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Piotr Pluta

Piotr is an organizational psychologist. He conducts workshops and train-the-trainer courses in four languages, facilitates our international partnerships and contributes to our R&D activities.

He has been a member of Human Factors since November 2011. Since 2015 the company operates under a shared leadership of two managing directors and Piotr is the managing director focusing on the professional psychological and consultative aspects of the operation, involving teaching, client support, R&D and consultation.

He has a Master Degree in Psychology from the University of Wrocław, Poland. During his course of study he participated in the Erasmus exchange at the University of Valencia, Spain. He was also awarded with a scholarship to participate in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology graduate program at the East Carolina University, NC, USA.
 
Piotr’s work as a consultant involves running seminars based on the Diversity Icebreaker, in the areas of communication trainings, trust building, cross-cultural work and diversity management. He participates in the development and research revolving around the concept, including validation studies, cultural validation studies and codification of concept’s diversified practice.

In his master thesis, he investigated the influence of humour on persuasion and the psychology of humour is among his professional fields of interest. He has designed and runs humour seminars and workshops, during which participants experience humour and reflect on the phenomenon and its role in their organisations. Piotr is also the author of a popular science blog about the psychology of humor – www.psychologyofhumor.com.
 
He is fluent in English, Norwegian, Polish and Spanish.
 
 
Mobile  in Norway (+47) 960 49 421
Mobile in Polen (+48) 880 742 455 

E-mail: piotr@human-factors.no
 

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Bjørn Z. Ekelund

One of the most renowned and established experts in Norway within the fields of collaboration, team development, communication in team and management across functional roles and cultural diversities.

In more than 30 years Bjørn has been leading management consultancies and as an external consultant he has delivered more than 1000 consultants engagement in more than 20 countries.

- creator of the Diversity Icebreaker® – single most popular Norwegian training and development concept and the first one to gain global outreach and significance with more than 300 000 respondents in more than 75 countries.
 
- awarded the “Consultant of the Year 2008” prize for the Diversity Icebreaker international breakthrough.

- based on this practice he has developed a number of other validated team tools used by organisations and external consultants alike.
 
- - Has published 6 books and published over 30 scientific articles. The latest book: "Unleashing the Power of Diversity - How to Open Minds for Good" is published on Routledge Publishing - one of the top 10 HR books of 2019 according to acclaimed US HR company, BambooHR.

- known internationally within his field for his high professional competence grounded in academic knowledge.

- cooperated with many of the world’s best ranked educational institutions and many international companies.
 
- involved in building conflict management competence in the Middle East (project partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council).

- has trained more than 1000 consultants in the use of international psychological assessment tools.

- inspiring lecturer and facilitator, generous in sharing his expertise.

- inspiring and credible speaker on leadership, personal development and team.

- an expert on Scandinavian culture in the global organisational context.

 
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E-mail: bjorn.z.ekelund@human-factors.no 

Mobile phone (+ 47) 908 75 547

Harald K. Ekelund

Harald is managing our economy and has an active role in strategic planning. 

Harald has developed the Human Factors step by step together with his brother Bjørn Z. Ekelund, since 1997.

Since Harald has academic background in economics and law, he has focused on the organization and management of the business - including finance, accounts, licenses, supplier agreements, international distribution agreements, etc. Since 2015 the company operates under a shared leadership of two managing directors and Harald is the managing director with responsibilities for the commercial tasks.

Harald is particularly focused that the company manages its intellectual capital and sales growth in line with sound ethical and economic principles, in parallel with socially useful contributions.

Harald is shareholder, a member of the Board and is preparing documents for both the Board and the General Assembly.
 

Tanja Münchausen

Tanja is responsible for communication with our clients and contributes in the areas of marketing and events organisation.

Global Network

Almost two thousand consultants are registered as users of our main product, Diversity Icebreaker.

Some of these are also part of a global network of Diversity Icebreaker users: RBG Global Team