Contact & Board
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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, 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 now the IWA Modena President.
Simone worked as business consultant all over Europe, before she arrived in Modena in 2013, following her Italian husband to his hometown. Although being fluent in Italian and having great support from her family, she struggled the first months, living with her children 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 IWA Modena for 3.5 years, before stepping down in April 2018 in order to take the role as Vice President in which she focuses on fostering external relations and partnerships. In her free-time she enjoys travelling, discovering places and meeting new people, mountain sports (skiing, trekking), dancing Tango Argentino, Pilates or relaxing with Mindfulness.
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 of Industrial Technology 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. As of April 2018, Julia took over the role as Secretary of IWA and Membership Director.
Deniz moved to Italy in the summer of 2018 after getting married to an Italian from Sassuolo, Modena. She joined IWA and has assumed treasury duties since February 2019. She was born in Istanbul, went to elementary school in Tripoli – Libya during her parent’s expat years, went middle & high school in Istanbul, Turkey before moving to New York for university followed by a working career in New York where she lived for 7 years before moving back to Istanbul. She is currently working as a Freelance Investment Advisor to companies and family offices investing in Turkey and Turkish companies investing abroad. She is passionate about traveling, keeping an active lifestyle, and Camilla (in-laws dog).
Social Media & Communications Director
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.
Rosy is an IWA member since 2017 and since then active member of the Events team, organizing IWAM events like the Charity gala.
She is Italian and first moved to Modena in 1983. She is married to a Brit, David, and has two daughters.
Rosy currently works as financial consultant at Banca Carisbo Intesa Sanpaolo.
She likes meeting up with friends and amateur theatre; is on the Board of the Modena Theatre Workshop.
Eva has been an IWA Member since its inception and lives in the hills of Modena with her family. Although born in Sweden her formative years were spent in Britain.
Eva is currently an in-class teacher for various state schools and an external lecturer of English at the University of Modena. Passions include naked eye astronomy yoga and trekking.
Claudia writes for a Canadian magazine and speaks fluently French, English, Italian, and Polish. For IWA she writes the monthly newsletter and edited the second edition of the Welcome Book.
Piera finds that IWA’s interesting mix of cultures and personalities is a unique opportunity to transform our personal likes and passions into experiences that will enrich us as a group, whether in a coffee morning, a charity event or simply supporting a member find information she seeks, this creates a win-win situation and that’s one of her own favorite passions
Website editor & Graphic Design
Aldonza is a Mexican multi tasker that has lived in different European countries during her adult life (France, Spain and now Italy). She moved to Modena in 2017 and became a full time mom after more than 15 years working as a creative in advertising and communication. She is now starting a project as a writer and sometimes still accepts freelance projects to work on.
Manuela Solia is from Turin and lives in Modena since April 2017 with her husband and her kid. She has lived in USA and Belgium.
Manon is German, living for more than 30 years in Modena. Her husband and daughter are Modenese.
She studied foreign languages and literature in Bologna, worked as language teacher, interpreter, export sales employee and actually as administration manager and export sales consultant.
Manon is one of the IWA Modena founding members and she loves taking pictures of the members to immortalize the fun moments during the IWA Modena events. Her hobbies are yoga, walking, biking, travelling and cooking .
English movie promoter
Magda is Italian but has lived several years in Germany. She relocated to Italy at the end of 2017 and lives in Vignola. She worked ten years as executive assistant for some international companies and now is a freelancer virtual assistant and consultant. In her free time she enjoys dancing tango with her husband, going to the cinema, reading and travelling.
Charity Gala Planning
Arpita grew up in Mumbai, India, and moved to the UK with her family as a teenager. She met her Italian husband in Oxford while finishing up research for her PhD in Molecular Anthropology. She took a leap of faith and followed him to Modena, where she started her new life teaching Business English to local companies. Nineteen years on and one daughter later, Arpita appreciates the high quality of life and close-knit community Modena has to offer. She is proud to work at Maserati and be an active member of IWA. Passionate about travelling.
Events and Charity Planning
Lavinia is a documentary family photographer based in Italy who has been photographing people across Europe since 2005. She grew up in Bucharest (Romania) where she studied economics. She meet her husband in Venice and decided to follow the passion that brought them together and become a photographer. They continued to travel the world documenting communities and photographing nature.
Charity Gala Planning
Sofia comes from Modena. During the Uni she decided to turn her dad’s hobby for the DOP Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Modena into a business and now she is completely focused on her beloved www.acetaiamalagoli.com!
She loves spending time with people who can teach her something,her traditions and her Country. She chose to live in Modena and to grow her business and future there, but spending her free time with International people make her crazy happy! #balsamiclover
Charity Gala Planning Team
We would like to thank the members that participate on the organization of our annual Charity Gala. For 2019, there is an amazing team of women taking care of this event:
- Sofia Angidou
- Magda Basso
- Marisa Di Consoli
- Sandra Gabriele
- Francine Grace
- Kerstin Leiters
- Sofia Malagoli
- Lavinia Nitu
- Arpita Pandya
- Nikoletta Papadopoulou
- Sabrina Sattler
- Rosy Steiner
- Simone Zaminer