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Meet our board 

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Clara Janbon


I am Clara Janbon Poligné and I will be chairing WIL this year. I’m very excited to be in this role after being part of WIL since 2019. I’ve been studying Governance, Economics and Development at Leiden and will soon be graduating. I’m passionate about the environment and as a woman eager to enter the world of work, I want to help provide to our members what I myself still need: guidance and confidence!


As chair, I’ll be focussing on producing a well-synchronised and organised board to help revive WIL after a covid-induced low. I hope to bring events of high quality and to make them well-targeted to what the current generation of students and young professionals need. My role is also to keep the WIL task list up-to-date and make sure our progress is consistent. We’ll be employing a new model of social media use and a database built on last year’s efforts to bring together old and new members, and optimise our overall performance.

If you have any questions, or ideas, please feel free to reach out. I’ll be happy to hear any thoughts you have.


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head of partnerships

Avalon Leiman (she/her)


My name is Lon and I'm excited to be WIL's new Head of Partnerships! I'm Dutch-Brazilian and currently studying Culture, History and Society with Journalism at Leiden University College whilst working part-time alongside my studies. Alongside being passionate about women's rights, especially sexual violence prevention, I'm also very interested in advancing disability rights. Aside from work, my passions include writing, debating, mentoring public speaking students, horses, film photography, neurodiversity, dogs and the ocean.


As Head of Partnerships, I aim to foster meaningful relationships with a wide variety of organisations in the Netherlands and beyond. I firmly believe everyone can learn from each other, and I look forward to sharing knowledge, experience and skills with our partners! I'm also excited to expand and diversify our network to include organisations WIL hasn't yet worked with. If you or your organisation would be interested in offering or participating in a workshop, mentoring or anything else Women, Innovation or Leadership-related please do reach out! 


head of communication

Inge-Lise Raaijmakers

My name is Inge-Lise Raaijmakers, and I am the Head of Communication at WIL this year! I study at Leiden University College, where I major in World Politics. My interests in my studies overlap greatly with WIL, with two of my favourite essay topics I have covered being Feminist Institutionalism and Ecofeminism. In my free time, I play hockey and love going to concerts, and I spend as much time as possible at the beach.

As Head of Communications, I am responsible for the promotion of WIL and our events on all social media platforms and the website. This means that when you seek contact with us, you will most likely be talking to me! Besides this, I will write articles for WIL’s website and provide a newsletter to all our members. However, I am not doing this all alone. As Head of Communications, I will lead our amazing communications team: an important group of people for the promotion of WIL that will carry out all these tasks with me.

I cannot wait to be Head of Communications this year and help WIL to reach as many people as possible!

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head of Program

Divya Gupta

Hello/ नमस्ते! 


My name is Divya Gupta. I am originally from India but I currently stay in the Netherlands where I pursued an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law at Leiden University. I am working at a civil society organisation active in the field of conflict prevention and peace. 


On other days, I volunteer as the Head of Program at Women in Innovation and Leadership (WIL). Since WIL is a small team, I am also in charge of the Innovation Team. Together, we organise events, hold discussions and maintain a professional relationship with our speakers. 


Feel free to send me a message to discuss our future events, suggestions to organise new events or recommendations about great cafés around the Hague! :)

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Eleonora Dijkstra (she/her)

My name is Noor Dijkstra, and I am this year’s treasurer at WIL! Recently, I completed a degree in Governance, Economics, and Development at Leiden University College, often focussing on the role of women in society, feminist institutionalism, and economics of development. Moving on, I’m very excited to put my love for these topics and working together with other motivated individuals together in WIL. This year, I hope to help create a positive and empowering space for others to do just that!


As treasurer, I am responsible for WIL’s administration, financial matters, and bureaucratic management. My main objectives this year therefore are to provide stable and transparent grounds for WIL to expand on and maximise our existing network through a network database.


If you have any questions, ideas, or just want to chat about WIL, feminist institutionalism, volleyball, cooking, cafés in the Hague, ecofeminism, sustainable development, or anything else; please do not hesitate to reach out!

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