Urban Work Webinar Series: Session III
In the third Urban Work Webinar Series we discussed with Nazima Kadir and Ralf Brand about female perspectives in consultancy, building personal networks and how to position yourself in companies that might not share your political views completely.
Nazima Kadir is an anthropologist with a PhD from Yale with over 20 years of experience conducting and applying anthropological research. Her book The Autonomous Life, published by Manchester University Press, was based on 3.5 years of living and working in a squatters community in Amsterdam and shortlisted for the BBC Ethnography award. It was featured on Radio 4 and Wired magazine.
Early in her career, Nazima worked as an investigator of police misconduct in New York City. She then earned a Fulbright scholarship, interviewing Asian domestic workers in Cyprus. After teaching English language in Uruguay, she went to graduate school. In academia, her fieldwork and writing were funded by grants and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. In the private sector, Nazima has been leading insights and exploratory research capabilities within innovation and design. Projects range from brand strategy, service design, healthcare innovation, and new product development. Sectors include Hotels/Hospitality, Online Retail, Consumer Electronics, Medical Devices, Health/ Wellness, FMCG, Home Entertainment/Gaming, Automotive, Telecommunications, Employee Services, and Financial Services. She's worked with clients such as Marriott, Amazon, Pepsi, LG, P&G, Johnson and Johnson, Sanofi, Hewlett Packard, Intercontinental Hotel Group, Sodexo, and Ford.
Ralf Brand is a Geographer with a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked as consultant for the Sustainable Performance Group and advised a number of municipalities on their Local Agenda 21 processes. As lecturer at Queen's University Belfast and Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester he conducted research and taught about the “co-evolution” between technical and social change towards more cohesive, more just and more sustainable cities. Since 2013 he deploys this approach at Rupprecht Consult in Cologne, Germany, where he leads the “People-Focused Mobility Solutions” team. Ralf developed and /or coordinated various projects, mostly EU-funded applied research projects (e.g. SUMI, SUNRISE, ReVeAL, INCLUSION) on various aspects of more human- and more environmentally-friendly mobility systems.