Meet Our Founders

The demand for diversity and inclusion experts is on the rise. Because of that at the Academy for Diversity and Innovation we strongly believe that now, more than ever, it is important to create a safe space where experts from across the world can share their perspectives and learn from each other.

Creating diverse and inclusive learning spaces enable us to develop collective intelligence and social innovation. This is the principle under which the Summer Academy creates those spaces, leveraging collaborative methods, fostering virtual closeness, and supporting people in learning from each other across the globe.

Anna Zelno

Anna Zelno

Diversity & Innovation Strategist

Anna is an experienced diversity and innovation consultant who enjoys working seamlessly across the various sectors like education, business, NGOs and public institutions. Her fresh perspective facilitates the connection of varied working environments and her passion for diversity training helps blend teams and boost creativity.

Having lived and worked in three continents, she truly understands what it takes to be an effective cross-cultural communicator. In addition to this, she speaks Polish, German, Spanish and English fluently.

For her, innovation is about bringing uniqueness together whether that is working for corporations, non-profit organisations or universities, Anna always applies her distinctive vision of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to whatever walk of life she’s in.

Anna Zelno is a Business Partner at intercultures Spain — the global consulting company that helps organizations work better globally.

Dr Barbara Covarrubias Venegas

Barbara Covarrubias

Virtual Learning Expert

Barbara is an Expert for New Ways of Working & Digital Leadership | Virtual Learning Journeys. She defines herself as a Virtual Enthusiast, researcher by education, speaker by passion and author by results. She is passionate about New Ways of Working & Learning, Positive Leadership & CULTURE overall. For the past 10 years, she has been very involved with the intercultural community across the globe, not only as a researcher or professional, but also as a virtual team leader and team member.

She recently founded the platform #virtualspacehero, a platform to create a space for a community of virtual enthusiasts (or to be’s) to exchange on a regular basis on different topics about the virtual classroom, virtual events and working, leading, collaborating remotely. As an educator, Barbara has been designing virtual learning journeys for the past years: her signature #virtualexchange project is the Global Case Study Challenge with more than 600 students from 22 countries across the globe. 

Antonio Liu Yang

Antonio Liu Yang 刘洋

China Intercultural Expert

For the past 10 years he has been developing consultancy projects between China and Spain for various fields, including in legal, academic, tourism, e-commerce and soccer sectors.

He was a board member of SIETAR Spain (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) for several years, executive secretary of the Association 4C (Spain) and co-founder of the Academy for Diversity and Innovation.

Antonio has delivered training programs on cross cultural communication for different companies between Spain and China. Also, he has lectured in various Spanish universities in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia.

In 2013 he was awarded with the first place prize in Young Valencian Talent in the category of young entrepreneurs under 35 and recently, he was one of the creators and the visible face of the #NoSoyUnVIRUS campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Antonio holds a Law Degree from the University of Valencia (Spain) and an MA degree in Management Skills from the same university.

He holds the following certifications:
IRC (Intercultural Readiness Check)
Face to face trainer by the Institute of Social Studies
MA Degree in Expert in Diversity Management by University Antonio de Nebrija (currently studying)

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