Meet the IWEC Awards Recipients

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  • Education
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  • Fashion
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2016 Awards Recipients


ibilolaamaopic-nigeria-iwec2016-headshotDr. Ibilola Amao

Dr. Amao is the Principal Consultant of Lonadek, the preferred firm of Local Content Consultants, committed to developing capacity, capability and competence across the various sectors of the economy.  
Lonadek is a multi-award winning firm that has maintained its ISO 9001:2008 certification since 2010, with operations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Dr. Amao is committed to developing tomorrow’s leaders, strategic thinkers and planners. She formed “The Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment & Restoration Initiative” a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) driven program to empower the local workforce and businesses that provide services in high technology industries such as: Energy, power, oil, gas, infrastructure etc.

South Africa

debbie-merjan-sa-iwec2016-headshotDebbie Merdjan
Camelot Group

Debbie Merdjan is the CEO and founder of the Camelot Group established in 1985. Camelot International Health and Skin Care Education has 9 branches located in South Africa and Zimbabwe and provides National and International Health and Skin Care Diploma and Certificate courses. Camelot Spa is located in 4 & 5 star Hotels and Corporate wellness facilities with 20 branches in South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Nigeria. Marine Spa Distributors supplies professional skin, body and nutrition products to the industry. Our emphasis is on developing health and wellness schools in Africa, job creation, franchise expansion and exporting our brands globally.


Gail Downing
Acorn Group Holdings

True to its name, Acorn Group has grown to become the organization behind some of South Africa’s most successful independently owned consumer brands, including Tabard insect repellents, Teepol detergents, Vapona insecticides and Carbro home care products. Founded in 1996 by Gail Downing as a small business named Acorn Products, the transition to a group of companies occurred as various operating units and brands were added to its portfolio. Tabard, Acorn’s flagship brand, has remained one of Africa’s most trusted insect repellents for over 50 years and were used by Team South Africa when they participated in the Rio 2016 Olympics.


zodwa-mkandla-iwec2016-headshotZodwa Mkandla
Traverze Travel (PVT), LTD.

Zodwa Mkandla is the Founder and Managing Director of Traverze Travel which started operating in 2003 and is now one of the leading leisure and business travel management companies in Harare, Zimbabwe. Traverze’s reputation for service excellence has been proven through the many awards that the company has won over the years from airlines and the tourism industry. Traverze opened a branch in Lusaka Zambia in April May 2014. Zodwa Mkandla also owns an events management company – The Events Company. Traverze Travel is also the first travel agency in Zimbabwe to open its own business class lounge at Harare International Airport.


Hope Irene Makwara
Ariel Designs

Ariel Designs started 12 years ago. It is a Property Development and Events Management company. The company purchases land, subdivides and constructs houses and cluster homes for resale and rental income purposes. In addition, the company purchases dilapidated homes and renovates them for resale. Ariel also created two Events Functions Venues: one specializing in weddings and the other is a Conferences Nature Reserve Recreational Park. The industry is male dominated and it has been a challenge to overcome culture barriers and beliefs but Hope has managed to break the shell and swim against the tides. Ariel also had a strong sense of philanthropy and Hope mentors young women who she meets through the chamber of commerce.
rose_musarurwaiwec_2016_headshotRoselyn Musarurwa-Charehwa

Roselyn Musarurwa-Charehwa is the founder and Managing Director of Surdax Investments, a company started by a woman who had no business training and no capital. Armed with only two brooms, two mops and a domestic carpet cleaning machine she began her business out of her home. She now employs over 400 men and women of which two thirds are women. The company is also embarking on a waste management program and donates manpower to clean up areas in the city of Harare. Surdax is also on the way to becoming ISO certified. Rose received the inaugural ZNCC WECA award in 2013.


tatyanam-iwec2016_headshotTatyana Mikayilova
RED Communications

Tatyana founded RED Communications in 2009 which has become the leading strategic public relations and digital communications agency in Azerbaijan. The company recently signed an agreement with internationally renowned Ketchum Company, providing access to international expertise and education for clients and RED employees.  Tatyana is Chairwoman of 100 Business Women of Azerbaijan which is a network of women business owners and top executive women in the country.  She is also a frequent speaker at local and international events on women’s development and strategic branding.



Afnan Rashid Al Zayani
Al Zayani Commercial Services S. P. C.

Afnan Rashid Al Zayani is owner and president of Al Zayani Commercial Services S.P.C., established in 1980. The company creates many digital and IT products and solutions for clients such as RICOH and KONE. AZCS consistently brings to customers unparalleled IT Business Solutions. In 2016, Afnan was elected as Treasurer of re-launched MENA Businesswomen’s Network. She is presently a Board Member and Head of the Businesswomen’s Committee of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce.  Afnan has also published numerous cookbooks and has hosted her own television cooking show.  She is also a partner in Martinizing Laundry and a board member of Al Ayam Publishing

ebtisam-bahrain-iwe2016-headshotDr. Ebtisam Dallal
Al Kindi Hospital

Dr Dallal practiced dentistry and obtained her Masters degree, working as a periodontal consultant for Bahrain’s Ministry of Health. In 1993 she established her own Dental facility and in 2008 started Al Kindi Hospital. Within a period of 2 years it became one of the leading hospitals in Bahrain and remains so today. Dr. Ebtisam serves on many boards and in 2012 she was appointed by his Majesty King Hamad Al Khalifa, as a Board member of the National Health Regulatory Authority. In 2013 she was honored by UK’s Foreign and Common Wealth G8 for her contributions in advancement of women’s education and skill development.  


seema_khatoon_iwec2016_headshotSeema Khatoon
Eastern Freight Ltd & Eastern Motors Ltd

Seema Khatoon is the Managing Director of Eastern Freight Ltd. She is a successful women entrepreneur in the shipping trade, freight forwarding, transportation and Importation of Bridgestone Tyre in Bangladesh. She is also the Proprietor of an overseas Investment Holding Company Aroma Palma Sdn. Bhd.  in Malaysia. She is dedicated to social activities, having established an educational institute and she is involved in orphanage institutions to support rural and less privilege girls and women to motivate them to become independent and self-reliant. She is an active member and Director of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  

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Rokshana Akther Chowdhury

Rokshana Akther Chowdhury is a renowned businesswoman in Chittagong Bangladesh. She is the   Proprietor of Essential Group established in 2003. Essential Group provides high quality food conforming to health and hygienic standards with affordable pricing to reach their target consumers. The company’s priority is to bring the best and most relevant products for people, wherever they are whatever their needs, throughout their lives. The corporate Motto of Essentials Group is “Healthy Food for Better Life”. She is the Former Director & Member of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CWCCI).

ayesha_aktar_iwec2016_headshopShahnewaz Ayesha Akhtar Jahan
Pandora Assoc. Ltd.
Renaissance Group

Ayesha is one of the leading women entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. She is the Managing Director of Pandora Associates Ltd & Director of Renaissance Group, which is involved in Garment Sector, Agro, Media, Education, Energy, Shipping Lines, etc and currently employs more than 30,000 people. The company has over $ 360 Million in exports. Ayesha also runs “People’s Rokeya Foundation, which works for underprivileged women and orphan girls of Bangladesh. Ayesha loves to travel and already has visited more than 30 countries.



Lalita Nijhawan
Nijhawan Group of Companies

Lalita built her company initially through founding Travel Boutique and in 2007, she created Travel Boutique Online, a databse of 24,000 travel agents across India.began her career at an early age and was given an award in Arts by the vice-president of India. In 2010, the company diversified into travel technology, retail, E-commerce, hotel representations, salons, and catering services. She also created a CSR vertical, CKRDT Foundation. At present, the company has offices in 43 cities across 15 countries. In addition, they have catering services in 27 retail outlets in Adidas, Levi’s, and United Colors of Benetton in India called Forks ‘N Spoons.


