EUMMAS Women’s Forum

“A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.”

Diane Mariechild

More than half the world population is women. Many of them even now in the 21st-century struggle to exercise their full human rights. Women are particularly vulnerable in times of global crises and in developing countries. However, even in developed countries, there is no gender equality in matters of professional opportunities and equal pay. Women are underrepresented in top management positions and often victims of unfair selection. Empowering women and providing them with access to quality education and skills training has never been so important. 

It includes the ability to participate equally in markets, and have access and control over productive resources, decent work, personal time, as well as meaningful participation in decision-making processes at all levels, from the local companies to international institutions. The EUMMAS Women’s Forum is an organization dedicated to highlighting women’s voices and benefits on academic and business issues. With the support of all EUMMAS members, we will create global influence by empowering women with a sense of purpose and leadership to address numerous business and academic issues. We believe in women leaders’ unique capacity to create a positive impact on future trends for the better.

EUMMAS Women’s Forum represents a network of influential individuals from both business and related academic areas.

Forum is a perfect place for networking, learning, discussions, and engagement.

Membership in the forum provides:

  • Networking and connection to business partners worldwide
  • Free webinars
  • Discounts for the Association’s events
  • Visibility (individual/institutional) in the EUMMAS network
  • Women empowerment through discussions and workshops.

EUMMAS WF’s aim is to represent and advocate for the interests and concerns of women from business and academia from all around the world.

Join us to build the ambitions for the better tomorrow.

Lidija Weis

Lidija Weis

President of the EUMMAS Women’s Forum

Prof. Dr. Lidija Weis is the Dean of the B2 Ljubljana School of Business. She obtained her PhD at the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business, in the field of service profit chain in adult education. For the last 12 years, she has held top positions at privately-owned educational institutions. Her research work covers the field of social sciences. Since 2015 she has been an active member of the Beta Gamma Sigma. Professor Weis is a Vice President of the EUMMAS Honorary Board and the first President of the EUMMAS Women’s Forum. 

SLOVENIA

Dina Yacout

Dina Yacout

Vice President of the EUMMAS Women’s Forum I Vice President of the Advisory Board

Dr. Dina Yacout, MCIM, CMKtr is a Chairwoman of the Businesswomen Committee in the Federation of the Chambers of Commerce in Egypt. She is also a Mentor and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, United Kingdom. Dr.  Yacout is a Member of the syndicate of Egyptian pharmacists and a member of the pharmacists’ committee in the Chamber of Commerce. She excels in business development and marketing consultancy to organizations within the fields of Pharma, Agriculture, Training companies and FMCGs as well as in customized in-house training.

EGYPT

Lisa Leander

Lisa Leander

VICE PRESIDENT OF THE EUMMAS WOMEN’S FORUM

Lisa Leander is the founder and CEO of Women in Business Education (WiBE), a global movement established in 2020 to champion for gender balance at every level of leadership in business schools. WiBE brings together over 100 senior women academics who are ready to boldly move to the next level of their leadership journey in business education. She is an international management and higher education expert having worked in 22 different countries.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Hanna Shvindina

Hanna Shvindina

Member

Hanna Shvindina is a professor at Sumy State University and Head of Oleg Balatskyi Department of Management. She holds PhD in Economics and has been and Associate Professor since 2008. Professor Shvindina is a CEO of NGO “Lifelong Learning Centre”

UKRAINE

Phumza Dyani

Phumza Dyani

Member

Ms Phumza Dyani is the Founder of the Pan African Network for Investment and Development (PANfID), and a partner in the Southern African region for the Regional Consortium of Experts for Development (RCD Africa). Phumza Dyani has spent over 18 years in various roles in the ICT industry. She has worked for the major Mobile Operators in the continent, MTN and Vodacom, and has operated across spheres in her career.

