Our Approach

INDIVIDUAL

We set transformation processes in motion. In doing so, we commit ourselves beyond the principles of consulting (see UBIT) to an attitude that is as appreciative and open as possible towards our customers. We respect the individual development processes and an organization’s individual pace.

POTENTIAL ORIENTED

Nevertheless, our position on diversity is clear: We sometimes see diversity as a challenge, but strongly believe that it enriches individuals, organizations, and societies. Diverse and inclusive companies are more innovative, resilient and successful.

HOLISTIC

We pursue a holistic consulting approach because we understand DEI as an aspect of organizational and cultural development that extends across all levels and areas of a company. A careful strategic integration makes sure that DEI is not an end in itself, but sets up an organization for the challenges of tomorrow.

SUSTAINABLE

In order to anchor DEI in an organization for the long term, we want to get everyone on board – from top management to employees. When everyone on the team can connect to the topic, each individual can contribute to a more inclusive organizational culture and the development of DEI-sensitive processes.

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Our factor-D Team

Our experts have been working on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion since 1998 and are pioneers in this area. As an interdisciplinary team, we offer you a wide range of skills that we tailor to your specific needs.

We offer consultation and trainings in five languages – German, English, French, Arabic and Dutch

Manfred Wondrak

Manfred Wondrak

Managing Partner
+43 1 581 19 09
m.wondrak@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Founder of factor-D Diversity Consulting and expert for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias.

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Competencies

  • Diversity & Inclusion Strategy
    Unconscious Bias
    Behavioural Design Interventions (Inclusion Nudges)
    Measuring Business Impact of Diversity & Inclusion
    Inclusive Leadership Trainings
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EDUCATION

  • MBA in General Management
    CMC-Consulting Certification
    Understanding & Practicing Diversity, Gardenswartz & Rowe
    Neurodidactics
    Intercultural Competence
    Hypnosystemic Concepts, NLP, Systemic Coaching

As a consultant, I offer my expertise in Diversity and Unconscious Bias combined with my substantial management experience to companies and organizations.

Professional experience: consultant and trainer with a focus on Diversity & Inclusion and Unconscious Bias since 2006; many years of experience in the management of international corporations (Citigroup, ÖIAG, SCHIG etc.) in more than 20 countries.

Independent Expert on Diversity & Equality for the European Commission – DG Home Affairs & DG Justice. Member of the expert group for the creation of ISO 30.415 Diversity & Inclusion.

Lecturer at Danube University Krems for Diversity Management & CSR (2017/18); at the University of Vienna for Unconscious Bias and Discrimination, guest lecturer at Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Engagement: idea giver for the Diversity Charta initiative in Austria; long-standing member of the “Diversity Charters EU-level exchange platform”; Jury member Diversitas – Diversity Management Prize of the BMBWF for university and research institutions; member of the expert group of the CSR yearbook; Member of the Neuroleadership Institute, New York.

Susanne Hamscha

Susanne Hamscha

Managing Partner
+43 1 581 19 09
s.hamscha@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Expert for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Issues of Equality

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Competencies

  • Diversity & Inclusion strategy
    DEI & social sustainability (CSRD, ESG, SDGs)
    Unconscious Bias
    Inclusive Language & Intercultural communication
    Inclusive organizations and inclusive behavior
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EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. in Cultural Studies (with a focus on Gender, Disability, and LGBTQI* Studies)
    Certified Diversity Trainer (A World of Difference; Living Diversity)

Expert for the design and implementation of diversity strategies in (international) organizations, Diversity and social sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion in (higher) education, science and research, gender equality and inclusion, intercultural cooperation.

Professional experience: Diversity management in the field of international mobility and cultural exchange for Europe/Eurasia (training for executives and employees, strategic planning, process support, consulting); scientific research and teaching at several universities in Austria, Germany and the USA; extensive lecturing and publication experience with a focus on gender, disability and LGBTQI*.

Engagement: Mentor for MENTEE (mentoring program for young people from marginalized groups), member of the founding committee of Crip Magazine, co-founder and board member of Women of Vienna (2017-2020).

Natalie de Groot

Natalie de Groot

Office-Management and Project Assistant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Administration, office management and seminar organization

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Competencies

  • Assistant
    Project support
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EDUCATION

  • University course in Business Management, University of Graz. Master's degree in contemporary history and media at the University of Vienna. History at the University of Vienna.

