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Connecting, inspiring and empowering women to lead the way


Meet the WIL Team

Nicola Whitehead
General Manager

British, feminist and proudly European, Nicola has been WIL General Manager since October 2020. Her 12-year career has taken her around the world, from EU policymaking and negotiation in Brussels and Paris, to fighting to improve education standards in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Fostering gender equality and diversity are the two issues closest to her heart, and ones she has worked on not only in a professional capacity, but also as a Masters student in Human Rights at LSE and as co-founder of a discussion group, Diversify. A fluent English, French and Portuguese speaker, she enjoys communicating in different languages and working in an international environment. As General Manager at WIL, she loves nothing more than collaborating with our Members to come up with creative ideas for the network, and bringing out the best in our wonderful team.

Ainara Vilaseca
Project Manager & WTP Programme Coordinator

Feminist, passionate about social issues and female empowerment, Ainara enjoys managing our leadership programme to promote the leaders of tomorrow and building bridges with women both in and outside of our network. Ainara believes in the power of education and of our network to inspire all women and girls and make a positive difference to their lives and is therefore proud to be the manager of our Empowering Girls project. Ainara speaks four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English and French) and obtained a Degree in Translation and Interpreting and a Master’s in Legal Translation. After this she moved to Paris to pursue a Master's in International Relations. When she is not busy empowering women, Ainara loves spending time at the sea.


Dovile Bogusyte

Communications Manager



Dovile joined our team as Communications Manager in September 2021. Born and raised in Lithuania, she recently graduated from Sciences Po Paris University with a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action. During her studies, Dovile had an opportunity to work on the issues she is most passionate about: gender equality and women empowerment being a few of them. Her main motivation and goal is to make a positive impact in the world. Dovile enjoys discovering new cultures, studying and working in an international environment, which is why she has been living abroad for five years. During her free time, she enjoys going to museums, travelling and wandering around Paris. 

Meet our Team of Volunteers

Hanna Müller 

Hanna has a dual background in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, and works in Training and Development. Her mission: raise awareness about the importance of equal opportunities in leadership, in pay, and in work/life balance, irrespective of gender.

Alison Oates

Alison is British and has been living and working in France for almost 8 years. She works in the non-profit sector and dedicates her free time to fighting for different causes: women's rights and empowerment, social inclusion and mentorship for young people. She is really proud to be part of the Women in Leadership adventure !

Aurélie Doré 

Aurélie is a proud feminist, driven by gender equality and female empowerment. After ten years in the digital world, she changed career path to explore conflict resolution and mediation. Given how much she loves hearing the stories of others, she decided to launch a documentary podcast called "Ceci est ton corps".

Anel Arapova

Anel is an incoming Master 1 student at Sciences Po Paris. She has been a WIL volunteer since June 2019. She is passionate about women's role in the economy, as well as equality of opportunity and empowerment. Her hobbies include running, open water swimming, and reading.

Hajar El Baraka

Hajar is currently doing an internship in tax law and working towards becoming a lawyer in this field. She strongly believes that practical solutions are the way towards having more women as leaders and decision-makers. She is proud to be part of WIL because it gives women real opportunities to grow and develop.

Maria Oliveira

Maria is in her final year of her degree in Politics and French. She is 100% dedicated to all things women and loves to explore different channels to empower them.

They have worked with us

Nadège Serrero
Communications Manager
(Jan - July 2021)

Nadège is committed and highly-driven, and is passionate about gender equality and European Affairs.

Since September 2020 she has been President of JEF-Paris (Young European Federalist) where she has managed a team of 20 people. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in European Affairs.


Lucy Lawson
Communications Manager
(Sept 2020 - Jan 2021)

Lucy is a student of Politics, International Relations and French. She is passionate about all forms of female empowerment, particularly by encouraging changing societal attitudes and promoting the voices of women. She is proud to have played a role in our network as a Communications Intern!

Alexandra Lacroix
General Manager
(May 2017 - Oct 2020)


After a first part of her career working for European political institutions and associations, Alexandra decided to take a shift and realise her dream of becoming an entrepreneur. She founded Citron ou Limonade in 2021 and is now a coach for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to turn their lemons (life & professional challenges) into their dream business. 

Ainsley Swift
Communications Manager
(Sept 2019 - Jan 2020) 

Ainsley is from Canada. She completed her Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po Paris, during which time she had the opportunity to intern with WIL! She is now an International Recruitment Advisor for Opportunities New Brunswick in Canada and leads a Girl Power Group with Newcomer Connections to empower refugee and immigrant adolescent girls. She is passionate about the empowerment of women and girls through both equality of opportunity, work, and access to rights.


Josephine Derks
Communications Manager
(Jan - July 2019)

Josie was born and raised in the UK with Dutch parents. She recently finished her Master’s in European and Global law at UPF in Barcelona and is now working as an Environment, Health and Safety Legal Consultant in Brussels. She is passionate about promoting woman’s rights and equality, and tackling all forms of discrimination: in the current climate, it has become ever more important for women to unite and support one another in all areas of life!


Marusa Godina
Communications Manager
(Sept 2018 - Feb 2019)

Marusa was born in Slovenia, but feels Parisian too. After her internship at WIL, she joined the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), where she worked on international trade and development. Currently, she works as an International Affairs Manager for the Asia-Pacific region at Sciences Po. She is a proud feminist. Empowering women, whether through trade or education, has always been her passion. 

Julia Contrea

             General               Manager

(Feb 2016 - Jan 2017)


Julia is a Communications, Public Affairs and Events Specialist. Born in Romania and raised in France, she spent 7 years in the United States (NYC) where she studied, and worked. Julia now lives in Paris where she is Senior Events Manager at INSEAD Business School, responsible for Advancement and Institutional events worldwide. Women empowerment and gender equality are her true passions, both professionally and personally.


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