Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Disability Inclusion
November 29 @ 13:00 - 15:00 CET
Diversity and inclusion in the workplace is imperative for a sustainable, competitive and innovative company and society at large. Diversity also goes beyond the outward perception of a company – it includes how the internal structures work and signal the value systems of an organization’s management or leadership team.
This series is designed by Diversify to center Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. We look forward to seeing you!
In November, together with Diversify and Nordic Talks, we are discussing the topic of Disability Inclusion. The speakers for this session are: Salamatu Kamara (She/Her), Special Adviser and Activist, Kamara’s Utopia, Edson Lopes (He/Him), Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Senior Manager at Yara International, Tor Andreas Bremnes (He/Him), Managing Director at InClue AS. The session will be moderated by Chisom Udeze (She/Her), DEIB Strategist & Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult and HerSpace.
This event is FREE to attend and will be held digitally. Please register below to receive the Zoom link.
Salamatu Kamara (She/Her) | Special Adviser and Activist, Kamara’s Utopia
Salamatu lights up when talking about the things she is most passionate about: disabled rights, anti-racism and women’s rights. Originally from Sierra Leone, she was raised in Norway from the age of three where she has always been outspoken about the things that are most important to her. Through her business “Kamara’s Speech,” she also works as a motivational speaker and most recently spoke at the 2022 Global Disability Summit about disability rights. Since 2021, Salamatu has been a news anchor on Supernytt on NRK Super TV channel, a part of the Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation. In 2023, she joined the team at Medvind Assistanse.
Edson Lopes (He/Him) | Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Senior Manager 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.
Tor Andreas Bremnes (He/Him) | Managing Director at InClue AS
Tor is an economist, leader, entrepreneur, with a great passion for creating a world where we unlock the potential in each of us. His greatest strength is curiosity and drive, it also happens to be that he has cerebral palsy, some hearing and sight loss, and is engaged to his wonderful fiancée Thomas.
In 2021 he won NHO Norway’s speaker of the year. Working for the re-humanization of recruitment-processes, InClue’s vision is paving the way for inclusive recruitment targeting PwDs way into the workplace!
Moderator: Chisom Udeze (She/Her) | DEIB Strategist & Founder of Diversify 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.