Dr. Emilia Zenzile Roig

Founder and Executive Director, CIJ Berlin


Why Intersectionality is not a luxury!

Intersectionality is a term that has made its way into mainstream conversations about discrimination, diversity, inclusion and equity. However, the term continues to be misunderstood and diverted from its original aim, aspirations and roots, which leads to inconsistencies around the topic. What is intersectional discrimination? How are discrimination, systemic inequalities, and oppression intricately interwoven? How can institutional discrimination be recognised and combatted?


Dr. Emilia Zenzile Roig is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Intersectional Justice, a Berlin-based organization combatting intersecting forms of inequality and discrimination in Europe. She is faculty member of the Social Justice Study Abroad Program of DePaul University of Chicago and has taught graduate and post-graduate courses on Intersectionality Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory and International and European Law. 

From 2007 to 2010, she worked extensively on human rights issues at the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in Tanzania and Uganda, at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in Cambodia, and at Amnesty International in Germany. 


She holds a PhD in political science, a Master of Public Policy and an MBA in International Law. She is Jury member of the German Non-Fiction Book Prize 2020 and serves in several boards of non-profit organisations. She was appointed as external expert at the European Commission in 2019.