CEO of Diversity Leadership and EDIC Conference Manager Beatrice Achaleke is CEO of Diversity Leadership (DL) and Manager of the European Diversity & Inclusion Congress. Prior to founding DL Beatrice was the WDLS (World Diversity leadership Summit) strategic partner for Europe and WDLS-EU Organiser and Conference Manager. Beatrice is the Founding Executive Director of AFRA – “International Center for Black Women’s Perspectives” (www.blackwomencenter.org), Initiator of the 1st Black European Women’s Congress, Vienna 2007, and current president of the Black European Women’s Council (www.bewnet.eu). In 2008 Beatrice was the first Black Woman to stand for parliamentary elections in Austria. Recently the Award winning Blog “Black Women in Europe™: Power List 2010” featured Beatrice Achaleke as 3rd most powerful and influential black woman in Europe. Ms. Achaleke has many years of training experience in the fields of: diversity management, intercultural communication, lobbying and networking, mentorship programs, anti-racism, migration and integration, minorities and community empowerment as well as development policies. Beatrice Achaleke studied Sociology at the University of Vienna and Law at the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Beatrice is initiator of several award-winning projects in the field of intercultural competence and Diversity Management in Austria. She is author of several articles on the above-mentioned topics. Beatrice appears frequently on different programs of Austrian National Broadcasting Corporation (ORF), including other national radio and TV stations. Beatrice is a highly booked speaker both at national and international level. Beatrice’s recent speaking engagements include European Commission and EU Parliament conferences, the UN Minority Forum, and various Austrian based Organisations and Institutions. She is the publisher of the book “Voices of Black European Women 1, challenges, reflections and strategies from the Vienna Congress”, Vienna 2009, and of the annual report focusing on the situation of Black Austrians “Lagebericht Schwarzen Menschen in Österreich, Vienna, July 2010 and June 2011. Beatrice is a multiple award winner whose recent awards include the “World Diversity Innovation Award” from the World Diversity Leadership Council in Washington in September 2009, the “Make a Difference Award”, from Brainworks in July 2010, the “Miriam Makeba African Diva Award” for her engagement in the Empowerment of Black Women in Europe in March 2009, the “MIA Award” 2008 for her humanitarian and social engagement in March 2008. Beatrice received the Official and Honorary Decoration of the Federal Republic of Austria for her commitment to Intercultural Dialog in September 2008. Beatrice is mother of two children.