Contact and Board
We would love to hear from you!
For specific enquiries email one of our Board members, whose profiles and details are listed below.
The Board meets on a monthly basis (excluding the summer) to monitor progress, make decisions and plan for the future. If you have an issue that you would like discussed at a board meeting please email our secretary, Kristin, firstname.lastname@example.org at least 3 days before the meeting.
Kerstin grew up in Munich, Germany. She studied International Management in Lancaster, England and has an M.sc. in Industrial Engineering. She works for the automotive industry in research & development in the area of quality management. She moved to Italy in 2014 together with her husband and two children Philippa (born 2011) and Rafael (born 2014). She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, skiing and traveling. Following 3.5 years as the IWA Modena treasurer, she is is now the IWA Modena President, and can be contacted at email@example.com
Simone is Austrian, grew up in Munich, studied Business Economics in Germany and did an MBA in Milan and Shanghai. She worked as a business consultant all over Europe, before she arrived in Modena in November 2013, following her Italian husband to his hometown. Although being fluent in Italian and having great support from her Italian family, she struggled the first months, living with her two small children (born in 2008 and 2012) in a truly Italian town. Thus, the idea of founding an association of women with similar backgrounds and needs was born! Simone has been the president of the IWA Modena for 3.5 years, while she was working as project manager for an international sportswear company. Next to being the current vice-president, in her free time she enjoys travelling, discovering places and meeting new people, as well as mountain sports (skiing, trekking), all kinds of dancing, relaxing with Yoga or cuddling up with her family.
Kristin is from Germany and moved to Modena in September 2014. It is her first experience living in a foreign country. Kristin studied biology and has experience working as a Medical Writer and a Project Manager. In Italy she enjoys “la dolce vita” with her two daughters, born in 2011 and 2013. She likes sports (like zumba, aerobics and body shaping), reading books, cooking and relaxing in spas. Kristin is IWA Modena’s Secretary, which includes managing the membership.
Director of Special Projects
Inbal Haim is from Israel and has lived in Modena since 2009. She studied physical education at the Zinman College in Israel and she teaches sport and dance. She also completed two years of military service in Israel and works as an instructor in self-defense.
Director of Social Events
Alessandra is Italian, but has lived for several years in different countries, including France, Portugal, Argentina and Belgium, where she spent the last 9 years before moving to Modena in September 2016. Willing to put her passion for other languages and cultures at the core of her professional life, she has an extensive professional experience in the non-profit sector, holding a specialization in development cooperation and education, and has been a language teacher for more than ten years. She enjoys getting to know new places and people of different nationalities and backgrounds, so she pretty much spends all her free time travelling. When in Modena, she likes cooking, meeting up with friends and listening to great live music.
Alessandra is responsible for managing the Social Events, as well as for coordinating IWA Interest Groups.
Director Corporate & PR Events
Julia is German, but grew up mostly abroad in Poland, Japan, UK and Italy, before returning to Germany to study Psychology. Her job as HR Manager the Industrial Technology Industry has led her to different cities in the south of Germany and to the US, and in the fall of 2016 gave her the opportunity to move to Modena. She enjoys its lively city center right outside her door, the amazing gelato and the opportunity for weekend trips to the beautiful countryside.
Julia is responsible for managing the Corporate and PR Events, as well as supporting Simone in the outreach to potential IWA partners.
Sabrina is from Germany and moved to Modena in 2015 after spending more than ten years in the United States. She studied International Business in Germany before moving to Texas where she graduated with an International MBA and an M.S. in Business Administration. She has worked in various industries in Egypt, Germany, France, and the United States and now works as a freelance research consultant. Her areas of expertise are qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and statistical data analysis. She is also the writer and editor of My Italian Inspiration. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, scuba diving, skiing, and discovering the beautiful Italian countryside with her Italian husband and her Texan dog.
Ana Elena Sánchez Marin
Social Media DirectorAna Elena is Venezuelan and comes from a Spanish family. She has lived in Caracas, Milan, Sanit Barthèlemy, spent some time in London and now lives in Modena since 2015. She is an architect with a Double Degree title from both Politecnico di Milano and Universidad Central de Venezuela. She has maturated experience in several architectural studios and has also dedicated her energy to projects related with communication and art direction, getting every time more passionate about this particular fields. She lives with her modenese boyfriend and in her free time she enjoys staying active with both body and mind. She loves traveling, having long walks, biking, and of course, as a former professional synchronized swimmer, she loves the water!
Ana Elena is the responsible for the management of all social media channels of the association and coordinates a team that helps IWA and his members keeping online updated all time.