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Hany Shoukry

Coaching for emancipation: A framework for coaching in oppressive environments

Area: Coaching

Session on Wednesday, Jun 24th, 11:50
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Dr Hany Shoukry is a researcher/practitioner in coaching and human development. He has worked for over twenty years with individuals and groups, mostly living in socially and politically challenging contexts. He is primarliy interested in developing – through participatory research – programmes and methods to support both individual and social change. He developed coaching for emancipation as part of his PhD research, and is currently continuing his research as an honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University Business School in the UK, while coaching and training other coaches. Hany also holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and is the director of programmes at Sky.


Living in oppressive environments has a deep impact on individuals; it hinders their development and affects every aspect of their lives. Coaching approaches that fail to appreciate the impact of oppression on both coaches and coachees are in danger of not only failing to support the coachees’ development, but also reinforcing the oppressive system. This session offers a research-based framework for coaching in oppressive environments. It provides an understanding of the psychological implications of oppression and the journey of emancipation. It proposes a comprehensive set of processes that can support the coachee’s journey to liberate herself and to regain the ability to choose and act in the world. The coaching framework has been developed through a cooperative inquiry with twelve coaches from Egypt, working with individuals during the post Arab-Spring years, living through some amazing narratives of personal and social change. This session is essential for anyone interested in coaching in oppressive environments or in the use of coaching as an emancipatory approach.

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