Board Members

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 Susannah Haan, President

 Susannah is an independent adviser on trade associations, governance, EU capital market & entrepreneurship 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.  


 Anke Sieg, Treasurer

 Dr. Anke Sieg is a multilingual pharmacist with experience in various R&D positions at multinational companies across  Europe. She is speaker at international research conferences and mentor for emerging scientists. Since earning her MBA  Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, she has moved to technical business development in the B2B  Healthcare environment. Anke is passionate about transforming organizations from within and sustainably creating value.  Her unique combination of business and science, customer focus, pragmatism and creative vision channel diverse teams  towards their common goal and make Anke the next generation leader in today’s challenging world.



 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. 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.


 Anna Alexandra 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.

 Rebecca Weicht, VP Communications & Marketing

 Rebecca Weicht is Co-Founder and Head of Operations of Bantani Education asbl, a non-profit in Brussels working to foster  entrepreneurial learning policy and practice. Rebecca is an experienced project manager, journalist and communications  specialist. In addition to her role on the PWI Brussels Board, Rebecca is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper with the  Brussels hub and 2017 YTILI Fellow, a U.S. Department of State-sponsored fellowship focused on developing  entrepreneurial skills and enhancing economic opportunities for young professionals from throughout Europe.

Executive Team

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Directors of PWI Programmes 

 Anita Vandevivere, Director of Mentoring

 Working with people both intrigues and inspires Anita. Being challenged by the diverse backgrounds of her clients and their  different business contexts engages her. In her professional life, Anita's roles are threefold - a coach, a sounding board, and  a facilitator of conversations that need to happen, mostly working with senior leaders and their staff, adapting her  interventions to the needs of the individual, the team  or the organisation. She is a Professional Certified Coach according to  the International Coach Federation standards. She also provides  specific training programmes. Anita has considerable  international experience through living and working abroad (Europe, Hong Kong and US).

 Alessandra Satta, Director of the STEAM Woman (Science, Technology, Engineering and Arts and  Mathematics)

 Alessandra Satta is a physicist with a specialization in Science and Technology of Advanced Materials. She obtained her  Ph.D. degree in Physics at the University of Leuven, in Belgium. For 12 years she worked as a researcher in Technological  Innovation at the Interuniversity MicroElectronics Center (Imec) in Leuven, a world-leading research centre in  nanoelectronics, which leverages scientific knowledge and industry-relevant technologies for a better life in a sustainable  society. Since 2011 Alessandra works to promote systems thinking as an indispensable shift in the way we think about  complex  issues. Alessandra is committed to developing  systems practice as  an essential part of education and innovation  for sustainability.

 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, Co-Director of YourPath & Social Media

 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 Universit√© 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

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 Cristina Vicini, President of the Advisory Board

 Cristina Vicini is Managing Director of her own Management Consulting practice, Vicini Consulting. She started her career in  1988 and held various international management positions both in the private sector and within international organizations,  including as former Global Business Development Manager at Microsoft, as Director of Sales at Deutsche Telekom -  Systems-International Public Sector and as Strategic Marketing Manager for the Public Sector in Germany at Siemens  Business Services. Cristina holds a degree with honours in Computer Science from the University of Brussels and a Masters  Degree in International Management from Boston University. She  serves on the boards of a number of European technology  companies and associations. She also serves on the  Advisory Board of Boston University and is an accredited member of  the Association of Board Members in Belgium. Born in Bologna, Italy, Cristina is married, fluent in five languages and is an  avid golf and tennis player.


 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

 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.

 Elizabeth Hammer-Kjellberg, Member of the Advisory Board

 In Memoriam - 1944-2016


 Past Presidents

Marie Terese Letorney 2015-2017

Armelle Loghmanian 2011-2015

Cristina Vicini          2006-2011

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