26.08.2022  Oslo

Amplifying Diversity, Equity & Inclusion  in the Nordics.

At DNS 2022 we gathered for the first time as a Nordics community passionate about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. Some of the participants were engaged practitioners, and others were curious to begin developing their knowledge. For many, DNS provided a space where they were comfortable being themselves. For others, its was the diversity and intersectionality of the speakers that stood DNS 2022 as a first-of-its-kind conference.

Event Program 2022

Panel & Keynote Locations:

Saga Hall

Saga C

Olav Den Hellige

Workshop Location:

Gunhil Kongemor


Registration, breakfast and mingling


Opening Keynote

Opening with Chisom Udeze

Saga Hall



Active Allyship – 
The Essential Key to Inclusion

with Dr. Poornima Luthra

Saga Hall



Why diversity and inclusion is critical 

for your brand and your business

with Nicole Kavander and Roshanak Fatahian, Founders of All of Us

Saga Hall



Partner Recognition

Saga Hall



Mindfulness with Mayce Dagdoni

Saga Hall



 Intersectionality, equity and allyship

with Lawrence Akpore, 

Rahwa Tilahun Yohaness, Clara Bodin, Karl Yves Vallin

Saga Hall



Gender through an equity lens: 

Things that make you go hmm!

with Astrid Sundberg 

Saga Hall



Biases in Business –

 How Google builds products for everyone

with Winta Negassi, Head of HR Northern Europe at Google

Saga Hall


Lunch (1 Hour)



How Nordic Countries are Designing and Weaving DEI into their Local Government Structures

Inputs from Finland, Iceland and Norway.

with Lisa Cooper, Torbjorn Roe Isaksen, Toralv Moe,

Kamilla Sultanova, Rut Einarsdóttir

Saga Hall


Attracting and retaining diverse talent: Best Practices to lead an inclusive organization

with Meryn Willetts, Erik Falk Hansen, Mamtha Pullat, Sergio Prin-Sand,

Louise Marie Genefke

Saga C


Systemic Design:
A Diversity Framework to drive Innovation

with Helene Aagaard, Aram Ostadian-Binai, Jyoti Sohal-David,

Ingibjörg Lilja Þórmundsdóttir, Umair Shamsi

Olav Den Hellige


Empowering and integrating immigrants into Nordic Societies

A case study from IntegrART, an EU funded project.

Gunhil Kongemor



Diversity and Inclusion is possible 

in the Maritime Sector.

Here’s how

Saga Hall


AI, Data Bias and Sustainability. 

What does equity and inclusion have to do with it?

with Nathalie Hakenstad, Heini Kaihu, Ursula Koski, Aslaug Eva Bjornsdottir

Saga C


What gets Measured 

Gets Done: 

Tools for Accountability in an Inclusive Workplace

with Chris Hovde, Heidi Pech,

Maija Typpi-Hakkinen, Yesmith Sanchez,

Plamena Cherneva

Olav Den Hellige


Strategies to Inclusively Recruit,

 Onboard and Retain Diverse Talents

by Skillhus and Avant Garde

Gunhil Kongemor



Why unconscious bias training doesn’t work and what we can do about it

with Melanie Coffee, Jessica Bridgette Pedraza, Ka Man Mak,

Nasim Selmani and Timo Jolkin

Saga Hall


Beyond Binary Gender: 

Intersectional Gender Equality and Equity

with Sarah Przedpelska, Adamu Haruna, Nikoline Nybo,

Chi Lee, Kine Kjærnet

Saga C


Building Productive Teams: 

The Business and Legal case

with Winifred Patricia Johansen, Caroline Onyango-Dyregaard, Selena Stoback, Winta Negrassi, Laura Smith

Olav Den Hellige


Unconscious Bias – Tools to acknowledge, recognise

and mitigate the negative effects in the workplace

with Amazon Web Services

Gunhil Kongemor


Break (30 minutes)



The burden of leadership in DEIB: 

Are leaders supported enough?

with Chisom Udeze, Astrid Sundberg, Charlotte Beiring,

Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire, Marte Albertine Indergård

Saga Hall



Partner Recognition

Saga Hall



Embedding Diversity in Business to Create an Inclusive Culture

with Cecilie Heuch, Executive Vice President,

Chief People & Sustainability Officer at Telenor

Saga Hall


Break (20 minutes)



Diversity Capitalism – 

Performance enhancing diversity in organizations

with Olav Haraldseid

Saga Hall



Communication and Language: 

A Key Driver for Inclusion

with Jenifer Clausell-Tormos, Founder of Develop Diverse

Saga Hall



The Key to Diversity in One Question

with Michelle Chinnappen

Saga Hall


Fireside Chat

Nordic Denial with Thandi Dyani and Chisom Udeze

with Chisom Udeze  and Thandi Dyani

Saga Hall



Closing note

with Tendai Angela Jambga-Rokkones  and  the Diversify Team

Saga Hall


Afterparty hosted by Amazon Web Services

We are happy to announce that our partner, AWS, will be hosting an afterparty! Join us to continue to network and reflect on the day that was!


Meet our Phenomenal Speakers from the 2022 Diversify Nordics Summit.

Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

Economist | Founder of Diversify and HerSpace

Cecilie Heuch (She/Her)

EVP and Chief People & Sustainability Officer in Telenor

Melanie Coffee (She/Her)

VP of PR & Communications

Astrid Sundberg (She/Her)

Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oda

Clara Bodin (She/Her)

Global Lead for Diversity & Inclusion

Lawrence Akpore (He/Him)

Business Excellence Lead (Director) – Global Engineering

Charlotte Jónsdóttir Biering (She/Her)

Global Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Chi Lee (They/Them)

Resident Carpenter

Thandi Dyani (She/Her)

Network Organizer, Africa & the Nordics

Winta Negassi (She/Her)

Head of HR, Northern Europe at Google

Nathalie Håkenstad (She/Her)

Account Manager & Glamazon lead for Norway

Chris Hovde (He/Him)

Global People Movement Lead

Jenifer Clausell Tormos (She/Her)

Founder & CEO
develop diverse logo

Plamena Cherneva (She/Her)

Founder, Nordic Women in Tech Awards

Ursula Koski (She/Her)

Senior Solutions Architect | Glamazon Nordics Board Member & Finland Lead

Louise Marie Genefke (She/Her)


Dr. Poornima Luthra (She/Her)

Author | Educator | DEI Expert | Tedx Speaker | Entrepreneur | Board Chair

Adamu Haruna (He/Him)

Senior Solution Architect and leader of BEN

Roshanak Fatahian (She/Her)

Head of Digital Operations and Diversity & Inclusion Director

Selena Støback (She/Her)

Founder of The Good Lab, Norway and Project Coordinator for Mental Helse Ungdom

Toralv Moe (He/Him)

Senior Adviser at City of Oslo

Lisa Cooper (She/Her)

Founder and CEO

Heini Kaihu (She/Her)

Chief Sustainability Officer

Jasmin Assulin (She/Her)

CEO & Co-founder

Olav Haraldseid (He/Him)

General Manager at Olav Haraldseid AS

Kamilla Sultanova (She/Her)

Keynote Speaker | Diversity and Inclusion Expert | Mentor

Phaedria Marie St. Hilaire (She/Her)

Founder & President

Sarah M Przedpelska (She/Her)

Educator and Collaborator | Founder

Heidi Pech (She/Her)

Head of DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)

Tom O. Kleppestø (He/Him)

Managing Director

Ingibjörg Lilja Þórmundsdóttir (She/Her)

Head Of Human Resources

Nikoline Nybo (She/Her)


Caroline Onyango-Dyregaard (She/Her)

Senior Legal Counsel & Compliance Officer

Nasim Selmani (He/Him)

COO & Co-founder | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist

Winifred Patricia Johansen (She/Her)

Founder and CEO

Erik Falk Hansen (He/Him)

Partner & Chief Talent Sourcer

Maija Typpi-Häkkinen (She/Her)

DEI advocate and Digital Business & People Leader

Helene Aagaard (She/Her)

CEO & Partner

Kine Kjærnet (She/Her)

Partner, Advisory, Governance, Risk and Compliance at KPMG

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen (He/Him)

Political Editor

Ka Man Mak (She/Her)

Founder, Podcast Anchor and Investigative Journalist

Rahwa Tilahun Yohaness (She/Her)

Editor | Activist | Founder | Public Speaker | Campaign Strategist | Community Builder | Project Designer

Karl Yves Vallin (He/Him)

Managing Director | Co-Founder at LuFu AB

Jessica Pedraza (She/Her)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Yesmith Sánchez (She/Her)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Jyoti Sohal-David (She/Her)

Founder & CEO

Michelle Chinnappen (She/Her)

Business Developer & Facilitator
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Stine Mundal (She/Her)

President, WISTA; Key Account Manager, DNV

Aram Ostadian-Binai (She/Her)

CEO and Founder

Sergio Prin-Sand (He/Him)

Talent Acquisition partner

Rut Einarsdóttir (She/Her)

Secretary General

Nicole Kavander (She/Her)


Meryn Willetts (She/Her)

Leadership, Innovation and Strategy Consultant

Mamtha Pullat (She/Her)

Talent Attraction Strategist

Timo Jolkin (He/Him)

Manager of Solutions Architect Team

Turid Elisabeth Solvang (She/Her)

CEO and Founder

Áslaug Eva Björnsdóttir (She/Her)

Digital Leader & Facilitator

Kristin H. Holth (She/Her)

Non-Executive Board member of Maersk Drilling

Umair Shamsi (He/Him)

Vice President People Excellence

Zuzana Warden (She/Her)

Project and Research Manager

Iva Ogrizovic (She/Her)

Program Director

Maryana Stober (She/Her)

Associate General Counsel EMEA, ADM and President, Wista Switzerland

Andreas Enger (He/Him)

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mayce Dagdoni (She/Her)

Tendai Angela Jambga-Rokkones (She/Her)

Laura Smith (Agender)


Eva Fabry (She/Her)

Co-Founder and Director

Katarzyna Pilch (She/Her)

Project Manager

Stanislaw Alwasiak (He/Him)

Senior Project Manager


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Chi Lee (They/Them)

Resident Carpenter

Chi Lee has a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.  For over two decades, they have been a freelance consultant for design/build studios working with global retail companies. Chi previously worked as a liaison and organizer for Arts for Humanity, a non-profit bringing the arts to underserved communities. They have also served as a translator for Four Seas Group, a Chinese-American non-profit increasing accessibility to the performance arts for local communities.