Tom Shropshire

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Tom is one of the most senior Black Executives in the UK, and the only General Counsel & Company Secretary in a top FTSE company. Tom is also a Board Director at the Bank of England, a Trustee at Comic Relief and a Patron of the Amos Bursary in the UK. Tom has continued to be one of the driving forces behind the Parker Review. Since joining Diageo in June 2021, Tom has been a passionate champion for diversity and inclusion across the business. As the Executive Sponsor of Diageo's Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Heritage Employee Group (REACH), Tom has provided guidance and leadership to ethnically diverse employees and allies, and supports REACH-led initiatives across the year. Over the past few years Tom has sponsored Diageo's Race Equity Weeks, as well as helping to further the work of Diageo BRGs in North America.

Afua Kyei

Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director
Bank of England

Afua Kyei, the Chief Financial Officer at the Bank of England, is co-Executive sponsor of the institution's commitment to DEI as one of its strategic priorities. Her leadership has been influential in helping the organization's culture to foster inclusivity for all backgrounds. Afua actively promotes DEI within and beyond the banking industry, serving as a sponsor and mentor for diverse colleagues. She invests significant time engaging with communities, students, businesses, and charities to accelerate progress in DEI initiatives. Afua's influence extends globally, as she is regularly invited to deliver keynote speeches at international forums like the International Monetary Fund, and the G20, advocating for DEI to address complex societal issues. Her impactful contributions to society and financial services have been recognized through prestigious awards and accolades, including being named the most influential Black woman in the UK by Powerlist 2024 and being awarded the Freedom of the City of London award in 2023.

Martina Cheung

President, S&P Global Ratings
S&P Global

Martina Cheung is the President of S&P Global Ratings and Executive Lead for S&P Global Sustainable1. As Executive Sponsor of WINS (Women's Initiative for Networking and Success), she advocates for equity and inclusion, providing support and sponsorship opportunities for women across the company’s global workforce. With over 7,000 members and 23 chapters worldwide, WINS focuses on industry-specific networking, skill-building, and impactful mentorship programs. Furthermore, as the first Asian woman to hold the position of President at S&P Global Ratings, Martina models diverse leadership with excellence. She has received the Women's Bond Club Merit Award and was an honoree of the Ascend A-list Awards, and she is a prominent speaker on diversity at global forums and events, including the World Economic Forum at Davos and CERAWeek. Martina also champions research on diversity through the S&P Global Diversity Research Lab, to raise awareness of the progress being made as well as the challenges on the path to equality in the workplace.

Celia Liu

CEO, Central and Southern Europe
ISS World

Celia Liu, CEO Central & Southern Europe at ISS A/S, is dedicated to promoting ethnic diversity and inclusion within and beyond her organization. Over the past four years, she has spearheaded initiatives to promote diversity and equality within the workplace and heads the Global Cultures, Race & Ethnicity Employee Resource Group (ERG). ISS established a partnership with the TENT Foundation helping refugees with their employment journey and the Global ERG also introduced Representation@ISS which works to promote structured processes and procedures that support more diverse representation at every level within ISS. Through her leadership across Asia Pacific and Europe, ISS has launched programs including the support of over 500 refugees across Europe, showcasing tangible outcomes of ISS’ DEI strategy. Celia’s commitment extends beyond her organization, as she actively participates in webinars and conferences to advocate for diversity and inclusion within and outside the workplace. Her influential voice in media and collaboration with nonprofits underscore her dedication to creating a more inclusive society.

Tiger Tyagarajan

Board Member

Tiger Tyagarajan, a board member at Genpact LLC, Jabil, and Kantar, is a prominent advocate for DEI and corporate social responsibility. He has spearheaded initiatives to foster inclusion and track progress through data analytics. Notably, Tiger has facilitated a 40% increase in employee participation in racial equity sessions and launched EMERGENCE, a career accelerator program for Black and Latinx employees. Tiger's commitment extends beyond internal initiatives. He has forged partnerships with organizations like OneTen to advance racial equity in hiring and collaborated with nonprofits like Positive Planet to support minority-owned businesses. Tiger's influence transcends organizational boundaries, evidenced by his media engagements and recognitions, such as inclusion in Bloomberg's Gender-Equality Index and Forbes' list of Best Employers for Diversity. Tiger drives impactful change within the broader business landscape through his leadership.

Titi Cole

Head of Legacy Franchises

Titi Cole, Head of Legacy Franchises at Citi, is a dynamic leader passionate about driving diversity, equity, and inclusion within the finance industry. With over 30 years of experience, she champions initiatives to enhance the representation of women and underrepresented groups in financial services. Titi's leadership extends to her Global Co-Lead of Citi Women role, where she empowers over 22,000 women and allies worldwide. As the first Black woman on Citi's Executive Management Team, she addresses systemic barriers hindering diverse talent's advancement. Titi's contributions have earned her recognition as a top executive, including being named #1 on the Empower Executive Role Model List and among the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker and 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance by Barron’s. Through speaking engagements, mentorship programs, and advocacy efforts, Titi continues to make impactful strides in fostering a more inclusive and equitable industry landscape.

Apoorva Bapna

Chief Culture Officer, India

Apoorva Bapna, WPP’s Chief Culture Officer for India is a driving force behind diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in India. With a drive to harness creativity to build better futures for people, planet, clients and communities, Apoorva is a passionate advocate for industry betterment. She founded WPP Unite's India chapter, fostering awareness and inclusivity for the LGBTQ+ community. Under her leadership, WPP Stella, the global ERG for women has thrived, becoming the largest chapter globally. Apoorva's efforts extend beyond WPP as a founding member of UN Women's UnStereotype Alliance, advocating for progressive gender portrayal in the media. She champions DEI through workshops, forums, and industry engagements and was recognized on AdAge's global women list and INvolve's Executive Role Model List. Completing a prestigious Chevening fellowship from the University of Oxford, Apoorva continues to drive impactful change, emphasizing the importance of representation, continued education and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.

Hannah Reid

EMEIA People Director

Hannah Reid, EMEIA People Director at Apple, is also the executive sponsor of Black@Apple, where she has led initiatives to amplify Black talent, celebrate Black culture, and provide opportunities for advancement. Her sponsorship includes Black@ Apple launching the "Black and Breaking Through" theme for Black History Month, featured on products and platforms, including Apple TV+ and Apple Music. Hannah hosts and speaks at company events to amplify Black voices and stories, mentors Black team members, and facilitates connections with senior leaders. She introduced programs like work experience week and events targeted at developing Black internal talent. Additionally, Hannah leverages her advisory roles and speaking engagements to advocate for DEI in education and support Black-owned startups. Her commitment to advancing equity and inclusion earned her recognition as one of the top 25 Black women in corporate UK and various accolades from organizations like INvolve and HRD magazine.

Mauro Gregorio

President, Performance Materials & Coatings, Latin America Oversight

Mauro’s commitment to inclusion is evident not just within his own diversified leadership team but also in his wider efforts to institutionalize inclusion via Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) among 10,500 employees in his business globally, increasing participation by 8% in the last two years and achieving 99% people-leader ERG membership. Mauro is the Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Hispanic ERG, which expanded its reach to four continents and received top ratings for corporate inclusion. As the co-chair of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, Mauro meets regularly with both governments to foster bilateral trade and educational collaboration. Beyond his corporate roles, Mauro is dedicated to community service, serving on the board of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, where he facilitates significant donations to improve community well-being. He sponsors PROJECT Ybá in Brazil, an initiative to develop a women-led association to harvest the bioactives in Amazon Rainforest to increase family incomes, while conserving the rainforest.

Richard Iferenta

Partner and Vice Chair

With over 20 years’ experience spanning law, tax and financial services, Richard is a dedicated leader who always advocates, challenges and pushes for sustainable, positive change. He was the first Black Partner appointed at KPMG UK, and throughout his career he has been instrumental in helping to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture within the firm and across the business community. From making the case for action and progression, to founding the Black Leaders Network and spearheading a campaign for businesses to have more diverse supply chains, Richard’s drive to positively impact the Black community never wavers. He’s a coach, mentor, speaker and panellist who always brings his passion for supporting Black talent to life. Richard has featured in the Top 10 of the Powerlist since 2015; he chairs Business in the Community’s Race Diversity Board and is a member of the Takeover Panel.

La-Toya Hackney

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary
Saint-Gobain North America

La-Toya Hackney is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary at Saint-Gobain North America (SGNA), where she acts as an Executive Advisor of SGNA's LEAD (Leading Efforts for Ancestral Diversity) Employee Resource Group, advocating for an open and inclusive workplace culture for employees of all ethnic backgrounds. La-Toya also initiated a diversity internship program within SGNA's legal department, providing talented students from diverse backgrounds with hands-on experience and mentorship opportunities. Since 2016, La-Toya has served on the Board of Directors of WHYY, a leading public radio and television broadcasting organization in the Philadelphia tri-state area, providing strategic leadership. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Education Fund, supporting equitable access to higher education for underserved communities. Additionally, La-Toya has been engaged with Philadelphia VIP, a legal aid organization, and serves as Parliamentarian for the Philadelphia Chapter of The Links Incorporated, supporting educational and civic initiatives for the Black community.

Bing Chen

CEO, Executive Chairman, Co-Founder
Gold House

Bing Chen, CEO and Co-Founder of Gold House, leads with a focus on bridging socioeconomic opportunities from and across the Asia Pacific. Under his leadership, Gold House has united the largest collective of Asian leaders, transformed media with cultural consultation and marketing, and launched two groundbreaking Asian Pacific funds--one for creativity and one for venture. Chen's impact extends across entertainment and technology, with over $150 million in net economic value created for minority communities in the last two years, alone; and has invested in 100+ companies that have subsequently raised over $1.2 billion in follow-on capital. As the principal lead behind YouTube's global creator programs, he understands how to scale creative ambitions commercially. Chen's vision and initiatives have reshaped Hollywood and venture landscapes, fostering authentic representation and empowering minority economic power in various sectors. 

Timothy Wilkins

Global Partner for Client Sustainability
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Timothy Wilkins, Global Partner for Client Sustainability at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, co-founded the US Black Employee Resource Group and spearheaded the expansion of Legal Outreach, providing internships to ethnically diverse high school students. As the first Black partner at Freshfields US, Timothy mentors numerous ethnically diverse associates and has successfully promoted diversity within the firm, recruiting new Black partners and increasing the number of ethnically diverse associates in New York. Beyond his legal career, Timothy is the first African American Chair of the Board of New York Public Radio, overseeing significant diversity and inclusion initiatives and advancements. His commitment to community development is evident through his work on the NYC Economic Development Corporation Board, supporting initiatives focused on communities' economic empowerment and revitalization. As an educator, Timothy shares his expertise on DEI as a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law School, driving change beyond the legal sphere.

