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Christophe Beck

CEO & Chairman
Ecolab

Christophe Beck is CEO & Chairman at Ecolab, the world’s water, hygiene, and infection prevention company, where he advocates for a culture where all 47,000 associates belong and thrive. As a founding member of Ecolab's DEI Council, he actively shapes strategy, prioritizes initiatives, and sponsors Employee Resource Groups. He advocates for ERGs by engaging and supporting their initiatives and attending Ecolab’s quarterly Black Leaders Forum meeting to listen and learn. Under his leadership, Ecolab has made significant progress towards its 2030 DEI goals, including a 50% increase in female and BIPOC executives since 2016. Christophe also joined the Minnesota Business Council in 2020, where he established a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, and launched a CEO pledge to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion at Ecolab. Christophe is also a Catalyst CEO Champion for Change, demonstrating his commitment to advancing gender diversity and inclusion within Ecolab and the business community.

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Catherine Johnson

Group General Counsel and Executive Committee Sponsor for DE&I
LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)

Catherine is Executive Committee Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion at LSEG, Chair of the D&I Working Group and sponsor of the Women Inspired Network.  Her thoughtful, compassionate and visible leadership on diversity and inclusion has seen LSEG introduce targeted initiatives designed to aid the progress of underrepresented and emerging talent and build a sustainable, diverse pipeline of prospective new joiners. These initiatives include an inclusive leadership programme, accelerator programmes to identify and progress Black and Latinx talent, colleagues based in Asia Pacific, and the LSEG Returner programme addressing the gender gap at middle management level and above. Catherine is driving progress against LSEG’s gender and ethnicity senior leadership targets, which will be extended to apply beyond leadership. She is a prominent advocate for allyship at LSEG and long-time champion of the Group’s intent to build an open, inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong.

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Charlie Wagner

Chief Financial Officer
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Charlie is the CFO at Vertex and a committed advocate for inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging. He recently led two 6-month mentoring circles to develop next-generation Black and Hispanic leaders for Vertex and has also placed members of his leadership team as executive sponsors or co-chairs for each of the company’s employee resource networks (LGBTQ+, POC, Women and Veterans). Additionally, he has spearheaded pilots for corporate training on Allyship, Inclusive Hiring and Insider Outsider Dynamics. Each year his leadership team establishes “healthy team” priorities that include comprehensive ID&E goals and metrics to ensure they are effective in recruiting, developing and engaging talent with diversity of thought and background. Areas of emphasis include equitable access for all CFO employees to career opportunities and resources; rigorous focus on individual development goals and plans; transparency in talent management processes such as promotion and performance review; and thoughtful, timely response to employee feedback.

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Sasha Mills

Executive Director of Financial Market Infrastructure
Bank of England

As Executive Director of Financial Market Infrastructure at the Bank of England and Executive Sponsor/Ally of the Bank of England Ethnic Minorities (BEEM) Taskforce, Sasha is dedicated to driving forward a range of actions and initiatives to help ensure the bank is progressing against its targets for ethnic representation at all levels. She has played a crucial role in supporting the progression of BAME colleagues, including building an inclusive leadership program, improving data to track BAME representation, increasing senior engagement through allyship and supporting BEEM events, and enhancing understanding of the BAME employee experience. Sasha also spearheaded a project to create a manager's toolkit for inclusive recruitment practices.

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Ragveer Brar

Senior Policy Advisor
Bank of England

Beyond his role as Head of Division, and now Senior Policy Advisor at the Bank of England, Ragveer has been Co-Chair of the Bank’s Ethnic Minorities Network since 2018; becoming the first member of its Senior Management Team (SMT) to hold the position. He chaired the Bank's largest ethnic minority staff meeting, from which Ragveer synthesized staff concerns and presented them to the Bank's SMT and Board, resulting in an independent review of ethnic diversity. He was on the Steering Group of the Bank’s Court Review of Ethnic Diversity & Inclusion in 2020/2021 and became a member of the Bank's Diversity & Inclusion Oversight Group in 2021. Beyond work, Ragveer is passionate about cricket and started coaching at his local club in 2016. In 2022, he was also appointed to the Buckinghamshire County Cricket Board, as a Non-Executive Director, and is currently the only ethnic minority member of the Board.

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Shruti Bahadur

Global Leader, Employee Experience (EX) and Employee Resource Groups (ERG)
Dow

In her current role, Shruti advances Dow’s People and Culture strategy by championing enterprise-wide EX priorities and provides oversight to over 600 ERG chapters globally. Under her leadership, ERG participation grew to 58% redefining best-in-class participation across industry and improvements in EX resulted in 14% higher satisfaction by ERG participants compared to non-ERG participants. Shruti championed development of ERG Agenda, a North Star for ERGs, offering strategic guidance on positioning ERGs as a resource for the employees and for the company. This accelerated cross-ERG alignment for greater and meaningful good through leveraged collective intellect and skillset. In 2020, Shruti received ERG Leadership Award from Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). At SASE, she helped organize and co-hosted AAPI Women’s Leadership Conference last few years attended by hundreds of participants from about 70 companies. Shruti takes pride and enjoys being a mentor to many at Dow and within her community.

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Ruth Ekong

Director - Commercial Strategy & Ops | Solicitor
Fitch Group

As Director within the Commercial Strategy and Operations team at Fitch Group, Ruth manages and negotiates global contracts for the business. Ruth also co-founded and chaired the Fitch EMBRACE network, an internal diversity network that aims to promote and educate on racial equality, career advancement, and network expansion. She has supported the growth of the EMBRACE Network to four more chapters globally and hosted company-wide panel events to educate business leaders on race and equality. In March 2021-2022, Ruth also advised on the DEI Council regarding company diversity initiatives and facilitated a partnership with the BYP Network to increase the hiring and representation of Black and minority staff. She also participated in creating an ERG Cross Mentorship Program for staff across the company. Beyond her role at Fitch as a Venture Scout, she volunteers with LevelUp Ventures (HEARST) by joining venture capital pitches for minority-owned businesses in New York.

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Marissa Yu

Expert Counsel
The Dow Chemical Company

Marissa is Expert Counsel at Dow and is the Company’s North America Chair for the Asian Diversity Network (ADN), an employee resource group (ERG). Marissa firmly believes in doing the hard work needed to examine and challenge beliefs and inequities. She led ADN to develop the Re-Model Minority Series that examined the harm of the “Model Minority” myth on the AAPI community. She shared her story of anti-Asian hate in listening sessions, delivering ADN’s impact statement at Dow’s internal All-ERG conference. Marissa hosted an event on Authentic Allyship with Dow’s Global African Affinity Network, where experts in race and social justice spoke on the experiences of Asian and Black communities. For International Women’s Day, she moderated panel discussions on the disparities between women of color and Caucasian women in the workplace. Marissa has also spoken at external conferences on inclusion and diversity, including the Women of Ascend Leadership Conference.

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Cynthia Torto

EMEA Regional Lead, Creative Solutions
Shell

Cynthia is the EMEA Regional Lead for Creative Solutions at Shell, as well as a reverse mentor and the force behind many Black representation initiatives within Shell and in the wider community.  Cynthia works with the VP of Brand to embed Black Representation in Marketing (BRiM) across Shell by auditing policies and practices, spearheading sponsorship initiatives and championing diversity and representation in content creation.  Unafraid to lobby, her work resulted in visual toolkit changes to represent ethnic employee networks correctly and as a reverse mentor she has accelerated talent and helped senior leaders understand the Black experience. She co-organises the UK Country Chair’s annual panel discussions in her role as BHM Programme Lead and worked closely with the Chair to deliver authentic initiatives around race.   Alongside this, Cynthia is a former co-chair and current special advisor of the Black Employee Network.

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Ti'Ara Brown

Manager, Cultural & Community Communications
McDonald's

Ti'Ara is the Manager of Cultural & Community Communications at McDonald's, where she prioritizes connecting with diverse colleagues to find development opportunities that can advance both individuals and the company. In 18 months, Ti'Ara has identified and advocated for over ten diverse employees to work on new teams and attend professional development workshops and conferences. As part of the 'Beyond Campaign,' she has also curated stories of diverse employees at McDonald's. Her accomplishments include pushing for brand scholarships in 2021, including educational sessions and mental health app subscriptions. Ti'Ara is known as an advocate of ethnically diverse ideas and individuals, and she understands the scale of the brand's vast platform and how to use it for good. Outside of McDonald's, she volunteers with The Humanity Lab, developing narrative and communications plans and reorganizing websites to promote fundraising toward eliminating racial inequalities in the justice system.

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Kirk McDonald

CEO, North America
GroupM

As CEO of GroupM North America, Kirk leads 7,500 people shaping the next era of media where advertising works better for people. An industry leader with 25+ years of experience across leading brands, media companies, and technology providers, Kirk champions a new balance where advertising is a less interruptive and more valued part of the media experience. Kirk is deeply committed to increasing representation and developing talent through purposeful inclusion and responsible media investment. Under his leadership, GroupM formed the Media Inclusion Initiative to support and grow diverse media companies and creators and launched GroupM University and GroupM Launch Pad to bridge the gap for applicants from non-traditional backgrounds and education pathways. Kirk is a founding member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Elanco, Paley, Ad Council, and the Advertising Week Advisory Council. 

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Monique D. Jefferson

Chief People Officer
Community Preservation Corporation (CPC)

Monique joined the Community Preservation Corporation nine months ago as their Chief People Officer, and she has already implemented several initiatives to support the organization's path to becoming a more diverse and inclusive workplace. For example, Monique established CPC's first Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Council, developed a strategic plan that included the establishment of diversity goals for officer-level hiring and promotions, formally rolled out the use of pronouns in internal and external employee communications, and adapted their HR system to allow employees to self-identify across various demographics. Monique is also a board member at CALIBR, an organization dedicated to accelerating the readiness of mid-level Black executives for senior executive roles, and a Youth Facet Chair at The Links Incorporated, where she developed and implemented STEAM careers and HBCU readiness programs for Meyer Levin Middle School in Brooklyn, NY.

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Moni Mannings

Non Executive Director, Chair of Remuneration Committee
Hargreaves Lansdown PLC

Moni is the first person of color on FTSE100 Hargreaves Lansdown’s Board, a NED and the Remuneration Committee Chair. Moni was instrumental in helping HL’s TV ads be more inclusive and diverse; supported the CEO in an improved recruitment process yielding greater ethnic diversity in senior hires; and encouraged voluntary ethnicity pay gap reporting. Moni founded EPOC (Empowering People of Color), a not-for-profit, peer to peer network working to increase non-executive, ethnic minority engagement on all Boards whether commercial, public sector or charitable. Since 2021, EPOC has held 30+ in person and virtual events, conducted roundtable discussions on Ethnic Minority Representation on Boards at No. 10 Downing Street, engaged 300+ executives from under-represented ethnic minorities and 100+ FTSE Chairs, SIDs and NEDs at EPOC events and secured NED roles at several FTSE 350 companies including 1 FTSE 100 Board, and on high-profile industry bodies, charities, educational, sporting and creative boards.   

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Dennison John

President
SAP Labs Latin America

Dennison’s experience working in different locations like India, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, and Brazil has built his experience in fostering an inclusive environment in which diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and practices are valued and respected. As the President at SAP Labs Latin America, Dennison has ensured that the company becomes a front-runner for D&I in Brazil, winning the #1 Great Place to Work award for the large-sized companies' segment among all industries in 2022. Also, as a sponsor of the Black Employees Network (BEN), initiatives such as the Black Talent Attraction and Development Program have fostered reflection and awareness of structural racism, increased the inclusion and sense of belonging of employees, and strengthened the upward social mobility of Black people.

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Rahul Gumber

Chief Risk Officer
Aviva Canada

Rahul has been the Chief Risk Officer of Aviva Canada since April 2022. Since joining Aviva, Rahul has been a passionate advocate for DEI and an active proponent of creating a meritocratic and inclusive culture within companies. In Rahul’s prior role, he was the Executive Sponsor for DEI in Aviva Ireland where he worked with leadership teams to develop and implement a company-wide DEI strategy. As the current Executive Sponsor for diversity and inclusion in Global Risk, Rahul established the DEI program for the function and, along with his colleagues, has promoted and participated in a number of initiatives aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion in the workplace across the four pillars of their work: governance, data and metrics; education and training; communication and events; and recruitment, retention and progression.

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Rob Anarfi

Chief Risk Officer
Beazley

‘Rob Anarfi is the Chief Risk Officer at Beazley Group. He joined in 2012 as Head of Internal Audit. Rob has held senior audit roles at the FCA, Aviva, Zurich, and Allianz. He also qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC. Rob is the founder and executive sponsor of BeazleyRACE, the company's employee network focused on race, culture, and ethnicity. He helped the D&I Steering Committee set and communicate the public race and ethnicity targets, which Beazley has been progressing with to ensure better racial inclusivity and diversity across the company at all levels. Rob is also the Co-Chair of a cross-industry initiative, Race Action Through Leadership. RATL brings a diverse group of senior insurance professionals together to help improve the representation of minority ethnic professionals at all levels of the insurance industry.

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Jon Lewis

Chief Executive Officer
Capita

Jon Lewis has been CEO of Capita since 2017, where he has overseen the transformation of Capita from a traditional outsourcer into a consulting, transformation and digital services business with purpose, values and inclusion at its core. He’s sponsored multi-year ethnicity targets at senior leadership levels and made anti-racism training mandatory for over 30,000 UK colleagues as well as his plc Board. He also launched a mutual mentoring program focused on developing inclusion and allyship, in which he has participated as a mentee. Since 2021, Jon has also chaired Capita’s Black Lives Matter employee network group. Jon is a BITC Race at Work charter founding member, sharing Capita's commitments for race equality in the workplace openly. He is also the Chair of BITC’s Employment and Skills Committee. Moreover, he is deeply committed to promoting social mobility across all protected characteristics, including ethnicity, and is a regular advocate on this topic.

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Lee Schrager

Chief Communications Officer & SVP Corporate Social Responsibility
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits

Lee is the Chief Communications Officer and SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits. With a strong passion for diversity and inclusion, he has championed multiple initiatives to support female students and employees in fulfilling their potential. He partnered with Women of Tomorrow and Step Up Women Network to introduce diverse female students to careers in hospitality and provide them with mentoring, career panels, and field trips. He also sponsored an employee conference for VolunCheers Ambassadors to align community engagement with DEI practices. As the Founder and Director of the Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival, he announced a groundbreaking partnership with Dr. Lisa Davis, Ph.D., in 2021, focused on advancing diversity and inclusion across the hospitality industry. He also helped establish a DEI Alliance at the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

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Natasha Harrison

Founder & Managing Partner
Pallas Partners LLP

Natasha is a leading international disputes lawyer and one of the few women to have set up and lead a London/New York firm. She launched Pallas Partners in February 2022, starting out as a majority female led firm with significant representation of ethnic minority backgrounds and LGBTQ+ colleagues. Diversity is integral to the firm’s wider strategy, with Pallas pledging to achieve diversity parity by 2025. Natasha has committed Pallas to the Equal Representation in Arbitration pledge and the Law Society’s Women in Law pledge. She also sponsors The Brokerage; a charity creating internship opportunities for under-privileged candidates and has sat on their Board since September 2021. Natasha has been leading the way on innovation in the legal sector for years and in 2022, she was listed by Financial News as one of the 50 Most Influential Lawyers and as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance.

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Esther Akinwolemiwa

Fixed Income Sales - Rates
Wells Fargo

With almost 15 years of experience in investment banking, Esther has a career spanning sales, risk management, operational excellence and corporate transformation in Top-tier banks. She currently works at Wells Fargo’s Paris office in Fixed Income (Rates) Sales covering European corporate and institutional clients. She also serves as the Marketplace Outcomes Co-Chair for the Wells Fargo EMEA Black Connections network where, amongst other things, she organizes the "Black MD Series" - a series of talks featuring Black Managing Directors within the organization which aims to improve the visibility of Black leaders, as well as, provide a platform for career guidance to all EMEA employees. Beyond Wells Fargo, Esther volunteers as a School Governor at Lilian Baylis Technology School and is Vice-chair of the school’s Welfare committee overseeing the welfare of students and staff. She also actively mentors young people and is a CFA charter holder. She obtained an Executive MBA from ESCP Europe business school in 2020.

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Gabriela Leão de Sousa

Junior Associate Attorney
Mattos Filho

In addition to her role as a Junior Associate Attorney in the White-Collar Practice at Mattos Filho, Gabriela is an active member of the "Soma Group," which promotes equity for black people and combats systemic racism in the Brazilian legal environment. Since joining the group in 2019, she has participated in events as mediator and panelist. Besides, she published and assisted colleagues in publishing articles on violence against the black population in Brazil and hate crimes related to race. Furthermore, Gabriela is also actively involved in pro bono cases at Mattos Filho related to racial crimes and LGBTQI+ rights. Beyond her role at Mattos Filho, Gabriela has been dedicating herself to black movements since college. She recently coordinated the communication sector of a major event called "Pre-International Congress of the 6th African Region", which facilitated discussions on the reality of black people in various countries in 2021-2022.

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Ella Mbaeri

Privacy Compliance Lead, Wealth Management, Legal & Compliance Division
Morgan Stanley

As the Privacy Compliance lead for Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley, Ella helped pioneer her firm’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiatives by establishing its first Black History Month event in 2018, paving the way for future events. In 2020, Ella assisted in creating a D&I Committee in Morgan Stanley At Work, creating a safe space for employees to discuss the aftermath of George Floyd's murder. She became a Co-Chair for her department's Black Employee Network in 2022 and delivered a flagship event interviewing a prominent Black UK political and activist figure. Outside of work, Ella is a Board member of UD Music, a London-based music organisation bringing communities together around Black music and culture. Earlier this year, she was transferred to New York, taking on a new role leading Privacy Compliance within Wealth Management.

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Thais Bento

Tax Lawyer
Mattos Filho

Thais is a Tax Lawyer at Mattos Filho and represents the firm in the Legal Alliance for Racial Equity and in the Brazilian Bar Association Racial Working Group, both aiming to increase diversity and inclusion in the Brazilian legal market.  Through her involvement in the Mattos Filho's racial ERG, called SOMA, she has worked with lawyers and partners to promote a work environment that supports career development for Black people and fosters awareness of gender and race matters.  In this context, Thais has an exceptional performance guiding interns from other legal teams in their hiring interviews at the firm and promoting initiatives regarding the importance of Black’s history and culture in Brazil.  Furthermore, she also had an outstanding participation in several events, such as in the lecture about algorithmic racism at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo and the podcast discussing ways to increase diversity in a corporate environment.

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Nora Younes

Talent Acquisition Advisor Middle East, Africa and Turkiye
Boeing

As a Talent Acquisition Advisor at Boeing, Nora is passionate about promoting diversity and inclusion through her hiring efforts. She actively builds awareness with hiring managers to consider diverse candidates in their pipeline and presents them with diverse slates. She encourages hiring managers to have a diverse interview panel and actively sources female talent for open roles. Having grown up as a Palestinian and having lived in six countries throughout her life, D&I is ingrained in her DNA. She is dedicated to advancing D&I within the aviation industry and play an active role in participating in external D&I conferences. Nora holds a degree in Business Management and Human Resource Management and has extensive experience in Talent Acquisition across various industries between UK and UAE and has promoted D&I efforts throughout her career.

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James Dornor

Engineer
Formerly Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

James Dornor formerly of Mercedes AMG F1 was one of 25 volunteers’ part of Accelerate 25 D&I forum. His role includes regular meetings to provide his input on specific areas of D&I, suggestions for future focus areas. He was interviewed by BBC Radio5LiveF1 for Black History Month, where he discussed the state of diversity in F1 and plans to move forward on inclusion. As an executive board member at Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers’ he focus’ on industry engagement. He shares his relatable journey and has actively been involved in organising STEM engineering panels events with AFBE-UK that included crucial figures of under-represented groups who are the change makers of their time. In late 2022 he won high commended in STEM by Evenfields-Black Talent Awards. His spare time, he volunteers to charitable causes by giving inspiring talks to the next generation that anything is possible.

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Jaida White

Vice President, Marketing and Communications COO team
BlackRock

Beyond her role as a Vice President on BlackRock’s Marketing and Communications Operations team, Jaida Co-Chairs the Advocacy and Engagement pillar of BlackRock's Black Professional & Allies Network (BPN). She works closely with allies, identifying opportunities for them to engage more formally with BPN members. Jaida recently spearheaded the ringing of the bell at the New York Stock Exchange to kick-off Black History Month in the U.S. and commemorate the firm’s 35th anniversary. In addition to driving DEI within BPN, she also serves as the operations lead for BlackRock’s Marketing DEI Steering Committee, focusing on how to increase the diversity of BlackRock spokespeople, make content more accessible to those with disabilities, and promote DEI within the marketing department and throughout the firm. Outside of work, Jaida has been on the leadership committee of The Family Center, a Brooklyn non-profit focused on helping diverse families affected by crisis, illness, or loss since 2018.

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La-Toya Hackney

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

La-Toya is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary at Saint-Gobain North America, a manufacturing organization of over 18,000 employees, focused on sustainable building materials. At SGNA, La-Toya serves as Executive Advisor for the LEAD (Leading Efforts for Ancestral Diversity) employee resource group and was responsible for spearheading a diversity internship program within SGNA's legal department, allowing students from ethnically diverse backgrounds to explore the legal career opportunities within manufacturing. In addition to her work at SGNA, La-Toya serves on the Board of Directors of WHYY, a leading public radio and television broadcasting organization in the tri-state area, and on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Education Fund. This organization enables equitable access to higher education for students in underserved communities. La-Toya is also engaged with Philadelphia VIP, a legal aid organization providing pro bono legal assistance and ensuring access to justice for low-income Philadelphians, small businesses, and nonprofits.

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Suresh Raj

Global Chief Growth Officer
Virtue Worldwide

Suresh sits on the Global Management Team at Virtue Worldwide, the award winning global creative agency.  Suresh has been a vocal champion of diversity and equality throughout all his professional roles across the Americas, EMEA, APAC and LatAm. As Chief Growth Officer, Suresh emphasizes on the need to bring diverse lived experiences to deliver strategically sound and inspirational creative campaigns. Ensuring diverse individuals are given the opportunity to work on award-winning campaigns is part of Suresh’s mission to make the organization a place for all to belong Suresh’s executive sponsorship of a number of networks which focus on the personal and professional development of Black, Asian and Latin communities sees him actively soliciting the engagement of these groups within the business as well as within client activity. Through INvolve and the Marketing Academy USA, Suresh is a mentor to numerous ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ professionals.

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Anji Kang-Stewart

Global Head of Marketing, Managing Director
Man Group

Anji is one of the most senior women in Man Group’s Sales & Marketing team, she is an advisor to the firm’s South Asian employee network and a mentor to three women from underrepresented backgrounds. Within the industry, she is a Steering Committee member of the Diversity Project's #TalkAboutBlack workstream and profoundly supports several of the organisation's initiatives, including the #IAM campaign in support of racial fairness, the #WeAre campaign that seeks to destigmatise the perception of disability and the EnCircle mentoring programme for young Black professionals. Anji regularly speaks at diversity and career-focused events, highlighting the difference that sponsorship and advocacy can make particularly for women and members of underrepresented groups, and providing advice and sharing stories of hurdles she has had to overcome in her own professional career.

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Amit Sinha

Chief Technology Officer - SMB and Scale
Microsoft UK

As the CTO - SMB and Scale at Microsoft, Amit is committed to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advocacy through several initiatives, such as mentoring STEM professionals and students, championing diversity with customer executive management teams and supporting internal Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic initiatives. Amit has also been an active speaker in several forums on the importance of diversity for innovation and growth, and has created a national reach strategy for a charity which includes students interviewing professionals on STEM careers, with a focus on participants from a minority background. He also supported students in sharpening interview skills by doing mock interviews.  

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Rakesh Thakrar

Group CFO
Phoenix Group Holdings plc

Diversity and mobility are defining aspects of Rakesh’s life, he is a high-flyer from an immigrant background, his father was from Tanzania and mother a Ugandan refugee. Since his appointment to the Board as Chief Financial Officer, Rakesh has been Executive Sponsor for Social Mobility. The intersectional strategy has dramatically improved Phoenix's Social Mobility Index ranking, through actions like a recruitment DEI audit, ensuring adverts are bias-free and focussing graduate recruitment outside of the Russell Group Universities. He sponsored the Kickstart Programme, offering entry-level positions for young benefit claimants. His focus on data has helped drive analysis of colleague DEI data and publication of the first Group ethnicity pay gap. Beyond his role at Phoenix Group, Rakesh works with Progress Together, a taskforce led by the City of London Corporation that collaborates with financial services companies to promote social mobility and aims to progress and retain a socio-economically diverse workforce.

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Julien Linger

Advisory Partner
PwC

Since joining PwC, Julien has been an active sponsor and supporter of Connected Cultures, an internal network for cultural diversity. Within Connected Cultures, Julien is a panelist to discuss the importance and challenges of inclusion and diversity and acts as an informal coach for colleagues with non-western backgrounds across the firm. Julien has also been part of the Roots Inspire network as a mentor for several professionals in the Leadership Catalyst Program -  Roots Inspire is a leadership development platform by ethnic corporate leaders for ethnic leadership talent. In the past he has appeared on Dutch national television as a panelist to discuss the ways in which diversity & inclusion in Dutch society could be further improved.

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Anne Richards

Chief Executive Officer
Fidelity International

Anne joined Fidelity International as CEO in December 2018 and was appointed a Director of FIL Limited in September 2019. Anne has almost three decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO and is a strong proponent of ESG investing.  Her career path spans many blue-chip global names in the financial sector including Alliance Capital and JP Morgan. Anne is a Chartered Engineer and began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.  She is a former chair of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Practitioner Panel and was appointed a board member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in December 2020. Anne was appointed a Dame Commander (DBE) in June 2021 for services to Financial Services, Women, Education and Science. Anne holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BSc (Hons) and an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh.

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Mairéad Cullen

CIO
Vodafone Ireland

Mairead is the CIO at Vodafone Ireland, where she has driven significant progress towards making Vodafone a great place to work for People of Colour. In 2020, she ensured the inclusion of Race and Ethnicity in employee data, followed by the introduction of Race Fluency training for the Board of Directors in 2021. The establishment of the REACH Network in 2022, created to raise awareness of race and racism in the workplace and celebrate differences, along with the expansion of Race Fluency training to the People Manager Community, is a testament to her commitment to inclusive practices. As Executive Sponsor of the REACH Network, Mairead led the development of a strategy and mission for the network and the first REACH Network event. Beyond Vodafone, as a board member of Kinia, Mairead is dedicated to ensuring equal opportunities for all children and young people, regardless of race or ethnicity.

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David Hynam

Chief Executive Officer
LV=

David joined LV= as CEO in 2022 amidst a period of change for the business. Recognising the need for a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, he prioritised implementing a strategy that puts DE&I front and centre. He worked closely with his Senior Leadership Team to boost diversity data to over 70% and invited them to participate in DE&I networks to promote cultural change. By championing the Respect Network, David supports LV's efforts to empower women from all backgrounds and to encourage them into senior roles. He has a strong personal commitment to DE&I, having championed opportunities for underrepresented individuals in and out of work. He was formerly a Trustee of the UK Foundation and supported charitable projects that promote people's emotional and physical well-being, including the BAME men's mental health charity, Key Changes.

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Amjad Khan

Director
Customer Institute 

In Amjad’s previous position as Vice President at HSBC, Amjad co-founded the Stretch45 program, which focused on helping underrepresented colleagues jumpstart their careers. The first cohort of the program was completed in late 2021, with numerous colleagues advancing their careers. He also co-chaired another business wide initiative that aims to develop talent pipelines of Black and ethnically diverse individuals from grassroots and junior positions. The program has gone on to win two external awards: Best Talent Development Program and Team of the Year, as well as receiving exceptional feedback from those on the program. Amjad was also awarded Inspirational Role Model of the Year at the European Diversity Awards in 2022 for his passion in creating a work environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging and inclusion. Through his various roles, Amjad continues to champion DE&I in the workplace, inspiring those around him to do the same. 

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Tracey-Lee Johnson

Group Financial Manager - Financial Planning and Analysis
MiX Telematics

Tracey-Lee, the Group Financial Manager for Financial Planning and Analysis at MiX Telematics, created a five-year DEI plan upon joining in November 2021, encouraging leadership to incorporate DEI initiatives from an ESG and an Employee Value Proposition perspective. They have also engaged with MiX Telematics' Marketing team to discuss how external communications can better reflect DEI values and had meaningful discussions with employees throughout the organization regarding sexuality, intersectionality, and pronouns, resulting in a closer team and executives engaging more on the importance of a well-thought-out and intentional DEI strategy. Beyond her role, Tracey is a board member of Fundza Literacy Trust, whose mission is to improve the literacy levels of South Africa's youth by encouraging reading for pleasure, writing for meaning, and learning for life to grow educated, empowered, and engaged young leaders and citizens in South Africa.

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Penelope Muzanenhamo

Assistant Professor in Marketing and Society
University College Dublin

Penelope Muzanenhamo is a multiple award-winning Assistant Professor in Marketing and Society at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. As committee member UCD College of Business Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and Global Strategy Engagement, Penelope played an instrumental role in articulating UCD’s racial justice campaign. She is also Africa Lead, UCD Centre for Business and Society, and co-executive Director, 'People, Work, Society,’ UCD Earth Institute. Penelope has helped to recruit diverse researchers working on Sustainability into UCD Earth Institute. Beyond academia, she is Media and Artefacts Review Editor for the journal Organization, and co-chair, Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management. In these roles, Penelope works to facilitate the integration of Black and Brown voices, and their communities into mainstream Business School research. Penelope further serves as part of the Ireland-Africa-Rural-Development Committee, which supports Ireland's strategy for integrating African agricultural actors into global value chains.

