Standing Committee UN - Members 2021-2024

Balogun Ajo, Nigeria, Africa  

Detien Vodounnou Raissa Nadia, Benin, Africa

Elmaco Jenny, Philippines, Asia Pacific

Fong Lisa, Hongkong, Asia Pacific    

Karna Meena, Dr., Nepal, Asia Pacific    

Machon-Honoré Marie-Claude, France, Europe  

Nason Dawn, Canada, North America & The Caribbean

Nawawi Rozaini, Malaysia, Asia Pacific

Paris Tiziana, Croatia, Europe

Pirani Claudia, Brazil, Latin America

Shaw Carole, Australia, Asia Pacific

Shawa Sajeda, Jordan, Asia Pacific   

Tekkaya Sanem, Turkey, Europe

Tortosa Céspedes Inès, Spain, Europe

Tosi Antonella, Italy, Europe

Uzun Derya, Turkey, Europe

Van Unen Judith A., Australia, Asia Pacific

Zongo Sylviane, Burkina Faso, Africa

Raïssa Nadia Detien Vodounnou, BPW Cotonou Benin

Raïssa Nadia Detien Vodounnou

Secretary General BPW Cotonou 2014

2nd Vice-President BPW Cotonou 2081-2019

President BPW Cotonou 2019-2022

BPW Cotonou Benin



French, English, German, notion in Chinese and Arabic


My name's Raïssa Nadia Detien Vodounnou,  I am from Benin, à beautiful West African country. I am a  holder of a Cambridge Certificate in English and a Translator by profession. I am currently the Assistant to the President of the Economic and Social Council of my country.  As part of my job, I participated in 2019 to CSW63 in New York. 

I became a member of BPW Cotonou Benin in 2014 and served as General Secretary and 2nd Vice-President. In 2019, I have been elected President of the club for 2019-2022. In Bénin, we work a lot on education in general and girls' education in particular. Within that framework, I was the Project Manager for the construction of a 3 class modules including offices, latrines and water durillig on behalf of an underpriviledge school in my country. In 2021, BPW Cotonou Benin presented a project for the UNESCO Literacy Prize on digital Alphabetization that entered the last round. BPW Cotonou-Benin also help a lot children in orphanage homes to improve upon their living and learning conditions by making donation of food and learning materials. Our aim is also to help children with disabilities in their education in order to give them hope and ensure their future. BPW Cotonou  Bénin empower women and help them build their capacity by giving them training and by offering them working materials.

As a Business woman, I own a fashion and wedding accessories and children’s wear boutique and deal in agribusiness.

Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco, BPW Philippines

Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco

Asia Pacific Representative, BPW BusinessNet Tasforce

Board Member, BPW Makati

Incorporator, BPW Makati

BPW Philippines



Spanish, German, Filipino, Cebuano


Dr. Jenny Lind Elmaco is currently the Regional Coordinator of EURAXESS Worldwide – an initiative of the European Commission to support researchers and scientific collaboration in the European Research Area.  She is  Vice President for Asia Pacific of the Global Women Inventors and Innovators Network.

Dr. Jenny is a Marie Curie Social Impact Awardee for her work in peace,gender equality, sustainability and COVID-response. Jenny was a recipient of the prestigious Marie Curie ITN Fellowship of the European Commission. She is also a recipient of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US State Department.

She was has been a part of many research groups including the European Center for Information Systems and a Visiting Fellow of the Vienna School of Business and Economics. Her first job was  as Director for Youth Affairs in the Office of the former President of the Philippines, H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. She was former Project Manager for Asia of Women without Borders in Vienna and has worked as an international consultant on development projects with the Spanish Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, among others.

She has 3 Masters Degrees from Europe: an MA in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, a second Masters Degree in Global Studies from the Universities of Vienna and Leipzig and an MBA from the EAE Business School in Madrid with a specialization in Big Data and Business Intelligence. She earned earned her International Doctorate in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies from the Catedra UNESCO de Filosofia para la Paz-Universidad Jaume I, excellent with honors.

