Explore Islamophobia

4 July 2022
15:00 - 16:00 CET

The summer is in full swing, and we hope you are making most of the warm season by taking a break from universities and offices to relax.

The topic of our next DMeetUp on the 4th of July, at 3 p.m. CET, however, doesn’t necessarily suggest a relaxed holiday discussion. Neil Payne, an expert in the Middle East and a “Bloody Good Trainer” in all things Intercultural is taking us on a journey to

Explore Islamophobia

In this interactive workshop, we will be diving into the topic of Islamophobia. The objective? Collectively improving our awareness as to what it is and how it impacts us as interculturalists.

Islamophobia is nothing new. However, today it’s become highly politicized, adding an extra layer of complexity for those trying to understand it. As well as unpicking its roots and how it’s expressed, the workshop will have attendees share and create a best practice to help tackle it in our schools, training rooms, organizations, and workplaces.

Neil Payne grew up in Kuwait to an English father and Iranian mother. After reading sociology at university in the UK, he returned to warmer climes to work in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, and the UAE in his 20s. Upon returning to London to complete an M.A. in Middle Eastern studies, he had the bright idea of starting a translation company, which was acquired 10 years later, allowing him to now focus on his intercultural work. Much of his time today is split between country-specific training (Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the UAE) and business skills (communication, teams, CX, management, sales). He brings 23 years experience of in studying Islam and 17 years experience of training in the intercultural field.

Use this great opportunity to learn more about a sensitive topic in a safe collaborative space, facilitated by someone who brings real-life experiences to the table.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


Registration for Members Only: see email sent 20 June for registration information.


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