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Quraishy

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Quraishy

Validated Lead Expert
Generic Skills
B.1. Understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development: 
I have experience of working at public administration level in the area of creative city regeneration and inclusive empowerment at Leeds City Council in the area of Arts and Regeneration. My thematic focus is on art and culture and how it can work at city level to ensure economic prosperity and help with issues such as diversity and inclusion. Another area I have experience with is managing international city populations. I led the successful URBACT-funded city network project OPENCities. I was involved in project content development in thematic areas of making cities open to international populations. Three core areas were internationalisation, leadership & governance and managing diversity. We developed an OPENCities monitor that could be used as a practical tool by cities to monitor their own activity and progress in these areas. I successfully delivered OPENCities activity in Spain at a time of great change and an approaching financial crisis (conferences, round-tables, press launches, exhibitions, educational activity and Social Cohesion workshops). I developed successful partnerships with key City Council stakeholders and international organisations (iCoCo, Maytree Foundation, European Commission, BAK Basel Economics etc…). I am particularly interested in the idea of shared cities, creative hubs, inclusive urban planning and development and innovation at the city level. I can bring the capacity to work across sectors to projects and networks.
B1. Assessment: 
1: The candidate demonstrates convincing proof of her understanding of integrated and sustainable urban development - she has 2 years experience (2009-2011) as a project manager of the URBACT-funded city network project OPENCities.
B.2. Understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level: 
Following almost 15 years of experience of working for large international non-profit and creative organisations such as the British Council, Amnesty International and Leeds City Council Arts and Regeneration Unit in a variety of roles ranging from event organisation, fundraising, project management, partnerships, strategic leadership and most recently organisational development I have good understanding of exchange and learning processes at the transnational level with a specific focus on ensuring sustainable long-term results and a holistic inclusive approach.
B2. Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided less than one significant transnational activity that demonstrates understanding of exchange and learning processes at transnational level. However, in her CV, there are examples of her participation in transnational activities such as OPENCities and Language Rich Europe (LRE was a networking project bringing together policy makers and practitioners from 24 countries and regions in Europe to discuss and develop better policies and practices for multilingualism).
B.3. Proficiency in English: 
I am bi-lingual English/Czech. I am multilingual and can write well in a variety of formats (project proposals, policy papers, project/thematic summaries, public documentation etc...).
B3. Assessment: 
1: The candidate points to convincing evidence of her proficiency in English - English is her mother tongue, as she is bilingual in English and Czech.
Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities:
C.3.1. Ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers: 
I am used to working in international contexts and organisations and the fact that I am bi-lingual helps here. Project proposals, reports and summaries need to be written in simple language and without unnecessary jargon. It is not enough to send written material and a follow up face-to-face session or webinar or call can clarify misunderstanding & queries. During international conferences that I have led for example I have ensured that break out teams include members of native and non native English speakers to ensure a balance and mutual support and during the implementation of local workshops I ensured that peer learning applied and there was a pairing up of native with non native speaker to ensure understanding during project paper presentations Some examples of texts I overlooked: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?understanding_en http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?managing_diversity_en http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?leadership_governance_en http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?internationalisation_en http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/books-resource-packs/language-rich-europe-conclusions-and-future-perspectives
C3.1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided a valid example demonstrating her ability to communicate complex concepts to non-English speakers (e.g. pairing up native with non-native speakers during discussions to ensure understanding).
C.3.2. Ability to draw out, support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge and practice from participants: 
Projects I have led on included local launches, workshops and learning exchanges to ensure local relevance and dissemination of project results and findings. During workshop group work flip charts and interactive boards are photographed and shared amongst participants via basecamp. Learning is also captured in regular blog posts and project newsletters. For OPENCities I ensured City Councils were given framework templates to present their knowledge and experience, as well as future vision for their cities with regards to international population flows and this allowed easier sharing among cities. Working at Leeds City Council Arts & Regeneration Unit in collaboration with the sister town of Enna in Sicily I ensured that a united vision of the Breeze International Youth Festival was formulated and then successfully implemented with each city being responsible for aspects of the programme and exchange. Methods used included focus groups and pairing up.
C3.2 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided more than one relevant example of her ability to support the verbalization and documentation of knowledge among participants (e.g. photographing and sharing flip charts and interactive boards; use of framework templates presenting the knowledge, experience and vision of participants).
C.3.3. Ability to capture learning for participants to take away: 
Workshops I have led around Monitoring and Evaluation for the EU region at the British Council have ensured handout takeaway summaries capturing key concepts and stages during the project implementation cycle. I also set up an online exchange portal around this area of work for staff to engage in on a continual basis or simply when need be. International conferences (British Academy, EESC) that I have led always include a distribution of key note speeches, power point presentations, chair person's summaries and an overall summary paper of the event to ensure international capture and ongoing local sharing and learning once participants arrive back home.
