Debbie Danon & Yasmeen Akhtar

...our experts on super collaborating

Debbie Danon

Debbie is Co-founder and Joint CEO of TrustLab, a consultancy offering organisations ‘courageous approaches to leadership and inclusion.’ She is an expert leadership coach, trainer and facilitator, with 15 years’ experience in companies, public sector organisations, start-ups and charities. Through her work in faith, ethnicity, gender and LGBT+ inclusion, as well as managing teams large and small, Debbie has developed a passion for supporting people to unlock the best in themselves and in others. Alongside her work with TrustLab, Debbie trains and consults for a range of organisations, as well as coaching individual clients to realize their personal and professional goals. She holds a degree Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge.

Debbie has also developed innovative approaches to inclusive and holistic leadership more widely. At award-winning Learning & Development consultancy The Smarty Train, she led the Training Design Team, creating innovative leadership accelerator programmes for the ‘early talent’ of leading banks, law firms and management consultancies. She also served as Director of Education for twin youth leadership organizations, The Unreasonables and Blue Chip Leaders, developing holistic leadership programmes that help young people to build the leadership mindsets and skills they need to create positive change in their own lives, and in the world around them.

Debbie volunteers with youth charity The Advocacy Academy and the Grassroots Jews community, about which she has given TED-style talks in London, Berlin and Budapest. She loves dance, arts & crafts, and is a self-confessed board game geek.

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Yasmeen Akhtar

Yasmeen Akhtar has worked at the intersection of inclusive leadership, social justice, and identity for 10 years. She has successfully led work in the private, public, and charity sectors; often developing interventions that work across sectors for lasting impact. She has significant experience in bespoke facilitation, particularly in contexts with an undercurrent of tension or contextual complexity. Yasmeens sensitive, but pragmatic approaches achieve transformative results for individuals, and for organisations grappling with complex themes.

She has led the development of work, and teams across the UK, in Europe, and the Middle East. Yasmeen read Law at University and is passionate about working across sectors to deliver robust, high impact interventions that shift individual perceptions, and whole systems. Notably, she has worked on Operation Nicole, the UK’s only Community Engagement to have directly averted a real-time terror threat at the Lokahi Foundation, and ParliaMentors, a UN Award Winning Leadership scheme that has engaged more than seventy British Parliamentarians and supported by Global Law Firm Norton Rose.

Yasmeen worked at the 3FF Three Faiths Forum leading their programming and growing their impact exponentially including building satellite teams outside London, and designing and implementing replication strategies in Sweden, Germany, and Israel. She has led Action Learning Sets for Senior Leaders in partnership with Cass Business School and is an advisor to the Mentoring and Leadership group, Muslim Women Connect and has been a Board Member of the Patchwork Foundation, providing access for minority communities to Politics.

Yasmeen is consultant to TLN – The Linking Network, a charity dedicated to helping children, young people and adults to explore identity, celebrate diversity, champion equality and promote community. Yasmeen is working with UK-German Connections and Alexander Haus to devise a bi-national Leadership Scheme bringing British and German emerging leaders together to learn from Germanys history and current political and social challenges relating to building an equal society. She delivers Leadership training on the Near Neighbours, Catalyst Programme unlocking the leadership potential within hard to reach youth across the UK.

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