September 11, 2020

Kyiv, Ukraine, 00:00 CET. The Global Inclusion Online Forum organized by CFC Big Ideas, has ended after 8 days of intensive keynotes, panel discussions, startup competition and expo, and specialized workshops. The GIOF 2020 became the world’s #1 conference on Diversity and Inclusion with 2000+ attendees and 70+ speakers from all over the globe.

This year the Forum's agenda was divided into three independent tracks: the first 2 days packed with 9 keynote interviews and 11 panel discussions, followed by 5 days of 14 specialized workshops, as well as a startup pitch competition for emerging businesses dealing with D&I. The participants got to enjoy more than 40 hours of sessions, full of insights they will be able to embed in their corporate and personal lives. The majority of participants came from North America — 45%, while 30% were from Europe, 5% — from Australia, 20% — from Asia, South America, and Africa combined. The Forum covered all timezones, proving its truly global nature. 32% of the GIOF attendees were managers involved in HR and D&I, 39% represented non-profits & startups around the world, 17% were n Tech, Finance, or Marketing.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation and all the questions — encouraged by the momentum from fellow panelists and the audience!”, said Rebecca Hershey, GIOF's speaker from Human Rights Campaign. Bernardo Ferdman, moderator, commented: “Great panel! Even as the moderator, I can’t wait to go back and listen to the recording to fully capture all the wisdom and practical insights shared by our panelists.”

Among the Forum’s speakers and workshop providers were representatives of such world’s biggest human rights organizations as UN Women, the United Nations Foundation, International Labour Organization, Human Rights Campaign, Women in Tech, Wikimedia Foundation, and others. Corporate field was represented by Diversity & Inclusion officers from Amazon, Bloomberg LP, Danone, Deloitte, EY, IBM, IKEA group, Pfizer, SAP, Sodexo, Wipro, and many others. Among the topics GIOF panelists and workshop providers have covered were Diversity in Culture, Finance, Tech, and Recruitment; LGBT, Disability, Racial and Religious Inclusion, as well as Inclusive Leadership.

CFC Big Ideas also announced the 2021 Forum, which would introduce several brand new tracks of the agenda, increase the attendee count two to three times, and create new trends in the field of D&I.

CFC Big Ideas, the organizer of the event, is an international strategic communications consultancy headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Established in 2003, the company has made its name by implementing BIG IDEA international projects. CFC's portfolio includes public initiatives executed on the sidelines of the Annual Meeting in Davos, G20 Summit in Argentina, the UN General Assembly as well as other international initiatives.

For any additional information, please contact Anna Krys, the Global Inclusion Online Forum project manager, at