Speaker's Biography

Robert Perkins

SVP, Chief Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer - MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL

 Robert Perkins is Chief Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Mondelez International, a $26 billion global snacking leader. In this position, Robert is accountable to the CHRO, CEO and Board of Directors,  

leading the organization’s new diversity and inclusion strategy, and helping the company fully achieve their goals. In this role, Robert actively works across 80 countries and 100,000 employees helping to build D&I leadership and organizational capability.  

 

Robert has over 30 years of global expertise, across a range of industries, in building leadership and organizational capability, and developing award winning diversity and inclusion programs. He has collaborated with CEOs, board of directors, and executives to deliver integrated talent management solutions focused on strategic business alignment and driving organizational results. During Robert’s extensive career, he has coached C-Suite executives and managers focusing on assessment, feedback and support in helping leaders manage through career, leadership and life issues. Robert has designed executive leadership forums that focus on the most critical business issues and challenges facing industries today including new business designs, the impact of emerging new technologies, and new ways to organize and engage talented people. 

 

During Robert’s 30+ year career, he has held global human resources leadership positions with Foot Locker Inc., Burger King, Sony, Bertlesmann, Time Warner, Philip Morris International, Kraft Foods, Avon Products and Procter & Gamble.  In addition, Robert has served on numerous not-for-profit boards and earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois.  

Jemima Bradbury Wade

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – Europe - PEPSICO

Biography 

Caroline Creven

Global Head D&I - Novartis Pharmaceutical

With more than 15 years of international experience across various geographies in Asia or Europe and businesses (incl. Syngenta, Sanofi, Bosch), Dr Caroline Creven Fourrier drives today the global D&I strategy at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, contributing to increasing the performance of the company through fostering an inclusive and psychologically safe environment to unleash diversity of thinking in the organization. 

“I am a true believer that by bringing within the organization the diversity of background, experience or thinking existing in the society, we create more inclusive work places and benefit from the unique experience of our associates to support our company’s mission: to improve and extend people’s lives” Caroline says.

Kennedy Ihezie

Head of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion AIG

Kennedy Ihezie is Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at American International Group (AIG). A recognized subject matter expert and practitioner in the space of workplace diversity and inclusion with a focus on gender, race and global talent engagement. Ihezie was Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy at Macy’s Inc, a global retail corporation. Previously, he was Vice President at the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) now Coqual, a global premier think tank that focuses on workplace diversity, inclusion and new market growth.  At CTI, he provided strategic advice on Diversity and Inclusion strategies to Fortune 500 companies, co-authored a ground breaking global research report on Disabilities and Inclusion and led an initiative on Black talent in Corporate America. His work has been featured across various channels including Harvard Business Review.  Ihezie currently serves on the #Beyond MeToo board of  Berstein, Litowitz, Berger and Grossmann that focuses on workplace harassment, discrimination, and misconduct and promoting best practices for workplace inclusion and corporate diversity. He is also on the corporate practice advisory council of Tanenbaum, serves as national board member of Foundation 99.

Ruben Alejandro 

Group Head D&I - Syngenta Group

Ruben Alejandro is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion. He is determined to help leaders understand the importance of embedding ED&I as part of the business agenda and priorities. Ruben is highly driven to create an inclusive and equitable environment for the diverse team in the Syngenta Group by focusing on fostering and promoting psychological safety, mental health, equal payment for equal jobs, and zero tolerance to racist and harassing behaviors. He is a firm believer that everyone in the organization should embrace equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Monica Stancu

Global D&I Manager - LLOYD'S

Monica Stancu is the Diversity and Inclusion manager at Lloyd’s, the world’s leading insurance and reassurance marketplace. Previously, she has worked in diversity and inclusion at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sodexo and F. Hoffman La Roche. 

 

Monica has also worked in international affairs and human rights at the European Medicines Agency (EU agency) and the United Nations. She holds an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, USA and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University in the City of New York. 

 

Monica has been selected as a Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment by UN Women and has won a WeAreTheCity 2020 Rising Stars award. She is also a One Young World Ambassador and a mentor at Migrant Leaders. 

Betsy Bagley

 Co-founder & DEI Director PULSELY

Betsy Bagley is the co-Founder of Pulsely, which provides companies with actionable DEI insights that connect to real impact in organizational performance. Betsy has 30 years of experience in the areas of data analytics and DEI consulting with global companies. She built the scientific framework for Pulsely’s inclusion assessments to evaluate employee perceptions of inclusion and how those experiences are driven by behaviours and organisational structures. Betsy co-founded Pulsely as a way to advance global workplace inclusion in a more scalable way than the diagnostics and strategy development she managed as Vice President, Consulting Services at Catalyst. In her role, Betsy helped clients tap into the full potential of their talent by working through the difficult conversations that D&I efforts often entail. She added insight in the areas of organisational change, proportional movement of talent, sponsorship, and women in leadership. Betsy’s passion for DEI focuses on using data to generate insights that shed light on the differential experiences among demographic groups that often go unidentified in standard employee surveys. She is skilled at helping organizations navigate the “messiness” of inclusion with a constructive approach designed to avoid triggering defensiveness that can get in the way of progress.

