March 23rd, Roundtable registration is open!

Title of the Roundtable: How to design a gender sensitive culture

Date: March 23rd 2021, 15:30_17:00 Via Zoom

Aim of the roundtable:

The aim of the webinar is to share and promote what has been done in different projects to achieve a gender sensitive culture. It will focus on the ‘nuts and bolts’ (tips, recommendations and lessons learned) of what is needed to succeed in designing a gender sensitive culture in your institution. We will showcase our own work on the topic, which will discuss what we did and how we did it. It will also have speakers from sister projects and the private sector that elaborated a specific process and/or designed inspiring products to build a gender sensitive culture in their institution or project. In doing so, we hope that the roundtable discussion will provide our audience with some new and concrete insights into how they themselves can build a gender-sensitive culture.


The target audience for the webinar is all those participating in any gender or diversity projects, in gender equality or inclusion plan, gender or diversity policy officers, and all people interested on how to achieve Gender Equity... (Click to learn more on the RoundTable, Moderator and Speakers...)

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March 23rd Rountable Presentation

Main Topics

  1. ​​​​​​​Testimony and experience sharing on building a gender culture in one’s own organisation or company (state of play, challenges, change process, practices, involved stakeholders, tools for a successful building of a gender-sensitive culture, …)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  2. Key aspects on how to design a gender sensitive culture (what to promote and what to avoid)


Welcome address by Magalie Lesueur Jannoyer (CIRAD – France), Gender-SMART Project Coordinator.

Jane Kavanagh (TAEGASC – Ireland) Gender-SMART Project

Stephane Reboud (Dell – France) External Advisory Committee – Gender-SMART Project

Ester Cois (University of Cagliari – Italy) SUPERA Project

Cindy Van Hyfte (CIRAD – France) Gender-SMART Project Manager

Our Roundtable will be moderated by Panayiota Polykarpou (CUT – Cyprus) Gender-SMART Project


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Cindy Van Hyfte

Cindy Van Hyfte, Gender equality officer and Gender-SMART operational project manager

« Changing company culture requires a movement, not a mandate »​​​​​​​

« Cindy graduated in 1996 with a master degree in Management from the Catholic University of Leuven - campus Brussels. During five years, she worked respectively as « Service and Product Manager » in the clearing and settlement sector (Brussels’ office of initially JP Morgan and onwards Euroclear Bank). She led the project « European Pre-Issuance Messaging System (EPIM) », which successfully instaured a communication system for European brokers dealers and custody banks, in collaboration with the clearing and settlement operator from the US. In September 2002, she joined CIRAD in Montpellier as team leader of the Business Development Office of the Annual Crops Department, where she actively identified and implemented services for supporting researchers with project design and funding from multiple financial backers. In 2010, she joined the European Affairs Office of CIRAD, contributing as such to the implementation of CIRAD’s European strategy. She progressively developed an EU focused expertise in the field of Agricultural Research for Development: analysis of EU policy, identifying funding opportunities, organisation and facilitation of multiple internal transversal information and workshops sessions as well as external lobbying events. During the 7th Framework Programme (FP7), she was a member of the National Contact Point for International Cooperation and supported CIRAD’s participation to multiple FP 7 funded bi-regional EU-CELAC Science & Innovation policy dialogue projects (EUCARINET; ALCUENET and ERANET LAC). For the Horizon 2020 Programme, she was in charge of CIRAD’s relations with the French ministries of « Higher Education & Research » and « Agriculture » for the Societal Challenge 2 that relates to Agriculture.

Following her active involvement in the definition and setting up of the Gender-SMART project, she was nominated as Gender equality officer within Cirad in June 2018. Since 2019, she ensures the day to day functioning and roll out of the Gender-SMART project within Cirad ».

