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Alex Bennett Grant

Founder & CEO, We Are Pi

•  Entrepreneurship for the Diaspora

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Alex (he/him) is a UK born CEO who founded award-winning Amsterdam based Creative Innovation Company We Are Pi in 2011. He has created groundbreaking international work for brands like Heineken, Lego, Nike, TED Conferences and entertainment for Channel 4, Guardian, and the BBC. As a leading voice for diversity, Alex works with Cannes Lions, Plus Plus One and OUTO to champion cultural innovation. We Are Pi has been named Small Agency of the Year three years in a row and Alex is an Ad Age 40 Under 40 honoree.

linkedin.com/alexbennettgrant

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Axelle Ahanhanzo

ED&I Change Maker & Founder, LAUDACE

•  Demystifying Neurodiversity: Myths, Science, and Lived Experience

•  14:30 – 15:30 CEST

Axelle (she/her) is an Equity Diversity and Inclusion Change Maker and Social Impact Entrepreneur. In the Spring of 2023, she founded LAUDACE to prioritize equity and intersectionality in ED&I transformation. With subject-matter expertise in anti-racism, neuroinclusivity, and gender equity, Axelle's diverse career spans sales, recruitment, communication, and ED&I. Having lived in eight countries and speaking six languages, she holds an MSc in Corporate Communications and a BA in Modern Languages.

Drawing from lived experiences with workplace burnout, exclusion, and trauma, Axelle advocates for marginalized groups through holistic lenses. Recognized as a Top 10 Finalist at TEDxAmsterdamWomen's Talent Night 2023, she called for action to urgently create a neuroinclusive world for girls and women from all backgrounds. With her unwavering commitment to social justice and her atypical background, Axelle leads the way toward a more inclusive and equitable future.

linkedin.com/axelleahanhanzo

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Bahghi Yemane

Musician

•  Musical performance

•  Evening program

Bahghi (she/her) is a singer-songwriter, musician and producer born and raised in Amsterdam in an Eritrean household. Trained as a classical violinist from the age of 4, she entered the Conservatory of Amsterdam in the Jazz Vocal departement and graduated Cum Laude in 2018.

Her live debut album All One ft. Rory Ronde & Ronald Snijders came out on Nov 11th 2022. She is a music lover at heart 🥰

bahghi.com

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Christina Caljé

Entrepreneur-In-Residence & Early Stage Investor, TINTT

•  Entrepreneurship for the Diaspora

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Born and raised in New York City, Christina (she/her) is a Goldman Sachs Executive Director turned startup founder and investor. A seasoned entrepreneur in the finance and technology sectors, Christina has launched and scaled businesses across New York, London and Amsterdam.

Christina has won numerous accolades that include distinctions from EUtop50 as ‘Top Woman Entrepreneur’, from Inspiring Fifty as one of the Netherland’s most inspiring women in tech, from Women in AI as a ‘Top Entrepreneur’ in the Netherlands and from Sifted as a ‘Trailblazing Angel Investor’ In Europe. Her expertise is sought by corporate, government and academic institutions around themes of entrepreneurship, digitization, implications of AI-based systems and the economics of ‘giving back’.

Currently, Christina directly counsels C-level technology leaders of private and public companies as an Entrepreneur-In-Residence, invests globally as a business angel and sits on the board of multiple startups and accelerator programs. In recognition of the impact of her efforts to equalise capital distribution and access within the European startup ecosystem, Christina won the distinguished Techleap ‘Giving Back’ award in 2022, the Women In Technology ‘Global Leadership Award’ (Netherlands) in 2022 and recognized as a top 3 finalist for MSDUK ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award in 2023.

christinacalje.com/tintt

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Christopher Williams

President & Principal Consultant, Custament Partners

•  Navigating Corporate as a Bicultural

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Christopher (he/him) is a global executive with over 25 years of experience driving transformational change at leading consumer companies including adidas, Nike, VF Corporation and Gap. His areas of expertise include strategy, brand management, international business, and education management.

Chirstopher is currently the President of Custament Partners, and a Professor at Emory & Henry College School of Business. Previously, he was the President and a Board Trustee of African Leadership University in Mauritius and an Executive-in-Residence at European School of Management and Technology Berlin. Christopher earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and BA in Economics from Morehouse College.

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Ebony Winter

Singer, Songwriter

•  Musical Performance

•  Evening program

Ebony (she/her) is a Soul and R&B singer-songwriter. With her Sunday vibe, raw voice and riffs and runs inspired by Tori Kelly and sober and pure personality, she has developed her own style. She has performed at places such as Melkweg in Amsterdam and she gained only more attention after her national television debut when she performed Stevie Wonder's ‘Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing’ live on Humberto op Zaterdag. At the moment, she is working on new music and a number of bigger projects.