Veronika Pisarieva

People Analytics Lead - DEUTSCHE
BOERSE
GROUP

MSc in Organizational Psychology; 7 years experience in HR in financial industry; people analytics responsible for Continental Europe at Goldman Sachs in 2018-2020; currently leading People analytics at Deutsche Boerse Group.

Jessica
Schibli

Head of Diversity and Inclusion - BBC Children’s & Education

As the first Head of Diversity & Inclusion for BBC Children's & Education, Jessica works to ensure that on screen and digital content authentically represents UK children so they grow up seeing themselves reflected in children's media. Jessica is also responsible for ensuring that the staff workforce is diverse and representative.

 

Whilst at the BBC, Jessica has led the successful implementation of a comprehensive strategy to diversify the workforce, build a culture of inclusion and ensure representative content for children on screen.

 

Jessica has delivered focussed diversity training to staff and hosted a series of inclusion sessions on a range of cultures and backgrounds to build an inclusive, welcoming culture for all.

 

She also launched an updated diversity fund to support underrepresented individuals in the children’s media industry and increase off-screen diversity.

 

Jessica is passionate and committed to ensuring that young audiences are authentically reflected, with content that represents the richness of cultures, backgrounds and diversity that makes the UK special.

 

Outside of work, Jessica first realised her passion for embedding change and advocating for diversity and inclusion when she set up a forum for underrepresented students at the University of Oxford, which has since supported thousands of students.  More recently, Jessica serves as a volunteer supporting development projects enabling women empowerment in rural India through a registered UK charity.

Larissa
Leienbach

Head of Diversity and Inclusion

UNIPER ENERGY

Larissa Leienbach is a diversity, equity and inclusion expert with deep insight into change management. Working closely with the Board of Management, the senior leadership team and the wider business, she drives the DEI agenda for Uniper and oversees the company-wide DEI strategy implementation. Larissa thrives by having an impact on the organization's strategic people agenda and by providing insight and expertise on how to create an inclusive, fair and diverse work environment. She has over 5 years of experience in DEI matters, a background in engineering and is a certified business coach.

Karen
Wallace

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager
SCOTRAIL

Karen joined ScotRail in March 2020 as the first Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Manager. Karen is a solicitor by profession, has a degree in law, a Diploma in Legal Practice and is a qualified Internal Assessor and Internal Verifier with the Scottish Qualification Authority. She is also a member of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Group of Scottish Athletics. 

She is passionate about driving positive change and building respectful, inclusive, and psychologically safe cultures where everyone can thrive and have a real sense of belonging.  Karen’s vision is one in which all are welcome in ScotRail and beyond and a world that harnesses the power of intersectionality and difference in moving the dial. 

Karen leads on the design, delivery, and development of ScotRail’s diversity, inclusion, and engagement streams. She launched the Inclusion for All Strategy and led ScotRail to achieve Investors in Diversity accreditation, Disability Confident Employer status and to be re-certified as Top Employers 2021. 

Karen was named as the Most Inspiring Individual of the Year by the National Centre for Diversity 2021 and Diversity Hero 2021 at the Herald and Genalytics National Diversity Awards. Under her leadership, ScotRail was awarded Best Large Employer for Inclusion and Diversity at the Proud Scotland Awards and Diversity Star Performer 250+ employees in the Herald and Genanalytics Awards. The Pride of ScotRail LGBT+ and Allies network also won Enei Employee Network of the Year 2021

Renata 
Spada

Group VP Talent Acquisition, Global Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

ENGIE

Raised in Brazil, Renata has three nationalities (Brazilian, French and Italian) and speaks four languages. She joined ENGIE in 2018 as Group Talent Director and launched ExpAND and Fifty-Fifty Programs.  This last one aims to create the necessary conditions to achieve managerial gender balance by 2030 and to strengthen cultural anchoring and inclusive managerial practices over the long term. Since October 1st, Renata became the Group VP Talent Acquisition, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Previously, she worked for more than ten years as the HR & Communication Director for Snap-on, an American Industrial Group. She has a previous career background in legal, finance and audit, having worked for companies such as Price Waterhouse, Electricité de France - EDF and Lafarge.

