Meet our Team

Meet Ebere Akadiri

Founder and Program Chair

Ebere Akadiri was 7 months pregnant and lost her corporate job. She immediately started a business – a female clothing boutique – which failed twice within 6 months due to her lack of business and leadership skills. Instead of giving up, she decided to learn how to build a business – because you don’t know what you don’t know.

Her restaurant business became successful and expanded into 2 branches and sales outlets and  continued growing – until she had to relocate to the Netherlands with her family.

Arriving in a new country with a different culture, language and zero networks and not knowing where to start, Ebere re-started her career from scratch. First, she embarked on a spiritual journey to rediscover herself – values, visions and purpose. In the process, she reinvented herself, found her leadership voice and launched a new business, while taking care of her 5 children.

She now connects women leaders with tools, education and the platform to help women to show up and be visible with their leadership voice and build successful companies. She also leads the global Rise and Lead movement to increase the representation of women in leadership positions in the workplace and in the marketplace.

Melisa Dicker

Director of Partnership

Melisa is an experienced and engaging professional, leading finance and business operations across a range of disciplines and functions. She supports businesses by providing strategic financial direction, financial planning and analysis, financial and business control and stakeholder management. She is an authentic and influential leader, with a focus on modeling a positive and inclusive culture. I strive for collaboration and inclusion in decision forming. She builds high performing teams through sharing common purpose/vision and fostering camaraderie through my genuine and approachable nature. Melisa enjoy coaching and developing others to achieve their goals and potential. She has led high performing teams delivering financial planning and analysis, business and corporate support services including; strategic and business planning, budget and forecast development and management, business case development, trend and exception analysis, monitoring and reporting, cost modeling, financial compliance, guideline development, risk and assurance, AP and AR, payroll and business information services.

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