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.
- 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.
- Victoria Le Douarin
Victoria is project manager at Diafora. She is involved with client assignments, studies conducted by Diafora and overseeing business strategy. She also contributes by monitoring and developing professional training activities.
With a profound desire to contribute to developing diversity within companies, Victoria joined the Diafora team, providing analysis.
Victoria is also responsible for the cross-mentoring program BoardWomen Partners, which she has coordinated since October 2014. BWP is a program aimed at promoting greater diversity on boards of directors and bringing together, to date, 35 presidents of major companies.
A graduate of the Institut de Sciences Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence en Affaires Internationales, Victoria previously worked as a radio journalist in Montreal as a marketing assistant at Kenwood (UK).
- JoAnne Freeman
JoAnne Freeman is a Leading Associate of DIAFORA and delivers several leadership seminars which she designed to help professional women win at the game of business. In creating her personal trade name SWIM upstream, JoAnne has woven together various strands of professional expertise.
She is recognized for innovative techniques to meeting facilitation and team building and has developed particularly effective approaches for personal promotion and influence. She is certified in Dramatherapy and Transactional Analysis. Three workshops of unique design: Leadership for Women, Marketing Brand Me, and Skillful Meeting Facilitation enjoy high demand across Europe. JoAnne was responsible for Management Education at Digital Equipment Corporation after coming to Geneva from Canada. Her early career spans managing International Humanitarian projects in Haiti, Niger, Indonesia and Nepal and teaching Sociology at Colleges in Toronto, Montreal and Geneva. Her very first jobs were in the fields of social work and criminology.
In addition to regularly speaking at women’s professional networks and conferences, she is on the Advisory Board of W.I.N. the Women’s International Network Conference. She has co-founded TEN the Trainer’s Exchange Network in Geneva.
- 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, 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.
- Anne-Marie Gonçalves Desai
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.
- Yvonne O’Reilly
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Victoria Marshall
Victoria Marshall brings to the Diafora team her solid experience in strategic communication gained from working for global industrial groups such as 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 two top French business schools. 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 with a B.A. Honours degree in French and English, 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 is bilingual in English and French, and bicultural.
- Jean-Marie Alméras
Jean-Marie Alméras brings to the team his experience in Training and Coaching of Executives (individually and in teams). As a Partner with P.A.C.T, a company which has accompanied managers for more than 20 years, his activities as a business and executive trainer and coach, led him to accompany hundreds of women either as from their becoming manager or, on occasion, as their career counsellor. Prior to joining P.A.C.T, he was for six years the Managing Director of a cosmetics company having over 2500 employees, most of whom were women. Before that, he held various management posts within different business sectors (finance, quality assurance, industry, administration). He holds an advanced accounting degree (having qualified as an Expert Comptable), he qualified as a Coach and Team Builder with ‘l‘École Transformance’ (Paris) and trained with “l‘École ATORG” (Paris) in Organisational behaviour. He is the founding President of the Association “DG Focus”, which brings together managers and executives, both men and women, with the stated aim to put the individual at the heart of business.
- 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.