Philomena Essed is a professor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies and specialises in racism in the Netherlands and the United States. Philomena Essed speaks during Opening Night on Monday, June 17th, and at the Urban Conference Minority Report on Tuesday, June 18.
She is known for introducing concepts such as everyday racism and gender-related racism. Essed was a member of the national selection committee for the judiciary and a substitute member of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, where she participated as a panel member in hearings on structural discrimination. Her lifelong dedication to social justice resulted, among other things, in the now classic book: Everyday Racism. Currently, her interests are focused on leadership, the protection of universal human values and the creation of a culture of basic human labour and living needs.