Anu Chadha
3A Clothing Company

Anu Chadha is the Founder and CEO at 3A Clothing Company, a fashion export house with state of the art manufacturing facilities in Udyog Vihar, located close to New Delhi’s international airport. Anu brings more than 25 years of in-depth experience in the international fashion industry and trend forecasting, and has established a successful fashion export house selling to renowned international retail chains. The Company employs a large number of women who are sole breadwinners in their homes.3A Clothing has recently been selected by Walmart to be their fashion apparel and accessories vendor from India and a part of their competitive ‘Entrepreneurship Development Program’ as a women owned business.

chanchal-india-iwec2016-headshotChanchal Kaushik
Frames Twenty Four Communications Pvt Ltd.

Chanchal began working in the corporate world and after 6 years, she started her own production firm, Frames 24 which was launched to provide equipment and studio hiring services as well as content creation for various ministries in the government, Lucas TVS and other television shows. What started as a small, one room studio facility slowly grew into a full-fledged private limited company by 2006. Chanchal divides her time judiciously between Frames 24 and the NGO, Nanhi Chaan, for which she is the CEO. Frames 24 is soon to venture into independent cinema and aspires to become Frames 24 Network.


Haide-Shirzady-Gilani headshotHaide Shirzady Gilani
CEO, Recycling and Composting Kermanshah Company ( ) focuses on the implementation of recycling and processing waste systems. 22,000 tons of waste is processed each year by using biological mechanical waste treatment methods and machinery manufacturer in Germany and Austria. We reduce landfill to less than 3%. The company is also processing and recycling 2000 tons of construction debris per day for first time in Iran and is the exclusive agent of waste processing and recycling companies, KOMPTECH and RUBBLEMASTER. We consult with and supervise services to many cities in Iran. In 2002, we began work with the municipality of Kermanshah with about 700 workers to gathering waste and cleaning streets.


meisasmallMeisa Batyneh Maani
maisam architects & engineers

Meisa is the Founder and Principal Architect at Maisam Architects & Engineers, a firm experienced in multiple facets of design including architecture, planning, urban design, place branding and a pioneer of Green Buildings in the region. Meisa has led multidisciplinary teams on large-scale international and regional projects in USA, Pakistan, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE. In 2006, she founded the Jordan Green Building Council and is presently president of Business and Professional Women in Jordan. Meisa’s work has won multiple global awards and in 2015 she was recognized as the leading Arab Woman Engineer by the committee for Arab Women Engineers.


NYLLA PARVEEN JUNEJOheadshotNylla Parveen Junejo
Sundartas Collection & S.A.S.
Impex International

Nylla owns two companies: Sundartas Collection and S.A.S Impex International. Sundartas Collection manufactures and exports hand embellished fabric, organic dyed hand block printed apparel and home accessories. We work with more than 5000 registered poor working women of remote areas who are skilled in various types of handy work.The Collection is a blend of modern and traditional clothing line. S.A.S Impex International deals in import and marketing of waste paper, iron and steel scraps, old and new machinery, pvc scraps, health and beauty products and FMCG. Nylla is also the Director of Pakistan Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI).

shanza anwar headshotShanza Anwar
CEO, Fazal Trade Impex

Shanza is the CEO of Fazal Trade Impex, a trading concern, started in 2005. The scope of business is import and export of light engineering products in the fields of electronics and metallurgy such as home appliances, power generators, ferro alloys and various metal scraps from Europe, China, Middle East and South Asia. Shanza is also director of her family’s 50-year-old concern, Anwar Group, Anwar Industries Pvt. Ltd. and Steel Castings Pvt. Ltd. The company is a pioneer in manufacturing of electric fans and developing high quality grades of alloy steels for castings, forgings and fabrication of machine parts and components. They supply various industries including, Cement, Automotive, Railways, Mining and Defense.

syedajamalheadshotSyeda Amna Nasir Jamal
SAN Enterprises

Syeda Amna Nasir Jamal is the proprietor of SAN Enterprises, a trading company that specializes in general trading of bulk agricultural commodities (rice), other general commodities and textiles. She is also editor in chief of SAN Tribune and Global Sentinel and has written over 450 articles/New stories for National and International media outlets. She is the founder and head of the Tavvun Welfare Association and Institute for Policy Studies, Research and Human Development in Pakistan and actively addressing educational issues and supported capacity building of women. She runs programs of free education for underprivileged children at Dhabeji, Thatta and Lyari (a gang war hit area).

Azra_photo_usaAzra Jamshed
Awan Cold Storage Private Ltd.
AJ Industries

Awan Cold Storage was established in 1965 and Azra began working as the Director in 1985. The company is involved in the preservation of fresh/Dry fruits and vegetables which are then exported to Afghanistan, Tajikistan and other central Asian countries. The main commodities that are exported are kinnow’s (oranges) and potatoes. We also import fruits from China and Afghanistan such as apples, pears, oranges, grapes and pomegranates. The company is strategically located for the only easily accessible trade way for the import and Export to Afghanistan through Pakistan. Azra also runs AJ Industries Private Limited which manufactures ice.


carolynyuanta-taiwan-iwec2016-headshotHsioa-Ling (Carolyn) Chou
Yuanta Futures Co., LTD.

Carolyn is General Manager of Yuanta Futures Co., LTD, a leading futures company and first IPO futures commission merchant in Taiwan. She has over twenty years of senior level managerial experiences across banking, securities, asset management, and future industries. In 2008 her book, “Making My Money Last a Lifetime” was a best seller and all proceeds from the book were donated to the Renewal Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child receives a proper education regardless of social or economic status. Alongside managing Yuanta Futures Co., Ltd, Carolyn is also currently the Board Chairman of the Taiwan Association of Women Entrepreneurs.

The Philippines

Oryspa Spa Solutions

Sherill founded Oryspa Spa Solutions Inc., the number one maker of 100% natural rice bran based health and beauty products in the Philippines. Aside from being a multi-awarded entrepreneur, she serves as a passionate mentor and professional speaker on the topics of entrepreneurship, branding, franchising, and strength-based coaching. She is also a trained Gallup USA Strengths Coach. She is the author of the book entitled A Small Entrepreneur’s Journey and has won has won many awards including Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Outstanding Young Entrepreneur South Luzon 2015; Most Promising Filipino Franchise Excellence Award 2015; Outstanding ASEAN Women Entrepreneur and Ha Noi 2016.


Ozi Licensed Textile Products
Zaruff Jewelry

Mihraban is the founder of two companies; one based in Sydney, Australia specializing in jewelry design and the second one based in Istanbul, Turkey-Ozi Licensed Textile Products, which manufactures everyday textiles. In 2006, the company started selling their own designs and products at a small kiosk in Sydney and quickly expanded to 13 retail stores throughout Australia, stands in various department stores and a wholesale business. In 2010, Mihraban formed, Ozi Licensed Textile Products which designs and manufactures socks, underwear and basic clothing. The company sells to chain supermarkets in Turkey and Europe, powered by an all-female creative team of talented designers and manufacturers.

ruknet-yesiyurt-iwec2016_headshotRüknet Yeşilyurt
Self Plast Plastic

Ruknet started her career in the plastics sector at 1974. In 2011 SELFPLAST LIMITED was incorporated. This firm has annual revenue of nearly $7.0 mill with 65 employees. The goal for the company is to maintain and increase production with more innovative and value-added solutions. The Turkish domestic market accounts for approximately 15% of domestic sector. This is why, we are looking forward to meet new, sustainable and solid import and export connections in the following in the coming year. SELFPLAST’s target is to increase its production 30% within following 5 years.

dilek-ataer-turkey-iwec2016-headshotDilek Ataer Altıparmak
Tugra Kimyeui Mad. San. 7ic. Ltd. Sti

Dilek earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Yildiz Technical University and began working in a firm manufacturing enamel frit. She was one of the first women working in the metal industry in Turkey at that time. In 1997, she founded her own firm and began to sell metal chemicals as well as consulted for Gizem Frit, one of the leading firms of the country. In 2009, she has selected to the Chemistry Committee of Istanbul Chamber of Commerce and in 2014, she began exporting to Middle-East, Balkans and Turkic Republics by obtaining Turkey distributorship of an Italian firm.


