Akanksha Menon

Executive Board

Purpose of the Executive Board

The WBII is an association for members run by members.

The Executive Board consists of committed members, each taking specific responsibilities to support the WBII but functioning as a team. The Board members give their time free of charge, for an average of 4 hours per week. We meet monthly, on the first Tuesday of the month, from 10-12 for a board meeting to establish, review and implement the business strategy of the WBII, ensuring that the organisation is on track and sustainable. We aim to have around 6 members on the board, each bringing in specific skills.

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WBII Executive Board Members

Charlene Lambert – President

Charlene LambertCharlene Lambert is 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.

Profile | Webster University

Dymphna Elsink – Vice Chairwomen

Dymphna_ElsinkDymphna is Dutch, and lived in Spain (Mallorca) for 8 years. She came to The Hague in 1990 to study communication management at the Haagse Hogeschool. Later whilst studying Psychology at the University of Leiden, she worked at a child day care centre, which helped her develop many useful skills. She rediscovered her passion for organising, fixing problems and helping others. After 7 years she decided to practise this passion as an entrepreneur. In 2007 Dymphna Business Assistance was established which evolved today into Jouw Assistente.

Dymphna is a freelance Personal Assistant, a helping hand and loyal support to many entrepreneurs at the same time.

“Being a part of the WBII is not only inspiring but also a way to give back.”

Profile | Jouw Assistente

Lisa Hall – Treasurer

Lisa HallLisa is originally from the UK and after several international adventures in France, Spain and Andorra, she has now settled in The Hague since 2007.

Lisa has run her graphic design business: Lemonberry for the last 15 years, and enjoys working with small businesses either developing their brand from the beginning and working on all media including website development, or helping businesses re-define their public image.

Lisa has been on the executive board since 2009, Chair from 2014-15 and now Treasurer once again in full support of the WBII and all it does for the business community.

“The WBII has been an inspiring and supportive community for me over the years and my business would not be what it is today without the energy, passion and enthusiasm that the WBII encourages in us all. To be able to support other women entrepreneurs along their journey is a privilege”

 Profile | Lemonberry

Nira Satguru  – Executive Board Member

Nira SatguruIn 2008, Nira achieved one of her dreams of raising funds for SOS orphans charity while trekking up Mt Kilimanjaro to 5000m.

Nira has her MBA from the University of Liverpool, where she was inspired to engage in diverse entrepreneurial and social entrepreneurial ventures creating further opportunities with people and for people. These have enabled her to finance the Future of Learning Home and travel widely.

In 2010 Nira attended the Future of Learning Institute at Harvard Graduate School of Education and was inspired to establish her own FOL Centre/Home which she did in 2014.

The inspiration drawn from spending time with such leading academics as Howard Gardner and David Perkins keeps her educational research interests at the forefront, and has added to the momentum to create further projects and undertake educational research that can shape the future leaders and be a change agent.

“As a part time educator at Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest International School, I have the opportunity to pursue my passion of making a difference in little ways. Joining WBII and meeting like-minded entrepreneurs keeps my entrepreneurial spirit alive! It is an honour to be part of the WBII Board. I look forward to working with all members and the Board to expand on the vision created by the founder, Suzy.”

ProfileFuture of Learning Centre

Akanksha Menon – Executive Board Member

Akanksha MenonAkanksha Menon is currently finishing the last year of her BS in Business Administration at Webster University, Leiden and is expected to graduate in May 2019. Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs, her main interests are strategy, real estate and social entrepreneurship. Akanksha also feels passionately about politics, women empowerment and women’s rights issues. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling and investing.



Joining the Executive Board


Benefits of joining the Board:

  • Your company logo will be displayed on the website as a Friend Sponsor with an active link back to your website.
  • Bring guests to the networking events at the member price. Please notify the Office Manager in advance by email.
  • Increase your visibility within the entrepreneurial and international communities.
  • Opportunities to grow your network, connect with members and with The Hague on a different level.
  • Opportunities to enhance professional skills, work in a dynamic and inspirational team, as well as to make a difference to the WBII and to women worldwide
  • On a personal level, though we work hard it is a fun team, and you get to learn a lot about yourself, and about others.
  • Voluntary positions at this level, especially in this area, are valued by employers and will also enhance your LinkedIn profile.
  • At the end of your commitment, you will receive a recommendation on LinkedIn for your contribution to WBII.


  • Requires a commitment of 2 years, with an average contribution of 4 hours per week
  • Registration at KvK (only required for select roles)
  • There is an orientation meeting prior to joining the Board
  • Monthly Executive Board meetings (first Tuesday of the month)
  • Focus Area Lead (or co-lead)
  • Keep up-to-date with communications (using Asana)
  • Support and participate in WBII events

Being a Team Player, selfless dedication and commitment to doing are a must, as is the ability to work independently on the tasks assigned and report back to the Board in the time frame agreed upon.


Short bio and profile photo for the website.

Procedure for inviting Members to join the Executive Board

  • Members are informed of Board Member vacancies at the AGM (March), via The Wise newsletter, Facebook group, and at Networking Events
  • Members interested in joining the Board can contact the Office Manager or an existing Board member at any time to indicate their interest. They may be requested to submit a motivation statement outlining their contributing skills.
  • Members are personally invited to join the board by current Board members.
  • President is elected from within the Board for a minimum term of 1 year
  • Ideally one Board member should be proficient in Dutch
  • Changeover happens mostly September.

Current Openings:

We are looking specifically at this time for three Board Members with knowledge and desire to focus on Events, Finance and Social Media.