LEAD Network Ambassadors
LEAD Network brings together companies to drive coordinated action across the wider industry. Representing our corporate Partners are the Partner Ambassadors – passionate individuals who are thought-leaders in D&I. Together, they form a unique committee that meets eight times a year to discuss our sector’s biggest questions and challenges.
In this diverse group, drawn from many different functions and backgrounds, we have built trust and a safe space to speak openly so that we can explore mid-to-long-term solutions. Participants share best practices and run deep-dive workshops, all informed by the latest research.
Each Partner Ambassador goes back to their company, ready to influence colleagues and implement what they have learned. As LEAD Network grows at pace, the Partner Ambassador group maximizes the involvement of our partner companies. It ensures that each company – no matter its size – gets the greatest possible benefit from its involvement.
We are grateful for their current contributions to LEAD Network and the industry.
Global Manager, Diversity and Inclusion,
“I am honoured to serve as a LEAD Network Ambassador representing Ahold Delhaize. This opportunity combines two of my passions: diversity and inclusion; and lifelong learning. I look forward to collaborating with individuals who share my passion as we work to further gender equity in the consumer goods industry.”
Manager Transformation RH
“For many years now, Carrefour has been dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion. Today, more than ever, we are aware that the variety of our people is one of our greatest strengths, thus making gender equality one of our main priorities for the years to come. I am proud to take on this new role as partner ambassador for Carrefour with the LEAD NETWORK and excited to play my part in furthering the cause of professional equality for all.”
Senior Director, Industry & System Commercial Communications,
The Coca-Cola Company
“At Coca-Cola, we believe a more inclusive workplace is key to our growth. That’s why we aim for our company to be 50% led by women. I’m honoured to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network, an organisation working to advance female talent, skills, and networking opportunities, raising the bar (and opportunities) for us all.”
Alba Ramos Sánchez
Inclusion and Diversity,
Coca-Cola European Partners
“I am thrilled to be part of LEAD Network and look forward to working with the other Ambassadors. I recently joined the Inclusion and Diversity Centre of Expertise at Coca-Cola European Partners. I know I will be inspired by this amazing network.”
Global Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Danone
Putri Realita is leading the Diversity & Inclusion program globally at Danone. She started this role at the Danone HQ in Paris in May 2016 and has initiated D&I at global level and deployed it into more than 60 countries.
Before joining the global team in Paris, Putri joined Danone Early Life Nutrition business in Indonesia as Head of Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, and before that she worked for British American Tobacco in Indonesia & Malaysia markets holding various roles in Corporate Affairs & Communications. In her various roles, she has always had a passion in cultural transformation, especially for changing people mindset and ways of working.
Since February 2019, Putri has joined the Education Committee of the LEAD Network, intend to contribute to transforming people mindset through education for the LEAD Network’s members.
She is a proud Indonesian who enjoys travelling and yoga, together with her German husband, Christian. So far, she has visited 50 countries and still counting.
Consulting Partner – Consumer Industries. EY
“After experiencing a year like no other, we, at EY, believe now more than ever that the power of inclusiveness and diversity will build sustainable and resilient societies, industries and companies. We are determined to close the gender gap, by accelerating parity progress in our own workplace and helping clients to do the same. We support the LEAD Network. It’s a place where individuals can connect, share ideas and build momentum for change.”
Global Marketing Director
“I am delighted to have been involved with the LEAD Network from the beginning and seen it grow from strength to strength. I believe we need more diversity of thinking on the Executive Boards of Consumer Goods companies for the industry to thrive and for the world to be a better place. The Network is a fantastic opportunity to create a powerful movement with a compelling voice to move the needle in the industry. At EY, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture and bringing the power of our people, experience, connections and influence to the LEAD Network to make a difference.”
Marketing Director at Johnson & Johnson, Consumer Health
“At Johnson & Johnson, we believe that if you are yourself, you’ll change the world. These words have motivated me to do what I can to create an environment where those I work with can be themselves, feel included, and truly excel. I am deeply honored to take on the role of Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network. Working hand in hand, uniting our SuperPowers, we can achieve our mission to eliminate gender inequality!”
