The WomenChangeMakers team
Board of directors
Yann Borgstedt - Founder & President

Yann Borgstedt is a Swiss entrepreneur who manages a range of businesses in real estate development, relocation and storage in England, France and Switzerland. He studied in the USA and then worked for a venture capital fund for 6 years in London. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) in Geneva and London and is involved in the YPO’s Economic Development Network and Disadvantaged Kids Network.

In 2005, Yann started the Womanity Foundation, which focuses on women’s education, training and development in Afghanistan, Palestine, Israel and Morocco. In a further evolution of the work in favour of women’s progress, the WomenChangeMakers’ program launched in 2009 identifies social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to women’s empowerment. The program was inspired by the Ashoka model, which Yann became familiar with over the past years, notably through his participation to the Ashoka Support Network in Switzerland and France where he mentors two fellows, Abdellah Aboulharjan and Francois Marty.

Yann is also a board member of the Center for New Diplomacy and collaborates with Videre a non-governmental organisation that focuses on documenting human rights violations around the world through cameras.

Kathryn Imboden - Member of the Board

Kathryn Imboden is presently working as a policy advisory consultant for the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) and for bilateral and multilateral development agencies. She chairs the board of directors of St Louis Finances, Senegal and serves on the board of directors of Azure Partners, Switzerland. She sat on the board of directors of BlueOrchard (and served as a member of the Audit Committee) from 2004 until early 2011. Mrs. Imboden began working in the field of economic development with organizations such as the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in Chad, the OECD Development Centre, the Club du Sahel, and the U.S. Treasury Department. From 1986 to 2001, she was responsible for SDC’s economic work (macroeconomics and financial sector).Mrs. Imboden chaired the Executive Committee of CGAP from 1999 to 2001. She served as a policy change manager for Women’s World Banking (WWB) from 2001 to 2004, overseeing a program of policy analysis; legal, regulatory and supervisory activities; and advocacy work. She then worked with UNCDF from 2004 to 2006 to lead the policy work program for the 2005 International Year of Microcredit. From 2006 to 2007, she led policy initiatives for the Aga Khan Foundation, with a focus on developing an enabling environment for private initiatives in Afghanistan.Mrs. Imboden holds a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College, USA, and a Diploma from the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, France.

Dr Maximilian Martin - Member of the Board & Treasurer

Maximilian Martin advises on, conceives and develops social change and impact investment concepts, platforms, programs, products and services. His work includes creating the first university course on social entrepreneurship in Europe at the University of Geneva and Europe’s first wealth management philanthropic advisory and knowledge exchange platform, UBS Philanthropy Services.

In addition to lecturing appointments at the University of Geneva and St. Gallen, engagements include or have included serving as Founding Chief Strategist at IJ Partners, Global Head and Managing Director of UBS Philanthropy Services, Head of Research at the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Senior Consultant with McKinsey & Company, instructor at Harvard’s Economics Department, and Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Martin has authored over one hundred articles on philanthropy, impact investments, and related topics (http://ssrn.com/author=794432), and is a frequent speaker at international gatherings in the areas of wealth management, philanthropy, and impact investments. He holds advanced degrees in anthropology and economics and a Ph.D. in economic anthropology.

In addition to the Womanity Foundation, he serves on the Boards or Advisory Boards of Dazzling Oceans (Singapore), FSG Social Impact Advisors (Boston, USA), Haniel Group (Duisburg, Germany); Oasis Fund (Geneva, Switzerland), PeePoople (Stockholm, Sweden), World Sanitation Financing Facility (Geneva, Switzerland), and the World Toilet Organization (Singapore).

Arnaud Mourot - Member of Board

Arnaud Mourot is the CEO of Ashoka France, Belgium & Switzerland since 2005. He launched & developed the activities of the association in within these countries, with a focus on the core program of Ashoka: the selection and support of innovative Social Entrepreneurs. 26 Ashoka “Fellows” are now part of the network.

Arnaud graduated from ESCP, an EQUIS and AACSB accredited Business School in Paris, where he majored in “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.

At the same time, he led a high-level sportsman career, spending 10 years fighting for the French National Wrestling team, and coming 5th during the 1998 World championship.

As a result of his sports career, Arnaud created Sport Sans Frontières (Sport Without Borders) in 1999, of which he is President today. This NGO uses sport as a means for education and psychological reconstruction in post-conflict countries and troubled neighbourhoods.

Audrey Selian - Member of Board

Audrey Selian is a driving force in the sustainable investment and social development fields, worldwide. Ms Selian started her career in management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a few short stints within the ITU, telecoms-focused agencies at UN. In 2000, she pursued her interest in technology policy and development, completing a PhD at Tufts University focused on the interactions of technology and political development in former Soviet transition states in 2005.

Since that time Ms Selian has worked as a consultant for various organizations, including USAID on the use of information and communication technologies for development, as well as in a technology start-up.  Since 2006, she transitioned into advising venture philanthropic foundations in their strategic portfolio development. She is presently acting as Director of Impact Investments for Rianta Capital Zurich, an advisory structure to the Singh Family Trust.

