Zöe is a passionate advocate for the arts, in particular music and education, and its combined power to transform. She was born in Sydney, but returned to the UK with her family in 1986 and has a Music degree from the University of Birmingham, and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Westminster (gained on returning to London following a successful stint broadcasting on 2MBS FM in Sydney).
After working with the English National Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and London’s Classical Opera Company (now The Mozartists) Zöe returned to Sydney to take up the role of Philanthropy Manager for Sydney Opera House before joining Bell Shakespeare as Head of Development. Following her time with Bell Shakespeare she joined the Sydney Dance Company as Director of Development and in 2019 joined Musica Viva Australia as Director of Development.
It was during her time with Bell Shakespeare that Zöe began working with Intersticia and she has been instrumental in helping us develop and nurture our Creative Fellowship programme.
Zöe has recently been admitted to the 2023 Oxford Cultural Leaders Programme.
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Abeer is Founder and CEO of MENA Alliances Group Inc., an International business aimed at providing opportunities for talented individuals in the MENA region to work in business and technology.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Palestine Polytechnic University in Hebron, Palestine, Abeer worked as Computer Network Instructor at the Palestine Polytechnic University and at the Dura Industrial School for girls she held the post of Hardware Engineer. She followed this by working as the the Country Director of the Women’s Campaign International (WCI) and their flagship program, ALWANE where her work included several efforts to increase women’s participation in the labor market and decision making positions; supporting youth and women’s employment and entrepreneurship; to initiating advocacy campaigns using innovative technology; and to growing youth and women’s internet and computer literacy.
Abeer then founded her first company, StayLinked, which brought more than 370 jobs opportunities for youth and women across the West Bank and Gaza after which she went to the Harvard Kennedy School to undertake The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women-U.S. Department of State Entrepreneurship Program for Women in the Middle East and North Africa and after that studied for her Master in Science in Business Innovation with Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Birkbeck College, University of London and returned to continue her work with MENA Alliances in Palestine.
Abeer is continually curious and driven to achieve and through this is providing opportunities for quite literally hundreds of women in the MENA Region.
In 2022 Abeer was selected as a member of the 2022-2023 International Women’s Forum (IWF) Leadership Fellows class (https://iwforum.org/leadership-fellows-class-2022-2023/ ) together with scholarship. Her next steps are to consider how to expand MENA Alliances beyond Palestine and with this in mind she has begun the process of working in Mannheim Germany as part of their Entrepreneurship Programme.
Philip has spent 30 years learning about the intricacies and realities of human development and growth – whether that be in relation to acute distress in clinical psychology and therapy populations, in children and young adults across cultures, in high performance settings of leadership and senior management, or in his own personal life – of the self, relationships, groups and the world around us.
Philip works as clinical psychologist, coaching psychologist and development specialist, with experience in diverse communities across several continents including Central and North America, Europe, Russia, Australasia and the UK where he lives. He recently left the teaching faculty of a leading UK counselling psychology doctorate training programme where he worked for ten years.
The approach he takes to his work and life is deeply informed by a respect for the human soul and its inherent knowing (both actual and potential), and the uniqueness of each person and life context. As the world goes through massive and rapid change, he can offer some perspective and experience while continuing his own ongoing process of discovery and learning along the way.
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Marianne holds a Master of Science in Psychology together with an abundance of education and experience in conflict management, group dynamics and coaching. For the past 20 years Marianne has been designing programs to help develop leadership, build effective teams and strengthen organisational performance.
Marianne is currently a senior consultant with AFF, the largest leadership and organisational development consultancy in Norway. A major part of her work is with the Solstrand Programme, the most reknown open enrolment program in the Nordic countries which is rated one of the top leadership development programmes in the world.
Since 1953 Solstrand has brought together top Nordic managers who bring their diverse perspectives and experiences and together work to address the most pressing challenges of their time.
Marianne’s approach to leadership development is relational, non-hierarchical and contextual. She works with her clients through promoting self-awareness and self-knowledge as being critical to leadership development, particularly in times of uncertainty. A key part of this is that, as the consultant, she is also open to self learning.
Marianne lives a busy life juggling her work and family with her husband and two teenage kids. When she is not working you will find her engaged in some classical Norwegian outdoor activities like skiing, cycling or hiking.
Dan has been building websites since 1995 for, among others, The Guardian, the BBC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games. He is the founder and executive director of Founders and Coders a nonprofit coding school based in London, with whom Intersticia has been working since 2018.
Dan is very active on LinkedIn.