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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.”



Global Partnership Female Wave of Change and Jump Movement

Female Wave of Change is very excited to announce a Global Partnership with Jump Movement.

Female Wave of Change is very excited that Jump Movement, represented by founder Ineke Hurkmans, and Female Wave of Change, represented by founder and board member Ingun Bol, have agreed that a partnership will be of interest to both organizations.

In exchange to be able to reach out to a global network of women, Jump Movement has agreed that Female Wave of Change and her Ambassadors, (Specialist) Wavemakers, Board members, and women around the world will be able to use the Jump Movement method. A method to support women (and men) to take the next step in their life with this simple but very effective 7 step concept. It can be used (app or paper documents) in the communities, local events or online groups. People who are about to participate in a Jump Movement conversation will register on the Jump Movement website so Jump Movement can keep track how many people worldwide enjoy the experience.

Jump App

The Jump App is downloadable for free by all participants and is available in English or Dutch. The paper version of Jump is available in 8 different languages.


Women around the world will be given the opportunity to become a Jumpstarter; a great opportunity to add a successful tool to their business. This online program will be made available to the Female Wave of Change women for a special price.

Almost 80.000 Jumps

In the past 7 years almost 80.000 women and men worldwide have already made a Jump and took the next step towards their future.

We are sure Jump Movement is going to be part of many Female Wave of Change events around the globe in the years to come. Let’s create those waves of women using Jump to take the next step in their life!

“Female Wave of Change believes that by closing partnerships with other organizations, we will all become stronger and will be able to uplift each other in a way that is of interest to the women who are part of the FWoC Movement.”

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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.



Global Partnership Female Wave of Change with Stand Up for Afghan Academic Women

Female Wave of Change (FWoC) is very excited to announce a global partnership with Stand Up for Afghan Academic Women

Global Partnership Stand Up for Afghan Academic WomenIn this rapidly changing world, we need to join forces. Women can uplift each other and make sure our goals will be reached faster and in the best way possible. Building bridges between other local and international women organisations will open up a large network and expand the power of our voice. That is what Stand Up for Afghan Academic Women does.

“Alone we can go fast, together we will go further”

“Last decades of war in Afghanistan, plus the restricted rules of the Taliban regime against the women, we have created a gap of capacity building and recruitments for the female part of the society. This is the reason why nowadays even the literate females graduating from the high schools and universities, still do not have enough capacity and self-confidence to get employed by the governmental, non-governmental and civil society organizations. Therefore, the Stand Up organization was established to enhance and develop the capacity of the women for the recruitment process mostly in the fields of science, business and education. These are the requirements for the women to be employed by the mentioned organizations, in addition to promoting the legal awareness about the rights of women in the Afghan society.”

Stand Up for Afghan Academic Women

Stand Up has been founded by Manizha Paktin, professor at Balkh University and Director of RAD constructional Company and awardee of the International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC). IWEC is a global partner of Female Wave of Change. Stand up is active in many areas in Afghanistan. Manizha is the Female Wave of Change ambassador in Afghanistan.

We intend to make this a partnership where we learn from each other and support each other to uplift women worldwide, to grow the group of feminine change makers and leaders. Women who take responsibility to create their own future, the future of their families, their communities and of the world.

We are looking forward to create those waves together by connecting, building bridges, sharing knowledge and transforming change into new opportunities.


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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.”

Inner Circle

Expanding our activities with our Inner Circle

We grow fast and have a dozen of sustainable plans for the future we do need help of an Inner Circle that is dedicated to give structure, arrange the financial plan, helps with the website, book keeping and much more. A team that is important to set those next steps.

At the moment we have 5 people dedicated for the Inner Circle and we are very proud to introduce them to you!

Our blog expert: Martha Douwma

Martha DouwmaA clear communicator with contagious enthusiasm, which is committed to establish the connection between mission, people and resources within the Female Wave of Change. She writes a blog at least twice a month for the website. Articles that relate to the Female Wave of Change and the news happening around us in the world.

Monique Veenker for Accounting

Monique VeenkerExperienced Controller with a demonstrated history of working in the public relations and communications industry. Skilled in Corporate Social Responsibility, Operations Management, Government, Interim Management, and Public Policy. Strong accounting professional. Our lady in Finance who is busy in the background to help us with book keeping as we are required by law as a NGO.

Mieke van der Steeg our VA

Mieke van der SteegExperienced Personal Assistant with a demonstrated broad working experience. Skills are in Management Support, Microsoft Excel, Travel Planning, Microsoft Word, and Stressful Situations.
Exactly the skills we can use to support the Board!

Karin van de Berg for the website

Karin van den bergKarin is an experienced entrepreneur and networker with proven track record for marketing and sales within a global brand. Under her direction she is a specialist in implementing marketing strategies. Besides the traditional marketing, she knows how to integrate online marketing with social media.

FWoC Academy Reina Hekman

Reina HekmanA lady with her own business Charisma & Public speaking. A successful entrepreneur for over ten years. Her help and creativity is more than welcome with the start-up of our FWoC Academy.


Soon to come:

  • An extra VA.
  • A cybersecurity expert.

A new online tool to connect, share and grow our foundation!

If you want to join and help us with a solid back office and solid foundation, please feel free to contact us.