Mónica Martins is a Portuguese entrepreneur who lived and worked in Spain and Portugal, promoting scientific and cultural projects.
These projects have been promoted in different cities in Europe, like Portalegre, Badajoz, Barcelona, Cáceres, Lisbon, Porto, Salamanca, Paris, Rome, Oviedo, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Edinburgh.
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). Apart from the concerts, this festival had film screenings, and an emerging fashion designers exhibition. 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, held in Cáceres in November each year.
Mónica was also one of the organisers of Pechakucha Portalegre and Pechakucha Badajoz, and made part of the TedX Badajoz team in 2013 which focused on the theme of co-creation, and was one of the partners of the co-working space: ETC-Espacio Transfronterizo de Trabajo Colaborativo.
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 organised by Mónica are promoted by her company Theorem, in partnership with researchers from European universities.
Monica loves animals, going for walks, living in Scotland, meeting new people, her friends from all over the world, music, books, and spending time in alone in silence.
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.
Belén is an Uruguayan journalist with a master’s degree in gender studies and public policies. She was born in Montevideo, lived in Seville, Barcelona, and moved to Edinburgh in 2017.
The topics she investigated through the past four years were about sexual violence against women during the Uruguayan military coup and the design and implementation of social care systems in different welfare states context. Both investigations were written and analyzed with a feminist methodology. The first research took a year, and the final results gave her the conviction that she wanted to dedicate her work to do something in between journalism and gender issues. That conviction took her to Barcelona, with a 2-year master degree challenge, trying to understand more about the feminist agenda.
Even though she choose to start a new life in Scotland, she is always in touch with her family and friends back home, on the riverside of Río de la Plata. She is obsessed with anything that has chocolate on top.
Author, public speaker, philanthropist
Who is Chantal?
Chantal Mrimi is an author, public speaker and civil servant, bachelor in Administration Management by Abertay University, and bachelor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics by the Open University, both in Scotland. Chantal’s work experience includes working with statistics in UNHCR in order to manage and deliver on refugee’s needs, and over 400 hours of interpreting work in Swahili and Lingala for Congolese refugees in Glasgow, between 2004 and 2007. Chantal has more than 18 years of experience in developing philanthropic and charity work, and she is the founder of the Rwanda Outreach Project, and of a Sponsorship Program whereby Scottish families sponsor bright children from poor background to go to school. So far, 39 children have been educated at secondary level and 6 graduated. In 2018, she was awarded ‘Scottish Woman of the Year’ for her philanthropic work, with subsequent congratulatory motion at the Scottish Parliament.
Chantal is also a public and motivational speaker, as well as an experienced essayist and poet, and published her autobiography ‘The journey of my life from Rwanda’ in 2007.
External Relations Ambassador
Who is Maria?
Maria João Medeiros is and External Relations Ambassador and Communications Intern at Womenbeing. She started interning with Womenbeing in September 2017 focusing on creating blog content, interviewing interesting women for our page, supporting new members of the team and creating new ways for the company’s strategy plan.
She is a post graduate in Human Rights and Languages and International Relations (German and English). At the moment she finishing her masters in International Relations – Peace, Security and Development Studies at the Faculty of Economics in Coimbra, Portugal. During the first year she was an online and offline campaign with her colleagues focusing on deconstruction stereotypes related to race, gender and inequality in general. In this project she was the Public Relations Manager.
She choose Womenbeing as the organization to do her internship due to her passion to connect human and gender rights with education and local work. Her thesis includes gender and politics in Scotland towards gender equality changes.
During her bachelor’s degree she had the opportunity to do Erasmus in Heidelberg, Germany for a year and after she worked as a sales representative for two years amplifying her knowledge of sales, costumer service and international and cultural connection due to a lot of international travel including 5 months in the United States.
Project Ambassador in South Africa
Who is Fikile?
