Speakers D&I Week 2024

Dr. Louisa Blödorn

Dr. Louisa Bloedorn is a researcher at the Center for Disability and Integration at the University of St. Gallen. Her work revolves around the question “Inclusion – but how?”. In particular, she is investigating which success factors are necessary to enable the inclusion of people with disabilities in companies and what managers and employees can specifically do to create an inclusive work environment.

Prof. Dr. Stephan Alexander Böhm

Stephan Böhm is Professor of Diversity Management and Leadership and Director of the Center for Disability and Integration at the University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on leadership, human resources and diversity management. He is particularly interested in occupational inclusion and the health effects of digitalization and flexibilization of work. Stephan Böhm has published numerous articles in leading scientific journals and has won a number of important research awards. He works as a consultant for organizations in all sectors, advising them on topics such as the development of agile, inclusive and healthy leadership.

Dr. Anna Brzykcy

Dr. Anna Brzykcy is Senior Project Manager DE&I at the CCDI and a systemic therapist. She previously worked as a Learning & Development Expert at the Institute for LifeLong Learning at the Technical University of Munich. There she led trainings on the role of leadership in active diversity management. This was also a core topic of her dissertation, which she completed at the Center for Disability and Integration at the University of St. Gallen. Her research on stigmatization and mental health at work appeared in top-tier journals (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations).

Jérémie Fleury

Jérémie Fleury is a project manager at the CCDI. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Public and Non-profit Management from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. His master’s thesis focused on how Swiss public administrations can address their D&I challenges through intersectional measures. At the CCDI, Jérémie Fleury manages various company projects and is responsible for diversity benchmarking processes.

Robert Franken

As a freelance consultant, Robert Franken works on the transformation of organisational cultures with a special focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) and a systemic perspective on privilege. Previously, he was CEO of urbia.de and Chefkoch.de, among others. He co-founded the Male Feminists Europe platform and is an honorary ambassador for HeForShe Germany.

Franziska Maria Fuentes

As a passionate advocate and expert in diversity, equity and inclusion, I firmly believe in the power of embracing our differences. Having grown up in a vibrant ethnic mix, I have first-hand experience of how transformative it can be to foster an inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong.

In addition to my commitment to D&I, I am a proud ally of underrepresented communities. Creating a world where people from diverse backgrounds and identities can thrive is one of my core values.

Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor

With 2 decades of experience across 4 continents, Prof. Dr. Jamie Gloor (SOM-HSG) is an award-winning speaker, teacher, and scholar, recently honored with the HSG Latsis Prize and a TEDxZurich talk. Her work has been featured in top academic (e.g., Journal of Applied Psychology) and popular outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review and Forbes). Currently funded by a 1.2-million CHF grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation, she and her team craft sought-after courses, research, workshops, and keynotes spanning psychology and management on the topics of DEI, leadership, humor, and (social) sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Isabella Hatak

Isabella Hatak is a full professor of SME management at the University of St. Gallen and director of the Swiss Institute of Small Business and Entrepreneurship (KMU-HSG). Furthermore, she acts as academic director of the Intensivstudium KMU. In her research, teaching and community engagement, she focuses on the value-creating behaviour of the individual entrepreneur and the psychological influences upon that entrepreneurial success including wellbeing. Her research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, the Journal of Management Studies, and the Journal of Business Ethics, among others, and is regularly featured in the media.

Dr. Nora Keller

Nora Keller, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion. She is responsible for qualitative research design and analysis. Nora Keller received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University, where she also completed her Master’s degree. In her dissertation, she used insights from business scholarship to understand organizational development and strategic innovation in non-state organizations during civil wars.

Tamara Kern

Tamara Kern is an external PhD candidate at the Competence Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), focusing on research areas related to diversity and inclusive leadership. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing her PhD in Management. She serves as the Director of Talent Management, Total Rewards & HR in a Fortune Global 500 corporation, and brings substantial practical experience to her academic pursuits, particularly in executing significant corporate D&I initiatives.

