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Furkan Karayel Eng


Furkan Karayel is multi award winning diversity and inclusion speaker and author of the best selling book “InclusiveIntelligence: How to be a Role Model for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace”. Furkan lectures at the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Master’s program at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. Her passion is leveraging women-in-tech leadership, diversity and empowering female founders globally.


Furkan founded Diversein.com after 10 years of software engineering experience in multinational tech companies in Ireland. She has been honoured with “Speaker of the Year”, “Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in Business”, “Trailblazer” and “Inclusive Leadership Development” Awards.  Additionally, Furkan is an active speaker at international events where she shares her learnings about experiences of the tech world as a woman, her recommendations for inclusive leadership and the power of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
Furkan Karayel’s book: Inclusive Intelligence: How to be a Role Model for Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace. 
Inclusive Intelligence is the meeting point of Emotional Intelligence and Inclusive Leadership. Its methodology is based on a series of interviews and years of detailed research conducted with team leaders and managers in a variety of global companies. We found a pattern in some leaders who naturally excelled at inclusive leadership even though they were unaware of it and unable to define it.  This book describes the skills these leaders have in common and how they made inclusion part of their daily agenda and became role models through their incredible work.
Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2ZGxlbS 

Furkan’s motto is

“Discover, Share and Inspire”

Awards & Recognitions 

  • Named among Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise by EUClid Network, 2021 link
  • Winner of “Inclusive Leadership Development” Award by SHeros Global, 2022
  • Winner of  ‘Speaker of the Year’ award by WomenTech Global Awards 2020
  • Winner of ‘Trailblazer’ award by Women in Tech Dublin Awards 2018
  • Winner of ‘Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in Business’  award by  International Diversity Leadership Awards 2018
  • Shortlisted for “Diversity and Inclusion Businesswoman of the Year” award “by IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023
  • Shortlisted for ‘Advocate of the Year’ award by Women in IT Awards Dublin 2018
  • Nominated for “Mentor of the Year” Award by Inclusive Companies Awards 2020
  • Nominated for Community Champion for Diversity and Inclusion by  International Diversity Leadership Awards 2018
  • Nominated for Diversity Champion Award by Inclusive Companies Awards 2018
  • Nominated for “Global Hero” award by Global Digital Female Leaders 2018
  • Winner of “Product Innovation” Award by Openet 2013
  • Diversein.com is nominated for Best Diversity and inclusion Resource Awards by Inclusive Companies Awards 2018

Themes Furkan Talk About: 

      • – Starting Diversity and Inclusion from Scratch
      • – Action-oriented Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace
      • – Engaging diverse teams remotely
      • – Cultural Intelligence
      • – Inclusive Intelligence: How to be a Role Model for Diversity and Inclusion Role Model in the Workplace
      • – Inclusive Leadership
      • – Bias-free Decision Making for Leaders
      • – Practical tips to overcome stereotypes and unconscious bias
      • – Building leadership profile for women
      • – Build engaging teams and the power of belonging
      • – Women in Tech Leadership
      • – Inclusive Mentorship
      • – Female Entrepreneurship 
      • – Career Talks for Students