Dr. Rohini Anand is Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Anand served as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo U.S., where she led the North American organization's overall diversity and inclusion strategy. Dr. Anand was responsible for designing and developing the organization's sustained culture change initiative, along with its integration into the overall business growth strategy.

Earlier in her career, she served as a Vice President at the National MultiCultural Institute, a nationally recognized nonprofit, where she managed the global consulting practice and was a Program Manager at Playtex International where she worked on its flagship product.

Often considered a pioneer...

Charline Avenel is executive vice president of Sciences Po. 

She’s in charge of financial affairs, human ressources, law affairs, IT, real estate, institutionnal relashionships, disabled policy and gender policy. 

She’s also in charge of major transversal projects for Sciences Po : governance transformation, business plan change, the Artillerie real estate project and transformation projects. 

Founded in 1871, Sciences Po is France’s leading and highly selective university for social sciences. Sciences Po stands out for combining approaches and confronting different worldviews. This tradition of diversity and multidisciplinary approach makes Sciences Po an active participant in public debate, a forum where thought meets action. It offers...

Patricia Bellinger is Executive Director and Adjunct Lecturer at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Prior to her role at HKS, Patricia served as Executive Director of Executive Education at Harvard Business School. Patricia has enjoyed a rich and varied career spanning multiple countries and disciplines, including the pharmaceutical industry, theatre, the energy sector, global corporations and start-up enterprises.

Patricia served as the Group Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion at BP, plc in London. Under her leadership, BP was awarded the coveted Catalyst award for the advancement of women and progress in global diversity. She subsequently served as BP’s Group Vice President of Executive Develo...

Jacqueline Bhabha, JD, MsC is a Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

She is also the Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and  Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Director of Research at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard’s only university wide Human Rights research center.


From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha founded and directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’...

Educator, scholar, and leader, Roger Brooks serves as President and CEO of Facing History and Ourselves, a 40 year old organization that helps teachers create classrooms where students learn to make informed, ethical decisions and to participate in the broader world.

Brooks joined Facing History in late 2014, following a long and distinguished tenure at Connecticut College as the Elie Wiesel Professor in the Department of Religious Studies.

Roger is known for his leadership in diversity and inclusion, extending organizational commitments at both Facing History and Connecticut College.

He also has a longstanding partnership with the Holocaust Education Foundation, which prepares collegiate faculty to teach curriculum related to the Holoca...

The Vice-President of Diversity of Harvard Kennedy School’s Student Government and an Arthur Sachs Fellow, George-Axelle Broussillon Matschinga is an International Diversity Expert. Committed to recruiting and advancing minorities and women in the workplace for more than ten years, she is one of the first Diversity managers in France.

In 2005, she joined L’Oréal and co-designed the group’s inaugural Global Diversity policy and strategies. There, she led cutting-edge initiatives in Europe and in the US: she created L’Oréal’s first Diversity Career Fairs and Report, co-wrote the first Company Parent-Friendly Charter in France supported by the Ministry of Labor, and co-designed two global gender equality certifications: EDGE and GE-ES.

As th...

Sylvain Bruni is President of the Board of Directors of Boston Pride, the non-profit organization that produces one of the largest LGBT Pride celebrations in the country. He has been involved with Pride since 2004, working first as a volunteer for several events, then as coordinator of the Pride Parade (2005-2006) and the Back Bay Block Party (2007-2016).

He joined the Board of Directors in 2007 to supervise the organization’s information technology, security and communications, and was elected its President in January 2014. Sylvain was Co-chair of the 2012 Annual World Conference of InterPride (the International Association of Pride Organizers), held in Boston.

A past Communications Co-Chair of InterPride, he is currently its Regional Di...

Victoria A. Budson is a founder and the Executive Director of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. WAPPP is the preeminent institution for advancing interdisciplinary research on approaches to closing gender gaps, educating students and leaders on gender policy, and implementing policy changes.

