’s television programme “The Speaker” Kymberlie Andrew is an accomplished High Impact Communications Master Trainer with bases in London and NY. She has an impressive contacts book and track record in consistently impacting people, business and brands by teaching how to lead, present, articulate and pitch with impact. Her clients refer to her as “The Game Changer” and they include diplomats, leaders of industry, charities, universities, and schools. Kymberlie learned her craft as an award-winning veteran BBC Journalist by tutoring and supporting people with interesting stories to deliver to get their message over to their audiences.