Serufusa Sekidde

Chief of Staff, ViiV Healthcare

Serufusa, Chief of Staff to the CEO of ViiV Healthcare & President Global Health, has revolutionized diversity and inclusion efforts globally within bio-pharmaceutical giant GSK. As co-lead of EMBRACE Global, in 2023 he expanded GSK’s foremost race ERG from being UK-centred to a formal worldwide organization, amplifying the voices of 70,000 employees. Recognized as an INvolve Empower Executive Role Model in 2022, 2023 and 2024, Serufusa's influence outside pharma extends to the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Expert Panel for United States Pharmacopeia. A Senior Fellow at the prestigious Washington DC-based Aspen Institute, he advocates for social change and healthcare equity through prominent media outlets like CNN and BBC. Additionally, Serufusa's artistry as an award-winning rapper, showcased in his latest album - The Solutionary Manifesto - transcends languages, advocating for social change in English, Swahili, and Mandarin Chinese. Serufusa's multifaceted leadership and unwavering dedication make him a beacon of inspiration.

Justin Onuekwusi

Chief Investment Officer
St James’s Place

Justin Onuekwusi, Chief Investment Officer at St James's Place, the UK’s largest wealth manager overseeing £170bn, is a prominent industry figure. He is a member of the Race Leadership Team at Business in the Community (BITC), which is pivotal to driving the Race at Work charter's impact on over 1000 companies and boards nationally. Justin also serves on the Premier League's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Standard Panel, fostering inclusivity across 30+ clubs. A member of the ACT Global Leadership Council at City Hive Ltd, he also focuses on improving culture across asset managers. Justin co-founded the Diversity Project's #TalkAboutBlack, establishing the EnCircle mentoring circles and the IA Black Leaders Programme, impacting 45 senior Black leaders. Recognised as Ally of the Year for Black Women in Asset Management, Justin is a social impact trailblazer, influencing executive communication and initiatives across the investment industry whilst contributing to national panels and government discussions.

Tunji Akintokun

Senior Director - United Kingdom and Ireland

Tunji Akintokun, Senior Director for the United Kingdom and Ireland at LinkedIn brings over 25 years of leadership to champion diversity and inclusion initiatives. As a leadership advisor for LinkedIn's Black Inclusion Group (BIG) Network and a sponsor for the Catalyst leadership program, Tunji is committed to fostering racially diverse talent within the organization. His visible advocacy, internally and externally, has positively impacted Black employees, providing mentorship and coaching through various platforms. Tunji's contributions extend beyond LinkedIn, as founder and trustee of The Ilesha Charitable Trust and the Personal Best Foundation, where he supports educational and social mobility causes, particularly for ethnically diverse individuals. With high-profile speaking engagements and event support, Tunji continues to drive awareness and understanding of racial diversity while actively promoting equitable opportunities for advancement.

Rupy Malizia

Chief Strategic Transformation Officer
HSBC Innovation Banking

Rupy Malizia, Chief Strategic Transformation Officer at HSBC Innovation Banking UK, is an advocate for DEI. As one of the Executive Sponsors for the Racial Equity Employee Resource Group, Rupy leads initiatives to support advancing ethnically diverse talent. From hosting panels and events to mentoring diverse candidates, she actively fosters an inclusive environment within HSBC Innovation Banking UK. Rupy's influence extends beyond the organization, she also collaborates with The BAE HQ to empower under-represented founders in the innovation ecosystem. Her involvement in various industry events, such as London Tech Week and Bloomberg’s Enterprise Tech & Data Summit showcases her commitment to promoting diversity in technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. Recognized as Innovator of the Year and a finalist for Digital Leader of the Year and Woman of the Year by Women in Tech, Rupy utilizes her platform to inspire others from ethnically diverse backgrounds in business, innovation and technology.

Justin Rodriguez

Managing Director & Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Justin Rodriguez is a Managing Director & Partner at Boston Consulting Group, where he serves as the co-lead of the Black+Latinx Network and oversees DEI recruiting across North America, advocating for the hiring, professional development, and equitable outcomes of over 1,500 members. He collaborates with senior management to integrate DEI principles into core business strategies and provides mentorship to younger consultants. Additionally, he is a Boston Advisory Council Member for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and a former Board member of the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. Justin is a philanthropic donor supporting early childhood education programs for families of color, demonstrating his commitment to educational equity and community empowerment.

Waseem Malik

Chief Claims Officer

Waseem Malik, Chief Claims Officer at Aviva, is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion through his role as Executive Sponsor of Aviva Origins. Under his leadership, Aviva Origins celebrates cultural harmony and supports employees from various racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds. Waseem actively promotes DEI conversations internally and externally, increasing Aviva's diversity awareness. He spearheads initiatives to celebrate vital cultural dates, raising awareness and fostering allyship across the business. Waseem advocates for policy changes to accommodate diverse needs, such as flexible holiday arrangements. Recognized as a role model for ICAN, he shares his career experiences to inspire others. Waseem extends his impact beyond Aviva, engaging with legal firms, claims suppliers and mentoring individuals from minority backgrounds while also speaking at schools to promote careers in finance and insurance.

Reshma Ramachandran

Chief Transformation Officer

Reshma Ramachandran, Chief Transformation Officer at APCOA, Europe's largest urban mobility solutions provider, is a trailblazer for diversity and inclusion in Switzerland's senior management landscape. She is also a Non executive director with ISS A/s and Oxford Instruments a FTSE 250. As one of the few women of color in her position, Reshma sponsors the Ethnic Minority Women's Network and mentors several ethnically diverse women, advocating fiercely for their advancement in the workplace. Her impactful TEDx talk on changing the paradigm for women of color in corporate Europe garnered widespread acclaim. Reshma's leadership extends beyond APCOA, as she chaired the World Woman Davos Agenda in 2023 and 2024, a pivotal event during the World Economic Forum. She sits on the Advisory Board of the World Women Foundation and has delivered keynote addresses at over 100 events, driving progress toward equality and equity for women worldwide. Reshma's dedication to empowerment and inclusivity continues to inspire change on a global scale.

Amira Barger

Executive Vice President | Workplace Advisory and Specialist in Health Communications 

Amira Barger, Executive Vice President at Edelman is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. She actively mentors through various employee resource groups for women and Black employees. She serves on the Benicia's Commission United for Racial Equity (CURE) and the Journalistic Learning Initiative (JLI) board. Amira's commitment extends to serving marginalized communities, evidenced by her involvement with Dining Out For Life and her leadership in Benicia’s Black Lives Matter. Also, Amira educates future leaders as a Professor of Change Management, Marketing and Communications at California State University East Bay. She is a respected thought leader and influencer who contributes to various media platforms, like MSNBC and Fast Company, shaping conversations on societal issues and driving positive change.

Luana Ozemela

VP of Impact and Sustainability

Luana Ozemela, VP of Impact and Sustainability at iFood, is dedicated to reducing social inequalities within the company's ecosystem, impacting nearly 60 million people annually. Under her leadership, initiatives like the "Meu Diploma do Ensino Médio (My High School Diploma)" program have provided scholarships for delivery drivers to complete high school, with over 5,000 drivers graduating in 2023, advancing racial equity by accelerating social mobility. Beyond her role at iFood, Luana also spearheads projects to encourage Black entrepreneurship and investment, investing as an angel in startups and co-founding initiatives like BlackWin and PreCapLab. Additionally, she co-founded GRYND Tech, focusing on developing an app for farmers in Rwanda. Luana manages these organizations, mobilizing millions for startups and organizations led by Black individuals, demonstrating her commitment to driving positive social impact.

Akama Davies

Senior Director & Co-Founder
The Trade Desk & We Are Stripes 

For over a decade Akama Davies has catalyzed diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within and beyond his professional realm. Akama has spearheaded multiple Global ERGs and Diversity Councils building programs that drive meaningful change. As Co-Founder of We Are Stripes, he champions career progression for ethnically diverse talent, impacting thousands of professionals and transforming diversity practices in significant organizations like Google, Ofgem, and Disney. Akama's commitment extends to mentoring emerging leaders from underrepresented groups and advocating for neurodivergent talent. He contributes to national initiatives and publications, including consulting on ethnic minority progression strategies and contributing to books like "Black and Great: The Essential Workplace Toolkit." Akama's advocacy and leadership exemplify his dedication to creating inclusive environments and advancing diversity across industries.

Moni Mannings

Chair of Remuneration Committee

Moni Mannings, Non Executive Director and Remuneration Committee Chair at easyJet plc, is a trailblazer promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within and across industries. As a woman of color with a working-class, Muslim, migrant heritage, Moni serves as a visible role model on the Board, sharing her career journey and advocating for equitable practices. She champions reliable ethnicity pay gap reporting and encourages diverse recruitment practices, particularly in Luton with its significant Asian population. Moni's impact extends beyond easyJet as she leads EPOC, a network striving for greater boardroom diversity. Under her leadership, EPOC has grown significantly, engaged with top executives, and facilitated numerous events and board appointments. Moni's advocacy spans speaking engagements at prestigious institutions and participation in key industry forums, solidifying her position as a leader driving positive change in DEI initiatives.

Julia López

Reed Smith

Julia López, a Partner at Reed Smith, drives diversity, equity, and inclusion within and across the legal profession. She serves as Firmwide Partner Chair for UNIDOS, Reed Smith's Hispanic/Latinx inclusion group, overseeing remarkable growth and mentoring numerous members into leadership positions. Julia's dedication extends to her Princeton Office Recruiting Committee role, focusing on recruiting and retaining diverse talent. She actively participates in Reed Smith's DEI initiatives, sharing insights through frequent speaking engagements and podcasts. Julia holds leadership positions outside the firm in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), spearheading programs like PODER25™ to increase Hispanic/Latinx representation in the most senior positions within corporate legal departments. As a member of various committees and organizations, including the United States District Court of New Jersey’s Merit Selection Committee and Kids in Need of Defense, Julia's advocacy and leadership champion diversity and justice.

