Listed in alphabetical order. More portraits (more than one hundred) will follow soon.

Abiodun Obakin

Who is Abiodun Obakin ?

Abiodun  Obakin, BPW Abuja, is the MD/CEO of Biobak Kitchen and Ventures, Abuja, Nigeria. Her story is indeed a grass to grace one and she is a source of inspiration to the thousands of lives her business and her person have touched.

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Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor

Who is Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor?

Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor is an experienced and versatile woman. She had her university education at the University of Ife, Ile- Ife, Nigeria where she came tops in her class of 1975. She went on to pursue her post graduate degree in the same university.

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Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle

AdeyoyinWho is Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle?

Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle is from a very humble, highly disciplined but loving background. Having been born into the family of a Baptist Pastor, she had opportunity of formal, spiritual and cultural education which to God’s glory gives her a balanced upbringing.

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Alicia Curtis


 Who is Alicia Curtis?

 Alicia Curtishas been a member of BPW since 2005.  In this time, she has served as State Development Coordinator where she wrote and launched the Keys to Achievement Program (now being implemented in BPW Federations around the world). 

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Androulla Vassiliou

Who is Androulla Vassiliou?

BPW Europe most particularly congratulatesMrs Androulla Vassiliou for her nomination as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Mrs Androulla Vassiliou has been nominated for the second time by the government of the Republic of Cyprus to participate in the European Commission
—she was first nominated Commissioner for health in February 2008.

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Angela Ajala


Who is Angela Ajala ?

Angela Ajala is a seasoned educationist and the Executive Director, Ladela Schools in Nigeria.
She started her teaching career with Sarduana Memorial College Kaduna, then moved on to Sacred Heart School Kaduna, where she rose to become the Deputy Headmistress. She left after eight years and joined the Kaduna Polytechnic, where she lectured English for eleven years.

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Antoinette Rüegg

Recipient of the Lena Madesin Phillips Award 2008-2011

This the highest award given by BPW International to recognize a BPW member who makes a significant contribution to the development of BPW at the international level and or  improves  the status of women with the leadership and dedication inspired by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, the founder of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International).

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Arlette Neyens

Who is Arlette Neyens ?

Arlette Neyens, BPW La Angostura, Argentina, is National Professor of Fine Arts.


Other studies:

Oratory (Dudley Nied EEUU) - In Argentina, Instructor level. Conflicts and Negotiations with Consulting of Oversea E Found International, in Argentina (Instructor level). NGO Leadership Courses such as AVINA (International).  Commitment.

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Arzu Özyo

Who is Arzu Özyol?

Arzu Özyol is the founder of BPW Ankara club and founding President of the recently created Turkish federation - BPW Turkey – inaugurated by President Liz Benham on the 4th of May, 2011. Arzu recently organized and hosted several international events in Istanbul, Turkey, that attracted distinguished speakers, members of the international executive, federation presidents...

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Awahou Codjo Alabi

Who is Awahou Codjo Alabi ?

Hailing from a rural environment Awahou Codjo Alabi, BPW Cotonou, is a graduate of National University of BENIN (UNB) and the International Communication Center and holds a Masters degree in English. She also holds a Higher Degree of Bilingual Secretary (DESS). She served at various times at American Cultural Center and ODIFIC, the largest commercial supermarket Super V Amelco of Cotonou.

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Barbara Yong

Who is Barbara Yong ?

Barbara Yong has been a practicing attorney for nearly 30 years.  She is a partner at the Chicago law firm of Golan & Christie LLP where she practices in the areas of bankruptcy and commercial litigation.  

Barbara has belonged to BPW since 1989.  She has held every leadership position in her LO, BPW LaGrange-Chicago, including LO President several times. 

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Beatriz Zanella Fett

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Who is Beatriz Zanella Fett ?

Founder of BPW- CARMO DO PARANAIBA club Brazil, in 2001.

She also was president of BPW-BRAZIL in the triennium 2005-2008, and now is Chair of the Standing Committee of Agriculture for 2008-2011. Beatriz has always been committed with gender and has worked for women’s rights on all levels.

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Carol Hanlon

Who is Carol Hanlon ?

Carol Hanlon, ‘Business Dreams Champion’ was named as one of the Western Australia's top 100 women for the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. The Inaugural WA Women’s Hall of Fame Ceremony was held on the 7th of March, 2011, and more than 1,000 Western Australian’s attended the event to find out the 100 top women in their respective fields.

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Dame Maizie Barker-Welch

MaizieWho is Dame Maizie Barker-Welch?

Former politician and teacher, Maizie Barker Welch is Barbados' latest dame. She was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire as part of the New Year's honours list for this year.

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Doris Hall

Who is Doris E. Hall, President, BPW Canada ?