C3.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided more than one relevant example of her ability to capture learning for participants to take away (e.g. use of handout takeaway summaries, distribution of key note speeches and power point presentations).
C.3.4. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages: 
I have experience in producing and overlooking concise reports that incorporate good practice and policy messages and projects that aim at shaping policy at the EU, country and city levels. Examples of such a summaries: Language Rich Europe Policy Recommendations - http://englishagenda.britishcouncil.org/books-resource-packs/language-rich-europe-recommendations OPENCities thematic booklets: - Leadership and Governance: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?leadership_governance_en - Internationalisation of OPENCities: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?internationalisation_en - Understanding OPENCities: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?understanding_en - Managing Diversity: http://www.opencities.eu/web/index.php?managing_diversity_en
C3.4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided more than two examples of concise reports that incorporate good practices and policy messages (e.g. Language Rich Europe Policy Recommendations, and four OPENCities thematic booklets).
Summary Expertise for the design and delivery of transnational exchange and learning activities: 
Mediation and negotiation have been key to past roles I have held. I have the skills and experience needed to manage both single large international networks as well as a series of smaller ones. The complex large-scale multi-stakeholder projects I have successfully led are proof of the vast EU funded project experience I hold. I have managed sharing of knowledge at the local city level as well as between cities using peer review and learning as one important method as well ensuring clear conference and workshop information summary takeaways. I am pretty meticulous enjoying detail but at the same time a forward thinker who does not forget the whole picture. I am used to working internationally, across a wide range of stakeholders, ensuring that project deliverables are met in line with set standards and deadlines (both internal and external). To give one example as Senior Project Manager of Language Rich Europe at the British Council based in Berlin, I successfully led this £2 million EU Lifelong Learning funded project that included many outputs: 19 publications, 25 countries and regions, 20 launches, 56 workshops and 2 international conferences.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for C, as she covers all the criteria for C1, C2 and C3. There are no identified inconsistencies between her application form and her CV.
Thematic expertise:
Theme / Policy: 
Arts and Culture
D.1. Deep knowledge on the selected theme and related policy challenges, including up to date practice, research, etc.: 
Following almost 15 years of experience of working for international non-profit and creativeorganisations such as the British Council, Leeds City Council Arts and Regeneration Unit and theHenry Moore Sculpture Institute in a variety of roles ranging from event organisation, fundraising,project management, partnerships, strategic leadership and most recently organisational development, Iam well informed about the current cultural policy trends, pressures (especially with regards to fundingissues) and the important role of cultural relations and the positive impact soft power can have at the international, national and city levels. I have experience of using co-creation methods to creating relevant solutions in the sector, as well as working across sectors (public, private and third). In December 2012 I attended the Cultural Relations Leaders Training Week at the British Council, which empowered me as a cultural relations leader and allowed me to understand that to be an effective cultural leader we need to be sensitive to the multiple stakeholders we engage with. I feel the vision presented there speaks the same language as the "Preparatory action: Culture in EU external relations" and the "European Agenda for Culture". My interest in diversity and creative sensitive leadership has been further nurtured by the 6 month GIZ sponsored leadership lab programme I participated in for a 6 month period until the end of September 2015: Power of Diversity facilitated by the
D1 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provides convincing evidence that she has more than 2 years' experience within the thematic area "Arts and culture" through her work at British Council, Leeds City Council Arts and Regeneration Unit (2 years) and the Henry Moore Sculpture Institute (5 years).
D.2. Ability to produce thematic inputs to feed in the learning process of in projects in which you have been involved: 
I can present extensive research findings in compact, easy to digest and read summaries and have good working knowledge of developing policy briefings, policy papers and thematic papers to different stakeholders. Please refer also to question D4 and examples linked to Language Rich Europe and OPENCities projects mentioned earlier.
D2 Assessment: 
1: Although the candidate did not provide specific examples of thematic inputs to feed in learning processes, her experience with the projects Language Rich Europe and OPENCities, as well as the examples provided in section D4, would suggest that she does indeed have the ability to produce such thematic inputs.
D.3. Ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange & learning activities, put forward good practice: 
As Research Officer Partnerships and Performance at the British Council I focused on organisational development and ensuring the right impact as a cultural relations organisation was being made and recorded. I was the Strategic EU region lead for planning, monitoring and evaluation, which included the development and roll-out of regional KPIs and metrics as part of the EU Europe British Council change transformation programme, working across the cultural relations portfolio on impact assessment and delivering associated training to teams across the region and portfolio.