Rajvansh Kaur Sandhu

Head of Global Platforms – Marketing and ERP

Rajvansh is the Head of Global Platforms – Marketing and ERP at BAT. A staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion, Raj has driven diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout her career. As a founding member of the DEI team at DBS KL Hub, she spearheaded activities promoting age, cultural, and gender diversity. In her current role, Rajvansh leads a global team that delivers MarTech strategies, striving to break barriers and foster collaboration across diverse cultures. Moreover, committed to nurturing talent, she mentors both internally and externally, supporting junior tech talent and women in tech through programs like Mission Include and the Women in Tech mentoring group. Now based in the DBS Warsaw Hub, Rajvansh actively uses her social media platforms to raise awareness on DEI topics, aiming to inspire leaders to champion inclusivity and create positive change.

Ritu Shirgaokar

Head of International and Regulatory Legal
State Street Corporation

Ritu Shirgaokar serves as the Head of International and Regulatory Legal at State Street, where she plays a pivotal role in driving various initiatives within the organization. As a prominent host and participant in staff events, she amplifies the voices of executives, including the most senior ethnically diverse women, inspiring and engaging a broad audience of approximately 15,000 staff members. In her capacity as executive sponsor of the Race and Ethnicity Network, Ritu ensures direct representation in the UK governing body, facilitating swift action on issues of inequity. Additionally, she sponsored key events for the global legal staff, featuring renowned experts in cultural understanding and collaboration, leading to enhanced openness and cooperation between legal professionals. As a founding member of the advisory council to Reboot, Ritu contributes to strategic initiatives to address racism in the UK financial sector, collaborating with industry leaders and governmental bodies to promote diversity and transparency.

Hans Brown

Executive Platform Owner – Loans Enablement Platform
BNY Mellon

Hans Brown is the Executive Platform Owner for the Loans Enablement Platform and previously served as the CIO and Head of Technology for Corporate Trust & Depositary Receipts. Hans actively promotes Belonging & Inclusion efforts within BNY Mellon, serving as executive sponsor for various employee resource groups like VETNET and IMPACT DiverseTech. He is a thought leader and keynote speaker at internal events, podcasts, and forums, advocating for gender, racial, and neurodiversity. Hans champions Belonging & Inclusion through community outreach, educational initiatives, sponsorship, and advocacy efforts within professional organizations and industry conferences. Committed to continuous learning and accountability, he leads metric-driven decisions to refine Belonging & Inclusion strategies and improve community involvement. Hans's passion for diversity extends beyond the workplace, as he actively partners with local community organizations and educational institutions to promote diversity and inclusion in engineering and technology.

Monique Jefferson

Chief People Officer
Community Preservation Corporation

Monique Jefferson, the Chief People Officer at Community Preservation Corporation, has spearheaded transformative DEI initiatives over the past 20 months. Under her leadership, CPC established its first DEI Council, developed a strategic plan with diversity goals, and achieved gender parity across the organizational by July 2023. Monique has engaged minority vendors, commissioned a Pay Equity study, and introduced inclusive leadership training. She hired a DEIB manager, expanded early career sourcing partnerships, and activated an HRIS system for self-identification. Monique instituted gender pronouns in communications and created a CEO award for DEI commitment. Beyond CPC, Monique serves as a CALIBR Global Leadership Network board member, fostering Black executive readiness and NAAAHR, supporting Black HR professionals. She co-chairs Services to Youth at The Links Incorporated, focusing on STEAM education. Monique's impactful speaking engagements and media appearances further amplify her dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Oluchi Ikechi-D’Amico

Partner, Strategy & Transactions, Capital Markets Community Leader APAC
Ernst & Young Parthenon

Oluchi Ikechi-D'Amico, an EYP Partner in Strategy & Transactions, is dedicated to driving DEI initiatives at the firm and externally. Leading DEI efforts across Strategy & Transactions Financial Services APAC; Oluchi has been instrumental in helping initiate impactful programs, including the 'POWER UP' coaching initiative and running personal branding sessions for women across the region. She focuses on creating a safe and inclusive environment for all employees, particularly women of colour. Oluchi is a DEI and leadership thought leader, actively advocating for diverse talent, helping with career growth and providing coaching. Her extensive speaking engagements, media collaborations and formal roles in external organizations reflect her commitment to advancing underrepresented communities globally. Oluchi's leadership has earned her recognition, including listings in the INvolve Empower Lists and the Pride of Africa Awards. Through her endeavors, Oluchi inspires and empowers individuals from diverse backgrounds to achieve their full potential.

Indy Singh Dhami

Financial Services Cyber Partner

As a Financial Services Cyber Partner at KPMG, Indy is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the firm and the broader technology industry. He actively supports initiatives to incorporate varied perspectives and innovative solutions, contributing to KPMG's reputation and to inclusivity. Indy champions talent through a servant-leadership philosophy, recognizing positive behaviors among colleagues and peers. As an accountable leader, he promotes ethical conduct and values-based decision-making, ensuring equal opportunities for all employees. Through his mentorship, Indy serves and empowers emerging talent to develop their skills and reach their potential, and regularly contributes to the KPMG apprenticeship scheme. Outside of KPMG, Indy devotes his time to the cybersecurity community as a Chartered Institute of Information Security Fellow, advocating for networking, diversity and thought leadership. His speaking and thought leadership contributions on crucial industry topics such AI, cyber resilience, regulatory frameworks and leadership values, underscore his commitment to promoting representation.

Sreyssha George

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Sreyssha George, Managing Director and Partner at BCG, is an inspiring senior role-model in the firm and beyond. Apart from driving Business Impact, Sreyssha also leads programs in career development, mentorship, and networking to support diversity and empower women in technology. Under her leadership, BCG has achieved significant milestones, including improvements in gender diversity metrics, recruitment, and retention rates, earning recognition as a top DEI employer by the India Diversity Forum. Sreyssha's commitment to empowering women extends beyond BCG; she founded the Future Leaders' Table (FLT), providing a platform for high-potential women leaders from diverse industries to connect, mentor, and collaborate. Additionally, she leads initiatives on ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) topics for technology organizations, driving sustainable business practices and thought leadership in the industry. Sreyssha's contributions extend to media features and speaking engagements, where she shares insights on gender equality, sustainable business, and the future of technology.

Annette Byron

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Annette Byron, Partner Sponsor for Social Mobility at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, is the driving force behind the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, a bespoke development and mentorship program aimed at increasing disproportionate underrepresentation in large commercial law firms. With over 400 UK volunteers and notable client engagement, Annette's leadership has welcomed 14 new scholars in 2023, totalling 124 since inception. She strengthens talent pipelines, facilitates discussions on talent development, and advocates for cultural diversity at all levels. Annette spearheads initiatives like the Global Black Affinity Network and the Future Leaders program, supporting career progression for Black and ethnically diverse colleagues. Her mentorship extends beyond the Scheme, addressing sensitive pastoral matters. As a signatory of the Race at Work Charter and a speaker at prestigious forums, Annette continues to drive change, earning accolades like the Investing in Ethnicity Awards for Freshfields' commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Ann Marie Gothard

Vice President, Global Corporate Media Relations
Henry Schein

Ann Marie Gothard, Vice President of Global Corporate Media Relations at Henry Schein, is a staunch advocate for DEI. She serves as Executive Sponsor for the Pride & Allies LGBTQ+ employee resource group at Henry Schein. In collaboration with Henry Schein’s DEI team, she advises on corporate policies and benefits for LGBTQ+ employees, which has led to Henry Schein being recognized in the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for eight consecutive years. Ann Marie has also led the Henry Schein Women’s Leadership Network. Her commitment to DEI extends beyond her role at Henry Schein. She is Chair of Pride Live, a platform that amplifies LGBTQ+ voices nationwide. She has significantly contributed to the LGBTQ+ community as Co-Founder of the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, the first LGBTQ+ visitor center within the National Park System. She is also Co-Founder of Stonewall Day, a global campaign aimed at bolstering support for LGBTQ+ equality.

David Ziyambi

Latham & Watkins

David Ziyambi, a partner at Latham & Watkins and Vice-Chair of the firm’s Africa Practice, is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. As a founding member of Latham's global Black Lawyers Group (BLG), he has pioneered initiatives focused on recruiting, retaining, and advancing Black lawyers. Under his leadership, the BLG has flourished, winning numerous awards and facilitating the ascension of several members to partnership positions. David's commitment extends beyond L&W, as he actively mentors minority students and young lawyers, emphasizing the importance of skill development and goal setting. Additionally, he holds trustee positions with organizations like the BIGKID Foundation, where he supports at-risk youth in the UK. David's pro bono work, including assisting individuals with the Windrush Compensation Scheme and advising Black-owned businesses, has earned him prestigious awards, recognizing his impactful contributions to the legal profession and the community.

Anji Kang-Stewart

Managing Director, Global Head of Marketing
Man Group

Anji Kang-Stewart is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion. As Senior Advisor of the South Asian Network at Man, she spearheads initiatives to foster an inclusive community for South Asian employees at the firm, showcasing their achievements and promoting representation. Anji also mentors young women from ethnically diverse backgrounds, offering guidance and support to help them navigate their careers. Within the industry, she is a Steering Committee member of the Diversity Project's #TalkAboutBlack workstream and supports several of the organization's initiatives, including the #IAM campaign in support of racial fairness, the EnCircle mentoring program for young Black professionals and the #WeAre campaign that seeks to destigmatise the perception of disability. In addition to advocating for ethnic diversity, Anji is dedicated to championing accessibility and disability inclusion and is committed to building a more inclusive industry and society.

Juan Leonardo Negron

Policy, Communication & External Affairs Director
Merck & Co.

Juan Leonardo is the Policy, Communications Director, and Patient Engagement Director at Merck Puerto Rico. He advocates for health policies that enhance patients' access to innovation and builds relationships with policy stakeholders. Previously, he held roles in the U.S. Federal and local Government, from Communications Assistant, Director of Operations of Congresswoman Beatty to serving as Deputy Executive Director of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration. At Merck, he is involved in DEI initiatives, serving as the former Regional LATAM Lead for the Merck Rainbow Alliance EBRG and currently as a Global Co-Lead of ALIANZA, where he focuses on Hispanic ERG, emphasizing allyship and diverse thought impact. Juan sits at the Health Committee of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, advocating for diversity in clinical trials. Recently, ALIANZA was recognized as one of the best Hispanic ERGs in the country by LATINA Style Magazine. Juan's impact extends to Forbes 30 under 30 and numerous speaking engagements.

