Who we are

We are a Global Cooperative of Experts, educators and practitioners helping Organisations Achieve Sustainable Impact.

RLA FOUNDERS

KATARZYNA GARDAPKHADZE, CO-FOUNDER, CEO

Educated in social sciences, with a focus on psychology (University of Gdansk, Poland; George Washington University, Washington DC, USA). Graduate of Stanford University’s Leadership Academy for Development and the United States Institute of Peace. Experienced trainer with an Institute for Leadership & Management certification.

Expertise in diplomacy; ethical & values-based leadership; leadership development; organizational change; teamwork dynamics; scenario planning and values-based communication. Member of the Forbes Coaches Council. Published on effective human rights communication and responsible leadership in inter-governmental organizations.

Supported leadership change in the OSCE, Save the Children and other organizations, and in national and local government structures in Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. Supported communities and groups divided by conflict and socio-economic status in building bridges and sustaining common ground. 2019 recipient of the Ambassador for Liberty and Peace International Award of Excellence.

LARRY OLOMOFE, CO-FOUNDER, CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Educated in social and political sciences at Oxford and Cambridge, the UK, and in New School University of New York City, USA. In his studies, Larry focused on culture as an alternative sphere of political and social participation for marginalised black and people of colour communities in the UK and across the African diaspora. He also looked at “cosmodernity”: counter-cultural phenomena as a critique of contemporary norms and practices.

Expertise in international and domestic human rights law; strategic litigation; diversity, equity and inclusion; social and cultural development; political participation; grassroots advocacy and activism.

Supported leadership change in the OSCE, the European Roma Rights Centre, the Open Society Foundation, Roma Education Fund, Swedish Anti-Discrimination Ombuds Institute and other governmental, non-profit and commercial entities. Built capacity of policy makers, public administrators, justice system and law enforcement officials, civil society and National Human Rights Institutions in 42 countries. Supported communities of the Roma and people of African descent in standing up against the discrimination they face. Founder of Cosmodernity Consultants.

MARTA STACEWICZ-PAIXÃO, CO-FOUNDER, VICE-CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Educated in communication design and strategic communication in Nova University and Lusofona University in Lisbon. Former member of the diplomatic corps of Poland.

Expertise in sensemaking & strategic communication. She applies tools of design attitude, such as strategic questioning, listening and sensemaking, helping organisations solve structural problems in creative ways. She assists leaders in co-creating pathways to impact based on growth, change & what they do best.

Supported leadership change in Roche, Janssen, Berlin Chemie Menarini, VolksWagenBank and other organisations. She helped organizations going through change and crisis with mastermind programs for distributed leadership and designed and coordinated communication mapping for project teams. Her work fosters sensemaking-based transformation towards strategic communication and engaged organizations and communities.

ANDRZEJ HAREMSKI, CO-FOUNDER

Educated in general medicine at the Warsaw Medical University.   

Expertise in human capital analysis and social cybernetics; organizational development and strategic planning; political campaigning and communication algorithms.

Supported leadership change in political parties, startups and industrial enterprises in Poland and Italy

RLA ASSOCIATED EXPERTS

DAVID MARK, LEAD ON RESPONSIBLE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Educated in international relations and European studies. Graduate of the “Data: Law, Policy and Regulation” course by the London School of Economics and Political Science. Experienced trainer with an Institute for Leadership & Management certification.

Expertise in human rights monitoring and open-source investigations; digital security, algorithms and data privacy; human rights in the digital space.

Supported leadership change in the United Nations and the OSCE, spearheading innovative technology solutions to support human rights defenders and civil society actors in safe and secure leverage of digital tools for human rights. Networker and facilitator of activities with Roma civil society, the Open Society Institute and the European Parliament.

RICHARD BERKELEY

Educated in music (Goldsmiths College, University of London) and performance (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London).

Expertise in corporate coaching for communication skills, journalism, theatre and film-making. Richard uses artistic expression tools such as music and theatre to stimulate leadership change. Former member of a Strategic Planning Committee of the Polish Ministry of Education.

Supported leadership change in various corporations and banks, including Unilever Poland, BPH Bank, Kredyt Bank, Foodtech Poland, Purina, Coca-Cola Europe, Allen Overy, Deloitte, PwC, Procter and Gamble and Accenture

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