We are a small team with a bold ambition: to advance the human rights of women and girls in STEM fields. Find out what we do, what is our mission & vision, and meet the team!

Board Members

Ellen Walker, Founder & President, Geneva

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Ellen Walker is an international human rights lawyer with a serious passion for empowering rights holders to know their own rights, and how to claim them. When women have equitable opportunities in STEM education and employment, the world should be a better place. Experienced in UN advocacy and multilateral negotiations, Ellen loves facilitating connections between people who need things changed, and people who can work with them to change those things. Ellen is pretty excited to be working to reduce inequalities for women and among countries while also learning to play with robots. Loves dogs (also cats) and is fluent in English and French.

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Monika Ambrozowicz, Co-founder & Board Secretary, Geneva

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Monika Ambrozowicz uses skills gained in tech companies and startups (AI-powered growth cloud Synerise, ed-tech startup Brainly) to create and distribute content, manage social media profiles and to promote the organization in other ways. She believes that networking and sharing experience works wonders, and especially women should support each other, so she has started a local chapter of Geek Girls Carrots in Geneva. It’s a community of women interested in technology that meets once a month to network and listen to the presentations. She has also been a speaker at various meetups in Geneva. In her spare time, she’s reading, sightseeing, cooking, and trying to stay up-to-date with marketing news.

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Maria Tootell, Treasurer, Geneva

Maria Tootell, Russian origin, Swiss standards, is a Finance Professional with 15+ combined years of international experience spanning from financial services, aerospace, life sciences to information technology industries, with a focus on strategic planning and internal controls development to mitigate operational and financial risks and improve organization efficiency. Maria has worked for highly reputable technological companies, including HP, Verisign, and Lexmark, among others. She holds a MBA and MA degree in Finance & Credit.

Prachi Bhave, Board Member, Geneva

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Prachi Bhave completed her Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology in Metallurgical Engineering and Material Science from India. Post education, she worked for a multinational technical company, Vodafone for 3 years where she worked in functions like Technology Planning, Technology Security and Networks. Her expertise lies in Data Analytics and Visualization, Macros & Pivots and Dashboarding. She is fluent in English, Hindi and has a good command of French.

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Alexandra Schafhauser, Board Member, Geneva

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Alexandra Schafhauser has more than ten years of experience from working in the European Parliament in Brussel as a Political Advisor. She has a strong interest in human rights, and in particular in women’s rights, and has participated in the work on Women’s Rights in the European Parliament during her career.

Alexandra holds a Masters Degree in Law from Stockholm University, and has studied a Law and Economics in Rotterdam, Ghent and Aix en Provence. She is fluent in Swedish, English and German.

Brice Copy, Board Member, Geneva

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Brice Copy is a software engineer at CERN since 2003, where he works on open-source industrial control projects for the LHC and general CERN infrastructure. Prior to this, he developed the project management tools used at CERN for the construction of the LHC and other large European scientific projects. He is passionate about technology and making it more accessible to further education methods, gender equality and human progress.

Brice holds an MSc in Distributed Computing from Kent University (UK) and is fluent in English, French and Italian.

Makoto Ikeda, Board Member, Geneva

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Makoto Ikeda is a qualified physics, chemistry, and maths teacher, having taught in various international schools in the Geneva area. He recognised the need to nurture the interest in STEM fields among the girls in his classes and that teachers had an important role to help them navigate the obstacles placed before them in the classroom and in society. Before he entered teaching, he worked in particle physics research in CERN and in computing and telecommunications in a NGO, a startup, and a large multi-national.

Makoto holds a BSc from MIT, MSc from the University of Michigan, and a PhD from the University of California. His teaching qualification (PGCE) is from Durham University (UK).

Volunteers

Agnieszka Stalder, Fundraising Volunteer, Geneva

Agnieszka Stalder has graduated from Lund University with a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering with an idea of changing the world for a better one. She loves learning and exploring and that desire brought her from Poland via Sweden to Switzerland. She enjoys creating solutions for innovative projects and sharing them with passionate people.

Eugénie Gollut, Translation Volunteer, Geneva

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Eugénie Gollut is currently studying for her Bachelor’s degree in translation at the University of Geneva. She translates from German and English to French. Having a business school diploma, she worked for several companies as administrative assistant. Working as volunteer during several years for a foundation that advocacies the children’s rights, she believes that improvements in human rights, especially women and children’s human rights, can only lead to a positive change.

Technical Advisors

Deyan Mikov, Technical Advisor, Geneva

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Deyan Mikov has graduated from Berlin University of Art as a graphic designer, then he gained a very broad experience working for leading design companies. He has always been motivated to contribute with his work to humanitarian courses and particularly to advance the human rights of women and girls in the fields of science.

Deyan speaks English, German and Bulgarian and has a good command of Italian.

Yawo Dakey, Technical Advisor, Geneva

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With about 10 years of experience in accounting and administrative services, Yawo helps RightsTech Women with a range of services combining general and analytical accounting, social insurance management, tax law and company law. He enjoys participating in various projects related to entrepreneurship, technology and education. He holds a Swiss brevet fédéral de spécialiste en finance et comptabilité.

Jason Myatt, Technical Advisor, US

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Jason Myatt is a software engineer and architect based in Boston, MA (USA) who has been instrumental in the success of dozens of software projects since 1998, across a wide range of industries and technologies. Currently Jason works for EdX, an open source, online learning platform that helps deliver high quality courses from the world’s best universities to learners across the globe.

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Victoria L Hayek (Vickie), Advisor, Geneva

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Vickie is a math teacher, sailor and passionate believer in lifelong learning, which keeps us young at heart and mind. Her life roles have included financial analyst, wife and mother, PTA executive member, teacher of secondary math and history in an international school, and more recently, around-the-world sailor. These roles have confirmed her belief that education (whether in the classroom or sailing in a fleet across the oceans) opens the doors to greater communication, understanding and friendship. STEM learning, in particular, allows individuals to apply learned knowledge in a collaborative effort to inquire and to solve problems using technology. It allows for the trial and error of possible solutions to get to a common goal. Vickie teaches her students that there are no mistakes, but learning experiences.