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Connecting, inspiring and empowering women to lead the way


Meet the WIL Team

Nicola Whitehead
General Manager

Ainara Vilaseca
Project Manager & WTP Programme Coordinator

Meet our Team of Volunteers

Hanna Müller 

I am Hanna; with a dual background in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, I work in Training and Development. My mission: raise awareness on the relevance of equal opportunities in leadership, pay-scale, and work/life balance irrespective of gender.

Alison Oates

Hi, I'm Alison. I'm British and have been living and working in France for almost 8 years. I work in the non-profit sector and dedicate my free time to fighting for different causes : women's rights and empowerment, social inclusion and mentorship for young people. I'm really proud to be part of the Women in Leadership adventure !

Aurélie Doré 

I'm Aurélie, proud feminist, driven by gender equality and women empowerment. After ten years in the digital world, I changed my career path to explore conflict resolution and mediation. And as I love hearing the story of others, I launched a documentary podcast called "Ceci est ton corps".

Anel Arapova

My name is Anel, I am currently an incoming M1 student at Sciences Po Paris. I have been a WIL volunteer since June 2019. I am passionate about women's role in the economy, as well as equality of opportunity and empowerment. On a personal level, my hobbies include running, open water swimming, and reading.

Hajar El Baraka

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

Maria Oliveira


I’m Maria and I’m in my final year of my degree in Politics and French - I’m super dedicated to all things women and love to explore different channels to empower them.

They have worked with us

Nadège Serrero
Communications Manager
(Jan - July 2021)

Nadège is a committed and resourceful women both passionate about gender equality and Europe.

Since September 2020 she is President of JEF-Paris (Young European Federalist) where she has the opportunity to manage a team of 20 people. She has a Bachelor Degree in History and a Master’s Degree in European Affairs. You can follow her adventures on Twitter and LinkedIn.


Lucy Lawson
Communications Manager
(Sept 2020 - Jan 2021)

Alexandra Lacroix
General Manager
(May 2017 - Oct 2020)

Ainsley Swift
Communications Manager
(Sept 2019 - Jan 2020) 

My name is Ainsley and I am from Canada. I completed my Masters in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action at Sciences Po Paris, during which time I had the great opportunity to intern with WIL! I am now an International Recruitment Advisor for Opportunities New Brunswick in Canada and lead a Girl Power Group with Newcomer Connections to empower refugee and immigrant adolescent girls. I am 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)

I’m Josie, born and raised in the UK with Dutch parents. I just finished my master’s in European and Global law at UPF in Barcelona and am about to start a job as Environment, Health and Safety Legal Consultant in Brussels. I am passionate about promoting woman’s rights and equality, and tackling all forms of discrimination. In our 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)

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

Julia Contrea
General Manager
(Feb 2016 - Jan 2017)


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