Dr. Ines Hartmann

Ines Hartmann is Co-Director of the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and is responsible for the HSG Diversity Benchmarking together with Nicole Niedermann. She leads other company-specific projects on inclusive leadership and D&I, such as in-depth D&I analyses (quantitative and qualitative) or the development of D&I strategies. She gives workshops, holds lectures and teaches at universities and other schools on the topic of D&I as well as Strategic Management. She publishes on topics such as diversity management and inclusive organizational culture. She holds a PhD in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Strategy and International Management from the University of St. Gallen.

Dr. Florian Krause

Florian Krause is senior research fellow and lecturer at the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St.Gallen and at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Work and Employment Studies at Leibniz Universität Hanover. With philosophical and economic perspectives, he is particularly concerned with ethical challenges of digital transformation processes, sustainability, and questions of diversity and identity.

Agota Lavoyer

Agota Lavoyer is a social worker specialising in gender-based and sexual violence. As a counsellor and head of the victim support services in Bern and Olten, she has supported and accompanied countless victims of sexual violence and their families. Today, she works as a freelance counsellor and speaker and is committed to raising awareness of sexual violence and removing the taboo surrounding it. She is also the author of the bestselling children’s book “Ist das okay?” (“Is this okay?”) on the prevention of sexual abuse against children. Her new book “Jede_ Frau” (“Every Woman”) about a society in which sexual violence is trivialised and normalised will be published in May 2024.

Dr. Susanne Nef

I focus on issues of social participation. I pay particular attention to the topics of equality, equality from an intersectional perspective, violence in gender relations, social change and the associated wider social issues.

Prof. Dr. Julia Nentwich

Prof. Dr Julia Nentwich is an associate professor for psychology. In her research she is interested in questions of inclusion, identity and change. Together with Dr. Gaby Schambach, she supports companies in the inclusion of male managers with “Leaders for Equality”. At the Research Institute for Organisational Psychology she leads the research area on gender and diversity. She has many years of experience in interdisciplinary research in organizational research and especially with qualitative research methods.

Nicole Niedermann

Nicole Niedermann works at the Competence Center for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of St.Gallen. She is part of the management team and is responsible for corporate projects, diversity benchmarking and human resources.Since 2019, she has been advising and supporting organizations in various industries in the implementation of their DE&I measures, giving trainings and workshops for managers, HR and employees. In particular, she deals with the topics of DE&I strategy development and analysis, inclusive leadership, intersectionality and unconscious bias. Nicole Niedermann holds a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Business Administration from the University of Fribourg and has been working in the field of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for more than ten years, including several years in the private sector, where she was responsible for DE&I in a global function.

Dr. Huong Pham

Huong Pham is a postdoctoral researcher at the Competence Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) working with Prof. Jamie Gloor. Her research interests include topics on diversity, cognition and leadership. Prior to joining the CCDI, she completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at LMU Munich in Germany where she also worked as a trainer and facilitated workshops on leadership and collaboration in the workplace.

Alkistis Petropaki

Alkistis Petropaki has been the Managing Director of Advance Gender Equality in Business since 2015. She has more than 20 years of management experience with international consumer goods companies such as L’Oréal, Nestlé, Mövenpick and Lindt. Before joining Advance, she was Country Manager Switzerland at Yves Rocher. With her involvement at Advance, she wants to support women in becoming the architects of their own careers. Alkistis holds a Master’s degree in Management from ESCP-Europe and a degree in German and Psychology from the University of Athens.

Christian Pierce

Christian Pierce is Senior Researcher at the CCDI. At the same time, he is doing his PhD in organisational studies and cultural theory at the University of St. Gallen. His research focuses on anti-racism in multinational companies from a human rights perspective. He graduated from the United States Military Academy with a degree in Economics and holds an M.Sc. in Business from the COPPEAD Graduate School of Business at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with a qualitative thesis on cultural diversity. He has consulted to several organisations in the US, Latin America and Europe on D&I, specialising in ethnic equality.

