Leadership in times of change

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About the event

Our fifth and final event of the series – Leadership in times of change - will explore the impact of Covid-19 on leadership and how it has redefined what we need and want from our leaders at international, national and community level.

Our guest speakers Steven Pacheco, Lilian Seenoi-Barr and Caroline Maher will join our chair Doaa Hafez (British Council, MENA) to share perspectives and experiences from around the world in an open discussion. Together they will explore:

  • The inequalities that Covid-19 has exposed and what this means for the role of leaders in preparing for a post-pandemic world
  • The values of leadership that matter most to us in the context of the current crisis
  • The main challenges facing our communities due to the global pandemic  - and the kind of leaders needed to respond to them
  • The skills, behaviours and actions we should look to develop as leaders in our own communities
  • How we can encourage and build the leaders of the future that effectively respond to future global crises



Steven Pacheco

Steven Pacheco is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Black Crown Media, a full-service digital marketing agency with a specialization in video production. Whilst a studying, Steven won the Echoing Green Future of Work Social Innovation Challenge in 2018, and thereafter was selected as an Undergraduate Leadership Fellow for the 2018 -2019 Futures Initiative Leadership program. Steven was named one of four US delegates to join the British Council’s Future Leaders Connect 2018 cohort, which is an emerging global network of leaders with a focus on policy and politics. As a four-time inaugural fellow, he has partnered with the Vera Institute of Justice, the David Rockefeller Fund, John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Ron Moelis Social Entrepreneurship Fellow), and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. He has contributed to Philanthropy NY, Affinity Magazine, HuffPost, and appeared on BK Live, the TODAY Show, and Grapevine TV.

Lilian Seenoi-Barr

Lilian Seenoi-Barr is head of the North-West Migrants Forum in Northern Ireland, providing essential support for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in the city. Lilian’s work began in Kenya, advocating for Maasai women and girl’s rights and campaigning for the eradication of female genital mutilation and early forced marriages, for free access to primary education. In 1999, she co-founded the Maasai Education Discovery Brides Rescue project, intervening on behalf of young Maasai girls from facing early forced marriage and female genital mutilation, and challenging Kenya’s government to introduce laws that protect the rights of women and girls. Lilian had rescued over 5,000 Maasai girls by the time she left Kenya. 

Caroline Maher

Caroline Maher is the youngest female member of the Egyptian parliament, and a world taekwondo champion, who ranked fifth globally in 2011. Maher is the first Egyptian, Arab, and African female player to be honoured in the Taekwondo Hall of Fame in the US, the most prestigious event for martial art athletes worldwide. She has competed in 40 different countries. In 2015 Caroline became Egypt’s youngest MP. She is a member of the Social Solidarity Committee in the Egyptian Parliament and has successfully initiated new legislation on harassment, kidnapping and orphanages. Caroline combines her parliamentary duties with her role as a management consultant at an international company.

Doaa Hafez (chair)

Doaa is the Gender and Inclusion Senior Consultant for the British Council in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Before her current role, she was the Head of the Society Programmes in British Council Egypt. During her 13-year experience in Development, Doaa has developed and managed programmes responding to the local needs and created and managed partnerships with Local and International partners. Doaa has a master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Faculty of Economic and Political Science at Cairo University. The course has been supported by UN Women and co-developed and delivered with Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex.