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Diversity is not just a nice thing to have but “will be imperative in the future” for companies to stay relevant in the changing global business environment, the leader of an international nonprofit organization told a recent symposium in Los Angeles.

“Looking at the share of global GDP projection, it is clear that the center of gravity is shifting to non-OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) countries,” and companies “need to work in these diverse environments,” said Toshihiro Nakamura, cofounder and CEO of Kopernik, an online marketplace of simple innovative technologies designed especially for developing countries.

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