Petra de Bruxelles is the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC. She has more than 20 years of experience in International Finance and Development Organizations; most notably the European Investment Bank Group in Luxembourg, where her last role was Senior Diversity & Inclusion Officer, the UNDP in Copenhagen and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Throughout her career with these organizations, Diversity & Inclusion have been a recurring theme, and Petra decided to dedicate her time to these important issues full-time in early 2014. Petra obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Area Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in the United States and graduated from the University of Surrey in England with a Master’s in International Hotel Management. In her early career, she worked in the private sector in a number of different fields – amongst which, teaching English and working as a Guest Relations Officer in a 5-star hotel in Japan, and running a small textile importing agency in England.