Budson’s policy advice is regularly drawn upon by leaders across the sectors. She is Chairperson of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and has served as a board member or advisor to numerous other organizations.

She speaks regularly on topics related to closing gender gaps. Budson also addresses how diversity and gender equality improve the profitability of corporations and the pr...

Born in 1962, Laurent BURIN DES ROZIERS is currently special advisor and first speechwriter for France’s Prime Minister, Bernard CAZENEUVE.

From 2014 to 2016, he was in charge of religious affairs at the French ministry of the Interior, where he particularly contributed to the renewal of the institutional dialogue with the French muslim community.

A senior diplomat, he has previously served as cultural counsellor at the French Embassies in the United States (1998-2002) and in the United Kingdom (2010-2014), as well as within the French ministry for foreign affairs in Paris (directorate for culture and media, policy planning staff).

He is a graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris Sorbonne and Sciences Po Paris.

Michelle-Kim Cohen is Legal Counsel for Dassault Systèmes.  Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, provides businesses and people with virtual universes to imagine sustainable innovations.  Its world-leading solutions transform the way products are designed, produced and supported.  Dassault Systèmes’ collaborative solutions foster social innovation, expanding possibilities for the virtual world to improve the real world.  The group brings value to over 200,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 140 countries.

At Dassault Systèmes, Michelle is responsible for all employment law and labor matters in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America.  She works closely with Human Resources in emplo...

Karilyn Crockett is the director of Economic Policy and Research of the City of Boston.

She holds a PhD from the American Studies program at Yale University, a masters in Geography from the London School of Economics, and a masters in Arts and Religion from the Yale Divinity School.

Crockett is a research assistant in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her professional mission is to work at the crossroads of education, economic development, and urban renewal.

Senator Sal DiDomenico has proudly served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Suffolk District of Massachusetts since May of 2010. Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Sal has remained committed to enhancing the lives of his constituents and residents across the Commonwealth. Since his election to the State Senate, Senator DiDomenico has been a vocal advocate of ensuring high quality and accessible early education for children in the Commonwealth, improving economic opportunity for working families, and providing world-class healthcare for all children and their families in Massachusetts.

Senator DiDomenico currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. Through his Vice Chairmanship, Senator DiDomenic...

Career diplomat, Valéry Freland has been the Consul general of France in Boston since September 2015.

He is a graduate of the Paris Law Faculty, Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He held positions at the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union (Brussels, 2007-2009), and the French Embassy in Tunis, during the Tunisian Revolution.

He was the Diplomatic Advisor to French Minister of Culture Frédéric Mitterrand (2009-2010) and the Deputy Director of Culture, University and Research at the Quai d’Orsay (2013-2015).

Karlene Griffiths Sekou is passionate about the equal dignity, sacred worth and flourishing of all persons.

Through decolonial theory, frameworks and praxis, she works across multiple disciplines, networks, and sectors to ensure intersectional and ecological paradigms for creating equity and justice for subaltern populations.

Ms. Griffiths Sekou has over twenty-years of professional experiences as a grassroots community public health practitioner, administrator, strategist, and community organizer in the areas community engagement, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS prevention, and health equity both in the U.S. and internationally.

Currently, she is the Principle of the Dignity Project International focuses on human rights, public...

Fernanda Gabriel is the Strasbourg-based European Affairs correspondent for Radio-Televisão Portuguesa (RTP).

She hosts her own weekly political show “Eurodeputados” on European issues. Previously she worked for other media including the LUSA news agency, the Lisbon daily, Diario de Noticias, RDP Radio and the English language Parliament Magazine.

Fernanda Gabriel was the first woman to be President of the Strasbourg Press Club and of the Association of European Parliamentary Journalists.

She has taught at Strasbourg University and other educational establishments. Ms Gabriel is also a member of the Strasbourg City and Euro-Metroplitan Councils and the first non-French national to be elected in Strasbourg under the Maastricht Treaty.


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