Suzy Ogé – Founder and Director of The Women’s Business Initiative International
Suzy Ogé is the Founder of The Women’s Business Initiative International (WBII). In 2007, she subsequently launched Your Future Today, a Career Empowerment Program for young women entering the workforce.
Suzy has extensive business operations experience in the U.S. and Europe. She initially came to Europe in 1998 for the start up of Ben Nederland B.V. (now T-Mobile) and then became Director of European Operations for SBC Communications (now AT&T) based in Brussels.
In addition to the WBII, through her own business Etcetera Consulting, Suzy works with entrepreneurs, corporate teams and individuals to infuse the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation into their work.
She teaches Entrepreneurship, Business and Communication courses at several Universities in the Netherlands, mentors student run start-ups, and is a frequent guest lecturer and speaker at other universities, organizations and corporations on the topics of Entrepreneurship, Success, Women in Business, Cross-cultural Management, Communication and Social Media.
Suzy has recently become a motivating force in the fitness world with STRONG is the New Black.
Charlene Lambert – Chairman at Taiwan Desk/Taiwan Globalization Network
Charlene Lambert is Chairman at Taiwan Desk/Taiwan Globalization Network. Charlene is also an Adjunct Professor in International Business and Marketing at Webster University in The Netherlands. Charlene was instrumental in setting up the Women’s Business Initiative International.
Toon Buddingh – Renowned Cluster Innovation Guru
Toon Buddingh is a renowned Innovation Guru. After his study Technische geophisica at the University of Delft and a traineeship of three years at Stork NV Toon fully committed himself to entrepreneurship. With his company BVIT innovatienetwerk he has established five clusters for starting entrepreneurs. Now, 5 years later, he has managed through these clusters to coach nearly 75 starters into a successful business. Part of the BVIT is an investment company, a placement agency for students and a consultancy company.
Godelijn Boonman – Partner of GMW Advocaten
Godelijn is partner of GMW Advocaten. She was born and raised in Kenya and is a native English speaker. Godelijn studied in Utrecht for five years and then started working when she was 22 at a big firm Wladimiroff & Spong. Her next career move was becoming a partner at GMW Advocaten. GMW Advocaten now exists 20 years and has 25 lawyers. GMW is what you call a full-service office. Companies can usually find the legal speciality within our walls. In general the expertise of GMW is: Corporate Law, Intellectual Property Law, ICT, Real Estate Law, Employment Law (expertise Godelijn), Family and Inheritance Law, Criminal Law and Administrative Law. GMW’s national and international clients are mainly companies, with the exception of employees in the employment section and private people in the family section (especially divorce). The company range is from middle big to big. GMW advocaten is very much internationally orientated and they like to work for international companies and expats/foreigners.
Arno Panis – Director Rebelgroup Advisory
Arno Panis is a director at Rebelgroup Advisory. He has extensive experience in project and asset financing, particularly in the international transport and logistics sectors. Arno had a leading role in establishing Structured Finance- en Corporate Finance transactions for Asian, European, North and South American clients. He has been active in, amongst others, the Rotterdam banking market and was a Partner in Ernst & Young LLP in New York. Next to advisory, Arno currently works on expansion of the Corporate Finance, Funding and Investment capabilities within Rebelgroup.
Usha Kakaria-Cayaux - Global Talent Manager at Heineken International
Usha Kakaria-Cayaux is Global Talent Manager at Heineken International. Born to an Indian father and Danish mother, she grew up and was educated in Canada. After completing her degree in Commerce, Usha moved to The Netherlands where she has been for the last 13 years. Her work experience is diverse having started in cost controlling and worked in marketing, PR and events organization. Usha was an entrepreneur for seven enjoyable years, after which she decided to re-join the corporate world. Prior to her joining Heineken in June 2008, she worked for Nike EMEA as Management Development Program Manager.