About Us

The Next Women Team & Board

Simone Brummelhuis - CEO

She is founder and CEO of The NextWomen, and she is responsible for the formats of The Female Business Brand, such as Female Internet Heroes, Kitchen Dinners,  & Pitching Events, Job Swaps and The NextWomen Mentoring programme. She manages The Next Women globally, and in particular The Netherlands. 

Simone is frequently asked to be the expert, judge, mentor or speaker on conferences, business plan competitions & awards.

She worked in for 10 years as an international corporate lawyer (Skadden, New York & Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Amsterdam, New York) and she is co-owner of VC backed IENS.n which she was managing director and was VP Europe of Astia.org, the venture accelerator programme for high-growth women-led companies.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Simone.

Lucy Catten - Editor

Lucy stepped up as Editor for The NextWoman at the end of 2013 and is responsible for both content and social media. She has a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and, after 8 years as a Senior Customer Service Manager, decided to take a change of direction and develop a career that would allow her to spend more time with her husband and two young daughters.She continues to be inspired daily by the stories she reads. 

See her LinkedIn for more information about Lucy.



Natalie Lamb - Business Advice Programme Administrator

Natalie had a successful career in London radio for 10 years before moving to Hong Kong. She is now back in the UK and enjoying working for The NextWomen, after returning to work following a break to have her two daughters.





Megan Foo – Editorial Assistant

Megan Foo is a Year 13 student at Chinese International School in Hong Kong. She has written often about issues in gender and education on online platforms like Girls’ Globe and VolunTEEN Nation.

As well as being a regular contributor for The Next Women, she has recently joined the team as Editorial Assistant - a role through which she hopes to raise awareness of women’s entrepreneurial initiatives, economic empowerment, and social enterprises in the developing world. Having been involved with many initiatives including raising funds for family violence intervention training for adolescent girls in Guatemala, Megan is the Chief Content Officer of Givology, an online giving marketplace that leverages dollar donations to grassroots education projects in the developing world through a crowdfunding philanthropy business model.

Megan is also the President of the Hong Kong Chapter of Women LEAD, a peer-led, creativity-focused nonprofit that provides women’s leadership development training and advocacy in Nepal. When not volunteering, Megan enjoys running cross country, travelling, and reading about issues in STEM and economics.

See her LinkedIn for more information on Megan.


Anne Meister - Brussels Liaison Officer

Anne is the liaison officer for The NextWomen in Brussels and strives for a higher visibility of women entrepreneurship in the EU bubble in Brussels. The dynamic world of start-ups, social media and entrepreneurial-minded people are her passion. A German national herself she has been living and working in Brussels as an advisor for a German regional representation on the topics of industry, energy and transport. She studied European Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and Political Science and Cultural Studies in Göttingen, Germany.

See her Linkedin for more information about Anne.

Joana Picq - Advisor

Joana Picq joined the NextWomen in November 2009 to run operations and further develop the business through new partnerships.She has moved since then to become a Adviser.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Joana.