Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has a consultative role and advises EWoB Board of Directors (BoD) on strategic issues submitted by the BoD, or identified by the Advisory Board, as well as on the working of the different Working Committees.

The Advisory Board supports EWoB’s purpose and values via its members and their respective network.EWoB Advisory Board members are:

Cécile Coune is Honorary Chair of European Women on Boards, which she co-initiated in June 2013. She also co-founded the Belgian-based association Women on Board in December 2009.
She is the Chief Executive Officer, President of the Executive Committee and Member of the board of directors of AVIABEL S.A. since 2012. AVIABEL is a leading European aviation insurer based in Brussels.
She is a non-executive board member of Belfius Insurance, Corona Direct, and AXIS Holdings Ireland Ltd. She is also a member of the Strategic Committee of the Belgian Federation of Enterprises (FEB/VBO).
She was previously a partner at the law firm Liedekerke.Wolters.Waelbroeck.Kirkpatrick, where she led the insurance practice. She is a member of the Brussels Bar Association since 2004.
Prior to this, she spent over 15 years in the insurance sector, primarily at Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SA (CICE), a subsidiary of the Chubb Corporation. She became Country Manager for Belgium & Luxembourg and Senior Vice-President of CICE in 1994. She was also a member of the board of directors of CICE. In 2002, Cécile Coune became Managing Director of insurance brokerage Atelia Corporate SA. She later became Managing Director of AXA Art Benelux.
Cécile Coune is a member of the International Association of Women in Aviation, the Belgian Insurers Association, the Belgian Association of Insurance Lawyers and the Belgian Association of Risk Managers. In July 2017, she was made Commander in the Crown Order (Commandeur de l’Ordre de la Couronne) by King Philippe of Belgium for her career and services to the business world.   


Lady Barbara Judge is Chairwoman of the Advisory Board of European Women on Boards since March 2017.
Chairwoman of the Institute of Directors in the UK
Lady Judge, a trained commercial lawyer with both British and American citizenship, has an unusually broad and successful international career as a senior executive, chairman and non-executive director in both the private and public sectors.
She received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctor with honours from New York University Law School and was a partner in a major US law firm specialising in corporate and financial transactions.
In 1980 she was appointed by the President as a Commissioner of the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Thereafter she was appointed as the first woman executive director of News International and Samuel Montagu and held many positions in the financial services industry including Chair of the UK/US Committee on Corporate Governance and Senior Advisor to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. She was also a Public Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and Deputy Chairman of the UK Financial Reporting Council (the UK’s regulator of corporate governance), among others.
She is currently National Chairman of the UK Institute of Directors and Chairman of the Energy Institute of University College London (which focuses on energy efficiency). In addition she is Chairman of the UK Pension Protection Fund (second term ends May 2016).
In 2002 she was appointed as a director of the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority and became its Chairman in 2004 and was reappointed in 2007. After completing two terms she was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Tepco Nuclear Reform Committee and Chairman of its Task Force on Nuclear Safety. She is also a member of the UAE Advisory Board for the Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy.
In June 2015 Lady Judge was elected an independent outside Director of Lixil Corporation. She is also a non-executive director of Magna International Inc (Canada). In addition she is currently a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, Centre for Corporate Reputation and Chairman of the Business, Society, and Public Policy Initiative’s Advisory Board for McDonough’s School of Business at Georgetown University.
In June 2010 she was awarded Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the nuclear and financial services industries. In April she received the Times 2015 Non-Executive Director award for her chairmanship of the Pension Protection Fund.


Marc Borggreven
Partner, Tax Board Netherlands, PwC


Adrienne Axler
CEO, Sodexo
Born in Czech Republic, speaking 5 languages, Adrienne has 25 years’ experience at Sodexo, holding executive management positions in a diverse range of areas, encompassing Operations, Marketing, Strategy and country/ area Management
As of October 2012, she is CEO of the DACH region for our On-site Services activities. Prior to that, she was Marketing and Strategy Director for Europe On-site Services. Her experience also includes a 5 years’ leadership role within our Benefits & Rewards activities where she managed Belgium first, then the Western Europe area, before re-joining On-Site Services where she started.
Over the span of her career, she has taken deep warm and genuine interest in exploring the multi-facets of “ conscious business“ as a guide to thrive, lead teams and develop people at Sodexo.

Vanessa Dufour
Vanessa Dufour
Director& Co-head of private banking, Deutsche Bank


Jan BubenikJan Bubenik
In 2001, Jan Bubeník, founded of Bubenik Partners, an executive search firm that focuses on the Central and Eastern European region and today serves as its managing partner. Bubenik Partner’s client base spans early-stage regional companies to global Fortune 150s.
Before starting his own firm, he managed the Prague office of Korn/Ferry International, and prior to entering the executive search industry, Bubeník was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company. In addition to his business activities, he is Chairman of the Corporate Council of Forum 2000 – Vaclav Havel´s foundation. Jan has been also serving on the Executive Committee of Young President Organization (YPO). In what was to become a defining moment in his country’s history, the Velvet Revolution in November 1989, Bubeník was one of the principal student leaders of the dissident movement and later served as the youngest Member of Parliament in the first post-Communist government. After the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, Bubeník was asked to accompany then President Vaclav Havel on his historic trip to the United States to address a joint session of Congress and meet with many of America’s political, business, and intellectual leaders to discuss the rebuilding of his homeland. He has served as an advisor to several human rights and pro-Democracy organizations in Bulgaria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Cuba, and, as a result of his efforts to support Cuban dissidents in 2001 during a visit to Cuba; Bubeník was detained and jailed by Castro’s regime. He studied pediatrics at Prague’s Charles University Medical School and economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Jan Bubenik is married to dental doctor Monika Bubeníkova and has four children (12, 10, 3 and 8 months).


