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29.09.2023  Oslo

Diversity and Inclusion through an Equity, Justice and Intersectional Lens.

The Diversify Nordics Summit is the first-of-its-kind conference on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. In 2023 we brought together intersectional stakeholders from Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sámi/Sápmi, Sweden and Åland Islands.ood DNS 2022 as a first-of-its-kind conference.

In 2023, on September 29, our overarching theme was  “Diversity and Inclusion through an Equity, Justice and Intersectional Lens”.

DNS 2023 Agenda

7:30 – 8:30


8:00 – 8:30

Breakfast buffet

8:30 – 9:00

9:30 – 9:35


9:35 – 10:15

Speakers: Øystein E. Søreide (he/him), Flemming Kehr (he/him), Rina Mariann Hansen (she/her), Momodou Malcolm Jallow (he/him)

Moderator: Karen Spens (she/her)

10:15 – 10:35

Breakfast break 

10:50 – 11:30

11:30 – 12:20

Lunch & Networking

12:30 – 13:10

Speakers: Torstein Lerhol (he/him), Yasir Ahmed (he/him), Tina Gaardsøe Albrechtsen (she/her), Karin Heri (she\her)

Moderated  by: John Bentham (he/him)

Speakers: Hatem Ben Mansour (he/him), Aminkeng A Alemanji (he/him), Miriam Petra Ómarsdóttir Awad (she/her), Emil Novak-Tot (he/him, e/em)

Moderated  by: Marlon Brown (he/him)

Speakers: Sagar Chandna (he/him), Nico Blier-Silvestri (he/him), Mari Luukkainen (she/her), Lene Elizabeth Hodge (she/her)

Moderated  by: Gabriella Bossman (she/her)

Speakers: Abel Buko (he/him), Roxanne Marback (she/her), Marianne Egelund Siig (she/her), Guðrún Hildur Ragnarsdóttir (she/her)

Moderated  by: Frances Partridge (she/her)

Central B (downstairs)

Speakers: Moussa Mchangama (he/him), Henri Terho (he/him), Nivi Christensen (she/her), Maria Utsi (she/her)

Moderated  by: Mary Waweru (she/her)

13:10 – 13:20


13:20 – 14:00

Speakers: Áslat Holmberg (he/him), Mads Qvist Frederiksen (he/him), Karolina Carlsson (she/her), Qivioq Nivi Løvstrøm (she/her)

Moderated  by: Chisom Udeze (she/her)

Speakers: Benedicte Teigen Gude (she/her), Navid Ostadian-Binai (he/him), Ulkar Aghayeva (she/her), Neil Chatterjee (he/him)

Moderated  by: Barbara Prendota (she/her)

Jernbanetorget C

Speakers: Katrine Haugaard Petersen (she/her), Chi Lee (they/them), Charlotte Biering (she/her), Chris Hovde (he/him)

Moderated  by: Uduak Amimo (she/her)

Frogner (downstairs)

Speakers: Shazia Majid (she/her), Vibeke Hartkorn (she/her), Ama Afrifa-Tchie (she/her), Helga Aune (she/her)

Moderated  by: Astrid Sundberg (she/her)

Speakers: Tor Andreas Bremnes (he/him), Pierre Escaich (he/him), Dennis Soendergaard (he/him), Jesica Altamirano (she/her)

Moderated  by: Zuzana Warden (she/her)

14:00 – 14:10

Snack Break

14:10 – 14:50

Speakers: Mark Ivan Serunjogi (he/they), Salamatu Kamara (she/her), Chanel Björk Sturludóttir (she/her), Degmo Daar (she/her)

Moderated  by: Sirine Fodstad (she/her)

Speakers: Cecilie Heuch (she/her), Kaveri Sinhji (she/her), Vanessa Akpore (she/her), Klara Ljungqvist (she/her)

Moderated  by: Stine Aksnes (she/her)

Jernbanetorget C

Speakers: Umair Shamsi (he/him), Sarah Freiesleben (she/her), Lina Daouk-Öyry (she/her), Kristine Beitland (she\her)

Moderated  by: Iva Ogrizovic  (she/her)

Frogner (downstairs)

Speakers: Aaron Kroon (he/him), Justin Hester (they/them), Rahwa Tilahun Yohaness (she/her), Amy Baker (she/her)

Moderated  by: Wenche Fredriksen (she/her)

14:10 – 15:30

Åsa Simma (she/her), Kirstine Eiby Møller (she/her), Rosa Lois Balle Yahiya (she/her), Jessica Petersen (she/her), James Dickson (he/him)

14:50 – 15:30

Snack Break

15:45 – 16:25

Speakers: Tine Austvoll Jensen (she/her), Michael Watson (he/him), Sarah Reynolds (they/them), Miriam Hardarson (she/her)

Moderated by: Lawrence Akpore (he/him)


Meet our Phenomenal Speakers from the 2023 Diversify Nordics Summit.

Keynote speakers

Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

Economist | Founder of Diversify and HerSpace
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Abu Bundu-Kamara (He/Him)

Senior Director, Global Inclusion & Diversity
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Dr. Poornima Luthra (She/Her)

Author | Educator | DEI Expert | Tedx Speaker | Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2023 | Board Member

Winta Negassi (She/Her)

Head of HR, Northern Europe at Google
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Ursula Koski (She/Her)

Chief Technical Officer for Nordics Partners
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Nathalie Håkenstad (She/Her)

Account Manager & Glamazon co-lead for Nordics
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Áslat Holmberg (He/Him)

President at Saami Council


Astrid Sundberg (She/Her)

Director of Impact Partnerships
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Thandi Dyani (She/Her)

Regional Network Organizer, Africa and The Nordics – BMW Foundation

Michael Watson (He/Him)

People Business Partner

Amy Baker (She/Her)

Ambassador Designate of Canada to Norway

Tine Austvoll Jensen (She/Her)

Country Director Google Norway
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Roxanne Mårback (She/Her)

Social Impact and DEI Lead, Climate Change and Sustainability Services

Wenche Fredriksen (She/Her)

SVP Head of Inclusion & Diversity
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Rahwa Tilahun Yohaness (She/Her)

Editor | Activist | Founder | Public Speaker | Campaign Strategist | Community Builder | Project Designer
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Aminkeng A Alemanji (He/Him)

Program Director and Senior Lecturer for the Master of Social Exclusion

Maria Utsi (She/Her)

Sámi cultural leader

James Armando Dickson (He/Him)

Project Manager of Educational development

Rina Mariann Hansen (She/Her)

Vice Mayor for Business Development and Public Ownership

Flemming Kehr (He/Him)

Global Practice Lead, Sustainability Services
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Charlotte Jónsdóttir Biering (She/Her)

Global Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

John Landy Bentham (He/Him)

Head of Employee Development

Tina Gaardsøe Albrechtsen (She/Her)

Director Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Øystein E. Søreide (He/Him)

Chief Executive Officer

Geert De Wael (He/Him)

Co-Founder & Managing Partner
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Rosa Lois Balle Yahiya (She/Her)

Founder and CEO
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Justin Hester (They/Them)

Vice President of Customer Value, Insights, & Industries

Vanessa Akpore (She/Her)

Director, Capital Project Portfolio Lead, Small Molecule OpU

Torstein Lerhol (He/Him)

Regional Head, East Norway

Aaron Kroon (He/Him)

Founder & CEO
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Miriam Petra Ómarsdóttir Awad (She/Her)

Anti-racism educator / Inclusion Officer

Uduak Amimo (She/Her)


Umair Shamsi (He/Him)

Vice President & Head of People Processes

Frances Partridge (She/Her)


Lawrence Akpore (He/Him)

Business Excellence Lead (Director) – Global Engineering

Mark Ivan Serunjogi (He/They)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager - Europe

Salamatu Kamara (She/Her)

Special adviser and activist | Kamara’s Utopia

Sirine Fodstad (She/Her)