Dana Dawsey

Vice President Environmental Health & Safety

Dana Dawsey is the new Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety and Transformation at Pentair. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Safety and Environment for Merck, where she championed diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dana led DEI initiatives, supporting the Black Executive Leadership Consortium and fostering an inclusive culture at Merck. She is also the founder of Dawsey Leadership Solutions, focusing on mentorship and leadership development with an emphasis on diversity. As a member of Jack and Jill of America, Dana promotes the cultural enrichment and academic success of African American youth. Through her work, she strives to create environments where all individuals feel empowered.

Rupal Kantaria

Partner and Head of the Oliver Wyman Forum UK
Oliver Wyman

Rupal Kantaria is a role model and vigorous advocate for equity and inclusion in corporate life. As a Partner of Oliver Wyman and founding member of the consultancy’s Racial and Cultural Equity Council, she strives to ensure the firm's workforce reflects the diversity of its communities. As leader of the Oliver Wyman Forum in the UK, Rupal raises race and ethnicity in the Forum’s Board and C-suite discussions alongside other major business issues and creates opportunities for a broad range of diverse leaders to participate in those discussions. She also promotes inclusion through her research and writing, including demonstrating the important role women can play in driving action to combat climate change. Rupal plays an advocacy role in other organizations as well. As UK Vice Chair of the 30% Club, she helps drive efforts to diversify corporate boards and executive committees. She collaborates with organizations like EPOC to develop fellowship programs for board diversity and spearheads initiatives like MissionINCLUDE for cross-company mentoring. Through her efforts, Rupal demonstrates that inclusion isn’t merely a goal to strive for; it’s a value to live through all the roles we inhabit as human beings.

Elizabeth Brandon

Partner; Deputy Chair, Global Commercial Disputes
Reed Smith

Elizabeth Brandon is a Partner and Deputy Chair of Global Commercial Disputes at Reed Smith. Also, as Chair and Board Member of STAARS (Sustaining and Training African American Attorneys at Reed Smith), she spearheads initiatives nurturing diverse talent, including the STAARS Associate Academy, providing essential skills training and mentorship for Black associates. Elizabeth co-chairs the Dallas Office WINRS (Women's Initiative Network of Reed Smith), advancing women in the law. Her impactful programs include firmwide celebrations like Juneteenth and educational events on MLK and Confederate monuments. Beyond Reed Smith, Elizabeth is a dedicated advocate for diversity in the legal and business communities. She serves on advisory boards, supports scholarship funds for HBCU graduates, and empowers women to seek board seats through organizations like the Network of Empowered Women (NEW.) Roundtable and 50/50 Women on Boards (W.O.B.). Elizabeth's efforts have increased representation and fostered career advancement opportunities for underrepresented groups.

Shay Mustafa

Senior Vice President, Business Communications and Sustainability
Reynolds American

Shay Mustafa is the Senior Vice President of Business Communications and Sustainability at Reynolds American (Reynolds), the BAT Group’s U.S. subsidiary. In 2023, she founded BAT's Women's Executive Network (WEN), dedicated to promoting gender diversity and inclusivity in senior leadership roles globally. Shay's leadership on the Reynolds Executive Team has helped drive progress towards diversity ambitions, increasing minority representation to 23.3% and women in management to 35.5% since 2019. Moreover, as Executive Sponsor of BEYOU, Reynolds’ African American Employee Resource Group, Shay fosters inclusivity through transparent dialogue and championing community impact initiatives. She also advises the REACH Women's Network, advancing gender equity and economic development. Shay's commitment extends to mentoring and empowering college students, driving increased minority representation in early career programs. Through her leadership, Reynolds continues to make significant strides in diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and within the broader community.

Isabella Mascarenhas

Chief Executive Officer
The IM-Pact Kinship

Isabella has recently founded a radical social impact consultancy whose mission is to unite businesses with diverse, young changemakers and grassroots organizations to create collective, authentic and meaningful change in the world. She was formerly VP of Grassroots Education & Social Impact at RS Group plc where she also founded and co-chaired the EmbRace ERG who drove initiatives to diversify senior leadership, educate on race related issues and celebrate cultural heritage through events and activities. Her team spearheaded RS Group's global education and charitable giving strategy, partnering with organizations like The Washing Machine Project to empower women and children worldwide. Isabella's commitment extends to board memberships and volunteering with organizations like TNON and AFBE, where she advocates for greater ethnic diversity in business and STEM fields. Isabella also mentors and empowers young people from diverse backgrounds to excel and educates on anti-racism in workplaces and society.

Marie Caliskan

Head of Young People Programmes

Marie Caliskan, Head of Young People Programmes at Tesco, drives diversity and inclusion initiatives. Leading Tesco's Talent Equity Pillar for the Black Action Plan, Marie is committed to dismantling systemic racism by 2030. She spearheaded the creation of Tesco's Diverse Talent Community, providing career clarity and progression opportunities for underrepresented groups. Marie fosters partnerships with organizations like AKD Solutions to facilitate honest conversations and mentorship programs within Tesco. Dedicated to providing access to opportunities, Marie engages with schools like Lilian Bayliss Technology School to promote finance and business management careers. Her advocacy extends beyond Tesco, as she speaks at events like the D&I Leaders Conference and Dunnhumby's Black History Month event, inspiring audiences with her lived experiences and commitment to equity. Through strategic initiatives and partnerships, Marie is driving positive change and fostering inclusive environments both within Tesco and the broader community.

Rob Anarfi

Chief Risk Officer

Rob Anarfi, Group Chief Risk Officer at Beazley, is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry. Leveraging his position on the executive committee, Rob ensures that race inclusion and diversity remain strategic priorities at Beazley. He provides mentorship and sponsorship to ethnically diverse talent and serves as the executive sponsor of the BeazleyRACE network, driving initiatives for ethnic inclusivity. With his leadership support, Beazley achieved its target of 25% representation of people of color a year ahead of schedule. Rob's impact extends beyond Beazley as he mentors diverse talent through programs like Lloyd's Advance Programme and RootsInspire. As the Chair of RATL (Race Action Through Leadership), he collaborates with insurance industry leaders to enhance ethnic diversity and inclusion, holding them accountable for meaningful change. Rob's commitment to diversity is evident in his involvement in exhibitions, portraits, podcasts, and speeches aimed at advancing diversity in the workplace.

Trevor Freeland

Managing Director, Investment Bank- Fixed Income & Currencies
Deutsche Bank

Trevor Freeland is a Managing Director in the Securitized Products Institutional Client Group within Fixed Income & Currencies at Deutsche Bank. He joined the bank in 1995 after graduating from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He has dedicated his career to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. As a founding member of Deutsche Bank's Black Leadership Forum (BLF), he advocates for hiring and leadership diversity. As a member of the bank’s Americas leadership, he uses his platform to support the bank's commitment to DEI and help drive initiatives across the region. Trevor's impact also extends beyond the bank as he serves on the board of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He shares his inspiring journey, including breaking racial barriers in swimming, to motivate others. As the only black swimmer in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) at the time, he helped his University of Virginia team win its first-ever ACC Championship. Through his work and example, Trevor demonstrates that obstacles can be overcome while fostering an inclusive society.

Ashwani Bhargava

Senior Director, India Supply Chain
Boeing India

Ashwani Bhargava is Senior Director of India Supply Chain at Boeing India. In addition, as a Global Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee member in Boeing India, Ashwani drives the company's commitment to diversity and inclusion by championing supplier diversity initiatives across a growing network of 300+ Indian supplier partners. These initiatives include development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and skill development across the aerospace and defense industry. He leads the skill development program called “Kaushal”, which drives inclusion by training a workforce that includes women and people with different abilities. Through capacity-building initiatives, Ashwani’s efforts have helped empower supplier teams to become more diverse, inclusive, and capable to compete and perform on equal footing. His efforts have also helped transform Boeing's India supplier network, increasing engagement with suppliers that are committed to and contributing to the company's overall diversity and inclusion goals.

Adejuwon Ogunsanya

Managing Director, Head of Banks Coverage, UK, Africa & Israel
Wells Fargo

Adejuwon Ogunsanya, Managing Director and Head of Banks Coverage UK, Africa & Israel at Wells Fargo Bank, is the founder of the EMEA Black Connections (EBC), Wells Fargo's Black Employee Resource Group, where he has spearheaded initiatives to improve the lives and careers of Black employees. Through partnerships with external organizations and internal programs, the EBC focuses on mitigating biases, fostering courageous conversations, and influencing business strategies to create a more inclusive environment. The EBC’s efforts have led to tangible results, increasing visibility and engagement of Black employees, especially at senior levels, leading to sponsorship relationships being developed and mobility opportunities within the bank. Beyond his role at Wells Fargo, Adejuwon collaborates with educational institutions to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into the curriculum. Recognized as a finalist at the 2023 Black British Business Awards and profiled by the Telegraph, Adejuwon is a voice for diversity and inclusion in the corporate world.

Shimna Sameer

Managing Director, Preferred Banking
Bank of America

Shim Sameer is an advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion, working to dismantle perceptions and barriers built by unconscious bias. She is a member of Bank of America’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and sponsors multiple employee networks, including the Asian Leadership Network and Leadership, Education, Advocacy, & Development (LEAD) for Women, reaching 61,000+ teammates across 25+ countries. Shim champions numerous initiatives to empower ethnic minority employees and has enabled hundreds of leaders to advance their careers through direct mentorship, many achieving executive-level roles. Shim’s impact is beyond the corporate realm – she supports communities across the globe, addressing audiences around “access for all” and serves on the board of organizations such NAAAP and GSGNY. She is featured in Women Who Win’s first publication for her extraordinary journey of persisting and inspiring. Recognized with multiple awards, Shim empowers consequential action in advancing equity and inclusion across business and society.

Sanjeev Chatrath

Ernst & Young Solutions

Sanjeev, Partner at EY, is an admired leader in Asia’s Financial Services, Data, and Technology industries. He is known for developing and leading high-performing teams in inclusive cultures. Sanjeev has spearheaded numerous ground-breaking initiatives to promote diversity and advance underrepresented communities in the financial sector. His efforts include architecting pro-bono executive briefings from EY to underrepresented communities on emerging topics of future growth, and curating Asia-wide sessions to inspire diverse representation in leadership roles. Sanjeev is a long-standing ally and upstander, advocating for DEI through regular blogs and at events like World Economic Forum, and most recently the Divercity podcast. He has been actively driving change and creating lasting impact across Asia-Pacific through his involvement with organizations like NineBy9, 30% club, Women in Payments, Web3Women, Habitat for Humanity, and the Male-allies cross-industry network.