SOUTH AFRICA

Oksana Zamora

Oksana Zamora

Member

Oksana Zamora is an Associate Professor, combining academic and non-governmental sector experiences. I work both as a consultant for business and HEIs on internationalization, and as an expert on grant projects design and management. She has participated in more than 30 training programs and worked as a non-formal education trainer and an international development coach.

UKRAINE

Tanja Sedej

Tanja Sedej

Member

Tanja Sedej obtained a PhD in Business Science at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor, Slovenia. She is also a co-founder and CEO of a marketing agency We explain. She has extensive experience in marketing and communication as she has taken part in numerous research and consultancy projects. Also, her passion represents sharing knowledge as an assistant professor. She appreciates when theory is linked to practice.

SLOVENIA

Maria Anselmi

Maria Anselmi

Member

Maria is Group Director Data at Dun & Bradstreet Europe and has a long background at Bisnode as CEO South-Eastern Europe and Operational Excellence Director. She has experience as Board Member in Fintech, Media and VC in EMEA and as mentor for tech start-ups. Maria is a digital pioneer in financial media & institutions and has wide experience managing transformation within global companies. She has PhD education in Lingusitic Sicences and a MBA.

SWITZERLAND

Nino Enukidze

Nino Enukidze

Member

Professor Nino Enukidze is a Honorary board member at EUMMAS, President of the Academic Consortium, Professor and Rector at Business and Technology University, Member of AI Georgia Business Association, Member of Federation ,,Women for Tomorrow”, Founder of Coding School for Women in Georgia.

GEORGIA

Emmeline de Pillis

Emmeline de Pillis

Member

Emmeline de Pillis earned her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Southern California and her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from UC San Diego. Her research interests include organizational effectiveness in healthcare and higher education. She serves as interim dean of the University of Hawaii Hilo, College of Business and Economics-

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Tetyana Vasilyeva

Tetyana Vasilyeva

Member

Prof. Dr. Tetyana Vasilyeva is a Director of Oleg Balatskyi Academic and Research Institute of Finance, as well as a Head of the Centre ARMG Publishing and an Editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Business Ethics and Leadership”. She has participated in more than 30 international trainings and 50 international projects. Professor Vasilyeva is a  member of the Business Support Center in Sumy region of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She has served as a Head of the Banking Department and a Head of the Department of Management of the State Academy of Banking of the NBU Ukrainian Academy of Banking.

UKRAINE

Birute Miskiniene

Birute Miskiniene

Member

Professor Birute Miskiniene is a Managing Director of Vilnius University Business School, vice president of Vilnius Chamber of Commerce, member of Honorary EUMMAS board, member of Lithuanian Business women network, board member of MITA. She holds PhD in Social science, Master degree of Astrophysics and Master of Management from ISM University of management and economics and BI Norwegian School of Management in Oslo.

LITHUANIA

Helena Povše

Helena Povše

Member

Dr. Helena Povše is a consultant at domestic small businesses and offers courses in educational institutions. She obtained her MBA from the University of Clemson in the USA and received her PhD from the University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business. Her research work focuses on the exchange of relationships and intercultural distance. She is a member of the international professional association Beta Gamma Sigma.

SLOVENIA

Jenny Darroch

Jenny Darroch

Member

Jenny Darroch is the dean of the Farmer School of Business at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Prior to joining Farmer in 2020, Jenny held the position of dean at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California for four years. At Drucker, Jenny successfully launched the Drucker School Global Family Business Institute and spearheaded three years of enrollment growth.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

Salome Silagadze

Salome Silagadze

Member

Prof. Dr. Salome Silagadze is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration & Management at the Business & Technologies University. She holds a PhD degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University in Economics. Her research interests include: migration studies, management, women empowerment & Fintech. Dr. Silagadze has seven years of work experience in Georgian banking sector. She’s currently a Senior Private Banker in TBC Bank’s WM Division.