Ntombizifikile (Fikile) Mkoyana is an African woman. She identifies herself as a proud and privileged individual who was well nourished with love and care by her late parents; especially her mother, umama uMaradebe. Being born; brought up and most importantly, educated to a level of a Professional Nurse (Registered Nurse) in the rural areas of former Transkei (in South Africa) is a bonus. It is that education that made her marketable to the globe.
She is a mother to many, had cooked and fed homeless people, sponsored children in Ethiopia, organised Christmas parties for orphans and organised tertiary education scholarships for underprivileged children in her rural areas (today six are financial independent undergraduates). Additionally, five girls benefitted for Maths & Science High School Scholarships. She is also a local STEM ambassador as well as a community builder.
In the UK she served as the Royal College of Nursing Representative (RCN) for four years before leaving bedside nursing. She was a Shadow Cllr for Operation Black Vote. She is a founder of the African Nurses Support Services which she served for 14 years helping many nurses from all backgrounds. During that period, she engaged many structures like NHS, the Royal College of Nursing, NMC and many more. She is a researcher who had authored papers for three different international conferences (two for South Africa and one for the UK). She had conducted one workshop in an African University, the theme of her teaching was, “Non-communicable diseases and the state purse”
Fikile had an opportunity to serve the UK Foreign Office Chevening Scholarship Programme; she was privileged to be afforded a position as a Regional Assessor for Southern Africa (was allocated 6 countries). She studied law and international relations, and then advanced her studies in human rights and international conflict.
Ntombizifikile understands that, women and children become more vulnerable during any wars. She aims to have the African women engaged, with their voice making a positive contribution. To her womanhood is about peace, being a caretaker that strives to bring up descent citizens from all nations. In 1995, City Press Newspaper in South African awarded her a Cert as a Community Builder of the year. In 2002, was awarded a Humanitarian Award in London.
Fikile is now focusing to help as a Chief Advisory Consultant for the Global Support Services Consultancy.
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Reader in Enterprise and Family Business
at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. U.K.
Who is Claire?
Professor Claire Seaman is Reader in Enterprise and Family Business at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh. She has published over 30 journal articles on family businesses in the UK, New Zealand and Latin America and is a regular contributor to family business conferences worldwide. Her recent book, The Modern Family Business, was developed with colleagues and published by Palgrave McMillan. She is a frequent speaker at gatherings of family businesses and professional advisors. This interaction enables her to share insights from evidence based research with practitioners, while ensuring that her research focuses on areas of importance to the family business community, and has lead directly to current research that focusses on the European Family Business Associations. Experiences and close interactions with business and business support agencies help keep her professional work rooted into the realties and complex dynamics of families in business who create enterprises that dominate the economic and societal landscape around the world.
Researching gender in the context of family business succession has lead to interesting insights in the little-researched area that looks at how mothers lead and later hand over the family business to their children. The role women play in agriculture, with particular reference to small farms in Scotland and Nepal, is another area of current research alongside research that considers vital but often less-visible role of women in the family businesses run by members of Scotland’s ethnic minority communities. In addition, Claire is supervising PhD and Professional Doctorate candidates exploring family businesses and business education in communities worldwide, often where gender roles and expectations are very different from those in the UK. Claire is a member of the Advisory Board of Family Business United Scotland and the Research Strategy Board for the Institute of Family Business.
PhD candidate in Economics
Research Institute on Social and Gender Studies
Kazakh State Women's Teacher Training University, Kazakhstan
Who is Aizhan?
Aizhan Salimzhanova is a researcher from Kazakhstan. Her research interests include Gender Studies, Green Economics, and Waste Management. She is a former director of the Research Institute for Social and Gender Studies in Kazakhstan and continues to collaborate as an affiliated researcher in this organization. Aizhan’s work was related to promoting, coordinating and initiating social and gender research and academic programs. Working together with UNDP Istanbul regional hub and UNDP Country Office Kazakhstan, Aizhan has been involved in the research on unpaid domestic work in Kazakhstan and gender equality issues in Central Asia, CIS, and Western Balkans. She has International experience of working and traineeship in Turkey and France. Currently, Aizhan works as an economist (project leader on Waste Management), continues promoting gender equality issues in Kazakhstan, and is about to finish her Ph.D. dissertation on Green Economics at Istanbul Technical University.
