European Coordination Committee

Giuseppa Bombaci

Regional Coordinator Europe 2017 - 2020

Graduated in Law, in my professional life I was Director of many offices of the Finance Ministry at several levels: Regional Director of Tuscany and Liguria Region and  Co-Central Director in Rome (Real estate Agency of the Italian Republic ).

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I was also Professor of Administrative Law  at the High School of Ministry of  Economy (2005-2006). My great professional commitment has been rewarded with the honorary title of “Commendatore to the  Merit of the Italian Republic”.

Active member  of the BPW Club Livorno (Tuscany – Italy) since 1993, I carried out important roles at national level: Chair of the Legislation Committee (1997-1999), I made  the New Constitution  and By – Laws of Fidapa BPW-Italy.  I  was also the Coordinator of the  Guarantees Council , Finance officer , Vice  and BPW Italy National President (2007/2009). Secretary of the European Coordination Committee of BPW Europe (2012/2017) , in October 2017, during the XXIX International Congress, I have been elected BPW Europe Regional Coordinator, member of the BPW International Executive. 

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Guðrún S. Jakobsdóttir (Iceland)

Finance officer for BPW-Europe 2019 – 2021

I am an acknowledged accountant. I worked as an office manager for a construction company in Reykjavik for 23 years.  And now I am the accountant for Specialtours ehf, a company in the tourist business,  sailing out for Whale Watching and Northern Lights.

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I have been a member of BPW Reykjavik since 1997. I have all this time been an active member, been a board member, as secretary, vice president and president from 2013 to 2016.

I love following the aims of BPW, the international network – connecting women from all over the world together, by being inspired, being powerful and being BPW.

I hope to give my best to BPW-Europe during my term as the finance officer.

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Kikoula Cotsapas (Cyprus)

ECC Secretary BPW Europe 2017 – 2020

I was born in Limassol, Cyprus. Attended the Lanition High School,  studied at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After a short cooperation  with the International Press Institute, Zurich returned to Cyprus and  started working at the family industry KEAN , (a Company established in 1949, fruit processors, producers/exporters of juice concentrates, juice raw materials, pure juices, fruit drinks/nectars, also other foodstuffs).

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Married with two children.

Today’s positions 

  • Chairperson of KEAN LTD.  Group of Companies
  • Represents the Group   at A.I.J.N. ( European Fruit Juice Association )  Brussels
  • Chairperson of the Cyprus  Organisation for Standardisation  CYS and the Cyprus Certification
  • Company  CCC appointed by the President of the Republic of Cyprus
  • Honorary Secretary  of the  Limassol Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Tourism
  • Board Member of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Board Member of the Cyprus Federation of Industrialists and Employers
  • Advisor to the Judge  at the Labour Tribunal for 7 years
  • Board Member of Green Dot Cyprus ( Public ) Co. Ltd. ( recycling of packaging materials )
  • Committee Member at the Ministry of Agriculture Inspection Committee for the Rural Development Plan for 5 years
  • Chairperson  of the Association of Cyprus Technology University Friends
  • BPW Limassol Cyprus member since 1995  President 2013-15 of Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women ( BPW Cyprus ), member of the National Machinery for Equality and  the Rights of Women. Task Force member and Regional Europe representative of  IFBPW Business Net.

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Benedetta Palermo (Italy)

ECC European Young Representative 2017 – 2020

For the years 2017 – 2020, the Young BPW Europe Representative is Benedetta Palermo: 28 years old, Italian, passionate and enthusiastic.

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I am a legal counsel and I am working in the world of fashion and luxury. As I am really curious and always eager to learn, I am currently working at the advertising department. …Hence, a legal completely devoted to fashion!

I joined BPW in 2012 after attending the European Conference in Sorrento and since that moment I have committed all myself in order to promote and enhance Young BPW. Today is such a great honor and a real pleasure to carry on such commitment as Young BPW Europe Representative.

I strongly believe that being all together is one of the key aspects of a Federation as BPW, especially for us Young members. My personal suggestion to all Young BPW Europe ladies is: come and attend the most of BPW Europe events you can. You will meet great and inspiring leaders, excellent professionals and very nice friends!

See you all soon! Right?! Ciao a Tutte!

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