We are a growing team of highly educated and experienced disruptors deeply committed to social justice and to 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 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 all articles, designs training courses, e-learning solutions for Race Reflections and Race Reflections ACADEMY. She also leads on organisational interventions, 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’.

You can pre-order Living While Black here. For PRESS ENQUIRIES please contact Ronke Lawal, Ariatu PR, info@ariatupr.com. Or get in touch with Guilaine directly for work-related queries.

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.

Violeta Tatu- Violeta@racereflections.co.uk

Violeta our Membership Queen!

Violeta is an educator and developing researcher. She has 7 years’ experience teaching in inner-London primary schools. She is passionate about cultural and multilingual education and is committed to decolonising the curriculum. She is currently completing an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies and teaches in an inner London primary school. In her spare time, she enjoys art, cooking and reading about astrology.’ At Race Reflections, Violeta looks after our members and students. She keeps everyone happy and connected. If you are a member, Violetta is now your first point of contact

Rahima Ahmed – Rahima@racereflections.co.uk

Rahima is Race Reflections’ Admin Maven!

Rahima Ahmed is an experienced Private Personal Assistant with over seven years’ worth of experience supporting a mixture of C-Suite’s, HNWI’s and Entrepreneurs amongst a variety of creative and professional industries. Rahima set up her very own Private and Virtual PA to provide bespoke administrative and project support to innovative small businesses launching into the wild. Rahima overviews all admin operations and business to business communication.

Dr Simone Kolysh – Simone@raceflections.co.uk

Dr Kolysh is one of our Associate Disruptors!

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’ 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.

Shahirah Elaiza Hassan-Zambrano – Shahirah@racereflections.co.uk
Shahira is one of our Assistant Disruptor!
Shahirah Elaiza Hassan-Zambrano is a communications specialist with a passion for using storytelling to create social change by inspiring action and cultivating empathy. She is on a mission to create safe spaces and facilitate conversations that will challenge and dismantle systems of racial injustice, inequity, inequality, and oppression. Shahirah holds a Master’s degree in Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand in which she explored the role of Twitter in social movements, particularly in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  As a communications specialist, she primarily focuses on communications strategies, business development, and corporate social responsibility. Born and raised in Malaysia and then in New Zealand, Shahirah considers herself a global citizen who currently lives in New York City, United States of America.

Wendy Grant – Wendy@racereflections.co.uk

Wendy is Race Reflections’s Lead Disruptor – Team Leader

Originally from South Africa, Wendy has lived through the transition from Apartheid to the birth of democratic South Africa. It is this foundational experience that has fuelled her passion for anti-racism work. As an experienced Social Worker, she has worked with vulnerable and marginalised individuals and groups at grassroots level.  She has also worked with a range of national and local organisations in South Africa and the UK including with religious groups, within the non-government sector, in education, in mental health and in family justice. Wendy is a skilled facilitator and trainer. She has held leadership roles as a Public Education and Training Manager in South Africa and as a Child Protection Chair in the London. Wendy’s quest for ongoing learning, change and greater understanding of the macro/global environment led her to recently complete a Master’s in International Relations at the University of Sussex. She is interested in the connections between the micro and macro in relation to racial inequality, justice and oppression in a way that is accessible beyond academia. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, carnivals and soca.

Lucia Sarmiento – Lucia@racereflections.co.uk
Lucia is one of our Assistant Disruptor!
Lucia is a humanistic therapist running a small private practice in Oxfordshire and online. Born and raised in Peru, she has lived and worked in France, the US, and the UK. She is interested in exploring coloniality and eurocentrism in psychological and social thought, and how they reinforce racial inequalities, as well as developing intercultural, multilingual therapy. Lucia hopes to do research on the psychosocial effects of mestizaje (racial mixing) in Latin America through a decolonial lens. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, gaming, and trying to follow a weightlifting routine.”

Kasey Robinson – Kasey@racereflections.co.uk

Kasey is one of our Associate Disruptors

Kasey is a freelance Inclusion and Equity and Wellbeing Facilitator and Consultant. Originally from the UK she has also lived and worked in the US, France and Monaco. She has a Masters degree in Gender from The London School of Economics and Political Science and over the years has worked with a number of companies and organisations ranging from healthcare brands, retail brands, schools and colleges, intergovernmental organisations, charities and NGOs. Her work focuses on exploring and advocating for gender equality/equity, anti-racism, LGBTQ rights and visibility, masculinities, sexual harassment prevention and period equity through holistic, people first workshops and projects.

Hayan Raphael – Hayan@racereflections.co.uk

Hayan is Trainee Disruptor

Hayan is the baby of Race Reflections keen to get involved in every aspects 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 Maxwell – Charlotte@racereflections.co.uk

Charlotte is our other Assistant 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@racereflections.co.uk

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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