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 Software Designer for ICT Healthcare (Netherlands). 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.
Communications Professional & Researcher
Who is Sangita?
Dr Sangita Shrestha is a communications professional and a researcher.
She has experience of working with a range of international development organizations including INASP, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Lutheran World Federation. In addition to over 12 years of international experience in communications and media relations, she is also an active researcher and has authored/co-authored many publications. Sangita also has experience of working with the University of Surrey and Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK) as a Researcher and at the University of Bath as a Visiting Lecturer for EdD Unit, Philosophy
of Educational Research.
Sangita holds a PhD in Sociology (Development Communication) from University of Surrey (UK), a Master’s degree in Anthropology (Nepal) and a Diploma in Information Technology (Australia).
Post-doc - Marie Curie Fellow, IPEM - Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music, Belgium
Who is Federica?
Federica Bressan (1981) is a post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University, where she leads a research project on interactive installation art under the Marie Curie funding programme H2020-MSCA-IF-2015 (http://daphnet.federicabressan.com/). She holds an MD in Musicology and a PhD in Computer Science. She previously held a post-doctoral research position at the Department of Information Engineering, University of Padova, Italy, where she coordinated the laboratory for sound preservation and restoration (http://smc.dei.unipd.it/).
The core of her research lies in the study of the relationship between historical audio recordings and their digital (digitised) representation – a relationship which is not only very complex, it also develops over time (context, digital philology, hermeneutic implications of encoding cultural objects). She is also co-founder of the University startup Audio Innova, for which she has designed and developed software modules to automatize preservation routines and controls for data integrity verification.
She has published her work in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. She has participated in several international research projects, involving some of the finest sound archives in Europe. She is active in science popularization with articles and presentations, and she is a member of the Steering Committee of the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities (GhentCDH: http://www.ghentcdh.ugent.be/). She is General Chair of the International Workshop on Digital Philology for the Preservation of Multimedia Archives (2015, 2016: http://digitalphilology.org/).
International Development Professional and Living Theory researcher
Ph.D candidate at the University of Cumbria, U.K
Who is Arianna?
Arianna is a development economist specialising in International Development and Gender issues. She works internationally for different non-profit organizations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. She supports State institutions in designing more inclusive policies and implement projects that focus on poverty-reduction strategies in respect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She attempts to contribute to both sustainable economic growth and to the realization of human capabilities that encourage innovative forms of personal and social evolution, rooted in social and gender justice. In 2012 she co-founded the INGO Nove Onlus (noveonlus.org)active in Afghanistan on a number of out-of-the-box projects such as the start-up ‘Pink Shuttle’ the first and only service in the country driven uniquely by female drivers for female passengers. Her living-theory-based doctoral research at the University of Lancaster/Cumbria focuses on how to contribute to the realization of the human capabilities of the people she is working with in developing countries. She is also a peer-reviewer of the Educational Journal of Living Theories ( www.ejolts.org).
Project Ambassador in India and Blog Contributor, India
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.
Maria Célia Bruno Mundim
Psychologist and Post-Doctoral fellow at the Psychology Department of the Pontifical Catholic University in Campinas (PUC-Campinas), Brazil
Who is Célia?
Dr Maria Célia Mundim is a post-doctoral researcher at Pontifical Catholic University of Campinas, Brazil. She is a member of the research group “Psychological Evaluation of Human Potential” at the same instituition and collaborator to the research group “Critical Thought” at Salamanca University (Spain). She also collaborates with a researcher from the University of Minho (Portugal) and a researcher from the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain). Her publications entail themes about women, creativity and talent, which can be seen at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maria_Mundim2. She is also a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Creativity and Innovation.