Ivonne Julitta Bollow
Senior Vice President of Corporate Responsibility & Public Policy, METRO
“At METRO, we are committed daily to providing customers and employees with an open and supportive welcoming environment. An open working environment sets the course for all employees to develop their potential and strengths and confirms that diversity and inclusion lead to better business results. Supporting women’s professional and personal development is essential to our diversity agenda. I’m honored to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network to advance diversity and inclusion within METRO supported by this outstanding community.”
Communications Director E&I, Community Relations Europe & Geneva HQ Communications
“My true belief is that Equality and Inclusion is not an option – it is a must. This is why I am proud to work at P&G where we are truly committed to do everything we can to reflect the diversity of the consumers we serve and create a culture of inclusion with enables equal opportunity, access and growth, for all people. I am therefore delighted to partner with the dynamic LEAD Network to drive an even stronger voice and bigger impact on these topics, creating powerful connections and putting into place meaningful actions so that we, together, can be a catalyst for change helping communities move forward on this journey.”
Head of Diversity, Culture and Engagement Communication for PepsiCo Europe
Jemima Bradbury-Wade is Head of Diversity, Culture and Engagement Communications for PepsiCo Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her role reflects PepsiCo’s legacy and continued commitment to raising the bar on talent and diversity.
Prior to PepsiCo, Jemima worked both in-house and agency side in Marcomms and Corporate Communications, working on large-scale consumer campaigns for the likes of Starbucks and Colgate-Palmolive, alongside time spent in media at the Daily Mail Group followed by some years in e-commerce.
Her Anthropology BSc from University College London was the catalyst for all of the above, alongside her relentless curiosity in people. Under PepsiCo’s mantra – “What makes you unique, makes us better” – Jemima knows that together we can achieve so much more, with inclusion creating advantages for businesses, and for the people at the heart of them.
“I bring a relentless curiosity about people to my role of Partner Ambassador. Under PepsiCo’s mantram‘What makes you unique, makes us better’ I know that together we can achieve so much more, with inclusion creating advantages for businesses and for the people at the heart of them.”
Area HR Director – Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, Hygiene at Reckitt
At Reckitt, we are creating an organisation driven by purpose. Giving equal opportunity to everyone to succeed in an inclusive culture is very critical to that. It ties in very well with my personal purpose of leading change by doing. As a LEAD Network’s partner, we want to learn and contribute through our network by living that purpose in our organisation and beyond.
Global Portfolio & Operations Manager Unilever, The Netherlands
Fatma Tek is Global Portfolio & Operations Manager at Food Solutions (UFS) division of Unilever since 2018.
Fatma joined Unilever in 2010 and has been responsible for European hair category portfolio including Tresemme, Dove, Tony&Guy, Axe, Clear and Love Beauty & Planet brands.
Her main role was implementation of successful innovations where brand purposes have been combined with strong business results. Prior to joining Unilever, Fatma’s career started as a scientist at P&G R&D. Starting in 2008, she was defining formulation strategies based on consumer understanding & business objectives for fabric care unit. She is 2007 graduate of Bogazici University, Faculty of Science.
Fatma is a strong believer in diversity in all forms; gender, ethnicity and bringing this passion into action as being LEAD Network Ambassador in Unilever. LEAD Network’s mission is to attract, retain and advance women in the retail and consumer goods industry through education, leadership and business development.
Fatma is traditional folklore dancer and loves travelling with her husband and son.
‘Let’s work from purpose for the good of others’
Head of Consumables Sales / Industry Lead FMCG at Amazon Advertising
“Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust. We are a company of builders who bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of view to inventing on behalf of our customers and we are committed to diversity and inclusion and always look for ways to scale our impact as we grow.
I’m honoured to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network and to help move the needle for diversity and inclusion and to support LEAD´s vision to create a diverse workforce where both men and women are enabled to contribute their full potential and lead their organisations to the next level of value creation.”
Regional Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Wellbeing at Asahi Europe & International
Jacobijn recently moved into the new regional role of Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing at Asahi Europe & International. Previously, Jacobijn worked for Royal Grolsch in The Netherlands since 2008, part of SABMiller, later Asahi, where she held different HR roles, as HR Specialist, HR Businesspartner and latest as Manager OD & Talent. Before joining Royal Grolsch she worked in HR roles in Philips Lighting. She has a master degree in Health Sciences, specified towards Labour & Organisation.