GEORGIA

Silvia Sartori

Silvia Sartori

Member

Silvia Sartori is a Women’s Economic Empowerment Program Manager with ENERGIA International Network on Gender & Sustainable Energy. She has extensive experience in international development and cooperation projects on sustainable development, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, private sector support, innovation. Silvia has been working with more than 20 developing countries worldwide, with a special focus on Asia.

ITALY

Deseye Umurhohwo

Deseye Umurhohwo

Member

Dr. Deseye Umurhohwo is the founder of Innovate4Africa, an initiative focused on innovation promotion. As a business consultant, she offers professional advice on innovation, strategy and entrepreneurship to individuals and businesses, providing solutions that will help them survive and sustain their performance. Deseye is committed to making a difference within the African continent and beyond. She recently authored a book titled “Innovation in Africa”.

NIGERIA

Tetyana Pimonenko

Tetyana Pimonenko

Member

Tetyana Pimonenko is a Dr. Sc., Associate Professor, Fulbright Alumna (MA, USA). The author of more than 200 papers, involving 38 in the Journal which indexed by Scopus or/and Web of Science, Scholarship holders of more than 20 internships (Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (USA, MA, 2018-2019), Latvian Government (Latvia, 2018), ITEC Program (India, 2018); National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic and etc).

UKRAINE

Isabelle Fagnot

Isabelle Fagnot

Member

Dr. Isabelle Fagnot is Associate Dean and Professor at KEDGE Business School, France. She received her Ph.D. from Syracuse University School of Information Studies, USA. Her research focuses on behavioral issues of managing Information Systems related to quality assurance, organizational security and health informatics. Isabelle’s research is regularly disseminated in journal publications, conference presentations and invited lectures.

FRANCE

Shorena Metreveli

Shorena Metreveli

Member

Prof. Dr. Shorena Metreveli was born on December 10, 1975 in Tbilisi. Graduated with honors from Ivane Javakhishvili University in 1997 with a degree in Statistics. In 2012 she was awarded the academic degree of Doctor of Economics. Since 1997 Shorena has been engaged in scientific and pedagogical activities in various higher education institutions. She has been a full member of the Business Academy since 2018, and is the author of 14 textbooks, monographs and more than 50 scientific papers.

GEORGIA

Mari Kooskora

Mari Kooskora

Member

Mari Kooskora is an Assoc. Prof., Head of the EBS Centre for Business Ethics, researcher and trainer with expertise in Business Ethics, CSR, Sustainability, Leadership, CG, Diversity, PR, OB and related fields. Has teaching and training experience besides Estonia in 10 other countries for over 20 years, the author of research papers published in nationally and internationally recognized journals and has given numerous conference presentations.

ESTONIA

Tamari Barbakadz

Tamari Barbakadz

Member

Ms. Tamari Barbakadze is a Lecturer at the University of Business and Technology. She is also Senior Auditor in the State Audit Office, and a Trainer  at the Institute of Public Audit. At the moment, Tamara is a Doctoral student at Tbilisi State University.

GEORGIA

Milena Fornazarič

Milena Fornazarič

Member

Milena Fornazarič graduated from the Faculty for Sociology, Politology and Journalism in Ljubljana (1984, 1985), received Master of Business Administration (MBA) at The Netherlands Institute for Management, Maastricht, The Netherlands (1990), became Master of Science in Management, at IEDC-Bled School of Management (2006) and received her PhD at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana.

