Empowerly is a nonprofit organisation by women for women, managed on a voluntary basis. Our story officially started in 2019 and since then we have been advocating for and working towards girls’ and women’s empowerment through education, both in Germany and in the Global South. Our goal is to increase their chances of independence, self-determination and equality. By doing this we hope to make a meaningful contribution to the implementation of the Agenda 2030, especially focusing on SDG 5: “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
Zornitsa Touré, Founder
Social anthropologist – by training and at heart – Zornitsa has been working for 6+ years in the nonprofit sector, where she learned to see its potential despite its flaws. She loves to meet new people, new languages make her smile and different cultures always give her a thrill. She is often inspired by strangers and by her toddler daughter, who sometimes keeps her company at work. Zornitsa loves creative writing and spends her spare time observing her everyday life through an anthropological lens.
Anna Simitchieva, Founder
Anna studied Journalism and Communication (B.A.) and Intercultural Communication Studies (M.A.) in Berlin and Frankfurt Oder. Before switching to the nonprofit sector she was working in local and international TV broadcasters such as RBB and DW TV for more than 6 years. Her professional aspirations changed after volunteering in Colombia for several months and lead to her decision to dedicate full-time to development aid work, first for 2 years in Armenia through Bread for the World Germany and in continuation in Berlin. She adores Latin American music and Caucasian traditional dishes.
She speaks Bulgarian, German, English, Spanish and Russian.
Nicole Hösl, Program Manager and Mentor
Nicole brings in 20 years of working experience in various positions in the insurance industry. She studied business psychology (B.A.) – focusing on training & coaching – besides her job.
Nicole is deeply convinced of the positive effects of lifelong learning, positive human relations and intercultural exchange on mental health and inner strength. To regain her balance she enjoys sports in the silence of nature, the vibes of Latin dance and calming progressive muscle relaxation sessions.
Nicole Staub, Strategy and Project Management
Nicole lives in Zurich where she is as an experienced innovation and transformation consultant in the financial industry. She also works with the integration program for refugees in Switzerland and is a board member of a student network that addresses future trends and challenges with a particular focus on the role of technology in society. Traveling is one of her greatest passions – cultural diversity not only fascinates her but also supports her to always consider different perspectives in every situation. Nicole is always ready to go the extra mile and fight for young women and their freedom of career choice.
Gabriele Rosenfelder, Automotive Engineer, Business Coach, Trainer and Mentor at Empowerly
After graduating with a degree in automotive engineering, Gabriele has worked for almost 20 years as development and head of project engineering directly at numerous German automobile producers. In addition, the project work led her around the globe, where she was in charge of different multicultural teams.
For the past couple of years, Gabriele decided to re-shift her focus towards freelance work as a Change Management Consultant, Trainer and Coach with the focus on women in technical careers. She dedicates her free time to active sports outside in the nature. Different countries and cultures inspire her and make her continuously curious to continue and expand her learning and personal growth.