In 2008, Ms Selian founded the Artha Platform, a bespoke technology platform and social network designed to connect private investors and donors interested in India into an exclusive ‘community of trust’, with the purpose of sharing due diligence. Artha Platform has been licensed now in other geographies, including Latin America, and Artha Networks Inc. has been formed as a spin-out in 2012.  Additionally she is a co-founder of the Impact Hub in Yerevan, Armenia.

Felix Bollman - Member of Board

Felix Bollman has been a leading actor in the world of cultural tourism, public service media and humanitarian aid in Switzerland and beyond for over 30 years.

In the 1980s, Mr Bollman moved into the humanitarian field with the Swiss Development Corporation, before entering into the arena of public service media management, spearheading major projects such as the creation of World Radio Geneva, an English radio station in Geneva, the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation and the universal exhibition hosted by Switzerland in 2002.

Connecting the worlds of media and humanitarian aid from 2000-2012, Mr Bollman acted as Director of the Swiss Foundation for Swiss Solidarity, successfully leading the expansion of this collaboration between public service media and major non-governmental humanitarian organisations that raises support from the Swiss public for emergency relief world-wide.

Mr Bollman continues to be actively engaged and in-demand within civil society with his involvement in a wide range of organisations including support to various social and cultural organizations such as Vice Chairman of Land of Men Foundation in Lausanne, Médecins du Monde Neuchâtel, SOS-Women Geneva, the Flying Anvil Foundation and Fonsart, the Swiss public service media Foundation for the preservation and development of radio and TV heritage.

Staff
Antonella Notari Vischer - Director

After working for over 18 years with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a field-based Delegate and as the main Spokesperson, Antonella entered the microfinance sector as Director of Corporate Communication at BlueOrchard in Geneva from early 2008 until November 2009. As of January 2010, she is heading The Womanity Foundation and the WomenChangeMakers program. Antonella also sits on the board of directors of "Geneve roule” and "Giving Women”.

She holds a MSc in Media &Communication from the LSE and a licence ès letters from the University of Geneva.

Valentina Di Felice - Project Manager

Valentina has four years experience in community-based online media and non-for-profit organizations dealing with integration of immigrants and women’s empowerment. She was press officer for Africa e Mediterraneo an association based in Bologna and a radio producer and presenter for Asteriscoradio.com. She edited articles for several online magazines in Italy and in UK.

She holds a MA in Media and Communication from the Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna and a MAS in the management of International and not-for-profit organization (IOMBA) from the University of Geneva.

Aurelia Ovan - Executive Assistant

Aurelia was born and grew up in France. She started her career in 2007 as a researcher in Sociology and as a freelance consultant for the Geneva Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art. In September 2007, Aurelia joined the Womanity Foundation as an administrative, communication and event representative. Aurelia is also assisting the WomenChangeMakers & Womanity programs.

She holds a Master of Science in Sociology of Arts and Culture and a Bachelor in Sociology.

Indrani Sharma - Country Representative - India

Indrani Sharma has been engaged in the non profit sector for past 13 years and has worked with various national and international organizations of repute on wide range of development projects which briefly includes social entrepreneurship, microfinance and livelihood. Her area of involvement has been community mobilization, capacity building and community engagement. She has experience of working not only within India but also in Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan and represented South Asian projects at global level. She has successfully worked with organizations like Ashoka and PlaNet Finance and is currently also involved with Ashoka Changemakers.

Tiana Vilar Lins - Country Representative - Brazil

Tiana has been committed to the non-profit sector for 15 years and has worked across Brazil, Paraguay and India to deliver impactful results on social projects, primarily with a focus on youth and social enterprise. Tiana has worked in youth and adolescent development at Alliance Institute and managed the selection of social entrepreneurs in Brazil and Paraguay for Ashoka. Additionally Tiana’s professional life has taken her into the realm of improving organizational development of organisations at the social mobilization agency she cofounded, Aracati, and at ICEP, institution focused in enhancing public education, as general manager.

Tiana is a communication postgraduate of Sao Paulo University (Brazil) and is currently attending a post graduation course on Reflexive Social Practice by GRA (Brazil), The Proteus Initiative (South Africa), Crossfields Institute (England) and Alanus University (Germany).

 

Caitlin Fisher - Advisor - Brazil

Caitlin, a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, recently finished her Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil. She has been carrying out ethnographic research on gender, the body, and economic development through the lens of football and she is co-founder of the GUERREIRASPROJECT, an international multimedia initiative on gender and development. She previously worked as a Portfolio Specialist for the Nike Foundation in New York City and Portland, Oregon where she contributed to the launch of the girl effect. She is also a former professional football player, who played internationally in Brazil, Sweden and the U.S.,while simultaneously carrying out anthropological research for FIFA. Caitlin received her BA in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University (2004), and her MSc from the Gender Institute, London School of Economics (LSE) (2010).

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