Team

Our team

Our global team includes the operating team and the trainers. 

The latter originate from different countries, cultures and traditions. The majority of them had held or are still holding leadership positions across industries and are trained coaches or business consultants. You will find a profile of each of them in the section trainers. 


Operating team

SIMONE JUNOD

Founder & CEO

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Athena Wisdom Institute AG is the materialization of founder Simone Junod’s vision. She shares the conviction expressed by McKinsey Global Institute: “We believe that the world, including the private sector, would benefit by focusing on the large economic opportunity of improving parity between men and women”. She spent most of her professional career as unique woman in leadership teams, across industries. And now has come the time to implement this vision.


PhD. ALEXANDRA CHOUTKO

Program Development & Promotion

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Many changes are urgently needed in our society - for a long time, I didn't know myself where to start. My heart beats for our world, our children, our companies, our society, our future. But we live half-awake through our days, doing what we are paid for - dissatisfaction, lack of appreciation, senselessness fills us. Is there no other way? What am I herefor? Is that really all?

We carry on, spinning the hamster wheel. Is there no way out? Most of the time it is not so bad after all, we distract ourselves, travel, eat, dance - it feels better. Work-Life Balance. But is that necessary? What if our work fulfilled us in such a way that we didn't have to recover from it?

What if? What if we could dream our world into being? What if I could decide how the world would look like? What if I could make our world, the one I want to wake up in every morning?

I work for Athena Wisdom Institute AG because I want to create the world I want to live in, by working on the core of our society - at Athena Wisdom Institute AG, with our unconventional programs we want to teach the leaders of today and tomorrow so that the values of sustainability and equality are truly lived in companies and not just mere words on a website.


BEATRICE KILONZI

Business Development Africa - African voice for Women - Women Empowerment and Gender Equality


The voice of women in the African society setup has for long been silenced. Many attempts to make these women's pleas heard and attended to have always fallen on deaf ears. I have had first-hand experience in the share of these challenges, and I feel it is time someone spoke louder, gallantly, and more articulately on this subject.

When women are sidelined in leadership positions, or forced to comply with unhealthy traditions, or even young girls forced out of school to pave the way for the boy child, I feel we are far behind in achieving our dreams as women.

But how would things be if someone offered a ray of hope in this dimming light of women empowerment? Would there be a revival of energy and enthusiasm in this quest to bring equality? I firmly believe there is hope. I have realized how much potential there is, hidden in independent organizations, like Athena Wisdom Institute AG, that support women's growth and empowerment.

I know Athena Wisdom Institute AG will give me the channel and platform to identify and bridge the gaps in women's growth and development. I work with Athena, knowing that we will one day raise a standard for the African woman. If I achieve that through Athena, I have achieved what's noble for this life.