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Tali Padan has a PhD (EBD) from Copenhagen Business School in the area of Management Learning and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Conflict Management. She has worked as a group facilitator for over ten years, working with a variety of groups, from NGOs to schools and universities to working teams in corporations. Her current focus is on how groups can use and reflect on their working dynamics by lingering in moments of dissonance, tension and uncertainty in order to grow together. She previously worked in the area of Holocaust Education in the UK and Netherlands, and in her current home in Denmark, she is the Director of Mellem Education and delivers trainings across Europe and the US in the fields of intercultural communication, conflict management and democracy education. She also founded Salaam Shalom in Denmark, an initiative to bridge Jewish-Muslim as well as Middle Eastern communities. She is originally from Israel, grew up in the US and has lived in Copenhagen for the past decade.

Lena Hercberga, PhD, is a social and political anthropologist with background in management consulting. Her enduring passion is collaboration across difference be it in the corporate settings or in the society at large. Her interdisciplinary experience gained and honed across geographies and cultures (Latvia, Belgium, France, UK, Denmark) as well as across professional fields (management, strategic communications, political and social sciences) has been guided by the personal pursuit in understanding social organisation and human condition from a variety of perspectives. Lena holds a PhD from the University of Bristol, where she started to explore the concept of agonistic pluralism that foregrounds and works with difference and disagreement in convoluted socio-political contexts. She previously worked as a management consultant in London helping large international companies to re-engage with their social purpose by designing and leading cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial workshops, engaging business leaders in dialogue with their social stakeholders (social entrepreneurs, academia, NGOs, faith and civil communities etc). Lena is a TEDx speaker. Her work is published in academic journals and general public media outlets.

Sarah Arnd Linder is an international polyglot with over seven years of experience as a public speaker and lecturer on topics such as women’s voice in Israel-Palestine, Israeli society, and third culture identity. Founder of Political is Personal, an initiative that collects personal stories from Israeli and Palestinian women on how their lives have been affected by the realities of the conflict. MA in Middle Eastern history with classical Arabic and a Bachelor’s degree in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy with majors in Conflict Resolution and International Affairs. She speaks Danish, English, French and Hebrew fluently, and some Swedish, Norwegian, German and Palestinian Arabic.