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Nanja Schouten is a Senior Manager within Human Capital at Deloitte since 2016, focusing on Technology enabled Human Resources (HR) Transformation in Technology, Media and Telecom industry. Prior, she served for 6 years at Accenture and 4 years at Randstad, where also her focus was on HR Technology and Transformation. In these roles, she has led HR transformational programs for numerous global organizations.
She holds a Master’s degree in Social Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam.
She is serving WICT Europe as Programming Co-Chair. She’s a mother of two daughters and enjoys sailing, snowboarding, and yoga.
Nadia is currently Manager CVP Connectivity for Liberty Global. Working in partnership with customer insights and product, she is responsible for crafting Connectivity customer value propositions and translating them into go-to-market strategies. Nadia started on the Liberty Global Graduate programme in 2017 and worked in B2B before taking up her latest role.
Originally from Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, she holds a degree in Business Economics with Italian from the University of Manchester.
Outside the office, Nadia enjoys keeping fit, in particular spinning and running. Always on the lookout for her next challenge, whether it’s running a half marathon or pushing herself to the limits through functional training. Having studied and worked in Italy at the Università di Pisa, she also has a love for great food and wine.
Nadia is responsible for Emerging Talent at WICT Europe, where she combines her passion for the development of rising leaders whilst acting as an ambassador for diversity and inclusion.
Su is Senior Marketing Director, International at CommScope. In this role, she is responsible for the delivery of regional marketing campaigns, events, and account-based marketing programs across APAC, EMEA, and LATAM. Prior to this, she led the global event teams at ARRIS and the Motorola Home division (acquired by ARRIS in 2013), delivering an extensive calendar of tradeshows, customer conferences, and internal events worldwide. Previous experience over her 20-year marketing career includes management roles at ntl: (now Virgin Media) and O2.
Su was an inaugural Board Member of the ARRIS Women´s Business Network, formed in 2016, and was instrumental in growing this organization to 1,000+ members strong, the launch of an Ambassador Program, driving regional activity across key member hubs, and establishing a company-wide mentoring program. She is passionate about providing growth, support and networking opportunities for women and young people working in the technology industry.
Su graduated from De Montfort University with a BA in Business Studies with a Marketing Specialisation. She relocated to Madrid from the UK in April 2014 and enjoys live music, theatre, and travel. Su keeps fit courtesy of two very active Labradors and takes advantage of the hiking trails which are at her doorstep.
With over 14 years of serving in a variety of EMEA Customer Service and Sales support roles and teams at Arris, Eefje is currently part of the Key Account Sales team at Commscope that is looking after Liberty Global and its affiliates.
In parallel, she has been enthusiastically volunteering as EMEA ambassador for the Arris/Commscope Women Business Network helping it expand (1000+ members globally), and foster an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, and development across the organization. She has been key in driving the programming of it for the EMEA region.
She is excited about the WICT Europe project and its mission and loves to be able to make her contribution to have WICT grow its footprint in Europe.
Eefje holds a Master´s degree in Science and Technology Studies of the faculty of Art and Social Sciences of Maastricht University and attended a postgraduate program in the same field at the University of Edinburgh.
Her nationality is Dutch and since 2001 she is a Spanish citizen, living in beautiful Barcelona. She is the mother of 2 children. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and running in nature, loves art and literature, and tries out her vocal skills by singing in a choir.
Karen has spent more than 20 years in the cable and mobile telecommunications industry in various executive and consulting roles. Most recently she was Director of Business Transformation at VEON, where she was responsible for the design and delivery of great customer experiences, leveraging digital technologies across the VEON group. Prior to this role, she was Director of Customer Service Transformation at VEON, Investor & Founder for FTTH multiple start-ups in Germany, VP Supply Chain Management for Liberty Global Inc’s (LGI) European operations and a strategic management consultant at A.T. Kearney focused on the TMT industry.
Karen holds an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam School of Management and BA’s in Economics and German from Smith College.
Curious to learn and experience other cultures, Karen has enjoyed traveling, studying and working abroad for most of her life. Originally from the USA, she is now a USA/Netherlands dual-national and lives in the Netherlands with her husband and their 2 children. In her spare time, she enjoys food & wine with family and friends, spending time outdoors either walking on the beach or playing sports, namely cycling and golf.
Karen is passionate about the advancement of women in the industry and aspires to help WICT Europe establish itself as a platform for learning, coaching, and networking.
Marieke is an Executive Director External Affairs, Member of the Executive Committee at VodafoneZiggo.
Marieke is an experienced Board Member with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry. Currently she is responsible for VodafoneZiggo’s overall reputation, including the corporate communication strategy and plan, press relations, public affairs, external relations, and CSR strategy.
Marieke is skilled in Public Affairs, Communication, PR, Corporate Social Responsibility, Political Science, and Government. She is a strong business development professional, graduated from INSEAD.
Agata is Manager CVP Portfolio Design for Liberty Global since 2017, where currently she is responsible for generating consumer insights and translating them into new value propositions. Prior to that, she was responsible for portfolio and pricing and go-to-market at UPC Poland.
She is passionate about new technologies and trends in the constantly changing consumer arena and is a believer in and practitioner of behavioural economics science. She created and lead the Nudge! programme, leveraging insights in human psychology around economic decisions and a/b testing for incremental revenue gains. Her educational background is Psychology, and an inherent interest in people helps her greatly at work.
As of April 2019, Agata is Chief of Staff for the President and Vice President at WICT Europe. Outside the office, she is dedicated to developing her passion for psychology as well as an interest in art and culture. When she is not traveling, she’s busy planning the next journey. She is a happy citizen of Amsterdam, where she lives with her partner.
Soraya Loerts is Vice President of Product Quality at Liberty Global, having previously served as their VP Business Strategic Marketing & Customer Experience and Director of Customer Excellence, Operations & Digital within B2B. She moved to Liberty Global from the former UPC Nederland where she served as Director of Omni-Channel Customer Care for more than 2 years, following multiple years at Dell and Cendris. She completed the Senior Executive Program at Stanford University of Business and in 2017 graduated from the INSEAD Executive Leadership Program. Soraya obtained her BA in Management, Economics and Law from the Hanzehogeschool in Groningen and her Masters degree in Organizational Change and Quality Management.
Soraya is married and enjoys travelling the world and spending time with her friends and family. She speaks English, Dutch, Indonesian and a little Italian. She enjoys going to concerts and festivals, and staying fit both mentally and physically by running and cycling.
She is serving WICT Europe as Vice President to help drive her passion for Diversity & Inclusion. Her leadership role as Vice President WICT Europe will ensure the chapter’s launch and ongoing success.
With over 20 years’ experience in entertainment and Pay TV marketing, Karen develops customer value propositions, content promotions and marketing communications strategy, with a deep understanding of multi-territory programme execution. Before her current role at Liberty Global Karen was with EMAP and ITV responsible for strategic B2B marketing planning.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Teeside University in Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, and is a Chartered Marketer with the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Karen leads Marketing & Communications at WICT Europe, collaborating with diversity advocates across the telecommunications industry for the inclusion of more women in leadership. Outside the office Karen loves literature, skiing and snowboarding, and is a keen (pre-dawn) runner.
Virginia is the Director of Communications at Cable Europe, the Brussels based industry body which promotes and defends the interests of broadband cable TV operators throughout the European Union. During her four years in this post, she has devised policy-led campaigns which have seen Cable Europe win the accolade for Best Use of Social Media by a Trade Association, and overseen Cable Congress in Brussels, Warsaw and Dublin.
Prior to her role with Cable Europe, she worked as consultant to a range of clients in the commercial sector, governments and the EU Institutions, advising on external relations and corporate affairs in environments as diverse as Brussels, Kosovo and the UAE.
