Guest Speaker: Mary Alice Hayward – Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). From 2009 to 2016, Ms Hayward held the position of Vice President Strategy, Government Affairs and Advocacy for AREVA Inc., a subsidiary of AREVA SA, the world’s largest global nuclear energy company. Prior to this, Ms Hayward served in the U.S. Government for over fifteen years in the areas of nuclear non-proliferation and nuclear energy. Ms Hayward served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Nonproliferation Policy and Negotiations at the U.S. Department of State, and on the National Security Council at the White House as Director for Counter Proliferation Strategy. Ms Hayward holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Foreign Languages from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She also holds a Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Engineering and National Academy for Nuclear Training Reactor Technology Certificate.
Guest Speaker: Mag. Marcella Sigmund – President-elect of the Soroptimist International Union of Austria. Ms. Sigmund-Graff held several positions within the Soroptimist International: Member of Club Maria Theresia Wiener Neustadt since 2001; Deputy Delegate 2003 – 2005; First Vice President 2005 – 2007; Club President in 2007 – 2009. She was also the Austrian Union Vice President, Eastern Region 2010-2012; Program Director, Club Maria Theresia 2013-2015; Deputy Governor, Austrian Union 2015-2017. She’s an English lecturer, and Assistant to the Aerospace Engineering Program Director at the Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, Technical School, in Austria. She has an MBA Intra and Entrepreneurship. Finally, she’s married and mother of 3 adult daughters.
Darline Giraud, PMP – Co-Founder of WUNABN and Certified project manager in information technology management. Darline held diversified roles in program and project management. She Implemented various types of business application systems in different industries: Banking, Finance, Space/Aeronautics, Digital Security, Transportation. Managed projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. She’s an independent IT Project Manager Consultant and WUNABN Facebook Group Manager/Coordinator and Case Study Project Manager. Passionate about the United Nations’ mission and advocate of Gender Equality.
Christine Peer-Valenta –SI Representative UN Vienna. Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement founded in 1921, advocating for human rights and gender equality. With a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries, with 5 clubs in Vienna, Austria. Christine has been a Soroptimist for over 24 years at different levels. At the club level – Member of SI Wien Donau since 1994, Secretary, Club President;1999-2001. At the union Level – Coordinator for IGU( 4 years), 2001-2005; Deputy Governor 2005-2007; Union Webmaster, President-Elect Union President 2008-2010; Twinning Officer for Hungary and Slovenia since 2015. At the federation Level – 1st Vice President SIE 2011-2013 and Programme Director SIE 2013-2015. Christine is also a member of the Club of Wien-Donau and Austrian Union.
Elena Castellucci – Vice President Juvenilia of Juvenilia Club Wien, an association that works for the rights of women and their equality in society. The members are young working women and women students. Juvenilia is a front-line organization of Soroptimist International. In addition to promoting women equality, Juvenilia also focus on equal opportunities of all kinds and promotion of education. Elena is also a certified fitness and health trainer, certified holistic health coach and expert in public health. contact Elena
Cecilia Vera Lagomarsino – Co-Founder of WUANBN, Consultant in Gender and International Relations; Regional Coordinator for Austria, RAUN. Cecilia holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Milan, Italy. During the studying period, she spent one year in Bucharest, Romania with the Erasmus Programme. She went to the German School of Milan, and her knowledge of foreign languages is excellent. Prior to joining RAUN, she worked at the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly as a Research Assistant. She deployed with the OSCE PA Delegation to observe the Presidential elections in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, attended the meetings of OSCE governmental structures, wrote reports, and liaised with Embassies and Permanent Delegations to the OSCE. Thanks to her analytical and writing skills, she also successfully completed a Traineeship at the Information Office of the European Parliament and an Internship at the Consulate General of Italy in Hamburg, Germany. Moreover, she worked as a Media Intern at the International Office for Migration (IOM) in the Research and Migration Law Department. In October 2017, she observed the Early Parliamentary Elections in Austria with the OSCE/ODIHR Election Assessment Mission. Her areas of expertise are gender equality and international law.
Matanat Rahimova, Ph.D., MBA – qualified coach and performance consultant at thetalent-tech.com . 18 years’ international programme management and HR experience in the United Nations’ system and international organizations. She worked with various UN affiliated organizations like UNICEF, UNDP, UNESCO, UNHCR, WFP, UNFPA, WB, ADB as well as intergovernmental organizations CTBTO and OSCE in multiple domains and in numerous field offices and Headquarters in Europe, Asia and North America. As a career coach, Matanat works with professionals from all over the world who want to build their dream career in the UN and international development field. She specifically supports her clients to focus their job search, realistically assess their fit, articulate their accomplishments and career value to a hiring authority, and master their skills and competencies to actually make their career moves with confidence and satisfaction. She’s on the Advisory Board Member of the Professional Women Network – Vienna (from 2013 – present), the Co-President of the PWN- Vienna (2010-2012). Born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and based in Vienna, Austria.
Gwyneth Letherbarrow MBA – is a professional development coach and personal branding strategist whose passion is to help people be the best version of themselves. She spent 25 years working throughout Europe and the Balkans building and managing multi-cultural teams. After gaining her MBA and qualifying as a coach she established her own consultancy based on her understanding and experience of complex workplace challenges. She now lives in Austria and provides specialist consultancy services and workshops to help people working in an international environment discover their personal brand and transform the way that they market themselves.
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Sharen Murnaghan – #1 Global Sales @ Hubspot. Speaker, Growth Coach, Mentor, Sales Guru. She is a working Mum of 2 who has successfully transitioned from traditional print media to digital media. This has resulted in her now heading up Hubspot’s Global Key Accounts Growth Programme for Marketing Agencies. She will share her strategies on how to leverage social media to build and promote the brand of you. https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharenmurnaghan/
Roman Hoffmann – is a researcher at the Vienna Institute of Demography (VID). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna and degrees in sociology and economics from the University of Munich. Before moving to the VID, he worked, among others, at the Department of Economic Sociology of the University of Vienna and the Department of Sociology of the University of Munich. In 2015 he was visiting researcher at the UP School of Economics in Manila, the Philippines. Roman has conducted empirical studies in cooperation with UNIDO, the GIZ, the City of Munich, as well as several non-governmental organizations. In his applied research Roman focuses on issues related to development and poverty in low and middle-income countries. In particular, he is interested in understanding how health and environmental conditions affect livelihoods of vulnerable households and in the potential impact of policy interventions in achieving sustainable improvements. In his dissertation, Roman analyzed the impact and utilization of an integrated community health program that was implemented by a microfinance institution in the Philippines. Currently, he is studying differential vulnerabilities as well as coping and adaptation strategies to climate change with a particular focus on the interactions between environmental change and population movements. Besides, he is involved in projects on environmental attitudes and behavior, the integration of refugees, and the emergence of trust and reputation in exchange networks.