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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Mary Farmer

Former Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Philips CHRM in Amsterdam, Mary has long experience as a consultant, executive and thought leader in global business. Her passion is around inclusion, gender balance, leadership, communication, people and talent development. She specializes in workplace innovation, creating high performing teams and inclusive working environments, maximizing organizational effectiveness, organizational learning and development and succession and workforce planning design. She began her studies in Journalism and went on to study Cultural Anthropology and Traditional Law and Classical Thai. Mary holds an MBA in International Management from Leiden University and her doctoral research focuses on the Systemic Impact of Implicit Bias on Organizations. Most recently she served on the Executive Committee of one of the world’s premier hospitality management universities, Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland and London, as Director Online Programs.  She has many years of online teaching and curriculum design experience with universities around the globe (including the University of British Columbia) and frequently guest lectures at Business Schools in Europe and North America, anchoring Copenhagen Business School’s annual Leading Women program. Holding dual Canadian and Dutch nationality and resident in Switzerland, she has lived and worked globally for most of her career and speaks English, Dutch, Thai, Lao, Bahasa Indonesia, Malay and a smattering of French, Mandarin, Arabic, German and Spanish.