Renata holds a bachelor in Law from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, an LLM in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick and two MBAs, one in Management from IBMEC (Business School in Rio de Janeiro) and the other one in Human Resources from Université Paris Dauphine. She is certified in Lean Management by Telecom Paris and certified coach by CTI Co-active Coaching Institute.  She is also married with Bruno and both have two beautiful children, Nicole and Gabriel!

Janine Janssen

Director D&I - TEVA PHARMA

Janine is currently a Senior Director of Inclusion & Diversity at Teva Pharmaceuticals. She has over fifteen years of experience in the HR field working in Finance, Law, & Pharmaceuticals supporting business leaders. Her areas of expertise including Diversity, Talent, Recruitment, Strategy & Data storytelling. She was recently featured as a contributing author for the book "Latinas Rising up In HR." (“SHRM”). Janine currently resides in Mahwah, New Jersey and is a native New Yorker.

Allyson Zimmermann

Executive Director 

Allyson Zimmermann is the Executive Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Catalyst, a global non-profit that works with CEOs and leading companies to build workplaces that work for women. Allyson is responsible for shaping the strategy for Catalyst’s continued growth and Supporter engagement. Working with leading global organizations, she helps Catalyst Supporters create more inclusive workplaces so all talent can advance. Having lived and worked in over five countries, Allyson has extensive global experience. As a dual national (Swiss + American), her home is in Zurich, Switzerland.

Amir Kabel

Global D&I Head  - Burberry

An award-winning global leader and influencer in D&I, with a 15-year career in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Amir is listed in the global Top 50 Diversity Professionals List; Top 50 Most Influential Diversity Stars 2020 List; and he won the prestigious 'Head of Diversity' Award at the European Diversity Awards in 2017, for his commitment to and 15 direct years of service in the field of D&I. Amir has also received the following accolades: Telegraph’s Top 50 LGBT Executives List 2015; Winner of ‘Future Leader’ at the British LGBT Awards 2015.

Taking a business-led approach to D&I, Amir’s diversity programs are considered pioneering and innovative. As the Global Head of D&I/Chief D&I Officer, Amir has created and led global strategies for Burberry, Adidas, Reebok, Coty and Vodafone- working across the world to effect change and create sustainable award-winning diversity and talent programs. 

Amir is a Board D&I Advisor and Chair of the D&I Steering Committee for the British Fashion Council. He also sits as the head judge on the Ethnicity Awards, and the British LGBT Awards 2020. He was also a Non-Executive Director for an LGBT recruitment platform called MyGwork.

Luca Condosta

Global Diversity & Inclusion Ambassador 

Biography

Yves Veuillet

EMEA Head D&I - KYNDRYL

Yves started his career in IBM in 1992 was permanently appointed in 1997 as Information Officer for IBM Governmental Programs Europe, a corporate function providing a public policy and government relations framework. 

In 2003, he took up the role of EU projects coordinator, his role was to create a coordination structure of EU projects for IBM Business Consulting Services at European level

In 2005, Yves joined the IBM Europe Middle East Africa Diversity team as Program Manager for Persons with Disabilities. 

In 2007, in addition to his role with the persons with disabilities community he took up the role of Cross Generational Program Manager. 

From 2011 until early 2013 Yves was also Diversity leader of IBM Canada, he defined the diversity business case, formulated the strategy and oversaw actions that delivered results in line with the Global Diversity strategy.

In 2014, Yves was appointed Global Diverse Ability & Inclusion Leader - to facilitate the inclusion of employees with different abilities, to improve IBM's existing programs as well as identifying existing inhibitors to a successful work experience.

In September 2021, Yves joined Kyndryl (www.kyndryl.com): Kyndryl is IBM’s managed infrastructure services spin-off firm that became fully operational and independent in November 2021. Yves is Kyndryl’s EMEA Inclusion, Diversity & Equity Leader. 

Marc Mckenna-Coles

EMEA & JAPAC Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Strategy Lead - SPOTIFY

Marc is currently the EMEA & JPAC Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Strategy Lead at Spotify, where he is developing and implementing region-wide strategy objectives, a Global LGBTQIA+ Strategy, as well as supporting the global DIB ambitions of the organisation. 

 

Previous roles have included Global Diversity & Inclusion Manager for Lloyd’s of London, where he supported and oversaw Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing and Culture objectives for the corporation as well as the Insurance market. 

In 2020, Marc led the Dive In festival (https://diveinfestival.com/), which had a global attendance of over 30,000 people across 35 countries and 144 events.  Marc has also co-authored various guides and reports for the insurance market (https://www.lloyds.com/about-lloyds/diversity-and-inclusion/inclusion-at-lloyds/resources/toolkits). 