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Zain Nazar

Software Degree Apprentice
BT Group

As a Software Degree Apprentice at BT Group, Zain made history as the youngest-ever Chairman of BT Muslim Network, leading company-wide campaigns for Ramadan, Eid & Islamophobia Awareness Month. His efforts increased network membership by over 350% since he joined the network. Zain's work on diversity and inclusion also led him to be part of BT Group CEO Philip Jansen's 'D&I Working Party,' where he spearheaded a 'Diversity in Apprentice Recruitment' survey. The survey's findings were incorporated into BT Group's D&I policy, and 12 action plans were set in motion to bring more diverse talent into the company. Zain also helped develop a multi-faith room blueprint, allowing hundreds of BT employees and visitors from all faiths to fulfill their religious commitments. Beyond BT, Zain co-founded ACE Insights, a social mobility organization to empower young adults and students from deprived London boroughs to navigate post-16 life with alternatives to university.

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Christopher Jackson

Director of Sustainable Geoscience
Jacobs

Christopher is the Director of Sustainable Geoscience at Jacobs, where he has been an active member of the employee network for Black staff and their allies, 'Harambee,' since May 2022. He contributes to their 'Courageous Conversations' talk series, highlighting the importance of professionalizing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion practices. Christopher is also helping to re-establish a mentoring program that pairs Black colleagues with those at Vice-President grade or higher. He also mentors two Black earlier career colleagues, providing them with personal and professional guidance through bi-monthly meetings. Beyond Jacobs, he is a founding trustee of the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation, supporting 14 Black, socially disadvantaged students through UK Higher Education institutions. He has been featured in several print and online articles focused on race and racism in science and academia and has visited schools to talk about his journey, focusing on areas of significant socio-economic disadvantage.

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Dr Kishora Shetty

Associate Technical Fellow
Boeing

Dr. Kishora Shetty is an Associate Technical Fellow at Boeing with a strong passion for diversity and inclusion. As a Managerial Focal Point for Boeing India D&I Council, he collaborates with colleagues across Boeing India and internationally on regular and innovative D&I projects. Dr. Kishora submitted ideas to IT Infrastructure and Operations (I&O) Innovation Campaigns to improve Diversity and Inclusion, including the idea of the 'Diverse Mentorships and Mentoring Program,' which was implemented across Boeing. He believes that DEI is about understanding, accepting, and valuing differences to perform better, while inclusion creates a respectful, collaborative, and supportive environment that increases the participation and contribution of everyone. Beyond Boing, Dr. Kishora is part of mentoring groups such as the Society of Women Engineers and mentors early and mid-career engineers globally for career progression, technical skills development, and overall growth.

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Peta-Gay Clarke

Senior Program Manager
Google

Peta-Gay, a Senior Program Manager at Google, co-designed and led 'Code Next,' Google's first community-facing initiative to cultivate the next generation of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous tech leaders. Code Next has been instrumental in expanding social capital, and providing access to technology education. Under her leadership, the initiative has reached over 10,000 high school students, and 90% of the inaugural cohort attended a postsecondary institution and majored in a computing-related degree. In addition to her work at Google, Peta-Gay is an Adjunct Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and sits on the Board of Trustees for the University, demonstrating her deep commitment to education and the empowerment of young people. Peta-Gay is also a sought-after speaker and panelist on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and computer science matters. She has delivered talks and moderated panels at various events, including the White House STEM Advocacy, International Women’s Day, and Black Girls Rock

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Yasmin Diamond

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Yasmin is Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at IHG Hotels & Resorts, and one of the company's most senior women and ethnic minority colleagues. A role model and mentor for colleagues, Yasmin is responsible for all global communications, corporate responsibility strategy and key public affairs activity. Her focus on creating an inclusive environment at IHG starts within her own diverse team – three quarters of which are women. She has been a member of IHG's Global DE&I Board since 2018, setting IHG’s inclusivity agenda and ensuring the company is hiring and developing diverse talent. Yasmin is also part of IHG's UK working group that builds ethnically diverse talent within the UK corporate office and promotes diverse recruitment. She has been Executive Sponsor of IHG's Europe-based employee network, Embrace, since its inception. The network helps ethnic minority colleagues collaborate and educate others about their role at work and in society.

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Tom Shropshire

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Diageo

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. In 2022 and 2023, he sponsored Diageo's Race Equity Weeks, as well as helping to further the work of Diageo BRGs in North America. 

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Samay Shah

Partner
Slaughter and May

In addition to his role as a Partner at Slaughter and May, Samay is also a Diversity and Inclusion Partner, through which his efforts have led to the implementation of D&I champions across the legal groups, to embed diversity and inclusion as a key part of every function of the business. Samay is leading as a D&I champion for the Financing group. Samay also co-leads the firm’s Race Fairness Partner-Led Working Group. The working group’s key initiatives include implementing mentoring and leadership programmes for ethnic minorities, particularly Black heritage talent, and tools to support partners in developing ethnic minority talent. Samay is also the lead pro bono partner for the Black Equity Organisation, a non-profit focused on promoting economic, legal, social, and political equity for Black British communities.

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Jorge Otero

Chief Risk Officer of the Investment Bank
Deutsche Bank

In the early stages of his career, Jorge was fortunate to have a mentor who advocated on his behalf. Today, beyond his role as Chief Risk Officer of Investment at Deutsche Bank, Jorge is pound to sponsor and mentor black, indigenous, and people of color colleagues to ensure they are being supported and listened to, especially considering how ethnically diverse individuals tend to have additional challenges when working at large organizations.

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Natascha Jesuvant

Store Director – Convenience Central
Tesco

As the first ethnically diverse female Store Director to be appointed at Tesco, Natascha has been educating teams on cultural diversity and its benefits in the workplace. She runs a Diverse Talent Community for 60 female colleagues across the Convenience format, which provides sponsorship, guidance, and personal development, directs the Race and Ethnicity network, and supports colleagues in recognizing and celebrating cultural dates. Natascha also takes her advocacy beyond Tesco by celebrating important dates, such as Diwali, with local customers, fundraising for Birmingham City Children's Hospital, organizing a toy collection at Christmas for those who couldn't afford it due to the cost-of-living crisis, and supporting the Positive Youth Foundation, a charity that aids young people in the Coventry area. More recently, Natascha completed the London Marathon for Charity.

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Marie Caliskan

Head of Development Programmes
Tesco

Marie co-founded the Black Action Plan for Tesco and has been leading the Talent Equity Pillar element since 2021; The plan impacts all under-represented groups and aims to dismantle systemic racism across the business. Marie played a pivotal role in designing Tesco’s Diverse Talent Community (DTC) spotlight programme for black talent, featured in the 2022''If Not Now, When'' Report. It’s designed to remove progression barriers for all under-represented groups to ensure that everyone within Tesco has an opportunity to get on. Externally, Marie is heavily involved with the Black British Network which led to an invitation to attend and speak at a CEO Roundtable session in 2021, where she shared her experience of being Black in the workplace with over 20+ CEOs.

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Jason Tarry

UK & ROI CEO
Tesco

As the Executive sponsor for the Race and Ethnicity colleague network Jason leads the agenda on race inclusion at the most senior level within the organisation. Visibly role modelling allyship he works to create a safe, supportive, and connected space which colleagues can feel proud to be part of and a place where they can get on. Through sponsoring the Diverse Talent Community initiative, Jason has cemented his commitment to accelerate change through targeted interventions ensuring increased ethnically diverse representation across all levels at Tesco. 81% of ethnically diverse colleagues agree they have had the “opportunity to learn and develop over the last year” 9% increase year on year. Jason continues to steer conversations with the wider Executive Committee to ensure Black inclusion is discussed at board level providing updates on our Black Action Plan which sets to bring about fair and equitable change for the Black community.

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Erika Gottfried

Chief Risk Officer of DB UK Bank Ltd
Deutsche Bank

Beyond her role as the Chief Risk Officer at Deutsche Bank, Erika is a founding member of the Chief Risk Office UKI Black Inclusion Forum, where she has played a vital role in creating a sponsorship program and organizing events that aim to increase the visibility of Black colleagues within the bank. Erika is also the CRO UK D&I Sponsor and has created a series of "Coffee & Connect" sessions, potluck events, and panel discussions promoting inclusion. In addition, she has created a video series to educate people on identifying microaggressions on topics ranging from gender, Black inclusion, LGBT+, Faith, and mental health.

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Renata Cubas

Tax Partner
Mattos Filho

Renata is a Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Mattos Filho. She sponsors the firm’s racial equity initiatives such as Soma Project developed to attract and retain non-white talent,  that created in 2019, Soma Talentos, an affirmative action which aims to hire and include non-white Law school students and first year associated in the firm. In less than four years, Mattos Filho's went from 1% to 11% non-white talent within their legal team. Renata represents Mattos Filho in the Legal Alliance for Racial Equity as a Member of the Board, which gathers 12 Brazilian full-service law firms around racial equity in the legal industry. At last, she is a co-founder of Women in Tax Brazil, which aims to promote diversity in tax, and gathers over 3,000 women, and together with other C-level women she is also mentor at Women in Law Mentoring.

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Malcolm Ellis

Pronghorn Lead / Global Director, Technology and Strategy
Diageo

Malcolm leads ‘Pronghorn’, Diageo’s business venture in North America which has the ambition of cultivating the next generation of Black leaders within the spirits industry. Launched in 2021, Pronghorn is a 10-year initiative focused on cultivating the next generation of diverse founders, executive leaders, and entrepreneurs, and aims to generate $2billion in economic value in the US. Over the past year, Pronghorn has invested in 12 Black-owned brands, including Ten to One Rum, Tequila with Friends, and Ego Tequila. Malcolm is also a leading member of AHEAD (African Heritage Employees at Diageo), and champions ethnic diversity at Diageo and beyond at key events throughout the year.

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Ngcebo Gwebu

Team Leader and Economist
Jacobs

Ngcebo is a Team Leader and Economics Consultant at Jacobs. Recently, Ngcebo was selected to serve as the 2022 Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Executive Intern, where he joined the ANZ Executive Leadership Team and helped to drive company-wide initiatives in corporate strategy, finance and talent management. Within and outside of Jacobs, Ngcebo has made a positive impact in elevating diverse talent. Ngcebo has served as ANZ Lead for Harambee, the Black employee affinity network at Jacobs. In this role, he has helped organize local and global events to drive engagement and belonging for Black employees. Ngcebo also contributed to the ANZ business diversity and inclusion strategy called the ANZ Together Beyond Strategy. Outside of Jacobs, he has volunteered for AMES Australia, an organization that supports recent migrants and refugees to find gainful employment in Australia. He has participated as a guest speaker at events and conducted mock interviews.

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Imran Khan

Business Development Manager
Phoenix Group

With a focus on ‘real action and no virtue-signalling’, Imran is a founding co-lead of Mosaic, Phoenix Group’s BAME colleague network. Not only has Imran provided reverse mentoring to Phoenix Group's CEO on racial/ethnic diversity but he also led the growth, from ideation to implementation, of a successful new diversity data application 'Who We Are' - which achieved a completion rate of over 75% (within only eight weeks) and has transformed the organisational approach to DEI. He is a recipient of the FT Adviser’s prestigious ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ award and in 2022, Imran was invited to a private roundtable with the First Minister of Scotland and the Lord Mayor of the City of London to discuss strategic issues pertaining to diversity/socio-economic mobility in financial services. Passionate about cricket, he is a member of the 'Running Out Racism' campaign to eradicate institutional and every-day racism from Scottish Cricket.

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Abdur Rahman

Head of Product - Client Data & Analytics
Lloyds Banking Group

Seen as a big rising star within Cloud, Data and Tech with an extensive network, Abdur has been recognized as an inspirational ethnic role model by the company, leading to public speaking opportunities and industry awards. He became the first British-Bangladeshi to win the AI Professional of the Year in 2022 and was also crowned 2020 Computing Rising Star of the Year in Financial Services. He is an active member of various internal initiatives, including the LBG REACH and Muslim networks, where he advocates for diversity and inclusion in the workplace. A mentor to a number of ethnic minority colleagues, Abdur is also visibly promoting the advancement of female Asians in tech. Beyond Lloyds Banking Group, he founded The Coder's Club, an initiative to help ethnic minorities gain software engineering skills through coaching and workshops. Moreover, in his spare time, Abdur is studying for his 4th degree and was recognized at the Multicultural Apprenticeship Awards in 2022.

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Bana Kawar

Senior Enablement Lead
Amazon Web Services

Bana Kawar is a on a mission - to empower people to thrive in an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment. Beyond her day job as a Senior Enablement PM Lead, Bana co-founded the EMEA Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity chapter, reaching 1,400+ Amazonian change-agents across 35+ countries. Bana believes in IDEA where A stands for Action. The chapter delivers programs to empower Amazonians, amplify their voices, and recognize their contributions. She co-built global IDE initiatives and certification programs to lead the change motion. Bana partners with global leaders and teams to promote IDE internally and externally. She is also an Amazon Bar Raiser, actively involved in hiring the next generation of talent and ensuring equitable hiring. Outside of work, Bana volunteers at The Prince Trust and Involve to support the next generation of leaders. She is an active member in the DE/UK WiSE chapters, empowering women in the Sales Enablement field.

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Narmda Bhudia

EMEA Credit Risk Manager
GroupM

Narmda is a EMEA Credit Risk Manager at GroupM, and since June 2022, has Chaired Lifetimes, GroupM's intersectional and intergenerational group. As an older Asian woman, she wanted to contribute to a specifically intersectional group to ensure that we all have thriving careers throughout our lifetimes. She works across ERGs to surface specific experiences of older men, women, parents, carers, those from minority ethnic backgrounds, and with disabilities and conditions. Narmda has worked tirelessly to raise issues that particularly impact minoritized older people. Through her advocacy, policies have been updated to provide better support, including a 24/7 menopause helpline and a 3-year plan for WPP to provide support to women through their menopause stage. Her main agenda for Lifetimes ERG is to address ageism, including initiatives of a skill-sharing platform. Narmda is also passionate about giving back to her local community and actively engages in her local and Indian communities.

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Shez Iqbal

Director of Publisher Partnerships
Criteo

Shez is the Director of Publisher Partnerships at Criteo and Co-Leader of their Global BIPOC ERG, where he sets up educational events, mentoring programs, and a Leadership video and podcast Series for People of Color. He also actively works with Criteo offices, across the globe to share insights to raise awareness of DEI. To help deliver more value across the EMEA region, he has recruited a small group of individuals to represent their London, Munich, Barcelona, and Paris offices. Beyond Criteo, Shez is a contributor to the Advertising Association, Asian Focus Group, where he was an active member when creating the 'All-In Campaign,' an initiative to raise awareness of the issues Asians face. He is also a member of MEFA (Media For All), as a mentor and is working on delivering a new network for People of Colour and his own Podcast series spotlighting People of Colour in leadership.

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Chasity Henry

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Jacobs

As a Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Jacobs, Chasity is one of two global leaders for Jacob's black employee network (Harambee). She is also an active facilitator for an internal women's leadership program called WISE, which aims to create a safe space for women in leadership positions to share experiences, network, and get advice from other women who deal with similar situations. Passionate about education and equity, Chasity founded the NEW Roundtable, Inc. This nonprofit organization drives the inclusion and advancement of Black women attorneys through targeted relationship-building, professional development initiatives, and mentoring. The group comprises over 100 attorneys practicing in Dallas in-house, at law firms, in academia, and in government.

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Tendayi Munyebvu

Director and General Manager
Jacobs

Tendayi is a member of all eight Employee Networks at Jacobs. He is the Global Chair Emeritus of Harambee, the Black Employee Network, and is the Europe Advocate of the Jacobs Career Network. Tendayi led the EMEA Council in spearheading the firm's Action Plan for Advancing Justice & Equality which focuses on the inclusion and development of its Black workforce.  Some of the objectives realized this past year include the continuation of a partnership with Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to financially sponsor Black students through undergraduate studies, collaboration with councils such as Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Greater London Authority on STEAM outreach for Black and diverse students at local schools and universities, establishment of a senior leadership sponsorship program for Black talent and the publication of the company’s third UK&Ireland Ethnicity Pay Gap in 2023.  The council advocates for metrics on recruitment, retention, advancement and representation of Black talent.

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Emelia Quist

Head of Policy Research
Federation of Small Businesses

As the Head of Policy Research at the Federation of Small Businesses, Emelia oversees all areas of diversity policy, especially the work on ethnic minority entrepreneurship, which benefits over 5 million UK small businesses and self-employed professionals. Emelia's work on diversity goes beyond ethnic minority entrepreneurship and covers workplace diversity and community cohesion. Recently, she commissioned and led a significant research project, the first of its kind, on ethnic minority-led businesses, with the Centre for Research Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship. The main research findings were raised several times in Parliament.

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Christina Liciaga

Head of Retail Products
HSBC

Christina is an entrepreneur turned international finance executive, with 18 years’ experience leading national and global teams across Asia, Latin America, UK and Europe. In HSBC, she Co-Founded the Black Action and Advisory Council to keep pace and conviction to HSBC’s Race Commitments, launched STRETCH45, an internal venture to cultivate ethnic minority talent, and Chairs Embrace the race and ethnicity ERG. She’s an Executive Trustee for JUSTICE, an all-party law reform and human rights organisation which challenged Racial Disparities of Children in the Youth Justice System and championed Increasing Judicial Diversity. She’s also Trustee Chair of the Strategy & Finance Committee for Brixton House, a combined social venture, cultural hub and theatre working to make the arts more inclusive and representative. Externally, Christina has founded organisations supporting women of colour, advises minority owned ventures, is a speaker and panellist on DEI issues, and mentors black and female talent globally.

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Camille Drummond

Senior Vice President, Global Business Services
BP

Camille has achieved over 30 years in the energy industry, from a trainee accountant to SVP of Global Business Services, with multiple finance roles across different businesses. She is a qualified accountant with a Masters degree. As a female of Jamaican heritage, Camille is passionate about opportunities for under-represented ethnicities in the workplace. She is Executive sponsor for bp's Positively Ethnic Network and is instrumental in progressing bp’s ambition to reflect diversity inside the company. She is also a founder of the Black Executive Leadership Team, which aims to develop black leaders at bp. Additionally, Camille has forged strong partnerships with leaders in other companies, to develop talent across organizations and pursue greater supplier diversity in corporate supply chains. Camille is on the advisory board of Business in The City's "Race Leadership Team," which provides strategic guidance to employers to help break down barriers that prevents progression of ethnic minorities.

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Jig Ramji

Group Head of Talent
LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)

Jig's passion and commitment to the global DE&I strategy as LSEG’s Group Head of Talent is helping LSEG continue to create an inclusive culture where people truly belong. In 2022, his leadership helped achieve an ambitious Senior Leadership gender representation goal, expand our leadership goals to achieve better gender and ethnicity representation and a refreshed global DE&I focus that is regionally relevant. Outside of his role at LSEG, Jig holds multiple directorships including the Financial Services Skills Commission, the Roffey Park Institute and the LSEG Foundation. Jig’s current priority is how we continue to drive and encourage trust for colleagues to share their diversity data so that LSEG can drive a data-led approach in its DE&I decisions.

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Donna Milrod

Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer
State Street

Since joining State Street as Executive Vice President in 2019, Donna has been an active member of State Street's Professional Women's Network, which supports women's professional growth through networking, coaching, and development opportunities. Donna is also a member of the company's Executive Committee, the senior team responsible for implementing DEI initiatives. She has been instrumental in driving progress by encouraging employees to complete unconscious bias and inclusive leadership training. Donna also supports State Street's 10 Actions Against Racism and Inequality by spearheading initiatives to increase representation and career opportunities for BIPOC talent. Donna is also an Executive Sponsor for State Street's PRIDE network and is involved in partnerships with organizations like the Robert Toigo Foundation, which develops and promotes diverse finance leaders.

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Andrew Jolly

Partner
Slaughter and May

Beyond his role as a Partner at Slaughter and May, Andrew is a Sponsor Partner for DIVERSE, the firm’s race and ethnicity inclusion network, a Continuity Partner to several trainees and a Mentor to numerous individuals through internal mentoring programmes. He is a member of the Race Fairness Partner-Led Working Group, where he focuses on improving the strategy to recruit, retain, and promote ethnic minority talent. Subsequently, mentoring and leadership programmes have been launched for ethnic minorities alongside tools for partners and other senior leaders at the firm to support ethnic minority talent development.  Andrew also engages in reverse mentoring to deepen his understanding of the experiences of ethnic minority employees. He is also Sponsor Partner for the SoMo Network, the firm’s social mobility network, which began with his support as a sub-committee of DIVERSE and launched as its own network in 2023.

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John Tierney

COO, NEHS
Nomura

At Nomura, John is the EMEA COO and senior executive sponsor of Nomura’s EMBRACE Inclusion Network, an employee resource group focussed on driving cultural change and advancing race and ethnicity within Nomura. John’s focus has been on breaking down barriers for diverse employees within Nomura and across the wider community, to increase representation and strengthen inclusion. John has spearheaded Nomura’s partnerships with organisations such as  Progress Together, which supports people from diverse socio-economic background to acquire senior roles in the UK and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, aimed at providing opportunities in financial services to young adults from under resourced and underrepresented backgrounds.  Previously John was also the Exec Sponsor for the Pride employee network for Nomura across Asia, supporting our LGBTIQA+ colleagues. Under John’s leadership, mentoring, accountability of senior leaders, bringing in industry experts to share best practice and advocating allyship has strengthened the attraction and retention of diverse talent pipelines at Nomura.

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Lin Yue

Executive Director
Goldman Sachs

Beyond her role at Goldman Sachs, Lin is a thought leader on the intersection of diversity, business and behavioral science. She’s a multi award winning thought leader, advocate and speaker. She pioneered a Diversity Conference and further built the firm’s thought leadership franchise on diversity, social mobility, Asianomics and Womenomics both within the financial service industry and beyond. Her thought pieces and presentations, such as “Diversity - From Awareness to Action”, “China - A Personal Journey”, and “The Bamboo Ceiling - East Asians in Business” - are highly acclaimed and recognized at the firm and with clients. She championed Asian Heritage Month focusing on the lack of Asians in leadership in the industry. Additionally, Lin co-chairs the parenting initiative at her division and leads Ethnicity Pillar at the Diversity Project. Her Tedx talk - The Art of Being Different - is inspiring for ethnic minorities and future generations.

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Helen Alemseged Areguy

Recruitment Manager
Amazon Web Services

Helen is a Recruitment Manager at Amazon Web Services, where she takes on a front-facing role as the Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity point of contact for her business segment across EMEA. Helen collaborates with leaders globally to drive change and promote diversity in the workplace, particularly for women in tech, people with disabilities, and nationalization efforts in Middle East and South Africa. Her work involves interacting with senior leaders and HR to identify gaps and develop creative ways to hire diverse talent, retain employees, and support their growth. Additionally, she is a member of the Black Employee Network at Amazon. Outside of work, Helen supports disadvantaged communities, particularly those from war-torn countries in East Africa, where she originally comes from, by providing guidance and advice to help them find job opportunities.

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Omar Ahmed

Business Process Optimization Manager
GSK

Omar is the founder of GSK's EMBRACE ERG, which has grown into a global ERG with chapters and membership across multiple geographies. He is an organisational thought partner on race and ethnicity, leading numerous initiatives to embed Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) strategies in the organisation. Alongside the EMBRACE leadership team and GSK's Global Ethnicity council, Omar has influenced policies focusing on areas such as inclusive culture, data, communication, and leadership. His contributions have led to the setting of aspirational targets at senior levels, a review of the recruitment process, mandatory inclusion training, refreshed leadership training, and policy changes to create a more equitable and inclusive workplace. Omar's passion for DEI extends beyond GSK. His unwavering commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion has made him an inspirational role model, challenging the status quo, and paving the way for a more equitable and just society.

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Tiffany Woo

Center of Excellence Lead, Medical Affairs International and Global Lead, Asia Pacific Assoc ERG
Organon

Tiffany Woo is Center of Excellence Lead, Medical Affairs International and Global Lead, Asia Pacific Association, Employee Resource Group of Organon, a spinoff of Merck dedicated to Women’s Health. She has worked and published in clinical research for over 20 years and has experience in many therapeutic areas in global clinical and medical affairs lead roles. She is an alumna of both Columbia University and NYU where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and Electrophysiology. She is a 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award recipient from the Asian American Business Development Center and received the 2021 Women of Color in Pharma Trailblazer Award. Tiffany is also the Vice President of the Columbia University Alumni Club of NY and Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, Advisor for the Asian Columbia Alumni Association and is an active ally for Asian alumni and colleagues.

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Daniel Clarke

Senior Clients & Markets Manager
Kennedys LLP

Daniel is a Senior Clients & Markets Manager at Kennedys. Prior to transferring to the firms New York office in October 2022, Daniel was based in Kennedys Singapore office and was Chair of the APAC Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the firm. Also in 2022, he received the award of 'Diversity and Inclusion Champion' issued by Speak In Asia, for his exceptional work in managing multi-cultural and multi-location teams, and working with specialist teams across Asia Pacific. In 2021, Daniel participated in two panel discussions, one of which he moderated directly and included the former Prime Minister of Denmark at the 2021 Dive In Festival, the international festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd's.

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Jacqui Rhule-Dagher

Associate
Hogan Lovells International LLP

Beyond her role as an Associate at Hogan Lovells International LLP, Jacqui has been a member of the firm's Race & Ethnicity at Hogan Lovells (REAHL) Network since May 2021. Jacqui is committed to improving representation, progression, and retention by ensuring that all BAME colleagues' views are heard and respected in the firm's decision-making process. Jacqui does this by reverse mentoring Partners, where she shares the experiences of BAME colleagues. Jacqui has also been working with the Hogan Lovells UK Managing Partner, since October 2022, to raise awareness about intersectionality. As someone with multiple intersecting identities, Jacqui offers unique insights and perspectives. Also, in October 2022, The Law Society profiled Jacqui for its Black History Month series. Additionally, Jacqui represents We Create Space (WCS), an LGBTQIA organization, on various panel discussions, where she discusses intersectionality. Jacqui has also written articles on intersectionality for The Lawyer, Thomson Reuters and DIVA Magazine.

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Abhishek Kulkarni

Online Strategy & Development Manager
Tesco

Beyond his role as the Online Strategy & Development Manager at Tesco, Abhishek was promoted to Co-Chair of the Race & Ethnicity network, where he leads a team of 20 colleagues to support the company's agenda on race, religion, culture, and inclusion. He engages with teams across Tesco's offices, stores, and distribution centres to break down barriers and has organized company-wide events celebrating the diverse cultures of their teams, promoting a sense of community. Abhishek's actions contribute to the delivery of Tesco's Diverse Talent Community & Black Action Plan. Also, by building trusted relationships with the Executive network sponsors, he ensures that the views and experiences of diverse colleagues are heard at the very top of the organization, enabling changes such as policy updates. Outside of Tesco, Abhishek enjoys blogging, sharing his thoughts around racism, unconscious bias and role models in the workplace.

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Serufusa Sekidde

Chief of Staff, ViiV Healthcare
GSK

Since 2021, Serufusa has co-led EMBRACE, championing race and ethnicity issues within the global bio-pharmaceutical giant GSK. He featured in the 2022 Empower Executives Role Model List and was a finalist for the 2022 UK Black Talent Awards. As co-chair of GSK's Infectious Diseases Physicians' Forum in March 2021, he has also been involved in strategy for recruiting and developing infectious diseases talent in GSK. For the past eight years, Serufusa has been a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute – the world-leading Washington DC-based think tank – and been advocating for social change, and equity in the healthcare sector globally through media such as CNN, Al Jazeera, BBC, and other public forums. Finally, as an award-winning rapper – with his latest album The Solutionary Manifesto released in 2021 - he has used English, Swahili, and Mandarin Chinese to advocate for change.

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Shelina Janmohamed

Vice President, Islamic Marketing
Ogilvy Consulting

As the Vice President of Islamic Marketing, Shelina champions Muslim engagement and expression within Ogilvy. By bringing more diverse clients into the organization on projects as varied as relationship apps, content production and Ramadan consumption, Shelina’s work benefits staff and consumers in developing inclusive and representative ways of working. In addition to sitting on WPP and Ogilvy’s Inclusion Board Shelina dedicates time to improving diversity and inclusion and ensuring pastoral care of junior talent from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. She works with the comms team to establish a calendar of religious and cultural events. In regular columns for Campaign magazine Shelina writes about culture and diversity. She advises cultural organisations like the British Film Institute and AMAL foundation on representation of Muslims in the Arts. She’s an awardwinning author and newspaper columnist. She’s just published a book for girls 10+ “BeYOUtiful: Radiate Confidence, Celebrate Difference and Express yourself”.

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Girish Ganesan

Senior Vice President, People
S&P Global

As Global Head of People for multiple businesses at S&P Global, Girish championed numerous strategic initiatives to increase diverse representation and foster an inclusive talent acquisition and development process - all aligned with his deeply held belief — that there’s strength in diversity. He actively mentors ethnically diverse individuals and LGBT+ people of color through several organizations, such as TENT, Ascend, YearUp, and GirlsWhoCode, and is an active speaker who focuses on being the voice of ethnically diverse individuals on intersectionality, LGBT+ people of color, micro-aggressions and intentional inclusion. Outside his day job, Girish is a non-executive director of CRISIL Limited and on the Board of Directors at the Association of Talent Development (ATD), the largest professional association of talent development professionals with 35,000 members in 120 countries. He has been featured on numerous lists for his transformational leadership and DEI work, and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2019. 

