The WEConnect International team includes individuals with extensive experience in advocacy, activism, policy, politics and business.

Global Team

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President, CEO and Co-Founder

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Elizabeth A. Vazquez is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets.  She is a serial social entrepreneur and world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion.

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Vice President

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Greta Schettler is the Vice President of WEConnect International. Based in Washington D.C., Greta heads up global efforts to scale the rapidly growing organization, leads its executive management team and strategic direction, and develops a performance driven culture among its group of diverse talented individuals.

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Interim Regional Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Director of Program, Grant, and Partnership Development

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C.

Sara Cady is the Interim Regional Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Director of Program, Grant, and Partnership Development for WEConnect International. She comes to WEConnect International with several years of international development and program management experience, with a specialization in proposal development, monitoring and evaluation, and budget management.  

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Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Partnerships, and Events

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Edith Cecchini is the Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Partnerships, and Events for WEConnect International. She has more than 14 years of professional experience working in businesses and non-profits, and in a variety of sectors, including banking, sales, tourism, international development, training program design, procurement, and conference management.  

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Director of Operations

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Anne Hoye joined the WEConnect International team as Operations Manager in January 2013. She provides fiscal and administrative oversight of organizational activities and programs, working to ensure the efficient and effective financial management and operational structure of the organization.

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Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Andrea Lizarzaburu is the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for WEConnect International. An Ecuadorian native, Andrea has worked supporting entrepreneurs and SMEs owners in Latin American and the Caribbean from different platforms. She has experience working for the private and public sectors, and for international and non-government organizations.

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Certification, Technology and Social Innovation Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

As the Certification Program Manager, Kerri Murphy manages the certification and self-registration of women owned businesses globally and works closely with all of the in-country teams.

Job title

Research and Executive Assistant

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Vincent Nicosia is the Research and Executive Assistant. In this role, he is responsible for researching issues relating to global supplier diversity and inclusion, coordinating logistics for the CEO, and supporting the overall administration and operations of the organization.

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Director of Corporate Relations

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

As the Director of Corporate Relations for WEConnect International, Michael Tobolski's focus is Business Development, Corporate Member Relations, and the support of Strategic Planning, Finance and Operations.

As the Director of Communications, Cate Urban leads WEConnect International's global marketing efforts, which include traditional media outreach, social media engagement, web development, and production of publications.

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Regional Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Director of Programs and Grants Management

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Liz Whitehead is the Regional Director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Director of Programs and Grants Management for WEConnect International. In addition to managing markets in Europe and MENA, she oversees the WEConnect Academy curriculum, an online series of trainings focused on doing business with major purchasing organizations.

Maggie Berry is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Europe and joined the team in December 2012 – she has lead responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe.

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Turkey Representative

Company

WEConnect International in Turkey

Location

Istanbul, Turkey

Since January 2013, Nilay Çelik had lead responsibility for the management, leadership, and development of WEConnect International in Turkey. Her role involves developing corporate support as well as growing and developing the network of women's business enterprises in Turkey.

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Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in South Africa

Location

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Executive Director of WEConnect International in South Africa, Jean Chawapiwa, is a strategic communications expert with over 25 years corporate communications experience, over 10 of those years were spent in the African Mining sector serving as vice president communications and external affairs Africa for Rio Tinto, Barrick Gold and Placer Dome. Prior to this she worked for seven years at senior management level in CSIR.

Job title

Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in Mexico

Location

Mexico City, Mexico

Luz Maria de la Mora is the Executive Director of WEConnect International in Mexico. She is also the Managing Director and Founder of LMM Consulting, a partner of WEConnect International, which specializes in market intelligence and strategic thinking for business development, as well as cooperate programs to support women entrepreneurs.

Mariana Fourniol-Biraben was named Executive Director for WEConnect International in Brazil in 2016, after joining the team as Project Coordinator in September 2015. She is responsible for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Brazil.

Job title

Global Advisory Board

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Colombia

Ana M. Guevara is on the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, and is leading the efforts to open a chapter in Colombia. With extensive experience in international trade and development, she is a respected figure in both government and business sectors.

Job title

Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in China

Location

Beijing, China

Su Cheng Harris Simpson is the Executive Director for WEConnnect International in Greater China. Su Cheng works actively to build partnerships and expand opportunities for women owned businesses in China.

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Executive Director for Nigeria

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Lagos, Nigeria

Shade Ladipo is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Nigeria, a travel and media entrepreneur, and social activist.

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Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in the Caribbean

Location

Kingston, Jamaica

Yaneek Page is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Jamaica and a social entrepreneur. She is the founder and managing director of Future Services International, the pioneers of legal funding and enterprise risk management in the Caribbean.

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Country Director

Company

WEConnect International in Canada

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Chelsea Prescod brings an eclectic professional and entrepreneurial career that inspires and motivates others into action. As an entrepreneur, she has focused her energies to create messages and stories capable of moving any audience on a wide scale. Her varied experiences have given her a people-centric mission, able to effectively manage the needs of diverse stakeholders and leaders across multiple sectors, public, private and not-for-profit.

Job title

Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in India

Location

Delhi, India

The Executive Director of WEConnect International in India, Parul Soni, is a renowned speaker, author and a serial entrepreneur, with an in depth understanding of divergent challenges met in the cause of community empowerment. He specializes in social development issues and CSR initiatives globally.

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Executive Director

Company

WEConnect International in Australasia

Location

Melbourne, Australia

Anne Tesch is the Executive Director of WEConnect International in Australasia. She is a highly experienced marketing communications professional and business manager.

Francisca Valdes is the Executive Director for WEConnect International in Chile. She is also the Executive Director and co-founder of Mujeres Empresarias (Entrepreneurial Women) and the Public Relations Representative for the professional institute IPEVE at Diego Portales University.