Do you want to help create a more equal society and more competitive companies?

We are a non-profit institution that creates value in organizations by promoting female talent and gender equality. Women and men committed to civil society, willing to join forces to increase the participation and influence of women in decision-making spheres in the social and economic sphere.

Woman Forward Foundation

Creating value in organizations, through the promotion of female leadership


Serve society and organizations by contributing to the use and enhancement of female talent, to promote competitiveness , social and business sustainability and corporate governance.

We are a non-profit institution that promotes female empowerment and gender diversity; women and men committed to civil society, willing to join forces to promote female leadership, increasing the participation and influence of women in decision-making spheres of the social and economic sphere. Woman Forward promotes equality measures in companies that promote female talent and help strengthen the role of women in the company.



Promote rigorous study and training in equality, bringing the results of scientific research on female leadership to educational centers and companies.


Improve corporate governance , influence business sustainability and, ultimately, influence society through committed and continuous work.


We propose to contribute so that the training of girls and women is the key to access to any category and job position they choose, providing initiatives for their full personal and professional fulfillment.

Legislative programs and proposals

Preparation of legislative proposals aimed at all political groups, in all areas related to equal opportunities and corporate governance.

Scientific research and dissemination

Carrying out and disseminating scientific studies and research on gender equality and diversity policies, female entrepreneurship, female development and leadership, gender gap, technological gender gap, access to positions of maximum decision, WoB, corporate governance, among others.

Training and employment

  • Training programs for entrepreneurs, businesswomen, counselors and company personnel responsible for the organization and management of human resources.
  • Collaboration with educational centers to promote the study of stem careers as well as the leadership of women and girls.

Promotion and awareness

  • Organization of cultural and academic events: exhibitions, conferences, colloquia, courses, workshops, seminars …
  • Articulation of a Think Tank to contribute to the approach, visibility and awareness of companies about the benefits of gender diversity and equal opportunities, as well as so that leading companies convinced of the benefits of equality, can serve as example to less convinced companies.

Think Tank

At the Woman Forward Foundation we have created a research committee and a think tank made up of business leaders to study the impact of gender equality in organizations and their contribution to the economy as a whole.

From the Think Tank we disseminate actions so that companies benefit from useful knowledge for their competitiveness, sustainability and good governance.

The Think-tank proposes awareness-raising objectives, using scientific research, collecting proposals for the creation of value of empowerment and female leadership in the company and in particular to the highest decision positions.

Rosa Santos

Director of the labor relations department CEOE

María Jesús Almazar

Consejera Delegada en Telefónica España

Maria Andres Marin

Director of the European Parliament office in Spain


Carmelo Angulo

Socio Director y fundador de ANGULO BARTUREN Diplomacia corporativa (ABCD)


Sara Bieger

Socia Directora en AltoPartners Executive Search – España

Paloma Bilbao

Profesora de Gestión Estratégica en la Universidad Pontifica Comillas ICAI-ICADE  

Lucia Casanueva

Socia fundadora de PROA Comunicación

John de Zulueta

Presidente del Círculo de empresarios


Mario de Gaviria

Ejecutivo de Gestión Empresarial

Marta García-Valenzuela

Socia de Diversidad y Liderazgo inclusivo en Talengo

María Wandosell

Consejera Delegada en Motorpress Ibérica


Eva Levy

Socia Directora en Eva Levy & Partners

Margarita López

Directora General de Sanofi España

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Carmen Marquez

Catedrática de la Universidad de Sevilla

Pilar Menor

Socia Directora de DLA Piper España 

Sergio Rodriguez

Presidente & Director General Pfizer España


Enrique Sánchez De León

Consejero Director General de APD

Juan Carlos Sánte

CEO en Pharmex Advanced Laboratories

Beatriz Corredor

Presidenta del Grupo Red Eléctrica y del Consejo de Administración

Luisa García

Socia y Directora General de Llorente y Cuenca en España y Portugal

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Woman Forward Foundation Awards

From the Woman Forward Foundation we created the First Edition of the Corporate Governance and Gender Diversity Awards in order to inspire gender diversity in the world of organizations

The priority objective of the award is to distinguish companies and institutions that have gender diversity integrated into the framework of good corporate governance, and subsidiarily, to obtain the greatest possible social impact in favor of the value of diversity in the corporate world and in organizations, institutions and society.




