Pakistan ranks 151 out of 153 countries on the Global Gender Gap Index according to the World
Economic Forum 2020 and the formal female labor force participation is only 25%.

To combat this, CIRCLE started with the mission of working towards women’s empowerment and
leadership development through advocacy, research, technology and innovative entrepreneurship
CIRCLE provides digital skills from basic digital literacy for women at the grassroots level to coding,
digital marketing and more

We have been inspiring women & girls to believe in themselves, building capacity through digital skills, mentorship, work readiness & increasing women’s participation in the economy.
CIRCLE works towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 5 and SDG 8.
CIRCLE was created by three global women in different sectors of the leadership development field.
We come from radically different backgrounds: a Pakistani social entrepreneur, a European coaching professional,
and an American leadership-learning specialist.
We bring over 50 years of leadership development experience to our work. We apply our unique knowledge and
experience in ways that transform women’s ability to make progress. We bring the global cultural competence
that is essential to today’s businesses.
Sadaffe Abid is the former CEO of the Kashf Foundation, one of Forbes Top 50 microfinance institutions.

She has worked with the Atlantic Council, six Fortune 500 companies, DP World, Dubai Holding, and the Sharjah Business Women’s Council. She conducts leadership development training for Middle East North Africa (MENA), consults to the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and represents Mercy Corps in the Gulf. Her work is profiled in Nicholas Kristoff’s book, Half the Sky, and Isobel Coleman’s book, Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East. She is on the board of National Bank of Pakistan, Pakistan Microfinance Network and Indus Earth. She is also an adviser to Dell Women Entrepreneurship Network (DWEN). She completed her Masters at the Harvard Kennedy School, Advanced Management Program at INSEAD and her B.A. at Mount Holyoke College. She is a recipient of the Mount Holyoke Alumni Achievement Award

Oriane Kets de Vries is the Managing Director of the Kets de Vries Institute (KDVI) where she implements leadership programs for top executive teams.

 She is also a practising, certified coach providing individual and group coaching for executives in an organizational context and individually. Her clients include INSEAD, CEDEP, ESCP, ESMT, the Cambridge Judge School of Business, and Oxford Saïd Business School. Oriane received an E  xecutive M.A. in Coaching & Consulting for Change and an M.B.A. from INSEAD. She also received a B.A. from Columbia University and a Diploma of Fine Arts from the Nyckelvikskolan in Stockholm. Oriane lives in London and has two daughters.

Kelly Rappuchi brings adaptive leadership to organizations through innovative learning design, curriculum strategy, and case-in-point facilitation.

 Her career began at Amnesty International where she co-led their global media campaign on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. She was a staff editor for two presidents of Harvard and a teaching fellow at two of Harvard’s graduate schools. She has implemented provocative learning programs for millennials through senior leader audiences with companies such as Fidelity Investments, Hewlett-Packard, Raytheon, Deutsche Bank (AG), and Jack Morton Worldwide. Kelly received an Ed.M. from Harvard University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She lived in Paris and now lives near Asheville, North Carolina.

Our Mission


Develop the leadership capacity of women through workshops, fellowships and mentoring


Advance entrepreneurship and innovation efforts by up-skilling the youth and women to leverage tech

Achieve equal representation of women through advocacy, building partnerships & advancing the gender equity conversation.



Women engaged in trusted, strategic circles achieve more both individually and collaboratively.

The circle is a timeless, multicultural, and universal image whose boundaries and bonds can be both firm and fluid. Circles are dynamic: they can enlarge, overlap, and be both local and global. Circles come together around a challenge, a discussion, a story, or simply a table or set of chairs. Circles place the topic and the work at the centre. They can be drawn simply and by anyone. Circles protect and secure people from danger. Like the sun and the globe, they symbolize potential