Ellen Walker, Founder (Geneva)
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 everyone has equitable opportunities in education and employment, the world should be a different, better and more peaceful 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. She believes that STEM and human rights fields suffer from the same public perception as something far-off and unattainable, and that mutual capacity-building can be beneficial for all. Ellen is pretty excited to be working to reduce inequalities for women and among countries while also learning to play with robots.
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Monika Ambrozowicz, Co-founder, Secretary and Communications & Marketing Manager (Geneva)
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.
Maria Tootell, Treasurer, Chief Operations Officer
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 and Research Officer (Geneva)
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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Jane McKenzie, Board member, Geneva
Alexandra Schafhauser, Board Member and Advocacy Team Leader
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.
Malgorzata Ulla, Advocacy Volunteer, Geneva
Malgorzata graduated with a PhD in public law from the University of Auvergne. She worked for the Polish government as a legal expert in charge of Poland’s accession negotiation with the EU. She gained international experience as an official at the European Commission in Brussels. She has also lectured law at the University of Warsaw, the University of Auvergne and the University du Québec in Montréal. She has participated in many scientific projects dedicated to Human Rights. She is the author of several publications in the field of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law (rights of persons with disabilities, religious freedom and gender equality).
She also did an internship at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Warsaw, NGO devoted to the promotion of the development of culture and education based on the respect of freedom and human rights in over 20 countries (Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia). She has lived in 5 countries and speaks 5 languages (Polish, French, English, Spanish and Russian). She is very sensitive to respect for the right to education and access to science for women and girls. Her experience as a lawyer has made her aware of many differences and she wants the law to give a dignified place to those who feel differently.
Stéfanie Melcarne, Volunteer Translator, Geneva
Stéfanie Melcarne is currently studying at the University of Geneva where she is completing her Bachelor’s degree in translation and will pursue a Master’s degree in the same major. She translates from English and Italian to French. Holding two Swiss federal diplomas (CFC) in Veterinary Nursing and as a Commercial Employee, she worked in the administrative field for several years. She believes that girls and women’s empowerment through education will help to make a positive change in the world. Besides her studies, she enjoys reading, discovering new places and improving her language skills over coffee or drinks with friends. She also keeps up with the news in French, English and Italian.
Elisabeth Everson, Legal Volunteer, Australia
Elisabeth Everson commenced her legal education at the University of Geneva in 2013 and has completed her Bachelor of Laws and Certificate in Transnational Law. During her undergraduate studies, she worked as a legal intern at the NGO, Docip, and volunteered at a local law clinic. She has also been an active member of AIESEC and Amnesty International. She ranked as a finalist in the Lawbility program, a law student competition in negotiation and client interview. She participated in various Model United Nations simulations, as well as a Model European Union simulation in Belgrade. Elisabeth is currently a Master of Laws candidate at the University of Geneva, jointly with the University of Sydney, where she is an exchange student. Besides her studies in Sydney, Elisabeth is currently a legal intern at the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration. She is fluent in English, French and Czech, and has a good command of German.
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Linda Forslund, Legal Volunteer, US
Linda Forslund is currently a student at the University of Mid Sweden where she is pursuing a master’s degree in public health. She holds an LL.M. from Uppsala University, as well as a B.S. in public health from Blekinge Institute of Technology, both in Sweden. Prior to moving to the United States, Linda worked as the EU coordinator for the Åland Islands, an autonomous region within Finland, with issues concerning the autonomy of the Åland Islands and the European Union. After moving to the United States, Linda worked as a Nordic legal specialist at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., where she researched the Nordic law on behalf of the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and U.S. federal courts.
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Yawo Dakey, Technical Advisor (Geneva)
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)
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
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.