Prior to Lloyd's, Marc was a global Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Natwest Group, formerly RBS.

Before venturing into Diversity and Inclusion, Marc spent several years in customer facing roles within banking and before this, spent approximately 10 years with the Walt Disney Company, both in the UK and the USA.

Marc graduated University with a BA (Hons) in Drama and Theatre Studies.

Marc is married and is the proud husband of Hamish and dad to two adorable dogs Zak and Barney.

Kristen  Anderson

Vice Chair  EUROPEAN
WOMEN ON BOARDS

Kristen is currently the Vice-Chair of European Women on Boards (EWoB) and Chair of the Development Programs Committee.  EWoB is the European umbrella association for gender equality at the decision-making level; a non-profit consortium of national organizations whose aim is to improve gender balance on corporate boards across Europe.

 

From 2016-2021, Kristen was Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Barilla and had been a member of its D&I Board since its formation in 2013.  Kristen reported to the CEO of Barilla and led a 12 member D&I Board, comprised of internal members from 8 regions and 2 external advisors. 

 

Previously, Kristen was VP of R&D for the Asia, Africa, and Australia region for Barilla, based in Singapore.  She joined Barilla in 2010 as VP of Research, based at the Barilla Headquarters in Parma, Italy.

 

After a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering, Kristen joined Kraft Foods R&D in Chicago, where she spent 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility in various managerial roles.

 

In 1999, she relocated to Melbourne, Australia to assume the leadership of R&D for Kraft Australia/NZ and then moved to Munich, Germany to manage R&D for the EU Food Categories.  In 2007, she joined the Coca Cola Company and transferred to Shanghai, China to lead the building of the Global Innovation and Technology Center.

Nadia Nagamootoo

Founder and CEO
AVENIR CONSULTING

Nadia is the Founder and CEO of Avenir, a diversity, equity and inclusion consultancy.  She is a Chartered Psychologist, MBA and accredited coach with 20 years’ experience in the field of organisational development, culture change, leadership development and talent management.  Nadia has worked globally with a range of public and private sector organisations such as AstraZeneca, Lloyds Bank, the NHS, BAE Systems, Britvic, EDF Energy, Diageo, Ofcom and BP.  She has coached and facilitated Boards and Executives both at team level to create their DEI strategy, and individually to develop sustainable inclusive leadership practices. 

 

Nadia is known for her ability to open up safe and powerful inclusion conversations across organisations in order to create cultural movement.  She is a highly sought-after speaker and presenter, and has interviewed prominent DEI thought leaders on her podcast show, ‘Why Care?’.

Sámi
Ben-Ali

Vice-President
Diversity and Inclusion

WOOD PLC

Sami has nearly 20 years’ in various resourcing and operational HR roles and is now VP for Inclusion and Diversity at Wood PLC. Now in a global role he has previously had experience of leading and transforming regional teams across a variety of industries in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment. Passionate about leadership and driving change, none more so than behaviours and culture around inclusion and diversity (I&D) and how that can impact business performance from engagement, retention, and innovation.

Natalie 
Boudou

CEO - HumanForce
CHAIR DAY 2

Natalie has over 30 years' experience in the corporate world working in senior management roles in the private sector and the UN.  She started her career as a commercial lawyer. After several years working in private practice and as in-house counsel for Hitachi, she relocated from London to Geneva and moved into the field of communications, working in managerial positions for the World Health Organization and a number of international NGO’s. In 2012 Natalie made a seamless transition into the world of executive coaching and consulting, and today she is the CEO and Founder of HumanForce an international consultancy working with organisations to build caring and resilient cultures. She is a highly experienced, commercial & versatile professional with a consistent track record of successful delivery of tangible results.

As a coach and consultant Natalie works closely with leaders and teams to unleash the potential and strength of their human capital. Her work is focused on building cultures of engagement, innovation and connection. She has worked closely with multinationals from a variety of sectors including Pharma, FMCG, sports and luxury and also various UN organisations, to develop agile and people-centric cultures. Natalie is also an engaging Tedx Speaker and has also delivered key-note speeches for a number of corporates and leadership programmes worldwide. 

Rose Cartolari

Managing Director

RC Consulting
Chair Day 1

Rose Cartolari is Managing Director of ARC Consulting, specialists in leadership advisory services and executive coaching to the C-Suite and their teams. Her career includes management roles in large organizations, teaching in elite business schools in the US and Italy as well as co-founding and serving as COO of Scharper Pharmaceuticals SpA. Rose is on the Executive Committee of European Women on Boards and also serves on the Advisory Board of DiverCity Magazine. She is a member the Forbes Coaches Council and writes and speaks extensively on issues related to Leadership and Diversity.