Dr. Emilia Roig (she/they) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Berlin-based Center for Intersectional Justice (CIJ), a non-profit organisation dedicated to advancing justice, equality and a life free of systemic oppression for all. Her experience growing up in a transracial Algerian-Jewish-Martinican family in France shaped her commitment to and passion for intersectional social justice. Emilia is faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago and has taught graduate and post-graduate courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, Queer Feminism and International and European Law at universities all across Europe. She holds a PhD in political science, a Master of Public Policy and an MBA in international law. Prior to her PhD, she was working extensively on human rights issues at the UN in Tanzania and Uganda, at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Cambodia, and at Amnesty International in Germany - and decided to leave the ‘development’ field to focus on social justice in Europe. She has held numerous keynotes, talks and interviews at major conferences and events and was jury member of the German Non-Fiction Book Prize 2020 and of the 25 Women Award of Edition F in 2019, and was nominated Ashoka Fellow in 2020.
Emilia is dedicated to inspire people to divest from oppressive systems through spirituality, creating new narratives and shifting collective consciousness. She is the author of the book WHY WE MATTER. The End of Oppression. to be released in German on 15 February 2021 at Aufbau Publishing House.