This two-day Discovery Event will tackle the challenges posed by biases, stereotypes and micro-inequities when it comes to mental health and access to financing. It will also address how leaders can step up by being visible allies and vocal advocates when it matters most.
This virtual event will be delivered by Alyson Meister, Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior, and Vanina Farber, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, in collaboration with IMD’s Chief Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Officer Josefine van Zanten.
On the first day, Professor Alyson Meister will address the challenges posed by chronic illness and issues of wellbeing, exploring what advocacy and allyship is needed during today’s mental health crisis.
On the second day, Professor Vanina Farber will focus on gender equity and access to financing, as well as social justice investing. She will examine how data can support the road to equity and give specific examples of the type of allyship and advocacy that is helpful.
Both sessions will focus on tangible steps busy managers can adopt to foster advocacy and allyship, as well as ways to enhance their own inclusive leadership in different contexts.
Caters to sponsors for Equity, Inclusion & Diversity initiatives, from executive to senior to middle management, including HR, Talent, Leadership and beyond
Day 1, Thursday – 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT):
9 am to 12 noon
|09:00-09:15||Context setting, ice breaker||Josefine van Zanten/Alyson Meister|
|Allyship and advocacy - context of Mental health||
Alyson Meister, Magali Anderson, Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer at Holcim, Patricia Humbert, Talent Acquisitions & Development Specialist, Marco Mullers, VP for Learning & Development at DSM, Joachim Meister, Senior Vice President Global Power & New Energy
|11:15-11:45||Panel – work group input||
|11:45-12:00||Closure including recommended steps||Josefine van Zanten|
Friday - 09:00-12:00 (CEST) 15:00 - 18:00 (HKT):
9 am to 12 noon
|09:00-09:15||Recap, context setting, ice breaker||Josefine van Zanten/Vanina Farber|
Allyship and advocacy – context gender equity and access to financing
|09:45-10:30||Panel conversation with guest speakers||Vanina Farber, Kristin Hull is founder and CEO of Nia Impact Capital, Dr. Amelia U. Santos-Paulino is Chief of the Investment Issues and Analysis Section at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD),Tim Radjy, Chairman, AlphaMundi Group Ltd, TBA, Joshua Amponsem, environmental and climate activist.|
|11:15-11:45||Panel – group work input||Vanina Farber/all|
|11:45-12:00||Closure including recommended steps||Josefine van Zanten|
After several facilitated debates and challenging conversations during the two ½ days, we aim to move beyond raising awareness of what allyship and advocacy is in different contexts. Our goal is to see all participants leave the virtual room, inspired, and motivated be an informed ally and advocate, to keep accessing opposing views and alternative opinions, especially from people and organizations they wouldn’t naturally encounter. We encourage them to step up to continue the conversation about visible and vocal allyship and practice the many steps and actions that will be recommended as an output of the facilitated panel and work groups, regardless of the context they may operate in.
Joshua Amponsem is an environmental and climate activist, Founder of Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), and a Fellow at the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA). Focusing on the role of youth in Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction, and Resilience Building, Joshua’s work supports governments and private-sector entities and aims to enhance the meaningful inclusion of youth and children in local and global development processes.
Magali Anderson, French national, 1967, was appointed as a member of the Group Executive Committee and Chief Sustainability Officer in October 2019. In March 2021, the Group announced the expansion of Magali Anderson’s role to Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, putting sustainability at the core of its innovation pipeline. Magali joined Holcim (then LafargeHolcim) as Group Head of Health & Safety in October 2016. Magali started her career as a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in Nigeria. She spent 27 years in the Oil and Gas industry, mainly with Schlumberger, holding operational line management positions like CEO Angola and Region Head Europe. During her career she also held several functional roles, including Vice President Marketing & Sales, Vice President Shared Services Organization for the Europe and Africa region and Global Head of Maintenance. Magali graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from INSA Lyon, France.
Kristin Hull is founder and CEO of Nia Impact Capital, a women-led Registered Investment Advisor leading the charge to change the face of finance by hiring and training women and people of color in sustainable and transformative investing. Kristin founded Nia Global Solutions, a gender-lens portfolio of solutions-focused companies, in her efforts to bring impact investing into the public markets. An impact Investor since 2007, Kristin oversaw the investment process for the first family foundations as they moved their endowment assets into 100% alignment with their philanthropic mission. In 2010 Kristin went on to found Nia Community, a 100% mission-aligned impact investment fund focused on social change and environmental sustainability in her hometown of Oakland, California. Kristin is a co-founder of Impact Hub Oakland and of the North Oakland Community Charter School, and served on the founding board of George Mark Children’s House. Prior to devoting her career to transforming our financial system, Kristin was a full-time educator, teaching bilingual classes in Oakland and San Francisco. She earned her PhD in Education at University of California, Berkeley, her Masters in Research in Bilingual Education from Stanford University and her BA and teaching credentials from Tufts University.
Patricia Humbert started her career at Bosch in France and was promoted to different financial roles after a master’s in finance and controlling in Paris. She moved eight times and lived in six different countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Due to an accident, Patricia is now confined to a wheelchair and this has undeniably changed her priorities. Passionate about people, Patricia reoriented her work in human resources, subsequently finding more meaning in her life. After working for two head-hunting agencies, she joined IMD more than 2 years ago as Talent Acquisitions & Development Specialist. Inclusion and mental health are two issues she cares about and promotes on a daily basis.
Joachim Meister is Worley’s Global Senior Vice President for Power & New Energy where he has responsibility for the company’s global strategy for renewable energy and low-carbon hydrogen. He has more than 25 years’ experience within the resource and energy industryincluding senior management roles in Europe, Australia, Latin America and China. He is actively supporting Worley’s Mental Health initiative and strongly believes that Mental Health and Wellbeing of employees are critical topics for senior leaders in organizations. Joachim has an EMBA from IMD Lausanne and a Dipl.-Ing. In Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University in Munich.
Marco Mullers is the VP for Learning & Development at DSM, where is also a.i. responsible for mental health & well-being. DSM is a global purpose-led, science-based company, active in nutrition, health and sustainable living. Marco has a background in leading disruptive transformations in both business and corporate HR. He has a passion for developing and growing people, and has been actively promoting and growing the health & well-being initiatives. To stimulate healthy learning, he has launched several public available free podcasts on personal growth and improving mental health (available on Spotify and iTunes under the name LearnFM)
Tim Radjy is the Founder of and Managing Partner of the AlphaMundi Group since 2008, and based in Geneva, Switzerland. He is also the Chairman of AlphaMundi’s SocialAlpha impact fund in Luxembourg, the Treasurer of the AlphaMundi Foundation in Washington DC, and the Investment Committee Chair of the AlphaJiri impact fund in Mauritius. Tim further serves as a Vice-President of the Geneva association Sustainable Finance Geneva and the Chair of the Gender Lens Initiative for Switzerland. He previously worked for UBS, advised WWF International, and reviewed the SDC microfinance project in Bolivia. Tim holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Geneva and a private banking diploma from UBS.
Dr. Amelia U. Santos-Paulino is Chief of the Investment Issues and Analysis Section | Division on Investment and Enterprise at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She is also the Deputy Editor of the Transnational Corporations Journal. Before joining UNCTAD, she was Research Fellow and Project Director in the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Research Fellow in the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies, and Senior Research Economist in the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic.