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Study Programmes
DIPLOMA IN DIVERSITY MANAGEMENT AND INCLUSION

TRAINERS

An experienced team of lecturers and trainers from around the world are involved in the planning and the delivery of the Diploma:

Radu Szekely

MA (Finland) 

Radu is the Programme Manager. He has almost 20 years of direct experience in education, training and project management, and has previously worked as Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Coordinator of International Affairs at Västra Nylands folkhögskola. He has lectured at various universities and education centres around the world on Intercultural Communication and diversity education policy, and has addressed numerous high-level conferences on these matters. He also worked as Head of International Development at EPFF France in Marseille, has acted as external consultant for DG EAC of the European Union, conducted the study on the European Intercultural Workplace, and started up and managed a private enterprise and a Finnish private school in Romania. He has been Chair of the National Coalition for Immigrants in Finland and took part in analysing and promoting diversity policies. He has been since 2012 member of the Committee for Vocational and Adult Education of the City Council of Turku and of the Committee for Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities of the City of Turku. 

Lisa Vernon

MBE, MA, MBA (UK)

Lisa has worked in the field of management, policy and education for over 20 years and has facilitated policy briefings, public hearings and debates for a number of companies, government agencies and NGOs. Her most recent experiences include management positions with organisations like the Historical Royal Palaces or Derbyshire Consortium in the United Kingdom. As former Head of Policy and Research at the Campaign for Learning she has gained a broad knowledge of training people that work in and with diverse groups. Recently she has been working in Papua New Guinea on community participation projects and with the Australian High Commission. She is a skilled facilitator and creative in her approach to engaging learners. Her qualifications include an MBA (Masters of Business Administration) with International Development as major, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She was recently awarded and MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Tomi Virtanen

MA (Finland)

Tomi is the founder of Doerz.co, a start-up sharing economy marketplace. He is a graduate in Management and Organisations from Turku School of Economics, and spent time studying Strategic Management and Psychology at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He has a strong background in leading business and voluntary organisations, developing businesses, acting as Board Member and Adviser. Before his start-up career, he was Assistant Manager at the Turku Chamber of Commerce and continues to be a member of Junior Chamber International JCI Turku.

Celita Eccher

(Montevideo, Uruguay)

Celita studied Social Work at the University of the Republic of Uruguay (UDELAR) and has a vast experience in promoting and managing diversity. She is primarily a feminist popular educator, someone who believes in diversity as a value in itself. She was also a professor at the Department of Social Work of the University of Social Sciences in Montevideo and contributes to the Rural Craftwomen’s Cooperatives in Uruguay and the women’s movement at world level. Celita has been part of the International Council of the World Social Forum since its very beginning. She was the General Coordinator of the Popular Education Network of Women from Latin America and the Caribbean (REPEM) and Secretary General of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE). She is currently Member of the Board of Directors of Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), a global network where she also acted as Regional Coordinator in the past.

Sanna Antola

MA (Finland)

Sanna is a seasoned expert in Intercultural Communication and Human Resource Management. She has studied in Finland and France, and worked in both the public and the private sector. She has gained work experience with youth and intercultural issues in Finland, France and The United States of America, as well as in trainings run by international organisations. She is a great fan of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, which she had the chance to study directly with its author, Milton Bennett. She travelled extensively for research purposes, from Nicaragua to China. She has conducted research in the challenges caused by cultural diversity and on the political aspects of multiculturalism. She was one of the main researchers in the Finnish team that contributed to the European Intercultural Workplace studies.

Kati Woullet-Bernal

(United Kingdom)

Kati will work with students on case studies based on her own direct experience of diversity management. She has lived in the Far East, and worked with research groups in very remote areas of Borneo (Malaysia) and the Philippines. She has also supported inclusion programmes for children with disability and campaigns for creating decent workplaces for women in the Far East.

Ulla Ladau-Harjulin

MA, OAL (Finland)

Previously lecturer in Intercultural Communication at the Swedish School of Business and Economics in Helsinki, Ulla has vast experience in communication training and is author of numerous intercultural training materials that are used widely in Finland. She was among the pioneers of cross-cultural training in Europe. Has considerable expertise in using stories and text analysis to bring cultural issues to the fore. Has conducted research in communication and has been part of research groups at European level. She was awarded the “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” by the French President for her contribution to the development of intercultural understanding.

 

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Contact: radu.szekely@vnf.fi, +358 50 3701714

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