Meet the Inklusiiv team!


We're a team of professionals committed to create and share knowledge about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and to support organizations to transform it into action.

Yesmith Sánchez
DEI Consultant

Yesmith is a DEI specialist and Business Strategy professional with broad experience building up and engaging diverse teams in rapidly changing environments. She trains companies and managers on how to build better workplaces and better business by building inclusive work cultures. Her current role combines her experience and background in organizational strategy, and her passion for advancing DEI. Yesmith loves music, tea and books, and invests a lot of her time in her favorite app, Spotify. Her favorite bands are Radiohead and Café Tacvba.

Katja Toropainen

Katja is the Founder of Inklusiiv, leading the team and organization with a background in the startup and tech industry. Katja holds a MSc in Business from Aalto University. When it comes to DEI expertise, Katja has been working with training growth companies, venture capital funds and companies in the tech industry to implement DEI strategies and coaching leaders on DEI topics. Katja enjoys reading books and as a former Finnish baseball player, she’s always up to any sports.

Julia Hämäläinen
COO, DEI Consultant

Julia is the COO and a DEI Consultant at Inklusiiv.  She is a professional in business operations, modern human resource management and recruitment with extensive experience in the startup and technology industry. Prior to joining Inklusiiv, Julia was Global HR Operations Lead and EMEA HR Business Partner at and Chief People Officer at Slush. Julia holds a Master’s Degree from Aalto University School of Business and has also studied law at University of Helsinki. Julia loves sports and she’s very passionate about downhill skiing - she enjoys finding the steepest slopes in Finland and abroad.

Kristopher Jackson
Partnerships & Business Development Manager

As a Partnerships & Business Development Manager, Kristopher is the one making sure you get the absolute most out of your experience with Inklusiiv. Before joining Inklusiiv, Kristopher worked in management consulting at Catapult International, specifically in the space of Innovation. His passion is to be an advocate to help turn your DEI initiatives into reality. His hobbies include anything sports-related.

Iida Nalli

Communications and Marketing Manager

Iida is in charge of Member communications as well as Inklusiiv’s external comms and marketing activities. Before joining the Inklusiiv team, Iida worked as a communications consultant at Pohjoisranta BCW where she was responsible for comms and insight projects. She has studied Politics and holds a Master's degree in International Relations. Iida’s favourite things to do are yoga, watching documentaries and exploring the world with her one-year-old son. 

Bikash Gurung

Head of Events & Projects

Bikash is the Head of Project & Events at Inklusiiv. His responsibilities revolve around planning & executing various projects and events on different DEI themes in collaboration with individuals, Inklusiiv supporting members and other external parties. He is also keen on understanding the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in organisations, and how they are incorporated in organisations' mission, strategies and practices to achieve a thriving and efficient business model. Prior to Inklusiiv, he has had various operational roles in startup events Slush and Arctic15. He holds a Master's degree in social sciences from University of Lapland. During his free time, he loves spending time outdoors in nature.

Anni Mäkitalo
Marketing & Community Manager for Women in Tech Finland

Anni is in charge of all the marketing and community coordination of Women in Tech Finland. She holds a MSc degree in Digital marketing & Corporate communication, and has previous marcomms experience within the tech field. With a background in competitive sports, equity and inclusion are deep-rooted values for Anni - and she is always up for a sports-related challenge!

Inklusiiv Board

Katja Toropainen

Founder, Inklusiiv

Stephen (Steve) Lee

Communications Strategy Director, 

San Francisco

Kaisa Seppo

Associate Director, Growth & Strategy,

  Idean part of Capgemini Invent

Amy Nguyen

Investment Manager, Wave Ventures