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Celia Liu

CEO, Central and Southern Europe
ISS World Services

As CEO of ISS A/S for Central & Southern Europe, after the D&I strategy creation, Celia has been working closely with the Cultures, Race & Ethnicity ERG to discuss equality and embrace diversity in all business areas across the company. As a result, the company has advanced into forming new partnerships with different organizations to create programs and review policies according to the objectives of the D&I strategy. Moreover, they facilitated the TENT Foundation Program to start pilots in mentoring, support, and job opportunities for more than 700 refugees across Europe. As a result, ISS continues moving forward to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace and achieve the goals planned with its D&I strategies. Celia also has been an active public speaker for several webinars with DIAL Global lecturing on leadership, equality, and diversity.

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Amira Barger

Executive Vice President, Health Communications & DEI Advisory
Edelman

Amira K.S. Barger, MBA, CVA, CFRE is an Executive Vice President at Edelman, providing senior Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) and Communications counsel. She is a scholar-practitioner and thought leader who brings experience in strategic communications that reach stakeholders, mobilize community and inspire action. At California State University East Bay, she is a professor in marketing and communications. She is a data-informed, organizational architect who leverages design thinking to advance DEI and solve complex challenges. Amira's work in DEI goes beyond her Edelman role. She is a member of Benicia California’s Commission United for Racial Equity (CURE) - an accountability partner to government, a Board Member of By the Bay Health -a nonprofit health system in California, a member of Journalistic Learning Initiative -which engages students in storytelling to build confidence, and a founding member of Benicia Black Lives Matter, a grassroots organization in the Bay Area.

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Balbir Bakhshi

Chief Risk Officer and Executive Committee Sponsor for the LSEG Pride Network
LSEG (London Stock Exchange Group)

Since joining LSEG in early 2021, Balbir is a regular speaker at events across the company advocating for sustainable change around all aspects of diversity and inclusion. In his time at LSEG he has led initiatives that have focused on numerous changes across recruitment processes, and he personally sponsored the introduction of a return-to-work program aimed at female returners. In addition, Balbir has a strong voice on social media campaigns across all D&I topics and promotes what LSEG does to support the LGBTQ+ community as the executive sponsor for LSEG Pride. Furthermore, Balbir has a focus on D&I across the industry and frequently engages with peer risk officers to exchange ideas for encouraging more diverse candidates into risk management and changing the face of financial services in support for a more diverse workforce. Balbir is also a Board member of London Clearing House Ltd, London Clearing House S.A and Tradeweb Markets Inc.

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Scott Salmirs

President and CEO
ABM Industries

Scott is a visionary leader who prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion at ABM. Since becoming CEO in 2015, he has worked tirelessly to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Under his leadership, ABM has established a Culture & Inclusion Council dedicated to developing organizational priorities that foster diverse talent, nurture an inclusive workplace, and drive meaningful social change across the organization, and built a board that is ethnically and gender diverse. Scott’s leadership paved the way for the launch Women at ABM, the company's first employee resource group dedicated to supporting and advancing women from diverse backgrounds. Scott's commitment to DE&I extends beyond ABM. He serves on the board of Outreach Project, a nonprofit organization providing professional development resources for a diverse community of individuals aspiring to pursue careers as substance abuse counselors in New York City and Long Island.

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Bonni Hendrix

Global Head of HR Strategy & Execution
Bank of NY Mellon

As a long-time social justice warrior, Bonni, the Global Head of HR Strategy & Execution at BNY Mellon, champions diversity, equity and inclusion across the firm by serving as the Head of Strategy for BNY Mellon’s IMPACT Employee Business Resource Group, focusing on diversity across race, ethnicity, and culture. She has launched regional DEI working groups, implemented an executive leadership program that received external recognition, created a DEI learning series and has a firmwide allyship program currently in development. Bonni contributes to prioritizing diverse representation at BNY Mellon and mentors talent from underrepresented backgrounds. Moreover, Bonni is a board member at Fiver Children’s Foundation and leads their Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Taskforce, serves as a member of her town's Social Justice and Equity Committees, and is currently completing a civic leadership program to identify and execute policy changes that will create more equitable outcomes for underrepresented communities.

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Louise Prashad

Chief HR Officer
Diageo

Louise is the Executive member responsible for the design and implementation of Diageo's Inclusion and Diversity strategy. In 2020, Louise led the creation of Diageo's progressive Ethnic Inclusion & Diversity Framework to support markets to define multi-year plans covering representation, capability, and external partnerships that impact society. This also included setting an ambitious goal to increase ethnic diverse representation across leadership to 45% by 2030, and after two years, representation stands at 41%. The collective sense of responsibility that Louise has fostered has led to more than 80% of Diageo’s global workforce, and 95% of its leadership population, disclosing their ethnic background. This is believed to be one of the highest disclosure levels in a global company. 

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Joshua Angelo Estrella

Sr. Technical Analyst
Meta Ireland

Joshua is a Sr. Technical Analyst at Meta and leads the Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) @Meta EMEA group having 7 chapters and subgroups across the region. They played a key role in growing Meta's EMEA representation by ensuring processes, leadership, and engagement were established in the region. They started leading APIs@ Ireland in 2020 and became the EMEA lead in 2022, empowering 17 new leaders in the process. They led multiple events on Heritage Month, Lunar New Year, Diwali, and Community Summits, showcasing the diverse cultures and building a stronger network. Their efforts have resulted in increased representation of API leaders in EMEA, diverse and inclusive programs, and celebrations of different API heritage. Beyond Meta, Joshua also leads the Asians in Tech Network EMEA and sits on the board of directors of the Irish Street Arts, Circus, & Spectacle Network, where they advocate for more inclusive and diverse policies. They are a non-binary circus artist, life coach, and unicorn on their free time.

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Vincent Egunlae

Corporate Finance
Grant Thornton UK LLP

Vincent is a multiple-award winning accountant working within Grant Thornton’s Corporate Finance Team, having previously spent a unique year with his firm’s Strategic Leadership Team. Vincent is the co-founder and Chair of his firm’s Ethnicity Network, aiming to increase representation and knowledge at all levels. Vincent co-founded The Open Private School, a charity providing state-educated students with elite mentors in their chosen career path and opportunities to network and be upskilled. Vincent is a NED at Capital City College Group, London’s largest further education college group, providing exceptional education and training to 28,000+ students. Vincent is a One Young World Ambassador, recognised as one of the world’s pre-eminent young leaders working to drive forward the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Vincent often speaks publicly, amassing over 1.3m views and was recently named the UK’s Number 1 Rising Star in professional services at the Black British Business Awards.

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Annie Xiao

Chief of Staff
FiscalNote ESG Solutions

Annie is a Chief of Staff of FiscalNote, a leading technology provider of global policy and market intelligence. In her role, Annie oversees global business strategy, partnerships, and operations for the company's ESG business unit. Annie is a founding member of FiscalNote’s DEI Task Force and has launched numerous employee resource groups within the global technology company to promote diversity and inclusion. Currently, Annie serves as a Co-Chair of Women in Government Relations (WGR)’s Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force, where she spearheads the planning process of WGR's annual wine tasting event, one of WGR's largest networking events, and helps organize speaker events to spotlight women leading the way in government affairs and public affairs. She is also a Co-Chair of the 10,000 Degrees Young Professionals Council, a diverse group of young business leaders that support students from low-income backgrounds in pursuit of their higher education and career goals.

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Christiane Costa

Corporate Communications Manager
JTI

Christiane is a true champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion at JTI. Her unwavering dedication to promoting ethnic and racial diversity is simply remarkable. As the leader of embRACE, an Employee Resource Group, from 2020 to 2022, and now as the Communication and Engagement Lead, she has created a powerful sense of belonging for employees of diverse backgrounds. Her advocacy for a safe space to share experiences, learn, and grow has ensured that everyone feels valued and heard. To support her colleagues even more, she attended Harvard's Women of Color Leadership program - a testament to her dedication and passion for creating positive change. Through her hard work, she has formed a network of change agents and ambassadors at all company levels, creating an environment of psychological safety and advocating for gender, sexual, and ethnic diversity at panel events.

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Lorna Nsoatabe

Partner
Slaughter and May

As an associate at Slaughter and May, Lorna has led as co-chair of DIVERSE, the firm’s race and ethnicity inclusion network, growing the network to one hundred and seventy members. She has organised various events including a celebratory and educational reflection on the history and cultural significance of Carnival; and a Stephen Lawrence Day event with the firm’s Family Network, alongside Educating Matters on conversations about race at home. She has also led training and discussions on allyship and inclusion, engaging senior leaders and allies on fostering inclusivity. She was the only associate on a partner-led recruitment strategy committee, contributing to the trainee recruitment strategy, particularly for underrepresented groups. Lorna has invested much of her time, personally and professionally, to support ethnic minority students and lawyers seeking to build their career, through formal and informal coaching, mentoring, presentations, and talks. Lorna has recently been promoted to partner at the firm.

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Kushal Roy

Founder
Feelings Forward, Non-Profit

Beyond Kushal's role as a 9-5 Technology Consultant, he has played a crucial role in recruiting and employing several individuals from the LGBTQ community, providing them with various levels and functions at reputed organizations. He also worked with the talent teams to create opportunities for multiple employees, including working mothers returning to work after employment gaps and widows. Kushal has also developed a comprehensive document for improving mental health for all professionals and has conducted multiple sessions on mental health under various well-being programs. In addition, as a speaker representing DEI, he has shared his insights with various clients and projects. In his personal life, Kushal works as an LGBTQ youth counselor and helps individuals come out in a safe environment. He also provides suicide prevention first aid and has set up "feelings forward," a platform that connects people worldwide to provide free counseling, therapy, and treatment.

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Titi Cole

CEO, Legacy Franchises
Citi

Raised in Nigeria and having worked on five continents, Titi Cole sees Diversity, Equity & Inclusion through a global lens. As the first Black woman on Citi's Executive Management team, Titi uses her position as CEO of Legacy Franchises to address systemic and structural barriers that impede the advancement of women and underrepresented groups. Titi is actively engaged in DE&I efforts within Citi by supporting Citi Women as a Global Co-Lead, the Black Heritage Network and Pride Network and, outside the organization, she donates her time to support financial literacy programs with the Council for Economic Education and various schools and universities. Titi has also helped expand recruiting and talent identification for Citi University Partnership in Innovation and Discovery, a program where underrepresented minority students work on innovation projects to gain training, mentorship, and networking.

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Praveena Yagnambhat

Chief of Staff & Boeing Global Engagement lead
Boeing India & South Asia

Praveena is the Chief of Staff & Boeing global Engagement Lead at Boeing in India. She is passionate about supporting historically excluded groups and has led several community engagement initiatives in India which include education for school children, skill development programs for over a thousand youth from lower socio-economic backgrounds, healthcare facilities in government hospitals and skilling of veterans and their families in India. Praveena’s outstanding work around enabling access to health services, education and skilling was recognized by the governments of Nagaland, Mizoram, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Jammu & Kashmir.

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Satvir Bungar MBE FCA MCSI

Managing Director and Head of Business Services Sector, Mergers & Acquisitions
BDO LLP

Satvir’s longstanding commitment to championing ED&I and creating sustainable society changes has helped deliver big movements. As BDO’s CEDAR Network Lead, Satvir uses his platform to empower a diverse workforce to increase representation and leadership ranks for ethnically diverse colleagues. He is part of BDO's ‘Be Yourself’ video, openly sharing his experiences about BDO’s unique culture to promote social mobility. Satvir leads BDO’s annual mentoring programme, creating safe spaces for under-represented talent to tackle barriers to future career growth. As a responsible ethnic business leader, Satvir was selected as Batonbearer for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, received an invitation to 10 Downing Street to discuss social mobility initiatives with government advisers and recently selected as a notable alumni at King’s College London which amplifies the achievements of its diverse alumni community. Satvir is NED to a charity and regularly delivers keynote speeches providing top tips on career growth and commercial management.

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Verdun Perry

Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners
Blackstone

Verdun S. Perry is the Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners (“Strategic Partners”), having joined the business in 2000, the year it was founded. Mr. Perry chairs the Investment Committee for each of the Strategic Partners funds and is currently an advisory board member of multiple third-party funds. Mr. Perry serves on the board of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), an organization focused on narrowing the opportunity gap for minority high school and college students, as well as increasing diversity in the financial services industry. Mr. Perry founded Blackstone’s Diverse Professionals Network (“DPN”) in 2014 and chaired the network for its first 6 years. Mr. Perry also serves on the boards of Morehouse College, the Partnership for Education Advancement, the New York Police & Fire Widows' & Children's Benefit Fund and the Blackstone Charitable Foundation. Mr. Perry received a B.A. from Morehouse College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Gayathri Kamalanathan

Partner
Slaughter and May

Gayathri joined Slaughter and May in 2021 and co-leads the firm’s Race Fairness Partner-Led Working Group, with strategic oversight of the firm’s people strategy specific to race and ethnicity. The key initiatives include implementing mentoring and leadership programmes for ethnic minorities, particularly Black heritage talent, and tools to support partners in developing ethnic minority talent. Additionally, Gayathri is a sponsor partner of a firm-wide D&I training programme to increase inclusion. As a member of the firm’s partner-led recruitment strategy committee, Gayathri ensures there is a pipeline of trainees joining the firm from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities. She further supports the recruitment strategy by giving presentations and talks to large student audiences on her experience and advice from her career journey to inspire students, particularly ethnic minorities on the legal career path. Gayathri mentors and coaches junior female and ethnic minority lawyers; alongside sponsoring the firm’s DIVERSE Network.

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Rama Gollakota

Partner
Oliver Wyman

Rama is the product of a first-generation immigrant upbringing, learning to adapt to his surroundings from school age. This experience shaped how he navigated through the predominantly Anglo/European ranks of Australian businesses. This experience greatly shaped Rama's passion for and approach to DEI in the workplace. In addition to being a Partner at Oliver Wyman, Rama is the regional lead of EMPOWERED, the firm's employee resource group that promotes a collaborative, safe, and comfortable workplace for all colleagues by combining the Ethnic Diversity strategy with grassroots priorities. EMPOWERED also promotes recognition of indigenous communities through the ‘Acknowledgment of Country' in regular course of business and supporting remote indigenous communities through charitable giving. More recently, the group has been supporting the development of Oliver Wyman's Reconciliation Action Plan for Australia and the Pacific Islands, and celebrating cultural and religious festivals.

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Annie Leung

Chief of Staff to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

As the Chief of Staff to the CFO at Vertex, Annie has designed and implemented an inclusion, diversity and equity (ID&E) strategy for the CFO organization that focuses on further expanding diversity in the talent pipeline and recruitment, fostering an inclusive team environment, creating equitable access to development opportunities, and increasing transparency of promotion and performance management processes for all CFO employees. Across Vertex, she advocated for, and piloted, corporate training on Allyship and Inclusive Hiring; promotes the development of next-generation Black and Hispanic leaders through program design and operational support for 6-month mentoring circles led by the CFO; and collaborates closely with the HR and ID&E teams on “healthy team” metrics that have been incorporated into the company’s global talent dashboard. Externally, Annie has been working on building and launching a mentoring circle for young Asian women in the Boston area who aspire to a business career.

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Karen Sedgwick

Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer
Sempra

As a Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer at Sempra, Karen has been a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion. In 2021, she championed the inclusion of D&I metrics in annual leadership goals and executive compensation and helped establish an officer-led diversity and inclusion function at the parent company. To identify and address gaps in representation, she introduced diversity metrics and increased D&I education by encouraging employees to complete training. Her team launched phase 1 of the I Belong app in 2022 to enhance D&I experiences and communications. She has supported expanding employee resource groups and sponsored D&I events that reached almost 12,000 employees. Outside of work, she is a dedicated volunteer, mentor, and board member of Promises2Kids, a nonprofit that supports foster children and those removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect.

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Dan Draper

Chief Executive Officer
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Dan utilizes his leadership role and platform to celebrate and amplify S&P Dow Jones Indices’ (S&P DJI) commitment to DEI. He actively participates in roundtables, fireside chats, town halls, and global office visits to foster an environment of inclusion and belonging across the organization. Additionally, he has led and collaborated with other senior leaders to develop a mentoring program for S&P DJI, and personally serves as a mentor to numerous colleagues. Dan is also the Executive Sponsor for S&P Global’s Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD) People Resource Group and promotes the network and its members across the company. Externally, Dan is a fellow of the 2017 class of the Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He is a recipient of the Male Ambassador Award from Women in Derivatives (WIND) in 2022 and is also a proud sponsor of Women in ETFs.

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Lauren Aste

Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer
CWT

As Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer at CWT, Lauren is a committed diversity, equity, and inclusion leader, guiding CWT’s Race & Ethnicity Employee Resource Group since its formation in 2022. She actively supports the group's efforts to create a more inclusive workplace by raising awareness and understanding of topics related to race and ethnicity and helping to break biases and inform policy changes within CWT. As executive sponsor of CWT’s anti-human trafficking task force, she advocates against human trafficking, particularly as it impacts communities of color. Moreover, as a signatory to the General Counsel for Diversity and Inclusion initiative, she seeks to increase diversity and inclusion both in CWT’s in-house legal team and in the law firms that CWT engages, including through mentoring. Beyond her role at CWT, Lauren is Board Chair of Childhood USA, a not-for-profit organization that combats violence against children.

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Norman Jones

Director, Global University Recruitment
Danaher Corporation

Norman has been a DEI champion since joining the workforce. He started his professional career at Accenture in Talent Acquisition and was the U.S. Diversity Recruiting Lead overseeing the development and implementation of a strategy that would deliver diverse talent at all levels into the annual recruiting plan. After leaving Accenture, Norman held roles at companies such as Discover Financial Services, Apple, and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) that always had a focus on hiring and retaining diverse talent. Currently, Norman works at Danaher Corporation as the Director of Global University Recruitment where his team has a strong focus on hiring diverse entry-level talent who will be the future leaders of organization. Outside of work, Norman serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Foundation for Women, is on the Board of Trustees for The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, and a member of the Advisory Council for Reaching Out MBA.

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Liseli Sumbwanyambe

Management Consultant
McKinsey & Company

Liseli was appointed as McKinsey Black Network UK&I Partnerships Lead six months after joining the firm as Junior Associate. Drawing on her experience at Unilever, she expertly manages the network's relationships with UK-based charities through volunteering and pro bono work. At Unilever, Liseli founded and chaired the organization's first race equity network, Empower, overseeing its exponential growth and expansion into new markets over three years. She also worked closely with senior leaders to develop the UK&I ED&I strategy and collaborated with the recruitment team to increase diversity in the graduate cohort. Her dedication to helping others extends beyond her work, as she has spent four years as a mentor and committee member of the Amos Bursary, supporting black teenagers to reach their full potential. Liseli also regularly participates in public speaking events on diversity in STEM and how to support the next generation of diverse business leaders.

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Felix Wong

Executive Assistant
Allianz

Over the past year, Felix continued developing Allianz’s Global Race and Cultural Ethnicity (GRACE) network and advised new multicultural networks in the Benelux countries and Singapore. He organized the first virtual meeting of the global networks in January 2023 and developed the "Black to the Future" event exploring the future for Africa and Black people worldwide. Felix co-facilitated Race at Work webinar sessions, contributed to the UK-wide company inclusion and diversity strategy and continued to write on multicultural matters both inside and outside of Allianz. As a steerco member of the insurance Cultural Awareness Network, Felix led organisation of iCAN's popular Dive In event, spoke at events for undergraduate groups, and delivered an iCAN survey. He also led the first-ever iCAN Lunar New Year event leading to the launch a Special Interest Group for people of East and Southeast Asian heritage working in insurance and allied industries.

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Eka Zhao

Team Lead
Bridgewater Associates

Eka leads a team of investment professionals who play a central role in Bridgewater’s portfolio implementation process. Beyond her job within Bridgewater’s Investment Engine, she serves as the co-head of the Bridgewater Asian Affinity Network (AAN). In this role, she leads initiatives focused on empowering and recognizing the AAPI community while supporting all diverse communities. In her Team Lead role, she advocates for increasing diverse representation in the candidate pool and mentors the next generation of investment professionals and diverse talent. She also helps ensure that the team’s developmental program is inclusive and collaborates with others to constantly evolve them through time. In addition, she regularly represents Bridgewater on panels and mentorship programs focused on developing minority talent in the investment industry.

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Rumbi Hondora

Head of Marketing Deployment, East & Southern Africa Markets
British American Tobacco

Rumbi is heading the Marketing Deployment for the East African and Southern Africa Markets at British American Tobacco and has been a strong advocate of diversity in the workplace for over a decade. She is a member of Women in Trade and Women in BAT networks, where she coaches and mentor's young female talent, champions gender diversity in trade marketing and distribution, and promotes the company's D&I agenda. Moreover, Rumbi has spoken at Women in Sales for the Marketing Association in Zimbabwe and coaches' women in trade, building resilience in male-dominated spaces. She uses her position as a senior leader to champion the need for inclusive, supportive, and diverse cultures in organizations.

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Akua Opong

Senior Analyst
LSEG

Akua is an active member of the LSEG’s Black Employee Inspired Network Group (BEING), Women’s Inspired Network (WIN), WIN Tech Network and UK Accessibility Lead. Akua has spearheaded multiple initiatives including speaker events, charity work and raising awareness of neurodiversity with an intersectional lens. Akua has participated in the City Hive Cross-Collaboration Mentoring Programme with Talk About Black to increase black representation in senior leadership in the Investment industry and is a Cajigo mentor, upskilling women into the Tech industry and delivering career talks to students UK wide from underrepresented backgrounds. As part of LSEG’s previous Black History Month campaign, she hosted the Black Leadership and Neurodiversity (BLEND) event focused on healing, information and empowerment. Other achievements include the Baton Awards STEM Trailblazer 2022, Campaign Tech Awards judge, Team London EDI Volunteer Advisory Group and The Voices in the Shadows 2021 book highlighting black women and their journey into Technology.

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Funmi Adegoke

Group General Counsel & Chief Sustainability Officer
Halma plc

Funmi is Group General Counsel and Chief Sustainability Officer at Halma, the FTSE 100 global group of life saving technology companies. Halma is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture throughout the Group and is a signatory of Change the Race ratio. As a member of the Group Executive team, Funmi helps drive a culture of inclusion where everyone feels they belong, and aims to challenge stereotypes and support emerging talent, with a focus on enabling work environments where everyone can fulfil their potential. She speaks publicly and candidly about her experiences, supports corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, sponsors ethnically diverse individuals and has partnered with organisations that improve diversity within the legal profession. Outside of Halma, she is a non-executive director of a FTSE 100 company.

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Claire D'Abreu-Hayling

Chief Scientific Officer
Sandoz

Claire is an inspiring champion of diversity and inclusion, and has a proven track record of leading change, working with teams to identify disparities and promoting consistency based on capabilities, experience, and tenure. Her efforts have played a significant role in creating an inclusive work environment where everyone can thrive. Claire is committed to mentoring Black and Asian women pursuing careers in STEM. She also serves on the Governance Board for Regents Theological College, where she champions diversity in studentship and advocates for Black representation in education. Claire's passion for D&I has also led her to be a sought-after speaker. She presented at Reuters Pharma 2022 on Black Women in STEM careers, sharing her insights to inspire change and promote diversity. Claire’s efforts have been making a real difference, and her dedication and commitment to creating a more inclusive world continues to drive positive change within Sandoz and beyond.

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Bjorn Haines

Head of People Experience
BlackRock

Bjorn Haines serves as BlackRock’s first Head of People Experience, charged with deepening employee engagement globally, and driving adoption of an “employee experience” mindset.  He also serves as Global co-lead of the firm’s Black Professionals Network and was previously co-lead of DEI for the firm’s US Wealth business.  In both instances, Bjorn led the launch of diverse mentorship programs, pairing early career professionals with senior leaders, and has been an outspoken champion of DEI throughout the organization.  Outside of BlackRock, Bjorn also co-leads the Money Management Institute's Social Justice Advisory Council, where member firms advise and advocate for efforts to accelerate the progress of DEI within the industry by engaging the collective capabilities of the member firms. Lastly, Bjorn serves on the NY advisory board of Facing History & Ourselves, an organization that uses lessons from history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up to bigotry and hate.

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Katrina Nusum

Head of Group Compliance and Deputy Bermuda Site Head
Fidelity International

Katrina is the Head of Group Compliance and Deputy Bermuda Site Head at Fidelity International, where she is actively involved in building a community throughout their offices for ethnically diverse employees by working with the senior leadership team to implement the Cultural Diversity Action Plan, to set ethnic diversity targets and to implement programs and activities that will support and develop culturally diverse staff and contribute to Fidelity's corporate culture. Katrina is also a Stanford National Black Alumni Association Board Associate, where she co-hosts events to provide Black Stanford students and alumni information on topics relevant to them, such as mental health, childhood financial insecurity, defining career paths, and how to network successfully.

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Hannah Smith

Head of Nordics, SPDR ETFs
State Street Global Advisors

Hannah is Head of Nordics where she is responsible for leading business development and strategy for the region. Hannah leads the company's initiative to increase diverse representation across the asset management industry. As part of this, she successfully advocated for State Street to partner with Black Women in Asset Management and Talk About Black, and now oversees a team which manage these partnerships. Hannah sits on the board of State Street’s I&D Council and conducted work to better align policies across divisions. She led the firm's initiative to develop internal talent and produced a report with recommendations on how to address the lack of diverse representation. Hannah is an ambassador for Reboot which aims to continue the discussion of race within the workforce and regularly speaks on industry panels about her experiences as a Black woman in finance. Hannah was named as a Financial News Rising Star and on Black Women in Asset Management’s 40 under 40 list.

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Silika Shellie

Director of Food Product & Innovation - Grocery
Sainsbury's

As the Director of Food Products and Innovation at Sainsbury's, Silika has developed & spearheaded the 'Thrive' program, which aims to Influence business through gaining senior-level support & sign off to invest in a retail 'first of its kind' free incubator program to support Black founders-led start-up food & drink businesses transition to supermarket shelves. Silika led the team to develop an authentic and meaningful program that addresses specific barriers for Black founders. As a result, three businesses will be sold in Sainsbury's this year. Beyond Sainsbury's, Silika mentors black male undergraduates at AddPsalt, and is an active member of the Black FMCG Network. In this professional network, she acts as an event panelist to inspire attendees to strive for success and encourage senior decision-makers to take individual actions to drive collective change.

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TJ Lim

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

TJ Lim is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in and outside of J.P. Morgan. At the firm, TJ is an active member of the Asian Leadership Forum as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) Executive Forum. He is actively involved in promoting inclusion topics into the workplace. He was featured in a panel at this year’s senior leaders meeting, where he spoke about losing his mom, migrating to the US, coming out as a gay man, and his Asian-American experience. TJ also actively integrates DE&I at work by leading cultural celebrations such as Diwali and Lunar New Year. He has also hosted small group “open conversation” sessions with global employees from the United States, India and the Philippines about inclusion, covering topics such as sexual orientation, gender and race. TJ also represents J.P. Morgan on the Technology Council for Asia Society.

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Courtney della Cava

Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Portfolio Talent & Organizational Performance
Blackstone

Courtney is a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Portfolio Talent & Organizational Performance at Blackstone. She is a committed leader focusing on diversity and inclusion efforts across the organization. As a champion of Blackstone's DEI initiatives, she works to attract, develop, and advance a diverse workforce, recognizing that the most valuable asset is the people who work at Blackstone. She oversees C-suite and board DEI initiatives and signature programs like Career Pathways, which aims to increase access to entry and mid-level jobs for historically underrepresented talent. Courtney also manages Blackstone's firmwide mandate to target one-third diverse representation on portfolio company boards for new control investments. Beyond Blackstone, Courtney serves on the board of Renaissance Learning, furthering her commitment to accelerating learning for all students despite their ability levels and ethnic and social backgrounds.

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Jennifer Remling

Global Chief People Officer
WPP

As WPP's Global Chief People Officer, Jennifer Remling is laying the groundwork for unlocking the creative potential in all 115,000 employees within the WPP network. Central to that is ensuring DE&I is embedded in all aspects of the People strategy – from talent acquisition and total rewards to employee engagement and leadership development. Jennifer has a wealth of experience building high-performing teams in agency environments in roles at Essence, R/GA, AKQA, 360i and most recently GroupM. There, she transformed the People team to deliver a world-class People proposition that ensured a fair, equitable and inclusive workplace for all 36,000 employees in 80 markets. Jennifer is passionate about helping people find meaning and purpose in what they do, no matter their background. That’s why she published “Carve Your Own Road: Do What You Love and Live the Life You Envision” in 2009 and has made it her lifelong ambition to help as many people as possible reach their full potential.

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Sinead Lynch

Senior Vice President, Low Carbon Fuels
Shell International

As the Senior Vice President at Shell, Sinead is a dedicated advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. As a senior ally for the LGBTQ+ and Black Employee Networks, past Executive Sponsor for the Enable Network and the Black Employee Network, promoting DEI is fundamental to her leadership style. Sinead participates in a reverse mentoring initiative with a professional of color and mentors a diverse group of employees. She has also spoken at conferences on DEI's critical role in driving performance and engagement in the workplace and led Executive awareness raising sessions, seeking to catalyst faster progress in this critical area. Previously, as UK Chair for Shell, she was a founding member of the Energy Leaders Coalition, driving greater DEI progress through joint initiatives and visible leadership. Sinead has been using her learnings to drive market progress beyond the UK.

