Change and Diversity Namibia Conference

The Change and Diversity Namibia Conference which is the first of its kind, was launched in Windhoek yesterday. The conference will take place on 11 and 12 February next year.

International consultant, trainer, motivational speaker and author of various books on the subjects of culture and business, Fons Trompenaars will be the key speaker at the conference. The conference aims to equip leaders with tools to manage diversity in the workplace and beyond. The conference will target senior leadership in both private and public institution; it hopes to help businesses in private and public sectors enhance recruitment, creativity, innovation and to change the perspective on how to handle diversity.

“As organisers, we have asked ourselves one simple question: ‘How can we harness the intrinsic value within our rich and diverse national and corporate human resources in such a way as to realize the full potential of our country?’ We would like people to discuss and have conversations about diversity.This will allow business leaders to gain knowledge about how to manage something as complex as diversity in the workplace,” explains Margareth Gustavo, Managing Director at Cornerstone Joe Public and Main Organiser of Diversity Namibia. Gustavo says that meetings with different stakeholders have confirmed that the conference comes at the right time.

Stakeholders are eager and demonstrated interest in the tools needed to manage diversity. The objectives of the conference are divided in two. First, to create awareness about diversity management and the benefits thereof; and secondly to create an appetite amongst private and public sector leaders on how to craft, lead and establish a winning culture within organisations. The key speaker, Fons Trompenaars, is founder and director of Trompenaars-Hampden-Turner, an intercultural management firm, based in The Netherlands. Over the past 25 years of his career, Trompenaars has helped the leaders manage and solve their business and cultural dilemmas. His approach results in global effectiveness and performance, especially in the areas of globalization, mergers, acquisitions, Human Resource, and Leadership development.

His thirteen books include best seller and “Book of the Year” Riding the Waves of Culture, Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, Culture for Business, Riding the Whirlwind: Connecting People and Organisations in a Culture of Innovation, Innovating in a Global Crisis and The Global M&A Tango: How to reconcile cultural differences in mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships. He was voted one of the top 20 HR Most Influential International Thinkers in 2011 by HR Magazine. He is also ranked in the Thinkers50 to be one of the most influential management thinkers alive in November 2011 and shortlisted as making substantial strides in the contribution to the understanding of globalisation and the new frontiers established by the emerging markets.

“I had the privilege of being trained by Fons Trompenaars”, Gustavo is of the opinion that Trompenaars is a dynamic speaker and the right person to stir thinking of leaders about diversity. Gustavo expresses his appreciation at the launch, “We would like to thank our sponsors Old Mutual Namibia, who committed N$100 000-00 towards the conference; PwC committed N$30 000-00 in cash and N$70 000-00 in kind; and the O&L Group for a cash sponsorship of N$30 000-00. A special thank you goes to Simonis Storm Securities for sponsoring the event. The organising committee is inviting all corporate and government ministries and agencies to support this important initiative by committing to a sponsorship in cash or in kind,”