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Resigrass : Annemie Bayaert

Anne Marie Baeyeart

Contributing for over 30 years, starting from scratch up to high level management positions in a global company in Europe and Brazil, I finally followed my dream of leading my own company. I acquired an SME company with the plan to take it to the next level. In the meantime, I started a second company, took positions in the board of quoted and governmental companies and have the time of my life. All this happened since my 53rd anniversary, an age at which many are starting to think about their pension. I hope to be an inspiration to many, for this is really the ultimate dream come true.

ingrid-ceusters-belgium-iwec2016-headshotIngrid Ceusters

Ingrid Ceusters began her career as a dental surgeon, but soon switched professions and started working in the real estate industry. In 1996, she became a member of the Management Board of Hugo Ceusters nv, the real estate agency of her late husband Hugo Ceusters. As a certified BIV real estate agent, she eventually took charge of the company as CEO in 2007 and led it to the top of the Belgian real estate industry. Ceusters brought about the merger with Shopping Center Management Services (SCMS) and turned Group Hugo Ceusters-SCMS into a real estate player boasting expertise in office, retail, logistics, and investment real estate..

Corinne Dumont

Corinne has been an entrepreneur since 2007. After management studies and a 17-year long career at a US bank, she made a complete professional transition. Looking for a new challenge in line with her values, she took over two organic supermarket stores in Belgium. Corinne’s vision was to inspire a larger number of people to take care of their well-being through healthy food and expand the concept. Today, the company has grown to 6 stores under the name Sequoia and employs 80 people. It is a family-driven company with respect for people and the planet at the heart of their core values.


Anna_Vicens-VivesAnna Vicens Rohala
Vicens Vives, S. A.

Anna is editor-in-chief of Vicens Vives publishing house, dedicated to the publication of all types of school textbooks and educational materials and publishing teaching materials. The company’s goal was and is to publish books and materials fully adapted to the changes in society and the demands of the educational community for both teachers and students. Our policy of methodology renewal and updating remains a constant feature in our books. In addition, the presentation and design of our products is of a very high level of technological, educational and aesthetic quality, which has led to the receipt of numerous national and international awards. This has led us to be among the leading publishing companies in the Spain and to have a huge market presence in South America.

isabel-alonso-spain-iwec2016-headshotIsabel Alonso Alonso
Isabel Alonso, S. L.

In 1988, Alonso Valero S.L. was formed with one truck and a rented, and a small industrial warehouse for cold storage. Five years later, Isabel also formed Isabel Alonso, S.L., a transport company starting with 4 trucks. When her sons joined the business, the logistics company continued to grow and now has 200 trucks and 569 employees. Their strategy focused on covering a part of the market that was not entirely serviced and originally had routes were in Holland and Belgium. Now they are entering new markets in Germany and England.


britt-marie-stegs-sweden-iwec2016-headshotBritt-Marie Stegs
Hälsingestintan AB

When building Halsingestintan AB, Britt-Marie changed the industry of meat production by introducing ethical meat production. The business concept is to provide quality meat from farms with good animal husbandry to households all over the country. The company invested in their own breeding of cattle, a cutting plant in Eskilstuna (2011) and most recently “mobile slaughter.” All animals are fitted with a chip stating farm of origin which follows throughout the production process and finally becomes a QR code on the package that consumers can read with their mobile phones, allowing them to know exactly what farm and which farmer their steak comes from. Britt-Marie is and has been active in agricultural committees and entrepreneurship networks, sharing her knowledge on the international arena.

pingishadeniusheadshotPingis Hadenius
Löwengrip Care&Color

The long-term vision is that one day every woman worldwide will be using Löwengrip Care & Color products, designed to help women-on-the-go maintain balance in life. The company started in 2012 with each woman owning 50% each of the company with no external investors. The company offers free podcasts and does pro bono TV shows on financial literacy to help viewers improve their relationship with money. LCC started “The beauty of entrepreneurship award” together with a women’s magazine offering mentorship and financial support to start their own business. In addition, the company has sent thousands of products to refugee camps in Europe through one of their clients. Every LCC-employee gives away an hour each month to someone in need. Pingis started the Women’s Presidents Organization chapter in Sweden in 2014.

isabella-blondinella-sweden-iwec2016-headshotIsabella Blondinella
Löwengrip Care & Color

Isabella Löwengrip, commonly known as Blondinbella, is a Swedish entrepreneur and owner of Scandinavia’s biggest blog with over 1 million readers weekly. She started her first company at the age of 14, an investment company and currently she has 5 active companies. She published her first book in 2009 and has since published three more books. One of the books, titled Economista, was published together with her colleague and partner Pingis Hadenius. Isabella and Pingis share the leadership of three businesses, Economista (financial literacy), Flattered (shoes), Löwengrip Care & Color (cosmetics), and one of the most popular podcasts in Sweden with the same name as the book.

The Netherlands

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Metaglas B.V.

After gaining a BA in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Economics, Heske developed herself in industrial marketing. In 1999 she and her husband took over Metaglas from her father. Social involvement is important to her, which is why Metaglas is offering (young) disabled people, long-term unemployed, women returners and school leavers a platform to get the best out of themselves by giving them a job, education or traineeship. To support female entrepreneurship, Heske is on the advisory board of Sisterhood in Business. She has served as a city councillor in Tiel and is currently a commissioner at the Rabobank West Betuwe.


Lori Kennedy[2]Lori Kennedy
Louisbourg Seafoods

Lori Kennedy has helped to build Louisbourg Seafoods from humble beginnings to one of Canada’s leading seafood companies. Her unique understanding of the market has allowed her to cultivate ideas for raw product into cuisine offerings for niche markets all over the world. Passionate in her beliefs and committed to excellence, Lori sets her goals high and works to deliver solid results. She appreciates partnerships, and the concept of working together and relying on each other’s strengths. She dedicates much time and effort to international organizations and local charities, especially those involving entrepreneurship, women’s issues and the seafood sector.

United States of America

Anisa PhotoAnisa Balwani

Anisa is the owner of RCI Technologies, Inc. which provides Information Technology Professional Services and Software Development to major corporations and government entities nationwide. Anisa is also the Northeast Chapter President of the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, (USPAACC) and she is responsible for connecting Asian American, small and women-owned businesses on the east coast to major corporations and government agencies. She also serves on the Governing Forum Board of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) the Steering Committee of the Women’s President Educational Organization. Anisa is an advocate for small, minority and women owned businesses.

betty-manettaphotoBeatriz (Betty) Manetta
Argent Associates Inc.
Ascocair LLC.

Beatriz is CEO of Argent Associates Inc., a tech-centric systems integration firm and Asociar, a global firm delivering complete end-to-end supply chain optimization services and solutions. Ms. Manetta spent 20 years in Corporate America, primarily in the telecommunications industry, before launching Argent Associates Inc. in 1998. Ms. Manetta is a champion of ethnic minority, women and small businesses. She served on President George W. Bush’s President’s Export Council, where she advised on international trade matters and its impact on small, women and minority businesses. She has received numerous awards locally and nationally for her leadership and commitment to excellence.

tamara-nallsmallTamara Nall
The Leading Niche

Tamara Nall lives by the mantra, “to whom much is given, much is required”. She is the CEO of THE LEADING NICHE (TLN), an award winning and internationally recognized company known for using data and cutting-edge consulting to deliver ‘actionable intelligence’. TLN supports customers in global markets, including the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa. The Firm provides big data, cybersecurity, intelligence, Health IT, regulatory/compliance and investigative/examination consulting. She has won many awards and featured in the media. Mrs. Nall holds an MBA from The Harvard Business School and a BS and BBA.

maria-professional2Maria Thompson
Agile Sourcing Products

Maria is founder, President and CEO of Agile Sourcing Partners. Agile is a US based global supply chain management company with revenues over $220M and nearly 200 employees that focuses on providing procurement services, warehousing, staffing, freight and logistics for utility and infrastructure companies. Prior to founding Agile in 2006, Maria worked in various supply chain and purchasing roles nationally and globally where she leveraged her International MBA and project focus on supply chain. Maria is an active and supportive member of the diverse and small business supplier communities and entrepreneurism through her mentorship activities and technical development workshops for diverse and small businesses and for students.