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Tolu Falade

Offshore Subsea Operations Specialist
BP

Tolu is an Offshore Subsea Operations Specialist at bp and a tireless advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the One Team Lead for bp's Positively Ethnic Network (PEN) and a member of the bp Black Collective, he supported the creation of bp’s mandatory racial equity training program in 2021 which has been rolled out to all UK and US employees. He has worked closely with senior leaders to progress commitments aligned with the bp Framework for Action, resulting in greater engagement and advocacy at the highest levels. He chaired bp's Black History Month activities in 2021 and 2022, which included a series of successful events and initiatives that drew record engagement in the company. Additionally, Tolu chairs the AFBE Ethnic Leaders Network, where he drives collaboration and adoption of best practices in the engineering sector and mentors students through Nottingham University's Black Industry Connections and Empowerment Programme (BICEP).”

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Jennifer Dunmore

VP, Business Development, Strategy & Chief of Staff – Commercial Risk Solutions
Aon

Beyond Jennifer's role as Vice President of Strategy & Chief of Staff for Commercial Risk Solutions at Aon, she leads the North America Black Professional Network (BPN), an inclusive community of several hundred colleagues across 14 chapters where she connects, uplifts, and advocates for Aon's Black colleagues to achieve their full potential. In addition to her BPN leadership role, she drives other DE&I initiatives at Aon, including developing diverse talent recruitment and retention strategies and partnerships with HBCUs for recruiting and culture programs. Jennifer also serves as the co-chair of the Executive Council for Cara Collective, a non-profit organization that aims to eradicate poverty through transformational training and job upskilling. Her passion for advancing Black talent has led her to bring Aon and Cara together through the Aon Apprentice program. She also mentors Aon apprentices and works closely with Cara to steward the process and increase applicants.

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Tokeer Ahmed

Managing Applications Consultant
Capgemini

Tokeer is a Managing Applications Consultant at Capgemini and has been Chair of the Race & Equality Network for Capgemini UK since 2021. In this voluntary role, he leads initiatives and works with a committee to produce content and events that make Capgemini a more diverse and inclusive workplace. Tokeer represented Race & Ethnicity globally at a Corporate Social Responsibility event, raising awareness of race and ethnicity across 50 countries, and was also instrumental in creating the anti-racism toolkit, with positive feedback from the managers who have completed it. Beyond Capgemini, Tokeer ran an interactive workshop session for Tech Industry Gold Live, focusing on diversity, inclusion, and personal brand, at an event with over 500 young people attending higher education. He also supports an external mentoring scheme for young Black females looking for career coaching and volunteers for The Prince's Trust initiative to assist young people in CV writing skills.

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Renee Sterling

EMEA Regulatory Controller
Wells Fargo

Renee is the EMEA Regulatory Controller at Wells Fargo, and in the last 18 months, she has been active in the International Finance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) Council. She created and led the 2022 Power Skills Challenge, which involved organizing teams to take courses on inclusion. This initiative received great feedback from colleagues and sparked more interest in DE&I deep dive sessions with the Finance leadership team.  Beyond Wells Fargo, Renee co-founded and co-hosts a podcast called Race2Rise, where she and her friend discuss their experiences as black women working in the City of London.  Their most popular episode is Can We Live?, which gave insight on how they felts watching events that unfolded in 2020.  The podcast has been downloaded in 69 countries and counting. As a vocal advocate for DE&I, Renee uses her platform to bring awareness and change to the workplace and beyond.

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Nichola Silvano

Operations Technology Transformation Project Manager
Credit Suisse

Beyond her role as Operations Technology Transformation Project Manager at Credit Suisse, Nichola is actively involved in various organizational Diversity Equity and Inclusion initiatives. She co-leads the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Network, Strategic Partnership and Advocacy working group, promoting awareness and education, ethnic minority representation on boards, and external network engagement. Since 2022, she has been the Technology DEI Lead responsible for driving initiatives to educate and develop an inclusive culture in Technology. Nichola also hosted a Tech Career Workshop for Black Interns and has coached several female employees to navigate their career progression. Outside of Credit Suisse, Nichola volunteers with Mothers, Daughters, Sisters (MDS), a Foundation that provides virtual career mentorship to undergraduate students in Ghana. MDS also provides a networking forum for the Black British women mentors, to which Nichola contributes by arranging in-person social networking events to share experiences and develop relationships.

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Adejumoke Peter-Adenuga

Commercial Finance Controller
British American Tobacco

Adejumoke is a Finance Professional with over 15 years experience in the FMCG industry. She is currently the Commercial Finance Controller at British American Tobacco, where she is committed to promoting fairness and equality for all individuals. As a cultural ambassador, she has led initiatives to align the strategic focus of the organization with the company's core values of freedom through responsibility, speaking up, being heard, and not feeling marginalized. She pioneered the 'No-Barriers Conversation' initiative, facilitating access to Senior Managers by creating a safe space for employees to share their views and be candid even when their opinions are unpopular while creating a Great Place to Work culture, fostering innovation and creativity within the organization. Outside of her work environment, Adejumoke uses informal approaches to promote diversity and inclusion, including facilitating seminars about flourishing in the Society for individuals as an active member of her school's alumni association.

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John Chen

Executive Chairman and CEO
BlackBerry

Mr. John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO of BlackBerry, has been a pioneering Asian American CEO in the technology industry for decades. At BlackBerry, he has built a diverse leadership team where 50 percent of BlackBerry's Board of Directors are either racially or gender diverse, and every leader is committed to driving diverse representation and expected to role model inclusion, mutual respect, accountability, integrity, and innovation. As a distinguished voice in business and foreign policy, Mr. Chen previously served on the U.S. President's Export Council and co-chaired the Secure Borders and Open Doors Committee. He also is active in the not-for-profit community, including serving as a trustee of Caltech, a national trustee at First Tee, and Governor of the San Francisco Symphony. Additionally, Mr. Chen is a signatory to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge in the U.S. and the BlackNorth Initiative in Canada.

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Roger G Arrieux Jr

New York Managing Partner
Deloitte

Roger is a financial expert and business leader with over 35 years of professional experience, leveraging financial, risk, regulatory compliance, and governance expertise to advise senior management and board members of public and privately held companies, including alternative investment vehicles.  As Deloitte’s New York Managing Partner, Deloitte’s US headquarters and largest offices, Roger helps to drive client and business growth and build relationships with community organizations and business and civic leaders. Roger has impacted Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in his internal and external roles throughout his career. Roger is a long-standing supporter of various nonprofit organizations that focus on academic acceleration, currently serving as the Chair of the Harlem YMCA Board of Directors, Chair of the Black Achievers in Industry Steering Committee, and Chair of the Braven New York Board. He also serves on the National Board of Directors of the A Better Chance and Braven charitable organizations.

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Dorothy Burwell

Partner, Global Partnership Board Member
FGS Global

Dorothy has been involved with promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at FGS Global, since 2014. In the last year, enhancements in the talent pipelining and recruitment process led to ethnic minorities making up over a quarter of all new hires in the year. The company’s DEI programming includes financial and pro bono commitments to local charities serving diverse populations, debiasing recruitment practices, ethnicity paygap reporting, instituting training on solidarity across differences and continued support of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which seeks to increase ethnic minority representation in the communications industry. She has also delivered training internally and for clients on Destigmatizing the Race Conversation. Dorothy also serves on the DEI advisory committee for Which?, the consumer champion and as chair of London (UK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a charity supporting women and ethnic minorities with mentoring, training and other support to increase their access to economic opportunity. She is a non-executive director of Pennon plc and Post Holdings, Inc. 

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Bansi Nagji

President, Healthcare
GoodRx

As President, Healthcare at GoodRx, Bansi has been instrumental in setting up CRGs at GoodRx and co-chairs the AANHPI (Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander) resource group and sponsors the organization’s newly appointed head of DEI. He is also a member of the fundraising Campaign Board for INSEAD, where he supports funding scholarships for minority candidates. More recently, Bansi has been appointed as a keynote speaker at AXS 2023, one of the largest conferences in the pharmacy space, where he will be talking about DE&I in healthcare companies and how this drives better health equity outcomes.

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Dr Rehana Sidat

Vice President Risk Management
GSK

Beyond Rehana's role as the Vice President, Risk Management at GSK, she is an active sponsor, mentor, and coach to many staff members and has also sported professionals on 'The Talent Accelerator' program. Rehana actively participates in DEI opportunities; as the LT DEI sponsor in her department, she set the expectations of DEI strategy, held leaders to account & drove specific ownership & action. In 2022 she received the Top 10 Influential Muslim in Healthcare Award from Equality X and in 2021 she received the GSK Inspirational Role Model Award.  Outside of the scope of her role at GSK, Rehana continues to strive to build a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture. She is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee and a key contributor to the definition and participation of the partnership with the RSC for the Broadening Horizons, promoting Ethnic Diversity in Chemical Sciences.

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Karen S. Carter

President, Packaging & Specialty Plastics
Dow

Karen S. Carter is President of Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business operating segment.  With annual sales of more than $29 Billion, P&SP is widely recognized as the world’s largest materials supplier of polyethylene resins and functional polymers serving key growth markets like food packaging, health and hygiene, infrastructure, and consumer goods. Carter’s cross functional leadership team is diverse with 45% women, 25% U.S. ethnic minority and 35% international talent representation. Carter has served in a progression of roles at Dow since beginning her career with the Company in 1993, including most recently as their Chief Human Resources Officer and first Chief Inclusion Officer, where she successfully institutionalized inclusion and diversity as key drivers for long-term growth. In her current role she remains committed to driving inclusion, diversity and equity as business imperatives. Carter has a bachelor’s degree from Howard University and a master’s degree from DePaul University.

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Niken Wresniwiro

Senior Vice President, Global Communications
WPP

Since joining WPP in 2018, Niken has made it her priority to showcase the diversity of the company’s people and markets. She has personally pushed external organizations and enforced WPP's commitment to only appear at events and on panels with gender and ethnic diversity. She has also advocated for the inclusion of minority ethnic speakers at high-profile events, identifying and putting forward leaders from both across WPP’s global network and outside of her organization. Moreover, Niken led the promotion and helped launch WPP's Consumer Equality Equation report; the most comprehensive report on Minority Ethnic consumers, and actively champions inclusion within the organization to provide a platform for diverse voices across WPP’s internal and external channels. 

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Mark Read

CEO
WPP

In June 2020 Mark announced WPP’s set of commitments to combat racial injustice and support Black and minority ethnic talent, which included pledging $30m over three years to fund inclusion programs around the world. Since then he has continued to take steps to improve diversity and inclusion, including introducing DE&I goals into WPP senior leaders’ incentive plans, and establishing a Global Inclusion Council where underrepresented voices advise on DE&I goals and identify barriers to progress. WPP has launched and backed initiatives that build a talent pipeline for both the company and the wider industry such as its global early career program where 50% of its first cohort were of color, The Update for Black tech professionals, the One School with the One Club for Creativity for Black British creatives, the Detroit Experience Studio for the city’s Black students, and the SOMA+ online series for Brazil’s low-income Black and Indigenous communities.

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John Langley

Head of Wells Fargo International
Wells Fargo

Head of Wells Fargo International and Executive Sponsor for the EMEA Black Connections Network, John, in 2020, helped create and secured funding for the network.  He was instrumental in signing the Race at Work Charter in October 2021, and he ensures that DE&I is a regular topic at the International Operating Committee meetings.  John has been key in ensuring hiring practices promote diversity, that all interview panels have diverse representation, diverse candidate slates, and partnerships with external recruitment firms that draw candidates from diverse backgrounds at all hiring levels.  He is actively involved in the program BOLD - Building Organisational Leadership Diversity.  Additionally, John has supported the sponsorship of the Black British Business Awards for the last four years.

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Jennifer Stula Rivera

Global Head of Community Impact & Vice President, Moody’s Foundation
Moodys Corporation

Since 2008, Ms. Stula Rivera has held various roles within Moody’s CSR department and was appointed as Moody’s Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2021.  She lead the strategic re-imagining of a CSR framework that better reflected the values and interests of employees and aligns with the corporate mission, vision, and purpose. Prior to joining Moody’s, Ms. Stula Rivera was an educator at a residential substance abuse school for adolescent males aged 13-17 where she held various leadership roles, including a six-month term as interim school principal and member of the executive leadership team. Ms. Stula Rivera holds a Master of Science in Education and a Certification in School Counseling from Manhattan College. She is a two-time recipient of City & State Magazine's Responsible 100 Award and the Mahatma Award for Social Good, and was featured in Profile Magazine Q1 2019 segment "How Purposeful Programs Lead to Sound Profits.”

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Anna Dilku

Group Social Media Manager
Aviva

Anna is Aviva's Group Social Media Manager, where she also co-chairs the Aviva Origins employee resource group and sits on the Brand and Corporate Affairs DEI committee. After being elected as the first co-chair to lead Aviva’s gender network, Anna was keen to use her experience to drive awareness of different cultures, faiths and socioeconomic backgrounds. She immediately made her mark, introducing the first South Asian Heritage Month, sharing thought leadership on podcasts and informing their first Ethnicity Pay Gap Report. Alongside her day job and leading Origins, she has completed an Ethnically Diverse Leaders Program and is part of 30% Club’s Mission Include Program, whilst also mentoring others. Beyond her role at Aviva, Anna is actively involved with other organizations - from representing UN Women as a delegate at CSW, to reporting on the annual Financial Times’ Women at the Top event - her longstanding work winning Women in Finance’s Outstanding Contribution Award.

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Melanie Warren

Business Manager, Pershing Operations, Trading and India Services Team
BNY Mellon Pershing

Melanie is a Business Manager for BNY Mellon Pershing’s Operations, Trading, and India Services teams. As a leader and appointed member of the Diversity Advisory Council, she advises the Pershing Executive Committee on its DEI strategy, programs, and goals. She was instrumental in implementing programming that addressed feedback from more than 50 employee roundtable discussions. Also, as a co-founder and member of the strategy committee of Black Excellence, an employee-led affinity group, Melanie develops programming to share knowledge and provide transparency under the theme of Building Black Wealth and Building Black Leaders. Melanie is passionate about paving the way for the next generation of talent. Internally, she participates in several mentorship, sponsorship, and ambassador programs. Externally she helps fuel talent pipelines by creating opportunities for diverse college and high school students from underserved communities, exposing them to senior executives of diverse backgrounds and the broad career opportunities in financial services.

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Ritambhara Kumar

Partner
Bridgewater Associates

Ritambhara is a Partner and Senior Manager for Equities, responsible for managing all equities-related research and enablement. She joined the firm in 2009 and held prior roles in various areas of Bridgewater including as an Investment Associate and Senior Manager in the Client Service research area and most recently as Head of Talent Acquisition & Onboarding. Throughout her career, Ritambhara has been dedicated to making asset management more diverse and inclusive. As Head of Talent Acquisition, she created multiple pipelines for diverse talent and drove policy changes to make Bridgewater a better place for all to work. Ritambhara also mentors dozens of diverse individuals across the firm and is a founding member of Bridgewater's DEI council, and leader in the firm’s Asian Affinity Network and Women's Influence Network. She was named a 2021 Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow – her work in the fellowship focused on the creation of a platform to bring in senior investment talent and eliminate barriers that have historically impacted women and minorities. Outside of work, Ritambhara volunteers for a Hindu faith organization teaching kindergarteners about religion and spirituality. Ritambhara grew up in India and came to the US as an undergraduate student, graduating from Harvard College with a degree in Economics. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two daughters.

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Ugochi Onwuanibe

Associate Director, Deal Execution
KPMG

At KPMG, Ugochi co-founded an informal community for Black Heritage staff within her team. The group comprises over 30 Black heritage staff members across all levels. Through it, Ugochi provides mentorship to junior team members and encourages socials to foster community. As someone who has rapidly progressed, Ugochi uses her experience to drive representation, and support others in the community with their professional development. She has also supported KPMG's Black Heritage and Women in DA Insight programmes as an assessor of candidates and volunteer. Outside of work, Ugochi is part of the leadership team at KINSIS, a CIC driving change for women of Black Heritage in Higher Education through community building, development programmes, and research. She supports several aspects of KINSIS, including finances, strategy, and KINSIS’ flagship Holistic Leadership Academy. Ugochi has also coached four students from KINSIS’ student communities, helping them to excel during internships and achieve academic success.

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Dipti Kulkarni

Senior Vice President, Senior Business Support Manager
Bank of America

Dipti Kulkarni is a business support manager for a global technology team at Bank of America. An advocate for diversity and inclusion for almost a decade, she was the recipient of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion award in 2019 and 2021. She put her passion for inspiring and mentoring women to work in 2021 through her active support and participation in several events such as the "Innovation Challenge" to promote innovation, as a panelist for the "Diversity Series" in celebration of Women's History month, as a speaker at LEAD's (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development for Women) "The Power of Your Authentic Voice" event, and as one of the organizers of an enterprise event, "Courageous Conversation: Coming together against racism," in partnership with the Asian Leadership Network, Black Professional Group and Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement. She also mentored young professional women to help them advance in their careers.

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Teik Tan

Procurement & Supply Chain Manager
Costain PLC

Having noticed a lack of representation in his sector, Teik has taken a leading role in driving outcomes-focussed discussion around inclusion through speaking at several high profile industry events, where his core-focus has been fast-forwarding to a more diverse industry, and fostering supplier diversity with a set of practical recommendations. Teik chaired a Multi-Cultural & Allies Network for 4-years, whilst also acting as a D&I Representative on the working groups for Site-Culture, Procurement, Finance, Hiring Manager Capability and the Overarching D&I working group. He has reverse-mentored a Managing Director and has spoken on D&I for many events including a company-wide ‘Let’s Talk about Race’ webinar attended by 440 people and three workshops aimed at the Executive Leadership Teams. As an ethnic minority professional with a disability, Teik also hopes to represent intersectionality. He founded Construct-Ability, an industry-leading collaboration between contractors, consultants and institutions, to focus on creating a positive narrative around disabilities within the Construction Sector.

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Sir Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive Officer
Diageo

Since becoming the CEO of Diageo in 2013, Ivan has been passionate about driving inclusion and diversity at the company. In 2020 he launched a new 10-year sustainability action plan titled ‘Society 2030: Spirit of Progress’. The plan laid out goals including increasing the representation of ethnic minorities in leadership positions to 45% by 2030, as well as increasing the percentage of Diageo suppliers from female and minority-owned businesses year-on-year. Ivan was awarded a knighthood as part of the King’s 2023 New Year Honors List, with the citation of the award highlighting the work he has done to champion both female and ethnically diverse talent within both the company and wider society.   

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Matheus Souza

Chief Innovation Officer
SAP Latin America & Caribbean

As the Chief Innovation Officer at SAP Latin America & Caribbean, Matheus has an extensive portfolio of projects designed for innovation with social impact that are considered global best practices within SAP. Matheus also managed SAP’s DEI framework in the SAP Labs Latin America in 2022 and currently leads an initiative focused on anti-racism to promote discussions around inclusion at Latin America & Caribbean. Outside of the scope of his role, Matheus also deliver lectures at Universities and events about how DEI activities fuel innovation.

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Alanna Lee

Managing Director, Legal & Compliance Division
Morgan Stanley

As a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Legal & Compliance Division and a member of the EMEA Diversity Action Council, Alanna uses her platform to help influence, shape and deliver the Firm’s D&I strategy within the Division. She is the co-executive sponsor of Morgan Stanley's Net East Asia employee network, which works to attract, retain and celebrate East Asian talent, whilst also amplifying voices to highlight the positive impact of cultural differences on career opportunities and progression. Alanna has also been a mentor through the Social Mobility Foundation, and for many women in her profession. She has participated in several speaking opportunities within the industry to help promote the inclusivity of ethnically-diverse individuals, most recently being a keynote speaker at the University of Warwick's Women in Finance Society 'Females in Finance Conference' in January 2023.

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Charles Kyalo Mukiti

Area Operations Director, Sub-Saharan Africa
British American Tobacco

Charles joined BAT Kenya as Operations Management Trainee in 2000, and over the past 23 years, he has grown through the organization in various roles of increasing responsibility and scope. This has shaped him into a keen advocate for gender balance and a mix of nationalities, ethnicity, and cross-industry experiences to challenge the status quo and deliver breakthrough results. He was recently promoted to Area Operations Director for Sub-Saharan Africa a role that spans more than 30 countries. Most recently, he was the Operations Director for BAT Bangladesh, he accelerated inclusion in Operations by more than doubling the number of female managers. The outstanding work performed by Charles goes beyond BAT. He sponsored the launch of Bangladesh's first-of-its-kind mentorship program for STEM female students from different universities & ethnic backgrounds and the launch of the first-ever corporate grooming platform for Agri-Science students in Bangladesh called Elevate.

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Bal Mahil

Head of Distribution Operations
axa xl

Bal has had a 20-year career spanning the technology and insurance industry.  In January 2020 Bal was appointed Head of Distribution Operations following eight years in the Global Risk Function at AXA XL where she had successfully managed large transformations following multiple acquisitions and mergers. Bal also co-founded and co-chairs Rise, the first multi-cultural network group at AXA XL, focused on the development and inclusion of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. Its support led to the company publishing their first Ethnicity Pay Gap Report in 2021. Bal is a steering committee member on the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network, an industry network for international and ethnic minority development. Bal was named in the Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Role Model list in 2022 and the Insurance Business UK’s Elite Women list 2023.

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Ritu Shirgaokar

Head of International and Regulatory Legal
State Street Corporation

Ritu is executive sponsor to the Race and Ethnicity network, guiding their agenda to amplify the voice of employees in holding management accountable. Ritu speaks openly about her lived experience as a lawyer, an ethnic minority, and a female. As one of the few regional ethnic minority leaders, she uses her role as a trusted advisor to inspire stronger awareness and action, through regular panel events and counselling of executive colleagues. As a senior leader of the legal division, her “LCARS Shares” platform empowers lawyers to share their personal stories of inclusion, promoting a deeper sense of belonging across the global team. Moreover, Ritu is a founding advisory council member and ambassador to Reboot, a voluntary coalition led by Noreen Biddle (an Empower role model), using the power of story-telling and research to advance the diversity dialogue in financial services between senior business leaders, ethnic minority role models and allies.

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Robyn Grew

President
Man Group

Robyn leads Man Group's diversity, equity and inclusion network, Drive, and chairs its Steering Committee. She is senior sponsor of several of the firm’s employee networks and workstreams, including BEAM (Black Employees and Allies at Man Group). She also oversees Man Group’s Paving the Way initiative, which seeks to improve access to the industry for underrepresented groups and encapsulates the work of our BEAM network and its external partnerships with #TalkAboutBlack, EnCircle Mentoring and Black Women in Asset Management. Robyn is a member of several industry groups, including the Diversity Project, where she sits on the Advisory Board, and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) council, where she chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group. Robyn is an active speaker on DE&I, within schools, across the industry and in the media, particularly championing the importance of allyship, inclusion and belonging.  

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Adam Anderson

Executive Director, West System and Bay Area Office Business Management
Boston Consulting Group

Adam is an Executive Director at BCG. His career spans social impact and advocacy for justice, including almost a decade in K-12 public school system leadership. As the first in his family to attend university out of high school, Adam prioritizes programs to support employees from low-income backgrounds and first-generation college students. At BCG, he sponsored establishing the Champions Circle community, a nurturing space for all Black consulting employees to belong and be supported by mentors. In 2022, Adam enabled the first Black Excellence Retreat, fostering community building and programming for all levels and functions. His commitment to equity extends to office catering and art sourcing, thoughtfully supporting women and minority-owned businesses and diverse artists. Outside of BCG, Adam works with incarcerated men, helping them prepare to be returning citizens, and currently serves as Treasurer on the board of Connect Ed, which supports college and career pathways for all students.

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Paul Palicki

Executive Manager, Risk Technology
BNY Mellon

Beyond his role as Executive Manager, Risk Technology at BNY Mellon, Paul is a dedicated diversity, equity, and inclusion lead for Corporate Technology. With the Corporate Engineering team of 600 individuals, he successfully organized several events to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and Black History Month. He continued his efforts and partnered with BNY Mellon's Corporate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team to develop a Black/Latino peer-to-peer mentoring program. Additionally, as a supporter of the Latinx community, he led a delegation at the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Conference in Orlando, where he facilitated a Crypto discussion and recruited dozens of candidates, which contributed to increased Latinx representation at BNY Mellon.

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Allegra Tomassa Massaro

Senior Conflicts Analyst
Latham & Watkins LLP

Allegra was an inaugural global leader of Latham’s Black Staff Affinity Group, where she oversaw its growth to over 200 members globally. Since 2017, Allegra has also provided strategic support as a coordinator and subcommittee member of the Black Lawyers Group, which aims to attract, retain, and promote top talent, and foster an inclusive culture supporting the long-term success of Black lawyers. Allegra has led the client and community engagement initiatives of the past 3 Black Lawyers Group retreats, connecting membership with communities through supporting and establishing long-term relationships with local nonprofits and businesses. Outside of Latham, Allegra is a Co-Founder of Fuel the People, a grassroots food justice organization that partners with Black and POC chefs and restaurants to combat food insecurity in Washington, DC, and New York City. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization distributed over 50,000 meals throughout local communities and raised over $200,000 for local businesses.

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Chioma Nwagbara

Quality Assurance & Validation Officer
GSK

Chioma is a Quality Assurance & Validation Officer at GSK and a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion. As the Founder and Co-lead of Embrace Barnard Castle and Founder and Lead of Embrace Zinnat Supply Chain, she has successfully initiated and grown two employee resource groups dedicated to promoting inclusion and creating a sense of belonging in the workplace. She has also been engaged in conversations with HR Leads to improve diversity, led a 'Let's Talk' initiative to encourage open discussions, and participated in various DEI initiatives. Her efforts have resulted in increased awareness of important topics such as racial injustice, stereotypes, discrimination, microaggressions, and allyship and have fostered an inclusive environment where everyone feels valued and respected. Outside of work, Chioma has enrolled in an Equality & Diversity Training Course to enhance her knowledge and better impact others.

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Olivia Grant

Associate
Reed Smith LLP

Beyond her role as an Associate at Reed Smith LLP, Olivia has been the co-chair of the Multicultural Network since 2021. She helps create and lead the network's strategic plans focused on embedding racial and cultural diversity, equity, and inclusion within Reed Smith's business strategy and broader legal practice. Olivia has been instrumental in the design of a brand-new career development and retention plan to increase training, sponsorship, and client engagement opportunities for Black, Asian, and ethnic minority associates, resulting in significantly increased promotion and retention figures. Outside of Reed Smith, Olivia has supported NOTICED, the UK's first inter-firm ethnic diversity network for law firms, and Women in the City Afro-Caribbean Network with several initiatives to increase the number of Black heritage women and ethnic minorities within law firms. In addition, Olivia founded 'MyStory Publishing Group' to create greater ethnic minority representation and role modeling within children's literature.

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Charlene Henry

People Partner Stores Service Centre
One Stop

With over 15 years of experience working for Tesco UK, Charlene is One Stop's People Partner Stores Service Centre. In 2022, she became the Chair of the Race and Ethnicity network at Tesco UK, leading a steering committee of 20 colleagues to deliver the network objectives and drive a more diverse and inclusive culture. Charlene partnered with Executive team members and Senior Director sponsors to shape the network objectives and developed a team to support the delivery of goals and resources, including large celebration events. She leverages her experience working with diverse communities to advance racial equity, build positive relationships across Tesco businesses, and diversify the talent pipeline. Charlene is also a member of Tesco's Diverse Talent Community & Black Action Plan, focusing on improving representation through targeted interventions.

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Negla Abdela

General Manager, Ministry of Sound
Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd

As the General Manager of Ministry of Sound at Sony Music Entertainment, Negla serves as the management sponsor for the internal race and ethnicity group HUE (Helping Unite Everyone), where she is critical in bridging the gap between HUE committee members and the D&I team, ensuring that the group's mission aligns with company goals for people of colour. She also sits on the Steering Committee for the Sony Music UK Social Justice Fund, which was created to address racial injustice. Negla supports the operation of the fund, including shortlisting grant applications to go before the Board. Negla is also a member of Black Lives in Music, an organization that addresses the current inequality of opportunity for Black, Asian, and Ethnically Diverse people in the music industry, and an ambassador for the OnSide Youth Zone charity, which provides inspirational venues for marginalized young people in London to develop skills in music.

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Elizabeth Oladunni

Associate
Slaughter and May

As an associate at Slaughter and May, Elizabeth is deeply committed to increasing the representation of those from ethnic minority backgrounds, particularly those of Black heritage and from low socio-economic backgrounds. She provides valuable feedback, insights, and suggestions to the diversity and inclusion team on recruitment efforts and supports outreach activities. Also, as a committee member of DIVERSE, the firm's race and ethnicity inclusion network, Elizabeth contributes to discussions on inclusion strategies and leads on campaigns such as Black History Month: ‘People You Should Know’, raising awareness of lesser-known figures in Black history. She speaks to vacation schemes students about her career progression experience and her work as part of DIVERSE. Outside of work, Elizabeth is a mentor with the Black Excellence Network and the Urban Lawyers' North, where she shares university, career, and application advice and pathways into law with undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds.

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Tiger Tyagarajan

Chief Executive Officer
Genpact LLC

Genpact is a global professional services firm focused on delivering outcomes that transform businesses. With over 115,000 employees across 30+ countries, diversity, equity, and inclusion is a continuous journey that is core to Genpact’s business strategy to better serve clients, employees, and communities. Under Tiger’s leadership, Genpact has made strides to reach its vision of having a 50% gender-diverse workforce globally, reporting 42% global gender diversity in 2022, with women making up 50% of its board. Genpact's DEI initiatives include a broad range of programs designed to attract, retain, and support women professionals at every stage of their careers. The company’s commitment to gender diversity is evidenced by recent honors, including being named to the Forbes Best Employers for Diversity 2023 List, and the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Tiger is a champion of diversity and serves on the board of directors at Catalyst, an organization at the forefront of driving diversity momentum.  

