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I-House Celebration & Awards Gala

Join us for our 31st Annual Celebration and Awards Gala is set for Thursday, May 9th from 6 pm to 9 pm.

 

Oona King

Click to read Oona's bio

On May 9th, I-House honored Baroness Oona King as the Alumna of the Year 2019 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.

It was an inspiring evening under the dome as we welcomed Oona back to I-House for her first time in 30 years!

You will find Gala 2019 photos on the International House Facebook page.

 

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Posted by International House, UC Berkeley on Saturday, May 11, 2019


 

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.

Learn more: Oona King's Website