Blanca VargasBlanca Ceclilia Vargas
Laboratorios Ronvar SAS

After starting two companies when she was 17, Blanca founded her cosmetics company in 1992 and created her own brand. The company had challenges but she persevered and lead it to great success. In 2004, she also followed her passion and opened a coffee bar which also became very successful. After 4 years, she sold the company to focus on her cosmetics company, branded Raquel Cosmetics, and founded a new global standards production factory as well. Ronvar now employs 108 workers and their products are well known throughout Colombia.


elka-pop-peru-iwec2016-headshotElka Popjordanova
Balkania, S. R. L.

Elka is an architect who graduated from university in Germany and has more than 30 years of experience as a manager of different companies such as Equipo Uno S.A. (Real Estate), Cosapi S.A. (Construction), Cosapi Data S.A. (Information Technology), Loyalty of Peru S.A.C. (a leading multi-partner loyalty system). Moreover, she has owned her own consultancy firm, Balkania S.R.L., for more than 5 years. Her company is responsible for the oversight of two large shopping malls in Lima with more than 200,000 meters of gross leasable area. Elka is a Director at the Peruvian Chamber of Commerce and also is involved with many other organizations.

2015 Awards Recipients

South Africa


Margaret Hirsch

Margaret Hirsch has become a leading example to business women in Southern Africa – coming from a humble background, to co-founding and running the multi million rand Appliance and Electronic retail organization, Hirsch’s. Margaret has been recognized through her efforts in building a successful business, and her determination to give back to the community by, over the last four years, winning  a multitude of business awards, including two Lifetime Achievement Awards in business and entrepreneurship. As Chief Operations Officer of the Hirsch group, a sought after speaker at business events and schools – where she has established a successful motivational program –  across Southern Africa,   this dynamic woman, who is passionate about her business and the people who work for and with her, has become a legend in her time.



Wendy Kemp

Accountability Group Pty Ltd.

Wendy Kemp, Owner/Managing Director of the Accountability Group Pty Ltd. The Head Office is based in Cape Town and is represented nationally within South Africa.

Accountability is a web-based service that was created in 2005 by her and late husband Howard, birthed by pure frustration with the aim of protecting businesses through reducing the risk caused by outstanding payments, pre-credit checking,  as well as assisting with debt recovery.  Since running the business on her own for the last six years, she has more than doubled the turnover in both revenue and staff.  Wendy has now entered into negotiations abroad in finding a suitable business partner that would complement her business on an International platform.


Shona McDonald

Shonaquip & Uhambo

Shona McDonald is CEO of Shonaquip & Uhambo a hybrid social enterprise started in 1992.  Shonaquip designs and manufactures a range of paediatric wheelchairs for children with mobility disabilities living in rural and resource poor settings.

Shona is a sculptor and mom of three, started the company after one of her daughters was born with severe disabilities and needed assistance to sit upright and move independently as mobility devices and support services for children were not available in South Africa.

Shonaquip & Uhambo based in Cape Town, with a joint turnover of US$2.5 million dollars employs 58 staff who deliver 4500 wheelchairs to users and provides mobile clinical services, training and support to over 17000 parents, caregivers and rehabilitation workers annually across Southern  Africa.


Juliet Mutonhori

Onara Transport

Juliet Mutonhori, Managing Director of Onara Transport Logistics which offers haulage transport and logistics services across the Southern African region started the company with her husband in 2012. Having started with 4 employees, 2 trucks on rented premises, the company has steadily grown into owning 15 trucks and its own premises with more than 25 employees in less than 3 years. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, the company now generates more than US$1,7m which is expected to double in the next 2 years. Her career spans over 12 years working in tourism, farming and NGO. She then worked for Weldwell P/L, an earthmoving company which is where her passion for transportation was ignited resulting in the conception of Onara. The company’s motto is “On Our Wheels, Its Delivered!”.

Theresa Tapfuma

Waterfall Cove Events (Pvt) Ltd.
T/A Zimbali Valley of Flowers.

Theresa Tapfuma is the Managing Director of Zimbali Valley of Flowers,  a leading Events Management Company. She founded the Company in 2010, to fulfill a huge gap in the market with regards to up market conferencing facilities and events management solutions. She has vast experience in administration, corporate affairs, and management. She has served in many organizations in various capacities, among them, First Mutual Life, and Ernst and Young. She is also a senior consultant at Logic Pay a company she founded in 2003 , and has run efficiently and gained sufficient knowledge in meeting customer needs. Zimbali Valley of flowers is a US3 million dollar company headquartered in Harare, Zimbabwe. The Company has 97 employees and does events for Corporate Clients throughout Zimbabwe and  Southern Africa .


Sunanda Dey

DEYS (United Suppliers)

is the Managing Director of Deys(United Suppliers) Co. Ltd.  She is a successful women entrepreneur in the trade of Pharmaceuticals medicine & surgical products as a leading Indentor & Importer in Chittagong, Bangladesh.She is dedicated with social activities, established education institute like school, and orphanage institutions to support the rural, urban helpless girls and women in personal life. She is an active member of various social organizations in Chittagong. She supports financial assistance to less privileged women to be self sustainable. She is the Director of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.


Baby Hasan

B.S. Fashion & Apparels

Mrs. Baby Hassan born in 1967 Chairman  of B.S. Fashion & Apparels a 100% Export Oriented Ready Made Garments & Buying House started business in the year 1995. The primary expense of B.S. Fashion & Apparels is the brainchild of Baby Hassan which gradually came to its present state from the constant monetary investment from her own fund for expansion and setup of a complete Ready Made Garments Buying house of best standard.  She faced various social barriers and challenges to prove her moral dignity that has no alternate between male and female. She helps the under privilege women in her business for being self- dependent. She is a successful business woman and active Member of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Farhad Yesmine

F&F Fashion  |  F&F Printing



gorsiparekhheadshotGorsi Atul Parekh
Arraycom (India) Ltd.

Mrs. Gorsi Atul Parekh, the Chair Person & Managing Director, is the driving force of Arraycom(India) Ltd. a satellite communication company founded by her husband, late Mr. Atul Parekh. One of the company’s primary clients is the Govt. of India and their telecommunications initiatives. As part of her program in the field of education, she founded J.N. Education Society (JNES) which runs a well renowned institutions in Ahmedabad, India namely Ahmedabad International School (AIS) as well as Todden (Toddlers’ Den). JNES is a non-profit organization to undertake various activities related to education and child development. She is also involved with other nonprofit agencies striving to lift people out of poverty and enchance education.  She has won numerous awards for all her work.


Mourya Boda
Brilliant Bio Pharma Private Limited

Mourya Boda is the Chairman & Managing Director of Brilliant Bio Pharma Pvt. Ltd. (BBPPL), a part of the TGV Conglomerate having a turnover of over USD 200 million: Prerith Constructions Private Limited, Vision Renergies & Projects Private Limited and Brilliant Industries Private Limited. She also oversees Nectar Laboratories Ltd. Mourya brings to the table, implementation skills that have proved vital to BBPPL, a veterinary vaccine manufacturer, in capturing new export markets for its Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Vaccine and Rabies Vaccine across the globe. The Company also spends quality time implementing a string of CSR activities. She has chaired the FICCI Young Ladies Organization, Hyderabad Chapter and is a member of CII. Mourya holds a Master’s Degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law.



Falguni Padode
Asapp Media Tvt Ltd.

Falguni Padode is the Group Managing Editor and CEO of ASAPP Media Information Group, a multinational B2B media house with 10 magazines dedicated to providing cutting-edge information on the construction, infrastructure, and industry sectors. She has also been editor for the group’s flagship publication CONSTRUCTION WORLD, for the past 15 years. Falguni received the “Best Journalist” award at the CIDC Vishwakarma Awards, in 2011. She is also Partner in the Group’s new foray into Smart Cities, setting up the Smart Cities Council India, in conjunction it the Smart Cities Council, USA. An active member of the Altamount Road Area Citizen’s Committee for two years, she is currently the Chairperson of the Mumbai Chapter of the Women’s Wing of FICCI, that works towards empowering women across all economic strata.