Hui Yi Lisa Fong, BPW Hong Kong

Hui Yi Lisa Fong

BPW Hong Kong President (2019-2021)

BPW Hong Kong Secretary (2018-2019)

BPW Hong Kong

Hong Kong SAR


English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, French


Lisa Fong is a multidisciplinary consultant who specializes in strategic communication and digital strategies. She focuses on solving the complex challenges faced by multinational businesses in Asia-Pacific, especially as it relates to reputation, branding, crisis and issues management, and a company’s traditional and digital presence. Lisa advises private and listed companies across the financial technology, professional services, insurance, health, wealth management, consultancy, real estate and legal sectors. 

Lisa has served as the President of The Hong Kong Association of Business and Professional Women (BPW Hong Kong) from 2019 to 2021. She leads a team of 14 officers, supports the officers, committee and taskforce functions, and oversees general proceedings. BPW Hong Kong supports the United Nations' Sustainability Development Goals through its range of projects, development workshops and its advocacy efforts. She also contributes her time as a communications coach for student teams participating in the International Blockchain Olympiad (IBCOL).

She is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration in International Business and recently completed the NGO Leadership Programme, organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Operational Santa Claus by South China Morning Post and Radio Television Hong Kong and UBS. In her spare time, Lisa is an avid soccer player and enjoys exploring new recipes for food and cocktails.

Dr. Meena Karna, BPW Nepal

Dr. Meena Karna

Executive Member BPW Nepal

Vice President BPW, Patan

BPW Nepal



English, Nepali, Hindi, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Bengali and Marwari.


Dr. Meena Karna has a Professional Degree in Financial Analysis and Research writing. She has worked in Nepal Bank Ltd. as a Manager. She has received so many awards from Nepal Bank Ltd. and other Institutions as well. Her Academic qualifications proved her professionalism as well. She has awarded with Degree of Philosophy in Microfinance and Women Empowerment. She has completed two Masters Degrees one in Business Administration (MBA in Finance) and Public Administration (MPA in Human Resource). Recently she has been selected as Member of BPW International Standing Committee United Nation from Nepal. She is Executive Member of BPW Nepal and Vice-President of BPW Patan. She is intelligent, energetic and always ready to help members of BPW as well as needy women of the society around the globe.

Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré, BPW France

Dr. Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré

BPW International main rep to UNESCO since 2012.

Member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee elected by the 2020 ICNGO on behalf of IFBPW and member of the CCNGO-Education 2030 coordination group.

Member of the International Task force on Women in STEM.

Past candidate for the position of IFBPW UN Vice-President on GA 2021

Elected IFBPW member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee 2016-18.

Presented by BPW International as Chair of ICNGO in 2018.

Past BPW Nice Intercontinental VP.

BPW Paris Ile de France



French, English, Spanish


Marie-Claude Machon-Honoré is a retired Professor and Doctor in Anglophone studies, Sorbonne Paris and a  graduate of  the Institute of Gender and Development Studies, UWI. 

Immediate past  Chair of the ICNGO and member of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee for the 2nd time, she has been active in advocating for NGOs, strengthening BPW partnership with UNESCO, making our actions for SDG5 visible,  connecting with Member States and mutilateral agencies, defending the right to education as key pillar to all SDGs, as CCNGO-Ed2030 CG member since 2017.

 She co-lead  International NGO-UNESCO forums on  Women in fighting poverty, Climate Change, Science, inviting BPW Mexico, Nigeria, Jeju, HK, Europe to Beijing, Mexico, Moscow, Paris, Sozopol as speakers. She was panelist at COP 21.

She has often taken the floor at UNESCO  and contributed to  written statements  including CSWs. She has a special interest in promoting Women in STEM with UNESCO Education and Water sectors and beyond.

Fully cognizant of the UN and committed to accelerating women’s rights, she is eager to work with UN SC to share her experience and promote BPW activities globally and locally, in an intergenerational dialogue.

Tiziana Paris, BPW Pula, Croatia

Tiziana Paris

Coordinator BPW Young Pula (2015-2020)

Executive Board BPW Pula (since 2021)

BPW Pula



Croatian, Italian, English, German, French


Tiziana Paris

I am a fully qualified Croatian Attorney at law and Law Mediator with more than 14 years of experience in Civil and Commercial Law and an active member of the International Association Worldwide Independent Lawyers League.

Since 2013 I also collaborate with the Italian Embassy in Rijeka, Croatia. Furthermore, from 2013 until today, I am an active member of BPW Pula which allows us (my team and me) to keep in touch and help with our legal knowledge foreigners in Croatia. From 2015- 2020 I have been the Coordinator of BPW Young Pula and since 2021 I am part of the Executive Board of BPW Pula.

In 2017-2018 I have actively participated with a special commission from Croatian Bar on education at the European Court in Luxembourg and at the European Court for Humans rights in Strasbourg. Finally since 2021 I am a Member of the

istrain Region Working Group for the Italian language.

What makes me suitable for being part of the BPW International Committee is the fact that I possess a very thorough knowledge of the International and EU law terminology, which is backed with solid experience and academic qualifications.

Subsequently I can guarantee a good mentoring, networking, as well as to help the Association in legal and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.

Claudia Piratin, BPW Brazil

Claudia Pirani

President of BPW São Paulo Brazil 2018-2020, 2020-2022

D20 International Delegation for CSW 61 / 62 / 63 / 64 and 65 – Commision on the Status of Women at UN in New York - Latin America Representative

BPW São Paulo



Portuguese, English


Claudia Valéria de Carvalho e Silva Pirani 

Graduated in Social Communication, B.A in Public Relations, LSC-Language Studies Canadá Certified – Teaching English as a Second Language, Administration and Sales by FGV – São Paulo, Coaching by Coaching Coffee Goal Lab, Future Leader Program Certified by Crescimentum, Empretec by Sebrae - UN. 

Co-Founder at LanguageLand Immersion Courses and “Taylor made” Classes in English, Specializing in Immersion Programs and Intensive Processes in English in Brazil and aborad, for Executives. 

Co-Founder at Cenarium Training and Coaching – Specializing in develops workshops and lectures in Leadership, High Team Performances, Women’s Leadership, Gender Equality, Team Development, Communication and presentation Techniques and Public, and others according to the customers. 

International Experiences in training courses in Canada and the United States. 

Volunteer for Refugee Groups in the UN Global Compact Program for Learning Protuguese as a Foreign Language. 

Currently President of BPW São Paulo Brazil, 2º management. 2018-2020 – 2020-2022 – Business Professional Women – Association of Business and Professional Women of São Paulo 2018-2022. Non-governmental organization, public, non-partisan, affiliated with BPW International. It embraces a social space, intellectually active composed of entrepreneurs, executives and professionals from diferent areas of production and knowledge.  

Carole Shaw, BPW Melbourne, Australia

Carole Shaw



BPW Melbourne



English,  Dutch,  German


Carole Shaw is a visionary executive and strategist with a demonstrated history of leadership roles focused on advancing women’s rights and promoting gender equality around the world.  Developing and driving high level strategies for non-profit management, advocacy, stakeholder engagement, policy development and strategy. Operating at a grassroots level (with marginalized communities) and at the policy level with governments and institutions.

Carole led the Australian National Reviews on the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) for Beijng +5, +10, +15, +20 and +25.  She is the UN Coordinator for Asia Pacific Women’s Watch (APWW) and Co-Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women – Asia Pacific  (NGOCSW AP).  

With a focus on Human Rights and Gender Equality she is highly skilled in Gender Policy, International Relations, International Policy, Nonprofit Organisations, Government, Program Evaluation, Lecturing, Grass Roots Activism and Volunteer Management.  Carole works within an intersectional human rights framework to support the capacity of national organisations to engage and advocate for social justice, equity and empowerment of women and girls. She is a thought leader in movement building to advance the rights of women and girls, ensure gender-inclusive policies and financing, and justice, and address structural barriers to women's access to resources and advancement.

