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Our Mission

Our mission is to create and cultivate an active pipeline of qualified female leaders to fill corporate board positions.

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Our passion is to empower women to thrive in an environment traditionally dominated by men.

Our Passion

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Our Vision

We want to create a world where women have the opportunity to work where their strengths lie, not where society dictates them. the Boardroom is a strong network that supports and encourages women to achieve their professional goals, enables companies to retain and promote senior female talent and helps boards achieve gender parity.

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DIANA MARKAKI

- Founder -

Diana Markaki is an international M&A lawyer, senior executive in the energy and infrastructure industry and experienced board member in both public and private companies.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ELLAKTOR, a publicly traded infrastructure group doing global business in more than 30 countries, and on the Board of Directors of 5G Ventures, which manages Phaistos Fund, a mutual fund that invests in companies active in the research and development of 5G applications and services.​

She holds a Law degree and LL.M. in International and European Law from the University of Athens, as well as an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Diana is also Swiss Chair of the global campaign "50/50 Women on Boards", member of Women Corporate Directors, angel investor in female-founded startups and mentor of high-potential women.

 

"I passionately believe that gender equality is the necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. But being the "only" woman in a room full of men can be isolating and poses a new challenge: staying at the top.

 

While getting to the top requires resilience and courage, staying at the top requires community and support — two things that women in power often lack compared to their male peers.  This is why I founded the Boardroom.

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HELIA BURGUNDER

- Member of the Advisory Board -

Helia Burgunder is an accomplished C-Level executive bringing more than 27 years of experience with leading corporations in the ICT industry, in Switzerland and Europe, successfully spearheading cross-functional operations in the B2B and consumer markets.  Her previous executive positions include Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at UPC Schweiz GmbH, as well as Executive VP Sales & Retail channels and Executive VP Customer Service, Digital & Training at Swisscom AG. She also served in the hospitality industry as VP Customer Service Europe and Managing Director Portugal at today’s Hoist Group.

 

Helia Burgunder is a passioned and inspirational leader with an excellent track-record in Strategy, Digital Transformation, Sales & Retail, Customer Service excellence and Change Management. She was awarded the Digital Female Leader Award 2020 amongst 800 top digital women in Europe, and stands for Gender Diversity & Inclusion and Industry 4.0. Helia Burgunder earned an MBA from the University of Fribourg, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the University of Lisbon. She currently serves on several Boards of Directors.

 

Her areas of expertise include: Strategy, Customer Service Excellence and Digital Transformation.

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DIANA MARKAKI

- Founder -

Diana Markaki is an international M&A lawyer, senior executive in the energy and infrastructure industry and experienced board member in both public and private companies.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of ELLAKTOR, a publicly traded infrastructure group doing global business in more than 30 countries, and on the Board of Directors of 5G Ventures, which manages Phaistos Fund, a mutual fund that invests in companies active in the research and development of 5G applications and services.​

She holds a Law degree and LL.M. in International and European Law from the University of Athens, as well as an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Diana is also Swiss Chair of the global campaign "50/50 Women on Boards", member of Women Corporate Directors, angel investor in female-founded startups and mentor of high-potential women.

 

"I passionately believe that gender equality is the necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. But being the "only" woman in a room full of men can be isolating and poses a new challenge: staying at the top.

 

While getting to the top requires resilience and courage, staying at the top requires community and support — two things that women in power often lack compared to their male peers.  This is why I founded the Boardroom.

Advisory and admissions board

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HELIA BURGUNDER

- Member of the Advisory Board -

Helia Burgunder is an accomplished C-Level executive bringing more than 27 years of experience with leading corporations in the ICT industry, in Switzerland and Europe, successfully spearheading cross-functional operations in the B2B and consumer markets.  Her previous executive positions include Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at UPC Schweiz GmbH, as well as Executive VP Sales & Retail channels and Executive VP Customer Service, Digital & Training at Swisscom AG. She also served in the hospitality industry as VP Customer Service Europe and Managing Director Portugal at today’s Hoist Group.

 

Helia Burgunder is a passioned and inspirational leader with an excellent track-record in Strategy, Digital Transformation, Sales & Retail, Customer Service excellence and Change Management. She was awarded the Digital Female Leader Award 2020 amongst 800 top digital women in Europe, and stands for Gender Diversity & Inclusion and Industry 4.0. Helia Burgunder earned an MBA from the University of Fribourg, and a Master’s Degree in Computer Science & Electrical Engineering from the University of Lisbon. She currently serves on several Boards of Directors.