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Timothy Wilkins

Global Partner for Client Sustainability
Freshfields Brukhaus Deringer

Tim has over two decades of experience guiding social justice, cultural, and sustainability initiatives across New York City and around the world. Tim leads the firm’s global sustainability practice, advising clients on regulatory, litigation and transactional issues, including the role business can play in the fight for racial justice. Tim has been a fierce advocate for social justice on several boards of leading non-profit organizations, including Chair of the New York Public Radio, Co-Chair of Governance for the Public Theater, and Chair of Governance for the NYC Economic Development Corporation. At Freshfields, Tim established programs to bolster the success of students and lawyers of color, including founding the firm’s participation in Legal Outreach, a mentoring program for NYC high school students. Most recently, Tim was named by Crain’s New York Business as a “Notable Leader in Sustainability” in its May 2023 edition.

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Tevin Tobun

Chief Executive
GV Group (Gate Ventures)

Tevin recognises the importance of creating an inclusive culture that values differences. As CEO GV Group, he actively seeks diverse perspectives and experiences to ensure equal opportunities for all employees. In addition, Tevin founded Tobun Foundation which continues to impact lives by supporting education through scholarships; launched the 'Education Support Program,' initiative that supports young people from underrepresented backgrounds, many students continue to benefit from Maths and English online tuition sessions. Tevin is a Life Patron of Springboard charity, which develops pathways for diverse people to access jobs, and as Council Member of the Open University, is responsible for delivering the University's strategic vision, Tevin is instrumental in the launch of the scholarship programme which offers 50 scholarships for black students, launched in 2023. Recently inducted into the Dr Martin Luther King Board of Sponsors, an honour bestowed onto individuals who have contributed greatly to business and social Impact globally.

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Hans Brown

Chief Information Officer and Head of Engineering - Corporate Trust and Depositary Receipt
BNY Mellon

Hans Brown is responsible for setting and delivering the technology strategy in support of Corporate Trust and Depositary Receipts businesses.  He is dedicated to enabling digital operating models of the future, leveraging technology to deliver increased operating leverage, innovating new business models and products to enable our clients to be successful. Within BNYMellon, he is recognized as a digital first change agent, passionate about creating opportunities for all irrespective of background; firmly believes with the right support, everyone can flourish.  He is the executive sponsor for IMPACT DiverseTech, an employee/business resource group focused on developing diverse leaders from Black and Latinx backgrounds, an Advisor to DiverseByDesign, a training organization preparing low-income populations for careers in Technology, a vocal DEI advocate with BNY Mellon and externally.  Building and cultivating diverse teams is a business imperative and he continually advocates to increase diversity and lowering barriers to access technology careers for underrepresented minorities.

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Andrea O'Leary

VP of Talent, Development and Inclusion
ModMed

Andrea is committed to driving impact and change as the VP of Talent, Development and Inclusion.  Just recently in this role, she evolved a strategy around DEIB and provided more support and structure for ModMed's ERGs.  In her previous organization she was the Representation Chair for the Global Inclusive Leadership Council, where she fostered programs to create visibility for diverse leaders. Also, as the Black Professional Network national leader, she led the group's expansion to Canada and Brazil, increasing the community by 100 colleagues. Outside ModMed, Andrea has served, since 2019, on the Board for Cara Collective, helping individuals affected by poverty, homelessness, and incarceration find gainful employment. Additionally, she has served since 2022 on the board for UnLearning Space, an organization focusing on recognizing and resisting systems of oppression and healing.  Moreover, Andrea facilitated over 30 workshops/discussions in DEIB internally and externally with organizations, professional associations, and community nonprofits.

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Kelechi Onukogu

EMEA Head of Risk and Controls
Wells Fargo

Kelechi is a Managing Director and EMEA Head of Corporate Investment Bank and Enterprise Functions, Risk and Controls. He is a senior risk and control expert with a career that spans 20 years. He has a passion for Diversity & Inclusion and played a pivotal role in creating and co-chairing the UK Barclays Black Professional Forum. His team won the 'Inclusion Champion' category in the 2019 Citizenship and Diversity Awards. In 2020, he was appointed as the global head for the 'Race at Work agenda' sitting in group HR to design and execute the strategic framework for Barclays and successfully published the Bank-wide commitments in October 2020. Most recently within one year of joining Wells Fargo, Kelechi was instrumental in lobbying the bank to sign-up for the UK Race at Work Charter and was appointed Executive Sponsor in 2021 to help drive the Race At Work strategy in the EMEA region.

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Adam Kansler

President, S&P Global Market Intelligence
S&P Global

Adam is the President of S&P Market Intelligence which is the largest division within S&P Global, with over 18,000 colleagues across the globe. Adam has placed inclusion at the center of his leadership agenda, embedding DEI into the Market Intelligence divisional strategy. He championed the inclusion of DEI as a core metric in executive scorecards, ensuring that the division is held as accountable for DEI performance as it is for financial, customer and operational performance. Adam is also currently the Executive Sponsor for the Adelante People Resource Group which aims to increase opportunities for personal, professional, company and community success and impact for Hispanic/Latine colleagues across S&P Global. Additionally, he has sponsored several leadership development programs for underrepresented colleagues, spearheaded a number of DEI-focused recruitment initiatives and rolled-out various inclusion trainings across the division.

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Matt Truman

Co-founder & Executive Chair
TRUE

Matt is a co-founder and executive chair of consumer-focused investment and innovation firm, True. Established in 2013, True taps into diverse pools to recruit team members, enabling opportunities for those who typically face barriers. True's workforce is now 49% female, surpassing the industry average by 11%. Matt is passionate about tackling educational inequality and works in partnership with 'Careers and Enterprise' and 'Universify,' both charities focused on closing the educational gap, with initiatives targeted geographically to reach those from a disadvantaged socioeconomic background. Moreover, True is committed to achieving sustainable equity and inclusion by providing diversity and inclusion training and working with change champion consultants, contributors, and speakers from various intersections of the global community. With its own proprietary innovation lab advising the likes of Walmart, Diageo, Warner Brothers, Johnson & Johnsons, Primark and M&S, True is one of the fastest growing firms in Europe and well-placed to impact lasting change.

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Christine Palmer

Chief Risk Officer
Santander UK

Christine is the Chief Risk Officer at Santander UK and has been the Executive Committee Sponsor for the Santander UK Ethnicity@Work network since 2022. In this role, she celebrates the diverse cultures of colleagues. She also sponsors the Santander Black Talent Programme, which supports Black colleagues' progress within Santander. This program has been a success, with over 60% of the first cohort in 2022 promoted to new roles, leading to the decision to double the class of 2023. She also advocated for a reverse mentoring program for the Executive team and senior leaders to understand and learn from the lived experiences of black and diverse colleagues.

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Donnica Hawes-Saunders

Senior Manager, Global Strategic Partnerships and Civil Engagement
Philip Morris International

Donnica founded, co-chairs and manages Philip Morris International's (PMI) largest U.S. employee resource group - Multi-Cultural Organization Supporting an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC). This group promotes diversity, culture, and inclusion for PMI's multicultural employees and their allies, focusing on race and ethnicity. MOSAIC partners with third parties to improve how PMI is perceived in diverse spaces, works with internal stakeholders to ensure PMI considers diverse perspectives and promotes visibility, and career mobility for team members of all backgrounds and ethnicities. In addition, for more than 65 employees in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and the U.K., Donnica provided leadership development training for corporate employees of color through MOSAIC's partnership with the Executive Leadership Council, an organization that champions the development of Black executives to impact business and communities positively.

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Mayur Gupta

CEO
Career Accelerator

As CEO of Career Accelerator, Mayur spearheaded Race and Ethnicity focused business mentoring programs with GoCardless, Cisco and Centrica supporting ethnic minority students from lower socio-economic backgrounds. He also spearheaded a Race and Ethnicity work experience program supporting ethnic minority students. Career Accelerator currently supports 300+ young people from diverse backgrounds every year. Mayur has organized 6 quarterly Race and Ethnicity Roundtables with 20+ businesses such as LinkedIn, Salesforce and Snapchat to connect them with their counterparts, share good practice and explore collaboration opportunities. Mayur is a business advisory member at WithInsight - a charity supporting Black students to secure places at top 1/3rd universities. He has spoken at events in collaboration with The Economist, Teach First and The Labour Party. Mayur ran the Liverpool Marathon and fundraised for Black charities such as Blueprint for All, Black Lives Matter UK and Black LGBTQIA+ Therapy Fund.

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Swati Mohan

Associate
Natwest Group

Swati Mohan, Associate with Transaction Monitoring Products has wide experience across operations at Natwest Group. She drives diversity and inclusion agenda apart from her everyday work and has won South Asian Heritage Award for Outstanding contribution in 2021, Natwest Group Gender Network Advocate Award for 2022 and was selected as Top 22 Role Models across the bank.  She has been featured as Empower Top 100 Future Leaders by InVolve for 2022. She is a trailblazer and is part of UN women delegate for CSW 67.  She is the only woman on the Technology Advisory Board in Woxsen University and acts as a motivational speaker. She conducted “Embrace our differences and celebrate our similarities” campaign during Inter Faith Week from 13th – 20th November 2022 to increase understanding between people of faith and none. The campaign was well received and it helped to promote unity in diversity and bring the equity factor.

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Lina Cano-Ackerman

IT Service Leader
Dow Chemical

Lina is an IT Service Leader at Dow Chemical and a strong advocate for Hispanic and Latin individuals. With a deep passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion, she pursued opportunities for leadership within the Hispanic and Latin Network (HLN) to have a broader impact on the company. Lina has held various leadership roles, including serving as an Advocacy Leader on Dow's HLN Senior Council. Her work addresses inequities impacting the Hispanic and Latin communities, including under-representation in corporate America and promoting growth opportunities within the company. Lina spearheaded the development of an Advocacy Strategy for Dow's HLN ERG in alignment with DOW ACTs, a holistic framework that addresses racial injustice and systemic racism. Additionally, she partnered with the non-profit group Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR) to bring professional development programming for Dow employees and is Dow's representative in the Greater Houston Partnership Immigration Advisory Committee.

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Priscilla Lim

Executive Director
JP Morgan Chase

Priscilla is an Executive Director and Relationship Executive at JPMorgan Chase Commercial Banking, where she helps provide comprehensive banking solutions to the Bay Area business community and is passionate about championing for diverse-owned businesses. This includes partnering across the firm to tell the stories of these businesses and business leaders through regional and community events. Priscilla was a San Francisco Site Leader for JPMorgan Chase’s Women on The Move and played a key role in the 2022 Bay Area Pride Parade. She sits on the board of Ascend Northern California as EVP and acts as Board Advisor to Ascend LA. She’s also involved with the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (“CAPE”) and the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, helping both organizations with their fundraising galas. Priscilla has been recognized with USPAACC’s 2023 SHEroes Award and as a 2023 Top 50 Unsung Hero by the Asian Hustle Network.

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Jaanvi Chawra

Vice President
OCBC Bank

As a Vice President at OCBC Bank, Jaanvi is a part of the core leadership team for the Digital Team that drives technology for Digital Business and Transformation. She was one of the first 20 members of a group of 600+ employees, responsible for onboarding and ensuring their success. Jaanvi has made significant contributions to diversity, focusing on workers who face challenges due to being non-native English speakers. She has led teams from Shanghai and Shenzhen to overcome language barriers and excel in virtual and in-person teams. Jaanvi's 'north-star' approach of putting people first has driven their success. Jaanvi is also a member of the Women In Tech chapter of the Singapore Computer Society, enabling women leaders within her team and outside of OCBC to advocate for a seat at the table.

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Oluchi Ikechi-D'Amico

Partner, Head of Strategy & Transactions, Capital Markets, APAC
Ernst & Young

Strategy & Transactions advisor across Financial Services; experience leading strategic initiatives and M&A programs across 3 continents. DEI leader across EY’s Strategy & Transactions business across APAC Financial Services, representing 300 professionals and advising the APAC Board on DEI matters. Successfully led DEI training initiatives on career development and personal branding, to those from underrepresented backgrounds, inspiring a community of people. Led flagship DEI events and learning content for EY, in collaboration with Financial Services institutions, reaching over 500 people. As the only Black partner in EY’s Strategy & Transactions Financial Services UK and Asia-Pacific businesses, Oluchi prioritizes meeting with professionals from ethnically diverse backgrounds to understand how she can support them. Active sponsor, advocate and blogger on DEI; including production of ‘inclusive leadership’ learning content for Stanford Graduate Business School. The Founder of ‘Fully Bossed’, helping professionals, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, accelerate in their careers using soft skills.

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Bridget Lea

Managing Director of Commercial
BT / EE

As the Managing Director of Commercial at BT/EE and the only black female at her level in BT Group, Bridget is committed to creating opportunities for the BAME community by ensuring that both her own personal lived experiences and those of other minority groups are shared openly and aired at the most senior forums. Bridget has led the way for BT to work with the 10,000 Black Interns Programme. Within BT Bridget is committed to driving a culture of inclusion through role modelling allyship. Outside of BT, Bridget sits on the Board of Governors for Manchester Metropolitan University, where she supports the University's commitment to equality and diversity by being a regular inspirational speaker. In 2022, she was the keynote speaker at the Black Girls Tech Summit and shared valuable insights on how to kickstart a career in tech, and how to stay true to your authentic self, be brave and not be afraid to speak up. 

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Jacqui Moore

Executive Producer
Peloton Interactive

The murder of Ahmaud Arbery was the catalyst for Jacqui to make a commitment to increase diversity and representation in media and sports. As Executive Producer at Peloton Interactive, this has been achieved through the creation and implementation of diversity and inclusion riders in vendor service agreements, identifying diverse supplies, increasing representation in front of and behind the camera, and disrupting stereotypical narratives in both casting and story-telling. Jacqui serves as Advisor to media non-profits creating opportunity and equity for underrepresented communities and mentored diverse creatives for New Inc - the first museum-led cultural incubator at the intersection of art, design and technology. As a marathon runner, Jacqui is active in increasing inclusion and diversity in endurance sports and is the first Jamaican female to complete the World Marathon Majors.

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Fiona Bolton

Partner
Simmons & Simmons LLP

Fiona has ensured that race and ethnicity inclusion is treated as a business priority at Simmons & Simmons, by driving the conversation and acting as a sponsor and spokesperson for race and ethnicity inclusion. She has also helped to oversee the firm's race and ethnicity action plan, based on recommendations and principles of the Race at Work Charter, to ensure that objectives are met. Fiona has co-chaired the firm's race and ethnicity network 'EMerge' since 2019 and helped launch EMerge's mentoring program, which she also participates in, mentoring senior allies on the challenges and opportunities for ethnic minority employees. Fiona has also taken part in various conferences and seminars, discussing diversity and inclusion.

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Isabella Mascarenhas

Vice President, Grass Roots Education & Social Impact
RS Group Plc

Isabella founded and Co-chairs RS Group Plc's EmbRace ERG who have created a three-pillar action plan based on feedback from 100s of ethnically diverse colleagues. They have set targets to ethnically diversify senior leadership, signed public charters, recommended initiatives that attract, develop and promote ethnically diverse talent. Embrace host educational events such as Global Heritage Week, Black History Month and South-East Asian Heritage Month celebrations to celebrate the valuable and often hidden contributions that we have made to life as we know it. Embrace encouraged the organisation to sponsor industry events, support charities and grassroots organisations that positively impact global majority communities. Isabella is a member of the TNON SteerCo (The Network of Networks) who specialize in achieving greater ethnic diversity in business through a range of targeted initiatives and awards to celebrate inspiring role models. She also mentors ethnically diverse youth to realise their full potential.

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Mitesh Sheth

Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset
Newton Investment Management

Upon joining Newton as their multi-asset Chief Investment Officer, Mitesh took on join executive sponsorship of the firm’s DE&I Council, introduced new recruitment partners to support the placing of professionals back into mid/senior roles after a career break, and encouraged colleagues to share more stories by fostering regular firmwide discussions around mental health, as well as race and ethnicity. Outside of the scope of his role at Newton, Mitesh is a member of the Diversity Project’s Advisory Council and is also an executive sponsor for the Diversity Project’s Race and Ethnicity workstream, its campaigns, and programs. Moreover, Mitesh is a regular DEI speaker, has run workshops on ‘embracing discomfort’, volunteers with grassroots social mobility charities and in 2021 brought together UK & global investment consultants to agree upon a common DE&I questionnaire for the investment industry to bring consistency and momentum, now part of the Asset Owner Diversity Charter.

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Dame Carolyn McCall

Chief Executive
ITVplc

Carolyn joined ITV in 2018 as the first female CEO in ITV's history, having previously served as the first female CEO of easyJet and CEO of Guardian Media Group. During her time at ITV, Carolyn has overseen the development of ITV's Diversity Acceleration Plan and the appointment of Ade Rawcliffe to ITV's Management Board as Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Beyond ITV, Carolyn is actively involved in various groups aimed at improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including 25x25, the FTSE Women Leaders review, and an action group of like-minded CEOs aimed at improving black equity in businesses. Carolyn is also a trustee of the Royal Academy of Arts and a Non-executive Director on the Board of Bridgepoint plc. In 2016, Carolyn was awarded a Damehood for services to the aviation industry having received an OBE in 2008 for services to women in business.

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Paul Kempster

Co-Head Mid Corporate
Barclays

Beyond being Co-Head of Mid Corporate, Paul became Accountable Executive for UK Corporate Bank Race at Work in 2021. He critically evaluated the previous action plan’s effectiveness in colleague attraction, development, retention, and engagement and drove a significant momentum uplift through a diverse colleague working party, embedding reverse mentoring for all line managers, signing-up all managers to DE&I Employee Resource Groups, and securing personal DE&I 'pledges' from 100 leaders. Barclays is progressing towards its 2025 Race at Work ambition, including increasing the population of Managing Directors from underrepresented ethnicities by at least 50% by December 2025 (in 2022 having doubled the number of Black Managing Directors). Paul focuses on providing equal employment opportunities in UK Corporate, and recently expanded his DE&I role to become the Accountable Executive for all 6 DE&I pillars. In 2022, Paul became NED of Black South West Network, supporting the charity's ambition of achieving racial equity.

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Judith Haupt

Managing Director
CONTRACT South Africa

Judith is the Managing Director of CONTRACT South Africa, strongly focusing on People and Organizational Development and on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. CONTRACT founded a trust in 2021, with the principal founders donating most of their shares, whose dividends go straight to disadvantaged individuals in the organization. Judith's team also underwent a transformation journey from 2020 to 2023, reflecting individually and collectively on their origin, heritage, and ways of engaging with each other in South Africa today. They formed a cross-functional "DEI community of practice" with fellow consultants and leaders who engage actively with the topic of transformation in their organization. Beyond CONTRACT, Judith supports schools in developing strategies, focusing on increasing diversity in their community. She is a Board member of Women for Afrika, where she has been involved in discussions around diversity and inclusion.

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Aisling McCaffrey

Director - Sustainability & Financial Services Advisory
Grant Thornton

For the last nine years, Aisling has been a mentor with Grant Thornton as part of the Trinity Access Program to create pathways into the professional world of work for young adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are often ethnically diverse. In the last 18 months, Aisling has played a key role in supporting the development of the E,D&I Employee Resource Group (ERG) in Grant Thornton which was recently awarded Outstanding ERG of the year at the National Diversity and Inclusion Awards and she currently serves as the Ethnicity & Culture ERG co-lead. Since 2022, Aisling has been a community mentor for the African Professional Network of Ireland, providing free career guidance & advice to ethnically diverse individuals in Ireland. Most recently, Aisling helped launch the Ethnicity Network within Chartered Accountants Ireland and is currently looking at ways to embed Ireland’s National Action Plan Against Racism across the profession.

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Deon Pillay

Head of Marketing Operations
Legal and General Investments

Deon’s work on numerous D&I initiatives at Legal and General Investments has increased awareness, improved internal policy, and created more opportunities for ethnic minority groups. Alongside mentoring junior ethnic minority employees and reverse mentoring senior colleagues, Deon has been holding candid conversations with LGIM leadership which have resulted in the development of a Global D&I Council and a commitment from senior leaders to drive change. Deon also worked with HR to ensure company policies supported all marginalized communities and contained inclusive language. He champions LGBT+ rights for ethnic minorities through industry events, keynotes, and participation on panels. Another initiative Deon played a key role in developing was ‘Follow the Money’, a scheme designed to give children from ethnic minority or poor socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to explore asset management. This initiative has now been rolled out by LGIM’s Socio-Economic Committee and will continue on an annual basis in the future.

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Adrienne King

External Manufacturing Vaccines Operations Lead
Merck

In addition to being an External Manufacturing Operations Lead at Merck, Adrienne has created global forums, the first of their kind at Merck, to center the voices of Black employees and build a strong sense of community. The Community Conversation forums are attended routinely by hundreds of employees. The forum supports, educates, and empowers Black employees and their allies. Additionally, Adrienne developed for the Sister Circles forum, a space for women of color and their allies to discuss topics like imposter syndrome and emotional tax. As a result of her daughters being routinely subjected to bullying because of their race, Adrienne founded The PairUP Society, a Non-Profit organization. In this capacity she works with students and families who are subjected to bullying, harassment and discrimination related to their race or culture to help them make advocacy plans and seek support.

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Nicole Perryman

Manager, Professional Services - Business Consulting EMEA
Adobe

Beyond her role at Adobe, Nicole has been leading professional development initiatives since she joined in 2018. She was appointed as Co-Lead for the Black Employee Network (EMEA) in 2021 managing a community of 160 black employees and allies with a mission to recruit, retain and advance black individuals at Adobe. She launched EMEA's first BEN mentoring program and is a core team member that re-launched the Global Executive Sponsorship Program for Black colleagues. In 2020, Nicole created the "Invest in Success" development program to empower her black colleagues across the globe to drive conversations on growth and advancement. Nicole actively leads conversations on DEI within her work, including building a strategy for diverse hiring and tackling unconscious bias. Nicole is building a workplace for the future and actively pushes for mentors at the Active Horizons Charity to help support children in making informed decisions for their future.

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Karina Varma

Corporate Development Manager
Beazley

Karina is a Corporate Development Manager at Beazley and a founding member of Beazley's Race and Ethnicity ERG. Since becoming a Chair in January 2022, she has grown the network from a 10-person Steering Committee to four working groups with over 60 volunteers. Karina has pioneered a new way of working that ensures her ERG volunteers are rewarded with senior leadership exposure and relationship-building opportunities. Recent work includes Lunar New Year celebrations, bespoke recruitment initiatives for Cyber that created new opportunities for people of color and working with the CFO and CSO to improve financial inclusion for marginalized communities. Colleagues rate the network 9.5 out of 10 for promoting an inclusive culture. Karina has also worked tirelessly to boost engagement with cultural inclusion in Beazley's regional offices. Outside of Beazley, Karina supports Indian teenagers to feel pride in their cultural worth and establish strong self-esteem through the Chinmaya Mission.

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Riddhima Cannappane

Chief of Staff to Global Director of Digital Inclusion at Capgemini
Capgemini

In 2020, in addition to her role as Managing Consultant at Capgemini Invent, Riddhima assumed the position of Chief of Staff for Capgemini’s Global Director of Digital Inclusion. As one of the three CSR pillars of the company, Digital Inclusion aims to bridge the gap between technology and society and make the digital revolution an opportunity for all. Riddhima played a pivotal role in co-building the pillar’s strategy and roadmap and developing Digital Inclusion programs, specifically designed to benefit disadvantaged communities in more than 17 countries, hand in hand with local NGO partners. Ranging from digital literacy programs, advanced digital skills training, employment opportunities, and STEM promotion among young people, Capgemini’s Digital Inclusion programs have positively impacted 1.9 million beneficiaries so far - from socially and economically disadvantaged people, NEET youth, refugees, women, and young girls – significantly contributing to building a more inclusive digital world.

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John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman & CEO
Operation HOPE

John is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest non-profit provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States. As CEO, he encourages all his employees to promote diversity and inclusion. At Operation HOPE, they promote social justice for ethnically diverse individuals through an economic lens. Within the past year, HOPE has experienced incredible growth and expansion with a focus on diverse communities that are typically underserved. With currently 200 HOPE Inside locations across the country, John and his team of passionate coaches, will continue to support the wider community through programs, partnerships, and initiatives.

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Tony Simpson

Partner, Sport Industry Lead
Oliver Wyman

Tony is Oliver Wyman's first UK Partner of Afro Caribbean descent.  As such, he is opening space for colleagues to follow the leadership path through co-chairing the firm’s Professional Black Network, mentoring many of the firm’s Black consultants in the UK and USA, and championing the recruitment and development of diverse talent. Tony also drives broader societal impact as a Board Director and Trustee for the Drive Forward Foundation, which helps care leavers, many of whom are Black and Asian, find work opportunities. As a Trustee, and a person of colour, who sits on the Board of Birmingham Museums and Galleries, Tony supports cultural alignment that reflects the diverse heritage of Britain’s second city. Tony is also passionate about inclusive performance and driving inclusion in sport, recently leading the mandate that resulted in the appointment of the first Black Chief Executive in English football.

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Hoa Ngo

UK Managing Director
Comensura

In 7 years as the UK Managing Director, Hoa has driven Comensura to achieve colossal growth and navigate changes in a turbulent market. She is an executive sponsor for Impellam Group’s IM Multicultural, which aims to reflect the DE&I of all Impellam’s staff. Hoa’s passion for building a more inclusive society goes beyond her work at Comensura and Impellam Group. She has immersed herself in supporting women in prison, specifically at Drake Hall, a category C women's closed prison in Cheshire. As Employment Advisory Board chair at Drake Hall, Hoa's work with the prison is focused on changing the perceptions and stigmas around hiring ex-offenders and building a platform that connect employers with prisons.

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Annette Byron

Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Annette co-leads the Freshfields Global Black Affinity Network and is Partner sponsor for social mobility. She is on the firm's graduate recruitment panel and on the cross-function social-mobility committee to further help those from non-traditional backgrounds join the firm and thrive. She is a founder and driving force behind Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, a bespoke recruitment, development, and mentorship program. The program has seen 400+ Freshfields UK volunteers in the last two years, 29 scholarships awarded and four scholars earning Freshfields training contracts. Annette has also helped shape Freshfields’ five-year diversity commitments and targets, including on race/ethnicity, to continue to drive change. Furthermore, she facilitated and was sponsored speaker at events on race and cultural diversity that saw a high level of engagement at all levels of the firm and beyond. Annette is also a sponsor for Future Leaders – Freshfields’ bespoke talent and development program for Black/ethnically diverse colleagues.

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Daniel Acosta

Managing Director and Senior Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Danny Acosta is the leader of BCG’s West System of offices, the recent leader of its US State & Local Public Sector practice, and a core member of BCG’s Technology, Media & Telcom (TMT) practice. Danny served as a member of BCG’s Racial Equity Task Force Leadership Team, where he shaped how BCG would address systemic inequality internally and externally.  Danny served as the leader of the Black+Latinx@BCG Diversity Affinity Network for eight years where he developed and implemented strategies to attract and develop talent. Moreover, Danny works with BCG's Center for Inclusion and Equity partnering with organizations to build inclusive cultures, deliver social impact, create business value, and drive systemic change. Danny is a founding member of the Council for Urban Professionals, and his board activity includes the Latino Donor Collaborative, Southern California Public Radio, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Univision Foundation, and the Global LA Advisory Council.

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Shay Mustafa

Senior Vice President, Business Communications and Sustainability
Reynolds American Inc. Subsidiary of British American Tobacco (BAT)

Shay is a transformational leader with over 20 years of experience who currently serves as Senior Vice President, Business Communications and Sustainability on Reynolds American's leadership team. Shay is the Executive Sponsor of BEYOU, the company's 300+ member African American Employee Resource Group and is a driving force behind initiatives such as the African American Leadership Connection to increase minority representation within the organization. She is a proponent of whole-of-society solutions, such as harm reduction public health policies and philanthropic efforts to eliminate economic disparities in her community. Shay is the chairperson of the Reynolds American Foundation Board and was instrumental in the fulfilment of the corporation's $3 million commitment to support social justice in the U.S. Having personally benefited from early-career mentoring and internships, she is an advocate for focusing on talent development as a means of fostering sustainable diversity and inclusion throughout organizations, particularly at the leadership levels.

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Diana Conrad

Chief People Officer
GSK

As Chief People office at GSK, Diana is accountable for the people strategy, including talent, culture, capabilities, leadership, and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). Under Diana’s leadership, GSK is creating a culture where everyone feels valued, welcomed, and included. DEI is embedded in the GSK Code, people’s objectives, mandatory training, leadership development and the way people are rewarded. GSK has made good progress on their aspirational targets to ensure its leaders are more ethnically diverse by 2025. GSK clinical trial programmes are diverse by design because they include the people who are most impacted by the disease from the onset. And the organisation continues to invest in programmes to provide access to STEM careers for underrepresented people. Diana’s personal mission is to ensure that GSK has the right talent and culture to unlock the full potential of all GSK’s outstanding people to help us get ahead of disease together.