“I am very honored to be representing Asahi Europe & International as a Partner Ambassador on the LEAD network. I am really excited to start driving diversity and inclusion within our company, and to collaborate with and learn from the LEAD network partners and ambassadors.”
Senior Manager – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
“We’re delighted to be partnering with LEAD Network, driving representation is so important to us, and we are looking forward to unlocking the collaboration opportunities LEAD Network enables.”
Head Diversity & Inclusion
Gaby assumed the newly created role of Head Diversity & Inclusion at Barry Callebaut in early 2020.
Before that, she served as VP Corporate Communications for nearly two decades, contributing to positioning Barry Callebaut internally and externally as a leader in the industry, in sustainability and innovation. From 1994 to 2001 Gaby worked as Global Head Corporate Communications for the Zurich Financial Services Group. Prior to this, she was a Senior Consultant with an international communications consultancy, advising Swiss and international clients in various industries. She started her career in PR & Advertising with a Swiss private bank. Gaby graduated in Public Relations and modern languages and completed executive development programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in the US and the London Business School.
“Probably I work for the coolest company in the world: the world market leader in cocoa & chocolate, a leader in sustainability and innovation – and by joining the LEAD Network also demonstrating its commitment to creating an environment where diverse talent can thrive, develop and get to the top of the company”
Sales Director Pharmacy
Global Director Diversity & Inclusion
“Beiersdorf is fully committed to building a company that reflects the rich diversity of the communities in which we operate and the consumers we serve globally. This will be anchored in a truly inclusive culture where everyone feels a sense of belonging and has equal opportunities to succeed. Diversity & Inclusion is a global imperative that requires strong focus and great partnerships. As such, we are delighted that we will accelerate this agenda together with LEAD and its strong network of partners and are very much looking forward to a fantastic collaboration.”
Strategic PLM Lead, Chocolate, EMEA Region
Nisha Raj Coughlan
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leader, EMEA Region and Food Ingredients & Bio Industrial, Cargill
Diversity of our people is our greatest asset and Cargill is committed to creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, workplace and marketplace. We are delighted to represent Cargill as Partner Ambassadors with the LEAD Network, supporting our goal to achieve full gender parity by 2030 and build diverse pipelines through strong partnerships to attract, develop and accelerate talent. Together with LEAD, we can create meaningful connections and build momentum for change.
We have recently joined Cargill and together bring a wealth of experience of 30 years across Supply Chain, Retail and Consulting services. Parisa, an avid supporter of LEAD Network’s purpose to be a catalyst for change, from her previous volunteer role she is stepping into the Cargill Partner Ambassador remit, to bring continued focus to gender balance and development. Embarking on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) EMEA leadership journey at Cargill, Nisha brings to the Partner Ambassador role her aspiration to empower talent by fostering equitable development opportunities and a sense of belonging for all.
Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Europe, India, Middle East and Africa
Tom is Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Europe, India, Middle East and Africa at CHEP. He joined CHEP in 2006 and has held numerous roles in Finance, Customer Service and Project and Program Management. He has extensive experience of leading teams through periods of cultural, organisational and operational change as well as managing functional alignments, systems implementations and business process redesign. He is passionate about building a truly inclusive culture where diversity can thrive and be leveraged to deliver enhanced customer and employee experiences. During his career Tom has lived in France, Spain, Germany and South Africa. He now lives in London.
Senior Director Zero Waste World, Customer Innovation & Solutions Europe
“People are different, and gender might just be the start! I want to leverage the partnership even going beyond the todays talk on gender diversity but to also include the wide landscape of Neurodiversity a hidden tabu we need to uncover!”
“Being part of the LEAD Network is a great way of learning what other organisations are doing to promote gender balance and sharing our own learnings with other members. It’s a fantastic group of hard-working, dedicated and passionate individuals; one that I feel very privileged to be a part of. Driving the Inclusion and Diversity agenda can be a daunting – and sometimes lonely – task and at it really helps to know that I’m part of a supportive community committed to making real change happen.”