Satvir Bungar MBE FCA MCSI

Managing Director and Head of Business Services Sector, Deal Advisory

Satvir is a force for reason regarding his longstanding commitment to championing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives. As Managing Director in the Deal Advisory division, Satvir tirelessly focuses on using his platform to empower others at BDO LLP and beyond. He serves as executive sponsor of BDO's CEDAR network, creating a safe space for minority groups and driving change firmwide. Satvir's leadership extends to voluntary roles, where he coordinates and delivers initiatives promoting cultural events and mentors others to learn from best practices. His efforts have led to transformative programs like launching and expanding various CEDAR Mentoring schemes and fostering future talent. Satvir inspires others to embrace diversity and drive positive change in business and broader society through influential speaking engagements. Satvir serves pro-bono roles with charities including NED to one that improves the lives of marginalized people by funding its own training programs through selling premium macaroons.

Patricia L. Lewis

Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer
UnitedHealth Group

Patricia is the EVP & Chief Sustainability Officer at UnitedHealth Group, where she holds a pivotal role in shaping the company's sustainability agenda. Renowned for her strategic acumen, she spearheaded a long-term strategy that integrates diversity, equity, and inclusion alongside health equity goals. Under Patricia's leadership, UnitedHealth Group has achieved remarkable progress in DEI, with 40% representation of women in top management positions and a workforce comprising 45% people of color. As chairperson of the United Health Foundation board of directors, she was instrumental in directing a groundbreaking $100 million investment towards advancing a diverse health workforce by 2033. Patricia's career spans leadership roles at organizations such as Lockheed Martin, IBM, and DuPont. She has earned prestigious accolades, including recognition as one of the 2024 Most Influential Executives in Corporate America, Most Influential Black Corporate Directors and recipient of the BEYA Award. Patricia’s leadership remains an inspiration in DEI.

Raquel Ettrick Thompson

Divisional Head of Cyber and Technology Risk Management
BNY Mellon

Raquel Thompson, Divisional Head of Cyber and Technology Risk Management at BNY Mellon, fosters a culture of empathy and respect, sharing her career journey authentically and championing DEI efforts. As global co-chair of BNY Mellon's Women’s Initiatives Network (WIN), she drives professional development and networking opportunities for over 8,000 members globally, increasing membership by 21% in 2023. Raquel collaborates with industry leaders like Minda Harts to promote inclusivity and create safe spaces for women and people of color. She mentors students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds, is a member of Information Technology Senior Management Forum, the Hispanic Technology Executive Council, and coaches youth in basketball. Recognized in the HITEC 100 List and a finalist for the ITSMF Technology Executive of the Year awards, Raquel's commitment to DEI and leadership excellence is exemplary.

Rick Sharma

Partner & Chief Legal Advisor
Bridgewater Associates

Rick Sharma is a long-time Asian-American leader among financial services lawyers who speaks extensively about his experiences as a first-generation Indian-American lawyer, US Army officer, athlete and outdoorsman. In addition to leading Bridgewater’s investment management legal team, he’s the executive sponsor of Bridgewater’s Asian Affinity Network, which hosts firm-wide events promoting Asian culture and providing education to the broader Bridgewater community, including celebrations for Diwali, Holi, and the Lunar New Year. Through Bridgewater’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Rick hosts prominent Asian-American leaders to share their life journey and experiences, creating a forum to explore insights into diversity and inclusion from renowned business leaders and civil servants. A former Army officer and paratrooper, Rick supports and mentors disabled veterans transitioning to civilian life. He also serves as Vice Chair of ReadyCT, a leading education non-profit partnering with Connecticut public schools and employers to build career pathways for students in disadvantaged communities.

Hoa Ngo

Managing Director

As Managing Director at Comensura, Hoa uses her platform to pioneer inclusive recruitment and employment practices, from strategies to attract a diverse range of candidates to fair evaluation, reshaping the future of work. She is the executive sponsor for IM Multicultural, part of the Impellam Unity Council, where she ensures over 1,700 colleagues embrace multicultural awareness. Chairing the Employment Advisory Board for HMP and YOI Drake Hall, Hoa demonstrates Comensura’s values by challenging stereotypes around hiring ex-offenders, aiming to reduce recidivism rates. Hoa also spearheads Comensura's support for Ukrainian refugees in response to the Ukraine crisis, securing meaningful employment for 50 individuals in 2023 with ongoing efforts in 2024.

Karen S. Carter

President of Packaging & Specialty Plastics

Karen S. Carter is Dow’s President of Packaging & Specialty Plastics and an advocate for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. She leads a leadership team comprising 47% US ethnic minorities, 38% women, and 46% international talent. Under her leadership, ERG participation in the business is over 50%, with notable diverse representation. She is the Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Global African Affinity Network. Beyond Dow, she chairs the Catalyst Board of Advisors, enabling women's progress in the workplace. She supports women in sports as an executive sponsor of the Dow Championship, an LPGA event, and Midnight Golf to remove barriers for people of color. Carter focuses on communities and children of color as a member of the Dow Foundation and as a board member of the Great Lakes Bay Region Boys & Girls Club. Carter's commitment extends to legislative advocacy, influencing bills like the CROWN Act in Michigan and promoting supplier diversity.

Ariel White-Tsimikalis

Equity Capital Markets Partner in the Technology and Life Sciences group and Co-Chair of ESG & Impact practice
Goodwin Procter

Ariel White-Tsimikalis, a Partner in the Technology and Life Sciences Group at Goodwin and Co-Chair of ESG & Impact practice, is leading Black History Month celebrations initiatives and fostering support for Black associates. Ariel also spearheads impactful efforts such as securing firm sponsorship for the Black Counsel Forum and mentoring Black attorneys. She engages collaboratively with clients on DEI, hosting groundbreaking events like the firm's first UK client event for Black History Month. Ariel is committed to community service, serving on the Parker Review Committee and supporting organizations like The Links, Inc. She mentors through programs like the UK's Black Solicitors Network and Black Women in Asset Management, earning recognition as Mentor of the Year. Ariel's dedication extends to global outreach, serving as a judge for LexLead and contributing to international legal events.

Dr Rehana Sidat

VP Global Health Quality Risk Management

Rehana Sidat, Vice President Global Health Quality Risk Management, is an experienced Senior Leader with a unique blend of business and people skills. She advocates for diversity and inclusion in the Sciences, achieved through strategic ‘disruption’ & re- direction and through targeted support and presence. Rehana led the GSK contribution towards RSC Broadening Horizons Program (to increase and retain ethnic diversity in the Chemical Sciences), sponsored individuals on The Talent Accelerator Program (to accelerate progression of BAME talent) and actively supported more than 240 individuals over the last 15 years through sponsoring and coaching. As well as being an active contributor to GSK’s ERGs, she participates in external programs like Root Inspire where she is a mentor. Rehana's commitment extends to promoting science to the scientists of the future, driven through her public speaking, for example at The Salter Institute, multiple UK Universities and at the IUPAC Chains 2023 Congress.

Vidhu Dev

Vice President Rx to OTC Switch

Vidhu Dev, Vice President of Rx to OTC Switch and Digital Transformation, R&D at Haleon, acts as executive sponsor of Asian Professionals for Excellence (APEX), where she provides personalized support and mentorship to navigate career challenges, fostering empowerment and candid discussions on cultural barriers. Vidhu's involvement in affinity groups like Women@Haleon and the Political Action Committee (PAC) underscores her dedication to promoting diversity across multiple dimensions. Chair of the US DEI Council, she drives meaningful change by embedding DEI strategies at the highest levels. Vidhu's leadership extends beyond the workplace; she mentors students of color, pens thought leadership articles, and fearlessly advocates for DEI through panel sessions and speaking engagements, emphasizing allyship and solidarity. Her transformative mentorship and advocacy inspire confidence and resilience, driving positive change in traditionally male-dominated fields and creating a more inclusive society for all.

Amani Terhas Boros

Head of Sustainability, State Street Bank International
State Street

Amani Boros, Head of Sustainability at State Street Bank International advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the banking sector. As part of the Black Leaders Cohort and in her leadership role, she articulates challenges facing Black talent and advocates for increased career opportunities. Amani founded and co-chaired the BAME Network at Credit Suisse, leading initiatives to address racial gaps in leadership. She mentored over 100 women and people of color and presented at universities to inspire future generations. As Global Co-Chair of the Women's Network at State Street, she advocates for equal opportunities for women of all backgrounds. Amani's external presentations and DEI sessions empower individuals to enter the banking and sustainability sectors. Coming from an underprivileged background, she is committed to social mobility and supports initiatives like the Black Lawyers Directory. Amani's advocacy stems from her journey, driven by a sense of duty to pave the way for others.

Samay Shah

Slaughter and May

Samay Shah, a Partner at Slaughter and May, spearheads the firm's Diversity and Inclusion initiatives with a strategic approach. As a D&I Partner, he has led the development and implementation of the firm's DEI strategy, amending policies, and building new governance processes. Samay co-leads the Race Fairness Working Group, monitoring targets and fostering inclusivity through mentoring and leadership programmes for ethnic minorities, particularly Black heritage talent. Additionally, he also serves as the D&I Champion for the Financing Group, ensuring DEI integration at all levels of the business. Samay is a member of the Social Mobility Working Group which analysed data to formulate social mobility targets which the firm launched in 2023, and supported the firm’s co-founding of Legal CORE, a cross-firm collaboration to address underrepresentation in the legal sector, showcasing his commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion across the industry.

Emelia Quist

Head of Policy Research
Federation of Small Businesses

Emelia Quist is the Head of Policy Research at Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Emelia advises FSB's Policy Champions, shaping the organization's inclusive growth agenda and advocating for diverse entrepreneurs in policy and politics. Emelia also spearheads initiatives to support ethnically diverse entrepreneurs. Her role also involves leading research efforts on topics such as AI, including studies on inclusive entrepreneurship in relation to innovation, high street proprietors and young entrepreneurs. Emelia's influence extends to parliamentary groups and speaking engagements, where she champions the voice of ethnically diverse entrepreneurs and advocates for greater diversity in policy and public affairs. Her collaborative efforts with organizations like Aston University demonstrate her commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship.

Elsie Akinsanya

People Director, Business and Commercial Banking and Corporate and Institutional Banking
Lloyds Banking Group

Elsie Akinsanya, the People Director for Business and Commercial Banking and Corporate and Institutional Banking at Lloyds Banking Group, is a dynamic leader passionate about fostering an inclusive culture. Elsie leads internal signature events for Black History Month, facilitates panels, and is Executive Sponsor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the People and Places business unit where she spearheads accountability measures. Elsie is also an accomplished Executive Coach, providing invaluable support to ethnically diverse women in leadership transitions. She leads the coaching faculty for Counter-Col Network, empowering Black women in their career journeys and is an active role model, participating in keynote speaking events and panels to uplift Black professionals. Her dedication extends to mentoring the next generation, exemplified by her leadership in the Bright Network Women in Leadership panel.

