Meet Our Empowering Team

At Women AI Academy, our strength lies in the collective power of our dedicated team. Comprising experts from diverse backgrounds, each member shares a common goal: to empower women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to excel in the dynamic fields of data science and artificial intelligence.

Our core team behind the daily operations

Naz Cilo-van Norel

Founder of WAIA

A passionate advocate for ethical AI and gender equity in tech, Naz weaves her immigrant background and motherhood journey—with two children and three foster kids—into her advocacy. 

Oliwia Walewska

Head of Business Development

With a diverse experience ranging from Business and Data Analysis to Artificial Intelligence and Project Management, Marketing and Finance, she leads as our Head of Business Development.

Melanie Stuchlik

Head of Marketing

With more than 6+ years of experience in performance marketing, brand development, and external communication, she's a true versatile professional in our organisation.

Sarah Haq

Head of Bootcamp
Machine Learning Engineering Expert

Sarah Haq is a Computer Science and Creative Computing Lecturer at Leuphana University
- Sarah has over ten years of experience working with data and building machine-learning models for various startups, from underwear companies to unicorns.

Erum Afzal

Consultant & Mentor,
Artificial Intelligence Expert

Erum is a Ph.D. scholar specializing in AI tools for teacher training at Justus Liebig University, Germany, with a strong background in Information and Computational Technology. 

Meltem Başoğlu Serranò

Admission & Learner Support

With a diverse background across different domains, Meltem brings a unique blend of skills, experiences, and a global perspective to her role as our Admission & Learner Support Specialist.


Digital Marketing Manager

With a decade of international experience in marketing communications, she possesses a versatile skill set that she continually enhances through marketing technology.

Theresa Engelhardt

Quality manager

She is a seasoned quality management professional with a specialization in ISO 9001 standards. With an extensive background spanning three years in this domain,
Committed to Change
What sets our team apart is our shared commitment to driving meaningful change. We are not just educators and mentors; we are advocates for gender equality, diversity, and ethical innovation in tech.
Join us as we leverage our collective expertise to empower women, dismantle barriers, and create a tech industry that celebrates inclusivity, innovation, and collaboration.
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