Ruwaida Mohammed (She/Her)
Social Mobility, Inclusion & Belonging
“As an Inclusion Lead at Co-op Group, I have particular focus on race & ethnicity in ensuring individuals starting point in life should never determine where they end up and that everyone has the opportunity to achieve their own personal definition of success. My purpose is in removing barriers for disadvantaged groups and ensuring equity in our opportunities for the communities we serve.
I also Chair ‘RISE’ internal Colleague Network (the diversity, cultural & religious colleague network group at Co-op) which supports the strategic ambitions and goals of the business. The Network has a responsibility in being the voice of marginalised racial groups and under-represented groups; to ensure their viewpoints, their lived experiences and values are considered in any changes or decision-making process.”
Assistant Buyer, Majors, Furniture & Media,
Costco Wholesale Spain S.L.U.
I am thrilled to belong to this organization and to have the opportunity to network with people that have the same purpose of developing female talent and implementing solutions to eliminate the common bottlenecks in their path to advancement.
I am eager to learn what other retail companies are doing to achieve this goal and to share COSTCO initiatives to drive inclusion and to encourage women leaders.
European Marketing Lead Diversey Consulting at Diversey
As marketing and communications lead, Marleen has the European responsibility to “unlock the potential” of our Diversey Consulting team, playing a critical role in leveraging the company’s portfolio on Food Safety Services. Marleen holds a degree in Veterinary Medicine and has a broad experience in food microbiology & food safety. She also has an additional background in Infection Prevention and nosocomial (hospital required) infections. Marleen is a proud mom of 2 teenagers and calls Antwerp home.
“The first ten years of my career, I worked in the meat sector as a scientific advisor, and I had to bring lots of coffees around being the only woman in the meeting rooms. And while I did it with a smile, it immediately gives you the sense that you have less authority. I ultimately gained respect but I had to work double as hard as my male colleagues to get there but it’s absurd and especially disheartening for young women in science, technology and engineering to see they are given less credibility simply based on the fact that they carry the X chromosome.
Inclusion is a choice. And Diversey is determined to move that needle in the right direction by creating a diverse, equitable & inclusive work environment where everyone feels free to be themselves. As the Lead ambassador for Diversey, I’m honored to be part of this journey to help support structures we should be building to reduce stress on families and making women believe it’s possible to combine a high demanding position and family. LEAD is all about making sure there are more tailwinds than headwinds when it comes to work and family and the integration of the two and that’s essential in my view.”
HR Manager Greece & HRBP, TCD Europe, ECOLAB
“In Ecolab, we believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive. We have a shared vision with Lead Network on the importance of equal gender representation in our businesses and increase of female leadership population.
Our journey of DE&I in Europe has started this year with a focus on empowering women, by launching EmpowHer gender equality program and we believe that our participation in Lead Network will enable us to maximize the returns of this inspiring initiative.”
Global Talent Manager at FrieslandCampina
Currently working as a Global Talent Manager for FrieslandCampina, with whom I have worked for almost 9 years.
I am delighted to be joining the LEAD Network as whilst diversity is a core part of our culture, the COVID19 crisis has highlighted the importance of inclusion, to both quickly respond to a crisis but also to support our employees through these challenging times. Within our unique organization we have evidenced the open sharing of best practices and experiences, learning from one another, and connections between colleagues globally of all disciplines to overcome challenges. It has proven the critical importance of leveraging diversity and inclusion for business success. We want all our employees to be able to bring their whole and best selves to work, and to feel enabled to contribute to their full potential; and being part of the LEAD network we see as being a core element in helping us to achieve this ambition – to connect, share, learn from and inspire each other.
Vice President Talent Acquisition, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging – Europe
“At GXO, we believe that a diversity of talents and perspectives is fundamental to accelerating our business growth and game-changing ambition. I am honoured to represent GXO as a Partner Ambassador at LEAD Network. Led by our value “Be Inclusive”, we build a culture of belonging that respects every team member and constantly finds ways to meet their diverse needs.
This is a pivotal partnership in our journey to support gender diversity and female leadership in the logistics industry. l look forward to sharing and collaborating with like-minded partners who share a passion for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.”