Mirian Izquierdo


Mirian Izquierdo is a lawyer-economist with a Master’s degree in Community Law and digital business management, with a Diploma in Boards of Directors from Harvard Business School and in negotiation by the Karras group. She speaks 5 languages. Author of several books on European and international trade issues, some of which are referenced as “Business Manual before the European Union” or “The European Union before local and territorial entities”, and more recently in relation to the creation of value in boards management and gender diversity, such as “Equal Opportunities, Advancing Female Leadership” or research published with Professor Huse.

Maryam Luzárraga

Vice president

Maryam Luzárraga Monasterio is an economist lawyer who is an expert in strategic planning and business competitiveness, advice to start ups and Business Angel. She has developed her professional experience abroad and in the environment of large consulting multinationals as a partner. She holds a Master’s degree in European law and international trade from the University of Deusto, Robert Schumann, the University of Leuven and the Solvay Business School and ESADE. 

Paloma Barandiarán


Paloma Barandiarán is a legal director, practicing attorney, CEO GSG Legal Counsel, civil and criminal area, focused on LegalTech and innovation strategies for its application in legal areas.

16 years of experience in the Courts, knowledge about LegalTech and innovation, adequate training in each legal area; such as “International Business Law”, ”Compliance”, and “LegalTech”, “civil and criminal process” “labor”.

During her professional stage, she has developed as an independent lawyer, and has been a lawyer for large companies such as the bank of Santander, assuming control and management of external law firms at the national level and making decisive decisions in judicial processes that were of special relevance in that year of crisis in the middle of 2011, and was subsequently called by the Santalucía Group in its initiative to create a law firm outside the company, in which she provided professional services and knowledge as a litigation lawyer.

She is currently in charge of a large team of lawyers at GSG Legal Counsel, distributed in offices located in Spain, Europe and Latin America, who work in all disciplines: civil, commercial, criminal, labor, administrative, and LegalTech matters.

Mario de Gaviria


Mario de Gaviria has a degree in economics from the Complutense University of Madrid. He was a consultant for Olsen & Baringo, consulting from 1996 to 2000 and worked as a financial analyst focused on international business development especially in Mexico.

Carlos Fernández Astiz


Carlos Fernández Astiz is a journalist and specialist in Communication. Doctor in Information Sciences. He has been Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Humanities of the UEM and professor at various Spanish and foreign universities and Dean of the Faculty of Communication and Humanities in Madrid. Consultant in political and corporate communication for companies in various sectors, as well as parties, institutions and entities, in their electoral and communication processes.

Board of directors

Maryan Luzarraga

Asesor senior en PwC Estrategia y Competitividad

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Diana Morato

Directora digital en TotumGroup

Teresa Serrano

Directora de Compliance  e Investigadora de la Cátedra de Mercados Financieros de Universidad CEU San Pablo

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Rocío Ingelmo

Directora de asuntos corporativos y legales en ALTADIS

Álvaro Vázquez

Jefe de Comercio electrónico y ecommerce en Diario ABC, Fundador de DDigitals

Research Committee

Morten Huse

Catedrático de Organización
Profesor Emerito en BI Norwegian Business School

Paloma Bilbao

Profesora de Gestión Estratégica en la Universidad Pontifica Comillas ICAI-ICADE  

Eugenia Fabra

Profesora de la Universidad Pontifica Comillas

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Carmen Márquez

Catedrática de la Universidad de Sevilla


Wafa Khlif

Profesora en TBS Barcelona

Alessandra Rigolini

Profesora asociada del Departamento de Economía y Gestión de la Universidad de Pisa

Ljiljana Erakovic

Profesora asociada en la universidad de Auckland

Advisory Committee


Teresa Alarcos

Presidenta de la Asociación W Startup Community


Beata Praska

Miembro del comité asesor


Isabel Saracho

Fundador y Director Gerente SARACHO y TEAM Comunicacion y Marketing


Iñigo Zúñiga

Socio Director General de Código Media


Francisco Giménez

Fundador de AUGERE


Fran Ares

Fundador y CEO en Giocally Media Agency


Carmen Santos

Subdirectora LA OTRA AGENDA


Carlos Marin

Director financiero en Grupo Alto Cedro


Alexandra Polacci

Asesor de Gestión Estratégica, Expansión y Relaciones Institucionales en APD


Dácil Borges

Presidenta en fundación Click That Matters


Carmen Romero

Presentadora del programa Audiencia TVE


Marian Mur

Secretaria Técnica de Igualdad de CSIF 

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Alba Castellet

CEO y Co-fundadora de Década Studio


Eva Ivars

CEO de Afflelou España

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