Our Executive Committee Members

Janice Cheng – Finance manager and treasurer

 

Janice is the Finance Manager of Shure Asia Ltd. and has been working in this company for 9 years. The headquarter of her company is in US with offices around the world and their products are selling around the world too. They have products like microphone, earphone, headphones, professional audio system and conferencing systems. For Asia region, my company has offices in HK, China (Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu), Singapore, Korea and Japan.

Janice has experiences on different areas of accounting including financial reporting, management reporting, financial analysis, variance analysis, budget, audit, fixed assets, Japan accounting.

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Kenneth Mei – Chief Relationship Officer

 

Ken has the overall responsibility of Kodak Services for Business in the Asia Pacific Region, serving Fortune 500 customers of their document management and business process management needs, focusing on the government and financial sectors.

With over 30 years of enterprise software experience working in ECM (enterprise content management) and BPM (business process management),  Ken has held senior positions in development, marketing, product management, technical consulting and international sales with global corporations including Wang Laboratories, Eastman Software, eistream, Global 360 and Saga Technologies.

With Ken’s years of experience in the professional fields, he realizes and believe the strong unique capability of women’s contribution and would like to realize those full potential.

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Ken Ng – Chief Technology Officer

 

Ken is highly respected in his field for his expertise and extraordinarily perceptive approach to his work. In 1993, he graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Since then, he has accumulated more than 25 years of outstanding experience in document imaging under his belt. As Pre-Sales Manager, Projects Solution Service Manager, and Technical Specialist, he has led numerous prominent document imaging projects for governments/banks/insurances /educations of the Greater China Cluster. Located in Hong Kong, Ken currently leads the KODAK Alaris Information Management Division as Asia Pacific Asia Pre-sales Manager.

Experienced in working with different sectors and people from all over the world, Ken believes in equal opportunities for everyone. His vision has also made him a capable leader in his field.

Belinda Xu – Chief Operation Officer

 

Belinda is responsible for leading the team to provide training and consulting management services for auto companies, such as Volkswagen, BMW, Honda, Volvo, and so on. Mainly to provide marketing planning, promotion strategies, develop product knowledge training material for launching new cars. I have been focused on the automotive industry for more than 16 years. As a partner of SELF-company, I feel very lucky, our company’s growth just to adapt to the development of China’s automotive industry, so that we have more opportunities to provide the most professional services in the automotive industry. I would like to share my knowledge and experience with more friends, also have the opportunity to learn from each other and grow together.

Belinda Iives in Shanghai and enjoy traveling, discovering and learning new skills. This program of enlightening another person’s life always gives her happiness and motivation to her future.

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Laurence ANJORAS -Secretary General &

co-founder of europe chapter

 

Laurence is living in The Netherlands, mother of 2 girls (10 and 8 years old), and currently owning and managing ANN EVA.

ANN EVA specializes in advising commercial organizations with science-based metrics to support their efforts in making their product portfolio and processes sustainable, using the Solvay Sustainable Portfolio Management (SPM) Methodology as a corner stone.

Laurence has 26 years’ experience of leading remote multi-cultural and functional teams in the Chemical industry. She has worked as a Corporate Sustainability advisor, supporting Business Units in segmenting and assessing their product portfolio with regard to Group sustainability objectives. Further, she also fulfilled global functions mainly in Sales and Marketing of ingredients intended for use in Life Sciences.

Laurence holds a bachelor degree in German literature and history and a Global Executive MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management/Erasmus University in The Netherlands. (OneMBA program in collaboration with UNC-Kenan Flagler University –USA, FGV -Brazil, EGADE - Mexico and Xiamen University -China).

Mother of two girls, Laurence strongly believes in women economic empowerment as a social stability factor and enjoys sharing the journey with women willing to discover and unleash their potential.

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Diana Varghese – IT Officer

 

Diana is living in Shanghai with her 5-year-old son and working as head of IT operations in China for the largest bank in India.

Diana specializes in structuring solutions in information technology for financial, non-financial, e-banking sectors for last 10 years. She has started her career as an active team member and rose up to lead IT operations. She has excellent proficiency in developing, implementing, supporting and monitoring various teams and technical platforms. 

Diana has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering. Also, she is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. She never stops learning and gains certificates and diplomas, laying them as stepping stones to have an edge on this fast-changing techie world.

Diana believes that humble beginnings have the potential to grow when passion and dreams drive along. Every great leader is not a born leader but the blending of right mentorship at right situations made them change the world.

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Ivy Cai – Marketing Officer

 

Ivy shares her passion and initiatives with the GWC Marketing Committee Team, responsible for creating promotion campaigns and supporting the brand building development for the Gemstone Women Circle Mentorship Program and GWC as a whole.

Being an undergraduate in the University of Nottingham China, she met and was inspired by the Founder of GWC at a women entrepreneurship networking panel, and from then on decided to do more things for women. More specifically, she has been developing thoughts and experiences to empower women in business.

Ivy is from Sichuan and will pursue her master degree in Globalization and Socio-Cultural Change in Japan next year. She believes GWC would be the best place to achieve her vision of engaging in the mutual learning with other women all over the world.

