Mónica Martins is a Portuguese entrepreneur who lived and worked between Spain and Portugal mainly, with her own scientific and cultural projects but mainly with scientific conferences promoted by her company.
The conferences Monica has been organising are held each year in different cities of Europe. She has organized conferences in Portalegre, Badajoz, Barcelona, Cáceres, Lisbon, Porto, Salamanca, Paris and Rome.
In 2012 and 2013, Mónica was a co-director of the transboundary festival Europa Sur (only with Portuguese and Spanish bands), held in Cáceres (Spain). This festival had as activities, besides the concerts, movies screening, exhibitions, parties and also an emerging fashion designers fair. She also worked as a promoter of concerts from Spanish bands in Portalegre and bands from Portugal in Spain and has been a co-director of the Pop-Eye Prizes, helds in Cáceres in November each year.
Mónica has also been the organizer of Pechakucha Portalegre and Pechakucha Badajoz team and made part of the TedX Badajoz team in 2013 which was focused on the theme of co-creation and a partner of the co-working space: ETC-Espacio Transfronterizo de Trabajo Colaborativo (currently CasCo Coworking).
In March 2014, she moved to Edinburgh to participate in the Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, working as assistant director of DECAGRAM Ltd.
Currently, all international projects organized by Mónica are developed by her company Theorem.
Monica loves animals, going for walks in the Pentlands, living in Scotland, meeting new people, her friends from all over the world, music and spending time in alone in silence.
Who is Eve?
Dr Eve Hepburn is a social entrepreneur, policy expert and editor. She is Founding Director of Fearless Femme – an online magazine that empowers young women to overcome life’s challenges.
She is also Managing Director of PolicyScribe, a policy research consultancy specialising in Europe, immigration and devolution. She is the author of seven books and over 40 articles in social science journals, has held academic positions at the European University Institute (Florence), McGill University (Montreal), and was a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Edinburgh. Eve has been invited to speak at over 100 international conferences and events, gives regular political commentary to the international media, and has provided expert testimony to the House of Commons and Scottish Parliament.
During her early career, Eve worked in publishing in London and she has been editor of several books and journals. In her spare time Eve bakes muffins with her kids, runs half-marathons and writes fantasy-adventure novels for teens.
Photographer, Filmaker &
Who is Kat?
Kat Dlugosz was born in Poland but has lived in the UK for 12 years, making Scotland her home.
She is just graduating from Edinburgh Napier University with a degree in Photography. She is involved in DECAGRAM collective as a head of video production. Her interest in photography and filmmaking comes hand in hand with an interest and engagement in issues of social, racial and gender equality, which we still should actively fight for.
María García (Spain) is Known for her natural creative flair, hard working and willingness to help others.
She is graduate in Graphic Design. Her passion for this job borns by the desire of transmitting ideas, concepts and emotions to people.
Nowadays, she lives in Edinburgh, city where she is developing herself as a professional, taking part in diverse cultural projects.
Her last achievement was winning the Events Scotland Logo Contest. Now, her logo is the graphic identity for 2016, Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design marketing campaign in Scotland.
Ânia Ferreira is a graduate in Languages, Literatures and Cultures from the University of Lisbon.
In 2015, she moved to Edinburgh to explore new opportunities and to expand her horizons of perception. She then decided to challenge herself once more and went back to University to study Web Design and Development. Her interest in gender related inequalities came from not only her own experiences as a woman, but from observation, a place of empathy and the need and willingness to help others to feel the power of their own voices and abilities that are so often negated to women in the world.
Who is Camile?
Camille Vincent is a professional working in the third sector, promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBT+ community in Scotland.
She is a postgraduate in Arts and Cultural Management which led her to work and volunteer for festivals, music venues and theatres, auditing fundraising, digital and outreach strategies.
She strongly believes in personal and community empowerment which is why she decided to grab the opportunity to work with the LGBT+ community. She is committed to provide safe environments for people to explore freely who they are and thrive. She is also committed to provide opportunities to hear the experiences of people (e.g. minority groups) that can be lost from mainstream narratives in medias.
She actively challenges stigma and stereotypes around gender and sexuality in the workplace and public services. She also supports work around equality, including to ensure that projects are LGBT+ inclusive and to create Easy Read support materials that are accessible to people with learning disabilities and difficulties.
Project Ambassador in India
Who is Iti?
Iti Tyagi is a Certified Organizational Behaviour Strategist and award winning Leadership Mentor. She is currently designated as Senior Reseach Analyst with Crisil Limited, India. Apart from her job, she persues freelance research on various agendas such as Women Disability, Gender Bias, Pay Gaps etc. She is also actively involved in Social Media Strategy and Art awareness, and actively guides on various social platforms.
Project Ambassador in India and Blog Contributor
Who is Pragya?
I am Pragya Singh, from India. I did my graduation from University of Delhi, currently I am about to finish my Maters in Comparative Literature from Hyderabad Central University, Hyderabad, India.
Be fearless, be confident, nobody can put you down is something I believe in. I carry my femininity and sexuality on my sleeves. Proud to be a woman. I have determined to work towards gender equality and bring whatever possible change I can in the society. For a woman it is very important to assert her identity and have agency. Do not let anyone else speak for you, speak for yourself. Assertion of selfhood is Feminism for me. Be proud of who you are. Shun patriarchy!, shun inequality! And this must begin at the personal level inside family, inside bedrooms, inside closed walls.
For me freedom is as essential as food or water. I love living fearlessly. I love to sing and dance. Dance is a very beautiful way of expression, I am crazy and fearless when on the floor. Red is my favourite color, it is a perfect blend of confidence, beauty, power and sexuality and I love it. I love to be raw and real, useless sophistication has no place in my life.
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