Sanem Tekkaya, BPW Maiden's Tower, Turkey

Sanem Tekkaya


BPW Maiden's Tower



Turkish, English


Sanem Tekkaya

I am the co-founder of SUS TALKS which is an international and digital publication related to sustainable development.

In August 2019, my essay got published in the winners category of Harvard Global Women’s Empowerment competition which was about challenges women and girls face in our countries.

I have presented a project based on refugees and cultural integration to the department of Human Rights in New York. The project was developed with the school team, UNICEF and the United Nations.

I have written several Erasmus+ Youth Exchange Projects because I had participated in the Erasmus+ Project Writing course of Turkish National Agency. Among 370 people, as one of the finalists I was in the 33h place for Turkish National Philosophy Olympiads.

I was selected as a participant for the European Union Human Rights Short Film Scenario Worshop which lasted for 6 weeks and was organized by European Delegation in Turkey and UN Women Turkey.

I have been a guest on a live interview with Maltepe Manicipality for the Commemoration of Atatürk, Youth and Sport Day.

With my project which was related to arts and sustainability, I had become one of the finalists in “Sen Gencsin Guc Sensin” which is organized by ETI and TOG.

I have been selected to participate in the Social Inclusion Youth Leadership program offered by UNHCR.

My team was the Global Round Qualifier and I was awarded with 4 silver medals (Debate Champions, Writing Campions, Team Writing, Team Bowl) from the international competition the World Scholar’s Cup.

Derya Uzun, BPW Maiden's Tower, Turkey

Derya Uzun


BPW Maiden's Tower



Turkish, English, Chinese, German


Derya Uzun, from Turkey and currently residing in Cyprus, is the SHERPA Institute UN SDG Corporate Guidebook Series Community Care Coordinator, maintaining multiple global communities of the 100+ contributors from diverse industries, as well as the Young Professionals Group. She holds two bachelor’s degrees in International Trade and Finance and in Sociology. Derya is currently studying the Chinese Language and Literature with a full scholarship from Confucius Institute. Derya has been involved in NGOs and organizations, national and international.

Uzun is the Co-founder of a new initiative, SUS TALKS, a publication organization working on sustainability through various approaches. Very passionate about writing, she has written articles in Turkish, Chinese, and English for different magazines and organizations. Currently, Derya is preparing to launch her first website, named United Stories, which tells stories about sustainability for children.

This storytelling effort is a continuation of her early social responsibility awareness and action with the “Book Reading Club” that she established at age eleven. She pioneered the procurement of books not found in her city from outside the city so that all children could read them. This project spread throughout the city and children started to obtain the books they could not have, from the city’s National Education Directorate for free. In addition, she carried out personal projects and campaigns to recognize the right to education of the girls around her. She continues to take part in projects and communities related to SDG 5 Gender Equality, which has great meaning for her.

Judith van Unen, BPW Melbourne, Australia

Judith van Unen

International Congress XXX Elections Chair, (Virtual) 2021

International Congress XXIX Elections Chair, Egypt 2017

Asia Pacific Oceania Sub Regional CoOrdinator, 2009-2011

BPW CoOperative Board, Vice Chair, 2005-

Australian Federation President 2000-2002, 2002-2004

International Congress XXIV Federation Host, Melbourne 2002

Victoria State President 1995-1997, 1997-1999

BPW Melbourne



English, Spanish


Judith van Unen

A fervent activist for small business has guided Judith to advocate at all levels of government to improve the status of women in the economy. That passion has led to training organisations in post conflict/post disaster countries to educate women on businesses that provide predictable and decent work and to promote positive action to achieve gender equality, as well providing a gender lends on business policy development to regional governments. As a civil society expert on Australian government delegations to the UN and APEC, attending CSW every year since 1999, her career has focussed on directly advancing women’s participation in policy discussions and positive change. A deep skill set with demonstrated strengths in leadership, governance and strategy, policy development and implementation, she is an acknowledged leader and advocate with a proven record of delivering major change initiatives. Judith is innovative, a fiercely optimistic person and infatiguable when set on a course.