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As executive sponsor of the BAME Employee Network and a member of the IBM UK Inclusion Council for 8 years, Ajay’s mission has been to raise awareness of the challenges facing ethnic minority employees, and to drive initiatives to attract, develop and progress ethnic minority IBMers.  The strategy has been ‘top down’ ensuring the IBM UKI board understands the importance of ethnic minority employees as part of the workforce and ‘bottom up’, encouraging all employees, members and allies, to be actively involved.   A recent initiative around ethnicity pay gap reporting has provided the opportunity to further the dialogue in relation to data capture. At the same time, he is a mentor to managers and professionals, helping manage their careers within the IBM Corporation. Ajay is passionate about intersectionality, and the BAME Employee Network successfully collaborates with other minority network groups to collaborate and deliver a consistent message with greater impact. IBM has been recognised for openly embracing the diversity agenda, which has provided Ajay several external opportunities including being a reverse mentor to the prior Director General of the House of Commons, delivering lectures, as well as sitting on panels on the importance of ethnic minority inclusion.  Additionally, he is a trustee of OneKindAct, a charity granting c.20% of funds to support education needs, and 80% of funds in Asian/African continents. He is currently working on harmonising momentum with  major corporates to deliver a more significant and sustainable impact in the UK, by sharing experiences and increased collaboration around BAME, people with disabilities, gender and LGBT.

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