Big Ideas: Oslo Extra Large: Measuring Up, Making Diversity Count

June 05, 2013

Join Toralv Moe, Senior Advisor, Business Development and Diversity with the City of Oslo, for an update on the city’s ambitious plan to be ‘A City for All’. Learn how Oslo is putting intercultural policy to the test and raising its diversity and integration index by measuring the city’s progress on equality, opportunity and inclusion since the 2001 launch of its Oslo Extra Large campaign. In conversation with: Irena Guidikova, Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe

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Toralv Moe, Senior advisor – business development and diversity, Department of Cultural Affairs and Business Development, City of Oslo

Toralv Moe is the Senior advisor on integration and diversity to the vice major of cultural affairs and business development, City of Oslo, Norway. He has a Master degree in social anthropology, economics and history and  24 years of experience in the field – with the Municipalities of Oslo and Tromsø, State Agency of Integration and Migration. He is responsible for coordinating initiatives and measures for integration and diversity throughout the municipality; the OXLO-policy (Oslo Extra Large); and the implementation of the European Charter on Integrating Cities. His experience includes benchmarking, both local and international, through Intercultural Cities / Intercultural City Index the Eurocities MIXITIS and ImpleMentoring projects.

Irena Guidikova, Programme Manager, Intercultural Cities, Council of Europe

A graduate of Political Science and Political Philosophy from the Universities of Sofia (BG) and York (UK), she has been working at the Council of Europe since 1994. Her carrier has taken her from the Directorate of Youth and Sport where she developed and carried out a large research programme, through a transversal 3-year project on the future of democracy in Europe, the Private Office of the Secretary General where she was a policy advisor, to her present job as Head of Division at the Directorate of Democratic Governance. She is managing the Intercultural cities programme and coordinating the organisation of the World Forum for Democracy.

Her professional interests in all of the above fields cover areas at the intersection of public institutions and society: public policies and social change, technological development and policy innovation, policy review and advice, strategy development and implementation.



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