Ayesha Zaheer

Roshanay Boutique

Ayesha Zaheer is an executive Partner in Roshanay Boutique, a prestigious fashion house in Lahore,Pakistan. Her Mother had started this boutique in 1969, and was one of the pioneers in this business.  Ayesha joined the business as her partner in 1970’s. The joint efforts of this dynamic duo grew the business across the country and the globe. The company has over 25 employees in their headquarters based in Lahore and clients across Pakistan and in UK and USA. She has also represented Pakistani females in SAARC countries on SCWEC platform as Vice Chair. She is sole representative of ORSAT International in Pakistan, a global medical hub company based in Turkey.


Donna Meredith
Donna Meredith

Keystone Corporate Positioning

Donna Meredith, Managing Director of Keystone Corporate Positioning began her USD$2million business in 1997 in Sydney, Australia. Prior to co-founding Keystone, she was Group Brands Manager and Manager International Product at Qantas Airways Ltd. In the last 18 years Keystone has provided specialist marketing, management and strategic consultancy services in Australia and around the world. Keystone is a ‘virtual’ company with a team of 20 employees and consultants that creates customized teams based on client needs. The company leverages strategic partnerships with creative, research and communications agencies to provide scalable, flexible client solutions.  In 2012 Donna also became the Principal of Interaction Associates (IA) in Australasia – IA is an award winning global learning and development company headquartered in Boston.


Lia Chkonia

Georgian American Center for Reproductive Medicine ReproArt

Lia Chkonia is a founder and director of Georgian American Center for Reproductive Medicine ReproART.   After successful education at the Johns Institute for Reproductive Medicine, Norfolk, VA and after her professional experience in the USA, she came back to Georgia in 2000. Since then she pioneered in the techniques of Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Georgia and celebrated the births of first ICSI, TESA, MESE, Vitrified/Warmed blastocyst babies in the country. In the June of 2012 it became necessary to start new clinic and she became one of the founders of ReproART with 60% shares.  After one year business was extended to two other cities in Georgia.  Today ReproART is one of the most successful clinics in Georgia with revenue of near 2 million USD.

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Sandra Correia


Sandra  is co-owner of Novacortiça, S.A., a $5.0mill. company located in South Portugal, Algarve region.  They are producers of champagne cork disks for stoppers.  Sandra’s father started the company in 1986 and in 2013, Sandra became co-owner of the company. She created her own brand, Pelcor® in 2013 and focused on making cork a fashionable material, creating cork fashion accessories such as bags; wallets, umbrellas, hats.  Novacortiça, S.A. has 60 employees and sells in Europe, North Europe, USA, and Asia. In 2014, Sandra opened an American company, Pelcor USA, LLC to manage all Pelcor® business in USA.  Sandra was selected by President Obama in 2013 as part of a 91 country Entrepreneurship summit.


Ljiljana Karaklajic

D Express

Ljiljana founded D Express in 2008, providing express courier delivery of shipments. Today the company has 627 employees and operates at territory of Serbia (with ongoing project of international delivery). D Express provides two main type of services – Same day and Next day delivery, and last year’s revenue was over 9 million euros.  Ljiljana had started her career at public postal service, “Posta Srbije,“ in 1982. After 20 years spent in public sector, Ljiljana made a transfer into the private sector where she had spent 5 years as a manager for another company, before she made a decision to start her own business.

Mila Litvinjenko


Mila holds a degree in Philology French Language and Literature from the University of Belgrade and is fluent in four languages. In 1996, she started her own cosmetics business. Step by step AURA has grown and developed. Teamwork, innovation, flexibility, constant market research and recognizing their customer needs as well as quick reactions to satisfy them, have enabled AURA to successfully compete globally.  AURA’s products are in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Bulgaria, and currently it is negotiating contracts with distributors from Croatia, Slovenia and Austria with potential introductions in the Middle East and Africa.  As a small company with only 11 employees to start, AURA now has 76 employees, and its 700 different products are distributed to over 2500 sale points in Serbia and the surrounding countries.


Regina Llopis

Aplicaciones en Informatica Avanzada, K. L.

Regina Llopis, UC Berkeley Math PhD, is Founder, Investor, President & CEO of Group AIA, since 1988. She and her husband started the company with a dream to transfer basic science into industry.  Currently she leads their intra/entrepreneurship initiatives as well as develops strategy and expansion of all group technology driven companies in software and engineering, finding solutions in the fields of energy, banking, telecom, health and music Industries. Clients include 25 of the Forbes 2000 company list. Products they have developed include those adopted by NASA. The vision of the company is to become leaders in Basic Science transfer to Industry, and Building Algorithms for a better world and converting big data analytics into the change of paradigm from causality to correlations.


Hatice Kal

1 Adim Silikon Vadisi Egitimve Danismanlik Ltd.

Hatice Güner Kal is the CEO at 1 Adim Silikon VadisiEgitimveDanismanlik LTD. She is the Managing Director of Baltürk Electronic Inc, a forerunner in the telecommunications industry for over 21 years. Furthermore, she is a Member of the Baltaş Board of Directors- a family-owned corporation involved in yarn manufacture, and construction, and import/export. Her latest enterprise “Turkish Angels’ Delight” introduces uniquely presented, organic Turkish Delights to a worldwide audience. She is also a valuable member of The Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she is the President of the TOBBWomen Entrepreneurs Board in the city of Istanbul as well as in the Marmara region. Mrs. Kal strongly encourages entrepreneurial leadership among women, spreading her message through conferences both in Turkey and abroad such as India and Syria.

Zehra Taskesenlioglu

MAYA Project Management Company

Zehra coordinates preparation and implementation of EU and international projects for local governments, public institutions and the private sector as the owner and general manager of MAYA Project Management Company. In addition, she provides technical assistance on the preparation of EU and World Bank tenders. She also consults on renewable energy and Carbon emission trade and publishes research, reports and essays on Migration and Migration Management, EU Regional Policy and Energy Policies. She also directs national, regional and international projects funded by EU and Development Agencies.  She is a member of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, Istanbul Board of Women Entrepreneurs and founding chairperson of Foreign Economic Relations Board Turkish-Rwandan Business Council. Zehra is about to receive her PHD in Financial Economics.

United Kingdom

Helen Jamieson

Jaluch Limited

Helen Jamieson is Managing Director of Jaluch (2002) and Jaluch International (2014). Jaluch provides Human Resources and Training services to 350 organisations across the UK and internationally. Training focuses on the development of management skills and also employee skills including customer service and sales.  Helen employs 12 plus provides work for many associates. Jaluch International develops and sells training materials to organisations that for time efficiency, or cost effectiveness, reasons want to deliver their own training. Already sold into the UK and GCC region, it will soon be taken to market in the US.  Helen has also set up a not-for-profit called Global Fountain. GF supports entrepreneurs around the world by providing training and support. Training materials for both individuals and business groups are provided.


Feryal Abdulla Nass

Ma Maison Interior & Design  |  District Trading & Artland Interior W.L.L. Nass the Group

Feryal Abdulla Ahmed Nass is one of the leading Bahraini Entrepreneur, Interior Designer, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, leading Ma Maison Interiors, Design District Trading W.L.L. and Artland Interior, a Division of Nass TheGroup. She began her journey 25 years ago, through her family owned business – Nass The Group, which was established more than 50 years ago. Not satisfied, and in pursuit of higher achievements, she established her own independent business in 1999 – Ma Maison Interiors, and today proudly owns and operates 3 different establishments. Mrs. Feryal, is an active member in the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society; Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Bahrain Morocco Trade Council; Ministry of Labor Training and Arab – British Chamber of Commerce.


