Since its launch, JFD has benefited from the voluntary support of important influential figures in the digital economy, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs, in order to make all audiences aware of the issues related to equality between women and men in digital and entrepreneurship. Our #JFDAmbassors come from Europe and Africa, share our values and partner with JFD to raise awareness in their communities and the general public.

Alain ASSOULINE · Fondateur Webforce3
Bukola BABAJIDE · Founder Female Techpreneur

Founder of Female Techpreneur which launched in March 2020, Bukola Babajide has been a tech consultant for over 10 years. FeTech is a community of like-minded women in tech and has been designed to help tech businesses, talents and startups and would-be entrepreneurs learn how to launch, scale-up and exit effectively.

Hanae BEZAD · Founder Douar Tech

Hanae is the founder of Douar Tech, a Moroccan nonprofit organization that promotes the economic independence of young people, especially women, from precarious backgrounds in rural areas, empowering them through training in innovative entrepreneurship and technology. Her areas of interest and expertise are at the intersection of technology, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and international development.

Philippine DOLBEAU

Philippine is a 21-year-old entrepreneur, founder of an award-wining EdTech company called NewSchool. 
She is recognized by much French national media as being the youngest entrepreneur of France.

Philippine created her startup at the age of 15, while still studying at the lycée. While asked to create a pretend startup, the young teenager decided to go beyond the limits given and decided to make of NewSchool a real-life business in September 2014. 
Only a few months later, Philippine won dozens of Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation prizes.

NewSchool has since been acquired by another EdTech company in 2019. Philippine has been recognized as “The Most Innovative Woman of 2017” while still studying at the Lycée, as well as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in the World”, next to Malala and Michelle Obama.

Philippine has recently graduated from UCL London, gives conferences around the world and works on a new and exciting project. 

Scheena DONIA

Sixteen years ago, I created my own communications consulting agency after my training at Efap New York. I was 24 years old. For 9 years, I had the pleasure of working with brands and companies in the retail, cell phone, finance, airline, fashion and event industries in Gabon, Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal before moving to Paris in 2012 where I have been working as a consultant with clients all over the world ever since.

These clients are students, employees, project leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, political figures and especially brands that want to build an image synonymous with success.

Maimouna Fognon KONE · Founder DynexcAfrica

With her NGO DynexcAfirca, she contributes to the personal development of young girls and preparing them at an early age for what will be the profession of the future gives us all the courage to hope for a better tomorrow for our future generations.

Patrice HILAIRE · La Poste Groupe
Gwennan JARNO

Gwennan is 17 years old and is in her first year of preparatory studies at Epita in Lyon. As a JFD and BECOMTECH ambassador, she participates in various meetings in her region to talk about gender inequalities and orientation, especially in the digital world. Dreaming of a career in the digital world, she notably had the opportunity to participate in a project during Codeweek Paris 2018, which taught the basics of code to novices for a morning. She also took part in the International Leadership Academy of the German association GIRLS GEARING UP (GGU) in Berlin, with young girls from all over the world to discover the basics of female leadership.

Guy MAMOU-MANI · Co-President OPEN
Joséphine NDEZE · Cofounder Uptodate Developers

Josephine Ndeze Uwase, lauréate de Miss Geek 2019, est une étudiante créative en informatique de Goma, en RDC, et ambitionne de devenir une ingénieure de premier plan en intelligence artificielle. Elle a remporté le prix Miss Geek Africa 2019 grâce à son projet visant à réduire le taux de mortalité maternelle, dans les zones rurales du Congo, grâce aux technologies de la téléphonie mobile. Elle veut être un modèle pour les jeunes filles africaines qui s’intéressent aux sciences et à la technologie et apporter sa jeune énergie à la promotion des sciences en RDC. En 2019, elle a obtenu un diplôme en sciences à l’Institut supérieur de l’informatique et de gestion, à Goma, en RDC, et espère terminer sa licence en sciences dans la même institution en 2021. Elle est également l’ambassadrice du Next Einstein Forum en RDC et la co-fondatrice de Uptodate Developers.