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Fraser Longden

Chief Operations Officer
Wickes

Fraser uses his privilege to drive change across the organization and industry. Specifically focusing on the area, he is most authentic, the change a heterosexual, white, cisgender man should lead to create a more equitable workplace.  He describes this as real, leadership work that is as important as any other business change initiative. He shares his personal stories and journey with other non-diverse leaders, to encourage them to step up, become allies and lead change, always asking ‘if not you, then who? If not now, then when?’. Fraser is Executive Sponsor for Wickes’ Raising Awareness and Action for Culture and Ethnicity (RAACE) and Let’s do it with Pride (LGBTQ+) networks, listening to and amplifying the voices and concerns of these communities.  His Allyship has led him to personally run 12-month development programs with teams from under-represented communities, coaching, mentoring and connecting them to his network to help their personal development.

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Nick Gliddon

Director, Vodafone Business UK
Vodafone Ltd

Nick is the Director of Business at Vodafone UK, where he is committed to fostering inclusion and diversity. As the sponsor and leader of Vodafone's Black Professional Network, he focuses on three areas: sponsoring the REACH program to ensure greater diversity and inclusion, promoting the Your Next Role program to encourage black professionals to apply for more senior roles within the company, and conducting market mapping in the technology and telecommunications industry to create a diverse range of non-traditional recruitment pools as he is passionate about enabling managers and candidates to be selected for potential as much as experience.

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Marina Ebrubah

Head of Client Due Diligence, Financial Crime Compliance
Man Group

Marina is one of the founding members of Man Group's Black Employees and Allies network, BEAM. She is also a member of Man Group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Steering Committee, involved in setting the DE&I strategy for the firm as well as overseeing initiatives. Marina has led the organisation of a partnership with Barrington Hibbert Associates and the sponsorship of the Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM) conference to support the representation and inclusion of Black talent at Man Group and within the broader asset management industry. She also contributes her passion to DE&I through her role as a Diversity Project ambassador and #talkaboutblack’s EnCircle committee member. Last year, Marina had the opportunity to speak on panels for BlackRock, the Diversity Project, Encircle, and BWAM about career progression and the barriers faced by Black talent.

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Rabya Akhtar

Relationship Manager
Phoenix Group

As founding co-chair of Mosaic, Phoenix Group’s BAME network, Rabya leads a diverse committee to actively drive D&I initiatives, delivering impact for colleagues, her business and local communities. She’s hosted leading academics and thought-leaders to discuss Black Lives Matter and systemic racism – which have directly impacted the company’s response to these issues. Rabya is instrumental in driving social/cultural awareness – organising a program of events/communications to encourage colleagues to learn about steps they can take to support BAME colleagues. Throughout 2020 she worked closely with Parliament to produce the ‘Young Women Lead Report’ on the education-employment transition for young BAME women. Rabya received the 'Unsung Hero' award at the Scottish Financial Enterprise Awards 2021 for making an impact in people's lives within her organisation and the wider community. Acknowledging her efforts, she was invited to the “Celebrating the Best of Scotland” reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister

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Leanna Hay

Executive Assistant / ERG Engagement Lead
Experian

Beyond her role as Executive Assistant at Experian, Leanna has significantly contributed to diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In 2020, she launched the first race and ethnicity Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Experian UKI, an inclusive safe for Black employees to work and fulfil their potential. In addition, Leanna advocated for greater transparency and reporting of DEI and has spearheaded Black History Month celebrations with the purpose to uplift and celebrate Black heritage and culture. Leanna has also established a volunteer led community outreach programme, focusing on career insights and financial education workshops, covering the importance of credit scores, consequently, impacting the lives of over 600 young people from underserved communities. Her leadership, dedication and passion for promoting DEI in the workplace has made a positive impact at Experian and amongst her colleagues. Leanna has also championed for Experian UKI to sign the Race at Work Charter and the Halo code, committing to improving equality and opportunity in the workplace.

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Francia Sales

Head of Contact Center
Manulife Business Processing Services

Beyond her role as the Head of the Contact Center at Manulife Business Processing Services, Francia is also the Executive Chair/Sponsor for the Global Women's Alliance (GWA). As a diversity and inclusion leader, she advocates for women's empowerment, raising awareness of issues facing women in the workplace and promoting an inclusive environment that supports their advancement. She acts as a spokesperson within the company and externally, sponsoring activities and participating in discussions that support diversity and inclusion. Francia represented the Philippines in a series of roundtable discussions since 2021-present, focusing on diversity and inclusion in the Workforce management industry and women's leadership. She spoke about how women's leadership in the WFM industry can bring change and transformation, as a significant percentage of women's leadership has increased post-pandemic. She believes, as women, we should also uplift other women, and succeed together with our counterparts—whenever and wherever possible.

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Paul Morrison

Education Lead UK&I
Zoom Video Communications

Paul is a recognized education technology leader and a promoter of inclusion and diversity.  He serves as the UK&I Education Lead for Zoom and the interim co-chair of Zoom Soul UK Employee Resource Group.  This has led Paul to oversee many initiatives such as Zoom's UK Black History Month events and several engaging fireside chats. He was recently awarded Zoom UK Most Valuable Player for Public Sector as a great testament of Paul's ongoing outstanding contributions to the team. Paul is passionate about empowering and raising the aspirations of young people. He serves as the Chair of the Professional Advisory Board at the University of West Scotland and is also the founder of Idare2inspire, A program which impacts the lives of many thousands of young people. This has led Paul to receive a global recognition award presented to him by Rev Jesse Jackson, The civil rights activist. 

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Andre Charles-Foster

Product Manager, Global
GroupM Nexus

Andre is a Global Product Manager at GroupM Nexus and Chair of the Roots (Multicultural) ERG. As the Multicultural chair, he led the efforts to rebuild culture through connection during a period of adaptation to hybrid working. He also served as a key stakeholder for GroupM's Sponsorship program for Black, Asian, and marginalized ethnicity colleagues, ensuring opportunities for critical feedback were created. He worked with the group of sponsees to identify challenges and lack of progress and shared his own experiences, contributing to the program's success over its 18-month pilot period, leading to a 57% promotion rate. Outside of work, Andre volunteers with Brixton Finishing School and the Visible Start program, providing speed networking, speed mentoring, and talking about his industry, role, and journey. Additionally, he is an active member and mentor with Media For All.

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Mauro Gregorio

President, Performance Materials & Coatings, Latin America Oversight
Dow

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 11,000 employees in his business globally, ERG participation has increased from 39.2% (2019) to 58% (2022). Mauro is the Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Hispanic ERG, which was named Hispanic ERG of the Year by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. A role model to advocate psychological safety, Mauro led multiple sessions with ~400 people leaders to promote a culture where everyone is confident to speak up. 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. As the co-chair of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, Mauro meets regularly with both governments to improve bilateral collaboration in educational programs that create bridges for social advancement.

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Hannah Reid

EMEIA People Director
Apple

As EMEIA People Director at Apple, Hannah is committed to attracting and supporting career progression for Black talent including through internal, external events and digital campaigns. She is executive sponsor of Black@Apple where she proactively amplifies Black voices, inviting peers to speak on a podcast distributed across the network and featured in morning team meetings across Apple retail in the UK. Hannah also mentors and advocates for many colleagues across the 36 countries she leads. She uses her platform to inspire and aid progression. Beyond Apple, Hannah works with educators across the county to discuss how education for Black, Brown, and underprivileged communities can be improved. She also partnered on an internship program to place Black talent into paid opportunities. Moreover, Hannah is an advisory board member for The Edge and has been working with them in partnership with UK BlackTech to create a new hub for diverse tech talent in the North of England

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Pam Kaur

Group Chief Risk & Compliance Officer
HSBC

Pam is the only Asian woman to sit on HSBC’s Group Executive Committee, which she has been part of for the last 10 years. Pam is committed to using her platform to educate, encourage and support inclusive change in the organisation. In May 2020, she became the executive sponsor for the bank’s multi-year Global Ethnicity Inclusion program – increasing ethnic diversity across the organisation to reflect the customers and communities they serve, by better enabling the career progression of people from all ethnic backgrounds. She is also the first executive sponsor for the HSBC Global Embrace network for ethnicity and race. It helps HSBC to attract, retain and engage a more diverse range of talent, and educate on embracing inclusion to support a more ethnically diverse and multicultural workforce. Pam also sits on the Abrdn Plc Board of Directors.

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Ann Marie Gothard

Vice President, Global Corporate Media Relations
Henry Schein

Beyond her role as Vice President, Global Corporate Media Relations at Henry Schein, Ann Marie is an Executive Sponsor for Pride & Allies, the company's ERG for the LGBT+ community, a Founding member of the Women's Leadership Network, and led the creation of "Revelations," a series of candid conversations about coming out and breaking down barriers that make living openly possible. Within her community, Ann Marie is President of the Board at Pride Live, a nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and supporting the LGBT+ community via social advocacy and community engagement. She has also co-founded the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center, the first LGBT+ visitor center within the National Park System dedicated to preserving the Stonewall legacy for current and future generations, and Pride Live's Stonewall Day, a global campaign that elevates awareness for the Stonewall legacy through an annual concert and a collective of activists, celebrities, and business leaders.

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Akima Paul Lambert

Partner
Hogan Lovells

Akima joined Hogan Lovells in 2021 as a Litigation Partner specializing in high stakes commercial disputes. She has a long history of work on diversity, equity and inclusion matters over the last 15 years including as a Committee member of the Black Solicitors Network’s City Group, and co- founder of Creating Pathways, a bespoke mentoring and professional development program for black and minority lawyers that has assisted more than 150 City lawyers to date. She plays a pivotal role on D&I matters at Hogan Lovells. She supports the Co-Chairs of the REAHL Network (a network established for the successful integration and promotion of ethnically diverse lawyers and staff) including as a Partner Champion and as part of the Steering Committee for Black History Month. She is a Mentor on the firm’s INCLUDED trainee mentoring programs and serves on the firm’s Moderation Panel for qualification of trainee solicitors, ensuring fairness on retention on beyond. She has been instrumental in amplifying the firm’s pro bono offering for the Black Community including on Windrush Compensation claims and supporting black female not for profit organizations such as World Afro Day. Akima was listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2022 and was named the BBBA Senior Leader of the Year in Professional Services in 2022. Akima regularly blogs on diversity and inclusion matters as they relate to race in her weekly #FrIDay blog on Linked In. Some of her contributions have been amplified in Legal Business, Bloomberg News and The Lawyer.

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Oluwabukunola Olukoga

Senior HRBP Commercial, West & Central Africa
British American Tobacco

Oluwabukunola Olukoga is a Senior HR Business Partner at British American Tobacco. Passionate about promoting diversity, she is a business leader who is actively involved in promoting people strategy. Oluwabukunola inspires colleagues from diverse cultures through mentorship, coaching, and workshops facilitation for employee resource groups, including Women in BAT. She led the formulation of BAT East Africa Persons with Disabilities strategy, demonstrating her commitment to equity and inclusion. She continues to encourage employees, helping them build capabilities, advance their careers, and feel valued. Outside of her professional work, Oluwabukunola is an active member of the Nigeria-British Association, a non-profit organization focused on cultural exchange and building relationships between Nigerian and British communities. She also serves as a career coach and panellist at next-gen educational academies, promoting inclusive and progressive environments. Oluwabukunola leadership has inspired individuals and organizations to view diversity as a strength and work towards a more equitable future.

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Jon Holt

Chief Executive
KPMG LLP

Driving inclusion, diversity and equity is at the heart of Jon’s leadership strategy. He has actively championed the firm’s new inclusion, diversity and equity strategy and is a proactive participant in a number of initiatives, such as our Black Lives Allyship Programme. As Chief Executive, Jon is committed to driving sustainable change and ensuring that KPMG is an organisation where everyone is able to thrive. Jon is a member of KPMG’s Inclusive Leadership Board, a group which acts as a catalyst for achieving our ambitions in this space. Jon’s commitment to inclusion has been longstanding, and in his previous role as the Head of Audit, he was responsible for several strategic initiatives including mentoring programmes, leadership goals and awareness sessions. Outside of KPMG, Jon is a Trustee for the Patchwork Foundation, which promotes, encourages and supports the active participation of young people from disadvantaged and minority communities in British democracy.

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Sharon Sharples

Director Business Management & Strategy Operational Risk
Barclays

Beyond her job as Director Business Management & Strategy Operational Risk at Barclays, Sharon has been leading DEI initiatives for the past three years focusing on Gender equity. As well as hiring and managing two black females, she coaches and mentors many colleagues and external females to support them on their career journeys. Sharon also organises intersectional events with Black and Asian Professionals and LGBTQ+, including panel events, and worked with a local low socioeconomic youth program (mainly recent immigrants) with a charity called Shine to provide mentoring with Barclays colleagues. Moreover, as the Development & Sponsorship Service Lead as part of the Risk DEI SteerCo, Sharon leads a team who run a HALO mentoring scheme offering 360 support for diverse colleagues with senior leaders, almost 500 colleagues currently signed up, the focus being on challenging DEI status quo, understanding different perspectives, driving change and creating a sense of belonging.

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Emma Botfield

Managing Director UK&I - RS Group
RS Group

As the first female leader of the UK&I market in RS history, Emma is the Managing Director of UK&I at RS Group, leading the most diverse leadership team in the European Region. Emma also advocates for the internal employee lead group EMBRACE, where she promotes diversity and inclusion for ethnically diverse individuals by supporting and engaging with events that educate, inform and drive inclusivity. Under her leadership, there has been an increase in colleagues with ethnically diverse backgrounds at RS Group, and she has played a vital role in changing the approach to recruitment.

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Lotus Huang

R&D Director
The Dow Chemical Company

As the R&D Director at The Dow Chemical Company, Lotus advocates diversity and inclusion. As Global Co-Chair of the Asian Diversity Network (ADN), she participated in EMERGE 2019 and 2022, Dow's global conference for employee resource group leaders, advocating for under-represented backgrounds. From 2018 to 2021, Lotus served as the APACI Regional Chair of Dow's ADN, forming chapters in Greater China, Southeast Asia, India, Japan, and Korea and increasing participation by over 40%. She has also sponsored, mentored, and coached multiple programs since 2014 to develop diverse talent within the company. Outside of Dow, Lotus provides coaching to young and diverse talent and sponsored the formation of the Society of Women Engineers - Shanghai Affiliate chapter.

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Natasha Persad

Vice President Client Services and Relationship Management
State Street Bank and Trust

Natasha is a member of action number 8 of the 10 Actions Against Racism and Inequality at State Street Bank and Trust that lead efforts to attract and advance individuals of ethnic minorities working with high impact partnerships. The aim to attract diverse representation through job postings, thought leadership, recognition, mentoring and learning with all partners. Natasha is a member of State Street ID&E council, co-chairs the Diversity, Disability and Ethnicity network, part of the Street Culture umbrella that supports PRIDE, PWN, ESEN, and other networks focused on inclusion and equality for all. Natasha is a mentor in the UCC Disability Support Services, INVOLVE and NEIC mentoring programs. Having completed her MBA at Trinity College Dublin in 2022, with a focus on Sustainability, Technology and Ethics, solidifying her focus on governance of ESG and inclusion efforts she completed her Diploma in Corporate Governance at University College of Dublin in 2023.

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Marc-Olivier Lamaro

Senior Compliance Business Partner International
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Marc-Olivier is a Senior Compliance Business Partner International at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where he is the only diverse member of the Leadership team within their International business. Because of that, he advocates for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, coaching and mentoring Black, Brown, and Asian colleagues by sharing his experiences. As the Executive Sponsor of the VIBE enterprise network group, Marc-Olivier advocates for resources to lead Ethnicity Promotion activities and conducts training and external events. Outside of work, he mentors young students through City Year, a UK organization that supports ethnically diverse students about to graduate. Additionally, he gives an annual lecture to 'All Race at Work' members to inspire them to succeed professionally and achieve their goals. Most recently, Marc-Olivier has taken part in one of his Company Diversity program, 10,000 Black Interns, during which he will be mentoring an ethnically diverse student in Law.

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Rioh Burke-Derby

Management Consultant, Growth & Strategy 
Avanade

Rioh has used his leadership position at Avanade to create company-wide opportunities for unique learning and development. During Black History Month, he facilitated a company-wide fireside chat between Dr. Maki Mandela and Pam Maynard, Avanade's CEO. Rioh also works closely with Senior Leadership to help drive race and ethnicity conversation for long-term sustainable change. He regularly connects with key stakeholders across all levels of Avanade, including the CEO and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, to elevate the voices of Avanade's ethnically diverse employees. Rioh continues to push leaders across the business to implement and achieve their KPI’s pertaining to DEI. Rioh’s influence goes beyond Avanade, and he also facilitates a quarterly cross-industry roundtable to discuss race and ethnicity, allyship, and how leadership teams in the City of London can help move the needle.

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Kelvin Kung Kung

Project Architect
Gensler

Kelvin is a Project Architect at Gensler, with years of professional experience in Toronto, Montreal and Japan tackling healthcare, sciences, community centre, high-rise residential, commercial real estate, national art galleries, mixed-use and master planning practice areas. Exhibiting inquiry driven leadership, he uses machine learning and healthcare architectural design to solve palliative care for everyone while being inclusive of low-income, immigrant families, etc. His work was awarded Canadian Architect Award of Excellence in 2021. Kelvin is a Global McGill Ambassador, an Executive Board Member for ArQuives—preserving LGBTQ+ National history, Society of Architectural Historians, and Architecture is Free Foundation supporting BIPOC architects worldwide. He is a Gensler Pride Co-chair, creating safe spaces for collaboration. Kelvin solves problems for those with neurodiverse and accessibility needs: being Peer Reviewer of Neurodiversity in the Workplace, and as a Microsoft Jury to Artificial Intelligence for Accessibility. His next project solves for lab automation, pharmaceutical workflow and responsive palliative care.

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Stacey Oree

Head of Wholesale Non-Financial Risk
HSBC Bank Canada

In addition to her role as the Head of Wholesale Non-Financial Risk at HSBC Bank Canada, Stacey is the National Chair of the Caribbean and African Network for Diversity and Inclusion (CANDI) employee resource group for three years running. Under her leadership, CANDI’s mission is to influence the bank’s D&I strategy and build community within the bank. She firmly believes in an inclusive and diverse workplace and works with the HR Talent and Recruitment teams to increase and retain Black talent. She works directly with Corporate Sustainability to review and recommend Black charitable partners and volunteered with the Toronto Metropolitan University's Diversity Institute, to judge a pitch competition for the Pursue Entrepreneur program.  Stacey is a passionate DEI advocate and puts that passion to work collaborating with other ERGs within HSBC globally and as a mentor to others.  She was a 2021 recipient of the HSBC Americas Inclusive Leader Award.

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Kathy Quashie

Chief Growth Officer and Executive Committee Member
Capita plc

As Chief Growth Officer, Executive Committee Member at Capita, and a sponsor for the Race and Ethnicity Employee Network, Kathy continues to accelerate awareness and call to action on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Influencing with multi-year targets in Capita, to match representation in leadership to representation in society, her passion for ED&I drove her to shine the spotlight on how businesses can continue to enact change through reverse mentoring and continuous learning programmes. Kathy previously chair networks, written blogs, shared insights in round table discussions and continues to mentor. As a leader in her executive role, Kathy also supports the equality and inclusion ESG agenda for business through board and responsible business committees.

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Elizabeth Brandon

Partner
Reed Smith LLP

Elizabeth is a Partner at Reed Smith and Chair of the firm's STAARS program (Sustaining and Training African American Attorneys at Reed Smith), which she joined intending to increase the retention of Back attorneys and professionals. Within the scope of STAARS, Elizabeth has founded an Associate Academy, a 1-year training program for Black associates that provides coaching, mentorship, and essential career skills training in a safe space that respects their unique lived experiences and perspectives. Throughout her career, Elizabeth has been engaged in organizations dedicated to advancing the careers of diverse attorneys and increasing diversity in the legal and business communities. As such, she is a Founding Member of the Network of Empowered Women, a nonprofit formed by Dallas-based Black women attorneys, and a Member of the Dallas Women Lawyers Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the standing of women in the legal profession.

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Karim Chowdhury

Vice President - Private Banking
Butterfield

Karim was named in the Empower Top 100 Future Leader Role Model List 2022. He was also listed as an EqualityX 2022 Top 100 Influential Muslim in the UK and Top 10 Influential Muslim in the Financial and Professional services category. He has recently been involved in forming Butterfield’s first DE&I council, selected as a member representing Bermuda. In his previous role, Karim was a founding member and deputy chair of the Unity network, promoting DE&I at Schroders Personal Wealth. He was also an ally of the Woman's, Disability and LBGT+ networks.  Karim provides mentoring to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He has arranged work experience, CV support and networking opportunities to students encouraging them to pursue a career in financial services.  He has made it his mission to seek out and help others who don't have suitable and inspiring role models to fulfil their potential.

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David Ziyambi

Partner
Latham & Watkins

Through the visibility of being a Partner at Latham and Watkins, David is committed to developing Black talent in the legal industry and wider business circles in the UK, the US and Africa. As one of the founders of Latham's Black Lawyers Group, he helped conceive and spearhead an ecosystem focused on recruiting, retaining, and progressing Black lawyers by fostering an inclusive culture. The program spans financial advice, a layered mentoring program, bespoke training sessions, and recruitment initiatives. He also leads numerous pro-bono initiatives (e.g., the Windrush Compensation Scheme Legal Clinic and the landmark oral history project, Making of Black Britain) that support Black communities. Having grown up in Zimbabwe, David understands the challenges that minority groups face in London's competitive legal market and is doing his part by supporting students and young lawyers. David also holds board/trustee positions with several organizations, including BIGKID Foundation and International Lawyers for Africa.

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Aditi Javeri Gokhale

Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments
Northwestern Mutual

As Chief Strategy Officer, President of Retail Investments and Head of Institutional Investments, Aditi holds executive accountabilities for Northwestern Mutual’s strategy to drive growth, competitiveness, and relevance. She oversees more than $570 billion in company and client assets, including over $325 billion in the institutional investment portfolio and nearly $245 billion in retail client assets. Aditi also is executive sponsor of Northwestern Mutual's African American Employee Resource Group and a champion of efforts to increase visibility and connections between diverse employees and senior leaders. Additionally, Aditi oversees the Northwestern Mutual Future Ventures fund which invests in early-stage startups developing financial products and solutions addressing consumers’ needs. This includes $20 million in funds set aside to help Black-owned entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. Part of a $100 million impact investing strategy, the firm also sponsors a Black Founder Accelerator, providing financial support and mentorship to improve outcomes and drive change.

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Dionne Aiken

CMO
Kantar

Dionne is the Global Executive Sponsor for I&D at Kantar Profiles and played an integral role in formulating a strategy winning the hearts and minds of the business. Feedback suggests it has had a significant and lasting impact. Passionate about the next generation and paying it forward, Dionne was instrumental in Kantar partnering with the 10,000 Black Interns programme. She mentors a number of individuals within her organisation, as well as externally, helping diverse talent further increase their leadership capability. Currently an advisor on the Kantar Global I&D Committee, Dionne balances these commitments with her primary role as Chief Marketing Officer. Additionally, Dionne is a Non-Executive Director at the BFE Leadership Group, a frequent participant in panel discussions and DE&I events including a recent roundtable at Number 10 Downing Street. She is a Baton Award winner and judge for The National Diversity Awards and a number of Marketing Industry Awards.

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Keri Gilder

Chief Executive Officer
Colt Technology Services

Keri Gilder is CEO, Colt Technology Services. Passionate about addressing disparity in the tech industry, Keri’s working hard to remove barriers that prevent employees from progressing. Keri chairs the TM Forum's Diversity & Inclusion Council and founded Colt's first Inclusion & Diversity Council. Keri is firmly committed to ensuring that Colt remains focused on removing any biases inherent within its systems, processes and structures. Programmes to address this include Actioning Inclusion, aimed at educating employees on purposeful, conscious inclusion. Keri has held listening sessions with employees from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to find out what was on their minds and understand how Colt can support them. The insights she gathered led to a collaboration between HR and the YOUnited employee network group, which aims to promote cross cultural understanding and create a supportive environment where anyone can flourish regardless of their race, ethnicity, faith, or cultural background.

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Michelle Arbitrio

Managing Partner
Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman, LLP (WSHB)

Michelle is Managing Partner of the White Plains, New York office of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP (“WSHB”), a national insurance defense law firm with 33 offices across the country. Michelle manages a diverse team of lawyers who specialize in defense of litigation matters involving labor and employment law, professional liability and securities law. Michelle serves at Chief Diversity Officer, and leads the Diversity Committee for the Professional Liability Defense Federation (“PLDF”), an organization comprised of professionals in the insurance and legal industries. Michelle sits on WSHB’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, where she creates and implements strategies designed to achieve the firm's goals relating to recruiting, retaining, and promoting diverse attorneys and ensuring a supportive environment where all attorneys can thrive. Michelle regularly speaks at conferences and provides educational webinars to professionals regarding a wide range of diversity issues.

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Ludovic Fenaux

Senior Vice President, International Commercial Operations and Global Marketing
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Ludovic is a Senior Vice President at Vertex, where he initiated a reverse mentoring program and prioritized inclusion, diversity, and equity in his regular employee communications. Ludovic is also an Executive Sponsor of the Race at Work Charter and has launched programs to support the call to action, including 10,000 Black Interns and the Black Lawyers Mentoring Program in the UK. As an active member and ally of VIBE (Vertex Includes Boundless Ethnicities), IWILL (Inspiring Women in Leadership & Learning), and PRIDE, he champions more black talents and female leaders, advocates for unconscious bias training, and speaks up against racism. His firsthand experience with the disparity of creating equal opportunities across countries and cultures motivates him to find new paths to prioritize ID&E and foster a culture of inclusion across Vertex's geographies.

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Richard Huang

Associate Director, China Supply Chain Project Management Lead
MSD

Richard is the Associate Director and China Supply Chain Project Management Lead at MSD. With 11 years of experience in various MSD ERGs, he currently co-leads the Asia Pacific Association (APA) ERG, which has grown by 84% since 2021 and aims to develop future leaders, build social community and be a valued business partner by effectively promoting and leveraging Asian diversity and cultural competency. Richard has also led regional D&I efforts and co-led APA's Global Mentoring Program to encourage career development and cross-geographical and cross-cultural mentoring with a customized curriculum, resulting in high participant ratings. Richard also led a team to facilitate community conversations and mental health sessions responding to anti-Asian sentiments and other globally relevant topics. Beyond his role, Richard partnered with non-profit organizations like ASCEND and The Asian American Foundation (TAAF) to elevate Asian voices in workplaces.

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Lauren Mathurin

Senior Vice President, Early Stage Banking
SVB UK

As a Senior Vice President in the Early Stage Banking team at SVB UK, Lauren is a founding EMEA DEI working group member, leading her to Co-Chair the Racial Equity ERG and join the Global Client Success Working Group towards a more equitable ecosystem for ethnically diverse founders. She has overseen multiple racial equity initiatives and is a mentor to numerous ethnically diverse colleagues at SVB UK. In addition, Lauren created and hosted the 'Festival of Funding' event, which provides dedicated opportunities for ethnically diverse founders to understand the fundraising landscape. Beyond SVB UK, Lauren founded Insight Money Management, which delivers financial literacy workshops for underrepresented and diverse individuals. Between several community initiatives, she has also delivered over 30 seminars on money management and business development for diverse individuals through various organizations and acts as Business Mentor to ethnically diverse founders.

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Lim Pang Qi

Director, Asia Business Lead, Strategic Initiatives
Fidelity International

Lim Pang Qi is a Director and Asia Business Lead for Strategic Initiatives at Fidelity International. He is the co-lead for the Asian Voices Network, which promotes cultural diversity, inclusion, and racial awareness from a broad Asia perspective. Over the past year, Lim led a global campaign about the appreciation of Asian culture, contributed content associated with Asian music and instruments whilst messaging music’s universal ability of bringing diverse people together. Lim spoke at an employee panel representing the Asia Region during a Race and Representation company event in 2020. On the panel, Lim spoke about his upbringing in a unique multi-racial society in Singapore and how its education system and military service helped shape his positive outlook towards diversity and inclusion. Beyond Fidelity, Lim is a proud Singaporean who embraces multi-racialism, and aspires to be an active promoter of cultural diversity and inclusion in the wider APAC region.

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Ericka Shoulars

Vice President, Program Manager
Bank of New York Mellon

In addition to her role as a Program Manager at BNY Mellon, Ericka is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the company. She developed and launched the first global mentoring program for IMPACT, the firm’s multicultural employee resource group in 2022. The program’s success has contributed to an increase in participation by 200% in 2023. She also serves on the leadership team of DiverseTech; an IMPACT subcommittee focused on attracting and retaining people of color in technology. Last year, Ericka coordinated an event for Juneteenth on allyship and advocacy in action, attended by more than 100 participants of different ethnic backgrounds. Additionally, she served as the co-lead for the BNY Mellon Howard University Mentoring Program, matching 20 students with 20 Black senior leaders. Outside of work, Ericka is a member of ITSMF, where she has facilitated sessions for their college mentees focusing on resume building, interviewing, networking, and negotiation. 

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Amber Tomlinson

Product Director
GroupM

Amber is a Product Director at GroupM and a consistent advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace. As a Black Employee Network Committee member, she co-organised their first social event, fostering community and retention amongst Black employees. Currently, she leads efforts to ensure inclusivity in GroupM UK's programmatic advertising product set by reviewing processes, technologies, media supply, and conducting tests to create inclusive minimum standards and benchmarks. Amber also co-led a Caribbean & West African lunch for over 150 staff and personally curated and hosted an interview with trailblazer Dame Elizabeth Anionwu to educate employees about health inequalities surrounding Sickle Cell. Outside of work, Amber curated a programmatic module for underrepresented communities to gain skills and co-hosted a networking session with Visible Start participants - women over 45 that have taken an extended leave from the workplace - to create access and understanding around working in data.

