Duncan Smith


Company: ADC Associates, Melbourne, Australia
Role: Session Presenter
Sessions: Building a Future World Where DEI Leads (S5-H)  |   Seeking Solutions to Our Own Ethnocentrism: Addressing the My-Approach-Is-Better-Than-Your-Approach D&I Contest (S2-G)

Duncan Smith, principal of ADC Associates, uses process consultation, facilitation, action learning, group dynamics, and 30 years of experience in diversity and inclusion to help cross-sector, multi-stakeholder, gender and culturally diverse groups to solve problems. Duncan’s work includes executive education and leadership team coaching, designing, implementing, and evaluating organizational D&I strategies, generating culturally appropriate solutions for multinational organizations, and in-depth work in unconscious bias, gender, and cultural diversity.

Duncan consults to corporations and governments in the United States, Europe, Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region across a range of areas including banking and finance, engineering, IT, legal, mining, oil and gas, and professional services. He has been regional diversity advisor for Asia-Pacific and Japan for Hewlett Packard and led the Asia-Pacific faculty group delivering inclusive leadership programs for BP.

A native of Boston, Mass., and based in Australia since 1991, Duncan holds a BA in comparative religion from Trinity College and an MEd from Harvard, focusing on organizational behavior and adult learning. He has been an honorary fellow of Melbourne Business School, has lectured in management, organizational behavior, and diversity at several Australian universities, and has published articles on diversity in both Australian and U.S. periodicals.

With the goal of developing equitable and inclusive workplaces and societies, Duncan focuses his work on the ways our national, organizational, and personal cultures affect how we work together so that we can collectively solve problems and build stronger relationships across lines of difference. He has been a member of the expert panel for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks since 2011 and is a mentor for global diversity through the Inclusion Allies Coalition. In 2018, he released the book “Foundations of Diversity.”

LinkedIn: @DuncanSmith

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