@ebonywinterr

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Ennio "BLESZ" Burleson

Owner, Producer, Artist, Burgundy Sound Studio

•  Musical Performance

•  Evening program

BLESZ (he/him) is an Amsterdam-based artist, sound designer and producer. He is the owner of the Burgundy Sound Studio, resident poet of Hatch, front man of the “All The World’s A Stage” project with jazz band Kenturah’s Kitchen and know for collaborating with like minded artists around the globe. His style is versatile but recognizable, with the ability to make a wide range of topics relatable for listening ears. BLESZ is connecting to listeners whilst inspiring and motivating them.

blesz.nl

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Fakhry Faisal

Comedian

•  Performance

•  Evening program

Fakhry (he/him) is the first Sudanese comedian doing standup comedy in broken English.

@fakhrythecomedian

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Gwen Kolader

VP Global Head DE&I, Hexaware

•  Navigating Corporate as a Bicultural

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Gwen (she/her) leads the global DE&I journey for Hexaware. She strongly believes for DE&I to be a moral imperative and to be a crucial business growth enabler, supporting the company in becoming the employer, partner and supplier of choice. Gwen has 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, working in tech and telecom corporates where she led international teams, built talent development and DE&I related programs, and people-managed multiple acquisitions, outsourcing projects and integrations.

Gwen is based in Amsterdam, graduated in Human Resources and completed DE&I programs at the University of Amsterdam and Insead. She is a mentor at Roots Inspire and a thought leader at Diverse Leaders in Tech.

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Ikenna Azuike

Oga at the top, Jollof Rice Productions

•  Master of Ceremonies

•  Evening program

Ikenna (he/him) is a Nigerian British broadcaster living in
The Netherlands. He creates, presents, writes, acts in and
sometimes produces and hosts, tv programmes and online talk shows.

@ikennaazuike

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Ingrid Tappin

Founder & CEO, Diverse Leaders in Tech

•  Connecting the Diaspora via Tech & AI

•  14:30 – 15:30 CEST

Ingrid (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of Diverse Leaders in Tech, the very first intersectional DEI Platform in the Netherlands, and is on a mission to set the standard for DEI Excellence in European tech. Through DLiT’s data-led approach, peer-to-peer learning solutions and DEI partner network, Tappin’s social impact venture helps companies attract, retain and leverage the innovation power of DEI; powered by tech and at scale.

During her career — in which she ran her own culture design agency, co-founded a SaaS start-up, and worked as a senior manager for Accenture’s Talent & Organization practice — Ingrid discovered the power of DEI as a driver for team performance, business success and positive societal change. As she and her wife are now raising two teenage daughters, of which one has autism/is autistic, she more than ever realizes that the future of technology is in need of more empathy, compassion and inclusion.

“I believe that every individual has a part to play in shaping the future. Whether it’s in the workplace or in society at large, we all have a responsibility and a right to use our talents for good. It’s not enough to simply recognise the need for change; we must also take action to make it happen.”

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Karim El Oteify

Founder, Changemaker & DEI Facilitator, The DEI Oracle

•  Demystifying Neurodiversity: Myths, Science, and Lived Experience

•  14:30 – 15:30 CEST

Karim (he/him) is a dynamic entrepreneur, facilitator, consultant, and dedicated advocate for accessible and neuro-inclusive spaces. Originally from Cairo, Karim has dedicated the past five years in the Netherlands to fostering community engagement, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and safe space practices for marginalized people within the educational and tech sectors. As the founder of The DEI Oracle, a company committed to advancing DEI principles in various industries, Karim utilizes storytelling, workshops, and strategic support to amplify underrepresented voices, ensuring inclusivity and representation as the forefront of his endeavors.

deioracle.com

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Kemo Camara

Founder & CEO, Omek

•  The Power of the Bicultural Identity

•  14:00 – 14:30 CEST

Kemo (he/him) is a social entrepreneur, community influencer, and the visionary behind Omek. His passion lies in activating our collective human potential. That’s why he enjoys bringing people from diverse backgrounds to work together toward a common goal.

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Kobi Ampoma

Head of Talent Acquisition (NL), The Heineken Company

•  Navigating Corporate as a Bicultural

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Kobi (he/him) is a Talent Acquisition Leader with an educational background in Human Resources. Having worked in the HR function as an HR Generalist, International Mobility and Talent Acquisition. Kobi is a big advocate for Diversity & Inclusion in recruitment. He has worked in the FMCG, Retail, Sporting Goods, Fashion, and Technology industries for 23 years.