Talent Foundation, Group HR,
“I am convinced that a diverse workforce that gives equal opportunities to everyone will create better results. I am also very passionate about how to make the most out of a diverse workforce, for me that means to truly include everyone so we all can contribute with our different perspectives and experiences. Diversity AND Inclusion, together, will create sustainable results.
I am looking forward to participate as a LEAD Network Partner Ambassador, to share my and ICA’s experiences and learn from others about best practices, tools, culture-related questions, and much more. I’m excited to join the Network and together with LEAD contribute to a more equal, diverse and inclusive retail business sector.”
Learning Business Partner,
“We’re using the power of our business and brand to make a real difference within ICA and beyond. At ICA, you can reach your full potential, no matter who you are, your circumstances, or your experiences. Through LEAD Network, I want to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive retail industry and society and learn from others so that ICA can become even more inclusive. Together we create a better business result. We work actively with our customers, employees, and partners to make everyone feel welcome, respected, and appreciated. ICA aims to contribute to a more inclusive society by being transparent with our values and view of our fellow human beings, the type of workplace we represent, and the social development we want to contribute to.”
Senior Director Development & Innovation EMEA at Ingredion
As Senior Director Development & Innovation EMEA based in Hamburg, Germany, Kathrin is responsible for defining the functional strategy, driving innovation and building new capabilities to accelerate Specialty growth.
Kathrin joined Ingredion in 2015 as Senior Technical Service Manager Europe. She then moved into her role as Senior Director Global Applications based in Bridgewater, New Jersey, USA. Prior to joining Ingredion, Kathrin held various roles of increasing responsibility at G.C. Hahn & Co., and later at Tate & Lyle Food Systems in Lübeck, Germany. She holds a Master’s degree (FH Ing. diploma) in Food Technology from the University of Applied Sciences Lippe Lemgo.
“I am excited to represent Ingredion EMEA as a Partner Ambassador in the LEAD network. This will give me the opportunity to learn from other companies best practices and think about how to apply them within Ingredion. l am delighted to collaborate with people sharing my passion about female talent development and at the same time help consciously drive our business practices towards gender equality.”
Manager at Kalypso
Stefanie is delivering on the promise of innovation as a Manager at Kalypso: A Rockwell Automation Company. She is leading global transformations in the consumer goods industry from initiation through roll-out and is specialized in sustainable change and value delivery. Prior to Kalypso, Stefanie held marketing positions at Hunkemöller, Starbucks and Domino’s Pizza.
“I believe that diversity not only enhances results and is essential for innovative thinking, but it is also very beneficial to one’s own personal development and growth. I am a strong supporter of advancing diversity in the workforce. But there is still a lot that needs to be done and therefore I am proud to be a member of the LEAD Network and serve as an ambassador representing Kalypso: A Rockwell Automation Company to support LEAD’s mission to attract, retain and advance women.”
General Manager Continental Europe
at Kellogg Company
Representation and accessible role models matter. Therefore I make it a personal mission to be present, to mentor many (female) leaders and to speak frequently about this important topic. Sharing experiences, having open discussions. I found it very difficult to choose a path that was not engrained in the culture I am from, where part time working for mothers is still very much the norm. I felt I had to justify my choices all the time, where my husband – who made the same choices- never had to. This, for me, is the power of LEAD. Sharing experiences, giving access to role models, becoming better together and lifting barriers that prevent us to live in a 50-50 society on senior roles. At Kellogg, I always felt my achievements were the only thing that matters. I was promoted during maternity leave twice.
The most remarkable insight for me over the last years has been that very often, tiny adaptations – very easy to implement for the company, can make a massive difference to our female leaders and allow them to continue flourishing both at work and at home. So I really want to share this Kellogg’s Make it Happen Culture with the LEAD Network as well as how we are making strong progress towards our 50/50 gender parity pledge for managers and senior managers. I am happy to play a humble role in making Europe more diverse. In my jobs, I am strongly advocating diversity, not only on gender, but also on multi-cultural, age and diversity of thinking. My biggest ambition is to make this a normality in a world where we won’t need to fight for these basic rights anymore.