SLOVENIA

Teona Dalakishvili

Teona Dalakishvili

Member
Ms. Teona Dalakishvili started working in the field of Education in 2009.  Since then she has been certified as international trainer and mentor, and has been teaching Entrepreneurship at BTU. Teon’s work is spinning around the empowerment of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Georgia and the region.
GEORGIA
Melissa Gruys

Melissa Gruys

Member

Melissa. L. Gruys, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a passionate educator and administrator. She is the Dean and a Professor of Management in the Doermer School of Business at Purdue University Fort Wayne (USA). She earned her Ph.D. in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota. As a first generation college student, education changed her life for the better and she has a strong commitment to bringing education to others.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Christy Ashley

Christy Ashley

Member

Christy Ashley (PhD, University of Rhode Island) is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Rhode Island.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Sarah Vaughan

Sarah Vaughan

Member

Over 30 years as faculty & leadership in Business Schools, my areas of expertise include strategic change, internationalization, programme development & leading initial and re-accreditation strategies (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA, EFMD, TEDQUAL, BSIS). Strong and articulate commitment to academic goals, values & excellence, accreditation mentor, reviewer & consultant, Knight of the National Order of Merit (France) for contributions to HE.

FRANCE

Nino Rukhadze

Nino Rukhadze

Member

Ms. Nino Rukhadze is 34. She has been working as a lecturer for 14 years and as a school teacher for 8 years. Nino loves participating in workshops and conferences and always does her bestto get experience in her field of interest. Nino is an independent woman living alone for fifteen years. She finds it important and challenging to be a member of EUMMAS Women’s Forum.

GEORGIA

Jennifer Percival

Jennifer Percival

Member

Jennifer Percival is the Associate Dean of the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She received her PhD (Management Sciences) from the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the impact of organizational strategy and manufacturing technology implementation and has recently focused on the effective use and integration of technology to support teaching practices in higher education and healthcare.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Maia Kheladze

Maia Kheladze

Member

Ms. Maia Kheladze was born on May 05, 1971. She holds Masters degree in Mathematics, MBA, and has been working in the banking system since 1992. She has been a lecturer at ILIA State University since 2012, and BTU from 2020. Maia is a co-founder and CEO of Ecommerce Association of Georgia. She is married and mother of three children.

GEORGIA

Lynne Richardson

Lynne Richardson

Member

Dr. Richardson (PhD, University of Alabama in Marketing) has been dean of the business schools at Ball State (Indiana), Mississippi State, and Mary Washington (Virginia). Active in AACSB, she’s served on the AACSB Board of Directors twice, founded (2003) and facilitates Lessons for Aspiring Deans, has chaired the Women Administrators in Management Education (WAME) and Small Schools Network (SSN), and has served on over 25 peer review teams.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Alona Obozna

Alona Obozna

Member

Prof. Dr. Alona Obozna obtained her MA at the Academy of Management and Administration in Opole, Opole, Poland, and defended her PhD dissertation in Economics at the International University of Business and Law, Ukraine. Alona is a Dean of the Faculty of Management and Business of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts.

UKRAINE

Lamees sabry Kamal

Lamees sabry Kamal

Member

dR. Lamees sabry Kamal is a Doctor of business Administrator in Marketing. She has been the owner and CEO of Almasriya for Business Development and General Supplies since 2015.

EGYPT

Coco Wu

Coco Wu

Member

Associate Dean of Central Washington University College of Business, AACSB accredited. Academic Research, Business Accreditation, Curriculum Development & Assessment, Academic Affairs, and Strategic Management.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Tamta Aslanishvili

Tamta Aslanishvili

Member

Prof. Dr. Tamta Aslanishvili is a professor of International Marketing at BTU. She has 15 years of experience in marketing, PR&CR in both public and private sectors, including the high level managerial and executive administrative positions at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. Currently, Tamta holds the position of the CR&PR Manager of the MBC, while leading the “Financial Advisor” project, as well as working closely with the UN Women for women’s economic empowerment.

GEORGIA

Karen Markel

Karen Markel

Member

Prof. Dr. Karen Markel is currently Dean and Professor of Management at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs College of Business. She leads the faculty and staff of an AACSB accredited college with undergraduate, graduate and executive programs. Dr. Markel has been widely published in leading management journals and has made significant contributions to human resource management and business practices.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Tamta Gvelesiani

Tamta Gvelesiani

Member

Ms. Tamta Gvelesiani is a General Manager at Tbilisi city Hall and EU Business accelerator “Spark”, Associate Professor at Business and technology university (BTU). She’s an author of entrepreneurship course and teaches entrepreneurship for more than 4 years. Tamta actively works on empowerment of startup ecosystem in Georgia, is a frequent speaker, trainer and mentor on different startup events, pre-accelerators and accelerators.