svu-eSaskia Van Uffelen
CEO Belux Ericsson nv / sa
Saskia Van Uffelen has been working in the sector of information and communication technology (ICT) for over 25 years. She has held national and international sales and marketing functions in leading companies such as Xerox, Compaq, HP, Arinso, Bull and CSB Consulting.Thanks to her experience to transform a product driven organization to a provider of services and solutions, Saskia was appointed in 2014 as CEO Belgium and Luxemburg of Ericsson bringing her through the Telecom offer in the heart of the Networked Society.Since 2012, the federal ministry of economic affairs appointed Saskia Van Uffelen as ‘Digital Champion’ for Belgium in support of the mission of the European Commission. To stimulate the roll out of the Digital Agenda in Belgium she sensitizes all parties involved in three areas:
– the Digitalization of the educational system
– boosting the e-Commerce and safety on the internet
– focusing on the specifics of e-skills to turnaround our economy
As a manager, Saskia Van Uffelen always keeps a keen eye on the human aspects of collaboration in a company. She focusses heavily on ensuring the synergies between the different generations present in the workplace.
In interviews, opinion articles and her book ‘Iedereen Baas! – Tous Patron!’ she encourages her colleagues to pay more attention to it as well.
As a female role model in the ICT sector she has been honored
– in 2011 as ICT Woman of the Year (Data News)
– in 2013 Inspiring Lady of the Year in Science, Technology and Research in Luxembourg (Inspiring Wo-Men)
– in 2016 with the Award for ‘Economical Driver’ awarded by the association ‘Movement Flanders-Europe’
Saskia Van Uffelen is married and a mother of five.


Turid Elisabeth SolvangTurid Elisabeth Solvang Founder and CEO FutureBoards, a body that aims to drive forward the evolution of corporate governance, by facilitating the exchange of experience and ideas for best practice governance and creating physical and digital arenas for networking. Ms Solvang was co-Founder and Managing Director of the Norwegian Institute of Directors, established in 2009 and co-founder of EWoB. She represented the Norwegian IoD as EWoB’s Vice Co-chair from 2013 to 2017. Ms Solvang was Chair of ecoDa (appointed first ever female chair of the European Directors Network in November 2015:, were she served as board member from 2011 to 2017. She was also member of the Nomination and Evaluation Committee, the Policy Committee, and chaired ecoDa’s working group on board selection processes.
Turid took her M. Sc. in Business at BI Norwegian Business School in 1989. She also holds a Master program in Scenario planning. Turid has extensive experience in corporate communications, as well as many years’ experience in board rooms as Non-Executive Director in both corporate boards (mainly financial and service sector) and membership associations.
Partly as a result of the Norwegian female quota law, from 2004 onwards, she has focused on board related products and services, including recruiting for corporate boards. She was formerly responsible for corporate communication at Burson-Marsteller (the leading global public relations and public affairs firm) in Oslo, and was head of marketing at Fearnley Data, Oslo.


barkerDr. Roger Barker
Independent Corporate Governance Advisor at Barker and Associates, University of Oxford.
Dr. Barker was formerly Director of Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors (UK), where he worked from 2008 to 2016. He was Senior Advisor to the Board of ecoDa (European Confederation of Directors’ Associations) and Chairman of the ecoDa education committee. He was a board member of European Women on Boards ASBL. He sits on several corporate governance advisory boards, including those of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and ISS European Governance Exchange.
Dr. Barker is a visiting lecturer at the Said Business School (University of Oxford), ESSEC (Paris), UCL (London) and the Ministry of Defence (UK). He has also worked as an external adviser on corporate governance for a number of international organisations, including the EBRD, IFC and the Asian Development Bank. Dr. Barker’s book – Corporate Governance, Competition, and Political Parties: Explaining Corporate Governance Change in Europe – was published by Oxford University Press in 2010. He is also the author of the IoD’s main guide to the role of the board, The Effective Board: Building Individual and Board Success (Kogan Page, 2010).
During the first part of his career, Dr. Barker spent 13 years as an investment banker, in London and Zürich, with UBS and Bank Vontobel. He is the holder of a doctorate on corporate governance from Oxford University, where he was a Lecturer at Merton College, and also has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics, finance and political science from the universities of Cambridge, Southampton and Cardiff. Dr. Barker is a UK member of the European Economic and Social Committee since October 2015.


schulerudAmbassador Ingrid Schulerud (Observer)
Norway’s Ambassador to The Kingdom of Belgium
Ambassador Ingrid Schulerud took up her assignment as of 1 September 2015. Ms Schulerud joined the Foreign Service in 1988 after graduating from the University of Oslo, with studies in economics, political science and statistics. She has served as a Norwegian diplomat in Budapest and worked within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on various topics related to European Affairs for 25 years. She has worked extensively on democracy issues, fundamental rights and freedoms as well as minority rights as desk officer for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe), Head of Division for the Baltic states and Central Europe as well as Deputy Director General on the enlarged EU, Baltic states, Central Europe, Romania and Bulgaria. Schulerud has, as Ambassador at large, been responsible for the programming and strategic development of the EEA (European Economic Area) and Norway grants. As part of the Norwegian delegation, she has participated in the on-going negotiations on a new agreement between the EEA/EFTA states and the EU. Schulerud is married and has two children. Ms Schulerud is also Deputy Head of the Norwegian Mission to the European Union.