Senior Manager Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at the Kraft Heinz Company
“At KraftHeinz, ‘We Demand Diversity’ is one of our values. We’re committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees, partners, customers, and consumers, knowing that diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us a stronger, more interesting, and more innovative company. For this reason, I’m a proud Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network – joining forces to advance women in the FMCG industry.”
Colin joined The Kraft Heinz Company in 2018 as program manager, responsible for the product innovation processes and pipeline. Because of his passion for Diversity and Inclusion, he was active in the LGBTQ+ employee network and soon transitioned to a full-time diversity role. Currently, Colin is responsible for DEI&B Internationally (EMEA/LATAM/APAC). His background in innovation management helps drive progress on the DEI&B initiatives as he always says: “DEI&B is like HR innovation.”
Human Resources Development Manager chez Groupe L’OCCITANE
I work for the L’OCCITANE Group, a family group with global reach, whose goal is to balance profitability and sustainability to create a company that will still be here in 100 years.
We need to move towards greater resilience in all human activities. It is for this reason that I am particularly proud to work for the L’OCCITANE Group, which has been promoting Diversity and Inclusion for over 40 years.
I started dealing with this topic by managing the Disability Mission in France on our industrial sites ten years ago. Today it is from our international headquarters that I manage both the development of our talents and the development of Diversity and Inclusion programs focusing on women.
Our first global initiative was the launch in March 2020 of a global parental leave policy to support families of all shapes and sizes. The new policy gives primary caregivers a minimum of 20 weeks’ fully paid leave and secondary caregivers a minimum of 12 weeks’ fully paid leave to bond with their new child. It will apply to L’OCCITANE employees worldwide – across its offices, factories, and owned retail stores – whether the child is welcomed by birth or through adoption or surrogacy.
I firmly believe that the company’s role has considerably evolved: D&I initiatives are no longer seen as a cost center but as a source of value creation.”
“I firmly believe that the company’s role has considerably evolved: D&I initiatives are no longer seen as a cost center but as a source of value creation.”
Senior Talent Manager, EMEA
“Working in an environment where we can bring our whole selves to work is important to me. At McCormick & Company, we know that diverse and inclusive teams are not only high-performing, they also have more fun! Joining the LEAD Network is a key step on McCormick’s journey towards gender equity, and through this partnership, I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”
Mine Akı Çağrı
HR Manager of Macrocenter, MIGROS GROUP Turkey
Born in 1977, I’m HRBP Manager of Macrocenter Business Unit at Migros Ticaret A.S. I completed my undergraduate education at Boğaziçi University, Political Sciences and International Relations in 2000.
I started my Migros career in 2000 in International Operations department, dealing with investment projects and all HR processes of foreign subsidiaries of Migros. During my career, I worked in different functions of HR like organizational design & job evaluation, employer brand management,performance management, expat management . I continue to work as HRBP Manager in Macrocenter Business Unit which is a distinguished supermarket chain with its exclusive product portfolio, high standard of customer service , employee focus and special store design. I’m responsible from all HR processes of 1700 Macrocenter format store employees and Macrocenter head office employees.
I’m married and have one daughter.
“I’m very enthusiastic and excited to be a part of Lead Network. I expect to improve my collaboration and knowledge in diversity and inclusion with best practices in global arena.”
Business Executive Officer for Nestle Professional CEE
Marie Dousova is currently working in Central and Eastern Europe, as Business Executive Officer for Nestle Professional CEE. During last almost 5 years she has been heading Sales and Customers Management for Nestlé Zone Europe, Middle East & North Africa (Z- EMENA), being a Member of Nestlé’s Z-EMENA Management Team.
She joined Nestlé in August 1993 in Czech Republic following her previous experience in Biotechnology science and research. During her career with Nestle, Marie has performed gradually in different commercial and business positions in Czech and Slovak Republic, Russia, Hungary and she has been appointed as a Country Manager in Baltic Region before taking her Zone role.
Marie is a member of Youth Employment Initiative Steering Committee passionate about mentoring and coaching young talents.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Marie Dousova has graduated from the Charles University Prague as Master in Biophysics, her PhD. has obtained from Czech Academy of Sciences in Biotechnology and MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Marie is married with two children
“I believe on the power of DIVERSITY and INCLUSION as a strategy to achieve best results. LEAD Network is helping us in our journey to Diversity and Inclusion.
