The business case for Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) is well established and understood. Yet, companies and organizations around the world still struggle to achieve progress, even those with international workforces. After working on D&I, either indirectly or directly, in a number of different organizations, I have gained some interesting insights into key drivers that contribute to making D&I programmes a success. Listen in to my conversation with Stéphane Wajskop to find out more.

The views expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF, its Executive Board, or IMF management.

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About Petra de Bruxelles (She, her, hers)

Petra is a citizen of the world, having lived and worked in many countries. She is currently the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and has more than 20 years of experience in International Finance and Development Organizations; most notably the European Investment Bank Group in Luxembourg, UNDP in Copenhagen and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Throughout her career with these organizations, Diversity & Inclusion have been a recurring theme, and Petra decided to dedicate her time to these important issues full-time in early 2014.

Petra obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Area Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and graduated from the University of Surrey in England with a Master’s in International Hotel Management. In her early career, she worked in the private sector in a number of different fields – amongst which, teaching English and working as a Guest Relations Officer in a 5-star hotel in Japan and running a small textile importing agency in England.

Outside of work, Petra likes to hike and drive around the Virginia countryside in her 1958 MGA (an antique British car) and hopes to buy a motorbike, having recently passed her license.

About Petra de Bruxelles (She, her, hers)

Petra is a citizen of the world, having lived and worked in many countries. She is currently the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, and has more than 20 years of experience in International Finance and Development Organizations; most notably the European Investment Bank Group in Luxembourg, UNDP in Copenhagen and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Throughout her career with these organizations, Diversity & Inclusion have been a recurring theme, and Petra decided to dedicate her time to these important issues full-time in early 2014.
Petra obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Area Studies from The Pennsylvania State University and graduated from the University of Surrey in England with a Master’s in International Hotel Management. In her early career, she worked in the private sector in a number of different fields – amongst which, teaching English and working as a Guest Relations Officer in a 5-star hotel in Japan and running a small textile importing agency in England.
Outside of work, Petra likes to hike and drive around the Virginia countryside in her 1958 MGA (an antique British car) and hopes to buy a motorbike, having recently passed her license.