As the founder of the diversity network Diplomats of Color, Tiaji Sio is an essential driving force behind the anti-racism discourse in the Foreign Service.
Diplomats of Color currently has 150 members – as well as supporters such as the former Siemens CHRO, Janina Kugel and the German politician Aminata Touré. In 2019, Sio also headed the legal and consular department of the German Embassy in Senegal for two months and was able to enforce the acquittal of two wrongly imprisoned people.
For Tiaji Sio, seeing that her own actions make a difference in society is her greatest achievement.
Hamdan Abdul Majeed
Hamdan Abdul Majeed is the Managing Director of Think City, a social purpose organisation with the mission of making cities more people-friendly, resilient and liveable. As a regional city making agency, Think City provides urban policy thinking, management and implementation of urban solutions, while advocating change in the way cities are planned, curated, developed, and celebrated. A subsidiary of Khazanah Nasional, the sovereign wealth investment arm of Malaysia, Think City’s work has reversed the decline of George Town, Penang, putting it on the international list of 10 Best Places to Visit. Think City now focuses on four areas of urban rejuvenation: Placemaking, Analytics, Resilience and Conservation encapsulated in Penang 2030, with the vision of a family-oriented, green and smart Penang.
Majeed was formerly an investment banker and has an interest in the
development of civil society in Malaysia, and the political economy of the Third World and Islamic Economics.
The Finnish Government & Demos Helsinki
Finland’s Steering 2020 Initiative and Humble Government approach represent a paradigm shift in developing and implementing policy. It acknowledges the government’s fallibility. It argues that, when dealing with multifaceted problems characterized by uncertainty, we cannot know in advance how differing policy-solutions will play out in the real world. Instead, we must continuously investigate different options, experiment and test them where they will be implemented.
Conventional policy-making requires strong consensus on how or when to start achieving a particular goal. It assumes we can successfully anticipate and steer the future. A humble approach, by contrast, allows actors to begin solving a problem as soon as they have reached a thin consensus on common directions and initial, exploratory approaches. A thin consensus is a shared understanding on the urgency of a particular problem. Agreement of broad goals allows them to be pursued and, circumstances permitting, the core values that underpin them. It requires trust.