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Bamidele Farinre

Pathology Quality Manager/Governance Lead
NHS

As a Pathology Quality Manager at the NHS, Bamidele has taken on multiple roles to promote diversity and inclusion. As a Freedom to Speak Up ambassador and BAME Biomedical Science representative, she has increased visibility and awareness, and secured buy-in from senior leaders, which indicates a broader organizational commitment to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion practices. Also, as a Staff voice representative, Bamidele has encouraged staff to share their feedback, which provided information to make strategic decisions to eliminate any patterns of discrimination or biases. Bamidele is also involved in various professional bodies and organizations, including the Institute of Biomedical Science and the British Science Association. She regularly speaks at conferences and educational events and has authored many articles in her field. She is also a mentor and assessor for several programs, including the HCPC and WISE campaign role model.

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Gail Peterson

Chief Marketing Officer
Ecolab

As the CMO at Ecolab, Gail founded the Black Leaders Forum (BLF) to raise courageous truths to the organization about the Black experience and create a supportive community focused on developing emerging Black leaders. Gail's initiative also encompasses a mentorship program for manager-level associates, and 75% of its mentees have been promoted since joining BLF. Outside of the scope of her role, Gail is a member of the black executive CMO Alliance and the Executive Leadership Council. Savoy Magazine awarded Gail 'Most Influential Black Executives' in 2018, 2020, and 2022.

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Reshma Ramachandran

Chief Transformation Officer, Non-Executive Board Director ISS A/S and Oxford Instruments
Oxford Instruments

As Chief Transformation Officer of the organizations she has worked for, Reshma is one of few women of color in senior management positions in Switzerland. She serves as the sponsor for the Ethnic Minority Women's Network and is a mentor to several ethnic minority women in the organizations she has worked for. She is a vocal advocate for advancing women, especially women of color in the workplace. Her TEDx talk on changing the paradigm for women of color in corporate Europe was received with overwhelming accolades. She was the Chair of the World Woman Agenda at WEF Davos 2023. Reshma also sits on the Advisory Board of the World Women Foundation and has been a keynote speaker at over 100 events that support advancing equality & equity for women.

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Brendon Seeto

Head of Asia Pacific, Market Intelligence
S&P Global

As the Head of Asia Pacific, Market Intelligence at S&P Global, Brendon aims to actively include DEI topics in his team discussions, to ensure it becomes a standard practice within the business. In addition, Brendon is passionate about outreach and driving opportunity and inclusion for the community. He mentors colleagues and also provides pro-bono support and advice for start-ups and businesses.

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Michael Pugh

President and CEO
Carver Federal Savings Bank

Michael Pugh is the President and CEO at Carver Federal Savings Bank, and through his work to amplify and empower diverse voices, Carver has been a springboard for putting women and minorities in high-level positions of power across the industry. Under Pugh's leadership, Carver has invested heavily in cultivating a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs whose small businesses of today may become the corporations of tomorrow with access to the right platforms for generational wealth building, upward mobility, and access to capital. Moreover, Carver has partnered with fintech to increase access to capital for women and minority small business owners by offering micro-loans and other initiatives that look past the traditional credit score and instead use factors like on-time rent and utility payments to assess the true creditworthiness of an applicant.

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Amaar Khan

Managing Director and Chief Information Officer - Asia Pacific
BNY Mellon

Amaar Khan is a Managing Director and Chief Information Officer for BNY Mellon Asia Pacific. He is responsible for providing engineering consultancy, change execution and localization services in response to regional regulatory and client requirements. Beyond his role as Chief Information Officer, Amaar is an ally and champion for the firm’s DEI programs. He is the Regional Executive Sponsor for the IMPACT Multicultural Network, which focuses on recruitment, retention, professional development, and advancement of multicultural employees. Additionally, he is the Global Executive Sponsor for Asian Community Engagement, which strives to raise awareness of the rich diversity of Asian heritage and culture, while fostering a sense of community through empowered connections. Outside of his mentorship and sponsorship of employees and business resource groups, Amaar moderates and participates in fireside and panel discussions, championing the professional advancement and inclusivity of multicultural and gender diverse employees to foster a greater sense of community.  

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Debbie Ellison

Global Chief Digital Officer
VMLY&R Commerce

After establishing VMLY&R COMMERCE’s Roots UK network, six further ERGs have been introduced including gender equality, parents & carers and LGBTQ+.  Debbie’s Incubator work experience program for 16–18-year-olds is in its fourth year in London and has expanded to New York. Students from Black, Asian, Mixed Ethnicity or lower socio-economic backgrounds are eligible for a full scholarship to study business administration thanks to the partnership Debbie established with Hult Business School.  Debbie has led VMLY&R COMMERCE to track 60 DE&I KPIs resulting in the business being named Diversity & Inclusion Company of the Year.  Most recently she launched the UK’s Inclusion Experience consultancy, helping businesses connect inclusive communications to transformational change, leading global brands like InterContinental Hotels & Resorts develop more inclusive, world-class customer experiences. In the Ethnicity Awards, Debbie has been listed in the Inspirational Leader Category for three years running.

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Murray Auchincloss

Chief Financial Officer
BP

As the CFO at bp, Murray acts as the Race and Ethnicity champion in the UK, sponsoring bp's Positively Ethnic Network (PEN). He worked with senior leaders at bp to endorse the UK Framework for Action on racial injustice in 2020 and supported establishing bp's first UK DE&I council in 2022. He is a visible advocate for inclusion, promoting conversations around race and ethnicity in bp, sponsoring diverse leaders through bp's LIfT program, and engaging in reciprocal mentoring. Beyond bp, Murray has promoted diversity equity and inclusion for ethnically diverse individuals within the community. He launched the bp-sponsored Powerlist Black Excellence – Business of the Year Award and sponsored the finance stream of Black Business Week & Black Business Show in 2022.

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Jackie Uhi

Managing Director – Distribution UK
HSBC

2021 saw Jackie change the shape of the leadership structure and improve the recruitment processes -focusing on building people capabilities, championing diversity, and driving the inclusivity agenda. Jackie also continued to develop her Step Forward Programme, a programme aimed at restoring confidence, improving engagement and encouraging commitment by all to become real advocates for racial equality and inclusion in the workplace. Jackie is a trusted adviser for senior executives, is the inclusion executive sponsor for Wealth & Personal Banking, and is an advocate and activist for Embrace, our global majority employee network. Jackie is a part of the advisory council 3012 and is proud to be a founding ambassador for Every Child Needs a Mentor. Jackie utilises these connections and experience to help the group engage with senior stakeholders across the industry and beyond. An in-demand keynote speaker, panellist and influencer on the topic of inclusion, ethnicity & inequality.

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Laurie Myers

Director, ESG Strategy & Engagement
Merck & Co.

As Director of ESG Strategy & Engagement at Merck & Co., Laurie has led initiatives promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2021, she co-chaired the BEAM launch, facilitating open dialogue between Black employees and non-Black allies to increase active allyship. She is also a co-lead of allyship for LEAD  (League of Employees of African Descent), including the launch of an Ally Resource Center with 20 materials about racism. Her efforts have resulted in a highly successful inaugural webcast and increased comfort in conversations about race. Laurie often speaks at global town halls, sharing practical allyship tips and advocating for diversity. Besides the allyship work Laurie has initiated and led at Merck, she has sought opportunities (podcasts, conferences, publications) to give practical tips to people working in pharma and beyond on fostering active allyship, reducing health disparities, promoting patient empowerment through health literacy, and fostering diversity in clinical trials.

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Coleen Mensa

Lawyer
EY

Coleen is the Founder of Black Connection, a community for EY’s Black colleagues globally to build meaningful connections. The community has over 200 members and is now run by a committee of 5. At the height of the BLM protests in 2020, Coleen also partnered with the Race and Ethnicity Network (EY REN) to deliver a talk to over 1,000 colleagues called "Breaking the Silence'' (attended by the Chairman), on micro-aggressions, mistaken identity, building authentic allyship and stereotypes. Following the talk, leadership committed to making changes like eradicating the use of the term ‘BAME’ when publishing reports. Coleen has also been listed by Equality X as a Top 10 Global Influential Diversity Ally in Law, Financial Times as a Future Leader, UK Diversity Legal Awards as a Rising Star in Law, DOC as Legal professional of the year and a Rising Star by WATC. Outside of EY, Coleen has written articles for The Guardian and founded the Law Masterclass Series: a mentoring program for aspiring lawyers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Jaspal Thandi

Product Executive
Marsh

Since 2020, Jaspal launched and developed the Multicultural CRG, which has grown to over 500 members to create an inclusive and diverse working environment. He is also growing partnerships with charities Career Ready and ReachOut to give back to the communities within which Marsh works and improve social mobility amongst young people. Jaspal has engaged with the UK&I and global CEOs to raise awareness of issues colleagues from ethnically diverse backgrounds face and leverage their support to break down barriers. Additionally, he has been working with Talent Acquisition and HR to improve the diversity of the talent pipeline entering the organization and review HR policies to create a more inclusive workplace for ethnically diverse colleagues. Jaspal has collaborated with resource groups across Marsh to improve intersectionality and create inclusivity for colleagues through all lenses of D&I. To showcase Marsh’s diversity, Jaspal launched a Cookbook to unite people through food with colleague contributions.

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Jennie Koo

Head of Operations Risk Management
Capital One

Intersectionality is a key focus that Jennie has been driving into conversations since joining Capital One in late 2018. Recognizing that a focus on ethnicity alone will not be enough to address the changes that are required, Jennie has been providing a social mobility lens to the organization’s initiatives. The ‘Privilege Walk’ exercises she organized raised awareness of the different levels of privilege existing within the firm’s own teams, whilst the community engagement workstreams aimed to role model within schools and charities in order to tackle challenges to social mobility. Along with launching a reciprocal mentoring scheme for Senior Leaders to learn from others, Jennie also established open conversations on the increase in anti-Asian racism to raise awareness and ensuring that the mental health implications were considered as part of return-to-office initiatives. As a Director on the Board of Women in Banking & Finance, Jennie brings ethnicity into focus within the gender conversation.

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Leah Adeniran

Associate
Latham & Watkins

Leah is a Corporate Associate at Latham & Watkins. As Co-Chair of Latham’s London Black Lawyers Group (BLG), over the last 18 months, she has led the BLG’s mission to recruit, retain and promote Black talent. Leah organised financial literacy sessions for BLG members; participated in the BLG's award-winning mentoring programme; and curated the 'Across Generations' exhibition to celebrate UK Black History Month, as reported by The Guardian newspaper. Leah actively contributes to firm’s graduate recruitment efforts and was appointed to the Recruiting Committee in London. She also supported Latham’s sponsorship of 'The 1% Study', a research investigation addressing the underrepresentation of Black partners in UK law firms. Outside of Latham, Leah presented on effecting organisational change at a Runnymede Trust conference and mentors aspiring lawyers through several external organisations.

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Minoli Jinasena

Senior Consultant
Oliver Wyman

Beyond her role as a Senior Consultant at Oliver Wyman, Minoli serves as the Lead of EmpOWered Australia, promoting a collaborative, safe, and comfortable workplace for all colleagues. She has contributed to the development of a Reconciliation Action Plan for Oliver Wyman and partnering with an indigenous organization, Happy Boxes, to run regular charity drives in the office, where employees donate toiletries and self-care items. Additionally, she has organized in-office cultural celebrations for events such as Ramadan, Diwali, and Lunar New Year, encouraging all employees to join the celebration where a colleague shares what the holiday means to them. She has also facilitated cultural round table discussions, where colleagues can present on cultural or racial issues affecting them, which has shone a light on these situations, bringing awareness to colleagues.

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Tim Baros

Assistant Vice President - KYC Officer
Deutsche Bank

Beyond his role as Assistant Vice President - KYC Officer at Deutsche Bank, Tim has been involved in numerous D&I initiatives at the bank, increasing visibility for individuals like himself, who identify as both gay and an ethnic minority. As a mentor in the dbENRICH program, he guides and supports junior ethnic minority employees. He also co-led and co-coordinated two initiatives at the bank, where senior leaders engaged in soft Q&A and any-question-goes formats with junior employees. Additionally, Tim participates as a mentor and judge in the DB Awards for Creative Entrepreneurs program (dbACE), rewarding creative entrepreneurs with funds to build and sustain their ventures. Outside of work, Tim is the Treasurer of Westminster LGBT+ Forum, a voluntary group that works to support the LGBT+ community, improve services and provisions, and bring the community together through sponsored events. Tim also participates with Diversity Role Models.

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Richard Iferenta

Vice Chair and Partner
KPMG

With over 20 years’ experience spanning law, tax and financial services, Richard is a dedicated leader who advocates, challenges and helps to push for sustainable positive change at every opportunity. He was the first Black Partner appointed at KPMG UK and throughout his career he has played a fundamental role in helping to build a more diverse, inclusive and equitable culture within KPMG UK and across the wider business community. One of his recent achievements includes the launch of a Black Leaders Network dinner series, connecting Black executives with upcoming talent in a bid to increase Black representation in Board rooms. He’s a coach, mentor, speaker and panellist who always brings his passion for seeing more Black leaders and greater intergenerational wealth for the Black community to life. Richard has featured in the Top 10 of the Powerlist since 2019 and he also Chairs Business in the Community’s Race Diversity Board.

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Deepak Soni

Commercial Director
AXA UK

Deepak is an Executive at AXA a French multinational insurance company headquartered in Paris, with a presence in over 51 countries and over 93 million customers. Deepak is the Commercial Director and member of the UK Executive Commercial Board. As a member of the Executive team Deepak plays an active role in developing and driving an inclusive and diverse culture across AXA and is also an Executive sponsor of AXAs REACH (race, ethnicity and cultural heritage) Network as well as a member of the UK D&I Board. His commitment to diversity is evident in driving Network membership by over 400% and diversification of his own executive team with 50% gender diversity and 30% ethnic diversity. Deepak's passion for fostering an inclusive community comes from his own family background, who set up a Cultural Trust over 20 years ago to raise cultural heritage awareness amongst 2nd/3rd generation Indians in Northeast England.

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Gerald Yao

Global Head of ESG, Chief Strategy Officer, & Co-Founder
FiscalNote

Gerald is the Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, and Global Head of ESG at FiscalNote, where he leads the company's environmental, social, & governance initiatives and line of business. At FiscalNote, Gerald also implemented the Corporate Social Responsibility and DEIBA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Accessibility) functions. He co-founded FiscalNote after a decade of leading operations in the non-profit, public schools, and start-up sectors. Gerald started his career in the nonprofit space in high school and was a founding member of Operation Fly, an initiative to support homeless and underprivileged students across North America. Gerald studied finance and sociology at Emory University.

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Julia A. López

Partner
Reed Smith LLP

Julia is a Partner in Reed Smith’s life sciences health industry group, a Chair for UNIDOS - Reed Smith's business inclusion group supporting Hispanic/Latinx talent, a member of the Princeton office recruitment committee, and a participant of RS’ DEI Reciprocal Mentor Program. Through her work, Julia aims to promote and support recruitment, retention, and professional development of Hispanic/Latinx talent. Outside of the scope of her role at Reed Smith, Julia is a committed DEI leader and serves as a National Finance Director at the Hispanic National Bar Association, where she helps to implement national initiatives for Hispanic/Latinx attorneys and students. Under Julia’s leadership, the HNBA has raised nearly $9 million dollars over the last three years to support their philanthropic programs and has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving Hispanic/Latinx law students.  Julia was also the founder of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey’s scholarship endowment.

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Shim Sameer

Head of Preferred Business and Lending
Bank of America

Shim Sameer leads a team of more than 3,000 specialists within Bank of America’s consumer organization providing financial solutions to clients and communities.  Shim is widely known as a passionate advocate for equality and inclusion, dismantling perceptions and barriers built by unconscious bias. She serves as executive sponsor for LEAD for Women employee network, comprising 44,000 members spanning 25 countries. She has founded multiple leadership forums for women leaders providing access to resources and developmental opportunities.  Shim enjoys addressing global audiences through forums, panels and events, discussing topics such as leadership, economic empowerment and advancing gender equity.  She serves on the boards of the National Association of Asian American Professionals, Girl Scouts of Greater New York and Massachusetts Bankers Association, and is a multi-year recipient of the “INDIA New England News” list of Outstanding Women, and the Empower Top 100 Executives and the HERoes Top 100 Women Executives lists.

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Martin Barnett

Global Head of Technical Product Experts, Search Ads 360
Google

Martin is the Executive Sponsor for the Black Google Network (BGN) Employee Resource Group UK Chapter. He is a coach and mentor for BGN EMEA Chapter Leads and members, advising on career development, leadership and engagement of senior executives. He has overseen the expansion of the Employee Resource Group across several regions and been a vital part of establishing chapters in France, Ireland, Nordics & Benelux, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa as well as the recent launch of its newest chapter in Germany. In addition, Martin coaches senior executives and managers within the organization on inclusive leadership, and promoting the career growth of under-represented talent. For the UK Gov Department of Work and Pensions and Youth Justice Board Mentoring Circles Pilot Program, Martin serves as a consulting mentor.

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Greg Case

Chief Executive Officer
Aon plc

Greg Case is Chief Executive Officer of Aon plc, a leading global professional services firm and is a member of the company's Board of Directors. Before joining Aon, he served on the governing Shareholders' Council at McKinsey & Company, a leading international management consultant, and led their Global Insurance and Financial Services Practice. Prior to McKinsey, he worked for the investment banking firm of Piper, Jaffray and Hopwood and at the Federal Reserve Bank. Case was named by the Harvard Business Review as one of the top 100 best performing CEOs in the world in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2014.

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Helen Redfern

Chief People Officer
Kier

Helen is committed to breaking down barriers at her firm and in the wider industry, making the company accessible to everyone by driving ethnically diverse inclusion. To do so, Helen, as the chief people officer at Kier, has in the last two years created the D&I roadmap, including reporting on Kier's ethnicity pay gap in FY23, and launched Kier's Expect Respect campaign, designed to educate employees on the importance of inclusivity in the workplace. She also led the creation of Kier's employee networks, including the Racial Inclusion Network and chairs the D&I committee. Furthermore, Helen is creating a leadership development program designed for diverse employees, increasing diversity in Kier's leadership succession pipeline, and organizing a race and ethnicity upskilling training for Kier's executive committee to ensure a most inclusive workplace leadership.

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Roanne Parry

SVP HR Global Commercial
GlaxoSmithKline

As the HR Lead for GSK's Global Ethnicity Council, Roanne translates GSK’s external commitments into tangible internal actions, driving change for better diversity, equity & inclusion. She ensures Senior Leaders are accountable for demonstrating active and visible allyship, being ambassadors for race and ethnic equality at GSK, and taking personal responsibility for increasing awareness and understanding in support of diversity aspirations. Roanne is committed to mentoring and sponsoring ethnically diverse talent at various management levels. She is currently mentoring six ethnically diverse employees and is an active sponsor for ethnically diverse colleagues in our talent approach. In addition, Roanne has made challenging norms and micro-aggressions a lifelong commitment, while promoting a safe environment for others to speak up, ensuring continuous learning and belonging.

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Peter Koffler

Senior Managing Director, Legal & Compliance
Blackstone

As Senior Managing Director, Peter has been a consistent champion and supporter of D&I initiatives. He helped to establish OUT Blackstone as Blackstone's LGBT+ affinity network in 2015, serving first as chair and then co-chair. He has been a vocal advocate of D&I for internal and external events and has been a model for allyship by his consistent willingness to support programs, causes, and various initiatives. Peter is an active supporter and champion of several charitable partners, including the Ali Forney Center, Trevor Project, and the LGBT Center, and has participated in the Legal & Compliance's Collaboration and Development Committee and the numerous Pro Bono activities in which they engage.

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Dionne Aiken

Profiles division, Kantar
Kantar

Dionne is the Global Executive Sponsor for I&D at Kantar Profiles, and joined the UK&I I&D Ethnicity Steering Committee as a member in February 2020. Upon joining she played an integral role in formulating a strategy enabling them to win the hearts and minds of the business, and she now co-leads the committee, balancing this commitment with her primary role as Chief Marketing Officer. Feedback on the work of the I&D SteerCo, including its Ally Programme of over 100 individuals who champion Kantar’s Race and Ethnicity Initiatives, suggests it has had a significant impact on the business. Dionne is passionate about the next generation and was instrumental in Kantar partnering with the 10,000 Black Interns programme, she mentors individuals within and outside of her organisation and most recently joined the BT Mentoring programme to help ethnically diverse top talent further increase their leadership capability. Additionally she is a Non Executive Director at the Black Further Education Leadership Group, a frequent participant in panel discussions and events, a Baton Award winner and judge for both The National Diversity Awards and Campaign Agency of the Year Awards.

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Melody Rollins

Client Advisor
Bridgewater Associates

At Bridgewater, Melody leads a team of professionals providing world-class service to institutional clients globally. In addition, she serves as the senior sponsor of Bridgewater’s Black affinity network, helping to build and sustain a collaborative community of black employees and their allies. This work has included both mentoring and raising awareness about the needs of black employees, such as the conversation she organized to commemorate the killing of George Floyd while also exploring the roots of systemic racism. In 2018, she co-founded Women of Color in Investments, an invite-only networking and professional development group for senior women of color in the investment industry. Among several board roles, Melody is especially proud of being the board chair for Custom Collaborative, a transformational organization dedicated to training, mentoring, and advocating for low-income women to build the skills necessary for economic success in the sustainable fashion industry and society.

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Shelina Janmohamed

Vice President, Islamic Marketing
Ogilvy Consulting

As the Vice President of Islamic Marketing, Shelina champions Muslim engagement and expression within Ogilvy. By bringing more diverse clients into the organization on projects as varied as relationship apps, content production and Ramadan consumption, Shelina’s work benefits staff and consumers in developing inclusive and representative ways of working. In addition to sitting on WPP and Ogilvy’s Inclusion Board Shelina dedicates time to improving diversity and inclusion and ensuring pastoral care of junior talent from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds. She works with the comms team to establish a calendar of religious and cultural events. In regular columns for Campaign magazine Shelina writes about culture and diversity. She advises cultural organisations like the British Film Institute and AMAL foundation on representation of Muslims in the Arts. She’s an awardwinning author and newspaper columnist. She’s just published a book for girls 10+ “BeYOUtiful: Radiate Confidence, Celebrate Difference and Express yourself”.

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Cecil Adjalo

Head of Business Intelligence
Dixa

In two leadership positions, Cecil serves on the board of social enterprise, Foundervine and as a senior leader in Dixa. At Dixa, he has contributed ideas and critique to the D&I agenda which has seen greater recruitment of people of color. He also provided input into the recruitment communication strategy in making the language more appropriate and appealing for gender and ethnically diverse applicants. Cecil has engaged in ensuring D&I also externally by designing and securing a 3-year partnership with Lloyds bank to run programs and events to boost the success of underrepresented founders in building start-ups as well as a 4-year deal with Lambeth Council to run entrepreneurship and tech-skills building programs free at the point of access in one of the most diverse areas in London. Cecil is a firm advocate for diversity and speaks on this topic at many public events.

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Apoorva Bapna

Chief Culture Officer
WPP

As a Chief Culture Officer at WPP, Apoorva relaunched WPP Stella – a globally recognised initiative supported by the WPP’s Global CEO – in India. Its aim is to develop and accelerate the careers of current and future women leaders by providing safe space and access to senior women leaders for mentorship and coaching. WPP Stella in India has established a pool of 50 female mentors that have gone on to support 80 early-career, high-potential female leaders. Thanks to Apoorva’s work and commitment,the program has increased women’s representation across all levels and functions in PR, Media & Creative. She has also overseen the launch of WPP’s global LGBTQ+ community in India. The network is made of a group of individuals of different identities, sexualities, genders, agencies and disciplines, united to ensure diverse thinking and creativity thrives within WPP’s workplaces and within its work.

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Mandy Kaur

Legal Director
PizzaExpress Group Limited

Mandy was one of the founding members of PizzaExpress’ DEI and Belonging steering group in 2020. Since then, she led the proposal to sign the Race at Work Charter in 2021 and formally committed to making progress by agreeing to seven key actions, she organized the company’s first-ever ethnicity listening and working groups giving employees a space to be heard and Co-led a project to introduce specific diversity and inclusion characteristic questions into PizzaExpress engagement survey to better understand a breakdown of engagement. Mandy conducted a panel on race and ethnicity during Black History Month, covering subjects such as the difference between inclusion and anti-racism and how to have progressive conversations about race at work. Mandy also devotes her time to sharing her lived experiences as a Senior Leader at external events, to help inspire hearts and minds of future leaders. In addition, she is passionate about ensuring everyone has the right support in place and relatable role models to inspire them to achieve their potential.

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Selina Lau

Senior Associate
Clifford Chance

Selina has advised and collaborated with the inclusion team and ethnicity network at Clifford Chance by putting together an East and Southeast Asian (ESEA) resource pack to educate staff on the ESEA experience in the UK, providing feedback on subconscious bias interview training to ensure a fairer hiring process inclusive of all ethnic minorities, taking part in reverse mentoring and arranging presentations with senior management to raise awareness of discrimination faced by ESEA colleagues in the workplace. She is also a co-founder of Voice ESEA, an organization for eliminating racial discrimination against East and South East Asians in the UK through education and building bridges with different communities. Voice ESEA undertakes research into the rates of hate crimes, produces materials to educate others on the ESEA experience and gives presentations to companies to raise awareness of ESEA discrimination in the corporate sphere.

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Coleen Mensa

Lawyer
EY

Coleen is the Founder of Black Connection, a community for EY’s Black colleagues globally to build meaningful connections. The community has over 200 members and is now run by a committee of 5. At the height of the BLM protests in 2020, Coleen also partnered with the Race and Ethnicity Network (EY REN) to deliver a talk to over 1,000 colleagues called "Breaking the Silence'' (attended by the Chairman), on micro-aggressions, mistaken identity, building authentic allyship and stereotypes. This was the first time a Black colleague had addressed racism in a direct way to a huge audience within the firm and the impact was massive. Following the talk, leadership committed to making changes like eradicating the use of the term ‘BAME’ when publishing reports. Coleen has also been listed by UK Diversity Legal Awards as a Rising Star in Law, DOC as Legal professional of the year and a Rising Star by WATC. Outside of EY, Coleen founded the Law Masterclass Series: a mentoring program for aspiring lawyers from ethnic minority backgrounds.

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Shannon Nelson

VIce President, Investment Stewardship
BlackRock

For two years, Shannon has served as co-chair of BlackRock's Black Professional Network (BPN) in the Americas. She has connected and mobilized the global BPN community through the challenges of the pandemic with a focus on racial injustice. Shannon leads efforts to maximize the BPN community's impact through mentorship, professional development, and philanthropy. In 2021, Shannon helped provide a BPN network grant to external community stakeholders. Partnering with BlackRock’s Women’s Network, the selected grant provided hundreds of black women in need with access to mental health services. As a member of BlackRock’s Investment Stewardship team since 2019, she engages with US and Canadian technology companies to promote enhanced corporate governance standards– including greater diversity at corporate boards and workforces – that are consistent with the long-term profitability BlackRock’s clients rely on to meet their financial goals. It’s exciting to witness the notable increase in female and historically underrepresented corporate board directors.

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Mahari Hay

Communications Lead
Lloyds Banking Group

Mahari is the co-chair of the internal Black network within Lloyds Banking Group - BOLD established in 2019. Through the Group's public Race Action Plan, the network aims to ensure the increase from 0.6% to 3% of Black colleagues in senior leadership positions across the Group. In addition, Mahari and the BOLD Network have been given ownership of the Group's Black History Month celebrations to educate, celebrate and raise awareness among employees. Mahari has also developed an impactful internal Anti-Racism campaign called #StandingTogether, which was rolled out across the Retail Transformation team in December 2021. Additionally, Mahari and the BOLD network organised monthly events to promote Black and Ethnic minority colleagues, giving them visibility and raising awareness of opportunities across the Group. Speaker at many universities and schools, he also won awards such as Lloyds Banking Group Internal I&D Champion of the Year 2020.

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Marcus-Alexander Neil

Senior Sustainability Business Development Advisor, Aviation
Shell

Marcus-Alexander is the Chairperson of Shell's Black employee network in the UK. He is also a member of Shell's Global Employee Advisory Board (EAB), which supports Shell's D&I Council for Race. The Council takes steps to improve the inclusion and experience of Black employees and other under-represented racial and ethnic groups. The EAB supports the Council by acting as a sounding board, influencing, and testing strategy, advocating throughout the organization, and delivering complementary programmes which support the Council's aims. Marcus was instrumental in developing Shell UK's 2020 10-point action plan. The plan introduced recruitment aspirations of 8% representation of Black people in our graduate and experienced hires by 2025. Marcus also embedded changes to recruitment processes, reverse mentoring, enhanced employee mandatory inclusion training and other initiatives in pursuit of fairer representation. Marcus helped shape and deliver the plan and became a trusted advisor to VP UKHR and Country Chair of Shell UK.

