About Us

WEConnect International in Europe is a non-profit organisation that is opening doors to new supply chains. Led by corporate members, it certifies firms that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and connects them with the growing global demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. The organisation partners with corporations, associations, governments, women entrepreneurs and their supporters, and is affiliated with a global certification network for women-owned enterprises.

WEConnect International in Europe also facilitates the building of strong networks for women by connecting them both with procurement officers of top corporations and with other certified firms in order to enhance bidding capacity, and creates the opportunity of business to business contracting.

Meet the Team

Maggie Berry

Maggie Berry

Executive Director for Europe

Maggie joined the organisation in December 2012 – she has lead responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the database and network of registered and certified women business owners across the UK and Europe.

Previously Maggie was the Managing Director of womenintechnology.co.uk – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK. She was involved from Women in Technology's inception in the autumn of 2004, managed all aspects of the website and the networking activities Women in Technology organised and she continues to run the Women in Technology Network on an informal basis.

In March 2012 Maggie was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and she served as a Global Agenda Council Member on Employment for the 2012-2014 term. In July 2011 she was listed as one of 15 UK-based TIAW (the International Alliance for Women) World of Difference Award winners and in July 2010 she was included in Management Today's '35 Under 35' list.

She is also a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

For enquiries about corporate membership and partnerships or if you’re a woman business owner who would like to find out more about joining WEConnect International, please contact Maggie.

Email: mberry@weconnectinternational.org

Evelyne de Gruyter

Evelyne de Gruyter

Certification Assessor, WEConnect International in Germany

Evelyne has been the Head of Press and Public Relations at the Association of German Women Entrepreneurs (Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen – VdU) since April 2016. She is also in charge of the international projects within the VdU. Prior to her appointment, she was responsible for the marketing department at the Vivantes Prevention Center, a subsidiary of the largest German hospital group in state ownership and she worked for the family owned hotel chain. Evelyne holds a Master in Business Administration from the Technical University (TU) of Berlin and she took part in the Professional Development Program at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

VdU represents the interests of more than 1,800 women entrepreneurs who account for annual sales of €85 billion and 500,000 employees in Germany. The association brings together small to medium-sized enterprises across all industries. Membership of the global umbrella association FCEM (Les Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises Mondiales) gives VdU connections to businesswomen in over 120 countries. Networking with businesswomen across the globe forms part of the association’s philosophy. The VdU International Team (VIT Committee) is actively involved in international projects, such as cooperative ventures with businesswomen’s organisations in the MENA region. VdU also represents Germany in the Women20 Engagement Group at the G20.

Email: Germany@weconnectinternational.org

Arine Huijboom

Arine Huijboom

Certification Assessor, WEConnect International in the Netherlands

Arine has over 15 years of experience in management and empowering projects for women from various cultural and social backgrounds to become financially and socially autonomous. She spent five years working for the Dutch Central Agency for the Reception of Asylum Seekers where she set up several reception centres and developed successful family programmes. She has a postgraduate in communication with refugees and asylum seekers. To gain commercial business experience, she moved to an IT corporate company where she was the sole woman on the management team responsible for client services and help desk groups.

After three years there, she started her own company, Netwerkpro, in 2015 to guide women to work - she has developed a programme that combines training and coaching to empower the participants and makes them part of a business network. Netwerpro works on a long term basis with local government, national, businesses and corporate companies to support them with their CSR programmes. A future focus will be to start entrepreneurial development within the EU. She is also the founder and chairman of the foundation “Vrouwen aan de Amstel” (Women on the Amstel) that runs community programmes for women and Arine is the certification assessor for WEConnect International in the Netherlands.

Email: Netherlands@weconnectinternational.org

Becky John

Becky John

Social Media Support

Becky is Director of 92 Minutes, a business supporting women and the organisations they run. She works with WEConnect International to support their social media. Previously, Becky's career has spanned the public, private and third sectors, encompassing retail, sales, operations, knowledge transfer, marketing and events.

From 2008 to 2015, Becky ran the social business she had founded, Who Made Your Pants?, for which she won the 2014 Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneur of the Year award. Becky has also worked as a fundraising manager and marketing and business development manager.

Jay McLeod

Jay McLeod

Administration for Europe

Jay has been managing the eNetwork and providing administrative support to the WEConnect International team in Europe on a part-time basis since December 2014. She was previously based in the Philippines where she managed the executive search division of Q2 HR Solutions.

She has also worked as a duty free trainer and merchandiser for Chanel Asia Pacific, as a product manager for Lancome and as a sales manager for the Mandarin Oriental Manila.

Email: euadmin@weconnectinternational.org

Kathrin Puhan

Kathrin Puhan

Certification Assessor, WEConnect International in Switzerland

Kathrin is the founder of you advance GmbH located in Zurich, Switzerland. She serves clients as a trainer, coach and moderator with her work built around the central topic of organisational performance improvements. Her main fields of expertise include principles of entrepreneurial training and advice, communication skills and moderation/facilitation. Her industry experience include working with companies like Novartis, Roche, Merck, UBS, Credit Suisse, Swisscom as well as retail and branding and marketing agencies. On a regular basis she moderates for service organisations such as the Professional Women’s Group and Advance Women.

Furthermore, she serves as the WEConnect International certification assessor for Switzerland. Kathrin holds a master's degree in history and an MBA in business engineering from St. Gallen University, Switzerland. She is also a certified MBTI coach and a Leadership Circle Certified Practitioner (360° Feedback). Kathrin loves travelling abroad, enjoys good food and would call herself a networking aficionado and purpose economist. She lives with her family in Zurich.

Email: Switzerland@weconnectinternational.org

Rachel Ryan

Rachel Ryan

Finance & Accounts for Europe

Rachel manages the accounts and finance for WEConnect International in Europe and has worked with the organisation since August 2015. She has over 20 years of accountancy experience having worked in practice and within both the public and private sectors. She has been the proprietor of her own accountancy practice since 2013.

Rachel is a fully qualified Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians, a Licensed Accountant and has a BA degree in Social Sciences.

Email: eufinance@weconnectinternational.org