Gerlie’s goal is to empower PWA members to become agents of transformation who operate at the forefront of revolutionary initiatives but recognize the need for continuous improvement and learning in order to fulfil their professional and personal ambitions.



Gerlie Saura, joined the Professional Women’s Association of Rome (PWA) in May 2012. She’s the elected incumbent PWA President since 2020, she led the PWA successfully during a tough pandemic-driven digital transformation. Since then the PWA’s core activities focus on empowering women to thrive through continual transformation. Gerlie passionately believes in this association and its mission, though the outbreak of COVID-19 has been an enormous test of leadership Gerlie is committed to continuing to face the current and future challenges most especially now as we find our way to a new normal. For her and the team of volunteers, as the PWA board is called to lead from empathy, a leadership strategy that will help ensure members, partners and the association as a whole remain engaged, thrive, and transform into one with a more economic gender-equal future.

She’s an experienced International Business Development Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry, she represents the Rome Business School to establish and maintain strategic partnerships and international relations in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. As a Senior Manager with 15+ years of International experience, Gerlie is passionate about impactful initiatives that drive growth for both people and organizations while staying on top of business challenges and innovative trends. Having lived abroad she has developed a cultural intelligence, active curiosity for technology, and innovation management.

In her active service to PWA Gerlie held various positions with responsibility in the Board as Director of Sponsorship in 2012–14, Director of Membership in 2018, Director of Public Relations in 2019, Vice President in 2020, and President in 2020 – 2023. She was honored to win the “Woman of the Year 2020 Award”. With PWA she will continue her mission to support women in their professional development and supports strategic partnerships that promote women’s economic empowerment, lifelong learning, and equal access to employment opportunities. Now, she is calling on your active support to see gender parity as an integral part of the solution to the many challenges we face in terms of health, climate, economy, and fundamental human rights.