In the image's foreground, a Black woman wearing long faux locs, gold nose piercings, and a matching necklace smiles warmly. She is dressed in a light blue v-neck top and positioned against a beige curtain backdrop. In the background, blurred dried flowers add a subtle touch of nature in the top-left corner of the photo.


Expertise: inclusion, equity, diversity, DEI in the workplace, DEI in society, intersectionality, neurodivergence, anti-racism, corporate communications
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Talen: English, French, Dutch


''Inclusion starts with I!''

Axelle Ahanhanzo


Axelle Ahanhanzo is a trailblazing force in the realm of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (ED&I). With a wealth of subject-matter expertise in anti-racism, neuroinclusivity and gender equity, she founded Laudace in April 2023, a consultancy firm & ecosystem dedicated to an equity-first and intersectionality-focused approach to driving ED&I awareness & education.

Next to a career spanning across sales, recruitment, communication and DEI, Axelle possesses a unique perspective and cross-cultural awareness. She has lived in 8 different countries, speaks 6 languages, and holds an MSc in Corporate Communications from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace certification from the USF Muma Business School (USA), and BA in Modern Languages and European Studies (Culture, History & Society) from the University of Birmingham (UK).

Through her lived experiences of burnout, workplace trauma and exclusion, combined with her passion for organizational psychology and transformation, Axelle amplifies the marginalized identity groups she identifies with from holistic perspectives and intersectional lenses.

In Spring 2023, she emerged as a Top 10 Finalist at TEDxAmsterdamWomen’s Talent Night, delivering a compelling pitch on the urgency of creating a more neuroinclusive world for girls and women from all backgrounds. Axelle’s commitment to ED&I is unwavering, and her atypical background fuels her passion for driving positive and sustainable change.

With her expertise and dedication, Axelle Ahanhanzo leads the way toward a more inclusive and equitable future. Axelle is available as a keynote speaker, masterclass lecturer, trainer and workshop facilitator. She is an excellent host and moderator. Additionally Axelle is open to participating in panel discussions, podcast recordings, and interviews.

Fields of expertise:

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

  • DEI in the workplace or society
  • Intersectionality
  • Gender Equity
  • Psychological Safety at Work
  • Bias (individual, structural + three-headed monster!)
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Anti-racism: from individual to systemic racism, colonization, structural bias
  • Neurodiversity, Neuroinclusion, Neuroaffirmation + Neurodivergence
  • Age Discrimination & Age Diversity
  • Social class/ socioeconomic background
  • Workplace Bullying, Discrimination + Retaliation
  • Overcoming Workplace Trauma
  • Allyship/Becoming Better Allies

Corporate Communications:

  • Managing Change Resistance
  • Employee Engagement
  • Equity Diversity & Inclusion
  • Corporate Crisis Management & Image Repair Strategies
  • Internal/external Branding

More Personal topics (with more storytelling elements!):

  • Growing up Third-Culture Kid: from childhood to adulthood
  • Cultivating Cross-cultural Awareness
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Burnout Prevention & Recovery
  • Overcoming Workplace Trauma & Exclusion
  • “Business Decision-Making: to Pivot or Persevere?”
  • Entrepreneurship as… Black/woman/neurodivergent
  • Switching from corporate to entrepreneurship
  • Experiences with Colorism/Texturism (racism related)
  • Internalized Oppression (i.e. racism, ableism)
  • Neurodiversity/Neurodivergence and late-diagnosis
  • Redefining “leadership”

Foto: Alizée Bollen