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Female pioneers: kindling the forces of diversity and inclusion

20 September 2018, 6:00PM - 8:00PM, CET

The courage to lead against the odds

The Diversity Summit is a one-of-a-kind event where pioneers, business leaders and aspirational professionals connect and share their stories of empowerment. If, like us, you seek to build a more diverse, inclusive, and multicultural professional world, we would like to invite you to this exciting event on 20 September.


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Five of the most empowering trailblazers in our network will tell their personal stories of success in the face of prejudice or adversity:

  • Kholoud Mousa, the first female in Saudi Arabia to become Partner in a professional service firm
  • Avanti & Leo Sharma, 11- and 16-year-old coding prodigies from India and Luxembourg
  • Caroline Mohr, Swedish pro-golfer, pursued her professional golfing dream and succeeded both before and after having her leg amputated
  • Colette Flesch, age 81, Luxembourg's first female Foreign Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Mayor, and Olympic Fencer


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Location: KPMG Luxembourg | 39, avenue J.F. Kennedy L-1855 Luxembourg



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Start time: Registration will start at 5:30pm


Caroline Larson
Caroline is a Swedish Golf Professional who has overcome many challenges in her young life, aside from those she has encountered on the golf course. In the peak of her professional golf career she was diagnosed with bone cancer. For Caroline it meant losing her leg and learning how to adapt to physical and mental challenges. Caroline continued to play golf and participated in both para-golf for disabled and "normal" golf. She managed to win both Swedish Champion, European Champion and World Champion in Paragolf, as well as getting her PGA license back due to a good play on the Swedish Professional tour. Now Caroline dedicates a lot of her time to speaking. Her story tells about being strong and making a comeback as well as having compassion for the process in order to connect with the whole picture of yourself.


Kholoud Mousa
Kholoud is the first female Saudi Partner in KSA based in Jeddah office and has also had the honor of being the first Saudi woman licensed to practice as a certified public accountant in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Kholoud has over 16 years of Audit and Finance experience across various industries and possesses a thorough knowledge of local accounting and financial reporting standards (SOCPA) as well as International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). She is leading the inclusion and diversity initiatives in KSA. 

As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness she has been engaged in leading country-wide nationalization strategy, youth development, women empowerment and inclusion and diversity strategy. In addition to all this she is active in promoting audit and financial advisory as a profession to Saudi graduates, especially females.


Colette Flesch
As the first female major of Luxembourg, Colette began her political career back in 1969 as deputy of the Chamber of Luxembourg. While she was born and raised in Luxembourg her pursuit of higher education lead her to study abroad. She began her undergraduate studies in the field of political science at an all-female university, Wellesley College, and later on at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford (both in Massachusetts, USA). Even in her early stages of an adolescence her determination surpassed the status quo, like when she chose fencing over ballet dancing. This was an athletic decision that lead her to participate in several Olympic games as a member of the Luxembourg team back in 1960 (Rom), 1964 (Tokyo) and in 1968 (Mexico). In 1970, with an astonishing age of 32 she succeeded in becoming the major of Luxembourg. Her work at the municipal level is something on which Mrs. Flesch looks back fondly.


Avanti Patil
Avanti is one of the youngest female software engineers within her profession and places a focus on creating and thriving in diverse workforces. She has over five years of experiences and drives forward projects to empower females to feel confident in joining the profession of computer science. While graduating from Northeastern University (Massachusetts, USA), she established her own organization. As a founder and president of NU Grad Women Coder organization, NUGWC, seeks to provide women in tech @Northeastern University with resources to learn and lead in their current position. Aside from her own talents she continuously encourages other young students to join STEM classes and help with anti-bullying campaigns, while working on a project that aids three schools in India.