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Celebrating International Women's Day


At this IC Global Café, ‘Celebrating International Women’s Day’, we are exploring this year’s theme of ‘Inspire Inclusion’. Guest speakers will share their experiences of implementing a new programme, similar to Athena Swan, into an institution in the Middle East; cultural differences of inclusivity in the UK and Mexico; and practical ways of helping colleagues to inspire, discuss and support inclusivity in the workplace, including in the decision making process.

We are encouraging colleagues to share experiences of inspiring inclusivity in action in the live IC Cafe. Have you worked with a colleague who inspired inclusion? Has your line manager supported and empowered you to inspire inclusivity in others? Share your stories with us all! 

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Date: Tuesday 5 March 2024

Time: 11am (GMT)

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Our expert speakers

Angélica Careaga, Executive Director, Latin America, Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

Angélica Careaga studied her BA in Education at the Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. Upon completing her BA she started working at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Azcapotzalco, occupying different positions in administrative jobs in the areas of Faculty Development, Curriculum Planning and a Department in Engineering. During her sabbatical year, she pursued her Master of Arts in Education at the University of Louisville as a LASPAU-Fulbright scholar. Upon receiving her Master degree she returned to the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM), Rectoría General, as head of the Department of Academic Exchange where she
remained for another 6 years.

She left UAM to continue her work in international academic exchange with the British Council, Mexico. Ultimately her responsibilities with the British Council, Mexico, centred on the promotion of educational relationships between Mexico and the UK with a focus on Higher Education. As recognition for her outstanding work in this area she was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) by the Queen of England in 2002. Among other activities, she was responsible for coordinating different projects in areas of environment, science, education both in Mexico and in the region of Latin

In 2009 the National Autonomous University of Mexico invited her to create both student and academic mobility programs as a new initiative for the University’s President ́s office. Having left this program fully operational she was invited to rejoin the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana as Director of the Educational Promotion Sector (both International and National) charged with the creation and implementation of a new international strategy (which included student and academic exchange programs) for the University. From July 2014 to September 2016, she worked for the University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, as the Manager of the Mexico City office, responsible for promoting and looking for opportunities of collaboration between Mexico and the UNM. Since September 2016 she is the Executive Director for CASE Latin America (Council for Advancement and Support of Education). She was a member of The Mexican Association for International

Professor Christina Hughes, Founder and CEO, Women Space

Named as a “Woman of Influence 2023” in Baroness Sandy Verma’s annual list Christina has executive leadership experience in both research and teaching intensive universities having been Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick, Provost, Sheffield Hallam University and Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Kent. She is also an internationally leading feminist educator and researcher with over 15 books to her name with a £1.6m achievement in external research grant capture.

Throughout her career Christina has mentored and coached many women, and men, at all levels of university life. She holds ILM Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring, is an accredited StrengthsProfile coach and a member of the Institute of Learning and Management.

Christina is a Visiting Professor at Coventry University and an Honorary Professor at the University of Kent. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy which she set up; a lifetime fellow of the Gender and Education Association in recognition of her role as inaugural co-chair; and external advisor for EDI for the Association of British Chinese Professors. Christina has also been a Governor at Leeds Beckett University; a Trustee for Villiers Park Educational Trust and a Trustee for the Royal Society of the Arts Academies.

Dr. Luluwah Al-Fagih, Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Dr Luluwah Al-Fagih is an Associate Professor in the Division of Sustainable Development at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU). Her work is centred around applying game theoretic approaches to smart communities, sharing distributed energy resources and designing incentives and optimal strategies for the deployment of renewable energy. Dr Al-Fagih founded and Chairs the Women in Academia Committee at HBKU.