Aminata Cairo is a consultant and motivational speaker with an interest in positive change implementation and value-based communication. Previously she worked as Lecturer of Inclusive Education at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, a Diversity and Inclusion Policy Officer at Leiden University and as Associate Professor of Anthropology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville She also received the Honorary Order of the Palm, a State decoration by the Government of Suriname for her contributions to culture. In 2015, Cairo received a Fulbright Fellowship Grant to study traditional Afro-Surinamese dance. Cairo believes her expertise in the field of inclusion and diversity, through which she has come to understand the central importance of universal human rights, will make her a meaningful contributor to the NHC’s work on safeguarding human rights.
Cairo received a double major in Psychology and Physical Education from Berea College and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. She obtained a second Masters and a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology in 2007 from the University of Kentucky.