Q&A: Employee engagement is key to progress on diversity and inclusion

Albert E. Smith Junior, Chemonics’ new corporate chief of diversity and inclusion. Photo by: Chemonics

BARCELONA — Two months into his new role, Devex speaks with Albert E. Smith Junior, Chemonics’ new corporate chief of diversity and inclusion, to find out how global development stacks up against other sectors when it comes to D&I, and what development employers can do to ensure progress on these issues.

Smith discusses the importance of self-reflection, employee engagement, and a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion.

About the author

  • Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.