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Global Ambassador Bisila Bokoko

Bisila Bikoko appointed Global Female Wave of Change Ambassador

Bisila Bokoko

Female wave of Change is very excited to announce that Bisila Bokoko has accepted the role of Global Ambassador. Given her international roots, her businesses, her non-profit projects and network all over the globe, it was the only good choice we could make to offer her the Global Ambassador role. From the first meeting on Bisila embraced the Female Wave of Change vision and is already connecting with women worldwide to create waves!

Entrepreneur, Speaker, Advisor, Show-host, Founder

From hosting at the UN in Switzerland to delivering powerful keynotes in Dominican Republic, and on-air radio hosting in South Africa, Bisila Bokoko has shared her business expertise and inspirational journey with audiences across the world during her 18-year career.

Top 10 most Influential Spanish Women in American Business

She developed her expertise in geopolitics, tourism, and culture by working closely with cities in Spain and countries in Africa. By cultivating relationships with foreign Heads of State and international business leaders she became one of the ten most influential Spanish women in American business. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Bloomberg TV, Black Enterprise, Harper’s Bazaar & other top publications.

Bisila Bokoko has an impressive track record of taking businesses from local to global. As the Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce for 7 years, she worked closely with a wide range of industries and leading Spanish brands.

In 2012 she founded BBES, a New York- based business development agency that represents, promotes and markets brands internationally. Bisila also serves as an advisor to emerging leaders, providing guidance on personal branding and leadership that prepares them to move to the global stage and share their expertise worldwide.

Her African Roots

Bisila’s desire to empower those less fortunate to create a better life, inspired her to found BBALP, a non-profit organization committed to opening libraries throughout Africa with current presence in Ghana, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Uganda.

She fronted the women’s scheme and actively worked to support female entrepreneurs in their efforts to launch businesses. In addition, Bokoko hosted the Pikolinos Maasai Gala at the United Nations to support the Kenyan tribe. Through the Maasai Project, over 1,600 Maasai women hand embroider leather onto Pikolinos shoes and bags enabling them to earn a stable income while preserving their cultural heritage and way of life.

Advisory Board Member United Nations EMPRETTEC Women Programs

Bisila Bokoko serves as an advisory board member of United Nations EMPRETTEC Women Programs, fostering entrepreneurship skills among women in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Bokoko earned an MBA in Business Administration and Economics in Madrid from San Pablo University, a certificate of British Law at the University of Manchester, and a M.A in International Relations from City University of New York. She graduated in October 2017 as a Naam Yoga Teacher and practices Iyengar on a regular basis.

A native of Valencia Spain, her family roots stemmed from the Bubi Tribe in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. She describes herself as a cultural hybrid,” born in Spain to African parents, becoming an American citizen and living in New York City for the last fifteen years. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and basic German.

Let’s create huge waves Bisila all over the world!

 

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Ambassador Dr. Rowyda Nawwaf Al-Harithy – Saudi Arabia

Female Wave of Change is very honored to introduce our Ambassador in Saudi Arabia Dr. Rowyda Nawwaf Al-Harithy

Rowyda Nawwaf Al-Harithy

Professor Molecular Genetics

Dr. Rowdy Nawwaf Al-Harithy is a professor of Molecular Genetics at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Saudi Arabia. She works with postgraduate students to understand the causes of diseases such as cancer and diabetes.

Dr. Rowyda Nawwaf Al-Harithy received her Bachelor’s degree from Portland State University, USA and her PhD from Sussex University, Brighton, UK. Prior to joining KAU, Prof. Al-Harithy was a Research Associate in a Molecular Genetic laboratory at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh, from 1984-1995.

Women development

For the last 34 years, through Dr. Rowdy’s work in research, administrating and teaching in governmental institutes she had the opportunity to strengthen her own skills as well as support other women around her from students and young administrators to assistant professors and colleague professors.