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Sabrina courtois – Continuous Learning Officer

 

Based in Belgium, Sabrina is a Teaching and Research Assistant in CSR and Sustainable Development in Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She holds a Master degree in Business Engineering with Magna Cum Laude from Louvain School of Management and is currently pursuing a PhD in Management Sciences. 

Sabrina has a keen interest in education, sustainable development and women empowerment, developed through her multiple volunteering experiences and collaborations with NGOs, as well as in her current research. Sabrina also took part in numerous summer schools in prestigious European universities where she became experienced in working with people with diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences. In her last year of Masters, she spent one year abroad in The Netherlands, studying consulting, sustainability and IT management and working as an intern at ANN EVA, where she learned about Global Women Connect while she was working with Laurence Anjoras, Secretary General. 

Following her support of GWC as a Secretary General Officer, Sabrina became Continuous Learning Officer, willing to further advance one of the most important values of GWC. Through her participation in GWC, Sabrina further pursues her vision, willing to provide all actors with lifelong learning opportunities to be fully prepared to face tomorrow’s challenges and ensure a safe, inclusive and peaceful future.

Polly NG - Founder & CEO

Nagore osa arzuaga - user experience officer

 

No one knows exactly when she picked up her first pencil, but from that moment on she has grown with it. She studied arts for 7 years,  got the International Baccalaureate diploma in High Level of Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Her passion has always been to explore the different ways of creativity, giving shape to her own ideas.  Therefore she graduated from Mondragon Team Academy, specializing in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation. At the age of 20, she decided to move to Shanghai and created her first StartUp, Go for Visual, an Innovation agency based on the Visual Thinking methodology. Nowadays,  Go for Visual is organized as an open innovation community, having it's headquarters in Shanghai, but also operating in Madrid and Seattle.

Moreover,  as a result of her endless curiosity, she is now looking for new career challenges. As a result,  she just incorporated in Tokylabs as the new Business Developer,  with the aim of creating a SpinOff based on Google Design Sprint methodology.

Nevertheless,  her dream is to innovate in the field of future of creativity with the aim of discovering new forms of creative collaboration of humans and high technology.

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Hannah Li - Continuous Learning Assistant

 

Hannah Li has strong enthusiasm and passion for NGOs, especially women and children-related, because she has seen orphans, left-behind children and children who are bullied or dropped school while they are supposed to enjoy a happy childhood. She started to gain some basic learnings about NGOs at university, and during her master degree at the University of Birmingham, she has taken many courses focusing on NGO practices such as case analyses about Fair Trade Groups-how to help farmers out of poverty, which helped her to develop a better understanding about how to support these organizations.

She is a good listener and always willing to help others. She keeps learning and hope to constantly improve her ability to help more people. She was impressed by the optimism and spiritual independence of Polly (founder of GWC) so she decided to join the GWC team and share responsibilities to empower more women. GWC is also a great platform for her to learn from other women. Meanwhile she believes that joining GWC would be a good start point to realize her NGO aspirations.

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Evelyn Li - Business Intelligence Officer

 

Evelyn Li is passionate about putting creative business ideas into practice. After obtaining a bachelor and master degree from Shanghai Jiaotong University, she co-founded Qingflow with her schoolmates and is also the CTO of Qingflow now. Qingflow is a Non-Coding BPM development platform on which non-technical users can build their own systems through quick learnings. With this platform, Evelyn and her colleagues have helped many companies in China to build up their information systems in the past 5 years. She enjoys the busy but meaningful entrepreneurial life, and also makes time for reading and workouts.

Evelyn has encountered many difficulties and had a lot of pressure in the process of starting a business - “Not everyone has the opportunity to realize their career goals, especially for women in China”, she thinks. She believes that what GWC is doing is very meaningful, so she is delighted to be part of this global driving force to promote diversity, and encourage more women to fight for their career dreams against social challenges.

Johanna Yao - Marketing Intern

 

As a student at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China, Johanna started to explore her career passions as soon as she was admitted to university. She developed an interest in marketing in her first year, after assisting the promotion of the university to multiple provinces at the university’s Admission and Career Development Office, and participating in organizing the university brand promotion with members in student organization. Through these experiences, Johanna developed her knowledge of marketing in China and became enthusiastic about communicating inspiring ideas to a greater audience.

Johanna is passionate about the activities that empower women and promote diversity. While attending summer sessions at UCLA, she had a chance to be exposed to a very diverse community where people from different cultures support each other. Johanna decided to do something for diversity and inclusion, which corresponds with GWC’s core values. She believes that GWC would make an evident difference and motivate others to be the best version of themselves.

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Lydia Liu - Admin and Operations Assistant


Lydia is always passionate about helping and inspiring women. During her internship at Women's Federation in Chongqing, she has seen women who were suffering to maintain the basic level of living, and had the opportunity to visit several successful women who were dedicated to helping others. Inspired by this experience, she strongly believes that every woman has infinite potential and what they need is more opportunities as well as support from the whole world, which is consistent with the mission of GWC. This is the main reason she joined GWC.

Lydia is an enrolled undergraduate student at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. At university, she is the president of Table Tennis Club and has developed skills and experience in administrative and operational matters. She is fully convinced that she can learn and grow a lot by working at GWC.

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