With his years in Human Resources and Talent Acquisition functions, Kobi brings insights that can help you gain a different perspective. He has also found his why and that is “To inspire people to help others by being a role model in everything I do to create equality in the world”. With a global network of talented individuals, he sees himself as a connector with a passion for Talent Acquisition.

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Kremena Yordanova

Fractional CMO expert

•  Navigating Corporate as a Bicultural

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Kremena (she/her) is a seasoned marketeer turned digital consultant, currently serving as a fractional CMO for impact-driven brands. Her journey includes leading large, inclusive teams at brands like Reebok and adidas.

She blends her extensive corporate experience with the ancient practices of yoga and meditation. Her realistic, grounded, attentive approach to leadership and mentoring brings the true art of conversation to life. She’s organized international retreats, workshops and leadership programs. Her work supports freefoodkitchen and she lives in Amsterdam.

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Lerato Tsotetsi

DJ

•  Musical performance

•  Evening program

Lerato (she/her) is a South African all-round creative & DJ based in Amsterdam. The rich tapestry of South African sounds that permeated Joburg's vibrant musical landscape serve as the backdrop to her formative years and, continue to greatly influence her musical perspective. Her sets predominantly feature fusions of Afrohouse, Amapiano, and Afrotech, while delicately weaving in elements from different genres, cultural influences and musical eras to create a distinct & captivating sonic experience that’s both fun and meaningful.

Lerato’s performances have graced the stages of varying venues and events across Amsterdam including intimate settings at Bar Bario, Mooshka, Adam & Co to vibrant club nights at Paradiso & Parallel and more. Lerato is also a resident on Oroko Radio, producing and hosting Ka Lerato la Love, a show that explores love through the sounds of Afrohouse, Amapiano & Afrotech.

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Marcia Goddard

Neuroscientist & Founder, Brain Matters & Contentment for Business

•  Demystifying Neurodiversity: Myths, Science, and Lived Experience

•  14:30 – 15:30 CEST

Marcia (she/her) obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology cum laude, and subsequently earned her PhD in neuroscience, studying neurodiversity in pathways to empathic ability. She left academia to build bridges between science and business, and shifted her focus to high performance culture. She spent three years studying the building blocks of sustainable high performance in large, global organisations, and Formula 1 teams.

Dr. Marcia Goddard's specific expertise is brain-behaviour relationships in high performance environments and their impact on performance, with a focus on DEI, psychological safety, and mental wellbeing. Marcia’s clients include Formula 1 teams, ASICS, Porsche, Pon, CrowdStrike, Heineken, Schlumberger, Ahold Delhaize, EY, Deloitte, Accenture, WeTransfer, Indeed, Disney, Danone, the City of Amsterdam, the Dutch government, and the Dutch National Police.

marciagoddard.com

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Mipe Okunseinde

Dir. of Strategy and Business Operations, Global Co-Chair of B.bold, Booking.com

•  The Power of the Bicultural Identity

•  14:00 – 14:30 CEST

In April 2021, Mipe (she/her) joined Booking.com to found and lead a dedicated strategy and operations function for their global Legal and Public Affairs Department. In this role, she is responsible for running key areas of the department including strategy planning, financial management, team engagement and tech modernisation. She also is the Global Co-Chair of B.bold, the employee resource group for Black employees and their allies. This and other work led the Association of Corporate Counsel to name Mipe one of the Top 10 30-Somethings of 2022.

Prior to joining Booking.com, Mipe worked at Uber where she created the driver engagement function that served as an internal advocate for understanding and improving the driver experience. In this voice of the customer role, Mipe innovated and globally scaled initiatives which generated insights used by product and operations teams to continuously improve upon the customer experience. Mipe also built the foundations of the legal team in Sub-Saharan Africa including serving as legal lead on launching three countries and Uber Eats.

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Nelson T. Ajulo

Founder & CEO, Zarttech

•  Connecting the Diaspora via AI & Tech

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Nelson (he/him) is the founder, CEO and founder of TBEC Group of Companies, a business strategist and an engineer/economist by qualification. Nelson is a seasoned executive with over ten years of extensive leadership, operating, and management experience, having served as Chairman, CEO, or President of several significant multinationals. His expertise spans various aspects of business leadership. He has garnered diverse experience by working on different continents worldwide, such as Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America.