Doris has been a Member of the Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women for over 20 years, holding board positions at all different levels of the organization, leasing up to National President. She is a member of BPW London Cub.

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Dormer Ellis

Who is Dr. Dormer Ellis?

Born on the 22nd November 1925, Dr. Dormer Ellis is a long standing member BPW Canada and one of the very first *Friends* of BPW International. She joined the program just as it has been installed, under the wings of late Dr. Ursula Schulthess, BPW Switzerland.

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Dragica Lukin

Who is Dragica Lukin?

Dragica Lukin, superb pastry chef, owner of the renowned pastry Villa Sosi Umag, Croatia, and considered by many the best Croatian pastry chef is member of BPW Pula, Croatia. For decades Dragica produces gourmet delights with original ideas and recipes for desserts, and confirmed by the numerous prizes for her efforts and work.

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Eva Truuverk

Who is Eva Truuverk?

She is the coordinator of “Let’s do it/World Cleanup 2012” The civic movement Let's do it! World started from a country clean-up action “Let's do it! Estonia” in 2008 when a whole country of Estonia was cleaned up from 10 000 tons of illegal waste by more than 50,000 volunteers in just 5 hours! BPW-Estonia also participated.

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Gabriele Jirkal

Who is Gabriele Jirkal?

Gabriele Jirkal, president of BPW Salzburg, Austria  was born on March 18, 1959 in Salzburg. After working many years as an accountant with different companies her fascination for other countries and cultures kept her living for a while in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

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Gayle Haines

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Who is Gayle Haines?

Our newest Fellow in BPW International is Member of EPW Long Island, New York. Recognition during the EPW New York General Assembly in New York on March 5th 2010 Dr. Gayle Haines American Dream Show Guest:

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Graciela De Oto

Who is Graciela De Oto ?

Graciela De Oto, is a business woman and counselor who underwent a child’s death, has developed a philanthropic view in her life; a standpoint which helped her grows emotionally and professionally and which led her to fund Suma Veritas Foundation for resilient women.

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Hélène Plano

Who is Hélène Plano ?

Having occupied during 47 years different jobs with high responsibility in  the Ministry of Defense of France, I always attempted to demonstrate that  women deserve to  reach the highest level of  responsibilities and even  to manage a department of several hundreds of  men.

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Huma Qureshi

Who is Huma Qureshi ?

Dr Huma Qureshi, member of BPW Pakistan, represents BPW International at the United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, and at the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in Beirut.

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Jeanette Arsenault

Who is Jeanette Arsenault?

Jeanette Arsenault is a BPW member and a very proud Canadian, with deep Acadian roots. Both her parents are of French Acadian descent going back to 1604 when they were the first European settlers in North America. She sang with all her passion for her country for the Canadian Olympic Team...

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Jenny Stevens

Who is Jenny Stevens?

New elected President of the new Club Mission in British Columbia, belonging to the BPW Canada Federation. BPW Mission, British Columbia, Canada held its Charter ceremony (with BPW Canada President Sue Calhoun officiating) on Friday, October 16th, 2009.

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Johanna Marius


Who is Johanna Marius?

Member of BPW Munich. Launch of the European Network of Female Ambassadors in Stockholm: BPW member nominated Ambassador of Female Entrepreneurs in Germany. A member of Business and Professional Women (BPW) Germany, Johanna Marius from Munich, was nominated Ambassador of Female Entrepreneurship in Germany.

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Karin Raguin

Who is Karin Raguin ?

In 1996, I wrote a thesis on “Gender Equality at Work” as I was graduating from a Business School in Paris, France : It was right after the UN Beijng Platform, a time of great energy and hopes for women rights … 15 years after, we didn’t reach equal pay, and the gap is still the same !

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Livia Ricci

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Who is Livia Ricci?

In the year 1985 members of BPW were attending the Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. The atmosphere was “hot” because the members had just heard Dr. Silvia Salazar Salazar, the President of BPW Mexico, describe the project for the school for nurses which was going to be built in Baja California Sur, Mexico and everyone was enthusiastic about this big enterprise.

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Lucia Votano

Lucia Votano

Who is Lucia Votano ?

Born in Calabria, Italy, since September 2009 Lucia Votano is currently Director of INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory (LNGS), the largest underground facility for astroparticle physics in the world. She is member of the BPW Roma.

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Luisa Monini

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Born in Pescara, Italy, member of BPW Italy, past President of BPW Club Villa Franca, and Godmother of new Club Vittoria Alata created this last autum. Doctor in Medicine, regular TV Presentations (to see under WWW.TELETUTTO.IT , under "ARCHIVIO" / "PANACEA" ) where she moderates since 20 years scientific medical programs.

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