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BPW International News

May 10, 2021 - 1st volume 2021 / No. 1 

Welcome to the New Triennium 2021-2024

Dr. Catherine Bosshart
BPW International President 2021-2024

Handover Ceremony in Cairo on April 21, 2021
Foto: Event Magazine Egypt
Dear Presidents and Members of BPW
Welcome to the first Newsletter of the Triennium 2021 to 2024. This message should give you an overview of the activities in the first few weeks. 

President’s Handover Meeting
Cairo April 21, 2021

Almost exactly a month after BPW International had voted on a new president, the former President Dr. Amany Asfour organized an official hybrid handover meeting of the presidency in the Zamalek Palace in Cairo accompanied by an inauguration of a booklet on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of BPW International. Physically present were the Immediate Past President and some members of the Egyptian Federation, the President of the only Libya Club and Ambassador Mona Sharif. There were also in attendance friends of BPW Egypt, namely the President of the Lions in Egypt. Almost 200 members worldwide joined on the Zoom platform.  After the handover ceremony some Presidents of the founding member states of BPW International recalled the early BPW history of their country. It was a very convivial and joyful celebration. 
Fotos: Event Magazine Egypt

All the participants present appreciated being able to meet in person. Unfortunately, the former and the newly elected Executive could not be in Cairo due to travel restrictions. We would like to present photos of the new Executive at least.

Executive Board 2021-2024

BPW International President
Dr. Catherine Bosshart, Switzerland/France

Immediate Past International President
Dr. Amany Asfour, Egypt

1st Vice President United Nations
Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, Thailand

2nd Vice President Membership
Dr. Giuseppina Seidita, Italy

Executive Secretary
Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, Canada

Executive Finance Officer
Dr. Eufemia Ippolito, Italy
Young BPW Representative
Tomi Odunsi Fadina, Nigeria/Brazil

Regional Coordinator Africa
Hadia Gondji, Nigeria

Regional Coordinator Asia Pacific
Dr. Narudee Kiengsiri, Thailand

Regional Coordinator Europe
Anu Viks, Estonia

Regional Coordinator Latin America
Diana Barragan, Ecuador/Mexico

Regional Coordinator
North America & The Caribbean

Dawne E. Williams, St. Kitts

Standing Committee Chairs 2021-2024

At the General Assembly the delegates voted on having Standing Committees again. Please find below the Standing Committees with the elected Chairs: 
BPW members who would like to work as a Committee Member in a specific Standing Committee can present their candidacy up until May 15, 2021. Please contact the President of your Federation or Associate Club. She has to approve and forward your candidacy.


Cristina Gorajski Visconti, Italy

Art & Culture
Sher Singh, USA

Business, Trade & Technology
Paz Martin Lozano, Spain

Development, Training and Employment
Francesca Burack, USA

Environment and Sustainable Development
Angela Donato, Italy

Prof. Dr. Naglaa Lotfi Dabees, Egypt

Stella Kammitsi, Cyprus

Dr. Giuseppina Seidita, Italy

Naphaphen Vejjajiva (Deon), Thailand

Public Relations
Dana Marcela Sas, Romania

United Nations
Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya, Thailand

Young BPW
Tomi Odunsi Fadina, Nigeria/Brazil

Official Addresses

President’s Office
Kleinschönberg 65, CH-1700 Fribourg, Switzerland

Official address BPW International
22, Rue de Rothschild, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Team President's Office

Trudy Morel-Neuhaus, Fribourg, Switzerland

Trudy Morel is a founding member of BPW Fribourg and has belonged to BPW since 1997.
She will take care of the everyday correspondence, the travel and visa arrangements of the President, her activity schedule and support communication tasks. As she is bilingual and fluent in four additional languages, she will support the translation team, too.
Foto: Event Magazine Egypt
Reham Abdelkader, Cairo, Egypt

Former Director of the President’s Office in Cairo, Egypt, she will assist the organization of the Executive Board Meetings, Conferences, Leaders’ Summits and administer Standing Committees, Task Forces,  BPW International Projects. She prepares certificates and supports correspondence with partners from Africa and the Arab States.
Naphaphen Vejjajiva (Deon), Thailand

Deon keeps in contact with the IT manager of the voting platform, the addresses, takes care of registrations for Regional Conferences, Congress and Leaders’ Summits.

International Theme 2021-2024

New Actions through Cooperation

You will find a first new Action in the next BPW International News edition in June.

Activities of the International President

  • BPW International Handover: Mid-April the President, who has been vaccinated, spent a week in Egypt for the handover which consisted not only of the Official Ceremony, but also of a lot of administrative tasks. 
  • The new President’s Office needed to be established and approved by the Executive. 
  • New accountant: As our former accountant resigned at the end of March 2021, a replacement needed to be found.
  • Executive Board Meetings: The President was in touch with all the members of the Executive. The first Face to Face Executive Meeting has been organized and will take place in Switzerland from September 26 to October 2, 2021. In the meantime, the Executive will meet virtually on a regular basis. 
  • Task Forces: The nomination or re-nomination of the Task Force Chairs is in course of preparation.

In Memoriam Dr. Yvette Swan
August 20, 1945 – April 20, 2021

Foto: The Royal Gazette, Bermuda

BPW International lost one of its beloved and highly esteemed Past International Presidents, Dr. Yvette Swan, President of BPW International 1989-1991. She worked as an optometrist at the Bermuda Optical Company. According to good friends, she was a champion for the disadvantaged, raised her powerful voice for social justice, especially for the empowerment and equity for women. Apart from being a Doctor in optometry, she was appointed as a Senator of the United Bermuda Party in Bermuda in 1993 and as a Minister of Community and Cultural Affairs in 1995. She was also serving as a Minister for Women’s issues. Dr. Swan addressed the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and campaigned for women’s issues in countries around the world. Later, she became an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada and a spiritual Leader of her community. BPW International presents its condolences to her husband Malcolm and the couple’s three sons Malcolm Brian, Dane and Dean.

Link to watch the funeral service. A comprehensive obituary will follow on

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I hope that you enjoyed this first BPW International News. The next edition will be published in June. Take care and stay safe. Warm regards.

Dr. Catherine Bosshart
President of BPW International


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