Identity Across Social, Economic and Political Lines

This segment addresses the questions:”How do you see yourself? How does society see you? And how do you negotiate it?”

When cultures meet: negotiating identity in Norway.

What happens when cultures meet? As an immigrant or international, are you expected to give up your culture and identity and adopt that of your host country, or can you find a middle ground? What is the experience of being an immigrant in Norway?

Fungi will present and discuss these issues based on her personal experience as an immigrant and drawing on theory and academic research.

Location: Oslo International Hub, Oscarsgate 27, Oslo. 

Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm.

Date:  October 31, 2019.

Facilitator Bio

Fungi Gwanzura Ottemöller

Fungi Gwanzura Ottemöller will be facilitating this workshop. Fungi Gwanzura Ottemöller is an Associate Professor in the department of Health Promotion and Development, Faculty of Psychology, University of Bergen, Norway. She has an M.Phil. in Health Promotion and a PhD in Human Geography. Fungi has previously worked on mental health projects (Zimbabwe) and childhood studies (Zimbabwe and Scotland). Her current research interests are immigrant and ethnic minority children and youth’s acculturation to Norway; young people and families’ experiences of the Norwegian child welfare system; parent training and parenting practices in relation to ethnic minority/immigrant families; young immigrants’ transitions into employment; social inclusion from both immigrant and the ethnic Norwegian perspectives. She is a qualitative researcher and is particularly interested in participatory action research. She is currently enrolled in a Norwegian cross-University program for young research leaders. Fungi is the program leader and lecturer on the Health Promotion and Health Psychology master’s program.

This event is open to youths 18 years and above.
Seats are limited. Reserve your spot today on Eventbrite.


In collaboration with Frifond, Oslo International Hub, and Rahwa Gebrekidan, Diversify is happy to present a youth series to address topics that affect youths in Norway and beyond. The primary goal is to provide a judgement free space where participants feel empowered to be their authentic selves, flaws and all. To execute this project, we have collaborated with experts who will facilitate these sessions. We look forward to seeing you there.

Chisom Udeze

Founder of Diversify, Diversify Consult, HerSpace & The Annual

Chisom is an Economist, a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Strategist, and a 3 times founder of impact driven companies. She has over 14 years of experience working with organizations like the European Commission, The United Nations, ExxonMobil and The Economist Group. Chisom is analytical and a data enthusiast. She is passionate about interrogating the cross-sectoral relationship between society’s inhabitants, resources, production, technology, distribution and output. She efficiently and effectively unlocks complex systems, interprets data, forecasts socio-economic trends and conducts research.

Having lived and worked in 7 countries across 3 continents, she is highly adaptable to different circumstances and people, and thrives in uncertain environments.

As the founder of Diversify and Diversify Consult, Chisom and her team work with companies, institutions, governments and civil society to develop sustainable DEIB strategies and embed measurable diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace and society. In addition, in 2022, Diversify launched the Diversify Nordics Summit, the largest conference in the Nordics that gathers cross-sectoral stakeholders to amplify DEIB in the Nordics and beyond.

In 2020, she founded HerSpace, a diverse and inclusive co-creation community for all genders, with particular focus on women and non-binary people. In 2022, HerSpace launched HerTech, Women in Tech incubator, for women-led companies, with a focus on the inclusion of diverse founders. 

Chisom is a thought-leader in DEIB and a passionate advocate for mental health and wellness. She writes often on DEIB and justice related topics, some of her work is published on Forbes.

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