Michael Yabantu

Managing Director Mid Market

Michael Yabantu, Managing Director Mid-Market at Aviva, spearheaded various initiatives in 2023, including re-establishing the GI Inclusion Council and delivering impactful internal panel events. Michael's efforts led to significant outcomes including enhanced employee engagement, improved diversity disclosure rates and promoting female senior leader representation. He actively engages with diverse communities through speaking engagements, workshops, and mentoring programs, fostering a culture of allyship and inclusion. Michael's influence extends beyond Aviva, as he participates in industry events and conferences, sharing his expertise on diversity and allyship. Recognized as a Top 60 ICAN Role Model, Michael continues to inspire and drive positive change in the insurance industry and beyond.

Luli Adeyemo

Best Case Scenario

Luli Adeyemo, Founder & Director of Sydney-based Best Case Scenario, brings over 30 years of experience curating content and campaigns for the tech sector. With a team spanning diverse cultural backgrounds globally, including the Philippines, Ireland, the UK, and Australia, Luli fosters innovation and enriches client experiences through a broad lens. As a passionate volunteer, Luli serves as Executive Director at TechDiversity, committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive technology workforce. Her advocacy extends to influential platforms like Forbes and prominent events like SXSW Sydney, promoting inclusive tech leadership. Recognised with the Women's Agenda Award in Emerging Tech, Luli's dedication to DEI spans various industries, from corporate environments to sports, demonstrating her unwavering commitment to inclusivity and innovation.

Shradha Patel

Head of Reg Liaison, Reporting & Financial Crime

Shradha Patel, Head of Reg Liaison, Reporting & Financial Crime at AXA UK, advocates for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Serving as Deputy Chair and Chair of the REACH Network, she has spearheaded remarkable growth, increasing membership by 500% through innovative initiatives such as the REACH Cookbook and cultural awareness campaigns. Shradha's leadership has led to impactful events like AXA UK's first Black History Month celebrations and the introduction of ethnic minority representation targets. As a mentor and executive sponsor, she actively supports colleagues' career development, exemplified by mentoring a rising star listed in Business Insurance's 2023 Rising Stars.

Samori Gambrah

Global Brand Director, Captain Morgan

Samori is the Global Brand Director for Captain Morgan, charged with ensuring that the brand stays culturally relevant with inclusion and diversity at its heart. During his tenure, Samori has overseen various campaigns including ‘Enjoy Slow’, ‘Spice On 1.0’ and ‘Why You Whying’ that all celebrated diversity, with the brand for example deliberately selecting VO artists for its Spice On campaign that were representative of the brand’s real society by market. In addition to his work with Captain Morgan, Samori is an integral part of Diageo’s REACH Employee Resource Group, plays a leading role in Diageo’s ‘Africa Talents Exports’, an initiative where Diageo supports talented colleagues in our Africa market and moving them to the company’s HQ in London, and is the Non-Executive Chairperson of the New Art Exchange, Nottingham, which has the purpose of inspiring and promoting excellence in culturally diverse contemporary arts.

Dipika Sawhney

Director EMEA, Google Advertising Scaled Acquisitions

Dipika Sawhney, Director EMEA at Google Advertising Scaled Acquisitions, ensures her team role-models DEI initiatives. Dipika has spear-headed some amazing sessions on vulnerability and poverty, with a remarkable engagement and attendance rates and 5-star ratings. She has built thriving DEI communities and mentor programs, fostering excellent community engagement. Elected as the executive sponsor of the Indus Googler program, Dipika advocates and role-models wider representation and inclusion across all business lines. Her accolades include being a London Tech Week Keynote speaker for DEI in 2022, Top 100 Tech Women UK in 2020, and Top 5 Women@Amazon in 2019. Dipika's impact extends beyond her professional role, as she actively contributes to initiatives like founding the Mahadevi library charity and mentoring disadvantaged youth. Through speaking engagements, interviews, and mentorship, Dipika continues to inspire and drive change within and outside the tech industry.

Priyanka Gill

Venture Partner, Kalaari Capital and Co-founder
The Good Glamm Group 

Priyanka Gill is a Venture Partner at Kalaari Capital and the Group Co-founder of Good Glamm Group, where she champions diversity and inclusion initiatives. Within the Good Glamm Group, Priyanka's proactive efforts have led to a workforce where approximately 65% of managerial roles are held by women, promoting gender balance in traditionally male-dominated positions. She spearheaded the implementation of the Gender Reassignment Policy, ensuring a supportive environment, paid leave, and medical benefits for same-sex couples. As a board member of CXXO, a Kalaari Capital initiative, Priyanka collaborates with women entrepreneurs and industry leaders to provide unbiased access to capital and mentorship. Through CXXO, she allocates $10 million annually to fund women-led startups and provides coaching and support to foster their success. Priyanka's dedication to diversity and inclusion extends beyond her professional roles, making her a driving force for positive change in corporate and startup ecosystems.

Aditi Javeri Gokhale

President of Retail Investments
Northwestern Mutual

Aditi Javeri Gokhale serves as Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments at Northwestern Mutual, where she's responsible for the company’s growth, relevance and competitiveness. As part of that growth strategy, Aditi is a leading advocate for diversity and inclusion. She’s executive champion of the organization’s Women’s Initiative, helping ensure Northwestern Mutual is a company women choose to join and grow within. Aditi also oversees Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures, investing in startups led by Black and women entrepreneurs, advancing the company's commitment to closing the wealth gap. Recognized as a Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awardee by InvestmentNews, Aditi's impact extends beyond Northwestern Mutual. She's a member of the Milken Women Executive Circle and FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women group, promoting gender equity and eliminating bias. Aditi shares her expertise through speaking engagements and media appearances, advocating for inclusive leadership in finance through a variety of platforms.

Swamy Kocherlakota

EVP, Chief Digital Solutions Officer
S&P Global

As EVP and Chief Digital Solutions Officer at S&P Global, Swamy Kocherlakota is a dedicated advocate for Pan-Asian professionals. He is the executive sponsor of APEX, S&P Global's Asian Professionals for Excellence group, driving market understanding, professional development, and community outreach initiatives. Additionally, he sponsors Adelante, the company’s Hispanic/Latinx ERG, advancing DEI commitments. Swamy integrates cultural celebrations like Holi and Diwali into company events, highlighting his dedication to Pan-Asian heritage and inclusion. Under his leadership, S&P Global has been recognized as a top global employer, and Swamy himself received the 2024 A-List Award from Ascend for his contributions to diversity, sustainability, and inclusion. As a board member of the S&P Global Foundation, he supports community inclusivity efforts, particularly in India, where his influence and leadership has earned industry acclaim. Swamy's efforts make S&P Global a premier workplace for Pan-Asian professionals, setting a high standard for inclusivity and learning opportunities.

Jen Yee Chan

Simmons & Simmons

Jen Yee Chan, a Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP, co-chairs the firm's race and ethnicity network 'EMerge,' where she drives conversations and initiatives to promote inclusion. She emphasizes the significance of diversity audits in shaping data capture and analysis to support race and ethnicity objectives. Jen Yee actively mentors senior allies on challenges and opportunities for ethnically diverse employees, serving as a role model herself. She fosters engagement with allyship training and leads discussions with group heads to advance internal progress on race and ethnicity training. Outside the firm, Jen Yee has mentored ethnically diverse women in the legal profession and supports Diversity in Fund Finance initiatives. Her commitment to inclusion is evident through her participation in panels and discussions to foster diversity and equity in various professional settings.

Julia Rast

Global Senior Director, Emerging Innovation

Julia Rast, Global Senior Director, Emerging Innovation at GroupM and WPP's Inclusion Board member drives initiatives to promote representation and unlock communities within the workplace, drawing from her mixed-race background. Her contributions include orchestrating the 'Home at Work' exhibition at the WPP Campus in Amsterdam, which is recognized for celebrating bi-cultural identity and fostering a diverse workplace environment. Julia spearheaded campaigns delving into non-Dutch cultural celebrations, raising awareness and promoting familiarity with diverse cultures. She actively creates educational workshops addressing socially challenging topics around cultural celebrations. Julia's advocacy extends beyond her workplace, emphasizing recognizing and embracing diversity. Julia amplifies the call for inclusivity and representation through her event expertise and presence. Her commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace is further demonstrated through initiatives like Flexible Public Holidays, which allow employees to observe cultural and religious dates that are significant to them.

Gayathri Kamalanathan

Slaughter and May

Gayathri Kamalanathan, a Partner at Slaughter and May, co-led the firm's race fairness working group from 2021 to 2023, where she provided strategic oversight for race and ethnicity. Gayathri is deeply involved in driving progress against the Race Fairness action plan, focusing on leadership, governance, and process fairness. She is also a member of the firm's partner-led recruitment strategy, ensuring representation from underrepresented groups. Gayathri's commitment extends beyond the firm, as she is a pro bono partner for the Domestic Abuse Response Alliance. She actively mentors junior lawyers, particularly women and people of color, and supports various DEI initiatives, including speaking engagements and panel discussions. As a first-generation immigrant from Sri Lanka, Gayathri brings a unique perspective to her advocacy efforts, making significant contributions to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and beyond.

Christiane Ocampo

Vice President, Global Procurement

Christiane Ocampo, Vice President of Global Procurement at Tapestry, has been actively involved in the organization's Asian Heritage Alliance Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) since its inception. Christiane now co-leads the 15-member leadership team, fostering cultural awareness and supporting its members' global development. She was key in launching Tapestry's Vendor Diversity Program, advocating for increased diversity and inclusion in sourcing practices. Christiane also extends her commitment to empowerment beyond the workplace as a mentor for The Coach Foundation Dream it Real Program, supporting underrepresented students worldwide in achieving their dreams. Through Tapestry's Asian Heritage Alliance EBRG's Community Empowerment pillar, Christiane collaborates with external organizations to address youth development, female empowerment, food insecurity, and health equity. Her leadership and advocacy amplify Tapestry's commitment to diversity, inclusion, and community impact.

