BPW International Vice President United Nations
Catherine is a Swiss historian of contemporary and modern history and specialist of gender studies. After studies in Switzerland, Germany and the USA, she received her MA in 1974 and in 1981 her PhD with distinction. After working on different research projects, she has been teaching first as a senior lecturer and then as a professor for contemporary history at the University of Fribourg.
For twelve years she was board member of the Swiss Society of History and organized as Head of the section “Congresses“ different symposia. For eight years she was member of the board of the doctoral school on gender at the Universities of Berne and Fribourg.
Her many publications cover women and gender history, church history, as well as methodology. In 2001 she published together with her student Daniela Deck the History of BPW Switzerland. In 2013, she was nominated an independent expert for the Gender Studies Program by the Conference of Presidents of Swiss Universities. During several years she was involved in the reform of Bachelor and Master Study Programs at the University of Fribourg.
From 1981 to 1988, she was board member of the Pre-school and Kindergarten of the University of Fribourg (finance officer) and chair from 1988 to 1993. For several years she successfully advocated for a cantonal law for early childhood institutions.
From 1999 until 2001 she was a board member of the Gosteli Foundation and Archives for the Swiss Women’s Movement.
In 1997 she was a founding member of the BPW Club Fribourg. Since 2011 she has been chair of the BPW International Task force “Archives”. In this function she archived the BPW International documents deposited in Amsterdam. Since 2012, she has been the main representative of BPW International at the UN in Geneva. In 2014 she was co-organizer of the Conference Beijing +20 at the UN in Geneva and in 2015 was been elected as Vice Chair of NGO CSW. In 2016 she was co-organizer of the Conference “Economic Empowerment of Women” at the UN in Geneva. In July 2015, she has been nominated as Executive Secretary of BPW International. And in 2017 she was elected BPW International Vice President UN for the Triennium 2017-2020.
Catherine is married to Louis Bosshart, professor of mass media research at the University of Fribourg and has two sons and one granddaughter
UN Reps to ECOSOC
(Economic and Social Committee)
Dr. Helena Kane Finn – Main Representative
Dr. Helena Kane Finn is the Main New York Representative for the International Federation of Business and Professional Women at the United Nations. She has been Visiting Scholar affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University (2017-2019). A career diplomat of the Department of State, she served as Minister-Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin (2007 – 2010) and as Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv (2003 – 2007). She has been the Cyrus Vance Fellow in Diplomatic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (2002 – 2003). Dr. Finn’s memoir Cultural Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution has been published electronically by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University (2019). Her seminal article on public diplomacy has appeared Foreign Affairs. She has also been Director of the Turkish Studies Program at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (2002).
As Acting Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (2000 – 2001), Dr. Finn was responsible for the State Department’s global academic, professional and youth exchanges, including Fulbright and the International Visitor program. She also oversaw the Office of Cultural Heritage and Preservation.
Helena Kane Finn has served overseas as the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1997 – 2000). Prior to that, she was the Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria (1995 – 1997). She was the Public Affairs Officer and Director of the Amerika Haus in Frankfurt-Main, Germany (1992 – 1995). She has been the Desk Officer for Greece, Turkey and Cyprus (1989 – 1991), following cultural affairs tours in Lahore and Islamabad, Pakistan (1984 – 1989). Her first diplomatic assignment was to the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey (1981 -1984).
Ms. Ahmad has over 35 years experience in sustainable development, stakeholder engagement, human rights, environmental consulting, disaster response and resilience building. She has hired, trained and managed multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams successfully for programs in the US and in Africa, for government clients, international organization-funded projects, and companies including oil and gas and mining. Her practice areas include fully integrating women, migrants, and ageing populations during stakeholder engagement activities; hazardous waste site delineation, review and clean-up; up- and down- stream environmental, health, safety, security, and social impact assessments; planning for sustainable, resilient and socially inclusive community growth, including for climate and disaster migrants and refugees; and emergency preparedness training, management and response.
She currently focuses on developing projects that are critical to economic and social resilience and sustained growth, and working with impact investors to find the right size and type of project to invest in and realize the Key Performance Metrics they seek. Ms. Ahmad holds an AB from Harvard, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and certifications in Human Rights from the Renee Cassin Institute and in Stakeholder Engagement from Witswatersrand University.