Barbara SESSA · Mastercard

Barbara Sessa est Senior Vice President, Head of  Digital Consumer Product  Europe chez Mastercard, ou elle pilote une équipe de 35 personnes.

Barbara a une vaste expérience à l’international et accompagne depuis plusieurs années banques, marchands et fintechs dans le développement de leur business (Lancement nouveaux Produits, acquisition et engagements des clients).

Avec plus de 15 ans d’expérience dans l’industrie du paiement, Barbara est experte en transformation digital.

Avant de rejoindre Mastercard, elle a occupé des rôles de Marketing digital au sens de banque de détails et commerciales.

Women’s Advocate. Elle est profondément convaincue que la diversité stimule la réflexion et la créativité . Pour cette raison elle est la responsable du réseau Femme EWLN chez Mastercard France. Sa mission est de promouvoir  des projets concrets qui auront à l’échelle nationale un impact positif pour une société plus inclusive et performante, avec notamment plus de femmes dans les métiers de la Finance et de la Tech. 

Cyril REINHARD · Sitecore
Sandrine DELAGE · Cofounder WOGITECH
Frédéric BARDEAU · Cofounder WOGITECH
Lucia SEEL

Lucia Seel has more than 16 years of experience in international innovation and cluster policies and cluster development/management, having coordinated the European programmes at Clusterland Upper Austria Ltd. for 6 years when she played an active role in several flagship European projects like the European Cluster Excellence Initiative and The European Cluster Observatory. In 2011 Lucia started her own consultancy, focusing on the development and/or management of European projects, support for international cooperation in the field of innovation and clustering, cultural and creative industries, training and international networking. She was between 2012-2013 member of the high-level expert group “European Forum for Clusters in Emerging Industries” set up by the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry. Since 2019 she is Member of the European Cluster Expert Group of the European Commission (DG GROW)

Lucia was between 09/2015-06/2020 the Community and Content Manager of the European Cluster Collaboration Platform, an initiative of DG GROW and from 06/2020 she is the validation manager of the cluster actor profiles. Between 2016-2017 she was Community Manager of the Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platforms (Research & Innovation and SME competitiveness).


Lucia is a well-known speaker and moderator at international conferences and workshops, with a large record of presentations and moderations. In April 2012 she set up the Cluster Women European Network (ClusterWene), an entrepreneurial initiative to strengthen women’s position in the cluster community. Lucia is an evaluator of the EC in the COSME programme and certified ESCA Cluster Benchmarking Expert and Gold Label Assessor. She is Austrian, but Romanian born and speaks 6 languages. 

As an active international person Lucia was founder and the first president of AIESEC in Romania and is now member of several large networks like TCI – The Competitiveness Institute Global Network, EWMD – European Women Management Development Network for which she acts since 11/2019 as National Representative for Austria in the International Board.

Lucia graduated magna cum laude from the Academy of Economic Sciences in Bucharest/Romania. She worked both for multinational companies such as Saatchi & Saatchi Centrade in Bucharest and Silhouette International in Linz/Austria (as area manager for South-East Asia and South Europe handling a sales budget of more than 30 Mio. Euro), as well as for small companies in Austria and public administration bodies in Austria and Romania.

Bintu Zahara SAKOR · Founder MuzoFund

Bintu Zahara Sakor is the founder of MuzoFund, a community platform and knowledge hub, where we aim to empower diverse female entrepreneurs by facilitating their access to finance. She is currently a Doctoral (PhD) Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where her research focuses on the role of investment in human capital, especially among youth and women, and entrepreneurship in accelerating Sub-Saharan Africa’s Demographic Dividend. Her areas of interest and expertise are at the intersection of technology, inclusion, entrepreneurship, and international development. She has demonstrated experience in developing startups and women-led businesses’ access to sustainable funding across the Nordics and African region.

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