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Enass Abo-Hamed

Originally from Palestine, Enass Abo Hamed graduated in chemistry from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Last year, Enass and four co-founders from different countries – Japan, China, the United Kingdom and the United States – came together to create H2GO, with the aim of making cleaner hydrogen energy more accessible to consumers.

Ciara Clancy

Ciara Clancy worked for several years with sufferers of Parkinson’s in her native Ireland, both as a physiotherapist and volunteer. Upon graduation from Trinity College, Dublin, she launched Beats Medical in 2012, at the age of 22.

Ekaterina Trofimova

Prior to this, till January 2019 Ekaterina served as the Chief Executive Officer of Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA), appointed at its foundation in November 2015.

From September 2011, Ms. Trofimova worked in Gazprombank (Russia), namely as a Member of the Management Board and supervised the Ratings Advisory Centre, the Centre for Economic Forecasting and the Corporate Communications Department.

Filipe Castro Soeiro

He holds five degrees from European leading universities, in a knowledge wide set, namely Ph.D. in Economics, M.Sc. in Entrepreneurship, M.B.A. in Management, M.B.A. in Marketing and B.Sc. in Applied Chemistry. He has also accredited ISQ diplomas in Quality Management and Quality Audit Certification.

Yvonne Brady

Yvonne Brady, 41, is a vibrant mother of three who took up running after the birth of her youngest child. ‘I wondered if I hadn’t started too early! On longer runs I experienced light bladder leakage and I was mortified. I felt totally alone.’ Yvonne hunted for support-wear in sports shops, but found nothing that was effective against leakage. A civil engineer and avid problem-solver, she started to research the cause and imagine what product she could create to help. The result is EVB sports shorts.

Carla Delfino

Wherever there are humans, there are generally even more rodents below ground, prolific breeders who spread disease and chew through electric cables. When it comes to getting rid of them, solutions range from the murderous to the macabre: not only are they cruel and frequently ineffective, they’re generally toxic to pets and humans. ‘We tend to think that bio-repellent solutions that are safe for the environment will be too weak to work,’ says Carla Delfino, 54, whose company, Imperial Europe, has come up with a harmless and effective solution.

Alexa Buffum & Stephanie Halphen

Alexa Buffum and Stephanie Halphen both attended university in Boston, but only met when studying together on the MBA programme at IESE in Spain. This is where they developed the idea for their company, Agorique. ‘We decided to look at the fashion industry because a friend had started her own fashion brand and she told us about the difficulties of trying to get boutiques to carry her products.’

Sandrine Devillard

She leads McKinsey's Retail and Consumer Goods sector in France and is a leader of the European Consumer Practice. She helps companies in Europe, North America and Asia on strategy, organization and operational performance, and business development. Sandrine is the global leader of the McKinsey Women's Initiative and has led efforts to develop gender diversity at the firm for eight years.

Patricia Gros Micol

At the age of 17, Patricia Gros Micol was in a train crash that left her with chronic head and back pains. Later she experienced partial facial paralysis, then survived a small heart attack. ‘At one point, all my hair fell out! But I never thought I was a woman with disabilities.’ Legally speaking, she is, but after 25 years working in management positions, Patricia was patently more than capable. So she decided to set up a company giving employment opportunities to disabled people. An ‘adapted’ company: the official term for a company with over 80% disabled employees.

María Gómez del Pozuelo

Five years ago, María Gómez del Pozuelo had a thriving career as a sales and marketing leader at AIG, the American insurance company, where she built and managed a 300-person team from the ground up. One day, she took her son to a talk given by a survivor of a plane crash in the Andes and thought twice about what she was doing with her life. ‘I had a good job, but I thought: “I’m still young and this is not my company. It is not my life project.”’

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