Linda Gloria Keitasha
Linda Keitasha is the Project Coordinator at the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion and the Chair of DCU’s newly established Race Advisory Council. She is a media specialist and a community development practitioner. Her previous experience has been working with marginalised communities to advance better working conditions and social justice and to build collective power to advance for change.
Linda is also the co-founder of #NoToBrainWaste, a campaign set up to highlight the challenges and barriers faced by under-employed and over-qualified migrants and Irish-born ethnic minorities. Previously Linda worked with the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, as a community development officer where she worked on a campaign to tackle workplace exploitation and advancing a worker rights agenda that ensures better working conditions for undocumented live-in health workers and childminders.
Linda has been living in Ireland for the past 19 years, and over the past 18 years, Linda has worked in retail management, healthcare, youth work and workers’ rights. She has an Honours degree in Journalism and visual media, and she is currently completing a master’s in International Relations. Linda is passionate about finding practical solutions through awareness and education to tackle racism and ensure a safer and more just Ireland where all people and in particular migrant people have equal opportunities to thrive and flourish.
Fandy is a self-reflective and proactive facilitator. She has 18 years of work experience facilitating linguistic and intercultural competence around the world.
Fandy is the initiator of iEducate Global, an International Baccalaureate Affiliate, and a Workshop Leader for the IB Educators Network. Fandy has worked in Korea, Italy, Uganda and China, supporting pupils and teachers of over 60 nationalities with diverse identities and cultural backgrounds. Fandy holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language and is currently working towards an MA in Education, focusing on holistic approaches to learning.
Fandy is the newly appointed Secretary of the Race Advisory Council of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. As a founding member of the DEIJ committee of the Association of Educators and Leaders of Color, she is currently working on AEILOC’s DEIJ Continuum for International Schools.
Fandy has also worked with education recruitment organisations like ISS and Search Associates. With International School Services as a Member of the Antiracism Task- Force; she also took part in Search Associates’ DEI listening circle as part of their research into the experiences of non-white users of their teacher recruitment services. Fandy is a trained Lean-In Circle Leader who advocates for Gender Equality and has supported women at the workplace through her Planet Venus Group.
Olusegun Gbadebo is a Senior Manager for the EMEA segment of the Microsoft Sales Academy. He has four years of leadership experience at the company with a track record that has earned him multiple awards including the esteemed gold club attainment of the organization.
Olusegun takes pride in playing a significant role in building the fun and inclusive culture of the Demand Response segment of the Digital Sales operation of Microsoft Ireland.
Beyond his core role, Olusegun started the Blacks At Microsoft(BAM) Employee Resource Group(ERG) for Microsoft Ireland, the first ERG of its kind for the company in Europe and currently serves as the Chairperson.
He also sits on the Diversity and Inclusion Council of the organization serving as the Multicultural pillar lead.
Vire Komolafe holds a Social Care diploma from the National University of Ireland, Galway. She also holds a Certificate in Black Studies from the Anti Racism Institute and Black Studies, Dublin. Vire has a B.A in French as well as a Diploma degree in Law from the Ogun State University, Nigeria.
She is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant. Vire is the Co Founder of Global Diaspora Engagement organisation which brings awareness, networking and success stories about Nigerians living in the Diaspora. In supporting young people, Vire established an African Parents network Ireland to support Parents.
Vire is passionate about her community and was a Former Acting Interim Chairperson of Nigerians in Diaspora Ireland as well as a former General Secretary of Nigerians in Diaspora Organization, Europe.
Elizabeth Adeyemo holds a masters degree in Political Communication and a BA in Civil law & English literature. Her passion for storytelling led her to launch Forget The Walls Podcast in 2020. The podcast promotes the deconstruction of socially constructed ideas that keep individuals trapped in dysfunctional patterns of thought and behaviour.
Elizabeth’s primary aim is for her work to authentically reflect the environment around her and positively impact the lives of those that encounter her work.
Tsholofelo Chedu Peba
Tsholofelo Chedu Peba is a self-driven, reliable worker who is dedicated to being of positive value to an organisation with a proven track record of success in driving performance, productivity, quality, and strategy objectives. Chedu’s history in the various organisations has afforded her the skills of good leadership, valuable customer relations, diligence and positive team work ethic. Chedu has acquired a great skillset in conflict management, team motivation and team development. Chedu’s multicultural background has afforded her the opportunity to take ownership of her development. She enjoys being part of fast paced, ever changing organisations. Chedu is passionate about continuous growth and development with a keen interest in marketing.