Judi R. Kilachand
Judi Kilachand has over 30 years of experience in navigating the nonprofit and corporate worlds in Asia. A seasoned leader in institutional development, focusing on increasing visibility and resources for organizations and corporations, Judi has overseen projects spanning business, the arts, cultural diplomacy, social issues, microfinance, women leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and education.
After an 18-year career running the signature Asian Corporate Conference, corporate programs and membership, and business development at the Asia Society, Judi established an Asia-focused project consultancy in late 2010. Most recently, she launched a new culinary venture focused on Asia, providing consultancy and creating immersive culinary travels.
Judi’s passion in cultural diplomacy extended beyond Asia to include executing the Hermione Voyage 2015, a two-year, multi-million-dollar project with the collaboration of over 40 government and civil society partners, fifty thousand attendees and 1.5 million online participants. The 12-city, cross-Atlantic French tall ship project commemorated the frigate that Marquis de Lafayette sailed to bring French support to the American War of Independence.
Judi has been Executive Vice President and member of DHR International’s Global Nonprofit Practice Group. Judi expanded the firm’s nonprofit reach in Asia and in the Asia-focused nonprofit sector in the U.S.
Judi has previously held positions at Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York, Chase Manhattan Bank, American Express, and American Airlines.
Judi earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance from Columbia University and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Stanford University.
Judi serves as vice chairwoman of the Battery Dance Company and is a founding board member emeritus of the Akanksha Fund-NYC, a children’s education-focused nonprofit organization headquartered India.
Judi enjoys making use of her French, Italian, Russian, Hindi and Gujarati language skills and has two adult sons, both of whom live and work currently in Mumbai, India.
Susan O’Malley is the Chair of NGO/CSW/NY. She was co-chair of the Planning Committee for CSW Forum 59, which included over 400 side events for the many worldwide participants to CSW in 2015.
She is the co-convener of the monthly NGO CSW/NY meetings, co-editor of the North American Outcome Document and convener of the Beijing Platform for Action Study Group. Susan is also editor of the Working Group on Girls’ (WWG) Action for Girls and serves on the steering committee of Working Group on Girls.
In addition to serving as the Faculty Trustee and Chair of the 22-campus Faculty Senate of the City University of New York, Dr. O’Malley taught English Literature and Liberal Studies (Women’s Studies) at CUNY (Kingsborough and the Graduate Center) for 36 years.
She holds an AB from Smith College and a PhD from Tulane University. Her latest book is “Custome Is an Idiot” Jacobean Pamphlet Literature on Women (Illinois, 2004). In addition, she has published articles/chapters in books and edited books on civil rights, disability, higher education, Shakespeare, and early modern women’s cultural studies. She is currently involved in Cities for CEDAW to get CEDAW ratified in NYC.
Alison Smale is a British journalist with 40 years’ experience as a foreign correspondent, a top editor and management leader. She started out in Bonn for UPI in 1978, then worked for The Associated Press for 17 years as a reporter in Bonn and Moscow and as bureau chief in Vienna, covering the anti-Communist revolutions of 1989 and the Balkan wars of the 1990s. In 1998, she joined The New York Times as a senior editor and in 2004 transferred to Paris as managing editor of the International Herald Tribune. She became executive editor in 2008, the first and only woman to hold that post.
In 2013, Ms. Smale, a fluent German speaker, was named Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times, reporting on Chancellor Angela Merkel, the euro crisis and the arrival of more than a million migrants in Europe’s most powerful country.
At the invitation of Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Ms. Smale joined the United Nations in fall 2017 and served two years as Undersecretary General for global communications.
Ms. Smale is married to Russian composer and concert pianist Sergei Dreznin, who has written numerous works for musical theatre, including a musical on Catherine the Great, and performs regularly in Europe, America and beyond.
The couple has one daughter, Lucy, who teaches modern languages in the United Kingdom.
Sheila A. Stamps
Sheila A. Stamps, a dual US/UK citizen, is a finance executive with substantial experience working with both corporations and financial institutions. As a Corporate Board Member, Investment Manager, P&L leader, and Banker she has worked through various economic cycles and market dislocations, giving her expansive insight into risk and opportunities domestically and internationally.
