Our first batch of heroic collaborators.

We’ve already assembled an amazing group of researchers and writers in eight countries who are ready to hit the ground running and develop inspiring stories about exceptional women.

Laura Ellemann-Jensen


Laura is an editor and writer at current affairs magazine Mandag Morgen, specialised in portrait interviews with prominent politicians and leaders. She is interested in how rolemodels can shape a better future for individuals and believes a Danish version of Heroines! would receive support from local leaders.

Babs Gons

The Netherlands

Babs is a spoken word writer and artist who has influenced a generation of young writers and artists in the Netherlands. Woordsalon, which she founded, and Poetry Circle, which she co-founded, have become platforms for more diverse and marginalized voices to be heard. Babs has won both the Black Achievement Award in arts and culture and the Global UNESCO Spoken Word competition. She performs regularly and is writing Heroines! in the Netherlands to inspire Dutch girls of all backgrounds.

Pragya Karki


Pragya Karki has studied Global Public Health and isa program manager for various community health projects. Her expertise lies in project implementation, people-centred operational management, and monitoring and evaluation of programs. She is looking forward to using her relationship building and motivation skills to create a strong team for Heroines! in Nepal.

Caoilinn Hughes


Caoilinn is an Irish writer, and winner of the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award, the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award, the Collyer Bristow Prize for Debut Fiction 2019, an O. Henry Award and The Moth Short Story Prize. Caoilinn is an advocate for complex female representation and her debut novel Orchid & the Wasp received rave reviews everywhere from The New Yorker to ELLE. She’s ready to help create the best possible Irish version of Heroines!

Jing-Jing Lee


Jing-Jing is an acclaimed poet and author eager to help unearth the stories of groundbreaking Singaporean women. Renowned author Xinran described Jing Jing’s novel How We Disappeared as an “unforgettable image of how women were silenced and disappeared by both war and culture” and The New York Times described it as “a story about memory, trauma, and ultimately love.”

Vanessa Peterson


Vanessa is a Magnum “30 photographers under 30” winner and is currently an editor and curator dedicated to supporting minority and marginalized voices in art and literature. As part of the Invisible Borders Trans-African collective, she has the contacts to find the right woman writer in Ghana and other countries in West Africa.

Anne Vaxelaire


Anne works with leading global academic institutions and international businesses to select and train the most promising students worldwide. She’s already used her network to conduct elaborate research on the stories of remarkable women in the history of Belgium.