A social psychologist by training, I have professional experience in research on education for the ethnic Malay-Muslim minority in Singapore, worked on gender- and culture-sensitive integration issues in Finland, and with youths on anti-racism and interfaith education in Australia and Finland.
I am the co-founder and chair of the Anti-Racist Forum (ARF) in Finland since its start in 2016, and which I continue to lead in a volunteer capacity. I was previously an international activist for Muslim-Jewish relations through the Muslim Jewish Conference from 2015-2017.
In 2018, I was awarded the title “Global Educator of Year” by the Teachers Without Borders network in Finland for my global and peace education work.
In 2019, I was elected as the vice-chair of the board of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), where I am still currently serving my mandate, in addition to being on the board of the ENAR Foundation.
I also started my doctoral studies in sociology at the Centre for Research on Ethnic Relations & Nationalism (CEREN) at the University of Helsinki as part of the research team working on the project “Intersectional Border Struggles and Disobedient Knowledge in Activism” (KNOWACT), funded by the Academy of Finland (2018-2022). My research is on racial equality data development in Finland and the production of knowledge by racialised minorities in socio-political processes.
In 2020, I was selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of the Obama Foundation Leaders Europe programme for my anti-racist work.
In 2021, I was selected to be in the second cohort of Humanity In Action’s Landecker Democracy Fellowship where I carried out a training of trainers programme to build the capacities of critical anti-racist educators/facilitators in Finland.
I have worked as a freelance anti-racist educator and trainer for inclusive, equitable, intercultural and interfaith education since 2015, and I am part of the European pool of trainers and experts who can provide quality trainings and tools for youth workers and educators to recognise, manage and transform hate in their everyday work with young people.
My passion rests in equipping people with the knowledge and tools to be more inclusive and anti-racist in order to address social inequalities. I believe social justice comes from the lifelong processes of learning, reflecting, and being accountable to our communities.
My professional profile is available on LinkedIn: https://fi.linkedin.com/in/amiirah
My researcher profile is available here: https://researchportal.helsinki.fi/en/persons/amiirah-salleh-hoddin