Nico Blier-Silvestri (He/Him)

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Miriam Hardarson (She/Her)

Agency Director and LGBT+ lead
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Ulkar Aghayeva (She/Her)

Sustainability Consultant and DEI -specialist at DNV, Chair of Fem-R

Michaël Van Damme (He/Him)

Co-founder & Managing Partner
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Tor Andreas Bremnes (He/Him)

Managing Director
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Gabriella Bossman (She/Her)

Operations Specialist and Founder
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Marlon Brown (He/Him)

Co-Owner/ Consultant

Vibeke Hartkorn (She/Her)

Founder at Hartkorn Communication
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Sarah Freiesleben (She/Her)

Digital Transformation Lead
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Chanel Björk Sturludóttir (She/Her)

Diversity advocate, Broadcaster and Co-founder
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Jessica Petersen (She/Her)

Equity and Justice Coordinator
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Sarah Reynolds (They/Them)

Chief Marketing Officer

Emil Novák-Tót (He/Him or E/Em)

Founder and Consultant
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Hatem Ben Mansour (He/Him)


Guðrún Hildur Ragnarsdóttir (She/Her)

Former President for BEAM EMEA at Expedia Group/Founder of Keeps

Ama Afrifa-Tchie (She/Her)

Global DEI Specialist Adviser

Abel Buko (He/Him)

Sustainability Manager

Chi Lee (They/Them)

DEIB Advocate

Iva Ogrizovic (She/Her)

Program Director
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Moussa Mchangama (He/Him)

Senior Advisor & Co-founder

Marianne Egelund Siig (She/Her)

Chief Executive Officer

Zuzana Warden (She/Her)

Project and Research Manager
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Neil Chatterjee (He/Him)

Director Nordics
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Degmo Daar (She/Her)

Founder NoorD Consulting & DEIB Business Designer
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Karin Heri (She/Her)

Country Director
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Benedicte Teigen Gude (She/Her)

Chief of Staff

Yasir Ahmed (He/Him)

Chief Consultant
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Barbara Prendota (She/Her)

Manager People

Dennis Soendergaard (He/Him)

Innovation Manager, Disability & Assistive Technology

Mari Luukkainen (She/Her)


Pierre Escaich (He/Him)

Neurodiversity Talent Program Director
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Chris Hovde (He/Him)

Leadership and Culture Lead

Katrine Haugaard Petersen (She/Her)

Nordic Marketing Director

Karen Spens (She/Her)


Jesica Altamirano (She/Her)

Head of Diversity & Inclusion
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Åsa Simma (She/Her)

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Karolina Carlsson (She/Her)


Ida Faldbakken (She/Her)

Co-Founder, curator, and creative lead of Katapult Future Fest
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Henri Terho (He/Him)

Head of Arts Support
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Lene Hodge (She/Her)

Investment Manager

Kaveri Sinhji (She/Her)

Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion

Momodou Malcolm Jallow (He/Him)

Member of the Swedish Parliament

Helga Aune (She/Her)

Head of Sustainability services

Cecilie Heuch (She/Her)

Chief Human Resource Officer

Klara Ljungqvist (She/Her)

CEO & Founder

Nivi Katrine Christensen (She/Her)

Museum Director

Kirstine Eiby Møller (She/Her)

Cultural researcher, heritage professional and archaeologist

Sagar Chandna (He/Him)

Sr. Partner & CTO
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Pictures from DNS 2023

Best Practices Handbook for Diversify Nordics Summit 2022

Based on the panel discussions, keynotes, and workshops that took take at DNS 2022,  we have compiled  a  list  of  the  best  practices.  In this handbook, we provide a brief insight into each session in accordance with  the structure of the event: keynote topics, panel discussions, workshops, reflections, and the Fireside chat.

Diversify Nordics Summit 2023 Report

Bellow you can read and download  Diversify Nordics Summit 2023 Report.

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Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

Economist | Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult and HerSpace

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders.

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.