FOUNDER OF HIGHLIGHTER
Laiqa is a creative and Intersectional Feminist activist. Born and bred in East London, originally from Kashmir, and educated in Paris, she is dedicated to dismantling the white supremacist patriarchy, which is the root cause for all systems of oppression globally and in the creative industry. Having academic experience in Fine Art, and Architecture, as well as professional experience in Design and Luxury Fashion, she is well versed on these biases. Her 100+ page thesis, or Intersectional Manifesto, outlines the key forms of socio-economic and cultural discrimination faced by Intersectional people, particularly of WoC, to legitimise the barriers they face in the creative field.
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POST COLONIAL WRITER & CRITIC
Radhika is an Indian-American writer, critic and feminist. A Berkeley graduate in English and South Asian studies, with an emphasis on Post Colonial Feminism, she currently works in Sales and Training at a startup in San Francisco. Radhika spent her undergraduate career working and honing her interests in social justice and identity politics at the Thelton E. Henderson Centre for Social Justice at Berkeley Law as well as the Restorative Justice Centre. She chose to leverage that background to occupy a seat in management at the table in the technology world where inclusivity is marketable but women of colour still lack representation. In addition to her day job, Radhika maintains strong interests in Hindi, Sanskrit Epics and Literature, as well as (French) hip hop, travel and urban culture politics.
FOUNDER OF DO THAT THING
Heather is a BME campaigner with a history of running strategic communications campaigns in politics and the third sector – including having been Head of Digital for the Labour Party in Scotland. She is the creator of BME creative platform ‘Do That Thing’, looking to empower and improve access for young BME people in the creative sector, set to launch 2019. As of January 2019, she is the Senior Communications Advisor at Global Witness, an international anti-corruption NGO.
MUSICIAN & WRITER
Juliana Yazbeck is a Lebanese musician, singer, and writer. She released her self-written debut album “Sungod” in 2018, which she dedicates to “my beautiful brown sisters, children of the divine” as a call to “decolonise, remember, reclaim, and return to ourselves and our way.” Juliana holds an MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, following which came the most formative period of her life: Juliana moved away from being a stereotyped actor in a world led and run by white men to creating her own work and speaking with her own voice. “It turned my career and my life around.” This was when she would learn to listen to her inner voice, her higher self, her unconditionally loving guide, which would ultimately turn her from internalised colonial self hate to, in her words, “my divine purpose.”
FOUNDER OF SPEAK YO TRUTH
Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and Intersectional Feminist. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the founder of SpeakYoTruth, an online publication aiming to elevate the voices of women; specifically, women of colour, women with disabilities and those who identify as LGBTQI.