Following the appointment of new Chair Jonquil Hackenberg in April, the board of The Magenta Project has been further strengthened by the appointment of Anouschka D’Souza to its board with effect from May 2021.

Anouschka is a trained commercial airline pilot working for a major Middle Eastern airline and works as a senior first officer flying the A350 wide body aircraft.  Born in London to Irish and Indian parents, she moved to Portugal aged seven, and started sailing when she was ten years old.

She competed with the Portuguese womens match racing team and represented the country at local and international events both in match racing as well as big boat racing, winning the  Women’s Match Racing Nationals as well as the Maxi One Design 80 World Championship on board Skandia.

Anouschka is a trained Race Officer and Umpire and has umpired at several national and international events, including World Championships, Asian Championships as well as the Indian and Malaysian Nationals.

She also worked with the World Match Racing Tour for several years as an event consultant and was one of the event managers of the Monsoon Cup.

Her work and sporting career is backed by an equally impressive academic background.  Anouschka holds a master’s degree in Air Transport Management and specialises in Crisis Management, working as part of the airline’s crisis management team.

“It is an absolute honour to be a part of The Magenta Project and be able to play a role in changing the sailing industry by promoting gender equality and empowering girls and women within the sport.” Comments Anouschka.

“Having a STEM background, I think it’s important to create career pathways in technical and non-technical skills for women to progress both on and off the water. Sailing can change lives, create resilience, and enhance teamwork.  By helping women progress and excel in the sport we are empowering them to become role models and help future generations,” she concludes.

The Magenta Project, whose mission is to accelerate women to the top of sailing, is a collective of passionate sailors committed to creating equal access and opportunities for women in sailing.

Alongside their successful Magenta Mentoring Programme, the Project also partners with teams and events to upskill female sailors to enable them to reach the top of their sport.

Anouschka joins Abby Ehler, Libby Greenhalgh, Vicky Ellis, Andrew Pindar, Victoria Low, Luca Rizzotti and Chair Jonquil Hackenberg, on the board of The Magenta Project.


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