Erasmus Alumni Lecture: Inclusive Countries, Cities & Companies

Thursday 18 Feb 2021, 17:00 - 18:00
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Inclusivity is extremely topical, and you’ll hear many heads of state, mayors and CEO’s discuss the matter in inspiring speeches. But how far along are we on our path to equal chances for everybody? Why do we still see huge inequalities based on sex, cultural background, reservations or one of many other characteristics? We will discuss this topic with three inspiring guest speakers from three different perspectives: inclusive countries, cities and companies.

Inclusive Countries

Jannelieke Aalstein, MSc Public Administration at ESSB and outgoing director of ActionAid, tells more about ActionAid’s ongoing struggle for social equality, gender equality and against poverty around the world. The company focuses mainly on women, as they are generally still most severely affected in periods of crisis and are most often excluded in decision-making and social change. With ActionAid, Jannelieke empowers female leadership and supports people in developing countries to stand up for their rights.

Inclusive Cities

Karen Klijnhout is a PhD candidate at the Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture. Her PhD research focuses on city culture; from city narratives to performing arts. It is part of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens. Before joining the academic world Karen worked in the Rotterdam art scene in positions ranging from museum guard to theatre director and policy advisor. Her reflection on inclusion and city culture will be inspired by this work in the cultural field, empirical findings from her research, and academic scholars.

Inclusive Companies

Anass Meziane is an RSM alumnus and founder of Wrokko: the bridge between bi-cultural talent and employers. Wrokko’s programmes focus on improving the career perspectives of bi-cultural youths and by doing so, contribute to a more inclusive labour market. Anass tell us his story and discusses the challenges that bi-cultural youths and employers face - and how Wrokko makes the difference.

After the lectures, which will each take about 10-15 minutes, all guest speakers will participate in a panel discussion and answer questions from the audience. The interactive lecture will be moderated by Geert Maarse and will be in English.

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