Under the leadership of Véronique Préaux-Cobti, the Diafora Consulting network of trainers and partners – experts in leadership and organizational issues – provides companies with critical cross-industry experiences, acquired at international corporations and institutions.
Stemming from diversified backgrounds, cultures and possessing different skill-sets, they share a deep knowledge of the business world, a strong interest and experiences in topics linked to Gender diversity and leadership. They are all established experts and renowned for their extraordinary abilities in facilitation and team building.
- Véronique Préaux-Cobti
Véronique Préaux-Cobti is Founder and Managing Director of DIAFORA. She is a change management specialist and works with companies to understand and unlock the remaining barriers blocking women’s progression into senior management (talent) and to better read and respond to women as consumers and end-users (market). Her significant professional experience and understanding of corporate strategy, change management and business allow her to address the diversity issue as a crucial business imperative. Before creating DIAFORA, she was General Manager of the BIPE, a consulting firm specialised in economic forecasting for decision-makers.
Previously, she spent 10 years at Stratorg, a strategic consulting firm, where she was responsible for the change management practice. She started her career with IBM in a sales function. Véronique is a Certified Coach from the Coaches’ Training Institute. As well, she is the Founder and Honorary President of GEF Grandes Ecoles au féminin, a group representing women in France’s grandes ecoles which bring together the graduates’ associations of the Centrale paris, ENA, ENPC, ESCP-EAP, HEC, ESSEC, Insead, les Mines et Polytechnique.
Ten years ago, she co-founded the BoardWomen Partners Programme together with Marie-Claude Peyrache – a programme gathering 34 CEOs of Top companies and aimed at promoting a better gender diversity among boards.
- Laurence du Baret
Laurence du Baret, Deputy Managing Director of DIAFORA brings to the team over 20 years’ experience in the Oil Industry (BP, Exxon Mobil, Castrol) managing large scale international transformation projects and leading multi-cultural teams through significant change. At Diafora, Laurence contributes to the vision and the growth strategy of the company, she is in charge of continuous improvement projects and integrating new technologies. She oversees the team who ensure each of the Diafora Training sessions are outstanding learning experiences for the participants. She manages the interface with Diafora’s major clients and works with executive committees and leadership teams to develop gender diversity in their organization as one of the key levers of their success.
She has a strong collaborative style and performance delivery discipline. Her functional expertise include Strategy, Learning & Development, BtoB Sales & Marketing as well as Continuous Improvement (Six-Sigma ®) and Performance Management. Before joining Diafora, she specialized in building organizational capability and helped her clients revisit their processes, governance and ways of working. She has strong expertise in Learning & Development, assessing skills & competencies to be developed and building appropriate learning paths.
Laurence is based in Paris, she is bilingual in English and French, and bicultural.
- Dawn Cheyrouze
Dawn Cheyrouze brings to the Diafora team over 35 years of business experience across multiple geograhies and industries - financial services; airlines; energy. Dawn's contributions focus on people and human capital - partnering with business leaders to facilitate change in times of consolidation, growth, crisis and transformation. Her proven talent expertise links performance management, executive development, diversity and inclusion, learning and organizational effectiveness to business strategy.
Dawn moved to Europe in 1991 to lead HR for AIG companies, 26 countries, based in Paris, then to London in 2010 to head up an expanded region for EMEA. In 2011, as AIG shifted from decentralized regions to globally aligned businesses, Dawn took on a global role as VP Talent Management to help create, build and eventually lead the global Talent Management Center of Excellence.
Always passionate about talent development with a special focus on increasing women's success, Dawn was the pioneer for creating and sustaining high potential programmes, implementing mentoring programmes, women’s networks and development forums, engaging AIG with external women's learning organizations and ensuring focus on senior succession.
Dawn has a BA in Education and English from Principia College, a Masters in HR Management from American University, accredited facilitator for Development Dimensions International (DDI) leadership programs, accreditation for Korn Ferry Lominger 360 coaching and Human Synergistics Leadership Impact survey tools. Dawn has dual nationality, US and French.
- Sovannary Gnan
Sovannary is a training coordinator and personal assistant to the managing Director.
She handles all training requests for the customer accounts that are part of her portfolio and helps direct participants towards trainings that match their profile and needs.