Legal academic from the Australian National University, Australia
Who is Skye?
Dr Skye Saunders is a legal academic from the Australian National University and is an advocate for issues of sexual harassment and bullying in Australia. With a particular interest in gendered harm in rural communities, she is the author of the book, Whispers from the Bush – The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women. In collaboration with the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Skye has just recently finished making a short film based on Whispers from the Bush called ‘Grace Under Fire’. Skye is also the Acting Director of the Australian National University’s professional legal education programs and has formerly practised as a solicitor in the area of Employment/ Discrimination Law in Canberra. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, both in Australia and internationally.
Amalia Verdu Sanmartin
Gender and law lecturer, University of Turku, Finland
Who is Amalia?
Dr Amalia Verdu is a law researcher from Spain teaching and researching at the University of Turku in Finland. She teaches gender and law from a critical legal perspective to challenge the neutrality, universality and objectivity of law. The core of her research lies in the study of the concept of gender in law and the influence of gender in the construction of the legal person.
Associate Professor in Policing and Criminology at the University of Cumbria, U.K.
Who is Nicoletta?
Dr Nicoletta Policek is an Associate Professor in Policing and Criminology at the University of Cumbria. She brings a wealth of experience in the field of criminology and justice issues, policy making, strategic planning and education. She has the unique combination of extensive experience in conducting participatory action oriented research, and developing and implementing programs and policies.
She had an active research agenda for more than 20 years, covering a broad array of research in policing, courts and corrections, including adult and juvenile drug treatment, prison industries, human trafficking and sex work, terrorism and organised crime.
Broadly, her current academic work aims to deconstruct historical and existing theoretical models of displacement. Her research aims to delineate how transformations in a global political economy shape the formulation of diasporic subjectivities, in particular children and women.
In particular, she is interested in participatory action research exploring the various ways in which marginalized groups such as for example sex workers, drug users, stateless people, individuals who are incarcerated and people living with HIV/AIDS, define (their experiences of) violence, discrimination and stigmatisation.
Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor
Senior Researcher Associate at the Center for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES) and Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES), Portugal
Who is Maria de Lourdes?
Dr Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor holds a degree in Economics from the University of Porto (Portugal), Post- Graduate Studies in Administration and a Ph.D in Business Administration, both degrees from the University of Minho (Portugal). She is a Senior Researcher Associate at the Center for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES) and currently works at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education (A3ES) in Portugal. Her areas of research include Management, Leadership, Strategies, Higher Education Policies and Gender Studies.She has coordinated and contributed to multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research projects funded namely by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Gulbenkian Foundation (Portugal), Capes (Brazil) and European Commission. She has received research scholarships from Gulbenkian Foundation and Fulbright (USA). She is the author and co-author of 12 books, editor of three books, author of 36 book chapters and several refereed journal articles published in European, Asian and American journals.
Cognitive scientist, CNRS (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique), Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, France
Who is Poshita?
Dr Poshita Writes is a young cognitive scientist with research interests in Mathematical Cognition, Cognitive Aging, and Philosophy of Mathematics. After graduation in Cognitive Neuroscience with a specialization in neurodegeneration and behavioral statistics, Poshita moved from Oxford, England to Provence, France to continue her Ph.D. in the prestigious CNRS (Centre Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique) Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology. She is currently involved in understanding how different non-cognitive factors (e.g., social stereotypes) may modulate age-related changes in human cognition. In this context, she is conducting empirical and cross-cultural studies (between Europe and Asia) in the domain of complex arithmetic. Poshita advocates for greater gender parity in STEM fields, and is of the view that it is not just sufficient to encourage young women in STEM, it is equally important that girls and women see themselves represented in cultural milieus as well. Besides working as a full-time researcher, Poshita is a freelancer, writing on mindfulness, psychology, and spirituality.
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Who is Ania?
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.
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