GEORGIA

Nino Mikava

Nino Mikava

Member

Ms. Nino Mikava is a healthcare and management specialist, researcher and lecturer. Nino has 17 years’ experience in management, in insurance and healthcare sectors. Throughout her career, Nino occupied senior level positions in Georgia’s biggest insurance companies and chains of clinics. Nino is actively pursuing her career in academia. She is an Assistant-Professor, affiliated in Business and Technology University (BTU), as an invited lecturer.

GEORGIA

Mary Connerley

Mary Connerley

Member

Mary Connerley is the Associate Dean of the College of Business at the Univ. of Northern Iowa. She holds the Bradford Chair in International Business and oversees partnerships with institutions around the world. She received her PhD in HRM (Univ. of Iowa) and her research focuses on diversity in the workplace. Dr. Connerley has a strong commitment to excellence in education and developing students beyond their expectations.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Salome Kiguradze

Salome Kiguradze

Member

Ms. Salome Kiguradze is HR and Development professional with more than ten year of robust experience in leading international companies. Currently Salome occupies position of Head of People in KPMG Georgia, is certified ICF Coach and Lumina learning Practitioner.

GEORGIA

Maia Noniashvili

Maia Noniashvili

Member

Maia Noniashvili, PhD, Associate Professor in Management, is Chancellor at Business and Technology University, Tbilisi, Georgia. She started her career in Education in 2009, when she joined the Business School team at Ilia State University, Tbilisi, one of the biggest state universities in the country of Georgia.  She has graduated from Tbilisi State University of Foreign Languages and Culture, with the bachelor degree in Journalism.

GEORGIA

Tea Turashvili

Tea Turashvili

Member

Ms. Tea Turashvili started her carrier in 2010 as a sales manager, after that she changed several jobs. Tea’s major interest and experience is connected to the digital products creation and development, and now she works as the Head of Digital Products in Company Silknet. Besides, Ms. Tea Turashvili also conducts lectures and training, and work with students  at BTU, as a Lecturer of Project management.

GEORGIA

Anjali Sane

Anjali Sane

Member

Prof. Dr. Anjali Sane is an experienced associate professor with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. skilled in analytical skills, public speaking, market research, and management. strong education professional with a Ph.D. focused in management and economics. Professor Sane is an associate dean at the MIT World Peace University.

INDIA

Sopio Ogbaidze

Sopio Ogbaidze

Member

Ms. Sopio Ogbaidze is a researcher/analyst with with over five years of work experience in project management, data analysis and research. Besides she has been working as a professor at the Business and Technology University for more than four years.

GEORGIA

Tamar Kbiladze

Tamar Kbiladze

Member

Ms. Tamar Kbiladze is an Associate Professor at Business and Technology University. In 2019- 2020 she was invited lecturer at Hochschule Koblenz, Germany. At different times, Tamar studied and worked at Vilnius University, Lithuania; Potsdam University, Germany; National Statistical Institure, Sofia, Bulgaria. Tamar is the first Postdoctoral in Finance from Georgia. She is the author of 12 articles and 1 monograph.

GEORGIA

Ana Arveladze

Ana Arveladze

Member

Ana Arveladze is a mother of four kids – three daughters and a son. She has a Bachelor Degree in Piano performance, and Master’s Degree in Business Administration, as well as Master’s Degree in Psychology. Ana is invited lecturer in Georgian national University and Business and Technology University. She teaches Neuro-linguistic programming, leadership, management essentials and business communication.