Ester Cois

Assistant Professor in Sociology of Territory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Cagliari, Italy

“In each deep organizational change, meeting, detecting and trying to deal with resistances is the best and most useful starting point to understand where and how to focus the actions and strategies necessary to develop an approach as gender-sensitive and participatory as possible”. “Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is an act”

​​​​​​​Ester Cois, PhD in Comparative Social Research with a specialization in Sociology of Gender and Family, is Researcher and Assistant Professor in Sociology of Territory at the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the University of Cagliari, where she teaches Urban Sociology (Master's Degree in Policies, Society and Territory and Master's Degree in Architecture). Since 2013, she is Managing Editor of the band A scientific journal “Sociologica, International Journal for Sociological Debate”. She is a member of the UniCa team in the UE-Horizon 2020 Project “SUPERA. Supporting the Promotion of Equality in Research and Academia” and Principal Investigator of the Italian Research Unit of the Erasmus+ International Project “SMILE. Social Meaning Impact through LLL Universities in Europe”. She also represents SPOL Department in the Scientific Committee of the Interdepartmental Center “Cagliari Accessibility Lab”, focused on the social inclusion of disabled people, and has the role of Scientific Expert for the area of Social Policies in the process of definition of the Strategic Plan of the Metropolitan City of Cagliari. Her current research interests focus on Urban and Rural Sociology, with specific reference to gender and age inequalities in the use of public space; gender and generational dynamics in the labor market (with a specific focus in Higher Education sector) and in family choices.

Twitter: @SUPERAproject

Instagram: @superaproject


Panagiota Polykarpou

Panagiota Polykarpou – Project Manager, GenderSMART, Cyprus University of Technology

"Gender Equality is not only a women’s issue."

Panagiota Polykarpou is a graduate of the Department of Business Administration and Public Administration of the University of Cyprus. In 2019, she has been awarded as European Leader and has represented Cyprus in the USA where she was trained on Social Entrepreneurship & Leadership. Her interests focus on gender and equality issues and in March 2019 she co-founded the first multi-award-winning awareness campaign on gender equality issues in Cyprus - Thkio Logia. One year after the launch of the campaign, she co-founded the Be an Ally Foundation, a newly established foundation that aims to promote and encourage the mobilization of the civil society through awareness. She has acted as a mentor for students and young girls at Junior Achievement Cyprus and STEMi Africa. Since October 2020, she is a member of the Parallel Parliament of Entrepreneurship in Cyprus. In February 2021, she was nominated for the Greek International Women Awards in the Young Star category. At the moment, she is working at the Cyprus University of Technology as the Project Manager of GenderSMART.






Stephane Reboud

VP Mid-Market, International Markets, Dell Technologies

"Diversity is a fact, Inclusion is an act”

Stéphane Reboud joined Dell in 2003 and was appointed early 2020 as VP of sales Mid-Market across International markets outside Northern America, delivering multi-billion sales across 170+ countries. Prior, he was Chief of Staff to EMEA President in charge of Strategic development. Among previous assignments with Dell, he acted as Vice President of Services Sales for EMEA, GM of French Consumer Small & Mid-Market division, EMEA Sales Operations director and Sales director for Southern Europe on Small Business.

He started his career in the UK as Product Manager with General Cable, alternative telco operator. He then moved to the Netherlands to set-up mobile operator Orange/France Telecom Mobile as Products & Services Director before joining Vivendi Telecom Hungary as Chief Marketing Officer.

52 years old, Stéphane graduated in Engineering from Telecom Sud Paris and in Business from ESCP Europe. He was honored reaching 3rd rank of “Sales Director 2011” from French business magazine “Action Commercial”. Stéphane is actively engaged promoting Diversity and Inclusion in action as EMEA sponsor for MARC (Many Advocating Real Change) at Dell Technologies and within the community as member of Montpellier Business School governance.

Jane Kavanagh

Jane Kavanagh is Head of Research Operations at Teagasc.  She has been in Teagasc for 20 years and has held a variety of roles during this time, as an agricultural advisor, publications manager, head of evaluation and performance management before joining the research directorate in her current role.  She is an agricultural scientist and has a masters in strategic management and planning.  She is currently the Teagasc project manager for the GenderSMART project in Teagasc.