We are a growing team of highly educated and experienced disruptors deeply committed to social justice and equality not afraid to ‘rock the boat’ to make a difference. This is what makes us leaders and innovators.
Guilaine Kinouani – Guilaine@racereflections.co.uk
Guilaine is Race Reflections’ Head Disruptor!
Guilaine is the director and founder of Race Reflections. She is a psychologist and clinician with over 15 years of experience working with issues of equality and justice in the fields of community development, research, management, organisational consultancy, training and psychotherapy. As an educator, Guilaine teaches critical psychology and black studies to undergraduates and widely shares a scholarship through various mediums. Guilaine writes monthly articles and designs training courses, and e-learning solutions for Race Reflections and Race Reflections ACADEMY. She also leads on organisational interventions, and community engagement and overviews the overall strategic direction of Race Reflections.
Guilaine’s first book Living While Black: The essential guide to overcoming Racial Trauma (Ebury: Penguin Random House) is a powerful exposé of the lived experience of various manifestations of racism and their impact on the mind and body through arresting case studies, eye-opening research and effective and innovative coping techniques.
Living While Black is a MUST READ for anyone seeking access to specialist self-care strategies to navigate white supremacy across contexts, for those with a vested interest in the welfare and wellbeing of black groups or working towards anti-racism and for everyone else doing ‘the work’.
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Dave Pickering – Dave@racereflections.co.uk
Dave is Race Reflections’ Audio Wizard!
Dave is an award-winning podcaster, writer and storyteller who has been making podcasts in one way or another since 2006. His work has been featured on Radio 4 and Resonance FM, and has been recommended by The Guardian, Time Out and the Financial Times. He’s used his magic for a variety of clients, from BAFTA to Cbeebies Radio, and currently produces podcasts for a range of individuals and social enterprises, as well as making personal (and political) creative projects. Before going freelance, he worked for the library service, first as a library assistant, and later as an Early Years Library Outreach Worker. Dave uses his wizardry to produce and manage our podcast: Race Reflections AT WORK.
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Dionne is our Admin, Communications and Engagement Leading Boss
Dionne works to ensure everything behind the scenes at Race Reflections’ goes off without a hitch! She has worked in both the public and private sectors, honing her skills as a data-driven copywriter, public speaker and communications strategist. Following a move to Barcelona, she decided to build her business, supporting entrepreneurs she respects who run businesses that matter. Dionne’s interests include sharing knowledge through writing: with articles published in Black Ballad and Solopreneur Life and helping businesses grow. Dionne features as a regular guest on the Good Business podcast- for new women business owners and entrepreneurs. Having completed a Master of Research in Sociology and Demography. her academic interests and thesis, are grounded in intersectional feminism, the experience of motherhood in the 21st century and Black motherhood.
Janedra is our Community of Practice Coordinator.
She is a certified Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), organizational development coach, and consultant. She is a partner at Arboreta Group, LLC, a San Diego-based consulting firm serving nonprofits, governments, and businesses, offering strategic planning, training, evaluation, and facilitation services.
Janedra believes that people, organizations, and communities, after some sincere self-reflection, know what is best for them and the direction they want to go. She seeks to understand what motivates people and how they work, then finds the tools and strategies that fit the specific needs that will take them to the next level. She focuses on helping organizations clarify and achieve their vision.
She is thinking about ways organizations can infuse equity, diversity, and inclusion into their day-to-day business decisions. She helps her clients look for practices large and small that can make their organizations more diverse, fair, and inclusive. Often, that comes in the form of EDI plans, business development projects, program design, and just helping the leadership stay on track with coaching.
She has a streak of curiosity that is a mile long. When she is not working, Janedra reads and watches YouTube videos to explore whatever interesting thing crosses her path. Currently, apartment gardening. She is a mother of an adult son who is a fabulous person, a dedicated pet parent (two massively loving Rottweilers), an inconsistent yogi, and a lover of a good meal with friends.
Janedra has a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr Simone Kolysh
Dr Kolysh is also part of our Associate Disruptors team!
Dr Kolysh is a lesbian agender mother of four and a feminist scholar of race, gender, and sexuality committed to a revolutionary future. Their background in Biology, Public Health, LGBTQ studies, and Sociology aids their interdisciplinary work and scholar-activism. A culmination of the last ten years, Dr. Kolysh’s book, Everyday Violence: The Public Harassment of Women and LGBTQ People, will be published in September 2021 with Rutgers University Press. You can learn more about Dr Kolysh at simonekolysh.com. In addition to being a subject expert on LGBTQ, gender and gender identity issues and experiences, Dr Kolysh is a highly experienced trainer, facilitator and lecturer.
Hayan Raphael – Hayan@racereflections.co.uk
Hayan is Trainee Disruptor
Hayan is a supporting arm at Race Reflections, and he’s keen to get involved in every aspect of the business. Hayan is an aspiring business psychologist who brings a solid understanding of business trends, a love for social media and a desire to help us grow and develop. Hayan mainly assists with the admin side of things and supports all team members when required. When not working, you can find him browsing business news, producing music and watching birds.
Charlotte is also an Associate Disruptor
Charlotte is an aspiring clinical psychologist. She previously trained as a speech and language therapist and has extensive experience of working in mainstream and special needs education. Charlotte is an intersectional feminist, disability advocate and arts activist. She is currently completing an MEd Psychology conversion and works as a researcher exploring ethnic inequalities in mental health. In her spare time, Charlotte can be found painting, embroidering and attempting to enjoy yoga. At Race Reflections, Charlotte will be assisting in the development of several projects including the “Still I Rise” programme.
Dr Furaha Asani
Furaha is our Lead Associate Disruptor!
Dr Furaha Asani is an immunologist/biochemist, writer, mental health advocate, teacher, and trainer on equality issues within higher education & STEM. She’s currently working as a project officer on a UKRI-funded community engagement project, as well as giving (and facilitating) webinars on so many timely topics for so many wonderful groups (including anti-blackness & mental health for the University of Cambridge and decolonising global health studies and reporting). Her personal story made the news last year, bringing to light the fact that the Home Office erroneously wanted to deport her to a country she’s never been to (something she’s currently fighting). As one of our Senior Associates, Furaha will be leading workshops, training and community interventions for us.
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