Person_Lin Lin McDevitt-Pugh MBA              (The Netherlands, Australia) has mobilized the power of connections in establishing and managing networks for change for over 20 years. A strategist and problem-solver par excellence, she has earned international recognition for her work with connecting for gender justice and LGBT rights. Her key words are partnership, respect, diversity and dignity for all people. An award winning writer, her research on the value of networks to businesses and organizations forms the basis of the networking workshops provided by Netsheila.

martha Martha McDevitt-Pugh
(The Netherlands, USA) has over 20 years experience in technology and financial services in Silicon Valley and internationally. Passionate about the quality she delivers, she is also mover and shaker for equality. She serves on the board of a workplace LGBT employee resource group and is a successful campaigner for immigration rights for same-sex binational families in her native USA. Martha speaks and writes frequently on equality and immigration issues.


Person_wendy_Harcourt Dr Wendy Harcourt               (Australian/Italian) is the endowed Chair of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Hague. At ISS/EUR she is Coordinator of the Research Group on Civic Innovation, Chair of the ISS Institute Council as well as Coordinator of the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender, and Community). She is an internationally known scholar of critical development and gender theory and practice. Among her latest books are 2017: Bodies in Resistance: gender politics in the age of neoliberalism London: Palgrave; 2016: The Palgrave Handbook on Gender and Development Handbook: Critical engagements in feminist theory and practice London: Palgrave and 2015 The OUP Handbook on Transnational Feminist Movements New York: Oxford University Press America (with Rawwida Baksh).

patrice%20131007 Professor Patrice Braun (Australia, The Netherlands) is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Women & Technology and holds a PhD in regional network development and ICT. A globally engaged Action Researcher, her work focuses on women’s empowerment and inclusive entrepreneurship. Patrice consults on gender and SME policy, networks and clusters, collaboration and ICT for Development (ICTD) processes for regional resilience and community well-being. She is a regular contributor to APEC and EU Commission forums and was the Australian focal point for an APEC-wide 5-year capacity building program to enhance women’s participation in the knowledge economy.  Patrice brings programme development, monitoring and evaluation experience to Netsheila's clients.

Paul%20Overdijk Paul Overdijk  (NL) is a creative and passionate strategy consultant, with broad international experience in the corporate world as well as in volunteer organisations promoting equality for LGBT people. Paul has an established history in high-level management and leadership in large companies. Paul works with Netsheila clients on short term projects to create strategic solutions to management issues they face.

Person_Blackwood Stephanie Blackwood                 (USA) has worked in marketing communications in the United States for over 20 years and has held key positions with the University of Kansas and Ohio State University. She has provided pro bono managerial services to among others the Women's Economic Development Corporation, Ms. Foundation for Women, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, YWCA of Columbus and Hospital of Hope in Senegal. She combines commercial savvy with accountability to your personal values, for the benefit of Netsheila clients.