Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Uduak Archibong Liam Kennedy
Jock Collins Jack Levin
Grethe van Geffen Lullu Tshiwula
Souad Halila

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations - unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Uduak Archibong
Uduak Archibong PhD is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, UK, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She is a Visiting Professor at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Africa and a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing. Her research, teaching and knowledge transfer activities broadly cover the areas of workforce diversity, diversity competent leadership development, family-centred health care and cross-cultural negotiation of community / family access to, and engagement in health and social services. Her research interests have been influenced by many years experience of working closely with leaders and senior managers within the healthcare and higher education arenas both in the UK and internationally. Professor Archibong has established an outstanding record of contributions in promoting and developing research to enhance levels of cross-cultural competence amongst health and social service practitioners as well as staff and students in higher education settings. She has been instrumental in developing the capacity and competencies of managers who are responsible for managing equality and diversity issues in their organisations, through the development of an MSc in Diversity Management, the only such programme in the UK to have been accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Professor Archibong leads a global team of researchers to undertake numerous large-scale research projects on representational diversity and inclusive workplaces including a European Commission funded collaborative research study on Positive Action Measures in the European Union, Canada, United States and South Africa (PAMECUS). Professor Archibong has published extensively on inclusion and diversity; she is lead author of the article which won the IJD International Award for Excellence in the area of diversity in organisations, communities and nations in 2009. She has also recently received a major award from the University of Nigeria as a distinguished healthcare leader for her contributions to healthcare development in developing countries. She is on the editorial board of numerous international and professional academic journals.


Jock Collins
Jock Collins is Professor of Economics at the University Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia, where he has been teaching since 1977. His research interests centre on an interdisciplinary study of immigration and cultural diversity in the economy and society. His recent research has been on Australian immigration, ethnic crime, immigrant entrepreneurship, immigrant youth, ethnic precincts and tourism, multiculturalism, the Cronulla Beach Riots and the social use of ethnic heritage and the built environment. He is the author or co-author of nine books, the most recent of which is Bin Laden in the Suburbs: criminalizing the Arab other (with Scott Poynting, Greg Noble and Paul Tabar). He is also the author of over 50 articles in international and national academic journals and book chapters. His work has been translated in French, Japanese, Arabic, Dutch, Chinese and Italian. Jock Collins has had visiting academic appointments in the UK, Canada, Sweden and the United States.

Grethe van Geffen
Grethe van Geffen is founder (1997) and managing director of Seba cultuurmanagement bv (www.seba.nl), a bureau for interim management, consultancy and training specialised in diversity management. Among the customers of Seba are the City of Amsterdam, the national Ministry of Home Affairs, the national Nederlandsche Bank, the Free University Medical Centre, and companies like KPMG, PerfettiVanMelle and TNT.
Grethe van Geffen published several books and over fifty articles about diversity. Her main book, The value of difference (available in Dutch only, 2nd edition 2009) is used by many organisations as a concrete guideline how to implement diversity in daily practices. It shows a model of 10 critical success factors that form a practical method for diversity management in organisations. Theoretically, it is mainly based on Roosevelt Thomas, Rosabeth Moss Kanter and Wahid Shadid.
The aim of all her work is to open, maybe even ‘translate’ results and findings from diversity science and research to managers and leaders who are busy and who ‘do not have a problem with diversity’. The financial crisis has shown that diversity is not the problem but the way to go in business life if we want sustainable wealth. The method of 10 critical success factors is now worked out step by step in tools and instruments, easily available in a new webshop www.diversityshop.eu.
Furthermore Grethe van Geffen is chair of Mensa the Netherlands and member of the International Board of Directors of Mensa International since January 2008 and active in VNO-NCW (Dutch employers union).


Souad Halila
Souad Halila (Ph.D. in History from the University of Southern California, 1988) is Assistant Professor of History and Cultural Studies at the University of Tunis Al-Manar. Prior to that, she has taught at the University of the Center, in Sousse, Tunisia for eight years, and at King Saud University, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 11 years. Totally dedicated to teaching and research, she makes a point of introducing new subjects to the department’s curricula every two years, teaching contemporary issues in Britain and the USA, research methodology, and focusing on Multiculturalism, Black Studies, Islamic Issues, Civil Society, and Environmental Issues. Dr. Halila researches cross-cultural subjects, especially African American, Middle East and Maghrebi Studies crossing race, class, gender, religion, and environment.
She takes her cues from race relations in Britain, France, and the USA, with the objective of identifying common grounds and divergences. For instance, her ongoing research interest in “Veilophobia &Veilophilia”, Muslim Intellectualism, Islamic Feminism, Hip Hop Culture, and Islamic Rap finds ample material and diversified perspectives from the MENA region, Europe and the United States. A three-time Fulbright scholar to the United States, the last one under the program “Direct Access to the Muslim World”, she is the author of several articles on Black, Islamic, Feminist, and Environmental Issues. She lectured in Saudi Arabia, France, Spain, and the USA, is fluent in Arabic, French, and English, and uses primary sources from these languages.

Liam Kennedy
Liam Kennedy is interested in long-run change in Irish society, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. These interests include secular trends in prices, wages, living standards and population change. In more recent years, he has focused on Catholic-Protestant relations on the island of Ireland, from the Plantation of Ulster in the early 1600s to the dawn of the 21st century. This work, which is being pursued in collaboration with Professor KA Miller of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Dr Brian Gurrin of the National University of Ireland, draws on local and regional demographic studies. There is a particular emphasis on the changing balance between Irish Catholics, Anglicans and Presbyterians at a detailed local level, while also observing the implications of these changes for communal and power relationships. Economic, social and political variables are seen to be important, but we also stress the role of latent demographic power in understanding the conflicts of religion and nationality in recent centuries. LK

Jack Levin
Jack Levin, Ph.D. is the Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University in Boston, where he co-directs its Center on Violence and Conflict.  He has authored or co-authored 30 books, including the recently published volumes Serial Killers and Sadistic Murderers—Up Close and Personal and The Violence of Hate. Dr. Levin has also published more than 150 articles in professional journals and newspapers, such as The New York Times, Boston Globe, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, and USA Today. He appears frequently on national television programs, including 48 Hours, 20/20, Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah, The O’Reilly Factor, Larry King Live, and all network newscasts. Levin was honored by the Massachusetts Council for Advancement and Support of Education as its “Professor of the Year.” He recently received a major award from the American Sociological Association for his efforts to increase the public understanding of sociology and the Apple Award from the New England Sociological Association for his contributions to teaching. Levin has spoken to a wide variety of community, academic, and professional groups, including the White House Conference on Hate Crimes, the Department of Justice, the Department of Education, OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (a membership of 59 countries), the National Organization of Hostage Negotiators, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Lullu Tshiwula
Lullu Tshiwula is currently Deputy Vice-Chancellor/Professor of Student Development and Support at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds her PhD in Social Work as well as her MA in Social Development and Planning. She has worked with the United Nations Development Programme on a version of the Child Justice Bill and also done focused research on youth conditions in correctional services. She is currently a board member for the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention, the Chuma Foundation, the Johnetta B. Cole Powergirls Leadership Institute US, and an Advisory council member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (International Affairs) in the Office of the Rights of the Child in the Presidency.

In addition to her work on these advisory boards and with the University of the Western Cape, Lullu has continued to facilitate social work practice on HIV/AIDS child headed families in the Limpopo province, has offered workshops on affirmative action, and has done research on women abuse for Idasa.