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“When I recruit people different from me, I end up with a more successful team”

Tim Green

Annelies Van Den Belt, of DC Thomson Family History, on the benefits of diversity.

Annelies Van Den Belt, CEO of DC Thomson Family History, knows what it’s like to be a minority. As a woman in tech, who’s worked overseas most of her life, she is one. Here, she talks about the challenges – and benefits – of pursuing workplace diversity.

Diversity in tech remains a big issue. Tech is critical to the future prosperity of so many verticals. So surely it should reflect wider society, right?

Well, it doesn’t. Which is why it was the subject of a panel session at Hot Topics’ most recent event in London. Specifically, the question asked was: Is there a genuine need for more diversity in tech? Do diverse teams win and if so, why aren’t more tech businesses addressing this problem?

Annelies Van Den Belt is sad that, 20 years after the tech sector exploded, we’re still talking about it at all.

She believes that, if the customer is king, and the customer can be drawn from any gender, age or ethnicity, it’s pure common sense to hire from a diverse base.

She says: “When I recruit people different from me, I end up with a more successful team”

For more of Annelies’ views, watch the video above.

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