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Safir Boukhalfa

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Safir Boukhalfa

DEI Consultant & Founder at Safir Boukhalfa Consulting

Safir is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consultant, writer, and founder living in Berlin, Germany. They also happen to be from Algeria and France, queer, Muslim, and Non-Binary with autism and ADHD. Their whole life, they have been exploring and looking for a place where they felt included. This journey led them to live in various countries such as Spain, France, The Netherlands, The Democratic Republic of Congo, and Germany, and work with organisations such as Zalando, Calvin Klein, and Doctors without Borders. Their purpose is to guide companies and NGOs on how to help people from marginalized communities not only to feel seen, heard, and included but also most importantly really embraced for who they are in the workplace.

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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.