Born in Nigeria, Nelson has lived and worked as an expat in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany and now based in the Netherlands. He is a passionate entrepreneur, investor, and leader who strives to create positive social impact through technology. He is currently the CEO and Founder of Zarttech, a company that connects diverse IT Experts with global work opportunities.

tnajulo.com

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Rahel Boon-Dejene

Founder & CEO, RBD Group

•  Entrepreneurship for the Diaspora

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Rahel (she/her) is an Ethiopian born Dutch social entrepreneur who aims to bring positive impact in Africa through (digital) jobs, talent development, and stimulating entrepreneurship. She holds an honor MBA degree from the University of Wolverhampton (UK), Post-graduate studies in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Amsterdam and BA in International Business Management from HAN university of Applied Science in The Netherlands.

As the founder and CEO of RBD, a Dutch-based firm committed to sustainable business practices, diversity, and inclusion, Mrs. Rahel Boon-Dejene is driven to establish scalable ventures that promote social innovation and inclusive economic development. Since 2010, she has co-founded R&D Group, an Ethiopian-based firm collaborating with global brands to connect African talents with remote job opportunities, while also fostering entrepreneurship through innovative business acceleration solutions to support startups and SMEs in effective growth strategies.

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Ruben Brave

Founder, Dutch New Narrative Lab

•  Entrepreneurship for the Diaspora

•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Ruben (he/him) is a Dutch internet pioneer, media professional, serial tech entrepreneur, investor and Multi-Board Member. Since 2004, also founder of the academic business incubator Entelligence, in which startups of professors are kick-started (spin-offs) in the media, ICT, health and education sectors.

Recently he initiated the Dutch New Narrative Lab Foundation (DNNL), after conducting a Diversity Exploration in the Dutch startup ecosystem commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate, for which he personally interviewed 350+ underrepresented founders and professionals. In 2021 he was elected by 500+ members as the first black President in the 25 years of existence of the Dutch Chapter of Internet Society, the NGO founded by the “technical founding fathers” of the Internet.

He is a board member at various impactful tech, business or media-related organizations, such as the Social Economic Council (SER Diversity in Business), the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, the Cultural Participation Fund in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Open State Foundation, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam, the Dutch Review of Books and various entrepreneurship-related innovation groups. 

rubenbrave.com

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Ruthie Semere

Leadership Coach & Business Developer, RZ Coaching and Consulting

•  The Power of the Bicultural Identity

•  14:00 – 14:30 CEST

Ruthie (she/her) is a certified Leadership Coach and Business Developer with +12 years of international experience in digital media and global advertising sales. She's worked for global brands such as NBC Universal, Discovery Communications and National Geographic.

Ruthie added Leadership coaching to her professional tool belt in 2017. Through her boutique global coaching and consultancy practice she coaches, educates and trains individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses around the globe on self-leadership, success creation, and how to live and lead powerfully and effectively from the inside out.

As a proud daughter of Eritrean immigrants who is trilingual, Ruthie is a culturally competent coach with a global mindset that connects with people from all walks of life easily. Ruthie is a native of Stockholm where she was born and raised, she obtained her Masters in International Management from King's College in London where she lived and worked for over 10 years. Ruthie also hosts the podcast Zanta on all things self-development and growth.

ruthiezerai.com

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Salmaan Sana

Owner, Board member & Facilitator, Salmaan Sana Consulting, TEDxAmsterdam, School of Moral Ambition

•  Afternoon Master of Ceremonies

•  Demystifying Neurodiversity: Myths, Science, and Lived Experience
•  14:30 – 15:30 CEST

Salmaan (he/him) is a highly skilled and multifaceted moderator, keynote speaker, and sought-after consultant for various multinational companies and organisations, working on leadership, team development, culture and collaboration, and high-performing teams.

linkedin.com/salmaansana

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Shea Harty

Executive Director, Empowerment Foundation

•  Entreprenuership for the Diaspora
•  16:00 – 17:00 CEST

Shea (she/her) is an executive director of Empowerment Foundation, which is dedicated to elevating overlooked communities into fulfilling careers and advocating for workplace equality. Her guidance helps businesses embrace diversity and create spaces where all can thrive. She is an experienced business & executive coach focusing on growth and mindset transformation.

Shea has more than two decades of experience in human resources, cross-cultural communication, digital transformation, and engagement. She has worked alongside numerous international corporations, advising them on how to cultivate inclusive work cultures. She is often employed to create, improve, and scale Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programmes, as well as sustainable employability programmes and how to handle organisational restructuring. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising from Saint John’s University and earned a Juris Doctorate in US law from Whittier Law School.

linkedin.com/sheaharty

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