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Rise & Lead Summit & Awards 2023


Join the most inspiring and diverse leadership conference in Europe

September 14 – 15

Location: NH Hotel The Hague, Netherlands / online








Connect. Learn. Rise & Lead

Rise & Lead Summit is Europe’s premier leadership conference for impact driven leaders, entrepreneurs and changemakers.


Every year we gather some of the most inspiring and authentic leaders for a 2-day event to share ideas and knowledge. We set the tone for companies and individuals as senior executives and experts share their wisdom, knowledge and strategies around current DEI trends, leadership and business development and provide actionable insights.


This summit has been an incredible experience for me. I attended with the intention of learning from experienced leaders and discovering my own voice in meetings. I was also eager to support others in their leadership journeys and engage in meaningful discussions with peers on topics close to my heart, such as gender diversity and empowering women in the field. Moreover, the networking sessions provided an invaluable opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who may be facing similar challenges.

— Summit Attendee


Quality Speakers & Expert Panels

Learn and share knowledge with excellent speakers, C-Suite executives, and influential leaders who will share their knowledge, wisdom, and models of success. 

Stay on top of trends

As society becomes increasingly diverse, and as leaders, we must adapt to stay ahead. Learn the latest strategies and initiatives to move the DEI conversation forward and deliver the best ROI.

Professional Development

With over 20+ sessions available, there is something for everyone. Save time and money while gaining valuable knowledge through our carefully crafted, practical, and interactive workshops. Our workshops are led by experts in their fields and offer a hands-on approach to enhancing your leadership skills, driving business development, prioritising well-being, and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Diverse Community

Rise and Lead Summit has been described as the most inspiring and diverse conference you will see in Europe. Connect and network with a diverse group of women and men for future collaboration and partnerships.

Meet Our Speakers

Pascalle Grotenhuis

Director General International Corporation |Netherlands

Burçak İnel

Director, Financing Sustainable Growth | European Banking Federation

Samira Rafaela

Member of the European Parliament for Dutch social-liberal party D66

Anne Mclaren

Chief Executive Officer at American Tower, South Africa

Marcel Molenaar

Country Manager & Director Marketing Solutions LinkedIn Benelux

H.E. Dr Eniola Ajayi

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the Kingdom of The Netherlands

Carlos Faria

Commercial Vice President of Continental Europe at The Kraft Heinz Company

Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen

Former Chairman of the Executive Board of Aon Holdings B.V. and Chair Advisory Board of SER

Ebere Akadiri

Founder of Rise and Lead | CEO of Ataro Foods

Building on the insights from our 2022 event, which outlined what needs to be done to go beyond window dressing and achieve gender-diverse leadership, the 2023 programme will focus on measurements and accountability and why we need to accelerate change – the journey towards inclusive leadership.

Topics will include but not limited to:

  • Accelerating women’s leadership journey to the C-suite.
  • Going beyond gender and addressing strategies to advance other marginalised groups.
  • Reimagining the role of Leaders: The Empathetic Leader.
  • Getting inspired to Lead: Inclusive leaders share their stories of how to make an impact and engage others.
  • Strategic networking  – why it is important for your career progression and success.

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I feel empathy in the conversation that we have at the summit, and a lot of connection with myself as well, which is very motivating, and I’m sure that everyone else in the room has the same feeling. So we are coming back to our companies to network with more motivation to make a difference in equality, diversity, and inclusion.

— Summit Attendee