Ms. Stamps currently serves on public company and not-for-profit boards in the financial services, logistics, educational and governance industries. Her leadership roles in the banking industry include Managing Director and Group Head, Financial Institutions at Bank of America and, prior thereto, Managing Director of Asset Backed Securitization and Management Committee Member at Bank One London (now, JP Morgan).
Ms. Stamps earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and a BS in Management Sciences from Duke University. She also completed a Harvard University Fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs; is an alumna of The US Army War College National Security Seminar (2019); and earned a CERT Certificate in Cybersecurity Oversight from Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute.
Sheila has been recognized as one of “2017 Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” by Savoy Magazine. She also serves on the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors Board Advisory Services and is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.
Sheila’s holds a long-standing interest in motivating youth and women. She’s provided scholarships through the United Negro College Fund; participated in youth workshops; contributed early stage funding and management expertise to entrepreneurs; and currently pursues this interest through her Board work at IES Abroad, an international studies program.
UN Reps to the Department of Public Information (DPI)
Francesca Burack has been described as motivational, inspirational and dedicated to her clients’ success. She is founder and president of Fearless Talent Development, Inc. devoted to empowering executives and managers with the necessary skills to cultivate environments that encourage creativity, innovation and productivity. Francesca is a recognized authority on leadership, and communication strategies and a much sought after speaker, innovator and strategist. Ms. Burack’s innovative, yet practical approach to challenges is based on a unique prospective acquired through her broad experiences in corporate, entrepreneurial, educational and nonprofit organizations. This approach allows people to gain the necessary confidence to make the changes needed to feel fulfilled, while meeting the goals of their organizations.
Clients include: large international corporations, leading edge companies, executives, entrepreneurs and individuals. Francesca has designed and led large-scale organizational changes; training and consulting programs/projects to increase leadership effectiveness; and mentoring and feedback performance systems that educate, motivate, and inspire people to take action.
Francesca wrote a chapter for the book “The Courage Within” and has written a variety of articles in professional journals on business and communication strategies. Ms. Burack has been featured in nationally syndicated newspaper columns, and in numerous professional publications such as Singapore’s Calibre Magazine for High Achievers. She was an adjunct professor at two New York City colleges, and a member of the former NYC Comptroller’s Women’s Economic Development Task Force. She speaks frequently to business groups in the USA and abroad. In 1986, Francesca was elected as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Businesses.
Ms. Burack received the “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. She was also presented with a Small Business Award for “her excellence in business performance and commitment to New York City.”
Her BPW International service includes: President, NFBPC-NYC, the local affiliate of BPW International; Chair, BPWI’s Development, Training & Employment Committee; UN Representative to DPI; Member of UN NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking of People; and presenter of the WEPs @ International and National Conferences. She holds an MS in Counseling, lives in NYC and Florida, loves photography and writes a travel blog.
Tess Mateo is Managing Director and Founder of CXCatalysts, which develops public private partnerships in clean energy, water, sustainable food, infrastructure, and health. CXCatalysts clients include international corporations, multilaterals like the World Bank, UN, and ITC as well as governments. Tess helped lead the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Vision 2050 project, the World Bank’s Private Sector Leaders Forum, co-chairs International Trade Centre’s Women in Clean Tech and speaks globally on “green economy” entrepreneurship. An innovator, she was invited to Development Forum and the UN SG’s private dinner at the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos. Tess advices JUCCCE, Joint US China Cooperation on Government, Global Summit of Women, and AQAL Capital, an impact investor. Before CXCataysts, Tess was a Director in the Office PricewaterhouseCoopers Global CEO and had over two decades of restructuring, turnaround and start-up experience. Tess also launched Graini Group, a real estate venture; Incent One, a technology company and Colorworx. Relevant contributions include How Women and Young People Can Accelerate Sustainable Development (UN Business Focal Point June 2012), Vision2050, Business New Agenda WBCSD February 2010) and The Roadmap to 2020 Fueling the Growth of Women’s Enterprise Development (Quantum Leaps June 2010). Tess holds a BS/BA in Biology, Psychology and International Economics form University of Michigan, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Tess is married with three children and is a member of EPW-NYC.