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 world leader in women’s economic empowerment and global supplier diversity and inclusion.

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Project and Research Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Carlhey Bolz is a Project and Research Manager for WEConnect International. In this role, she coordinates with corporate members, managing research projects, and leading initiatives to engage women entrepreneurs in WEConnect International countries. Carlhey also oversees our Global Citizen partnership, facilitating inclusive growth through corporate engagement. 

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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 and Canada for WEConnect International. In this role, she oversees the organization’s work in Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, and of course, Canada. She has more than 16 years of professional experience working in a variety of sectors, including banking, sales, tourism, international development, gender equity, fundraising, stakeholder engagement, and supplier diversity and inclusion.   

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Director of Operations

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Anne Hoye joined the WEConnect International team as Director of Operations 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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Global Program Assistant

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Alexander Kangas is the Global Program Assistant at WEConnect International. In this role, Alex provides support for the teams around the world with regards to certifications, assessments and WEConnect’s eNetwork.

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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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Director of Certification & Innovation

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

As the Director of Certification & Innovation, Kerri Murphy manages the certification and self-registration of women owned businesses globally and works closely with all of the in-country teams. She is also Regional Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa overseeing operations for the region and working closely with team members in-country.

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Research, Analysis, and Project Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Nicolas Picard is the Research, Analysis, and Project Manager for WEConnect International. In this role, he manages research projects in coordination with corporate members and leads initiatives to engage women entrepreneurs in WEConnect International countries of operation. 

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Communications, Media, and Event Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Sarah Priddy is the Communications, Media, and Event Manager at WEConnect International. In this role, she works closely with the global team to develop and manage overall communications, marketing materials, and activities while additionally supporting the Regional Director for Asia Pacific, Partnerships, & Events in the development and execution of all events.

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Grant and Impact Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Dominique Spencer is WEConnect International's Grant and Impact Manager. In this role, she works closely with the global team to measure the impact of WEConnect International's programs, coordinate monitoring and evaluation, and secure new funding. 

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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.

Job title

Corporate Engagement and Project Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Rachel Williams is the Corporate Engagement and Project Manager at WEConnect International. In this role, Rachel provides support to the Director of Corporate Relations in corporate member outreach, member recruiting, committee facilitation and support, and overall membership support as it relates to supplier diversity and inclusion.

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. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of over 1,000 self-registered and certified women business owners across the UK and Europe – WEConnect International is active in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

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Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Istanbul, Turkey

Since January 2013, Nilay Çelik has 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.

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Country Director for 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 Country Director for 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.

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Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Lagos, Nigeria

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

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Certification Program Assistant for Latin America

Company

WEConnect International

Ana assists the WEConnect International team with the certification program in Latin America.

Priscila Mazochi provides support to WEConnect International in enhancing brand visibility and outreach to businesswomen in Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. Her role also involves events and prospection in these countries in order to create a powerful ecosystem through networking and business scale.

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WBE and Outreach Manager for Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru

Company

WEConnect International

María Angélica Porto provides support to WEConnect International in enhancing brand visibility and outreach to women entrepreneurs in Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru. Her role also involves the engagement of corporate, public sector and other stakeholders that support women business owners in throughout Latin America.

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Toronto, ON, Canada

Chelsea Prescod, the Country Director for WEConnect International in Canada, brings an eclectic professional and entrepreneurial career that inspires and motivates others into action.

Job title

Program Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

India

Krithika Ram is the Program Director for WEConnect International in India. She brings more than 10 years of professional experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WEConnect International, she led the NGO Credibility and Engagement Team at Charities Aid Foundation India, where she was involved in conducting due-diligence of non-profits prior to grantmaking and partner selection for CSR funding.

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Project Director for Japan

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Japan

Setsu Suzuki, the Project Director for WEConnect International in Japan, brings a unique combination of entrepreneurial and consulting experience. In this role, she is developing training opportunities for women business owners and is also actively connecting national and multinational corporations to local women suppliers through dialogue and networking events. 

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Regional Corporate and Partner Engagement Manager for Latin America

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Natália Torres is WEConnect International's Regional Corporate and Partner Engagement Manager for Latin America. Based in São Paulo, Natália is a 10 years' experienced professional, with in-depth knowledge of inclusive business models and cross-sector partnerships.

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Regional Outreach and Events Manager for Southeast Asia

As Regional Outreach and Events Manager for Southeast Asia, Mrinalini (Minnie) provides support to WEConnect International by enhancing brand visibility and conducting outreach to women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia.