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. She is Adjunct Faculty member of the Hertie School in Berlin since 2021, was Faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago from 2015 to 2020 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, was nominated Ashoka Fellow in 2020, and received the Online Magazine Edition F Award in 2021. Emilia was voted "Most Influential Woman of the Year" for the Impact of Diversity Prize 2022.
Emilia Roig is dedicated to inspire people to divest from oppressive systems through creating new narratives and shifting collective consciousness. She is the author of the bestselling book WHY WE MATTER. The End of Oppression.
Expertise & Main areas of work
Intersectionality Implicit Bias Social Justice
Racial Justice Gender Justice Climate Justice Feminism LGBTQI+ Diversity Equity Inclusion
Trainings & Workshops
Emilia Roig provides trainings to institutions seeking to engage in critical dialogue about their organizational culture, policies and processes to make them more inclusive, fair and diverse - and help create workplaces free of systemic oppression. Her workshops are designed to provide the necessary knowledge and space for individual and collective reflection that can lead to perspective shifts and long-lasting, effective change.
Her trainings are specifically tailored and adapted to the needs, context and culture of each institution, and are geared towards staff, management and leadership, human resources, communications and all other relevant institutional fields. The training enables workplaces to incorporate intersectional principles into their daily functions and combines theory and practice. The setting is highly interactive and promotes self-reflection in a positive atmosphere.
Trainings can take place on-site or online and can be held in English, French and German. Please approach us to enquire about which training would fit best to your size, learning objectives, and long-term goals.
Keynotes & Public Speaking
Emilia Roig offers keynotes on all topics related to Social, Racial, Gender and Climate Justice. Her keynotes examine a wide range of topics pertaining to intersectionality, diversity, equity, inclusion, discrimination, oppression, homophobia, racism, sexism, and more broadly systemic inequalities and injustices, across a range of thematic areas. Emilia Roig’s keynotes will invite the audience to shift their perspectives and become aware of what has remained hidden, so that deep, long-lasting change can happen.
A big thank you to Emilia Roig for giving our team so much insight, food for thought and motivation to act. The workshop encouraged us to push for new habits in our daily work: acting more pro-actively, challenging our own point of view and being more aware of systems of oppression.
-- Susann Kramer, Volkswagen
Emilia gave a masterful Keynote on intersectionality that was easy to understand for learners at all levels. I especially appreciated her focus on the role systems play in discrimination, as they are often overlooked to focus on the individual.
-- Rachael Forker, APCO Worldwide Consulting
Dr. Emilia Roig's training has proven to be one of the best efforts to help our organization better identify how oppressive practices might show up inside our own organization.
-- Lorena García Durán, Ashoka Foundation
Our minds and hearts were very truly stimulated by Emilia’s input! We really appreciate her expertise and practical suggestions on how to make our working environment less unjust.
– Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Cultural Diversity Initiative
Emilia was outstanding. Her timing was spot on and she treated us as being intelligent and informed and willing to engage with more complex concepts. This approach, without being taken to some sort of over intellectual/academic level, worked well for me and for others.”
-- Theo Moore, APCO Brussels Office