Sovannary is more specifically in charge of the end-to-end organisation of the Young Female Talent, and Self Marketing training courses, and makes sure these inter-company training sessions run smoothly.
As the personal assistant to the managing Director, she provides support to the consulting activities and leadership events (interactive workshops or conferences, mentoring programmes) organised by Diafora for management teams of major companies.
Wishing to contribute to the development of balanced leadership within companies, Sovannary joined the Diafora team in 2016 and brings her efficiency, organisational skills and natural ability to listen.
Having graduated from a DUT in Marketing Techniques, Sovannary worked in sales where she developed her interpersonal skills. Certified in Human Resources at the EIMP (Ecole Internationale de Management) in Paris, she has very early on oriented her career towards training.
- Aurélie Marivat
Aurélie is a training coordinator and, as such, is the main contact point for talent managers and learning & development experts at Diafora clients. She advises them in the identification and validation of profiles, and ensures that participants are directed towards trainings that matches their needs and profile.
In particular, she is in charge of the Leadership 1 & Leadership 2 program. She is present to welcome the participants during the sessions to ensure the smooth running of the training
Previously, Aurélie spent 8 years in Toronto where she worked for 5 years at CIBC, one of Canada’s largest banks. Then as an HR generalist in a communications company in Canada, she discovered the field of HR training, recruitment and administration.
Passionated about teaching tools for personal and professional development and committed to enabling women to realize their full potential, she joined Diafora in 2019. Graduated in HR Management at York University in Toronto, Aurélie is French-Canadian and bilingual French-English
- Janne Møller Lambert
Janne Lambert is responsible for office management and marketing. More specifically, she is in charge of the organization and piloting of DIAFORA’s inter-company training programmes , courses designed to empower women to attain executive posts by developing their influence, visibility and impact. Janne has a commercial background and has worked for several industrial companies. She has been living and working in France since completing her education at Danish Business School. She is trilingual, speaking Danish, English and French fluently.
- Anne-Marie Gonçalves Desai, Bruxelles
Anne-Marie Gonçalves Desai is an international executive and team coach as well as a leadership and management trainer. She works with private and public organizations to enhance their leadership capacity by growing individuals’ and teams’ emotional and social intelligence. She coaches in particular women from a diversity of cultures to realize their full potential as leaders and to increase their influence within their organization.
Anne-Marie holds her coaching credentials with the International Coaching Federation and is an accredited coach and trainer to the EU institutions. She is also a Faculty member of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the world leader in coach training for whom she delivers coaching courses across Europe and the Middle-East. Prior to her coaching career, Anne-Marie spent over ten years as a communications consultant and managed European wide projects as well as multicultural teams. Her interest in women in leadership led her to work for the EU in the early 1990s to improve women’s visibility in the media and for the UN Beijing conference on women.
She is based in Brussels and works in French, English, Portuguese and Spanish.
- Victoria Marshall
Victoria Marshall brings to the Diafora team her solid experience in strategic communication gained from working for global industrial groups such as Honeywell and Valeo Service where she was Director of Communications. Victoria has always worked in international, intercultural environments and has particular expertise in developing culturally and linguistically appropriate messages. Since creating her own business in 2011, she has facilitated workshops on the fundamentals of management and organisational change for both private and public organisations. She also co-runs an employability and self-branding programme for Executive MBA students at a top French business school.
Victoria is passionate about the power of language to create and transmit meaning and her mission is to support individuals and organisations to successfully bring their message to new audiences. Victoria graduated from Middlesex University in the UK and has studied Marketing and Communication at the ESSEC business school and CELSA school of journalism and communication at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Victoria holds qualifications as a Co-Active Coach and Organisational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSC), accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Victoria is bilingual in English and French, and bicultural.
- Yvonne O’Reilly, Luxembourg
Yvonne O’Reilly brings to the Diafora team her special expertise in the area of leadership development, team development and change management. She is an accomplished trainer, coach and consultant and develops high-performing managers and teams in complex, multi-cultural business environments.
Before establishing her own company, Avanteam Consult, Yvonne pursued a 20-year career as a HR Professional in leading international companies. In her previous role as HR Director for Continental Europe for State Street Bank, from 2005 to 2009, she led international acquisition projects and spearheaded HR innovation.
