SHRLG Masterclass Series: I Am A Girl From Africa with Elizabeth Nyamayaro


On Thursday 18th March, the Scottish HR Leadership Group (in conjunction with Executive Search specialists FWB Park Brown) welcomed Humanitarian & Gender Expert and United Nations Senior Advisor (2013-2020) Elizabeth Nyamayaro to speak at the second in a series of virtual masterclasses.  This series of HR focused and workplace behaviour masterclasses is attended by many of Scotland’s senior HR leaders and their teams.

The second in the series, entitled ‘I am a girl from Africa’, saw Elizabeth deliver a lecture where she spent time sharing the African concept of Ubuntu ‘I am because we are’ noting that we are all global citizens and that we need to raise all people up. It’s the very essence of humanity. She also treated attendees to a reading from her book ‘I Am A Girl From Africa’, the session closed with the an audience based Q&A session.

Alix Meekison of FWB Park Brown and Secretary to the Scottish HR Leadership Group commented on the session. ‘I was delighted to finally introduce Elizabeth to the Scottish HR community, Elizabeth is a world class speaker with the most fascinating story and a vision which inspires’.

We are delighted to be able to share this lecture with you:

Born in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has been instrumental in fighting global inequalities, advancing social justice, and challenging the status quo to accelerate women’s rights around the world – through her leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women.

Elizabeth is the mastermind behind HeForShe, a United Nations global solidarity movement for gender equality that took the world by storm, generating more than 1.2 BILLION conversations on social media and galvanizing men in every single country in the world in just five days. With her TED Talk garnering more than 1 MILLION views in its first weeks alone, Elizabeth is a prominent thought-leader and has engaged at global forums such as World Economic Forum in Davos, Cannes Film Festival, Skoll World Forum, Harvard, Oxford, the British Parliament, among others.

Named as Apolitico’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2018 & 2019, Elizabeth has been touted by The New York Times as “one of only two women transforming Davos”, and has been featured in Vogue, Fast Company, Wired, Fortune, Elle, BBC and CNN. She has also served as a Glass Lions jury at Cannes Lions, and has received the PR Council Trailblazer Award for Social Impact and the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Global Women’s Rights Award.

A Political Scientist by training, Elizabeth holds a Masters of Science in Politics from the London School of Economics & Political Science and leadership education from the Harvard Business School.

Should you be interested in pre-ordering a copy of Elizabeth Nyamayaro’s book I Am A Girl From Africa please click here.

The charity partner for this SHRLG Masterclass session was Dundee Rep & Scottish Dance Theatre, to learn more about the work they do please have a look at their website

The series of masterclasses run from March through to June 2021.  For further details on the Masterclass series, please download the full Masterclass Series brochure. For more information on the Scottish HR Leadership Group please contact Alix Meekison on

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