Under the Patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Under the Patronage of
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai



Yann Borgstedt

Founder & President

The Womanity Foundation, Switzerland
Yann Borgstedt
Yann Borgstedt is a Franco Swiss entrepreneur, philanthropist and advocate of women’s empowerment and education.
Life and career
Yann Borgstedt was born and raised in Geneva and received his higher education in the United States. In 1996, he co-founded the web design firm Netarchitects, which was later sold to Altran Technologies. He then worked for a private fund on the redevelopment of the former United States Air force base Bentwaters in Suffolk, England. He went on to create, invest and manage a variety of diverse business activities in real estate development and exhibition management in France, England, Switzerland and the UAE. Him and his partner have backed the development of the Nobu Hotel in London and are launching Blakes Hotel Shoreditch and the W Hotel Ibiza. He is also a shareholder of the Wine Merchant one of the leading négociant in Bordeaux along with Dona Bertarelli and has a portfolio of social investments (MicroDON, The Helm, Allbright, les Eclaireuses...).
Sustainable projects
Yann started a series of green development projects, including the most recent plans for the development of a green neighbourhood in Geneva’s Praille-Acacias-Vernets (PAV) district, creating 400 residential apartments (two-thirds of which are for social housing) and a green residential tower.
In 2005, Yann started the Womanity Foundation which is dedicated to realising women’s economic empowerment and their right to education and safe living in Afghanistan, India, Brazil, the Middle East and North Africa.
In 2019, the Womanity Foundation was awarded 153th spot in the Top 500 NGOs list across the globe.
Board appointments
Yann is on the board of the Change.org Foundation and Internews, an international non-profit organisation whose mission is to empower local media across the globe, to give people the news and information they need as well as the ability to stay connected and the means to making their voices heard.
Awards and recognitions
Yann has been welcomed by Women Moving Millions , as the first European and one of the few male members, in recognition of his contributions to women’s empowerment.
In 2016, Yann was awarded the BNP Paribas prize for Individual Philanthropy.
In 2018, he was awarded the Global Philanthropic Philanthropy Prize for his innovative work with women.
He was awarded the YPO 2018 SEN (Social Enterprise Network) Sustainability Award for Equality.

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