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

Global Team

Job title

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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COO

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, D.C., USA

Greta Schettler is the COO 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.

Job title

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.  

Job title

Media, Event, and Communications Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Washington, DC, USA

Laura Hough is the Media, Event, and Communications Manager at WEConnect International. In this role, she oversees online social media and website content, implements the organization’s communication strategy, and takes a primary role in WEConnect International’s signature events, such as its Global Supplier Diversity and Inclusion Symposium and Annual Gala.

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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.

Job title

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.

Job title

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.

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.

Job title

Marketing and Events Manager

Company

WEConnect International in Colombia and Costa Rica

Location

Colombia

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

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.

Job title

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.

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Brazil

Mariana Fourniol-Biraben was named Country 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

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.

Job title

Certification Program Assistant for Latin America

Company

WEConnect International

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

Job title

Country Director for Caribbean Markets

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Kingston, Jamaica

Yaneek Page is the Country Director for Caribbean Markets 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.

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

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Peru

Ximena Querol is the Country Director for WEConnect International in Peru.

Job title

Program Manager

Company

WEConnect International

Location

India

Krithika Ram is the Program Manager for WEConnect India. She brings more than 10 years of professional experience in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WEConnect, 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.

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Delhi, India

The Country Director for 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.

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Melbourne, Australia

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

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

Job title

Country Director

Company

WEConnect International

Location

Chile

Francisca Valdes is the Country 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.