Huda Mohamed Adbulla Janahi

Global Group

Mrs. Huda Janahi, Vice president of Global Cargo & Courier Services, began her business from home in 2001 with a start-up capital of 2,600 USD in the Kingdom of Bahrain.  Within a few years and through the support of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Bahrain, Mrs. Janahi converted her small business into a successful enterprise. In 2008 she signed a merger, worth 3 million USD, with the Kuwaiti owned Global Logistic Company, which serves the whole Middle East region. Currently, Global Cargo and Courier Services employ over 100 staff; in addition to that Mrs. Huda owns four businesses in services, retail, media and manufacturing and her net worth is estimated at 25 million USD.

United States of America

Maria Rios

Nation Waste, Inc.

Maria Rios is the President and CEO of Nation Waste, Inc. (NWI), the first female Hispanic-owned waste removal company in the United States and one of Houston’s largest minority-owned companies.  NWI is a fully-certified, commercial waste disposal company specializing in construction, demolition, commercial/industrial non-hazardous waste removal, portable toilets and recycling services.  Fortune named Rios as one of the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in the U.S and in 2014 Goldman Sachs honored Rios as one of its 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.  In 2015 Rios and NWI were featured on CNBC’s Blue Collar Millionaires, a docu-series profiling big personalities who have gained wealth “by getting their hands dirty…and rolling up their sleeves…with a can-do mindset.”  Rios is a proud graduate of the University of Houston.

Michele Ruiz

Founder  |  Ruiz Strategies

Michele Ruiz is the President and CEO of Ruiz Strategies, a communications firm that develops and executes transformational communications and content marketing strategies for world-class companies, professional services firms, and government entities leveraging the power of social media, new media, traditional media and virtual technologies. The company, founded in 2011 by Michele, now has 16 employees and independent contractors with clients throughout the U.S. Previously, Michele founded, a bilingual expert based “how-to” educational broadband site for U.S. Hispanics. Before becoming an entrepreneur, she enjoyed a long career as a TV journalist during which she received 16 Emmy nominations, 5 Emmy’s, 4 Golden Mikes and LA Press Club Awards. Additionally, she is the author of new book, “Content Marketing for Lawyers” and a professional speaker.


María del Rosario Paz Gutiérrez

Maria is a successful businesswoman, President and CEO of Farmacorp and Director of the Chamber of Industry, Commerce, Service and Tourism of Santa Cruz- CAINCO. She completed her college career at Texas A & M University, majoring in business management and business analysis and went on to obtain a masters degree in Global MBA for Latin American Managers at the Thunderbird School of Management in Phoenix – Arizona. Her work experience has the following milestones: CEO- Executive President of Farmacorp Traducir del: Inglés and Principal Director of Chamber of Industry, Commerce, Services and Tourism of Santa Cruz- CAINCO. In her professional life she has many achievements at both the personal and corporate level, including the leadership in the chain of drugstores category nationwide with Farmacorp, and as Treasurer Director of CAINCO.


Marysol Leon Huayanca

Marysol Leon Huayanca

Quantum Consultores, S. A.C.

Marysol León Huayanca is Chairman and CEO of “Quantum Consultores ” (Quantum Consultants), a Peruvian entity operating since 2005 and engaged in providing consulting, tax, accounting and legal advisory.  In 1999 Marysol was designated  a Member of the Peruvian Tax Court and Director of Legal and Tax Standards and Regulations of the Lima Institute of Certified Public Accountants . Quantum Consultores is the representative in Peru of Morison International, the world’s ninth largest accounting and consulting network with member firms in more than 60 countries. The Company has a work team of 55 professionals providing customized high-quality service. Client portfolio comprises  local private and public-sector companies as well as cross-country projects (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, EEUU, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alemania). She is also a university professor.

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Comunicacion Activa S.A.C.

Rocio is a journalist by profession. She began her career at 18 years of age specializing in sports. She was a special envoy to three Olympic Games: Barcelona 92, Atlanta 96 and Sydney 2000. Twenty one years ago she founded Comunicacion Activa SAC, which is one of the most recognized companies in communications consultancy in the Peruvian market. She is the author of two books ‘¿Yo? ¡¿Madre?!’ and ‘Dichosas’, the main theme of her second book is menopause.  Today she is the president of Asociación Mujeres Batalla- AMUBA, a nonprofit association whose work focuses on women, creating motivational and entrepreneurship workshops for women. For the last 8 years, she has been the leader of  Salon Internacional del Humor Grafico, which focuses on awareness and issues related to the planet.

2014 Awards Recipients


ambayeheadshotAkiko Seyum Ambaye
Orchid Business Group – Logistics

I started Orchid Business Group PLC as a rental of construction machinery 13 years ago. The company has grown to include; transport and logistics, construction, flower farm, animal farm, health and recreation services, hair salons and beauty shops, hotels and catering, pile foundation, water drilling, lifting services, oil and gas field services, transit and customs clearing services.  We are in the process of building two factories for PVC and PE pipe manufacturing.  We have offices in Djibouti, Dubai, South Sudan, and we are establishing offices in Germany and other African countries. We have more than 2,500 employees.


obiheadshot2Nkechi Obi
Techno Oil

Nkechi is the Executive Vice-Chairman of Techno Oil Limited, a leading integrated oil and gas company in Nigeria. She was employed by Mobil in her early career as an Export Assistant and later became an investment officer.  After 10 years of working with Mobil, she left to establish her own company and tap into opportunities to supply small/medium-sized companies who were ignored by large oil multinationals.  The $400 million company is now 15 years old. Techno Oil has continuously ensured the petroleum products supply and availability including fuels, lubricants, LPG and chemicals through our retail outlets and commercial and industrial channels.

South Africa

Coroline_linkedin_PicCaroline Houghton
Rapid Allweiler Group

Caroline inherited her grandfather’s 70 year old company, Rapid Allweiler Group and is CEO.  The company started initially as an industrial manufacturing company specializing in the Production, Sales and Marketing of Pumps. Today the company has involved and operates several companies including Rapid Allweiler Pumps, Rapid Allweiler Foundry, Rapid Allweiler Conference and Banqueting Centre, A Restaurant and Hotel and an Asset Management company – which maintains controls and develops the group’s commercial properties and also holds the groups intellectual property in the forms of patterns and strategic pieces of equipment. Her personal motto is “Every day in Every way, I am getting better and better.”

formbyheadshotCaryn Formby
Power Plastics

Caryn is The Director of Power Plastics. Since taking over 12 years ago, she has transformed the company into a reputable niche fabricator of downstream plastic covers and liners with a client list that includes blue chip companies such as Pretoria Portland Cement Company, Virgin Active, Hosaf Fibres and Denel, servicing the whole of South Africa and other African territories. Caryn has a great passion for innovation and embraces new product development, bringing products to markets and identifying unique niches. She is also dedicated to the growth and personal development of her staff, ensuring that skills are consistently acquired and developed.

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Mercury Freight

In 1999 Margrit started Buffalo Freight Systems Ltd. and sold it 7 years later. In 2012 she started Mercury Freight taking loyal staff and many loyal clients with her.  Margrit’s greatest joy has been in watching people grow to their full potential. It is a partnership between Margrit, the staff and the clients, who are most definitely the kings who drive the success of the business. Margrit also rates community service and charity as one of her core values, mentoring under privileged learners, building houses for the homeless and supporting “Pap Mama” huts, portable prefab structures, in which ladies can cook and sell their food.


divine_ndhlukulaheadshotDivine Hdhlukula
Securio Security Services

Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula is the founder and Managing Director of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd which she started in 1998 in her home cottage with just 5 employees.Today she has over 4000 employees. Through hard work, determination and focus, Divine has built the company to become the most respected and sought after player in the security industry locally and internationally. Among the many awards she and her company has achieved, Zimbabwe’s 7th Best Employer in 2010, 2011 and 2013 and she was recently named one of the Most Successful Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine.


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Tava Restaurant & Lounge/Khulshi Mart

Managing Director of TAVA Restaurant & Khulshi Mart established in 1993. Tava was the first company established by her tireless efforts and rent less dedication. Tava provides high quality food conforming to local tastes health and hygienic standards with affordable price within the reach of target consumers. The company’s priority is to bring the best and most relevant products for people, wherever they are whatever their needs, throughout their lives. The corporate Motto of Tava is “Healthy Food for Better Life”. She is the Former Vice President & Member of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CWCCI).

