Technical Advisory Group

The Centre has convened a group of advisors to provide technical and analytical expertise during the development of the index.

Gina Cosentino

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Gina Cosentino is a Senior Social Development Specialist in the Africa region. She works on social sustainability, safeguards and social risk, as well integrating social development considerations and social inclusion in World Bank operations. Gina is also a focal point for Indigenous issues and safeguards for the Africa region. Gina has over two decades of operational, technical and policy experience working with Indigenous Peoples, traditional communities, ethnic minorities, vulnerable groups and individuals, including women and youth, at local, national, regional and global scales. Prior to the Bank she has held senior leadership roles including as Director of Indigenous and Communal Conservation at The Nature Conservancy HQ in Washington, DC, was Senior Advisor to former National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and senior adviser to the President at the Metis National Council (MNC) in Canada.


Alison Harell

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Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal) holds the UQAM Strategic Chair on the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity. She also co-directs the Laboratory of Political Communication and Public Opinion (LACPOP) and is Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC). She has published widely on how ethnic, racial and religious diversity influences public opinion in industrialized democracies, drawing primarily on large-scale surveys she has conducted in Canada and comparatively. In 2018, she was elected into the College of New Artists, Scholars and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.


Will Kymlicka

Will Kymlicka -

Will Kymlicka (Queen’s University) is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University. His research interests include democracy and diversity, in particular models of citizenship and social justice within multicultural societies. He is the co-founder of the Multiculturalism Policy Index and the author Multicultural Citizenship: A Liberal Theory of Minority Rights (1995),Finding Our Way: Rethinking Ethnocultural Relations in Canada (1998) and Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007). He has also edited several volumes, including International Approaches to Governing Ethnic Diversity (2015).


Corinne Lennox

Corinne Lennox -

Corinne Lennox is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous peoples’ rights protection, civil society mobilization for human rights and on human rights and development. She has worked for many years as a human rights practitioner and trainer with various NGOs, including at Minority Rights Group International. She has been a consultant on minority rights for UN agencies and national governments. She holds a PhD and MSc in International Relations from the LSE, an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from McMaster University, Canada.


Edem E. Selormey

Edem E. Selormey -

Edem E. Selormey (Ghana Centre for Democratic Development) is Director, Research & Afrobarometer Fieldwork Operations Manager, Ghana Center for Democratic Development. She has worked with the Afrobarometer in various capacities since 1999. She is based at the Ghana Center of for Democratic Development in Accra, where she works as a Senior Research Fellow. Edem works closely with Afrobarometer’s programme managers to plan and manage all fieldwork activities. She received a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Sussex, UK. Her interests include social accountability, media and development, public service delivery and performance in sub-Sahara Africa.


Frances Stewart

Frances Stewart -

Frances Stewart (University of Oxford) is a Professor Emeritus in Development Economics in the Department of International Development at the University of Oxford. She is the Director of the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity and advisor to the United Nations Development Program’s Human Development Index. Her research interests include development during conflict, group behavior, and horizontal inequalities. Among many publications, she is coauthor of UNICEF’s influential study, Adjustment with a Human Face, and leading author and editor of Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict: Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies (2008).


Kai Unzicker

Kai Unzicker -

Kai Unzicker (Bertelsmann Stiftung) is Senior Project Manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung in Gütersloh, Germany, where he leads the Social Cohesion Radar project since 2011. In 2017/2018 he was responsible for Bertelsmann Stiftung’s annual Reinhard Mohn Price Project on the topic of “Living Diversity – Shaping Society”, which includes several studies about cultural diversity and an international best practice research for living together in cultural diversity. He is one of the authors of the book “Social Cohesion in the Western World. What Holds Societies Together” (2016). Before joining Bertelsmann Stiftung, he was research associate at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence and a lecturer at the faculty of educational science at University of Bielefeld. He holds a degree in sociology from Philipps University Marburg and a doctoral degree in educational science from the University of Bielefeld.


Stefan Wolff

Stefan Wolff -

Stefan Wolff (University of Birmingham) is a Professor of International Security at the University of Birmingham. He specializes in the management of contemporary international security challenges, especially in the prevention, management and settlement of ethnic conflicts and in post-conflict stabilization and state-building in deeply divided and war-torn societies. He has published over 80 journal articles and book chapters, as well as 17 books, including “Ethnic Conflict: A Global Perspective” (2007). Bridging the gap between academia and policy-making, he frequently advises governments and international organizations and has been involved in various stages of peace negotiations, including in Africa, the Middle East, and the post-Soviet space.