Responsibilities: ensuring that everything runs smoothly in the office, coordination of trainings, events and appointments, customer acquisition, admin processes

Sofia Gamperer

Sofia Gamperer

Junior Trainer and Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
s.gamperer@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Trainer & Consultant for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Competencies

  • Bias and Discrimination,
    Migration and Integration,
    Intercultural/International Communication and Collaboration,
    Conflict resolution (thesis topic: "Mediation of Hate Crime: The Role of Social Identity and the Mitigation of its influence"
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EDUCATION

  • BA Social- and Cultural Anthropology, University of Vienna
    MA "Intercultural Encounters", University of Helsinki
    C1 Advanced, Cambridge English (Level C2)
    DALF French (Level C1)

Professional experience: workshop assistence on the topics of forced migration and racism for the NGO “Asylkoordination Österreich”, Refugee Aid Coordinator for the social organisation “Volkshilfe Wien”

Volunteering: initiator and development of the International Committee of the Helsinki University Student Union with the aim of including international students in Finnish university and working life, tutor for new (international) students, voluntary social service in France: role model function for young people and adults from difficult social backgrounds.

Sabine Caliskan

Sabine Caliskan

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Expert for operational diversity management and gender, personnel development and Unconscious Bias.

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Competencies

  • Unconscious Bias
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EDUCATION

  • Diversity management in organizations at Alpe Adria University and ASD (Vienna)
    Life and social counselor at the Psychosocial Academy (Vienna)
    “Riding the creative Rollercoaster” at nowhere (Great Britain)
    DemografieFIT at ÖJAB (Vienna)
    Human Resources Management at bfi Vienna

Expert for operational diversity management and gender, personnel development and Unconscious Bias. Additional focal points are demographic and health management as well as management development with a focus on “leading in the future” and innovation management.

Professional experience: Managing director and consultant at Crossing Cultures and HILL International Turkey, diversity manager and personnel developer at Allianz Insurance, collaboration on EQUAL EU and INTI EU projects.

Lecturer: Labor market and migration, Unconscious Bias and intercultural competence at the FH Burgenland, FH bfi Vienna and WIPOL.

Engagement: Co-founder of ZukunftVIELFALT, supporter of Neustart Schule, initiator and founder of the women’s network Career Lounge, development of playful tools to raise awareness of diversity and health.

Kevin Daly

Kevin Daly

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation partner and expert in leadership development and team efficiency

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Competencies

  • Leadership Team Effectiveness
    Leading Diverse Teams
    Intercultural Competence
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EDUCATION

  • MBA, Webster University Vienna
    Leadership & Management Methods, Performance Consulting International

    Certified Administrator and Leadership Coach for:
    Paradigm WorkPlace Big Five Profiles & 360,
    NEO – PI – 3
    Team Diagnostic Survey (TDS)
    Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
    Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)
    Intercultural Conflict Styles (ICS)
    Emotional Intelligence EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360
    Thomas Kilmann Conflict Inventory (TKI)

As an advisor, coach and trainer with 26 years of global experience I see it as my mission to support leaders and experts to communicate, inspire and lead in a diverse and dynamic global market.

Expert at integrating diversity and inclusion principles in measures to increase the effectiveness of teams and leaders.

Professional experience: I’ve been working in organizational development for 26 years, in the public as well as the private sector spanning a variety of economic fields. I’m the Managing Partner at Lighthouse OD where I lead an interdisciplinary team of advisors, coaches and trainers with a focus on team efficiency, Digital Academies, Leadership, Change Management and Agile Methods.

Adjunct Professor at FH Wiener Neustadt where I teach courses on Intercultural Competence, Personal Development and Leadership.

Roland Engel

Roland Engel

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation Partner and expert for Unconscious Bias in English

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Competencies

  • Unconscious Bias
    Diversity Didactics
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EDUCATION

  • Studies in educational sciences and sociology
    Certification: Diversity Management (NTL Institute & ÖAGG)
    Group Dynamics & Organizational Consulting (ÖGGO)
    Cross-cultural Competence (Intercultural Institute, USA)

Professional experience: Diversity trainer since 2002, bilingual organizational consultant, specialist in cross-cultural leadership at osb international, Lighthouse OD and NLT Institute, mediation between HQ & international subsidiaries in 16 countries.

Lecturer: Diversity & International Leadership, Unconscious Bias and CSR & Change Management at Danube University Krems, TU Vienna, Management Center Innsbruck and FH Campus Vienna.

Engagement: Founding and board member of the ASD- Austrian Society for Diversity and the Institute for Diversity, jury member Diversitas 2016 of the BMWFW, member of the arbitration commission of Danube University Krems, initiator & cooperation officer for the National Training Laboratories Institute (NTL, USA) and the Austrian Society for Group Dynamics & Organizational Consulting (ÖGGO), EU Business Consultant for the CEE Region.