D3 Assessment: 
0: The candidate provided less than two examples that demonstrate the ability to produce concise reports that incorporate learning from exchange and learning activities and put forward good practice. Instead, she provided examples of workshops and trainings for project staff members. In order to cascade new ways of working I wrote and promoted impact stories from around the region and facilitated easy to use tools for project managers to use in the area of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning. I fed into top Management Team decisions on staffing and resourcing and was a crucial information-gathering source in this process. I have experience in identifying, developing and promoting appropriate learning tools and guidelines for organisational development to ensure growth in people, impact, income, activism and diversity. At the British Council I devised and led a region wide workshop on how to plan, create and record impact to project staff members scattered across more than 20 countries via face-to-face sessions as well as self-designed webinars. I received positive feedback from participants and developed a smaller team of staff champions. I extended the training to regional staff and heads of strategic business units ensuring that planning for impact and monitoring and evaluation did not sit in isolation of 'business as usual' and was infused through-out the region. In 2013 I completed the abdi planning, reporting and evaluation certificate and updated project tools and templates for regional suitability and ease of use. I received positive feedback from key stakeholders for this. Most notably, I succeeded in moving the region from an isolated, sporadic approach to one, which encourages interconnectedness in regional and country work. I produce mid and end of project reports to a high standard.
D.4. Understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization, policy design, awarenes: 
In terms of project management skills I have vast experience of leading and managing complex multistakeholder EU funded projects with a specific focus on a holistic approach, ensuring longer term sustainability of project results, dissemination and exploitation. outputs: 19 publications, 25 countries and regions, 20 launches, 56 workshops. The key research partner collaboration was with Tilburg University in the Netherlands. I have excellent writing skills that were put to good use here in terms of drafting recommendations, blogging, proof reading and editing. This project focussed on policy change with regards to the protection and learning of languages at the Academic level across Europe and I was in charge of advocacy and managing and leveraging relationships with key MEPs as well as the DG of Education and Culture. In terms of dissemination and exploitation I organised (content and logistics) of two International Conferences – first in partnership with the British Academy in London and second at the European and Social Committee in Brussels. My role included planning, financial management (periodical quarterly internal reporting on SAP as well as EU), line management, managing contractual agreements with sponsors and providers and following procurement guidance. I overlooked branding across more than 40 partner organisations (including Higher Education Institutions from across Europe).
D4 Assessment: 
1: The candidate pointed to a valid example demonstrating her understanding of how to maximize the use of project results for benefits in capitalization (i.e. her work within the project Language Rich Europe: advocacy among key MEPs and the DG EAC; organization of 2 dissemination conferences etc.) In terms of project management skills I have vast experience of leading and managing complex multistakeholder EU funded projects with a specific focus on a holistic approach, ensuring longer term sustainability of project results, dissemination and exploitation. I am aware of how to navigate different agendas and approaches and manage successful collaborations. To give one example as Senior Project Manager of Language Rich Europe at the British Council based in Berlin, I successfully led this £2 million EU Lifelong Learning funded project that included many outputs: 19 publications, 25 countries and regions, 20 launches, 56 workshops. The key research partner collaboration was with Tilburg University in the Netherlands. I have excellent writing skills that were put to good use here in terms of drafting recommendations, blogging, proof reading and editing. This project focussed on policy change with regards to the protection and learning of languages at the Academic level across Europe and I was in charge of advocacy and managing and leveraging relationships with key MEPs as well as the DG of Education and Culture. In terms of dissemination and exploitation I organised (content and logistics) of two International Conferences – first in partnership with the British Academy in London and second at the European and Social Committee in Brussels. My role included planning, financial management (periodical quarterly internal reporting on SAP as well as EU), line management, managing contractual agreements with sponsors and providers and following procurement guidance. I overlooked branding across more than 40 partner organisations (including Higher Education Institutions from across Europe).
Summary Thematic expertise: 
I have over 15 years experience in working in the area of soft power, cultural relations and diplomacy across a variety of stakeholders (government, private, NGOs, trusts&foundations and the education sector). Areas of expertise include co-creation, culture & development, culture & urban regeneration. With a focus on cultural relations and the social positive impact it can have both within Europe as well as further afield, especially if there is a coordinated effort and negotiated longer-term vision but also quicker response rate in the current climate at city level. I have demonstrated the leadership and network building capacity via all of the regional roles I have held and large-scale multi-stakeholder projects I have led. I have long term experience of working at the British Council, but also in partnership with the Goethe, Camoes and Cervantes institutes linking up with city administrations across Europe in order to disseminate learning and new approaches. I am well informed about the current cultural policy trends, pressures (especially with regards to funding issues) and the important role of cultural relations and the positive impact soft power can have at the international, national and city levels. I have experience of using co-creation methods to creating relevant solutions in the sector, as well as working across sectors (public, private and third).