GEORGIA

Mariam Rusishvili

Mariam Rusishvili

Member

Mariam has 15 years diverse experience across Public Sector, IFIs, Banking, and FinTech. At Ministry of Finance, managed $300m. IFI projects, launched Government program “Produce in Georgia” with 14 Banks. She has international experience working at SEAF and WB in Washington DC. She founded award-winning automated SME Credit Scoring QuickCash.AI that launched SaaS in 2019. Mariam holds MPA in Economic Policy Management from Columbia University, New York.

GEORGIA

Alenka Braček Lalić

Alenka Braček Lalić

Member

Dr. Alenka Braček Lalić is the Founder and Managing Director of the AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP Institute. As the ICF Accredited Executive Leadership Coach, Researcher, Educator, and Strategist, she is passionate about creating a movement of Authentic Leaders, Teams, and Organisations. Before founding the institute, she spent over 19 years in various managerial and leadership positions in the higher / management education sector.

SLOVENIA

(1) The EUMMAS Women’s Forum is an elite group of academia and/or business leaders who are willing to support the mission of the European Marketing and Management Association (EUMMAS). The Forum is made up of eminent community members who are committed to the Association’s goals.

(2) Members of the Forum utilize their community image in order to help promote and support the Association.  

(3) Meetings of the Forum are held online at least once a year. 

(4) The Members benefit from:

  • attending EUMMAS events free of charge upon invitation;
  • enjoying discounts for the association’s events;
  • having the opportunity to network with business professionals and leaders;
  • free and/or discounted professional development programs aiming to increase knowledge and skills through discussions and workshops;
  • being recognized at the annual conference;
  • receiving a EUMMAS plaque;
  • being provided with a letter/certificate indicating the status;
  • enjoying all membership benefits except hold office and vote;
  • being presented on the Association’s website;
  • having opportunities to make a positive impact in the community;
  • having opportunities to participate in different projects and events.

(5) The participation in the Forum is on a pro bono basis. However, the members who take part in different activities such as EUMMAS events (as keynote speakers, session chairs, or similar), training, or projects are remunerated for their effort. In such cases, the Association bears the travel and accommodation costs and provides per diem allowance and compensation for the work and time invested.

(6) An individual qualifies for Membership in the Forum if she:

  • is invited to join the Forum by the Association or recommended by a Forum member;
  • has made significant contributions to science or business;
  • is regarded to have made significant contributions to the profession and have served the industry with distinction and honor;
  • has occupied a responsible position or demonstrated high professional interest in the field of business and business studies.

(7) Members of the Forum:

  • suggest possible nominees to the Forum;
  • advocate and act as ambassadors of the Association;
  • attend meetings and events when possible;
  • serve on committees or task forces and offer to take on special assignments;
  • suggest certain activities and help implement them.

(8) The President of the Women’s Forum is appointed by the President of the EUMMAS. The President of the Forum appoints Vice Presidents. The Presidents and Vice Presidents (the Presidency) ensures that the Forum meets at least once a year and functions properly. They prepare materials for the meetings and facilitate the preparations. 

(9) The Presidency is appointed for a period of three years. The decisions are made by voting. In case of an even number of votes in the decision-making process, the vote of the Forum President will be decisive. Members of the Presidency are at the same time the Nominating Committee and make decisions on accepting new members. 

(10) The membership is for three years. and members can be re-elected after that period again. It can be terminated by the Member at any time. It can also be terminated by the Association in case of misconduct (para 12 & 13).

(11) The number of Women’s Forum members is not limited.

(12) Members are not allowed to take any financial or any other obligations towards third persons on behalf of the Association.

(13) Members are not allowed to use brand EUMMAS and the membership status in the Forum when communicating any sensitive issues including but not limited to religion, race, gender, minorities, politics, etc. 

We are open to new people and ideas and look forward to hear from you. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to us.

Email: wf@eummas.net

The membership on the Forum is open to all EUMMAS members (standard membership) or ladies invited by some of our officials.