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Linda M. Eviston

Linda is passionate about supporting women especially those not as fortunate as ourselves. She is the organiser of "Women supporting Women" and "Womens Entrepreneur Meetup Metropole Nürnberg" so if you have any ideas or wish to present something please contact her.

Linda initiated our IWG Art Exhibition at the Galleria Treppenhaus in 2011. This exhibition is annually in June so please feel free to contact Linda or an Events Coordinator if you wish to exhibit.

If you have any new suggestions for the group or would like to join the 20th Anniversary Events Committee please feel free to contact her. 0172 8998 227 or info@mindbodysoulwellness.de

Linda was born in Vancouver, Canada and later moved to her parent's homeland Ireland, where she met her German husband Michael and has been living between the “Fränkische Schweiz” and Ireland since then. She loves the peace and closeness to nature that living in the countryside offers.

Her healing and spiritual journey started in the late 70's when she adopted a meatless lifestyle, which she and her three children, Christian, Jacqueline and Victoria still follow.

Linda has a holistic practice offers Transformational Therapies, Kundalini Yoga, and Meditation at her private practice in Schloss Guttenburg 25 mins from Erlangen.  


Email Linda: Iwgfranconia@gmail.com


Neena Kiss

Neena rolled up her sleeves and got on board running from her first meeting with the IWG which was co-incidentally the night of the Annual Board Election Meeting. She volunteered and was elected treasurer for 2018-19.

Neena was born and lived in India till 2016 when she moved to Germany and launched her ventures, Diva Odysseys and Diva Localization . She's a woman of varied interests with a Masters Degree in archaeology, a banking career most of her corporate life, and a passion for travel which is now also her vocation.

Neena's earlier career included roles at AT&T, HDFC Bank and IndusInd Bank among others. She is a feminist and supports projects dedicated to women empowerment.

During her term with IWG, Neena plans to apply her experience to the Club’s projects and finances. Along with work, she also hopes to build new friendships and connect with genuine and passionate people.

UPDATE: She has volunteered for and been voted in unanimously to continue in the position for 2019-2020.

Email Neena: iwgfranconia@gmail.com


Tricia Engelhardt

Hello all,

I’m Tricia Engelhardt,

I’ve been living here in Erlangen since 2009 with a 3.5 year break in Florida.

I’m married and have 2 kids , my husband is German and that’s the reason why I live here.

I’m a Yoga Teacher and Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.

I love the idea of the IWG and the meaning and reason why it had been formulated years ago and that’s why I support this group by organizing events.

I am passionate about people having a fulfilling life and thus love to share my time here with my humble expertise.

Email Tricia: iwgfranconia@gmail.com


Belén Pérez

My name is María Belén Pérez Arribas. I was born in Burgos, Spain. I am member of the IWG since the very beginning and I have taken over different positions in the club ever since. I am  passionate about supporting, networking and relocating international women coming to Franconia’s area.

After over 30 years in Germany I think I understand how it is and feels to live and adapt to the German culture. In my early teens I lived in US and went to High School for two years in Monroe, Connecticut (US). In 1988 I moved to Germany. My husband is Austrian. Our 3 children were born in Germany. I am a NLP Coach and right now doing a further Training in Systemic Family Constellation.

I work unsalaried with Herzo TV in Herzogenaurach, where I lead a cooking program for the residents of the Lebenshilfe.  If you are interested in working with us, to know more about it or featuring your international cuisine, please feel free to contact me.

Let us all together keep the IWG going on!

Email: Iwgfranconia@gmail.com


Nissreen Askar

Nissreen moved to Germany to accompany her husband in 2015.She also finished her masters degree in”Development Economics &International Studies” at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität.As a professional, Nissreen has 7 years of experience in the Telecom sector and 3 years of experience in the development field, having worked for the UN World Food Program.Nissreen is a native of Egypt but she moved and visited many countries like UK,France,USA,Austria,Hungry,Italy,Czech Republic ,Slovakia ,UAE,Lebanon.....etc.

Currently, Nissreen has her own IT company with her husband, working & living in Nuremberg. 

With such a high exposure background, Nissreen is very passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds particularly expat women with different backgrounds, supporting their cause & further enriching their expat experience.

Email Nissreen: Iwgfranconia@gmail.com


History of the IWG

The International Women's Group (IWG) was founded in 1995 by 8 women of different nationalities. In the beginning, the women met informally to exchange their experiences of living "abroad" and share useful information about their host country of Germany. As the number of international employees of companies such as INA, Puma, Siemens and others increased, the membership of the IWG increased as well. With this growth, the IWG found a more formal structure necessary. Therefore, in October 2000, the group was officially registered as a non-profit organization and a board consisting of seven members was established.

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