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Leadership Circle

Join the leadership circle

The Leadership Circle is our senior level, invite-only networking group of donors and supporters, whose annual donations provide a stable source of funding to help women survivors of war build better lives for themselves, their families and communities.

A sense of community and a unifying desire to make a positive impact internationally on the lives of women survivors of conflict are at the heart of its success and its combined power to change the world, one woman at a time. Members are invited to the Leadership Circle by the Chairs, Advisor, Women for Women International and current members.

Benefits of Leadership Circle membership include:

  • Opportunities for members to visit our work, with other donors, on our annual Learning Tour to Rwanda.
  •  Invitations to exclusive special events.
  • Sponsorship of a sister.
  • Opportunity to network with the Leadership Circle community at two lunches and one dinner a year.
  • Opportunity to host a Leadership Circle meeting.
  • Opportunity to invite your network to one Leadership Circle lunch where you can introduce them to the work of Women for Women International.

For membership levels and more information, please contact our Head of Special Events and Philanthropy, Zoë Elliott, on to learn more. We also have a Leadership Circle in Geneva, made up of inspiring and talented women who support our work through events in Geneva.

Meet The Team

Read on to meet our team and learn why they believe the work of the Leadership Circle is so important.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani

Leadership Circle Chair

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, a previous Trustee for Women for Women International (UK) and Inaugural Chair of the Geneva Leadership Circle, has been involved in Women for Women International for 10 years, helping to set up the UK office, and serving on Gala committees.

Diana has previously worked for International Planned Parenthood Federation in Beirut, Lebanon but during the civil war in Lebanon, she moved to San Francisco, California, where she worked organising Investment Conferences for Investment and Brokerage Companies. Diana moved to Bahrain in 1983, where she worked for Radio Bahrain as news editor and newsreader.

I have always felt, in these last ten years of my involvement with Women for Women International, that not only do we help the women in our programmes gain skills, confidence and a 'Sisterhood' among themselves. We too, in helping them, become a Sisterhood as well.

Diana Saghi Kawkabani, Leadership Circle Chair

The power of sisterhood

"I learned that I wasn’t alone in my suffering. There are other women with the same pain."

Stephanie Jakubiak

Leadership Circle Vice Chair

Stephanie is a production and business development executive with expertise working at the intersection of advertising, entertainment and technology.

She’s an expert in both finance and content strategy, having started her career in 1997 working in film and television development at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles and then moving on to WPP - GroupM, where she was Senior Partner, Finance and Business Development for GroupM Entertainment and worked to successfully build out the business strategy and finance side of the branded content offerings for three of the largest global media buying agencies.

In 2010 she left her position as Senior Vice President of NY based Media Ventures Group to start her own content development and consulting company - Project 14 Media - which currently operates out of London and NYC, with clients including ITV Studios, ABC Studios, EUE Screen Gems, Crux Digital, Unicorn Media, Sohonet - to name a few.

I was first drawn to Women for Women International by the important work that they do in helping women in dire situations all over the world. I have seen the positive outcomes and met some of the women working on-the-ground for the programme and that has had an enormous impact on me.

Stephanie Jakubiak, Leadership Circle Vice Chair

Creating connections

"Women for Women International came and took me out of my loneliness."

Annie Maccoby Berglof


Annie Maccoby Berglof joined Women for Women International in 2007, inspired by Zainab Salbi and her work providing on-the-ground support and a voice for women in war and post-war zones. Annie is a regular contributor to the "At Home" interviews for the Weekend Financial Times and is writing "the Bright Side of Melancholy," a detective-hunt for the lost knowledge of moods. She is a graduate of Harvard and a trustee of Harvard House in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

"Women for Women International's mission to support thousands of women caught in conflict has become even more critical, as war continues to lap at the edges of Europe and Women for Women International has added support to Syrian and Yezidi women refugee women to its areas of operation."

We urge you to join our Leadership Circle and discover that in our quest to try and lend a helping hand to Women for Women International and our peers in war-zones around the world, we have also helped ourselves by becoming part of an extraordinary community of London-based women.

Annie Maccoby Berglof, Leadership Circle Advisor
A Women for Women International programme participant in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Ryan Carter

Our Programme

Our year-long programme equips women survivors of war with the skills they need to earn money, regain their confidence and actively participate in their communities.