Role model for her 3 daughters

No doubt her inspiring strength propelled from her workplace to her own home. She raised three daughters. All have fled the nest now with a clear vision, plan and dream. The older daughter, Rayya, graduated from St Andrews and Manchester University in the UK, she is now working as an anesthetist. Rowyda’s second daughter, Ruba, graduated from Duke University and is currently working as a lawyer at White and Case International Law firm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Rana, her youngest daughter, is majoring in system engineering at UNCC, USA and is expected to graduate in May 2018. Rana is planning to do her master’s degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. Rowyda is waiting for them to come home with experiences that she cannot match and victories that she is proud of.

Middle East

Dr. Rowyda Nawwaf Al-Harithy will be part of our Middle East Ambassadors Team led by Roula Eid Sawan in Lebanon. We are very excited that we have such a powerful team of women in this part of the world where women are the catalysts for change.

Create real impact

I believe that women can take the lead and change the world to a better way. I joined Female Wave of Change to support women in general and the youth in Saudi Arabia in particular. Supporting females to face the rapid changes currently happening in our social life and overcome obstacles including media critics.

Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”.

Women have to be truly confident of their strong ability to resist and ignore difficulties with love; and support each other by listening, exchanging knowledge and experiences. To see such empowerment gives me great satisfaction.”

 

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Ambassador Shad Begum – Pakistan

Meet our ambassador Shad Begum Paktin for Pakistan

Shad Begum ambassador Pakistan

Deeply influenced by the social inequalities around her and inspired by her father’s social work in her early age, Shad Begum would become a known figure nationally and internationally. Because of her determined struggle to improve the conditions of the marginalized segments, especially women, of her community in the northwest of Pakistan – a deeply religious and conservative area where Taliban publicly executed men and women on non-conformity to their version of Islam.

Association for Behavior & Knowledge Transformation

Shad Begum is the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Association for Behavior & Knowledge Transformation (ABKT). This is an organization working towards the economic and political empowerment of communities in underserved areas of Pakistan. Her organization is uprooted during the Taliban take-over in Swat due to massive displacement of people in 2009-2010. Her resilience kept ABKT alive during enormous odds.

International Woman of Courage Award

Shad Begum previously worked with the UN Human Settlements Program as a consultant for the “Building Gender Ladder Project,” as well as with UNDP’s Women Political Participation Program.

To encourage women at the grassroots level, Shad Begum contested local elections in 2001 as an independent candidate and served as councilor for five years in Dir Lower.

Shad Begum is Ashoka fellow, Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellow at National Endowment for Democracy and Acumen Fellow. Shad is also the recipient of numerous awards. This includes the U.S. Department of State’s “International Woman of Courage Award” (2012) and the “Prize for Creativity in Rural Life,” awarded by the Women’s World Summit Foundation (2008).

Create real impact

“I support FWoC because I believe that women issues are global issues. Until and unless we women around the world will not come together, we cannot create a real impact on the larger scale. FWoC is playing a vital role in bringing women together around the world, to share, reflect, learn and formulate their strategies not only to continue their struggle but also to inspire every human being around the world to understand and own the women empowerment agenda. I am overwhelmed to join FWoC to work together with well-accomplished women leaders around the globe to make this world a better place to live.”

 

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Ambassador Nyaradzo Mashayamombe – Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe FWoC ambassador for Zimbabwe

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe - Zimbabwe

Female Wave of Change is excited to welcome Nyari Mashayamombe as our Ambassador in Zimbabwe.

In this very patriarchal society Nyari is very much focused in creating a safe world where girls and young women are free to dream and are empowered to become whatever they want to be. Education is very important and she commits herself to a project to have all children in Zimbabwe go to school for basic education.

Girls and Young Women’s Rights

Nyaradzo Mashayamombe is founding director of Tag a Life International Trust (TaLI), a Girls and Young Women’s Rights, Gender and Advocacy Group in Zimbabwe. She is founding member of the African Movement for Democracy and she is Board member of Community Solutions Alumni Program by US State Department. Nyari has served on various boards, currently member of local and international networks. She is a Reagan Fascell Alumni.

Nyari is a multiple award winning human rights activist, development consultant and entrepreneur. She writes articles on women’s rights, gender and development for prestigious local and international newspapers, journals and blogs.

