At EASL, I am in charge of the development and monitoring of a high-quality, multichannel, sustainable, and inclusive educational portfolio for a heterogenous and multidisciplinary hepatology/liver research community.

Mounia Heddad Masson
Head of Education and Science, European Association for the Study of the Liver

What inspired you to work in the international association sector? Would you recommend this career to others?

I am a scientist who joined EASL in 2015. Similarly to academic research, the association sector provides a sense of purpose and empowers all parts of society. It is a very international and stimulating environment.

I would definitely recommend this career to others. This sector provides multiple opportunities to grow and work with key players, various stakeholders, and specialists with different backgrounds.

Can you remember a time when you needed to #BreakTheBias?

As a Swedish-Algerian female, bias is hard to avoid. A mentorship programme helped me in identifying and fighting daily bias. I learned how to create a safe environment for my colleagues and team members, giving the same opportunities to everyone.

How important are diversity, equity, and inclusion for the future success of associations?

At EASL, we have improved DEI through a conscious process of hiring talented and diverse team members.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are the cornerstone of any relationship and workplace. Inclusive environments that value DEI have been shown to increase staff motivation, commitment, and productivity, leading to the increased success of associations.