Debate on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in the labor market

The FEB Committee for Diversity and Inclusion is more than excited to invite you to a Debate on Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) in the labor market that will take place on November 5th. D&I is increasingly recognized as a strategic pillar within large companies, governments, universities and non-profit organizations in particular, and is considered an important precondition for excellence and innovation. To solve a complex problem, usually a better result is obtained when a team of talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives (gender, age, experience, ethnic-cultural diversity, disability,…) dares to think together than when the smartest minds of similar background of the organization are brought together. This is evident from various studies from both the academic and business world. Achieving greater innovation and excellence requires a more inclusive talent-centric approach. Ghent University wants to enter into a debate about this together with its external stakeholders.


The Diversity and Inclusion debate is an initiative of:

  • The Committee for Diversity and Inclusion of the Faculty of Economics and Business of Ghent University
  • The Vice Cabinet of Ghent University


The program:



Prof. Mieke Van Herreweghe, vicerector Universiteit Gent
Prof. Patrick Van Kenhove, decaan Faculteit Economie en Bedrijfskunde UGent


D&I in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Prof. Ilse Ruyssen, Introduction D&I 
Prof. Dirk Van de gaer, Equal opportunities


Keynote speaker Diversity & Inclusion

Mieke Van Gheluwe, Vice President Finance (Global) at Dell Technologies


Panel discussion Diversity & Inclusion

Bram Van Braeckevelt, Alderman of Personnel of the City of Ghent

Sara Wouters, Diversity and Inclusion (incl. Wellbeing) senior manager PWC

Mariam Harutyunyan, Strategic Advisor KinArmat Consulting

Representative of ArcelorMittal

Representative of Janssen Pharmaceutica


Moderation: Peter Musschoot, leadership trainer & team coach





Bart Somers, Vice Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Equal Opportunities



Final words in co-creation with the public

Closing words Badra Djait, coordinator Diversity & Inclusion Ghent University


The debate will take place in the Kapittelzaal of the Sint-Pietersabdij in Ghent on 5 November from 2 pm to 5 pm. The debate will be held in Dutch, but is free for anyone, both from inside and outside the UGent. Registration is required and can be done via this link:


Register here


Do you have any questions? Please feel free to contact the Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator of Ghent University, via