Atalanti Hadjipateras Moquette received a BA Hons. In Philosophy and Ancient Greek at King’s College London. She continued her postgraduate studies in Art History at the University of Toronto. Atalanti started her career as a Junior expert at Sotheby’s. Atalanti has a long involvement in the field of philanthropy. She began at the grassroots level, running a life skills programme in a shelter for battered women. Her work ranged from fundraising to strategy development. As a philanthropist and volunteer, Atalanti has held pos itions on many boards. She was Vice-president of the Board of International School of Geneva for four years and a member of the executive board of the Fondation Philanthropique Orthodoxe. She is a founder member of the Geneva committee of Human Rights Watch. She is a founding member of GenevaWISE, an association, which provides bursaries for young graduates from developing countries, allowing them to benefit from internships in Geneva. Atalanti has recently been appointed to the Board of the IBO.
Sophie has been a member of Giving Women since 2010, and has been active on the Executive Committee since 2011, and previously served as Chairwoman from 2012 – 2014. Sophie grew up in Latin America, Europe and the US and holds dual citizenship from Switzerland and the United Kingdom. She has been living in Switzerland for the past 24 years with her family.
A senior banking professional focused on corporate development in wealth & investment management, Sophie works in a global role at HSBC Private Bank (Suisse) SA. Previously she has worked at several well known financial institutions and has been a member of the Executive Committees at Merrill Lynch Bank (Suisse), Banque Heritage (Suisse) and Barclays Bank (Suisse).
Sophie has a Bachelor of Arts, and a Juris Doctorate in Law. She recently earned a CAS in Business and Corporate Development Strategies from the University of St. Gallen.
Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee
Manuela is a dynamic and committed professional with more than 20 years of management experience and an MBA obtained with honours from IMD.
Her career path results in an extensive experience in the banking industry, change and project management, expert in operational risk management including occasional lecturing on the latter. It also includes Board memberships in for-profit and not-for-profit organisations.
She is passionate about making a difference for organisations and people. On a professional, as well as on a personal level she is committed to sharing her knowledge with others and engaging in philanthropic and voluntary activities.
Her particular interests include: Sustainable Finance, Impact Investing, Microfinance, Women Empowerment and Arts. Specialities: Banking industry, Risk Management, People Management, Project Management, Organisation, Coordination, Controlling, Continuous Improvement, Teaching, Internal Control & Audit, Philanthropy.
Member of the Executive Committee
Philippine has been working in Finance for 17 years. She is advising international families and entrepreneurs. She is actively involved in initiatives related to philanthropy and to the empowerment of women.
Philippine joined Giving Women in 2011 and was nominated to the Executive Committee in December 2012. She has served as chairwoman from 2015-2016 and is currently heading the Zurich Chapter.
Philippine holds a Bachelor of Law and Masters of Law from the University of Law Pantheon-Assas (Paris). She grew up in France, Lebanon and Switzerland. She holds French and Swiss citizenships and lives in Zurich.
Education Officer and Member of the Executive Committee
Elianna Sabbag Moquette, social entrepreneur, she co-founded Step Up Advisory Group to help social businesses overcome technical, organisational and financial hurdles, and more recently is building The Baby Office, a solution for working parents to better balance work and life with small children. After almost 5 years at the Aga Khan Foundation, Elianna has accumulated much experience managing and evaluating development programmes. She has lived, worked, and studied on 4 continents and holds degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (McGill), and Law (Kent). She is President and co-founder of GenevaWISE to help improve access for youth in developing countries to internship opportunities in Geneva. Committed to Human Rights, social justice and gender equality is involved in a multitude of associations and NGOs including HRW. She has been a committed member of Giving Women since its inception, developed and launched the educational workshops for the association and overseen a review of its project evaluation system. From September 2015 to April 2016 Elianna supported GW’s secretariat.
Member of the Executive Committee
Riswana has a MSc in Public Health from the University of Montreal in addition to a BSc in Nursing granted by McMaster's University in Hamilton, Canada. Before joining the Global Alliance for Vaccination and Immunisation (GAVI), Riswana held several key positions at the Aga Khan Development Network in monitoring and evaluation. She has also worked as an emergency nurse in Montreal for 3 years. Riswana is Canadian and French; she has lived in Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton (Canada), Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Northwest Madagascar and now Geneva for the last three years. She speaks Gujarati, French and English. Riswana enjoys the outdoor, discovering new places and cooking. She has been a Giving Women member since 2014.
Ruth Szabo Member of the Executive Committee
Ruth has been working with international not-for-profit organisations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, for 16 years. She is a lawyer currently working as an independent consultant advising on governance and human resources issues. She has been involved in a number of charitable initiatives, including with a Children’s Foundation in the Philippines. Ruth joined Giving Women in 2011 and is coordinator of the Veerni Project Circle. She has also participated in other project circles and Giving Women events. Ruth holds a Bachelors degree in Law from the University of Southampton and a Masters in International Law from University College London (United Kingdom). Ruth was born in Iraq and grew up in London. She has also lived in Paris, New York and in Switzerland since 2005.