Nafisa Sharmin 1jNafisa Sharmin
Mazkan Jeans LTD.

NAFISA SHARMIN born in 1976   Chairman of MAZKAN JEANS LTD & M.S. Shoe Ltd. She is a successful women entrepreneur in the trade of Professional services dedicated to quality service in the sector of 100% Export oriented Ready Garments Manufacturing business in Bangladesh.  She started her career with garments business from the year 2009 presently she is involved with a number of business enterprises. She is the Director of M.S. Shoes (Pvt.) Ltd. inspired with the prospects of garments sector in Bangladesh she has undertaken an initiative to establish more textile industries in the near future in Bangladesh. She is the Director of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

sharitamillatheadshotSharita Millat
Managing Director  |  Veritas Pharmaceutical LTD

MS SHARITA MILLAT born in 1971 Managing Director of “Veritas Pharmaceuticals Ltd.” is a  successful women entrepreneur in the trade of specialized Pharmaceutical business in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She is influential and has good capability, maintains strong marketing networks. She started her business in the year 2009. Her business is mainly involved in the power of healing aim to deliver potent medication, with accessibility, affordability and diversity. Vertias Pharmaceuticals Ltd. is a world class pharmaceutical Industry based in Gazipur, Bangladesh recommended by World Health Organization (WHO). She is the Member of Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry. She is dedicated with social activities and also involved with several orphanage institutions.


Phorum Gold Pvt Ltd.

Nafisa is the Director of the Board of Phorum Jewels Ltd. She has more than 20 years of experience in the jewelry industry. Phorum is the leading manufacturer and exporter of real diamond studded jewelry and gold bangles. Their latest designs and variety have placed them among the front runners in the industry and has earned them a strong reputation. The products are of high quality yet remain affordable. The company adheres to the highest professional industry ethics and standards and aims at preserving the integrity of their product.

Poonam PhotoPoonam Mahajan
Signages Systems India

Poonam holds a Masters in Financial Management and is a Chartered Accountant (CPA). She has worked for a number of years as a financial manager in different positions before starting Signage Systems. She is a value channel partner of Fortune 500 American corporates 3M and DuPont, for their Building Innovation products. She has also been awarded the Nakshatra Award by DuPont South Asia. Her company was also felicitated for timely and efficient service provision by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation. She is a Director of Aztec Identity Solutions and is a financial consultant for Lachhman Das & Co. As great believers in the empowerment of women and the handicapped, she and her husband have created a scholarship for blind women to help them in their effort to start enterprises and cottage industries.

ratnareddyjpgRatna Reddy
Shri Shakti Schools PVT, Ltd.

Ratna had the privilege of working in the USA and with her knowledge of the education sector in India, she established a school to offer the best of practices of both countries. She started in stages with pre-primary, moving to primary and has since expanded her business internationally. The school maintains consistent quality while achieving growth.  With 3200 students, over 750 employees-both faculty and administrative Staff, CHIREC flourishes in 3 campuses in a serene location, in the information technology hub of Hyderabad.  The school also encourages environmentally friendly practices like solar powered lighting and fencing, rainwater harvesting, zero waste management, and recycling of kitchen wastewater.


datohazimahheadshotDato’ Hazimah
Hyrax Oil SDN. BHD

Dato’ Zainuddin serves on the Board of MATRADE, an organization which promotes Malaysian exports to the rest of the world. Besides holding numerous key positions in a number of businesses, she actively participates in a host of women entrepreneur organizations. She had been Independent Non-Executive Director of Scientex Berhad since November 7, 2006 until April 4th 2013 and served as its Non-Independent Non-Executive Director from January 27, 2004 to November 7, 2006. She serves as the President of the Association of Women Entrepreneur in Business and Professions, PENIAGAWATI and serves as Vice Chairman 1 of Federation of Women Entrepreneur Association of Malaysia. She is both a Member of National Association of Women Entrepreneur of Malaysia, and a Life Member of the Tenaga Nasional Entrepreneur Association. She holds Diploma in Business Study, Institute of Technology, MARA.


jenny maJenny Ma
Jang Fu Enterprise Co., Ltd.

After losing her husband, with determination and diligence, Jenny built businesses in real estate, construction, trading and agriculture in seven countries. In addition, she founded two Rotary Clubs in Taipei, founded the Taiwan Women Entrepreneurs Association and founded of Care for Women Association. She also founded Taiwan Agriculture and Fishery Association.  In 2009, she hosted the Cross-Strait Women Business Leaders Economic and Trade Forum in Taipei-the very first women’s forum for mainland, Hong Kong, Macu and Taiwan. It is now a major annual event for women leaders from these four territories. Jenny has been honored several times for her work as a successful entrepreneur, political and social leader.

ching huaheadshotChing Hua Tsai
Ching Hua Bridal

Ching Hua is considered the top brand of Taiwan Bridal Art business, founded 34 years ago with the vision to bring customers happiness and joy during the best moments of their lives.  During these years, Ching Hua has had helped thousands of couples and families capture their best moments through our best in service, technology and art photography. Ching Hua has also photographed major political figures, successful business leaders, celebrities and their families. Ching believes trust and responsibility are the foundations of success.  She plans to expand overseas focusing on the Chinese, South Asian and US markets.

chingchingleejpgLee Ching Ching
An-Fa Anti-Aging

Ching Ching Lee has over 30 years of experience in running her business internationally. Upon graduation from University of Southern California, she joined her family’s international trading business in Taipei, Taiwan and eventually took over and expanded the business to Europe, America and Japan. In 1994, Ms. Lee Co-founded An-Fa Anti Aging Clinic and was named CEO. Under her leadership, An-Fa has grown to be the leading Anti Aging institution in Asia. In 2012, Cell Doctor Bio Lab, a subsidiary of An-Fa clinic won the Symbol of National Quality award from the government of Republic of China.  Ms. Lee is the chairman of Taiwan Women Entrepreneurs Association.

The Philippines

pacitajuanheadshotPacita U. Juan
Echostore Sustainable Lifestyle

Pacita set up a social enterprise business called the ECHOstore in 2008—the first specialty store of its kind in the Philippines. ECHO means Environment, Community, Hope andOrganization.  They source all their merchandise from marginalized communities around the country, while also promoting environment-friendly and upcycled artisanal crafts. In 2010, she also started a small organic farm project called ECHOfarms and in 2011, she and her partners decided to open their third concept —the ECHOmarket.  Pacita also heads the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. and the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines.

milalacsonjpgMila Lacson
MIL Exports

Mila worked with the Bank of America, Manila just out of university. She left the bank in 1986 to set up her own company. MIL Export Philippines was organized in 1987 with five full time in-house designers.  The company pioneered the production and development of highly finished paper mache products. From a group of ten workers, the company has grown to a workforce of 1,000 which includes regular and contractual workers. Starting with three customers, MIL Export Philippines has succeeded in penetrating the U.S., European and Australian markets and has big importers in Germany as its top clients.


Lynette Mayne
Work Wear World


Biljana Javanovic
Luna Fashion

Jasmina Knezevic
Bel Medic Hospital


Veronica Fisas
Natura Bissé

Ana Maiques


Karin Bodin
Polarbröd AB

Emy Blixt
Swedish Hasbeens AB

Karin Soderlind
House of Dagmar


Emine Sahinkaya
Asanteks Tekstil San. Ve Tic A. S.



United Kingdom

Karen Emanuel
Key Production Ltd.

Michelle Wright

United States of America

Vigdis Eriksen
Eriksen Translations Inc.

Jena Gardner
Global Group by JG

Hetal Parikh
Rangam Consultants Inc.


Meche Correa
Meche Correa

Dolores Guevara
Farmacia Universal, S. A. C.

2013 Awards Recipients


Ellen Maama Hagan
L’Aine Services Limited

South Africa

Renee Keeble
SA Commercial (Pty) Ltd

Nonku Ntshona
Nonku Ntshona & Assoc. Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd.