Yvonne is a certified Coach, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She holds qualifications as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), an Organisational Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC) and a Process Communication Management (PCM) Coach). She is a member of the faculty of Centre for Right Relationship (CRR) Global », a worldwide leader in training systems-intelligent Coaches.
Yvonne is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and founding Director of the Leadership Academy for women leaders in Luxembourg.
She is Irish, based in Luxembourg. Yvonne works in both English and French.
- Valérie Jacquemin Ngom
Valerie Jacquemin Ngom is a trainer, a consultant and an expert in the areas of leadership, employee commitment and professional accomplishment. Before launching her own consultancy firm Heliofelis, she worked for most of her career for CEGOS group where she was in charge of the commercial training programmes as well as of major training projects both in France and internationally. She created “the learning accelerators” – a set of methods based on temporal constraint appropriation. Today Valérie Jacquemin Ngom divides her time between her own activity in the domain of personal development and her collaboration with DIAFORA, to which she brings her exceptional training skills acquired through three types of experience: pragmatic and concrete (direct commercial experience), bahavioral (PNL Master) and pedagogical (development of the learning tools for Cegos).
- Gad Abitbol
Gad Abitbol provides Diafora with his experience in communications. He acts as an operations consultant, working alongside Diafora clients to help them define and implement communication and digital strategies.
Gad’s career in corporate, HR, event and digital communications spans more than 20 years. He served in general management positions at the Publicis Group (which helped to found the concept of employer branding in 1996) and decided to establish his own firm specializing in events and advertainment. In 2009 he joined the international Keyrus Group and formed Spikly, a digital agency that specializes in digital communications and strategies.
- Catherine Chavigny
Catherine Chavigny brings to the Diafora team her expertise in developing potentials, communicating with impact and added value, and helping to build rewarding careers. As an executive coach for managing directors, managers, entrepreneurs and their teams, she creatively helps professionals from all walks of life to use their talents, with clarity, meaning and consistency.
Certified at the Coaching Academy in 2009, trained in Non Violent Communications (Marshall Rosenberg), and in Narrative Practices (Michael White), she also is a partner for a major French business school, helping students and alumni build their careers. For several years, she has been facilitating a Club of CEOs for the Association for the Progress of Management, that helps CEOs develop their competencies and learn from peers.
Before creating her own company in 2011, she initially worked for almost 10 years in international marketing at Global One, a telecommunications joint-venture. For over 15 years, she then managed internal communications within the Orange Group, before leading training and leadership programmes based on innovative approaches, for Orange executives in France and abroad.
Based in Paris, Catherine works both in English and French.
- Cécile Demailly
Cécile Demailly brings to the Diafora team her skills in organizational change and development. She realizes for Diafora clients the analysis of their corporate culture, focusing on barriers and obstacles toward a balanced gender diversity (QuickScan ®), and helps develop efficient action plans, adapted to their context and current challenges, building on their corporate culture and gender diversity maturity level.
Before starting her consultancy Early Strategies in 2008, she worked for over 20 years in management and executive roles in IBM, AT&T and GE Healthcare, mostly with international responsibilities. She is an ISG business school graduate, and holds an executive master in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC Paris and Oxford SBS, and a professional degree in behavioral psychology from the Institute of Neurocognitivisme. Since end 2012, she is chairs the international community of practice The Change Leaders. She was a board member of the European Profession Women’s Network at Paris and Federation levels between 2005 and 2009.
- Kerry J. Francis, New York
Kerry J. Francis has more than 20 years of global and national experience in senior Human Resources Leadership and Talent Management practices in Financial Services industries. She held several senior level roles in Talent Management, sitting on the Senior Leadership teams at AIG and Deutsche Bank. She has successfully advised and coached Executives and Leaders though post-merger transitions, business transformations and reorganizations and is adept at navigating global, fast paced, ambiguous environments and cultures.
Kerry studied in London at the L’Institut Francais (affiliated with the Sorbonne in Paris) and is certified in several psychometric instruments and learning certifications (MBTI; EQI; Kolb; OPQ; MQ; Belbin; British Psychological Society Level 2; Lominger and DDI’s Business Impact Leadership series). As a lifelong learner, she is continually seeking out opportunities to improve her knowledge and skills, both professionally and personally. She is passionate about working with teams and individuals to explore and unlock potential for optimum success and performance.
Kerry is based in New Jersey, U.S.