Silvia Ravazzani

Presentation topic: All that glitters is not gold: The subtleties of communicating diversity, equity and inclusion

Silvia Ravazzani (PhD) is Associate Professor in Management at the Department of Business LECB “Carlo A. Ricciardi”, IULM University, Italy, since 2019. Previously she held the same position at the Department of Management at Aarhus University, Denmark. Since her PhD research, she has been studying diversity, equity & inclusion in organizations to examine corporate approaches and DEI-related internal and external communication practices. Her research interests also include employee engagement, whistleblowing, risk and crisis communication, social media, and sustainability. Her work has been published in journals such as Group & Organization Management and Business Ethics Quarterly. She is Senior Project Leader of the Centre for Employee Relations and Communication at IULM University and serves in the editorial boards of Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research and of European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management.

Jörg Matthes

Presentation topic: Diversity Communication Between Fact and Façade? Learnings from Research on Greenwashing

Jörg Matthes (PhD, University of Zurich) is Professor of Communication Science at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria, where he directs the Advertising and Media Psychology Research Group (AdMe). His research focuses on digital media effects, advertising and consumer research, sustainability communication, children & media, terrorism and populism as well as empirical methods. He has extensively published on these topics, with more than 200 journal articles. In 2014, he received the Young Scholar Award by the International Communication Association honoring the most outstanding research career worldwide seven years past the PhD. Two years later, he received AEJMC's Hillier Krieghbaum Under 40 Award which honors scholars "under 40 years of age who have shown outstanding achievement and effort in all three AEJMC areas: teaching, research and public service". In 2019, he was honored with the UNIVIE Teaching Award and in 2021, he was elected as a Fellow of the International Communication Association. He was recipient of an Advanced Grant (2.5 Million Euros) by the European Research Council (ERC) in 2022. Currently, he is Associate Editor of The Journal of Advertising.

Mirsad Aljusevic

Presentation topic: The Power of Diversity to Empower People

Mirsad Aljusevic is 'Group Diversity Manager' at Erste Group Bank AG, one of the largest banks in Central Eastern Europe. In his role, he manages the diversity strategy for the banking group in seven countries. He studied Communication Science at the University of Vienna and Communication Management at the FH Wien der WKW. Before joining the Erste Group Bank AG, he worked as a communication professional at Siemens in Austria. 
In 2023, Erste Group Bank AG was ranked in 32nd place in the World’s Top Companies for Women by Forbes and among the 5 best European companies in regard to Diversity according to the Financial Times.