Natascha Jesuvant

Online Director

Natascha Jesuvant, Online Director at Tesco, champions diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. As the Director Sponsor for Tesco's Race and Ethnicity network, she orchestrates events celebrating cultural diversity and drives conversations on its importance in the workplace. Natascha actively promotes ethnically diverse representation within her teams and collaborates with Talent Teams to diversify the pipeline. Notably, as the first ethnically diverse woman online director at Tesco, she has achieved a +22% increase in ethnically diverse representation at management levels in her business area. Beyond her professional role, Natascha is deeply involved in philanthropy, supporting initiatives like Birmingham City's Children's Hospital and Langar Seva. Her commitment to community empowerment extends to fundraising, marathon participation, and support for various community initiatives, reflecting her dedication to positively impacting both within and beyond Tesco.

Kapria Jenkins

Executive Director
Detroit Experience Studio

As the Executive Director of VML’s Detroit Experience Studio (DES), Kapria Jenkins leads a transformative 10-week program providing Black and brown high school students with immersive exposure to creative careers. With Kapria at its helm, DES has trained over 80 students and even won the American Advertising Foundation’s “DE&I Student Program” Mosaic Award in 2023. Beyond her role at VML, Kapria is heavily involved in community service, volunteering through VML's Worldwide Foundation Day and frequently supporting projects throughout metro Detroit. She is a member of Noir, VML's Black and African Diaspora ERG and the Rotary Club of Detroit. With over a decade of experience in fundraising for nonprofits, Kapria has secured significant funding for organizations like Junior Achievement and buildOn, demonstrating her commitment to uplifting communities and fostering lasting change. She is also an ordained minister and active in her local church.

Ademola Omitayo

Commercial Director

Ademola Omitayo, Commercial Director at BAT, advocates for diversity and inclusion in West & Central Africa. Leading the DEI agenda, he prioritizes individual needs and life stages in talent development discussions, fostering psychological safety and employee retention. Between 2022 and 2023, Ademola mentored senior women leaders in Europe, East, and South Africa, demonstrating his commitment to empowering women in leadership roles. He also designed and delivered high-profile sales training for multinational telecom companies in West Africa and was a keynote speaker at the Nigeria Britain Association President Dinner. Additionally, Ademola volunteers as a faculty member at The Elevation Church Institute, furthering his dedication to developing leadership skills and contributing to community initiatives.

Roger G Arrieux Jr

East Region Market Leader; New York Managing Partner

Roger G Arrieux Jr, East Region Market Leader & New York Managing Partner at Deloitte, is dedicated to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion within and beyond the workplace. In New York, he spearheads initiatives to address barriers faced by racially and ethnically diverse students and professionals. Roger advocates broadening talent pools and supporting professionals throughout their careers to achieve fairness and equity. He volunteers extensively to provide academic support for under-resourced youth, recognizing the importance of nurturing diverse talent for a more inclusive workforce. Roger also supports organizations such as Board Ready and the Black Boardroom Initiative, contributing to critical points in individuals' career journeys. His commitment to DEI extends to Deloitte's broader initiatives, including Purpose, a $1.5B investment encompassing education, workforce development, financial inclusion, and health equity efforts.

Vanita Aggarwal

Head: Digital Engagement Practice, India
EPAM systems

Vanita Aggarwal, Head: Digital Engagement Practice at EPAM Systems India, spearheads diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at EPAM India, championing diversity hiring and mentoring underprivileged students. She ensures diverse representation in senior roles and advocates for flexible work arrangements to support returning mothers and individuals with communication gaps. Vanita shares her expertise through articles and talks, empowering women candidates in IT careers. Beyond her professional role, Vanita is committed to social impact, guiding high school girls from underprivileged backgrounds and supporting underprivileged farmers through platforms like Bakri Chhap. She collaborates with NGOs to assist older people and children with special needs, enhancing their financial sustainability. Through her network, Vanita facilitates opportunities for women to re-enter the IT sector workforce. Her efforts have positively impacted thousands, fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.

Dorothy Burwell

Partner, Global Partnership Board Member
FGS Global

Dorothy Burwell, Partner and Global Partnership Board Member at FGS Global is a dedicated advocate for diversity and inclusion. As an executive sponsor and head of the UK ERG, Embrace, Dorothy leads initiatives promoting race fluency, ethnicity pay gap reporting transparency, and cultural events supporting Black businesses and art. She spearheads sponsorship and pro bono work for ethnically diverse charities, securing over $275k in support. Dorothy's efforts extend to revamping graduate recruitment to reach diverse talent pools, achieving a 50% intake from non-selective state schools and 40% from ethnically diverse backgrounds. Committed to talent retention, she ensures high rates among recent recruits. Beyond FGS, Dorothy's engagements include participating in panels at HSBC and the Executive Leadership Council, co-chairing the Global Black Women's Summit, and advocating for Black women's social, political, and financial empowerment alongside prominent leaders.

Martin Barnett

Global Head of Technical Product Experts, Search Ads

Martin Barnett serves as the Global Head of Technical Product Experts for search ads at Google, and he also holds the role of executive sponsor for the Black Google Network (BGN) Employee Resource Group UK Chapter. As a coach and mentor for BGN EMEA Chapter Leads and community members, Martin guides career development, leadership, and engagement with senior executives. He has played a pivotal role in expanding the Employee Resource Group across multiple regions and establishing chapters in various countries. Martin actively coaches senior executives and managers on inclusive leadership practices and advocates for the career advancement of underrepresented talent within Google. His efforts led Google UK to become a signatory of the Business In the Community (BiTC Org) 'Race At Work' Charter, demonstrating his commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Mike Jackson

General Manager and Associate General Counsel

Mike Jackson is General Manager and Associate General Counsel at Microsoft, leading the Company’s Compliance & Ethics Governance, Training, and Culture team. Mike has championed several diversity and inclusion initiatives during his time at Microsoft, serving first as the D&I Council Chair then Council Chair Emeritus. He also serves as a mentor to professionals across Microsoft, serves as a mentor to women of color in CELA, and is a trusted advisor for several employee networks, including Blacks in the CELA. Beyond Microsoft, Mike serves on the Advisory Board for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), an organization dedicated to advancing underrepresented groups within the legal profession. He also previously served as a member of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association's Board of Directors and he mentors rising law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). Mike consistently demonstrates what it means to be an executive leader who breaks ground for others.

Lili Zheng

Technical Director - Enterprise AI Enablement
Fidelity International

Lili Zheng is a Technical Director at Fidelity International, where she plays a pivotal role in fostering a culture of inclusion and diversity. As one of the global culture diversity strands leads, she spearheads initiatives to promote cultural understanding through events, workshops, and network activities worldwide. Lili collaborates closely with the global DEI team to execute cultural action plans to increase ethnic diversity and regularly updates progress reports. She co-created and launched the global Principles for diverse and inclusive committees, ensuring broad representation within the workforce. Lili actively contributes to the diversity data campaign, creating a more inclusive workplace environment. Additionally, she supports APAC regional networks, collects employee feedback to enhance inclusivity in global meetings, and collaborates with other strands to achieve intersectionality. Lili oversees employee network events celebrating key cultural dates, reinforcing Fidelity International's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Dr Buki Adeyemo

Chief Executive
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Buki Adeyemo, Chief Executive at North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, ensures that opportunities for ethnically diverse individuals remain central to the Trust's people approach. During Race Equality Week 2024, Buki launched Combined Healthcare's Anti-Racism Statement, emphasizing the importance of creating a safe and inclusive workplace for all colleagues. Under her leadership, the Trust achieved significant recognition, topping the charts for the annual Workforce Race Equality Standard (WRES) performance in belief in equal opportunities for career progression among ethnically diverse staff. Buki's influence extends beyond the Trust, as a NHS Chief Executive representative on the Mental Health Network Board of the NHS Confederation and and she has informed race policy nationally by participating in the Medical Advisory Group of the WRES. Her inspiring talks at external events, including Black History Month celebrations, and advocacy for allyship underscore her commitment to empowering ethnically diverse professionals in healthcare.

Reza Rasoulpour

VP, Global Regulatory and Stewardship
Corteva Agriscience

Reza Rasoulpour is VP of Global Regulatory and Stewardship at Corteva Agriscience, a U.S.-based, global pure-play agriculture company dedicated to enriching the lives of those who produce and those who consume. With over 800 members reporting to him globally, Reza is a mentor and career advocate for underrepresented individuals, ensuring they have robust career development plans and navigating complex organizational cultures. Under his leadership, his organization has evolved to be more diverse, reflecting his commitment to fostering inclusion at all levels. Reza has spearheaded initiatives to establish standards and practices across hiring and promotion to ensure diversity and equity in opportunity. As the executive sponsor of the allyship chapter for the Women Inclusion Network, Reza's engagement with programs like Catalyst MARC demonstrates his dedication to promoting real change and allyship.

Gerald Yao

Chief Strategy Officer, Global Head of ESG, and Co-Founder

Gerald Yao, Chief Strategy Officer at FiscalNote, is a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility (DEIBA) within and beyond his organization. As a Senior Leadership Team culture committee member, Gerald works tirelessly to drive DEIBA initiatives and foster an inclusive environment for the global workforce. He is actively involved in reviewing engagement surveys and plays a key role in recruiting and selecting candidates for the DEIBA Committee. Additionally, Gerald serves as a Board Member of the Diversity in Government Relations Coalition, contributing to shaping diversity and inclusion efforts in government relations. With a background in nonprofits, public schools, and startups, Gerald brings a wealth of experience to his role and is dedicated to positively impacting the community.

Rama Gollakota

Oliver Wyman

Rama Gollakota, Partner at Oliver Wyman, is dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace culture. As the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Champion, he leads the RAP Committee to ensure the implementation of Oliver Wyman's RAP Commitment. Rama also serves as the Sponsor for EMPOWERED Colleague Resource Group, enabling racial and ethnic diversity and promoting collaborative and safe workplace environment. Additionally, he is a member of Oliver Wyman's Asia Pacific Regional Belonging Council, driving key Inclusion, Diversity, & Belonging (IDB) initiatives for the region. Rama's contributions extend beyond the workplace, including leading social impact projects like The Happy Boxes project to uplift indigenous communities. He mentors junior consultants from ethnic minorities and actively participates in initiatives to create indigenous scholarships. Rama's commitment to diversity and inclusion is evident in his strategic leadership and advocacy efforts within and outside Oliver Wyman.

