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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.

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Our Board

Simone Zaminer

Simone Zaminer

President

Simone is a strategic business consultant and project manager, who worked all over Europe before moving from her native town Munich to Modena in 2013 with her Italian husband, whom she met during her MBA at SDA Bocconi Milan, and her two children. Although fluent in Italian and having great support from her family, she struggled with trying to socialize and integrate into her new environment. Thus, her idea of founding a network of like-minded women, who support each other in all aspects of life was born! Simone was President of IWA Modena for the first 3.5 years and returned to this position in 2020. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the association and all its engagement activities. In her free time she loves travelling and meeting new people, mountain sports (skiing, trekking), all kinds of dancing; especially Tango and finding her core with Pilates and Mindfulness.

Kerstin Leiters

Kerstin Leiters

Vice President & Membership Experience Director

Kerstin grew up in Munich, Germany. She studied International Management in Lancaster, England and has an M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering. She worked 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 and 2.5 years as the IWA Modena President, she is now the IWA Modena Vice President & Member Experience Director.

Magda Basso

Magda Basso

Secretary & Membership Director

Magda is Italian but lived for several years in Germany. She relocated to Italy at the end of 2017 and lives in Vignola. She worked for ten years as an executive assistant for some international companies and now is a freelance virtual assistant and consultant. In her free time she enjoys dancing tango with her husband, going to the cinema, reading and travelling.

Deniz Aydoslu

Deniz Aydoslu

Treasurer

Deniz moved to Italy in the summer of 2018 after marrying an Italian from Sassuolo, Modena. She joined the 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, attended 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 travelling, keeping an active lifestyle and Camilla (her in-laws dog).

Sabrina Sattler

Sabrina Sattler

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. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, scuba diving, skiing and discovering the beautiful Italian countryside.

Lavinia Nitu

Lavinia Nitu

Outreach & Partnership Director

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 met 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.

Rosy Stainer

Rosy Stainer

Events Director

Rosy has been an IWA member since 2017 and since then, an active member of the Events team, organizing IWAM events including 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 a financial consultant at Banca Carisbo Intesa Sanpaolo. She likes meeting up with friends and amateur theatre; she is also on the Board of the Modena Theatre Workshop.

Eva Young

Eva Young

Special Projects Director

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.

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