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.
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.
Barbara came to her first Giving Women luncheon in 2017 and subsequently became active in evaluating projects, educational workshops and the annual conference planning committee. In 2018 she joined the Executive Committee.
Barbara’s background is firmly rooted in philanthropy. Her twenty-year career was inspired by a two-year posting to a rural village in Ethiopia with the U.S. Peace Corps. From there she became a global humanitarian providing disaster relief and recovery primarily in Asia/Pacific and the Middle East. Working with diverse stakeholders in both the public and private sector, she became adept at designing projects addressing complex root causes and measuring for impact. Most recently she was designing engagement strategies for multinational companies as well as the largest global foundations at the World Economic Forum. She holds a degree in public policy from Duke University as well as an executive MBA from the University of Geneva.
In addition to her own philanthropic activities such as serving as a board member to local associations, Barbara now has her own practice accompanying private individuals and their families on their philanthropy journeys.
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.
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.
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.
As a business development professional with several years of international experience Noemi sees a unique opportunity to put her professional expertise at the service of social values, organizations and projects aiming to provide a better life for women and girls all over the world.
She would be happy to contribute to the work of Giving Women in the following fields:
- Project management - Market analysis - Strategic and business planning - Due diligence - Controlling, monitoring, reporting - Facilitating strategic partnerships, networking - Fundraising
Noemi is impressed and exited to be part of this colourful and inspiring community of women philanthropists. She strongly believes in the power of entrepreneurship, intercultural communication, community, integration and diversity.
Elianna Sabbag Moquette is mother to three girls under 7 and a professional philanthropist dedicated to gender equality and social and environmental justice. As an active member of its executive committee, Elianna developed and manages the educational pillar for the association as well as their evaluation process. She is a social entrepreneur who is currently developing solutions to elevate the value we collectively place on mothers work. Elianna also provides consulting services in the area of philanthropy, strategy development and project management and evaluation. She has lived, worked, and studied on 4 continents and holds degrees in Anthropology and Environmental Studies (McGill), and Law (Kent). After almost 5 years at the Aga Khan Foundation, Elianna accumulated much experience managing and evaluating development programmes. In addition, she co-founded Step Up Advisory Group to help social businesses overcome technical, organisational and financial hurdles, The Baby Office, a solution for working parents to better balance work and life with small children and most recently Mastermom, which pools resources and provides opportunities for moms to validate skills, build community and be fulfilled during the challenging transitions of motherhood.
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.
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.
Julie Wynne is an attorney-at-law, partner at FRORIEP where she heads the Charity and Social Enterprise practice.
Julie is a strong supporter of the development of social entrepreneurship and mission-driven businesses; she is a Board member of the European Social Enterprise Law Association and B Lab (Switzerland). She is also Chair of the Geneva branch of Philanthropy Impact, Co-Chair of the STEP Philanthropy Advisors SIG Steering Committee and member of the Legal Advisory Board of Sustainable Finance Geneva.
She is also very involved for women empowerment and the advancement of women in the workplace through the Women's Business Society, an association she cofounded in 2012.
Julie Wynne has been a member since 2013 and appointed to the Executive Committee in 2018
Over the last 15 years, Kathleen has worked and volunteered her time in the communications field across various corporate and nonprofit sectors. These include consumer electronics, automotive electronics, human rights, advancement of women, climate, business ethics, health and food. For over five years now, she has focused her efforts on working with social entrepreneurs, startups and nonprofits who are purpose-driven in making a positive impact in our world. Kathleen has been a member of Giving Women for 4 years and joined the team as the operations & communications manager in May 2019 in a part-time capacity. She continues to provide communications consultancy services to impact driven initiatives.
EXPERTISE AND SPECIALTIES:
- Developing and executing digital media marketing strategies
- Planning and project managing international online media campaigns
- Building online digital footprints and search engine optimization for social startups and nonprofits
- Designing and building Wordpress websites
- Delivering social media and Wordpress training workshops from beginner to advanced level
- Reaching out to and building relationships with journalists and key influencers like bloggers
- Experience in documentary film production & editing for streaming video on the web
- Event Planning & Organising
- PowerPoint and Prezi presentation software expert
After 20 years in banking, Nathalie started working for Giving Women in 2018 as she aspired to work in an environment where she can have purpose, give back and do good. Her role is to support the operations manager in the coordination of events and the management of Giving Women‘s members.
She has worked as a volunteer in educational projects, as well as a facilitator of personal development events and workshops aimed at empowering women and creating a women's business network.
Nathalie has a Master of Sciences in International Business Management from ICHEC Brussels Management School and holds Certificates of Advanced Studies from IMD Lausanne in both leading strategic initiatives and leadership. She grew up in Belgium and has lived and worked in Belgium, UK, and Switzerland. She enjoys architecture, jazz, travel, ski, and yoga.
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 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.