I volunteered at the LEAD Network conference in Brussel and since then I have been closely connected to the LEAD Network . It provides guidance and encourages women in my organization to not just trying but doing to take on leadership roles”.
Managing Consultant, Consumer Products & Manufacturing
“I’m honoured to be a Partner Ambassador for LEAD Network so that we can advance diversity and inclusion within PA, and collaborate with other members to improve opportunities for women in business. I’m dedicated to giving PA’s future female leaders and allies an environment within which to influence and drive inclusivity in consultancy and in the consumer goods and retail sector. At PA, we’re committed to creating an inclusive environment for everyone. As we find ways to create an even more inclusive and diverse place to work, we’ll unlock the ingenuity of even more people to help build a positive human future.”
PA to CEO and Head of Corporate Communications
Boryana Kiteva is part of the team of PRESTIGE since 2012 as a PA to the CEO and as of 2015 she is responsible for the corporate communications of the company. PRESTIGE is one of the biggest food producing companies in Bulgaria and market leader in the categories in which the company operates biscuits, wafers and mini cakes. Before her employment at PRESTIGE Boryana was gaining experience in the financial sector and in the motion picture industry working for one of the first private Bulgarian production companies. Boryana has professional development qualification in PR and Reputation Management from London School of PR, Master degree in International Business from New Bulgarian University and Bachelor degree in International Economic Relations from the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.
“Equality, diversity and inclusion are not female issues, it is a topic we all women and men should elaborate on and fight with all the prejudices we might have. That addresses why I strongly believe that it is not important the title you have on your business card to use your voice, to lead by example and to empower. It is а state of mind and character you build and shape all your life.”
Manager| Marketing Commercialization EU
“I am honored and thrilled to contribute to the LEAD community as an SCJ Johnson Ambassador. I strongly believe in “doing not trying” and an amazing potential behind making all workplaces more diverse and inclusive. I am dreaming about a day when gender equity is a fact, not an aspirational objective. To make the world open and fair for all of us. At SC Johnson, we pride ourselves on being “A family company at work for a better world”. The LEAD mission and efforts perfectly fit into creating a more balanced and diverse world, in which we can all thrive and achieve our full potential. Therefore, I am fully committed to support the cause of promoting fairness and inviting everyone to the table.”
International HR & Training Manager at
“Diversity and Inclusion have become increasingly important and should be at the heart of the business strategy to ensure we recruit and retain the best talent for our business, based on individual capabilities and potential.
The Lead Network facilitates a community driven by this standard and we are happy to be an active part of it. We look forward to the cooperation as networking is an essential part of building knowledge wealth.”
Head of HR, Europe / Senior HRBP at tcc global
Eszter has joined tcc global in 2020. She is originally from Hungary, but currently based in London. She is fronting the HR team for Europe at tcc, shaping and executing the organisational and people agenda, ensuring tcc has the right structure, capabilities and talent for the future. Previously she held HR roles both in a start-up environment and at companies such as KPMG and Continental. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce & Marketing, a Master’s Degree in Organisational and Human Resources Development, and currently pursuing CIPD qualifications.
“I’m so thrilled to join this amazing community. Diversity has a positive impact on organisations and their business results- this has been widely debated, and there is now research evidence out there to back this up. In other words, this is not only something nice to do, but it can be a real competitive advantage. On a personal note, the cause is also close to my heart as I’m the first woman in my family who has been given all support to focus on education & building my career. Being part of this network is a great way to get inspired, learn more, promote a good cause and ultimately give back.”
Global Project Management and Board Member at the tcc foundation
“I am thrilled to join the LEAD Network ambassadors community and serve the cause of the LEAD Network vision. During my career, too often, I have seen how luck and circumstance can drive one’s opportunities. It needs to change; we need leaders accountable for creating an environment where people are not stopped from growing or following their desired path due to bias or exclusion.
We all know by now that diverse and inclusive companies are more successful and can attract and retain top talent. I am all ears to listen and learn from best practices, to take it on board and implement at our company which is still early in our journey in this area.”