25 years of Positive Deviance at the PD Global Conference

"past, present and future"


October 31st to November 3rd 2016

Copenhagen - Denmark

Barikan Ismaeeli Solecki

Keynote speaker & consultant


Barikan Ismaeeli Solecki helps public organizations, private companies and educational institutions to overcome challenges regarding the integration of refugees into the work force and the everyday life through motivational speeches and consultancy. Barikan is involved in debates with politicians and business leaders regarding successful integration of refugees in Denmark.


Barikan was born and raised in a refugee camp in Northern Iraq, where her family lived as Kurdish refugees for more than 15 years. In 1998 Denmark has provided protection to 11- year-old Barikan and her family, through the UNHCR quota system.


Barikan Ismaeeli Solecki holds a BSc in Sociology, a BSc in Business Administration, a MSc. in Organization & Strategy and she was chosen as a future leader in the Lead The Talent program in 2015.


Based on both Barikan´s personal and professional life-experience, e.g. as project coordinator in Aalborg Municipality, advisor to the Head of local education authority in Brønderslev Municipality, translator and researcher (interviews and observations with school principals, business leaders, politicians and refugees), Barikan Ismaeeli Solecki has a unique insight and understanding of integrational challenges from both the point of view of refugees and the Danish labor market.


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