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"Innodiversity: How diversity and Innovation can help us to survive "

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"Innodiversity: How diversity and Innovation can help us to survive "

Date(s) - 07/02/2020
7:00 am - 8:00 am

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"Innodiversity: How diversity and Innovation can help us to survive "

There’s little doubt we are living through turbulent times, and uncertainty is overwhelming at every level due to the great complexity of the situation. Organizations are facing the challenge to adapt their businesses to handle that complexity to achieve more efficiency and better results. The traditional responses of keeping doing business as usual or putting in place “cosmetic” measures don’t yield long term results. However, organizations can evolve and even be disruptive through an appropriate management of Diversity, Innovation and the interaction of those two.

Recent studies, show that there’s a positive relationship between Diversity and Innovation. In this same study we discovered that Diversity and Innovation usually have different meaning depending on whether you ask the Diversity or Innovation Unit. This is because diversity is Multi-faceted and fluid and only organizations who can understand the Diversity rhythm can align it with Innovation and manage it for corporate success.


This session will provide a framework for organizations to manage Diversity to achieve better performance and innovation.

We’ll begin exploring the model of the 3 Diversities as a roadmap to understand the talent pool of the organizations. To then analyze different corporate strategy to manage each of the diversity types.

We’ll close the workshop focusing on InnoDiversity and its impact on competitiveness.


Dr. Celia de Anca is currently the Director of the Center for Diversity in Global Management and professor of Diversity and Islamic Finances at IE Business School. She was previously the Director of Corporate Programmes at the Euro-Arab Management School (EAMS), Granada. She has also worked for the Fundación Cooperación Internacional y Promoción Ibero-América Europa. (CIPIE) and at the International Division of Banco de Santander. She has a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston), and from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She holds a degree and PhD from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, with a comparative thesis on Islamic, ethical/ecological investment funds and on the London Market.

She is the Author of Beyond Tribalism, Palgrave McMillan 2012, and co-author of the Managing Diversity in the Global Organization. Macmillan 2007. She had articles published in specialized journals, in addition to regular articles in the press. She was an external advisor of the Merrill Lynch’s Diversity & Inclusion Council up to 2009. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of IE Business School from 2006 to 2016. She is a member of the Ethics Committee of InverCaixa’ s Ethics Fund, Spain and a member of the International Scientific Committee of the University Euromed in Marseille, France from 2004 to 2006. Member of the FAA Accreditation Panel for Islamic Finance (Malaysia) since 2017. She has received the award of the women executive of the year 2008 by the Business Women Association of Madrid. (ASEME) Ms. de Anca is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Arabic. Her work is regularly cited by the most influential thinkers among them; Zigmunt Bauman in his last book, Retrotopia . Prof. Celia de Anca is listed at the 2013 top50 thinkers ranking of global management thinkers

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