Multi talent

Next to this all she is a singer/song writer and poet. Do watch her on YouTube.

We are really excited to create waves together and make change happen in Zimbabwe.

 

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Ambassador Manizha Paktin – Afghanistan

We welcome ambassador Manizha Paktin for Afghanistan

Manizha Paktin Ambassador AghanistanManizha Paktin is professor at Balkh University, engineering faculty, civil department. She is teaching management, planning and technology of construction at faculty since 2005. She is Director of Rad Constructional Company (RCC) since 2006 and she is consultant in civil engineering on construction projects; constructing private houses, hotels, clinics, bridge and schools in more then 25 provinces. She is providing drawings, designs, estimations all required technical drawings.

She is founder of organization Stand Up For Afghan Academic Women Organization (SAAWO) active in more than 15 provinces of since 2013 in Afghanistan. She is program coordinator in the northern part of Afghanistan, Afghan leader women network economic development and Rising Afghan Women Leaders Initiative program (RAWLI).

She has a masters degree in management, planning and construction.

She has a M.T.S. in construction management and planning. Now she is studying her PhD in Civil Engineering.

Manizha Paktin will be attending the 10th Annual IWEC Conference, held on Nov. 12-14th in Redmond, Washington, to accept her award first time from Afghanistan.

Why Female Wave of Change?

Manizha Paktin: “The solidarity of the women in the world can make the root of humanity stronger, women are creative and capable. The women’s are the core of society which generates generations. We have to help other women to get higher up and stand up too, so as a whole we benefit. Gone are the days where you fight to the top, bashing all other competition out of the way.”

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Feminine leadership: Building, Bridging, Inspiring!

Feminine strength and leadership, I find fascinating

Taking the lead as a woman in a mainly male environment and with different cultures. Standing strong and growing. She does it, my friend. I like it, love it and secretly I admire it.

Different worlds?

As lovers of salsa, we met at a social dance a few years ago. Dancing was our main priority, but during the breaks we loved to talk about work. She started as a team lead at a technical division of an international company, working in The Netherlands. An environment with a lot of technicians and operators. Later she was offered a promotion, going abroad and got an increase in responsibility. Being a trainer she had to improve workflow, processes and quality to align the foreign factories to the dutch and general standards. She was staying in African countries for a few months.

Challenging! Being female among men, different roles, seniority, race and culture.  She needed to use or develop new skills. Online and offline, we talked about it and I loved her stories. I also saw the beautiful panorama pictures and learned she stayed in a compound and needed a driver to go out. Adjusting yourself to another way of life. Learning your new, temporary colleagues to adopt another way of working.

Finding togetherness (everywhere)

I am in Haiti now! Staying here for work and a living”, so MJ told me this spring. My dear friend explained that she was asked to set up a new branch of her company. To build something new instead of improving an existing workforce. A next stage in her career and a lot of new stories to share. As before, in her former job, she invited me to come to visit her. I had to reject these attractive offers. I would have loved to see it with my own eyes, to hear about it personally.

Hear”, this spoken with a load of enthusiasm, “you need to know how many inspiring people I meet!” Lovely people, small and big differences in habits and working attitudes. Eye opening and mind changing. Of course I could imagine the energy she felt. Soon followed her desire. “I wished I could write like you, to share these experiences”.

Immediately I fell in love with the idea and wrote a concept, that we had to work on between working hours. Most of the preparations for sharing the stories are done and they will soon be published and supplemented.

Heart of Haiti

Taking cultural classes, learning the local language, it is the foundation of the work to be done. An unexpected advantage is social dancing. Dancing is a way of life in Haiti. And so it is for her and for me. Dancers will say, “dancing is connection”.

My friend found a dancing spot to go, after working hours. She met a teacher, owner of a dancing school. Dedicated to dancing and connecting people, organizing events to bring people together. No limits, even involving inhabitants from the Dominican Republic. Bridging a (cultural) gap. All these little stories, including the subject dancing, will be part of the main story “Heart of Haiti”.

“Open, open up… You can find inspiration, connections and chemistry everywhere.”