Member of the Executive Committee
Stefanie Meredith started her career as a medical research scientist in tropical medicine, specializing in vector –borne diseases at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, post-doctoral training in molecular parasitology at the Harvard School of Public Health and epidemiology at the Erasmus University before moving into public health and programme development. She has lived and worked extensively in Africa, focussing on tropical public health interventions. Previously Dr Meredith headed the Mectizan Donation Program, a major public-private health initiative, facilitating between partners, building coalitions, leveraging resources and policy setting. More recently she was director of public health partnerships at the IFPMA in Geneva working with the pharmaceutical industry on building and strengthening partnerships where the industry could bring its core competencies to the table. As an independent consultant since 2009, she is working towards improving health and reducing inequity in access to healthcare, with a focus on actively developing alliances and collaborations with other global health stakeholders. She maintains effective long-term partnerships with government, development agencies and other stakeholders and has excellent leadership, teamwork and cross-functional skills. Stefanie has been a full a member of Giving women since 2013, but has attended many of the Giving Women events before- hand in order to learn more about the organisation.
Anke started working as a volunteer for Giving Women in 2017. She wants to contribute to an organization that helps to empower women and girls, is interested in the not-for profit sector and wants to apply her existing skills and acquire new ones. Her role is to support the Fundraising Working Group to establish and implement its fundraising strategy by helping with developing communications materials, drafting funding proposals, and supporting the exploration of funding opportunities. She has worked as a project manager running volunteer programs promoting sustainable behaviour, holding educational events and workshops for sustainability and providing project communications and outreach. Anke has a Master in Political Sciences from the University of Cologne and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Hagen in Germany. She grew up in Germany and has lived and worked in Germany, France and Canada. Currently, she lives with her family in France. She enjoys camping, hiking, road cycling, running, meditation, yoga and Zumba.
Resource and Tools Volunteer
Estelle holds a Bachelor in English and French Literature, with an option in Political Sciences from the University of Lausane and is currently pursuing a double MSc degree in International Affairs with Peking University and the London School of Economics. Throughout her studies and professional experiences in Switzerland and abroad, she has developed a strong interest for humanitarian affairs, focusing her research and work on gender inequalities and migration issues. By contributing to Giving Women's work, she wishes to help raise thequestionof women and girls empowerment and to provide tools to reduce gender gaps all over the world.
Estelle grew up in Geneva, but curiosity and passion for foreign languages always pushed her to diversify her horizons. For these reasons, she also lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, the United States and currently China. She also enjoys travelling, reading, rhythmic gymnastic and salsa.
Member of the Honorary Board
Zohreh Tabatabai is a familiar face in the diplomatic and global business arenas, having spent many years in high profile positions during her thirty years of working at the United Nations in various capacities. As the chief coordinator of the UN’s Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration, she created new strategies for assembling public-private partnerships to assure the success of the event, and she coordinated the activities of more than 100 heads of state who travelled to New York to participate. During her 20 years at UN headquarters, Ms. Tabatabai also served as Focal Point for Women and as Chief of the Public Services Section. Most recently she served at the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva as a senior member of the Director General’s Cabinet and as the Director of Communications, heading a team of 150 people around the world. Throughout her tenure in the UN System, she pioneered methods for bringing in outside partners to work on extending the UN’s visibility and effectiveness across a broad range of initiatives. Upon leaving the ILO in 2010, Zohreh formed Quince Partners, a communications and public relations consultancy with the aim of helping companies reach their clients more effectively, extend their markets globally, as well as develop CSR initiatives material to their company ethos. Being a firm believer in the power of networking among women to transform the world, she devotes her energies to creating opportunities for women leaders to meet and collaborate on efforts to bring progressive change to their societies. She has designed a series of exclusive events bringing together accomplished women from the arts, entertainment, science, technology, finance and government sectors to hold off-the-record discussions, network and take effective action on issues of global importance. These events have been held in major cities and capitals throughout the world, their enormous success led to the development of an online platform where participants had the opportunity to continue their “conversations” and strengthen professional relationships worldwide as well as bring their skills to assist members of the network in tackling social challenges and creating change. Zohreh is now taking this initiative to the next level at the request of many of its participants. Zohreh Tabatabai continues to work with a number of companies and also serves on the boards of a number of non-governmental organizations, non-profit institutions and charitable foundations with a special focus on empowerment of women, human rights, and poverty reduction.
Antonella Notari Vischer
Member of the Honorary Board
Antonella is currently transitioning to being self-employed, developing a new project in Italy, on her organic farm and retreat center (Podere Trafonti, Montefollonico, Siena, Italy). This after 7 ½ years as head of the Womanity Foundation, co-creating and directing support to innovative programs to advance women and girls' empowerment and their rights.
She gained much from collaborating and exchanging with the most amazing, disruptive and creative change-makers, within her team and among her partners. Previously, she developed and implemented the first corporate communication strategy and action plan for BlueOrchard, a leading commercial microfinance investment management company. Oversaw and contributed to BlueOrchard's reporting; handled print, AV and electronic productions; managed media-relations and web-based communication, supported the organisation of and participation to events, including a first ever microfinance conference in Dubai (2008) and an international gathering on microfinance in Geneva (2008).
Before that, she managed sizeable multi-cultural teams in complex emergencies delivering aid and providing protection in armed conflicts in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Balkans for over ten years for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). She also led the ICRC's public communication and media relations for over six years as chief spokesperson in charge of a wide-spread network of communicators based in the Geneva HQ and in nearly 80 countries world-wide.
She fully masters 5 languages (English, French, German, Italian and Spanish) and is at ease in international and multi-cultural settings.
Her specialties include: Devising and managing international emergency aid operations in favour of vulnerable persons and groups. Negotiation in complex and difficult environments. Development and implementation of media and public communication & relation strategies. Crisis management, including all communications aspects.