Wedu’s Privacy & Data Protection Policy

Wedu’s mission to build gender equal leadership requires a strong and united Community, built upon trust and accountability. We exist because of you – that’s something we value deeply and treat with the utmost care.


We collect information to provide services to you, update you on our community’s impact, and communicate about promotions or special services. Wedu will always ensure your information is collected responsibly and handled with care.


In our continued effort to protect your privacy and respect your digital footprint, our Privacy and Data Protection Policy outlines what information we collect and the ways in which your information is used. We have not, do not, and will not share or sell your information to third parties.


We have updated our policy to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you have any questions regarding our policy, please feel free to contact us at


Approved on: 24/05/2018

Effective on: 25/05/2018

What information we collect


Rising Stars, Programme Participants, Mentors

In order for you to become a Rising Star, Programme Participant, or Mentor, we must collect your personal information starting at the application stage. Throughout your engagement with Wedu, we will continue to track and monitor your progress through programme-related calls, surveys, email correspondence, and meetings, where we take down qualitative and quantitative data related to your personal and professional interests, goals, and achievements. These will include but are not limited to academic achievements, graduation information, current occupation and place of work.


Funding Recipients (Rising Stars only)

If you are successful in receiving a Future Income Sharing Agreement (FISA), you will be asked to share with us more information, including financial details and bank information for payment processing.


Donors, Partners

Donors and Partners are individuals or organisations who support Wedu’s mission, either financially or through collaborative work. The information we collect will pertain only directly to the nature of your support or our collaboration, and as needed, may be used for the purposes set out in our policy and to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements and protect Wedu’s legal rights.


Website Subscriptions, Event Attendees, and more

Those who subscribe to the general newsletter through our website or event sign up sheets and/or follow us on social media channels are agreeing to share with us general contact information (i.e. email addresses, social media usernames or handles). We appreciate your keen interest in following our activities and spreading the good word, so we strive to ensure we send content in limited amounts and frequencies to respect your digital space. This also applies to unsuccessful applicants to both our programme or organisation, and includes any information collected throughout the application and selection process.


How your information is used


The information you give us permission to use is vital to help us in the following ways:

  • To find the most relevant and rewarding leadership opportunities and determine your eligibility for such opportunities;
  • To refine your leadership development experience, and further develop our programmes and services;
  • To help you monitor your individual leadership progress and goals;
  • To manage donations and partnerships in a way that is necessary for us to fulfill any contract or obligation, as well as provide relevant updates with regards to our relationship or collaboration;
  • To perform statistical analysis, market research and consulting projects from time to time, with which we may use anonymized data and share it with business partners and academic researchers.


We will contact you for your consent to share your photos, videos, and personal stories and reflections for use in social media campaigns, presentations to partners and donors, and marketing and awareness campaigns.


Wedu has not, does not, and will not ever share or sell your information to third parties.


In all other cases, where use of your personal data may be deemed necessary or lawful for business use, we will do so in a way that does not negatively impact your rights, freedom or interests, and in a way that complies with the entirety of our Policy:

  • Sometimes the law says we need to collect and use your data. For example, tax laws require us to retain records of pledges and payments made through our Services.
  • We will collect and obtain data that we believe to be important to design and offer the best service, in a way that might reasonably be expected as part of running our business.




We will retain your information as long as your account is active and/or you are subscribed to our mailing lists, as necessary to provide you with the Services or as otherwise set forth in this Policy. You can stop receiving communications from us at any time by unsubscribing, and we will remove your data if you have exercised your “Right to be Forgotten”.


We will also retain and use this information as necessary for the purposes set out in this Policy and to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements and protect Wedu’s legal rights. We also collect and maintain aggregated, anonymized or pseudonymized information which we may retain indefinitely to protect the safety and security of our Site, improve our Services or comply with legal obligations.


Disclosure of Information


Unless you have specifically asked us not to, we share your personal data for the sole purpose of supporting our business mission and the services with which you are provided. This may include:

  • Matching with your mentor/mentee
  • Recipients of a Future Income Sharing Agreement or scholarship
  • Presentations and updates to partners and donors
  • Online and offline community engagement purposes
  • Verified or official partners who are interested in providing leadership opportunities to our community


For use in reporting, marketing and awareness campaigns, we will always obtain written permission via our forms or contact individuals directly for permission to use their content (interview responses, quotes, photos, videos), and limited personal information (first name, age, profession, school, etc).


Wedu has not, does not, and will not ever share or sell your information to third parties.


User Rights


How to view your information

Data transparency is critically important – both to us and the GDPR. We want to make this easy for you, so to view your personal information, simply ask and you shall receive! We’ll follow up as soon as possible with a detailed report on the personal information that’s stored with Wedu.


All requestors must verify they are the owner of or have legal rights to personal information before anything is distributed. For your privacy and security, requests must come from the email address that you use with Wedu.


How to remove your information

You have full authority over your information, and you can ask us to remove any or all of it at any point in time.


As long as you are involved with Wedu, we will retain your information as necessary to provide you with our services and to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements and protect Wedu’s legal rights.


Removing your information is easy – simply send us a request! Please keep in mind that the information you provide us with guarantees you access to our leadership development programmes and services. By requesting to have your information removed, you may be restricting yourself from Wedu’s programmes and thus may not be eligible for continued leadership opportunities, mentorship, or other facets of our programmes and services.


If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to learn more, please contact us at


Data Protection Authority

If you have a concern or complaint about our privacy practices, including the way we handled your personal data, you can report it to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) (details on how to do so can be found on the ICO’s website) or other data protection authority that is authorized to hear those concerns.


Service Providers and Cookies


Wedu uses third party service providers to deliver our services to you, including our website. All service providers have either been carefully vetted and/or are industry standard (Google, WordPress, Salesforce, Mailchimp). We encourage you to familiarize yourself with their data protection policies as well.


While we currently do not use any custom-developed cookies on our website for any purpose, our third party service providers may so please take note when you are being directed to another website. When you visit Wedu’s website, we only collect aggregate statistics on browsing activity and do not track anything which can be used to identify you.


We do not use any custom developed cookies for any purpose.


Contact Us


Our Policy is periodically reviewed to make sure we continue to serve your privacy interests and that it remains relevant as our business operations evolve. If our data protection practices change materially, we will notify you of these policy changes by posting them on this webpage and updating you via email.


Should you have any questions, concerns, requests or anything you would like to call our attention to related to this Policy, please contact and we will aim to address the matter as soon as possible.