Connection and chemistry, it will help you to bridge differences and build something beautiful. Whether it is a new branch, warm friendships or (working) relationships. My friend and I are convinced, we have seen it. And we would love to share it. With stories from Haiti. From the heart of Haiti. From our hearts. While building, bridging and inspiring.

 

#FWOC2017 #EmbraceDiversity #togetherwewin #Heart2Heart #inspiration #building #bridging

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Ambassador Nour Moghrabi – Jordan

We welcome Nour Moghrabi, ambassador for Jordan

Nour Moghradi - JordanNour Moghrabi is a dreamer in a region of turbulence and believer in a better future for all. Women’s and men’s participation in economic activities is crucial to the development of societies.

Dreamer & Believer

Women tend to participate less in the formal sector, making them less able to play a significant role in economic growth. She is an expert in designing and implementing programs for economic integration of women and youth. Furthermore she is trainer in gender awareness and gender responsive budgeting in the public sector and civil society. Noer Moghrabi is a professional in managing public and partners relations and communication. She is also founding member of Ana Hunna International network for Women and Work.

Why Female Wave of Change?

Nour Moghrabi: “I believe that women can and should bring positive change to a troubled world. Every day through my work and personal life I meet inspiring women who are full of creativity and passion that can turn the world around. I support FWoC because it helps bring these forward looking women together and achieve much needed change using technology-based and face to face formats.”

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Ambassador Hala Abou Saad – Qatar

A warm welcome to Hala Abou Saad, ambassador for Qatar

Hala Abou Saad - QatarHala Abou Saad is born on 28th September 1981 in Al Khobar KSA before her parents relocated back to Lebanon. When she got married in 2005 she moved with her husband to Dubai for two years and then to Qatar until date.

Hala earned a B.A. in Education from the Lebanese University. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Qatar University. She is willing to pursue a PhD in Education.

Passionate

Despite being career-oriented, she always likes to present herself as a mum for three children (Julia, Eva and Jude). She considers family is everything and a mum is a lifelong dedicated cool job. Nonetheless being passionate about preparing the youth generation to face rapid life demands, she is a Senior Parent Program Specialist. She is also a certified trainer for Media Literacy and Information Program that enables young generation to be media critics.

She is an experienced freelance TV anchor, journalist and a producer for 10 years between Beirut, Dubai and Qatar.  In memory of her niece Angela (18 years) who passed away in a tragic car accident in May 2015, Hala wrote a multilingual series of children’s stories inspired by Angela’s character.

She is passionate about women rights and the obstacles that come in the way. Hala has attended and volunteered in plenty of conferences related to business women and women organizations in Qatar.

Why Female Wave of Change?

Hala Abou Saad fully and heartily supports Female Wave of Change because she believes that women can take the lead and run their world in a better way with effective contributions earning the society appreciation and respect.

 

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Chada Kassab – Ambassador for Lebanon

Female Wave of Change welcomes Chada Kassab, ambassador for Lebanon

Chada Kassab ambassador LebanonChada Kassab is born on 16th of September 1971 in El Mina in north Lebanon. Chada is married and has 3 children (Salem, Reem, Jana).

She graduated with a diploma of Insurance Studies at St Joseph University. After finishing her study she started an insurance brokerage firm in Tripoli north area.

Interests

Lot of seminars Chada attends concerning several topics: women rights, empowerment citizenship, time management, conflict resolution. Being a trainee a lot of different topics concerning law electoral and how to run for elections till recently she has graduated from AUB accomplishing course about Leadership skills.

She is an active member in different associations in Tripoli. The Vectors Lions Club, MEPI LAA, ACT (Active community for tomorrow), LLWB (Lebanese League for Women in Business) Moubadarat Tarablos Madinaty. Chada is also a member of Women in Front ladies, an organization that trains women to run for elections in the Parliament.

Better tomorrow

Continuous work creates a challenge for a better tomorrow.

An interesting window she recently discovered that opens a lot of opportunities for the development of the Lebanese Women within Female Wave of Change. She is convinced that the change is needed to diversify the business in order to be more developed so can delegation took place to reach success.

