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Leadership Circle

Join the leadership circle

The Leadership Circle is our senior level networking group, whose members commit to donating or raising a minimum of £5,000 per year or the equivalent of in-kind donations, opening up new networks and introducing Women for Women International to key decision makers. A sense of community and a unifying desire to make a positive impact internationally to women survivors of conflict are at the heart of its success and its combined power to change the world.

Membership benefits include invitations to four meetings per year with the UK Executive Director and Senior Leadership Team, opportunities to visit our work and invitations to exclusive special events.

Please contact our Senior Philanthropy Manager, Nicola Casey, on to learn more. We also have a Leadership Circle in Geneva, made up of inspiring, talented women who support our work through events in Geneva.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani

Leadership Circle Chair

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, a previous Trustee for Women for Women International (UK) and Inaugural Chair of the Geneva Leadership Circle, has been involved in Women for Women International for 10 years, helping to set up the UK office, and serving on Gala committees.

Diana has previously worked for International Planned Parenthood Federation in Beirut, Lebanon but during the civil war in Lebanon, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she worked organising Investment Conferences for Investment and Brokerage Companies. Diana moved to Bahrain in 1983, where she worked for Radio Bahrain as news editor and newsreader.

I have always felt, in these last ten years of my involvement with Women for Women International, that not only do we help the women in our programmes gain skills, confidence and a 'Sisterhood' among themselves. We too, in helping them, become a Sisterhood as well.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, Leadership Circle Chair

Stephanie Jakubiak

Leadership Circle Vice Chair

Stephanie Jakubiak is a member of the Policy Committee which advises the Women for Women International - UK Board of Trustees. Stephanie is a production and business development executive with expertise working at the intersection of advertising, entertainment and technology. She’s an expert in both finance and content strategy, having started her career in 1997 working in film and television development at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles and then moving on to WPP - GroupM, where she was Senior Partner, Finance and Business Development for GroupM Entertainment and worked to successfully build out the business strategy and finance side of the branded content offerings for three of the largest global media buying agencies.

In 2010 she left her position as Senior Vice President of NY based Media Ventures Group to start her own content development and consulting company - Project 14 Media - which currently operates out of London and NYC, with clients including ITV Studios, ABC Studios, EUE Screen Gems, Crux Digital, Unicorn Media, Sohonet - to name a few.

I was first drawn to Women for Women International by the important work that they do in helping women in dire situations all over the world. I have seen the positive outcomes and met some of the women working on-the-ground for the programme and that has had an enormous impact on me.

Stephanie Jakubiak, Leadership Circle Vice Chair

Annie Maccoby Berglof

Policy Committee

Annie Maccoby Berglof, a decade-long member of the Women for Women International policy committee, joined Women for Women International in 2007, inspired by Zainab Salbi and her work providing on-the-ground support and a voice for women in war and post-war zones. Annie is a regular contributor to the "At Home" interviews for the Weekend Financial Times and is writing "the Bright Side of Melancholy," a detective-hunt for the lost knowledge of moods. She is a graduate of Harvard and a trustee of Harvard House in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

"Ten years on, and under the new leadership of Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Women for Women International's mission to support thousands of women caught in conflict has become even more critical, as war continues to lap at the edges of Europe and Women for Women International has added a northern Iraqi camp for Syrian and Yezidi women refugee to its areas of operation."

We urge you to join our Leadership Circle and discover that in our quest to try and lend a helping hand to Women for Women International and our peers in war-zones around the world, we have also helped ourselves by becoming part of an extraordinary community of London-based women.

Annie Maccoby Berglof, Policy Committee