Tamika Frimpong

Chief Legal & Compliance Officer

Tamika Frimpong serves as Chief Legal & Compliance Officer at HARMAN, where she is dedicated to uplifting and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusions within the organization. As Executive Sponsor of HARMAN's Black Professionals Network, she champions the voices and achievements of Black professionals through various initiatives and events, including leading discussions during Black History Month celebrations. Tamika is also a member of the Black General Counsel Initiative and is a member of the Glen Ellyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She actively participates in community service events spanning economic development, health, education, political awareness, and international involvement. Tamika's commitment to helping people reach their full potential by cultivating environments that allow people to be their authentic selves extends beyond her professional role, contributing positively to both HARMAN and the broader community.

Natasha Frangos

Managing Partner

Natasha Frangos is the Managing Partner at haysmacintyre, an award-winning firm of chartered accountants and tax advisors. Under her leadership, the firm reinforced its DEI Committee and initiatives to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all employees. Natasha revised the recruitment strategy to ensure diversity across socio-economic backgrounds, resulting in increased diversity in graduate talent. She actively supports haymacintyre’s internal network, FemNet, nurturing relationships among women in the firm through mentorship and collaboration. Natasha has championed flexible working and gender balance at senior levels, increasing female representation in leadership positions and implementing new policies that support women and new parents. Her efforts have improved diversity metrics, including a reduced gender pay gap and increased women's representation in management. Natasha's advocacy for diversity and support for empowerment initiatives extends beyond her firm and she actively utilises media opportunities to promote inclusivity and drive change for women in accountancy.

Ana Esther Rodrigues de Camargo

Retale Interactive

Ana Esther Rodrigues de Camargo is the CEO at Retale Interactive, where she spearheads innovative projects in edutech. She served as Vice Chair of One Step Ahead (OSA) and interpreted for HundrEd and Helsinki Education Hub events. Ana's contributions include creating application guides for students from the Global South and advocating for changes in university language requirements. As an entrepreneur in Finland, she facilitates connections between Brazilian and Finnish educational companies with the Brazilian Embassy, and champions diversity by demanding the representation of people of color in business spaces. Ana is a trailblazer, occupying spaces like the Helsinki Education Hub Incubator and the Women in Tech - TNA Incubator as the first Latin American and Brazilian members respectively.

Georgia Wilson

Group CFO
Together Group Holdings

Georgia drives diversity and inclusion initiatives within Together Group, a global collective of agencies focussed on crafting the future of luxury-lifestyle. With a workforce comprising 72% women, she champions gender and ethnic diversity through innovative programs. Georgia leads the finance internship programme, fostering opportunities for ethnically diverse students. She actively influences recruitment practices to promote a more representative workforce and to enhance the finance capabilities within her global team. Beyond her role, Georgia's involvement with Career Masterclass empowers professionals from diverse backgrounds to excel in their careers. She mentors, speaks at events, and provides online tutorials, impacting individuals globally. Committed to community upliftment, Georgia founded a community savings group and offers coaching to Black parents navigating education and special needs landscapes. Her efforts have facilitated educational opportunities for Black youth and promoted intergenerational wealth transfer in marginalised communities. Georgia was featured in the 2023 Power in the City list.

Niken Wresniwiro

Senior Vice President, Global Communications

Niken Wresniwiro serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Communications at WPP, spearheading initiatives highlighting diversity within the FTSE100 company's workforce and markets throughout its communications. Recognizing the importance of diverse perspectives, she champions inclusion across its internal and external platforms, advocating for gender and ethnic diversity in at events and roundtables, and within thought leadership. Niken's advocacy extends beyond WPP, where she influences external organizations to prioritize diversity in their panels and events. She led the promotion and launch of WPP's Consumer Equality Equation report, which showcasesing the business opportunity of engaging with diverse audiences. Niken's Her advocacy and impact extends resonates beyond her organization, as she where her determination pushes for the inclusion of ethnically diverse speakers at high-profile panels and events, has helped amplifying the visibility of minority ethnic leaders globally. Her dedication to diversity and inclusion continues to shape conversations and drive change within and outside WPP.

Katrina Nusum

Head of Group Compliance
Fidelity International

Katrina Nusum is the Head of Group Compliance at Fidelity International, where she plays a pivotal role in strengthening the company's diversity and inclusion culture. As the Chair of Fidelity's Global D&I Committee, Katrina leads the strategic direction, ensuring the implementation of the DEI strategy and targets. She actively supports ethnically diverse individuals through various initiatives, including sponsoring employees for the Talent Accelerator Programme and participating in events like the Summer Talent Academy for Black Students. Katrina's commitment extends beyond Fidelity, where she serves on the Bermuda office's Donations Committee, supporting local charities. Additionally, as a Board Associate of the Stanford National Black Alumni Association, she facilitates events and networking opportunities for Black students and alums, contributing to their personal and professional development. Katrina's dedication to fostering diversity and inclusion is evident in her multifaceted contributions within and outside Fidelity.

Pam Kaur

Group Chief Risk and Compliance Officer

Pam Kaur serves as the Group Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at HSBC, where for four years, she has sponsored a committee overseeing HSBC's Group-wide ethnicity strategy, ensuring strategic direction and progress tracking. Her advocacy has been instrumental in advancing HSBC's ethnicity goals and maintaining progress against targets for Black heritage colleagues in senior leadership. As the Executive Sponsor of HSBC's Black Leaders Action & Advisory Council (BLAAC), Pam oversees how the bank addresses Black employees' challenges and guides senior leadership. Additionally, as a non-executive director of abrdn plc, Pam champions DEI initiatives and participates in events like the Senior Women's Breakfast and mentoring programs. Pam exemplifies a steadfast commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture through her multifaceted roles.

TJ Lim

Managing Director, US Private Bank Head of Digital Platforms
JP Morgan

TJ Lim serves as the Managing Director and US Private Bank Head of Digital Platforms at JP Morgan, where he intertwines his professional expertise in digital product creation with his lifelong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Passionate about fostering belongingness, TJ has addressed JP Morgan's senior leaders about his immigrant journey and advocacy for inclusivity. He has led various firm events, including Diwali and Lunar New Year celebrations, and invited notable speakers like Carrie Dragshaw, a consultant and drag queen, to discuss DEI in the workplace. TJ's impact extends beyond JP Morgan; as a Tech Fellow at the Asia Society, he initiated discussions on AI's role in addressing minority stereotypes. Additionally, he has spoken at AdWeek and Money2020, advocating for DEI, and was featured by The Wharton Magazine as an "advocate for all."

Balbir Bakhshi

Group Chief Risk officer
London Stock Exchange Group

Balbir Bakhshi, the Group Chief Risk Officer at London Stock Exchange Group plc, is grounded in his Sikh faith and upbringing in the UK. He actively promotes diversity of all kinds, prioritising DEI to inspire positive change in the workplace and society. He co-sponsors the Illuminate program at LSEG, dedicated to advancing underrepresented Black and Latinx talent, and participates in celebrations, such as Eid-al-Fitr and Diwali. As the ExCo Sponsor for LSEG’s Pride Network and a proud Ally, he organises PRIDE meet-ups and supports LGBTQIA initiatives, such as marching in Pride parades globally and hosting LSEG market open/closing ceremonies celebrating the LGBTQIA community. A proponent of gender equality, he takes part in WIN fireside chats and hosts panels during International Women’s Day. He advocates for creating inclusive spaces where everyone feels they belong, as demonstrated in his podcast conversations and external keynote speeches.

Katie Williams

Chief Marketing Officer, US

Katie Williams, is the Chief Marketing Officer US at Haleon. In this role, she works to shape the future of consumer experience with Haleon's iconic portfolio of brands like Advil, Sensodyne, TUMS, and Emergen-C. She is a leader in CPG marketing with extensive experience and proven success in delivering growth, creative courage, digital transformation and employee development. She is best known for her relentless focus on equity and inclusion as a critical pathway for business and brand growth. Katie's commitment to authenticity extends to her advocacy for underrepresented voices, ensuring diverse representation in marketing campaigns and production teams. Her contributions extend beyond Haleon, facilitating discussions on diversity in marketing at Cannes and participating in SXSW panels advocating for inclusive wellness practices. With Katie at the helm, Haleon delivers better everyday health with humanity, embodying the essence of diversity-driven marketing and leadership.

Matheus Souza

Chief Innovation Officer

Matheus Souza, Chief Innovation Officer at SAP, is a trailblazer in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Leading the charge for the Black Employee Network group in Latin America, he spearheaded the creation of a regional chapter, filling a crucial gap in diversity efforts. Matheus's dedication extends beyond rhetoric to tangible action, as he and his team conduct thorough research on inequality faced by people of color across Latin America. Their findings inform a series of initiatives to enable career growth, foster learning and collaboration, create inclusive environments, and contribute to socio-economic progress. Matheus's commitment to DEI is deeply intertwined with his work at SAP, leveraging the company's brand to champion inclusivity and drive meaningful change in the region.

Funmi Adegoke

Chief Executive, Safety Sector

Halma’s approach to DEI is driven by a belief that building diverse and inclusive teams is both the right thing to do and crucial to delivering Halma’s ambitious purpose, to grow a safer, cleaner, healthier future for everyone, every day. This requires active leadership, and Funmi, Halma’s Sector Chief Executive for Safety, is a role model and champion for diversity at the FTSE 100 company. Responsible for more than 40% of group revenues, Funmi sets clear expectations for diversity and inclusion within her sector. Across Halma, there is a clear focus on challenging perspectives and implementing strategies to achieve gains in DEI, and today, 27% of Halma senior leaders are from a diverse ethnic background; the figure rises to 38% of graduates who are on Halma’s leadership programme. Funmi's commitment to mentorship, advocacy, and research further underscores her dedication to fostering a culture of inclusivity and opportunity.

Paula Nassif

Marketing Associate Director
Wolters Kluwer

Paula Nassif, Marketing Associate Director at Wolters Kluwer Health, spearheads the Global Partner Program which aims to elevate healthcare standards globally by supporting clinicians worldwide through strategic collaborations. Paula is one of the founding members of the Health Division’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Awareness (IDEA) Council. Within the Council, she has played a pivotal role in shaping Council initiatives and focus. Under her co-leadership, the Council received global recognition for its ground-breaking DEI Content Guide, empowering employees to create more inclusive content within Health products. Beyond her roles at Wolters Kluwer, Paula is engaged in advocacy and community-building efforts. As a Latinx Board Fellow at Latinos for Education and Board Clerk at Mass Insight Education & Research, she advocates for diversity in governance and education. Paula's commitment to amplifying diverse voices is further evidenced by her involvement in "The Power of Latinas" podcast and her extensive volunteer work with nonprofits.