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Edson Lopes

(He/Him)
Edson Lopes

Global Senior Leadership Development Manager & DEI for Norway at Yara International

Edson is a proud gay Brazilian living in the captivating landscapes of Norway. His journey through a rich tapestry of diverse cultures and continents has ultimately led him to his current role as a Global Senior Leadership Development Manager and a vital member of the DEI Core Team at Yara International in Norway.

With a career spanning since 2008, Edson’s focus has been on Human Resources, specializing in the holistic growth of individuals and passionate advocacy for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives.

Edson is not only a professional but also a compassionate counselor and dedicated volunteer lead at “Eternamente Sou,” a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Brazil. Eternamente Sou is committed to providing support and empowerment to elderly LGBTQ+ individuals. Edson’s educational journey is marked by a bachelor’s degree in Pedagogy, an MBA in Project Management, and a master’s degree in business management.

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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.