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Managing Diversity in a Time of Turmoil

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The session organized by the Global Diplomacy Lab, titled Managing Diversity in Times of Turmoil, took place on Monday 19 June 2017. The Panel was composed of four GDL Members: Kyle Matthews, Jasdeep Randhawa, Natalya Nepomnyashcha and Josiane Khoury.

Globalization has accelerated the interaction of people from many different cultural and religious backgrounds, yet there is growing concern that national identities and diversity are being challenged in many countries across the globe. In numerous countries, multiculturalism as a national policy is in retreat and we are seeing a public demand for the better integration of minorities while public debate on limiting immigration has also been opened up. Populist parties in the West and elsewhere are emerging and challenging previously held liberal principles and consensus of national identities. Are we entering a new phase of nationalism? What are the consequences? Is this a global or temporary phenomena? The session provided a global analysis and a fish-bowl-style conversation on managing diversity in a time of turmoil.

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Kyle Matthews

Kyle Matthews is the Senior Deputy Director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. His work focuses on human rights, international security, the Responsibility to Protect, global threats, and social media and technology.

He recently founded the Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab and the Raoul Wallenberg Legacy of Leadership project.

In 2011, he joined the New Leaders program at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.

He is a member of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and the Federal Idea, a think tank devoted to federalism.


Jasdeep Randhawa

Jasdeep Randhawa is an international development and legal consultant with more than eight years of work experience spanning five continents. She has worked for UN-Habitat as the Programme Manager for Local Authorities, the Urban Legislation Advisor and the Regional Partnerships Advisor for Implementation of the New Urban Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). She has consulted for the OECD, the Governments of India, New Zealand and Australia, the World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on access to water security and sanitation services. She currently works as a Water Resources Management Specialist at the World Bank, Washington DC.  

She is passionate about tapping into the huge potential amongst young social entrepreneurs in India to localise the implementation of the SDGs, particularly in the fields of water, climate change, urbanisation, innovation and skills development.

Jasdeep has been selected to represent India at the G20 Youth Forum, and as a fellow of the Global Diplomacy Lab, the BMW Foundation, the Global Governance Futures programme and Global Table and has presented policy recommendations on global governance issues pertaining to climate change, the refugee crisis, water security, digital technology and building trust in post-conflict societies.

Jasdeep has also served as a law clerk to a senior judge in the Supreme Court of India and as a judicial marshal in the High Court of Hong Kong. Jasdeep has taught courses in law and public policy in India, New Zealand, Kenya and the United States.

A recipient of several international scholarships and awards, Jasdeep holds a Master’s in Law from Yale, a Bachelor’s in Civil Law from the University of Oxford, a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a law degree from Government Law College, Mumbai.

Jasdeep is a travel junkie, having made her way to 47 countries, and an amateur photographer.

Natalya Nepomnyashcha

Natalya was born and spent her childhood in the 1990's Kiev, prior to moving to Bavaria after elementary school. She received a degree as a state-certified interpreter for English and earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Central Lancashire in Northwestern UK.

She gained professional experience as Project Manager for the German-Russian Young Leaders Conference. As one of her current projects, she supports eHealth Africa as Admin Manager in Berlin, helping the NGO improve public healthcare in West Africa.

Natalya also acts as Deputy Chairwoman of the Young German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), working on the association's strategy as well as strengthening the internal and external network.

In 2016, she founded the non-profit enterprise Netzwerk Chancen, an advocacy platform that fights for equal opportunities for children and teenagers from low-income households in Germany.

Josiane Khoury

 Josiane Khoury holds a Master of Public Health degree from the American University of Beirut. After working in Lebanon on several projects, including with the Syndicate of Private Hospitals, the Italian Cooperation for Development, and the National AIDS Programme, she joined the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) headquarters in New York in 2005 as a technical analyst, working on HIV prevention.
In 2009, Ms Khoury moved to the Arab States Regional Office as a programme specialist and was relocated to Cairo in 2011 in the midst of the Arab Spring. She coordinated the regional humanitarian response, especially during the Libya crisis and the onset of the Syria crisis, was involved in the Youth Regional Programme and provided close support to UNFPA offices in Libya and Algeria.
Ms Khoury is currently External Relations Officer at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Lebanon Country Office, dealing mainly with the response to the Syria crisis and its impact on Lebanon.


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