Ferose Oaten
Avts Roadworthy Stations (Pty) Ltd.


Sharmeen Husain

Mantasha Ahmed
Reela’s Fashion Boutique

Angela Baishakhi Mendes
JLM Container Services Ltd.


J Mohanasundari
Kayjay Sharp Trendys & Sharp Electrodes, Pvt. Ltd.

Pronita Baruva
Bemolapur Tea Company

Vandana Luthra
VLCC Health Care Ltd.

The Philippines

Myrna T. Yao
Richwell Trading Corporation


Zuhal Mansfield
TMG Dogaltas San. Tic. Ltd. Sti


Judith Viader
Frit Ravich

Immaculada Amat
Founder  |  Amat Immobiliaris


Signhild Arnegård Hansen
Svenska LantChips AB

Ida Backlund
Rapunzel of Sweden

The Netherlands

Ingrid Van Rossum
Change from Within


Marie-Josée Gagnon

United States of America

Kristina Bouweiri
Reston Limousines

Nadine Cino
Tyga-Box Systems, Inc.

Wendy Shen
FLOMO/Nygala Corp.


Mercedes Ferrer de Cuadros
Quasfar M&F S.A.

Luz Marina Rojas Pacheco
Dispa Food

Myriam Moya Suta
Esko Laboratorios


Rosa Bueno
Fernández-Dávila & Bueno

Pilar Deza
Casuarinas College

Helena Soler
Helena Chocolatier

2012 Awards Recipients


Stella Okoli

South Africa

Jennifer Paterson
Trans Africa Safaris

Christa Leonie Van Louw
All Seasons Milk (Pty) Ltd.   |

Nelia Annandale
Keedo International


Jesmin Akter
Chapai Agro Industries Ltd. & Multi Trade International

Savina Ekram Shirajee
Savina’s Kitchen

Sultana Nur Jahan
Meah Bibi & Taj Nur Food Products


Kanchan Naikawadi
Indus Health Plus Pvt. Ltd.

Sujata Sarawgi
Sujata Weaves and Prints

Kiran Sharma
ITE Group


Zaya Orchirbat
Ireedui Energy

The Philippines

Teresita M. Yujuico
Attitudes Group of Companies


Rushar Pekcan
Karon Muhendislik.Sanayi Ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti


Chelo Tonijuan
Compaynía General Càrnia S.A.

Susana Monje
Grupo Essentium

Mar Raventós
Grupo Codorniu


Pernilla Stålhane
Pallmax Sweden AB

Maud Spencer

United States of America

Ann Kayman
Founder & CEO  |  New York Grants & Co.

Janice Hamilton
Carrot New York

Maureen Borzacchiello
Creative Display Solutions, Inc.


Gabriele Fiorini
Restaurantes Punta Sal

Yolanda Torriani
W. Moller Sac Ajustadores y Peritos de Seguros Y.T. & Associates

Cecilia Tarrillo
Aguilar Comindent S.A.C.

2011 Awards Recipients


Yewande Zaccheaus
CEO  |  Eventful Limited

South Africa

Susan Huxter
Owner  |  Le Quartier Francais

Barbara van den Bossche
CEO & Owner  |  Vintage Group

Valerie Mentz
CEO  |  Greystone Trading


Syeda Zeenat Ara Nipun
Proprietor  |  N.D. Fashion


Mira Kulkarni
Managing Director  |  Mountain Valley Springs India Pvt Ltd.

Namita Raman
Managing Director  |  Singrimari Tea Estate (P) Ltd.

Manjula Reddy
Executive Director  |  The Country Club India Ltd.


Bolormaa Batbayar
CEO  |  Mongol Em Impex Concern


Shaheen Afishan
Managing Director  |  M/s., Summit International

The Philippines

Maria Socorro M. Malitao
President & CEO  |  Standout Group of Companies


Diane Tompson
Managing Director  |  The Powercom Group


Rosa Clara
Owner  |  Grupo Rosa Clara

Elizabeth Trallero
Managing Director  |  Congost Plastic, S.A.

Adriana Casademont
President & CEO  |  Casademont, S.A.

United States of America

Dianna Raedle
Managing Director  |  Deer Isle Capital, LLC

Sandi Webster and Peggy McHale
Principals  |  Consultants 2 Go, LLC

Bonnie Schnitta
President  |  SoundSense, LLC


Marina Bustamante
CEO  |  Renzo Costa S.A.C.

2010 Awards Recipients


Sara Abera Alemu
Muya Ethiopia


Grace Amey-Obeng
Forever Clair


Ifeyinwa Ighodalo
Design Options Ltd.

South Africa

Robyn Griffin
Samaircon (Samsung Air)

Xoliswa Kakana

Sibongile Sambo
SRS Aviation

Emiley Volmer
Evo Media


Monowara Hakim Ali
Intraco Cng Ltd.


Dr. Kusum Ansal
Ansal Api

Lalita Devi Jain
Madhushree and Milestone Coke

Saroj Jajodia
Jajodia Viniyog PVT Ltd.

Harjinder Kaur
Comvision (India)

Sonalee Kumar

Gurleen M Puri
Gurleen M Puri

Sunita Shekhawat
Midas Designer Jewellery

Shabnam Singhal
Sirius Designs and Events


Sony Vasandani
Sunshine Pre-School and Teachers Trainings

Cynthia Wihardja


Erdenechuluun Tsevegrash (Erka)
Gandirs Group

Asia – Pakistan

Shabnam Zafar, Elegance International


Cristina Castañer
Castañer S.A.

Rosa Oriol

Carme Ruscalleda
Restaurant SantPau – Carme Ruscalleda

United States of America

Carmen Castillo
SDI International

Shazi Visram
Happy Baby

Mary F. Pisarkiewicz
Founder & Chief Creative Officer  |  PM & CO

2009 Awards Recipients


Millicent Warigia Gathuthi
Managing Director |  Mills Baker Ltd.


Margaret Nkem Orakwusi
Group Managing Director |  United Fisheries Ltd.

South Africa

Irene Ivy-Schuurmans
Co-Founder |  The Cape Herb and Spice Company,


Dipali Goenka
Director  |  Welspun Retail Ltd.

Vasundhara Mantri
Professional  |  Jewelry Designer

Anita Lal
Creative Head  |  The Goodearth Company


Poonam Sagar
Owner  |  PT Infotech Solutions

Sri Lanka

Kanthi Ramya, Manel Weerakoon
Chairman & Managing Director, Ram a Holdings


Yupin Macleod
Owner  |  The Best Group of Beauty Salons


Maria del Carmen Mur
Impulsio de negocis, S.L.

Núria Vilanova
Chairwoman and Founder   |   Inforpress

Rosa Maria Esteva
CEO and Founder  |   Grupo Tragaluz

United States of America

Nancy Johnson
Founder, President and CEO  |  Optimyze

Kalpana Patel
President & President  |  Unique Comp Inc.

Rachel Algood
President & CCO |  Isocurve

2008 Awards Recipients


Winnie Gitau
Founder & President, Pure Health Products


Ibukun Awosika
MD/CEO, The Chair Centre Group

South Africa

Cheyyann (Anni) Bodington
Managing Director, TESA Palisade Fencing and Security Systems (PTY) Ltd.


Nalini Sharma
CEO, Nalini Sarees

Deepika Jindal
Austenitic Creations Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi

Vidhi Singhania
Proprietor, M/S VIDHI


Maria del Pino Velazquez

Nani Marquina

Nuria Basi
Basi S.A

United States of America

Sneh Mehtani
Owner, Mehtani Restaurant Group

Leni Schwendinger
Owner, Leni Schwendinger Light Projects, LTD.

Donna Childs
Owner, Childs Capital

2007 Awards Recipients


Preeti Sharma
Director (Marketing)  |  Pragati Software PVT. Ltd.

Nishi Gupta
Managing Director  |  Advance Products (P) Ltd.

Suchitra K. Ella
Founder & Director  |  Bharat Biotech International Limited

A list of all awardees from 2007 to 2015 is available for download here.