 

Her areas of expertise include: Strategy, Customer Service Excellence and Digital Transformation.

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TOM WATERHOUSE

- Member of the Advisory Board -

Tom is an independent consultant working in the fields of Human Resources and Diversity & Inclusion, with a particular focus on equity and diversity in the workplace. He is also Head of Research and Innovation for CLEAP, a Swiss HRtech start-up.

 

Prior to becoming independent, Tom spent more than 25 years in the financial services industry in strategic project management, COO and senior HR roles, notably at JPMorgan and the Pictet Group.

 

He is host of the If I Had Been Born A Girl podcast, which is part of a broader project that aims to help men better understand the ubiquitous and pervasive nature of sexism and systemic gender discrimination by encouraging them to explore the impact on their own lives of gender stereotyping and male privilege.

 

Tom read Modern Languages at Lincoln College, Oxford and holds a post-graduate diploma in Leadership from Emeritus.

 

His areas of expertise include: Human Resources, Diversity & Inclusion

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DIANA MARKAKI
- Founder -

Diana Markaki is an international M&A lawyer, senior executive in the energy and infrastructure industry and experienced board member in both public and private companies.  She has served on the Board of Directors of ELLAKTOR, a publicly traded infrastructure group doing global business in more than 30 countries, and is on the Board of Directors of 5G Ventures, which manages Phaistos Fund, a mutual fund that invests in companies active in the research and development of 5G applications and services.​  Diana is also Partner at international investment bank Venero Capital Advisors, where she leads the global practice on ESG and Impact Investing.

She holds a Law degree and LL.M. in International and European Law from the University of Athens, as well as an Executive MBA from Harvard Business School.

Diana is also Swiss Chair of the global campaign "50/50 Women on Boards", angel investor in female-founded startups and mentor of high-potential women.

 

"I passionately believe that gender equality is the necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. But being the "only" woman in a room full of men can be isolating and poses a new challenge: staying at the top.

 

While getting to the top requires resilience and courage, staying at the top requires community and support — two things that women in power often lack compared to their male peers.  This is why I founded the Boardroom.

Global Chairs

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ELENA PAPADONIKOLAKI
- Chair, Greek Chapter -

Elena is a Hospitality Executive with more than 20 years of demonstrated experience in Sales, Marketing & Business Development. She developed the essence of hospitality from a very early age, through her family hotel business.

 

After falling in love with the industry, Elena continued her studies in Hotel Management and Business Administration in Strasbourg and in Paris. She has worked in executive positions Internationally at multiple hotel brands, such as Accor, Hilton, Starwood and Marriott Intl. 

 

Elena moved back from London to Greece in 2009 and after a successful career and a long-lasting relationship with her favorite of all, the Hotel Grande Bretagne, she recently decided to step out of her comfort zone and focus on more entrepreneurial challenges. 

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ELENA SPANOU
- Chair, German Chapter -

Elena Spanou is an experienced international lawyer, who has participated in the development of international start-ups in the fields of luxury goods and real estate.

Her interest in setting up and organising legal departments led her to the recruitment world and she is currently Head of Legal - DACH for Pure Search & assisting with the development of Dartmouth Partners in Germany. Her portfolio includes pharmaceuticals, investment banks, asset management & private equity firms, shipping and maritime, defence, manufacturing, automotive and technology companies, as well as law firms in central and northern Europe.

Elena is passionate about diversity and inclusion and from her current position she strives to actively help women gain access to  senior positions in the legal world. Over 75% of her placements to date have been women, of which over 50% are mothers.

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MAGGIE MILNAMOW
- International Operations -

Maggie is currently Chief Revenue Officer at Insider Inc.. Previously, she was Vice President of Sales Operations at The New York Times, where she previously held roles as the Vice President of Advertising Sales, and the Managing Director of The New York Times Magazine.  Before joining The Times in 2014, Maggie held roles at The Sporting News Media Group, Anheuser-Busch Media Group, and NBC Sports.

Maggie is on the board of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s New York Chapter, and Chicas Poderosas. She also serves as a mentor in the Financial Communications Society and The New York Times’ Women’s Network, and is a member of Chief, a women’s private club that supports women in leadership positions.  

 

She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Carolina and is a recent graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.