Stephanie Playford

Head of Diversity & Inclusion Advisory

About Stephanie Playford

Stephanie is Head of Diversity & Inclusion Advisory at the Vienna office of Ward Howell International. She has a strong international background, having spent over a decade across a global organization within the United Nations (U.N.), also working with inter-governmental and non-governmental partners across the world.

Alongside her global knowledge of the workings of international organizations she brings a wealth of experience in helping advise clients develop their sustainable & inclusive leadership through customized learning journeys. During her time at a London-based international leadership consultancy she provided advice to global clients in the automotive, industrial manufacturing, product development and financial services sector.

Stephanie adds strength to Ward Howell’s People Strategy & Culture Transformation Advisory and brings with her a strong track-record of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She supports our clients in excelling their offering to their employees and embedding DE&I into their organization’s culture. 

Stephanie studied at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, with a specialization in Economic & Business Law and is also a certified leadership facilitator.

Stephanie is a native German speaker and is fluent in English.


  • Consumer & Retail
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services
  • Energy
  • Public Sector & Education


  • Board Advisory
  • Business Development
  • Change Management
  • Coaching
  • Inclusion & Diversity
  • Leadership Development
  • Management Coaching
  • Management Consulting
  • Org. Development
  • Strategy Development
  • Talent Management