Debate | Inclusive Leadership
Inclusive Leadership, how to maximize the diverse talent
- 13 March 2018
2511 DP Den Haag
- Spaanse Trappen
What does Inclusive Leadership mean? Which institutional transformations are necessary to create inclusive organizations, including higher education organizations? An inclusive climate often involves the transformation of institutional policies, structures and activities in order to maximize the diverse talents of all. Speakers from across the globe will share and discuss with you how leadership is developed and implemented at all levels to create more inclusive organizational cultures.
13.15 Welcome/introduction by prof. Judi Mesman, dean Leiden University College The Hague
13.30 Programme presented by Kamran Ullah, journalist and alumni Public Administration
- Simon Woolley, cofounder and director of Operation Black Vote
- Mischa Thompson, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, ‘Helsinki Commission’
- Alex Johnson, senior policy advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C.
- Lora Berg, Senior Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, German Marshall Fund
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Kamran Ullah (Moderator)
Kamran Ullah is an experienced moderator and radio/tv host. He works as News Content Director Video at the largest newspaper of The Netherlands, De Telegraaf. Prior to his current position he worked as a host and managing editor at national radio.
Ullah is also active as trainer of newly appointed Mayors in The Netherlands, the Trans Atlantic Leadership Network of the GMF, and political candidates in young democracies. Public speaking, use of social media and leadership are his main focus.
He studied Public Administration at the University of Leiden.
Simon Woolley, cofounder and director of Operation Black Vote
Simon Woolley (United Kingdom) is the cofounder and director of Operation Black Vote, the first comprehensive campaign to focus exclusively on the black and minority democratic deficit in the United Kingdom. Woolley is a former board member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and sits on the Children’s Commission panel studying school expulsions. He has initiated two successful government task forces: REACH, which looks at why some black youth are alienated, and Harriet Harman’s Black and Minority Ethnic Gender Committee, which looks at ways to improve political representation for black and minority ethnic women. Woolley writes for the Guardian, the Independent, the Huffington Post, and the African, Asian, and Caribbean press.
Mischa Thompson, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, ‘Helsinki Commission’
Mischa Thompson is a distinguished National Science Foundation Fellow, German Marshall Fund, and Fulbright Scholar, whose doctoral research focused on both solos/ tokenism and international racism. Upon being selected to serve as a prestigious AAAS/APA Congressional Fellow, Thompson led appropriations, foreign policy, defense, trade, and global rights efforts in the U.S. Congress that fostered an esteemed career as a Professional Staff Member in the U.S. House and Senate. Thompson currently advises the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Special Representative on Anti-Semitism, Racism, and Intolerance and Members of Congress and the State Department on anti-discrimination and inclusion issues for Europe and North America at the U.S. Helsinki Commission.
Alex Johnson, senior policy advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C.
Alex T. Johnson is the senior policy advisor for Europe and Eurasia at the Open Society Foundations in Washington, D.C. Johnson is a former Obama Administration appointee at the Department of Defense where he served as Special Advisor for Russia/Ukraine External Affairs in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy). In this role he coordinated public affairs, strategic communications, and congressional engagements for teams supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia.
Johnson served from 2007 to 2015 as a policy advisor at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), where he advised bicameral and bipartisan contributions to U.S. multilateral diplomacy on fundamental freedoms and human security in Eurasia, Europe, and the Near East. His service included almost four years as Representative of the Helsinki Commission at the United States Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria.
Johnson was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings and a consultant for local government initiatives in Portland and Corvallis, Oregon. Johnson holds a BS in natural resources and an MPP, both from Oregon State University.
Lora Berg, Senior Resident Fellow, Transatlantic Leadership Initiatives, German Marshall Fund
Lora Berg is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, currently on detail to the German Marshall Fund with the goal of advancing diversity and inclusion best practices in the transatlantic space. In this capacity, she develops partnerships with other institutional actors on the international stage to inform and strengthen positive discourse around diversity and inclusion, and to develop leadership programs with a focus on rising, diverse young leaders. Berg has served at the U.S. Embassies in Tunis, Rabat, Jeddah, Riyadh, Bratislava, Paris, and Brussels. Most recently, Ms. Berg served as senior advisor in Washington to the Special Representative to Muslim Communities.