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I-House Celebration & Awards Gala

Save the Date! I-House is pleased to announce that our 31st Annual Celebration and Awards Gala is set for Thursday, May 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Oona King

This year, I-House will honor Oona King (IH 1989-90) as the Alumna of the Year to recognize her work as a member of the British Parliament, her advocacy for human rights, and her visionary leadership as the Director of Diversity Strategy at Google.

For more information on our honorees and sponsorship opportunities, or to buy event tickets by phone, please contact at (510) 642-4128 or ihalumni@berkeley.edu.

International House 31st Annual Celebration and Awards Gala

Thursday, May 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm

6:00 PM Music & Mingling
Dinner & Program Follow


$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of age and under)


We hope you can join us for this annual fête!

Eventbrite - 2019 I-House Awards Celebration & Gala


Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Valet Parking Provided

Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged


Catering provided by International House


Oona King

Oona King is Google’s Director of Diversity Strategy, and was previously YouTube's Director of Diverse Marketing, and Chief Diversity Officer for British Broadcaster Channel 4. Oona is a member of the House of Lords (a life-time appointment as Baroness King of Bow in January 2011), and former Senior Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street. Oona became a member of the House of Commons at 29 - the second woman of color, and 200th woman of any color elected to the British Parliament.  Oona became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for e-Commerce, and then to the Secretary of State for Trade & Industry. Oona was voted by other MPs “the MP most likely to change society.”  In the Lords, Oona's Front Bench roles included Shadow Education Minister, Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy, and Shadow Minister for Equalities.​

Oona founded the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Genocide Prevention in the House of Commons, and received a commendation from the UN Security Council's Expert Panel for her group's work on peacekeeping. During her time as an MP, Oona changed the law in five areas, including housing policy and equalities policy; and in 2016, as a Member of the Lords, Oona changed British law in 4 areas impacting vulnerable children.  As Shadow Minister for Equalities, Oona introduced the amendment to Parliament that requires all companies in the UK with over 250 employees to publish their gender pay gap.  Oona's law has had far-reaching consequences in the UK, Silicon Valley, and beyond.

Before becoming an MP, Oona was a Trade Union organizer representing low-paid workers, and spent five years as a researcher at the European Parliament. She gained a first class politics degree from York University (1990), and a scholarship to Berkeley, California (1988-89). In her role at Channel 4, Oona designed and implemented a new diversity monitoring tool to drive change across the industry, and this is currently being implemented by the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, ITV and Viacom. Oona’s ‘big data’ idea has made British broadcasting the first in the world to have an industry-wide diversity standard, with the software to track onscreen and offscreen diversity.

Oona has previously worked as a television presenter for Channel 4, BBC, Sky, Five and ITV.  Oona’s political diary of her time in the House of Commons, House Music, was recently named among 15 of the best political diaries, by the Guardian Newspaper, alongside Disraeli & Thatcher. Oona has recently moved with her Italian husband Tiberio to live in the Bay Area; they have four young children, three of whom are adopted. Oona’s hobbies include cycling, ice-skating, and listening to AI podcasts in the middle of the night. In case Oona’s career goes very wrong, she is also a qualified aerobics instructor.