A self-confessed TV junkie and box set binge-viewer, much of Virginia’s career has been spent in the broadcast media sector. She has held positions within Discovery Communications, where she was Director of Corporate Communications and Government Affairs for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and as Head of Corporate Affairs for the Granada Media Group. She began her career as spokesperson for the UK’s Independent Television Commission (OFCOM).
Virginia is co-chair of the European Association for Communications Directors working group for associations, and sits on the Board of CTAM Europe.
She holds a Masters Degree in Comparative Philology from the University of Oxford.
As Membership Co-Chair, Virginia will be assisting the chapter’s growth by introducing companies, executives and visionaries to WICT Europe.
Eva is currently Director Business Analysis & Planning for Liberty Global. She is responsible for executing business analysis insights and providing reporting to executive commercial level of Liberty Global. Before joining Liberty Global, Eva was Strategy Manager at a large Dutch media company Sanoma/SBS, where she was responsible for the women’s domain. She started her career as a Strategy Consultant at Deloitte.
Besides her professional development, Eva is very active at both the golf course and the local boxing dojo, where she combines a passion for speed, power and thinking ahead of the game. She lives in Hilversum, The Netherlands with her boyfriend in close proximity to several hiking paths where they enjoy walking and the outdoors.
Eva currently acts as treasurer of the WICT Europe Chapter, where she combines her love for figures, analysis and structure with an active commitment to the continuous development of female leadership.
Eke Vermeer is Vice President of Corporate Affairs for Liberty Global since 2018. Prior, she served for 4 years as Director, Chief of Staff Corporate Affairs and Director, Regulation & Public Policy. She moved to Liberty Global from UPC (now VodafoneZiggo) where she served for 7 years as Senior Manager Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility.
She holds a master’s degree from the University of Groningen in International Relations and completed part of her studies at Willamette University in Oregon, USA. She has attended INSEAD for the CTAM Executive Management Program as well as Corporate Communications from the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University.
She is serving WICT Europe as the Programming Chair to fuel her passion for women leadership development. She has two children, serves as President of the PTA at their school, loves her dog Scout, and enjoys traveling and walking.
Ann Montgomery has held many executive operations positions in the cable television and telecommunications industry for over 30 years. Since 2015, Ann has been overseeing a Pan European Customer Care Partnership Transformation project for Liberty Global, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the US, Ann has been Regional Senior Vice President of Comcast Cable for the Southwest Region, Senior Vice President Adelphia Communications, Executive Vice President of Operations for AT&T Broadband, Executive Vice President of Operations for TCI Communications among other contributing industry roles.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Her 30 year WICT involvement includes a two-year term as the Chair for Women in Cable and Telecommunications (WICT) Foundation’s Board of Trustees, also having served as Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Foundation. She received the NCTA’s coveted “Vanguard Award for Cable Operations Management” in 2004.
Her role as Co-Chair Membership WICT Europe will assist in building the Membership base and ensuring a prosperous foundation for future growth.
Emma is Vice President, People at Liberty Global. In this role, she is the Lead Business Partner for the Chief Commercial Officer, Chief Finance Officer and Chief People Officer covering all of the Central Functions and Global Finance teams. Emma relocated to Amsterdam from UK in August 2015. She contributes to business performance by providing strategic consulting on people strategies, organization design and development, and all other people specific or business-related initiatives, taking the internal and external context into account and leveraging relevant People Centers of Excellence.
Emma previously worked at Virgin Media (part of the Liberty Global family) for 2 years as People Director for the Customer Division (over 9,000 employees) supporting all Customer Contact, Sales, Field, Network Build, Network Expansion, and Business Provide Leadership teams.
Emma has worked in a variety of international roles, including Vodafone and Specsavers, and has successfully completed assignments in Ghana, West Africa, and Sweden.
Emma is a Fellow of the CIPD and completed the Advanced HR Executive Programme at Michigan University.
Emma is delighted to be the WICT Europe President and is passionate to create a great programme of events in 2019.
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