We are the board of The Wominvest Observatory, known as TWOO, and we are here because we believe that our society will be better if women from any kind of background get access to capital and to knowledge. By working together to promote knowledge in innovation, finance and investment in combination with inclusion and diversity; we will create a positive present and powerful future opportunities for everyone. We are here to make this happen.
We will observe for you, we will collect reports, articles, best practices, case studies and we will communicate them and share them with right people making the decisions to make change happen. Together, we can do this!
Carol was born on the Southside of Chicago, Illinois, USA. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she majored in East Asian Studies and Religious Studies. She has a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS) from Harvard University, where she specialized in World Religions and was a researcher for the Pluralism Project. She is currently a.b.d. (all but dissertation) from a PhD program at the University of Chicago. She has been a lecturer in business schools and worked at The Next Women where she was the architect behind the Fempower Your Growth Program, working alongside the major Dutch banks and policy institutions to offer an intense program to train female entrepreneurs on growth strategies while addressing the biases of bankers and investors. Combining these interests, Carol is shifting her focus onto impact and faith-based investing practices. For TWOO, she wants to highlight awareness of intersectionality and the need to ensure equal access for all women and their businesses as we shift towards gender-smart funding practices. Carol is an Included VC Fellow (inaugural class), mom to 3 sons and founder of Atomic Spices. She’s President of the Harvard Alumni Club of the The Netherlands and an avid soprano and rower.
Co-founder and Managing Director
I grow up in a small village in the Pyrenees region in Spain. My family has always engaged on politics and I still remember when my grandfather supported with education and money her daughter (my aunt) instead of my father to balance the society on gender equality. My father is a strong feminist, as I am. For me being a feminist is to balance the unbalance consciously. This is my story. What is your story?
Jara Pascual is an author and entrepreneur centered on Innovation. She is CEO and founder of Knowco Collabwith, an online platform bringing people together and encouraging collaborations online and offline. As Board Member of the Forum Knowledge4Innovation her voice is heard regularly at the European Parliament. She is also the host of the Innovation Podcast “Business of Collaboration” and Book author of “Innovation & Collaboration in the Digital Era” from publisher @DeGruyter (coming in fall of 2020). Jara is a Telecom Engineer with an MBA and she is writing about innovation management for different online magazines. She has worked for 15 years in Innovation Management doing transformational innovation culture and projects in a number of Fortune 500 Companies and R&D Labs.
Co-founder and Chair
Robbert is specialized in EU strategy and policy. For more than 30 years Robbert has
been involved in EU policy, as a seconded expert, as an analyst and as an external
programme, project and policy evaluator and reviewer. He is currently associated
investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo where he is working on AI and Big Data for policy, president of Knowledge4Innovation and expert contributor to Innovators magazine.
Robbert Fisher is specialized in EU strategy and policy. For more than 30 years Robbert has been involved in EU policy, as a seconded expert, as an analyst and as an external programme, project and policy evaluator and reviewer. He is currently associated investigator at the University de las Campinas in Sao Paolo where he is working on AI and Big Data for policy, president of Knowledge4Innovation and expert contributor to Innovators magazine. Previously was managing director of the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (joint venture of TNO, VTT, Tecnalia and Joaneum Research) and end responsible for a wide variety of policy related studies and projects, most of which focus on supporting the European Commission in providing evidence to support defining its policies and activities through evaluation, impact assessment, monitoring, specific analyses (economic, social) and foresight. Robbert managed over 60 contracts for the EC, and was responsible for several studies such as the analysis of Mission Oriented Policies, the re-industrialisation of the Solar PV industry in the EU, analysis of the IoT field in the EU, and a study defining the approach towards a single and innovation European Transport system. He has been rapporteur of the CIP ICT PSP interim evaluation panel and project director of the CIP-ICT-PSP evaluation support team, leader of two evaluation contracts for the Eco Innovation Programme, and senior advisor to the Service Innovation Panel. Robbert was also leading the Major Innovations study, RO-cKETs (Roadmap for cross-cutting KETs activities in Horizon 2020). In recent years he wasleading a study on eGovernment Visions 2020 (with RAND), was director of the ERASCOPE study (analysing the effects of scale and scope of research programmes in ERA) and the Innovation Impact study, which analysed the innovation outputs of the 5th and 6th Framework Programmes. Prior to joining JIIP, Robbert has worked for consulting firms, including 12 years for PwC. Robbert was a seconded expert to European Commission for 5 years (DGCONECT). Robbert has a master’s degree in law of Leiden University, specializing in intellectual property law, law and informatics and business economics. He has certificates in AI and blockchain for the University of Oxford Said Business School, and executive certificates from Darden Business School, is alumnus of the PwC international management development program, and holds degrees in marketing and public relations.
Galit Bauer has over 15 years of experience caring to carefully select and place the right people in each right organization.Prior to co-founding Holiday-Sitters, Galit served as a Global Human Resource Manager indifferent multinational corporates where she gained extensive business experience focused on a range of human resource-related disciplines. Galit is a “people person” passionate about understanding people, connecting people and coaching whoever is in need for guidance. In addition, Galit is a dedicated long distance running, kickboxing and Pilates savvy one of the initiators of ‘Pilates to the People’ providing Pilates classes to people with special needs. Galit moved to Amsterdam from Tel Aviv 15 years ago together with her husband, and they became parents 7 years later. Galit worked at Israeli technology start-up Camelot under the niche of HR, Recruitment and more.
Dana was born in Israel and moved to Brazil at a young age. Being exposed to the income and power inequality that especially women face there drove her to be involved in activism and change making in the field of inclusion. Dana graduated in 2020 from a bachelor program aiming to affect activist change in the best way possible: Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) at University of Amsterdam. After living in Europe for over 5 years, she deeply connected with its culture and politics, however she felt that the issue still persists here. As an economics and business major student she was one of the only females in class, and recalls having only male lecturers and access to too few female role models to look up to. That underrepresentation of females within her desired career, and the understanding of the empowerment that comes with economic independence, created a goal: working toward gender equality in the entrepreneurial and investment world became a goal. That is why Dana fully supports TWOO’s initiative and was eager to become part of the TWOO report writing team.
Zuleica grew up in Caracas, Venezuela, and emigrated to Amsterdam in 2017. She was always encouraged to follow her dreams and have big goals in life. Writing is her biggest passion of her life, not just telling stories but the truth about topics that most people just want to ignore, or don’t feel comfortable hearing about. Those are for her the ones we need to yell the loudest. “I believe that TWOO has many uncomfortable truths to share about women’s equalities and things our society should pay more attention to. Also the hard work many people are doing every day to help in this matter.”
Zuleica Ramirez is the CEO and Founder of Stop Look Share a website which purpose is to connect people with similar interests, like books, audiobooks, podcasts, and at the same time work platform for people with writing skills or aspirations to share their work with others. She has a degree in Social Communication with a specialization in Marketing and has 5 years of working experience in marketing and sales.