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Michelle Wright trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played the violin professionally. A chartered marketer, manager and fundraiser, Michelle founded award winning third sector organisational development and fundraising enterprise Cause4 in 2009 after leaving the London Symphony Orchestra, where her achievements in private sector fundraising led to her being judged the Best Upcoming Fundraiser at the National Fundraising Awards in 2008.

Michelle was the winner of the female entrepreneur category in the Natwest Startup awards 2011 and is a top 10 winner in the Ernst and Young Future 100 awards 2011 for entrepreneurs under 35 that demonstrate innovation in progressing a responsible business venture. She is a silver award winner in the 2012 international Stevie Awards for female innovator of the year and was invited in 2013 to become an Accelerate 250 member in recognition of the UK's top growing businesses.

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Rehmah KasuleRehmah Kasule is one of the NextAdvisors signed up to advise our community in our Business Advice Programme. Rehmah is the founder of CEDA International, specializing in mentoring, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Rehmah has also been running her own marketing agency, Century Marketing, in Uganda for over 14 years, building local and international brands.

A Certified Enterprise Development Consultant, Rehmah is a renowned motivational speaker with a wealth of experience in branding, strategic planning, marketing, financial literacy, gender and leadership. With the vision of “creating a new generation of women leaders” she empowers girls and women to become economically independent and socially responsible.

Rehmah is ready to start advising you on your business. For more details on The Business Advice Programme and to sign up, click here

Marc Nager, CEO of Startup WeekendThe NextWomen 'How-To' 'Theme

Marc Nager is the CEO of Startup Weekend, a non-profit which organises 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

As of April 2013, 1068 events had been held, involving over 100,000 entrepreneurs across more than 400 cities in over 100 countries and over 8190 startups have been created. The Kauffman Foundation, Google and Microsoft are sponsors.

This exclusive interview with Neelie Kroes closes our 'Europe' theme in style!

Neelie Kroes is Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, a role which she has held since 2010.

Neelie's portfolio includes the information and communications technology (ICT) and telecommunications sectors. Her remit is to ensure trust and security for the Internet and new technologies; to ensure competitive communications, such as in the mobile roaming market; to build world-class European research and innovation in this sector; and above all getting every European digital, with access to fast broadband, so the Internet's impact can be maximised for our economy and society. 

Since 2004, Neelie has worked for the European Commission as one of the 27 Commissioners working to maintain a peaceful and prosperous Europe. From 2004 to 2009, she was Competition Commissioner, responsible for ensuring a level playing field for business in Europe, and fair prices and wide choice for consumers.

Neelie's political career started on the Rotterdam Municipal Council, and in 1971 she was elected as a Member of the Dutch Parliament for the liberal VVD party. From 1982-1989 she served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands.

From 1991-2000, Neelie served as President of Nyenrode University and on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo, and P&O Nedlloyd. Neelie studied economics at Erasmus University before working there for six years as an Assistant Professor.

The NextWomen Europe Theme.

Simona Sandru from the Romania Association of Women in Business interviews their Founder Alice Botnarenco about the startup scene in Romania; the realities of being a woman in business there; and five female business heroes who inspire the region's female business ecosystem.

Alice Botnarenco, the founder of the Romanian Women in Business Association and owner of a rent-a-car company, made a bold step into entrepreneurship in 2003, believed in the power of momentum and succeeded in achiving business excellence. Fueled by her passion for cars, Alice took her first steps into the automotive industry in 2003, when she set up her rent-a-car company. She seized a need of the market and took advantage of it.

“She was the right person in the right place at the right time.”

Clover Lewis, reporter for The NextWomen, attended Astia’s We Own It Summit 'Tipping Point Awards Dinner' and afterwards caught up with Sallie Krawcheck, keynote speaker and Business Leader of 85 Broads.

The We Own It collaboration along with Thompson Reuters hosted the Tipping Point Awards Dinner, celebrating the European firms with the greatest number of investments in woman-led companies. Sallie Krawcheck, Business Leader of 85 Broads, delivered a most engaging keynote address for the event.

For those who do not know her: Sallie Krawcheck is a very successful woman. Said to be one of the most successful executives in financial services, her checklist of success includes (quoting her Twitter bio):

85 Broads...Past Head of Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney....Investor....Board Member...Crazed UNC Basketball Fan....Mom

Sallie Krawcheck is also influential. A savvy social media maven; just last week she posted 'My Two Very Simple Rules for Networking’ on LinkedIn, talking about how to communicate with your network to greater effect through ‘pay it forward’ engagement, receiving over 150,000 readers within days. When Sallie talks, people listen.

The NextWomen Generations & Family Business Theme.

Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı is the Chairwoman of Doğan Holding, one of Turkey’s top industrial conglomerates.

The NextWomen Generations & Family Business Theme.

Founded in 1970 by Frank J Annese and now run by his four daughters Michelle, Yvonne, Andrea and Francine, Annese & Associates is a women-owned integrated communications systems provider serving New York State and New England.

After Frank's retirement in 2007, sole ownership of the company transferred to his daughters, ensuring that the family owned organizational dynamic remains intact. As owners, the sisters have taken the leadership model they learned from watching their father, Frank, and applied it to growing the business he founded in 1970.

The NextWomen Generations & Family Business Theme.

Padmaja Kumari Parmar represents the third generation of heritage-hoteliers at the HRH Group of Hotels, India's only chain of heritage palace-hotels under private ownership.

Headquartered in Udaipur, a city founded in 1559 on the banks of Lake Pichola, the HRH Group is preserving royal palaces as 'heritage grand hotels' and offering authentic regal experiences on island-palaces and historic venues. 

Padmaj is the Executive Director-Business Development of the HRH Group. The Chairman and Managing Director of HRH Group is her father, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar whose illustrious family are the custodians of the former State of Mewar since 734 A.D.

Now living in Boston after getting married, Padmaja is enhancing the business presence of the HRH Group in the United States, Latin American countries, and in the European Union through active participation in global travel marts and trade shows.

Andrea Kolb meets Bangladeshi fashion designer and former international model Bibi Russell.

She has travelled the world with a mission – to promote craftsmen and women and their fantastic talents. Bibi Russel, top model, acclaimed fashion designer, "one of the 20 people to watch in the millenium in Asia“ (according to Asiaweek) and founder of "fashion for development“ – a woman with passion, love and true dedication. Creative, beautiful and restless.

With the set up in 1995 of Bibi Productions, she has given the Bangladeshi weavers and artisans the golden opportunity to utilize their considerable skills and talents to achieve economic survival and to build towards a prosperous future. Up to now she has given several thousand weavers and artisans all over the world a perspective – and recognition.

Her work has been internationally recognized having received among others, the ‘Honorary Fellowship’ of the London Institute in 1999, title of ‘Designer for Development’ by the UNESCO in 1999, the title ‘Artist for Peace’ by the UNESCO in 2001 and the Peace Prize 2004 by the United Nations Associations of Spain.