Markus Knopp

Markus Knopp

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation Partner and expert for agile collaboration, team development and Unconscious Bias

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Competencies

  • Unconscious Bias
    Agile Management
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EDUCATION

  • Certified Management Consultant – CMC (ISO 17024)
    Adult Education Trainer – ZTEB (ISO 17024)
    Train-the-Trainer (Wifi Vienna)
    Systemic management consulting (incite Vienna)

Expert in agile collaboration and team development as well as Unconscious Bias. Other focal points are moderation and discussion techniques as well as a establishing culture of learning and a feedback culture.

Professional experience: After artistic activities at the Berlin State Opera, he switched to marketing at Radio RTL Vienna. He later founded an agency for promotion & hospitality. After selling the agency, he began working as a consultant and trainer.

Engagement: As a long-standing member of AGPRO, he also held various positions on the board.

Yulia Kozyrakis

Yulia Kozyrakis

Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation partner with expertise in Unconscious Bias and Inclusive Leadership in English/German

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Competencies

  • Inclusive Leadership (English/German)
    Unconscious Bias
    Intercultural Communication
    Diversity & Leadership strategy consulting
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EDUCATION

  • Doctorate in literature and cultural studies (focus on race & ethnicity, identity formation), educational studies (focus on intercultural learning), leadership journey guide (Unity Effect gGmbH), tolerance trainer (Colored Glasses e.V.)

Professional experience: Diversity management in scholarship programs, in selection procedures for talent development and in programs for international mobility (USA & Canada), consulting, conception and implementation of programs for international cooperation in vocational education and training (face-to-face/online), leadership of international teams, intercultural preparation and follow-up for employees with international assignments, diversity management in the NGO and foundation sector.

Engagement: Mentor at MentorMe (mentoring program for women); jury member and trainer at the UWC Ukraine National Committee (intercultural orientation before student stays abroad)

Hani El Sharkawi

Hani El Sharkawi

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Hani El Sharkawi is cooperation partner of factor-D and expert in Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Competence

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Competencies

  • Diversity & Inclusion
    Inclusive Leadership
    Intercultural Competences
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EDUCATION

  • Master (MSc) in Coaching, Organizational and Personnel Development (ongoing)
    Master (MA) in Intercultural Competences
    Diversity Management at Danube University Krems
    Bachelor (BSc) in Tourism & Hotel Management

I use my many years of experience in management positions in 7 different countries, my intercultural background, and my sound education to support people and organizations in their development.

Expert for leadership development, introducing Diversity & Inclusion in organizations, organizational development, leading across cultures, service excellence.

Professional experience: Managing Director of Inspiring Leaders e.U. (organizational development, training, coaching) in several languages, management experience in the international luxury hotel industry and in higher education.

Johannes Wirgler

Johannes Wirgler

Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Location: Vienna

Cooperation partner for leadership development, team development and digitalization

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Competencies

  • Unconscious Bias
    Leadership and team development,
    digitalization
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EDUCATION

  • Psychotherapeutic preparatory course, counseling science and management of social systems - Sigmund Freud Private University of Vienna,
    Electronic Information Services - focus on information management - Technical University of Applied Sciences - Vienna,
    Certificate: Certified Business Coach (CBC), Academic Coach, Organizational Developer and Human Resources Developer,
    Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO)

Professional experience: Independent management consultant, business coach, team coach and digitalization expert, over 15 years in the software industry in agile leadership – leading teams and planning and implementing digitalization and software projects.

Lecturer at the FH Campus Vienna for teamwork and professor presentation, FH Technikum Wien for IVL Agile methods and ARGE educational management in the coaching, organizational and personnel development course

Katrin Wladasch

Katrin Wladasch

Senior Consultant
+43 1 581 19 09
office@factor-d.at

Kärntner Ring 12/2b, 1010 Vienna

Cooperation Partner and expert in Diversity and Inclusion, Unconscious Bias and Human Rights

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Competencies

  • Operational Diversity & Inclusion
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EDUCATION

  • Study of law
    Studies in political science
    Training as a mediator

Expert for human rights aspects of corporate culture(s), analysis, strategy planning, process support.

Professional experience: Independent human rights consultant and trainer (process support and training; needs assessment for, conception and implementation of organizational development processes), research assistant at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights (science and teaching on (non-)discrimination, identity/diversity and access to law).

Lecturer: at the University of Vienna (equality/diversity, anti-discrimination, political education), at FH bfi Vienna (CSR & human rights) and Danube University Krems (MR).

Engagement: Vice President of the Litigation Association for Enforcing the Rights of Victims of Discrimination, Member of the Human Rights Advisory Board at the Ombudsman Board (2012-2014), Founder and Board Member of the ZARA Civil Courage and Anti-Racism Association (1999-2013).

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