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for D under theme "Arts and culture" with a score 3 out of 4. There are no identified inconsistencies between her application form and her CV.
Expertise support to local authorities and other stakeholders in designing & delivering integrated and participatory policies
E.1. Knowledge on participatory methods and tools for co-production and implementation of local polices : 
I have good working knowledge of facilitating working groups, expert teams, steering groups and/or focus groups and using co-creation in order to come up with effective locally relevant policy solutions. Through my participation in EC co-funded projects, learning material was created including thorough presentations of good practices for linking theory to practice, as well as policy recommendations for integrating sustainability principles, development perspectives and innovation into the legal, administrative and institutional framework. For OPENCities I designed self assessment tools, partner questionnaires and regular phone interviews with city partners.
E.1 Assessment: 
1: Although the candidate does not provide a lot of details on the specific example she refers to (the OPENCities project), it is indeed related to co-production and implementation of local policies. As a manager of the OPENCities project, she assisted city administrations in creating participatory policies for managing diversity.
E.2. Knowledge on integrated approach for the design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies/policies: 
I have specific design, delivering, monitoring and evaluation of urban strategies with the following city council departments: Arts&Regeneration, External/International Relations as well as Departments of Integration and Development. Integrated urban strategies and policies I have guided include participation of international populations in decision making at the city level in Bilbao, urban regeneration through arts and culture in Leeds as well as city internationalisation policies in Madrid.
E.2 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided evidence that she has been involved at least once in designing and applying urban strategies/policies (e.g. decision making at city level in Bilbao, urban regeneration through arts and culture in Leeds, and city internationalisation policies in Madrid)
E.3. Awareness of the main policy and funding schemes for sustainable urban development at EU and national level: 
I have working knowledge of the URBACT funding scheme. OPENCities was one of the projects I managed directly funded by this scheme. Similarly I am familiar with funding and budgeting at the local city council level and the importance to work across sectors when it comes to fundraising in the area of urban development.
E.3 Assessment: 
1: The candidate provided evidence that she is aware of urban development policies, trends and funds (e.g. knowledge of the URBACT funding scheme).
E.4. Ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities: 
I have experience of ensuring that an exhaustive situation analysis and risk assessment precedes project and strategy development. I have experience of working in multilingual settings and adapting material in culturally diverse settings. The ability to understand local realities ensures the success of any international learning/exchange network project. In OPENCities the management on international populations across Europe varies from city to city and I ensured an on the ground situation analysis in the first part of the project. Some cities had a well established international population, for others this was a 'newer' more recent phenomenon. City participation was unique and specific to local needs and requirements (focus on international talent and business, managing diversity and/or a focus on leadership at the city council level. Within Language Rich Europe each country or region was able to focus on the more relevant aspect to their local reality, for example: the need to augment foreign language learning at primary and secondary level, the need to protect the national language against imminent power struggles, the importance of maintenance of regional languages, the importance of translation into minority languages in diverse international communities with a large immigrant population. My role as project manager was to ensue that all partners could get their needed relevance out of the wider project. Even within a city needs vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood and this was my task working for Leeds City Council and ensuring the right Arts & Regeneration grant projects were rolled out in different neighbourhoods, also ensuring cross neighbourhood exchange to avoid silo situations.
E.4 Assessment: 
1: The applicant provided more than one example of her ability to understand specific local situations and adapt tools and content to different local realities. In Language Rich Europe, she assisted stakeholders in different countries and regions to shift the focus of the project, so that it could meet the needs of their local realities..
Summary Expertise: 
I have many years of experience of ensuring cross-sector city relations. I have worked with Leeds City Council to ensure arts and culture can bring regeneration to under-developed city areas empowering citizens to take creativity into their own hands and empowering them to seek funding opportunities. With Bilbao City Council Department of Integration I worked on developing an inclusive approach to the new international population arriving in the city, ensuring their participation at city policy-making level and on relevant governance issues. In Madrid I collaborated with Madrid Global and the department of External Relations focusing internationalization of Madrid with a focus on competitiveness and economic success and the contribution of new international populations to this. I have assisted these city administrations in creating participatory workshops, festivals and conferences. Through my participation in EC co-funded projects, learning material was created including thorough presentations of good practices for linking theory to practice, as well as policy recommendations for integrating sustainability principles, development perspectives and innovation into the legal, administrative and institutional framework.
Assessment: 
The applicant is validated for E with a score 4 out of 4. There are no identified inconsistencies between her application form and her CV.

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Residence location:
Spain
Languages:
Czech - Mother tongue, English - Mother tongue
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Email:
quraishyaneta@gmail.com
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