Winifred Ikhine Akinyemi
Winifred is an experienced international Development Practitioner, Specialist knowledge in Programme Grant management , with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry. Winifred is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Strategic Planning, Event Management, Volunteer Management, and Public Speaking. Winifred is a strong professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) focused in International Development, 2.1 from University College Dublin.
Nigell is Director of Global Foreign Exchange at Fidelity International (FIL) based in Ireland with responsibility for all Investment Management & Distribution FX trading activity. Nigell was born in Trinidad and Tobago and holds a degree in BA (Hons) International Accountancy and Finance from The University of Brighton, however began his FIL career in Bermuda and transitioned to Ireland in 2002.
In addition, he is a passionate D&I advocate with active participation in FIL’s LGBT+ and Culture Networks while also being one of the first Global Disability Leads. His contribution has been recognised externally for two consecutive years and included in the EMPower Ethic Minority Future Leaders 2020 &2021 lists and is an LGBT Great Project 1000 role model.
Flower Paddy is a dynamic, competent and SAFe certified scrum master with over five years of experience in teaching, coaching and mentoring of various organisations and teams in adopting and using Scrum. Flower is experienced in facilitating scrum teams to act upon the Scrum values to get self-organised and realise their full potential and maturity. She is a servant leader by nature whose focus is on the needs of the team members and the customer with the goal of achieving results in line with the organisation’s values, principles and business objectives. Flower has experience with widely successful Agile techniques such as User stories, TDD, BDD, Continuous Integration, Automated Testing etc.
Flower is adept at delivering complex digital projects, breaking down barriers for teams and planning at a higher level while getting into the detail to make things happen when needed. Flower has consistently lead teams and successfully taken projects from inception to delivery and ensuring that all deliverables are completed according to schedule, standard and quality required. Flower has extensive multi-industry products and systems greenfield implementation, enhancements and or upgrades experience.
Sandra Healy, Founder and CEO of inclusio, has a career spanned 20 years in the global technology industry working across the UK and Ireland for companies such as BT Global Services, O2, Telefonica Europe and Vodafone. Sandra is the Founder of the Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin City University.
Sandra holds an Honours Degree in Psychology and a first-class Master’s in Organisational Psychology. She is an NLP Master Practitioner and an accredited Sales Academy Coach, with core expertise in delivering large-scale business transformation. Over the past fourteen years Sandra has championed and driven Diversity and Inclusion practice in Irish industry and is considered one of the country’s leading experts. She is currently a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality in Ireland (2020), led by Dr Catherine Day.
Sandra is one of DiverseIn top three 20 Diversity Leaders to Watch in 2018; game changers for diversity and inclusion and was shortlisted for the European Diversity Awards, Head of Diversity of the Year 2019.
Emma Loo provides Marketing, Communications and Research Support for the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. She holds an Honours BA in Communication Studies from Dublin City University and a First Class Honours MSc in Public Relations and Strategic Communications. She was awarded DCU 2020 Mentee of the Year for the MSc PR Programme.
Emma delivers communication strategies and coordinates digital conferencing events. Her research specialisms include engaging with new communication methods, social media and technologies. Her main areas of expertise focuses on marketing and communications with a keen interest in creating LGBTQI+ inclusion in sport and all aspects of society. During her university studies Emma has coordinated sold-out charity fundraising events.
Pedro E Ontivero
Pedro E Ontivero is a Program Manager at Twitter. Pedro is an organisational consultant specialising in people-driven change management (process, culture, technological) and organisational development.
Pedro has an inherent understanding of how difficult change is, and a passion for Diversity and Inclusion. Pedro loves to devise new strategies to help embrace new ways of thinking to be more inclusive and innovative from within organisations, forging strong, trustworthy, and collaborative relationships along the way.
Pedro is a strong problem solver who enjoys using an academic foundation, business acumen, and persuasive social skills to create new approaches for better results. He has a vast experience in the identification and analysis of organisational gaps, change impact analysis, business process improvements, the design and implementation of training and communication strategies, and using indicators to create reinforcement tactics. Pedro is professionally Certified in Change Management and PRINCE2