I fully support FWOC because I do believe that women together are stronger especially when they have their own business and well connected to do the change needed in their society.

 

 

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Ambassador for United Kingdom Pauline Wright

Meet new FWoC ambassador Pauline Wright

Pauline Wright - ambassador United KingdomBorn in New Zealand, schooled in New Zealand, Scotland and South Africa with parents from Scotland Pauline Wright has always believed her positive outlook on life was formed due to having to make new friends at a young age in three differing countries.  Life in New Zealand was long hot summers, going to school in flip flops. Having her first job with a paper round at age 10 and an outdoors lifestyle.

Life in Scotland as a child was awash with fun times with cousins, Grandparents and Great-Grandparents so a time of understanding her roots.  In contrast, life in South Africa was during apartheid and this left a huge imprint on her life.  Buses, train carriages, park benches and even beaches just for white people only made her feel that life was not always fair nor equal for everyone.  She decided aged 9 that she didn’t care whether her friends lived in a council house or their own home, what the colour of their skin was nor their accent and to this day her friends are from all over the world.

Rainbow

Working life has been a rainbow of occupations and mostly in male dominated organisations.  Starting in an office in Edinburgh, Territorial Army, IT company in New Zealand, Fingerprint Officer in the New Zealand Police and Navigator and Press Officer in the Royal New Zealand Navy.

One lunch time Pauline returned to her office job with applications to join the Royal Air Force, however, her boss spotted the forms and handed her a slip of paper with a name and number to call.  He advised it would be best to try the Territorial Army first to see if she liked it before joining up.  So she did just that and loved it.

In the army

Whilst in the Territorial Army Pauline was part of trial to place females in an Infantry Battalion as soldiers.  At this time women were only drivers or clerks.  She integrated well and rose to the rank of Corporal. “It always felt like the girls had to work alot harder than the men to prove themselves.  In hindsight there was nothing to prove it’s all about attitude and motivation.”  In the Navy, Pauline was the first female to be invited to join the Sea Service branch when women were finally allowed to go to sea. Sent on a course to qualify as a Navigation Officer on return she found she was the only female on the bridge with the men having many more years experience than herself.

However, with hard work and diplomacy she rose to the rank of Lieutenant and was deployed as a United Nations Peacekeeper to East Timor.  A warzone hadn’t been on her list of goals, however, once again she found herself in a male environment as she was deployed as the Press Officer to an Army Battalion. One of only two female officers with 600 men in 40 degrees, monsoon season, rough living conditions she just got on with the job at hand.

She was asked to be First Mate on a roll-on/roll-off car ferry to move the vessel from Japan to the Phillipines – a 10 day journey at sea with only two other crew; The Captain and an Able Seaman who had never been to sea but was the Captain’s nephew. A very capable lad it turned out as they were robbed by pirates in Manila harbour and lost steerage off the coast of Taiwan which could have been a disaster if it hadn’t been for the calm sea and calm Captain.

Business Coach

Pauline Wright enjoys inspiring others, and so after her military career she became a Business Coach some 15 years ago. Having never owned a business she bought a coaching franchise and within 3 months was asked to coach all of the franchisees. She sold her own franchise and coached franchisees in New Zealand, Malaysia and the United Kingdom for 5 years. Winning European Coaches Coach was a highlight.

A Leader with Girl Guiding in her spare time enables Pauline to give back to the younger generation. Helping them to understand who they are and who they want to be. Encouraging team work, developing life skills and inspiring them to grow into empowered young women is all part of Guides so fits well with Pauline’s values that women can do anything.

 

I support Female Wave of Change because women working together globally is hugely important in this era of fast paced change. To give support, to listen, to offer knowledge and experience, to connect a person to someone in my network so they can move onwards and upwards gives me great satisfaction. The Female Wave of Change connects me on a global level to like-minded females who I can inspire to be obtain their goals in life and work.

Join us in welcoming Pauline Wright in her new challenge as ambassador United Kingdom for Female Wave of Change Foundation.