Symposium grand challenges
Symposium grand challenges

Lustrum activity: Symposium ‘Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: grand challenges’

Thursday 19 October 2023, 2:30 pm - 8 pm

Nijmegen School of Management will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year. To celebrate this milestone, we are hosting a symposium on Thursday 19 October 2023 entitled, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: grand challenges. The symposium will be held from 3 pm to 8 pm, with doors opening at 2.30 pm.

Registration is no longer possible. The symposium is full.


Programme: keynote speakers

Several notable speakers will make an appearance during the symposium. Roy Jakobs, the CEO of Philips, will discuss the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in innovating for impact. Stella Nkomo, strategic professor at the University of Pretoria, will share her perspective on this topic during her presentation, ‘Diversity at a Critical Junction: Sustaining Progress for Inclusion'. Belgian conceptual artist Koen Vanmechelen will take a unique approach to the subject with his story, entitled ‘Biocultural Diversity: The Chicken’s Appeal’.

Parallel sessions

Parallel sessions will be held during which researchers will discuss the theme with the audience with the help of several propositions. The symposium will be held in English.

Food and drinks

The symposium programme includes a small buffet dinner, followed by drinks.


Parking is possible in the car parks outside the Elinor Ostrom building.


Portretfoto Roy Jakobs

Roy Jakobs, CEO Philips


Building the foundation to innovate for impact

Roy Jakobs is the Chief Executive Officer of Philips. As CEO, Roy drives Philips' strategy to help deliver patient- and people-centred, high-quality care through meaningful innovation. Philips is committed to helping doctors and nurses provide better, more sustainable and more convenient care in hospitals, clinics and the home, and empowering people to take care of their health and well-being. During the symposium, Roy will speak about the critical importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in innovating for impact.

Portretfoto Stella Nkomo

Stella Nkomo, Strategic Professor at the University of Pretoria


Diversity at a critical Junction: Sustaining Progress for Inclusion

Achieving workplace diversity and inclusion is at a critical juncture. The concept of diversity emerged in the early 1990s as the new paradigm for advancing the status of marginalised groups in organisations. Over time, the approach shifted to diversity and inclusion. Today overt expressions of hate and antipathy towards women’s rights, immigrants, racial, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities, and the rise of right-wing nationalism in many parts of the world threaten the possibility of accelerating progress towards equality and inclusion. What are the requirements to further pave the way to full inclusion for marginalised groups in the workplace? This is what Stella Nkomo will speak about during the symposium.

Portret Koen Vanmechelen

Koen Vanmechelen, Belgian conceptual artist


Biocultural Diversity: The Chicken’s Appeal

Koen Vanmechelen is a contemporary Belgian conceptual artist best known for his Cosmopolitan Chicken Project (CCP), a unique artistic project he launched in the late 1990s. This project focuses on chickens, or more specifically, crossing national breeds of chicken into 'cosmopolitan chickens'. Biocultural diversity and the subsequent interaction between art and science are the main theme of his oeuvre. Within this theme, he also collaborates with scientists from different disciplines. Over the years, 'the chicken and the egg' have become symbols that enable connection between scientific, political, philosophical and ethical issues. During the symposium, Koen will hold a presentation entitled, Biocultural Diversity: The Chicken’s Appeal.

Thursday 19 October 2023, 2:30 pm - 8 pm
Roy Jakobs, Stella Nkomo, Koen Vanmechelen