Dr. Ella Roininen

Dr. Ella Roininen is the Head of DEI at the University of St. Gallen. She has educated on Gender, Diversity and Inclusion since 20 years globally, and held leadership roles both in academia and business. Ella holds a BBA from Schiller International University, MSc in International Management from the University of St. Gallen and Erasmus University Rotterdam, and a Doctorate from the University of St. Gallen and the Nordic Research School of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies. Ella works with the concepts of voice and awareness. She wants to create spaces free of structures and practices of discrimination, and show how we can include ourselves and others through transferring feminist, intersectional and postcolonial concepts into strategy and policies, attitudes and practices of inclusion.

Michel Rudin

Michel Rudin is a communicative, versatile person with experience as a managing director, public affairs manager, lecturer and politician. Michel Rudin studied and graduated in history, philosophy, business administration and law. Michel Rudin likes to get things done, make progress and achieve goals, but also in hectic at times – Michel Rudin is not easily flustered.

Hans Rusinek


Hans Rusinek is writing his doctoral thesis (IWE-HSG) on the meaning of work and its role in modern organizations. He also lectures on the future of work at Fresenius University in Hamburg and is a Fellow of the Club of Rome’s ThinkTank30. Until 2020, he was Associate Strategy Director and first employee of the purpose consultancy of the Boston Consulting Group, BrightHouse. As a journalist, he also contributes to the debate between business and society, for example in BranDE&Ins, Capital, DIE ZEIT and Deutschlandfunk, for which he was awarded the Ludwig Erhard Foundation’s 2020 Prize for Business Journalism. His book “Work-Survive-Balance” about the future of work for our grandchildren will be published by Herder in October 2023.

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander

Gudrun Sander is a titular professor of business administration with a special focus on diversity management, co-director of the Forschungsstelle für Internationales Management and co-director of the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. She researches diversity and inclusion from a strategy, leadership and corporate culture perspective, leads the national diversity benchmarking and is an academic expert in various international and national committees.

Dr. Gabriele Schambach

Dr Gabriele Schambach is co-leader of the project “Leadership for Equality” at the University of St. Gallen. She works as a consultant, trainer and speaker at Genderworks. For more than twenty years she has been working on gender and diversity for more equal opportunities in companies. As a trained industrial clerk and political scientist with a doctorate, she combines her knowledge of systemic organisational development and transactional analysis with scientific findings and corporate practice.

Sophie Schepp

Sophie Schepp is a psychologist and research associate at the Center for Disability and Integration at the University of St. Gallen. Her research interests lie in the area of proactive work design for different employee groups and contexts, e.g. flexible and hybrid working as well as diversity and disability in the workplace.

Raphael Summermatter

Raphael Summermatter is Project Manager at the Competence Centre for Diversity & Inclusion. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen. During his studies, he was able to acquire valuable software skills, which he can now apply to various company projects. His work at CCDI focuses on projects concerning equal pay between women and men.

Margit Vunder

Margit is known for her expertise in shaping and driving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion agenda. She has a proven track record in leading large-scale cultural transformations and has extensive experience in leadership and talent development. Her personal purpose is to help people make better choices, so that everyone can live, lead, and love authentically. Margit lives in Zurich with her two sons, loves theater and can be often seen jogging along the Limmat.

Dr. Verena Witzig

Verena Witzig works as an expert for the Diversity & Inclusion at the University of St.Gallen. Her areas of expertise are implicit bias trainings in academic recruitment processes and how to combine studies, career and family. Both her degree in International Relations and her doctorate on the division of labor between separated parents come in handy here, as her job requires a sound understanding of diversity management as well as a large dose of diplomacy. She teaches bias training courses at various uni-versities in Switzerland and Germany.