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Momodou Malcolm Jallow

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Member of the Swedish Parliament | Chair of the Committee on Civil Affairs

Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden) is currently a member of the Swedish parliament and Chair of the standing Committee on Civil Affairs. He is a former member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Vice-Chair of its Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination. Mr. Jallow is also former General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance and Coordinator of the No Hate Parliamentary Alliance for the Council of Europe. He also served as rapporteur for three Parliamentary Assembly reports, respectively on Combating Afrophobia, or anti-Black racism, in Europe (2021), The role of political parties in fostering diversity and inclusion: a new Charter for a non-racist society (2022), and Raising awareness of and countering Islamophobia, or anti-Muslim racism, in Europe (2022). He has served as a city councilor in the city of Malmö and as the vice chair of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR). Mr. Jallow is the founder and chair of the Pan African Movement for Justice (PMJ) (Afrosvenskarnas forum för rättvisa), an NGO working for the protection of Human and fundamental rights with specific focus on the rights of people of African descent in Sweden and globally. Mr Jallow was awarded by the civil rights leader Rev Jesse Jackson with the 2018 Global Leadership Award for his tireless efforts and outstanding leadership in advocating for a Just and Diverse global society, a society freed from discrimination and intolerance.

He has led a landmark campaign against anti-black racism in Europe, hate speech and hate crimes against People of African Descent & Black Europeans (PAD & BE) leading to several guilty verdicts for hate crimes against black people in Scandinavia. As the former Chair of the ENAR steering group on people of African descent in Europe, he has advocated for an EU framework strategy on PAD and BE and led several delegations of black leaders, activists and politicians from Europe to the USA to build coalitions across the Atlantic. Mr. Jallow has also been awarded the prestigious 2016 Community Healer award for his outstanding contributions to the struggle for human rights of Europeans of African ancestry. He is also a valuable alum of the Transatlantic Inclusion Leaders Network advancing diverse young leaders in Europe and the United States.

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Chisom Udeze (She/Her)

Economist | Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult and HerSpace

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders.

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.