Intersectionality and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are at the forefront of the global business agenda. In order for DEI to be a lasting movement, and not simply a fleeting moment, leaders need to address tough and complex issues. How do they map a path towards genuine inclusion across their organisations? What’s the difference between a marketing-driven intervention, and structural changes that can lead to real transformation? What is intersectionality and why does it matter?

Saїd Business School, University of Oxford, believes that business is at the heart of systemic DEI challenges.

In this Intersectionality and Inclusion series, we explore the necessary but difficult work of individuals and organisations engineering a more equal and inclusive world. What are the concrete steps and measurable goals they undertake? What are the thorniest challenges they are encountering? What is their advice for leaders and businesses who would be a part of this movement, but are unsure how to proceed?

Episode 1


Pathways to visibility

Albinism is rarely mentioned in the diversity, equity and inclusion debate, despite the extreme prejudice people with albinism face the world over. We spoketo members of Sesame Workshop, model Diandra Forrest, and Stephan Bognar from the NYDG Foundation, who worked on a recent campaign to build global awareness of people with albinism and their mistreatment.

Episode 2


Women entrepreneurs: building inclusivity and tackling world-scale challenges

The empowerment of women requires a joint effort. Both women and men need to work to facilitate the empowerment of others. But there is no one-size-fits-all answer. What impact do allies have on women’s careers and how can you become an advocate? In this episode, co-hosted by Bridget Kustin and Amanda Ellis from WE Empower, we speak to three successful female entrepreneurs about how they are helping women reach their full economic potential.

Episode 3


#StrengthBeyondAllOdds – Female leaders who defy the odds

'Strength beyond all odds' is the theme for this year's International Albinism Awareness Day. The theme was chosen to:

  • Highlight the achievements of people with albinism around the world.
  • Show that people with albinism can defy all odds.
  • Celebrate how people with albinism worldwide meet and exceed expectations in all domains of life.

During this episode Bridget Kustin, Carol Prendergast, Human Rights Advocate & Refugee Policy Advisor IK Ero, UN Independent Expert, model and activist Xueli Abbing, 16 year old Activist and International Model discuss all this and more.

Our hosts

The series is hosted by two representatives from Saïd Business School, Bridget Kustin and Zainab Kabba. Our hosts will provide the bridge between the worlds of theory and practice as they explore real-world case studies with our extraordinary guests.

Bridget Kustin

Bridget Kustin

Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead

Bridget is a Research Fellow and Qualitative Lead on the Oxford Ownership Project at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Her research engages the breadth of the global wealth spectrum, from large family businesses (annual revenue above $1 billion) and their advisors/service providers, to Islamic (micro)finance institutions in Bangladesh and Pakistan serving the world's poorest, to international development finance, through fieldwork at the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia and a position as a 2018-19 Fellow on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Development Finance.

Dr Zainab Kabba

Dr Zainab Kabba

Associate Director for Programmes, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship

Dr Kabba is an education and institution development expert. She has a background in technology and education, with expertise in educational programming and research spanning the pharmaceutical industry, schools, higher education and the non-profit and charity sectors. She was the Associate Director for Programmes at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, with previous roles as Executive Director of Cambridge Muslim College and Assistant Director at Sesame Workshop.

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