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Lekha Giridharan

Senior Lean Consultant
AECOM

Lekha is Vice-Chair of Ethnic Diversity Network (EDN), AECOM's first Employee Resource Group (ERG) in Europe and India launched in 2021. The Network aims to champion an equitable workplace where ethnically diverse employees and future employees have a safe space to learn and grow through access to career progression and personal development opportunities. Lekha challenges and shapes the strategy and direction to ensure the firm effectively supports the network to build an inclusive culture where diverse talent can thrive. She helped structure EDN with four sub-committees: Careers, Community, Culture, Commerce, ensuring each have diverse teams focused on shaping activities that fulfil the strategic objectives. EDN's impacts have been successful Europe-wide with Equity, Diversity & Inclusion client collaboration, leading educational, cultural, and religious events such as 2021 Black History Month, South Asian Heritage Month and Ramadan 2022, and partnerships with Professional Bodies like ICE, speaking at schools, universities and more.

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Jon Holt

Chief Executive
KPMG LLP

Driving inclusion, diversity and equity is at the heart of Jon’s leadership strategy. He has actively championed the firm’s new inclusion, diversity and equity strategy and is a proactive participant in a number of initiatives, such as our Black Lives Allyship Programme. As Chief Executive, Jon is committed to driving sustainable change and ensuring that KPMG is an organisation where everyone is able to thrive. Jon is a member of KPMG’s Inclusive Leadership Board, a group which acts as a catalyst for achieving our ambitions in this space. Jon’s commitment to inclusion has been longstanding, and in his previous role as the Head of Audit, he was responsible for several strategic initiatives including mentoring programmes, leadership goals and awareness sessions. Outside of KPMG, Jon is an ambassador for the Patchwork Foundation, which promotes, encourages and supports the active participation of young people from disadvantaged and minority communities in British democracy.

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Larry Tomei

Country Head – Wealth & Personal Banking
HSBC Bank Canada

Larry Tomei has been a tireless and passionate advocate for Diversity & Inclusion, particularly in regards to empowering women, throughout his career. Since becoming Country Head – Wealth & Personal Banking for HSBC Bank Canada, Larry has championed a three-year diversity and gender promotion objective and has achieved a gender balance of 50% in his leadership team. He supports diversity through advocacy and engagements with the firm's ERG and events. In addition, he provides mentoring and sponsorship of women throughout the organization, such as promoting senior women executives for key external awards, and hosts panel discussions to bring attention to critical issues impacting ERG groups. Larry has also created a platform for female leaders to gain exposure, providing role models for female leaders throughout the team. Larry’s motto is to ‘treat others as you want to be treated’. He not only speaks about change, but is actively engaged in bringing change.

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John Tierney

Chief Operating Officer, NEHS
Nomura

John is the senior executive sponsor of Nomura’s EMBRACE Inclusion Network, an employee resource group focussed on driving cultural change and advancing race and ethnicity within Nomura. The network was founded in 2020 and has since built a strong network across the region with almost 600 active members. It celebrates events such as the UK National Inclusion Week, Black History Month, Pride and Diwali. Working alongside Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, the network also participates in a mentoring programme aimed at providing access and opportunities in financial services to individuals from under resourced and underrepresented backgrounds. Under John’s leadership, mentoring, accountability of senior leaders, bringing in industry experts to share best practice and advocating allyship has strengthened the attraction and retention of diverse talent pipelines and ensures Nomura promotes a fully inclusive environment where all employees can flourish. As EMEA COO, John has ensured that Nomura’s DEI strategy incorporates geographical sensitivities to make it impactful and meaningful for colleagues across the region. Passionate about fostering a diverse and inclusive culture at Nomura, John is committed to highlighting courageous conversations internally around racial equity in the workplace.

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Pam Kaur

Group Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
HSBC

As the only Asian woman on the General Executive Committee of HSBC, Pam uses her platform to educate, encourage and act as a role model. Since May 2020, she has been the executive sponsor for HSBC's worldwide Ethnicity Inclusion Program, which further diversifies its workforce ethnicity profile across the organization to reflect the customers and communities they serve. She has also been the global executive sponsor for the Embrace Network, the employee resource group which aims at helping the company attract and retain a more diverse workforce. Thanks to a project that aimed to collect data on HSBC employees’ ethnicities, the company published ethnicity representation data in the UK and US for the first time and is one of the first financial services companies to publish ethnicity pay gap data in the UK.

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Justin Onuekwusi

Head of Retail Investments, EMEA
Legal and General Investment Management

Justin is the Head of Retail Investments, EMEA at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). He develops and leads LGIM’s Retail Investments business working with fund managers, Distribution and Product supporting, improved performance, investment capability, external credibility and asset growth. He is also a fund manager and part of a team managing over £60 billion for pension schemes and savers globally. He leads on the management of the award-winning Multi-Index Funds. As a founding member of #TalkAboutBlack, Justin has led numerous initiatives aimed at increasing representation across the corporate sphere. Justin also founded EnCircle, a mentoring network connecting industry newcomers with senior Black professionals. Justin also sits on the advisory board of the City of London Social Mobility Taskforce. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2020 and is the Non-Executive Chair of the Board for the afro and curly hair brand Afrocenchix.

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Karen S. Carter

Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Inclusion Officer
Dow

Dow ACTs is the name of the anti-racism framework Karen launched in 2020 as the Chief Inclusion Office at Dow. Built on the pillars of Advocacy, Community and Talent, Dow ACTs has taken actions such as establishing an internal social justice council; allocating $5 million over five years to support the Black community, including $1 million to The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; investing $100,000 in Dow Promise to impact educational and economic challenges faced by Black youth and adults in communities near Dow, and donating $500,000 to HBCUs. Karen’s other achievements include establishing Equity as a company goal; requiring advanced inclusion training for all leaders and HR; implementing D&I metrics linked to leadership and employee performance awards and introducing new inclusion hiring standards. Following the implementation of these measures, employee satisfaction at Dow is currently at its highest since it began being conducted in the 1990s.

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Christina Liciaga

Head of Customer & Products, Europe, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
HSBC

Christina is an entrepreneur turned international finance executive, with 18 years’ experience leading national and global teams across Asia, Latin America, UK and Europe. In HSBC, she Co-Founded the Black Action and Advisory Council to keep pace and conviction to HSBC’s Race Commitments, launched STRETCH45, an internal venture to cultivate ethnic minority talent, and Chairs Embrace the race and ethnicity ERG. She’s an Executive Trustee for JUSTICE, an all-party law reform and human rights organisation which challenged Racial Disparities of Children in the Youth Justice System and championed Increasing Judicial Diversity. She’s also Trustee Chair of the Strategy & Finance Committee for Brixton House, a combined social venture, cultural hub and theatre working to make the arts more inclusive and representative. Externally, Christina has founded organisations supporting women of colour, advises minority owned ventures, is a speaker and panellist on DEI issues, and mentors black and female talent globally.

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Isabella Mascarenhas

Vice President, Grass Roots Education
RS Group Plc

Isabella founded and now Co-chairs RS Group Plc’s EmbRace ERG. Embrace have hosted roundtables with ethnically diverse colleagues to understand their experiences and identify issues to resolve, creating three focused workstreams - Commit & Communicate, In On Up, and Measure. They have set targets to ethnically diversify senior leadership, implement initiatives that help the company attract, develop and promote ethnically diverse talent and collect data on the ethnic diversity of their employees to measure progress. They hosted the company’s first-ever Global Heritage Week inviting colleagues from around the world to share their culture to educate others and delivered high-profile talks from anti-racist celebrities and professionals to challenge biases and behaviours. Isabella is a board member of the Association for Black & Ethnic Minority Engineers and TNON SteerCo (The Network of Networks) - both organisations that specialize in encouraging greater ethnic diversity in the engineering and technology industry and in business whilst celebrating inspiring role models.

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Keshav Suri

Executive Director
The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group

Under Keshav leadership, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group has become the first hotel chain to have adopted UN Standards in the workplace for LGBTQ+. It has been on the front foot to promote diversity and inclusion. They have been case studies for their best practices in several white papers, and books and have won numerous awards and accolades for the same. The organization is committed to developing skills and providing employable opportunities to the people who are not skilled yet to bring them to the mainstream. Kitty su, the hotel's nightclub, is a leader in providing safe spaces for LGBTQ+ and also had revolutionized drag culture in India. Furthermore, they have initiated a fully sponsored scholarship for students who identify as queer for a food production and bakery diploma course.

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Deon Pillay

Head of Marketing Operations
Legal and General Investments

Deon’s work on numerous D&I initiatives at Legal and General Investments has increased awareness, improved internal policy and created more opportunities for ethnic minority groups. Alongside mentoring junior ethnic minority employees and reverse mentoring senior colleagues, Deon has been holding candid conversations with LGIM leadership which have resulted in the development of a Global D&I Council and a commitment from senior leaders to drive change. Deon also worked with HR to ensure company policies supported all marginalized communities and contained inclusive language, and in 2020 he ran a ‘Racial Equality’ social media campaign. Another initiative Deon played a key role in developing was ‘Follow the Money’, a scheme designed to give children from ethnic minority or poor socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to explore asset management. This initiative has now been rolled out by LGIM’s Socio-Economic Committee and will continue on an annual basis in the future.

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Vincent Egunlae

Strategic Leadership Team
Grant Thornton UK LLP

Vincent co-founded Grant Thornton's (GT) UK-wide Ethnicity Network, which facilitates numerous workshops, safe spaces and holds senior leadership to account. He commissioned Cranfield Business School & Delta Alpha Psi, to perform a 'deep dive' into the GT’ structural barriers, creating an action plan which aims to reduce the ethnicity pay gap, increase representation and be the best firm for valuing diversity through inclusion by 2025. He established an Ethnicity Network Leadership team that runs an inclusion survey, a quarterly newsletter, a leadership outreach program, and a community outreach program. Vincent won the GTGO award as 'Emerging Leader' for his work. Furthermore, he is the co-founder of The Open Private School, a charity connecting highly experienced mentors with state-school educated students across a comprehensive six-month program. Vincent is also a NED at Capital City College Group, London’s largest further education provider and a governor at Crowland’s Primary School.

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Mayur Gupta

CEO at Career Accelerator
Career Accelerator

As a CEO at Career Accelerator, Mayur provides mentoring to pupils from working-class backgrounds to prepare for careers in the modern economy. He has spearheaded a first-of-its-kind BAME work experience program collaborating with Centrica and Just Eat Takeaway and ethnically diverse students across several schools. Since 2020, Mayur has organized quarterly Race and Ethnicity ERG Roundtables with other Race and Ethnicity ERGs from companies such as LinkedIn, Salesforce, Vodafone, Cisco, and Snapchat to connect them with their counterparts share good practices and explore collaboration opportunities. Additionally, he has arranged Black Heritage Youth Mentoring between 25 Black students and 25 mentors from Cisco to help these pupils prepare for careers in the modern economy through business mentoring. Mayur also been Chair of Trustees at the Year Here Foundation since 2021 and has helped fund unrepresented young people to participate in the Year Here Fellowship, the UK's leading social innovation postgraduate.

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Josephine Okonkwo

Group Policy Framework Senior Risk Manager
London Stock Exchange Group

Josephine is one of the leadership team members responsible for setting up the global network for Black employees in the UK. She directed the initiatives and events designed to educate and influence change in the organizations for the black employees, ranging from one-off meetings and events to specific programs. She also created newsletters, podcasts, interviews, and panel discussions for BHM in the UK for the last two years. Additionally, Josephine is an advocate for the Disability Network and actively champions courageous conversations about ethnic minorities with disabilities to speak up about their disability and get assistance. She also works with Employee Relations to rewrite people's policies, making them more favorable to and, therefore less biased toward people of color and those with disabilities.

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Lorna Nsoatabe

Associate
Slaughter and May

Lorna is a lawyer in the firm’s Competition group and has been leading as co-chair, member and mentor of the DIVERSE Network celebrating ethnic, racial, and social diversity. She has helped grow the network from three to over a hundred members. Lorna organized various events such as the 'Lived Experiences' webinar for Black History Month in 2020 where she was a panelist, Race Equality Week event on privilege and inclusivity, and a Stephen Lawrence Day event with Family Network/Educating Matters on talking about race at home. She has also led training and discussions on allyship and inclusion, engaging senior leaders and allies on their role in fostering inclusivity. Lorna is a reverse mentor to a Senior Partner within the firm, and has been the only associate on the partner-led recruitment strategy committee, contributing to the firm trainee recruitment strategy, particularly for underrepresented groups.

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Faizal Ansarey

Client Partner, Financial Services & Insurance Sector
Atos

Faizal is the Vice-Chair of the Together Network - the Multicultural Network of Atos, who has launched several initiatives to support Diversity and Inclusion within the firm. Faizal organised a Reverse Mentoring program to empower discussion about culture between senior and junior colleague to further enhance inclusivity within the firm. The network organised the BAME Senior Leadership Program which identified ethnically diverse talent at mid-management, and paired them with the Executive Leadership Team to accelerate their personal development. In addition, Faizal arranged the Listen and Learn sessions to provide the Executive leadership team with perspectives of Atos' ethnically diverse members, to support shaping future Diversity & Inclusivity strategies. Furthermore, as part of the BAME Women in Tech Initiative, Faizal worked with a local high school to provide internships to women students from an ethnically diverse background with aim of inspiring them towards a career within the technology sector.

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Cindy Noble

Chief People Officer
Compass Group USA

As Chief People Officer for Compass Group USA, Cindy leads the diversity and inclusion (D&I) agenda for the one of the largest companies in the United States, empowering associates to succeed through a culture of belonging. Since serving on the Executive Committee, Cindy has overseen the first-ever company-wide D&I survey, the establishment of initiatives confronting unintentional biases and micro-aggressions, growth in salaried ethnic minority representation and the recognition of best practices through an Associate Inclusion Excellence Award. Cindy's leadership and commitment to diversity is reflected in Compass Group USA's consistent acknowledgement by outside organizations, including being named a Forbes Best Employer for Diversity five years in a row. Cindy’s service on the boards and committees of numerous external organizations, including Charlotte Center City, American Heart Association, and Jose Andres World Central Kitchen, focus on D&I-related issues.

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Jessica Walsh

Managing Director, Health and Wellness
H+K Strategies London

Jess has led international health communications and advocacy teams for 20 years, 13 years out of London, with a special interest on how creativity and technology can be applied to keep healthcare human. She leads a team whose motto is “People Not Patients” and works at the intersection of advocacy and policy. Jess sits on the leadership team of H+K Strategies London and is also the co-founder of the firm's equity culture change program EquALL. For two years in a row she has been named to EmPower's list of Top 30 advocates for diversity and inclusion in UK business. She's worked extensively in HIV, oncology, anaesthesia, rare disease and vaccines. Jess is a graduate of Wellesley College where she studied psychology and French, and spent her post-graduate year as a teaching assistant at Sciences Po in Paris, where she also interned at ABC News. In 2012 she co-wrote and produced the award winning short film “Wild Horses,” starring Mireille Enos.

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Neale Belson

Senior Vice President UK & Ireland Pharmaceuticals and General Manager UK
GSK

As General Manager at GSK, Neale raised the profile of D&I across Europe. As a leader, Neale drives the importance of improving the experiences of ethnically diverse colleagues to the 500+ employees in GSK UK, and thanks to the input of his reverse mentor, he has been able to learn about his own biases and the experience of others. Neale speaks about D&I in regular meetings and embeds D&I into his leadership team's personal objectives. Thanks to his commitment, he has moved D&I from being seen as an addition to being part of the core of GSK and consistently encourages other leaders from across the UK and Europe to make the same change. In 2021, Neale received an EMBRACE Ally Award for his continued and enthusiastic allyship.

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Mauro Gregorio

President, Performance Materials & Coatings, Latin America Oversight
The Dow Chemical Company

Mauro’s commitment to inclusion is evident not just within his diversified leadership team but also in his wider efforts to institutionalize inclusion via Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). Among 11,000 employees in his business, ERG participation has increased from 39.2% (2019) to 52.6% (2021). Mauro is the Executive Sponsor of Dow’s Hispanic ERG, which was named Hispanic ERG of the Year by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. A strong advocate for inclusion, Mauro integrates inclusion into his daily business agenda. He engages Dow’s African ERG for unmet needs in the textured hair care market. He advocates PROJECT Ybá in Brazil, an initiative to develop a women-led cooperative to sell the bioactive in Dow’s preserved Amazon Forest to increase family incomes, while conserving the rainforest. As the co-chair of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, Mauro meets regularly with both governments to improve bilateral collaboration in educational programs that create bridges for social advancement.

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Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani MBE. FRSA

Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani MBE, FRSA is an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley. For almost two decades – with a career spanning the UK, the Americas and Asia – Bijna has been a passionate advocate of promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with a strong track record of championing gender-equality. She is an active proponent of creating a culture within companies whereby employees can bring their ‘authentic selves’ to work. At Morgan Stanley, Bijna champions change through her commitment to the Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Women’s Business Alliance, the Network of Women in Operations (NOW) and the Black Employee Network, to name a few. She is also spearheading initiatives to support social mobility and the hiring, retention and promotion of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. In October 2020, Bijna received a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) award for services to diversity and inclusion in financial services.

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Oluchi Ikechi-D'Amico

Partner, Head of Strategy & Transactions, Capital Markets, APAC
Ernst & Young

Oluchi is a DEI Partner Sponsor for Ernst & Young Strategy & Transactions, Financial Services, and has been positioned as an advisor to the Board. She led efforts to build an 'Inclusion Assessment' framework that has been packaged as a product to help clients across all regions and industries. As the only Black partner in the above UK and APAC businesses, Oluchi prioritizes meeting with professionals from ethnically diverse backgrounds to understand how she can improve their working experience. Whilst at Accenture, she became a DEI Advisor to UK CEO and CHRO, also helping with Strategy & Consulting UK around DEI focused training, recruitment and career development programs for employees. Moreover, as Head of Capital Markets Innovation UK, Oluchi supported securing a 40%+ increase of submissions from ethnically diverse founders to Accenture's FinTech program. Oluchi founded Fully Bossed, helping professionals, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, accelerate in their careers.

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Dorothy Burwell

Partner
Finsbury Glover Hering

Dorothy has been involved with promoting diversity, equity and inclusion at Finsbury Glover Hering, sinc 2014. In the last year, enhancements in the talent pipelining and recruitment process led to ethnic minorities making up nearly a quarter of all new hires in the year. The company’s expanded DEI programming included financial and pro bono commitments to local charities serving diverse populations, debiasing recruitment practices, launching its first ethnicity paygap report, instituting training on allyship and continued support of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which seeks to increase ethnic minority representation in the communications industry. Dorothy also serves on the DEI advisory committee for Which?, the consumer champion and as chair of London (UK) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated a charity supporting women and ethnic minorities with mentoring, training and other support to increase their access to economic opportunity.

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Akima Paul Lambert

Partner
Hogan Lovells

Akima joined Hogan Lovells in 2021 as a partner. She has a long history of work on diversity, equity and inclusion matters over the last 15 years including as a Committee member of the Black Solicitors Network’s City Group, and founder of Creating Pathways, a bespoke mentoring programme for black and minority lawyers. She plays a pivotal role on D&I matters at Hogan Lovells. She supports the Co-Chairs of the REAHL Network (a network established for the successful integration and promotion of ethnically diverse lawyers and staff) as a Partner Champion. She sits on the firm's Steering Committee for Black History Month. She is a Mentor on the firm’s INCLUDED trainee mentoring programme and serves on the firm’s Moderation Panel for qualification of trainee solicitors, ensuring fairness on retention on beyond. She has been instrumental in amplifying the firm’s pro bono offering for the Black Community including on Windrush Compensation claims. She has been listed in The Lawyer Hot 100 2022 and was the BBBA Senior Leader of the Year in Professional Services in 2022. Akima also blogs on diversity and inclusion issues in her weekly #FrIDay blog on Linked In. Some of her contributions have been amplified in Legal Business, Bloomberg News and The Lawyer.

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Martin Barnett

Global Head of Technical Product Experts, Search Ads 360
Google

Martin is the Executive Sponsor for the Black Google Network (BGN) Employee Resource Group UK Chapter. He is a coach and mentor for BGN EMEA Chapter Leads and members, advising on career development, leadership and engagement of senior executives. He has overseen the expansion of the Employee Resource Group across several regions and been a vital part of establishing chapters in France, Ireland, Nordics & Benelux, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa as well as the recent launch of its newest chapter in Germany. In addition, Martin coaches senior executives and managers within the organization on inclusive leadership, and promoting the career growth of under-represented talent. For the UK Gov Department of Work and Pensions and Youth Justice Board Mentoring Circles Pilot Program, Martin serves as a consulting mentor.

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Anthony "Tony" Mayo

Managing Director and Chief Information Officer of BNY Mellon Asset Management Technology Global Distribution and Marketing
BNY Mellon

As the present co-Chair of BNY Mellon’s Black Leadership Forum and formerly a Mellon Diversity Board member and Chair of the Dreyfus Diversity Council, Anthony continuously demonstrates an ability to embrace approaches that create a far more inclusive environment. He is actively engaged with BNY Mellon's E/BRGs beyond the multicultural resource group, including PRISM, the LGBTQ+ resource group, HEART, the diverse abilities group, and GENEDGE, the intergenerational resource group. Additionally, he represents the firm's DEI initiatives by being a BNY Mellon Ambassador at various forums and venues. At his company, his focus has been on building a pipeline that provides opportunity and access for underrepresented emerging talent and senior leaders across the organization and to leverage opportunities to embrace a diversity of experience and promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Anthony also serves as a Board Member for Blacks on Wall Street, a Not-for-Profit catering to the advancement of young black and brown students in the New York Tri-State area.

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Sharlene Chan

Associate Director, Business Management
Fidelity International

Sharlene has been the Global Cultural Diversity strand co-lead at Fidelity International since 2020. She helped define and implement the firm's Cultural Diversity vision, goals, and plan to ensure Fidelity is an inclusive environment where employees of all backgrounds can thrive. Working with employees to drive cultural awareness and HR on talent development and acquisition initiatives. She also spearheaded a successful 12-part series, "Fidelity Diverse Leaders" featuring Fidelity’s leaders’ in a honest and open conversation with emerging talent. Sharlene played a leading role in developing Fidelity's response to the Black Lives Matter Movement by running focus groups with Black and passionate colleagues on topics of race, incorporating the responses and commitments in Fidelity’s Cultural Diversity Action Plan. She is a dedicated advocate for strengthening Asian voices within the organization and is passionate about giving back to young talent, through engagements with university students about being an Asian woman in Finance

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Teik Tan

Procurement & Supply Chain Manager
Costain Group PLC

Having noticed a lack of representation in his sector, Teik has taken a leading role in driving outcomes-focussed discussion around inclusion through several high profile industry events including UKCW 2022 and the London Build Expo 2021 where his the core focus of his work has been fast - forwarding to a future diverse industry and fostering supplier diversity with a set of practical recommendations. At his former workplace, Teik chaired the Multi-Cultural & Allies Network for 4 - years, whilst also acting as a D&I Representative on the working groups for Site-Culture, Procurement, Finance, Hiring Manager Capability and the Overarching D&I working group. He has reverse-mentored a Managing Director and has spoken on D&I for events including a company-wide ‘Let’s Talk about Race’ webinar attended by 440 people and three workshops aimed at the Executive Leadership Teams. As an ethnic minority professional with a disability, Teik also hopes to represent intersectionality, and founded Construct-Ability, an industry-leading collaboration between contractors, consultants and institutions, to focus on creating a positive narrative around disabilities within the Construction Sector

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SueSan Chen

Principal, Brand Environments
United Airlines

In their time on the aircraft product team at United Airlines, SueSan saw an opportunity to remove bias from seat design practices and improve ergonomics and launched a cushion redesign program to improve comfort for a broader range of body types. Since recently becoming Manager overseeing brand environments, they also have been instrumental in redefining the company's brand environment standards to prioritize accessibility, inclusivity and sustainability, and have led the effort to feature work from local, artists from underrepresented groups. SueSan is currently working on redesigning the airport environmental communications strategy to be more inclusive of passengers with diverse abilities, languages, nationalities, and travel experiences. Furthermore, they initiated a policy change to make menstrual product dispensers more widely available, including men's restrooms in new facilities. Passionate about creating space, opportunities, and awareness for people of color and other minorities, SueSan embodies all the characteristics of an inspiring role model.

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Saajan Patel

Finance Analyst
Liberty Global

Saajan founded Liberty Global's first employee resource group, REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Harmony), in 2020 and continued leading the steering committee throughout 2021. The launch of REACH led to five other diversity strands starting additional resource groups. Saajan has campaigned internally and externally for racial equity and has launched various events to drive this, including organising and hosting an event for global colleagues in support of Show Racism the Red Card's flagship Wear Red Day. Additionally, he has given talks on his personal and professional journey and is featured in an internal documentary film detailing experiences of racism in the workplace. Since transferring to the US offices, Saajan has been acting as a local representative for the Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

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Daniel Clarke

Senior Business Development Manager
Kennedys

Daniel is a Senior Business Development Manager at Kennedys and Chair of the APAC Diversity & Inclusion Committee at the firm. In 2022, he received the award of 'Diversity and Inclusion Champion' issued by Speak In Asia, for his exceptional work in managing multi- cultural and multi-location teams, and working with specialist teams across Asia Pacific. In 2021, Daniel participated in two panel discussions, one of which he moderated directly and included the former Prime Minister of Denmark at the 2021 Dive In Festival, the international festival for diversity and inclusion in insurance, an initiative of Inclusion@Lloyd's.

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Sue Fox

Non-Executive Director
Scottish Power Energy Networks

In Sue’s previous position as CEO of HSBC, Channel Islands and Isle of Man (2019-2022), through her CEO communications with employees, such as all-employee webinars, leadership calls, and team meetings, she stressed that diversity and inclusion are among her core values and the foundation of how she runs her business. One way Sue manifested this commitment to D&I is by serving as Executive Sponsor of HSBC’s D&I Allies group. The group includes EMBRACE, the ethnicity network made up of self-nominated employees who put on events and trainings and write articles to give colleagues deeper insights, and highlight biases and discrimination. For the last two years the group has run a full month of activities during Black History Month, which Sue endorsed and took part in through panel discussions. Sue also supported HSBC's corporate sponsorship of The Diversity Network in Jersey, which runs events and networking to spread understanding and break down barriers around inclusivity.

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Fraser Longden

Chief Operating Officer
Wickes PLC

Fraser uses his privilege to drive change across the organisation and industry. Specifically focussing on the area he is most authentic, the change a hetrosexual, white, cisgender man should lead to create a more equitable workplace. He describes this as real, leadership work that is as important as any other business change initiative. He shares his personal stories and journey with other non-diverse leaders, to encourage them to step up, become allies and lead change, always asking ‘if not you, then who? If not now, then when?’ Fraser is Executive Sponsor for Wickes’ Raising Awareness and Action for Culture and Ethnicity (RAACE) and Let’s do it with Pride (LGBTQ+) networks, listening to and amplifying the voices and concerns of these communities. His Allyship has led him to personally run 12 month development programmes with teams from under-represented communities, coaching, mentoring and connecting them to his network to help their personal development

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Ellis Rosenberg

Managing Director, ESG Sales and Business Development
Equilibrium AI, Part of FiscalNote

As Managing Director at FiscalNote and a DEIBA and Inclusion Ambassador, Ellis has been working to promote diversity of all types for fifteen years. He achieved a DEI certification and was evaluated as one of AARP's most culturally competent employees. His commitment to DEI brought him to FiscalNote's Equilibrium business, where he leads sales and business development for ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Solutions for global corporations that are headquartered in the Americas. Prior to FiscalNote, Ellis led Marketing and Communications and Strategy Development and served as a public spokesperson for SourceAmerica. Furthermore, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Washington Post to protest the College Board's approach to scoring minorities which was well received, resulting in the policy's removal.

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Debbie Ellison

Global Chief Digital Officer
VMLY&R Commerce

After establishing VMLY&R COMMERCE’s Roots UK network, six further Employee Resource Groups have been introduced including gender equality, parents & carers and LGBTQ+. Debbie’s Incubator work experience program for 16–18-year-olds is in its fourth year. Students from Black, Asian, Mixed Ethnicity or lower socio-economic backgrounds are eligible for £10,000 grants to study business administration thanks to the partnership Debbie established with Hult Business School. The Incubator has been exported to New York with Bronx Community School and is set to expand across Europe. Debbie has led VMLY&R COMMERCE to track 60 DE&I KPIs resulting in the business being named Diversity & Inclusion Company of the Year 2021. She is set to launch the Inclusion Experience consultancy, helping businesses undergo similar transformational change. In the Ethnicity Awards 2020 & 2021, Debbie was listed in the Inspirational Leader Category. Through her connection with Inspiring the Future, Debbie regularly speaks at schools to give insight into the industry and her career pathway.

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Akama Davies

Global Practice Lead, Digital OOH & Co-Founder of We Are Stripes
Xaxis

Akama founded a DEI organization called We Are Stripes, with the mission to address the ethnic imbalance in the creative advertising sector through recruitment, consultancy, and events. We Are Stripes has impacted the careers of over 1,000 diverse creatives and supported multiple organisations to improve their DEI practices and policies. Akama also sits on the DEI Steering Committee at Xaxis alongside participating in WPP’s Ethnic and Cultural ERG, Roots, and was one of the original members of Media for All. Amongst his contributions are the Insight Days, which he runs for The Media Trust, City University and Brixton Finishing School. These Insight Days bring in colleagues from every team (including the C-Suite) to speak to young diverse, talent about opportunities in Media and help them enter the industry. In addition, Akama was instrumental in creating the Black Is The New Black exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery.

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Jugveer Randhawa

Chief Digital & Technology Officer
Compass Group North America

As a Chief Digital & Technology Officer at Compass Group North America, Jugveer, along with his team, has developed and implemented a program called Digital Future Initiative, a set of action-based programs where associates from one of our sectors, Compass Digital, use their knowledge and expertise in the world of technology to empower the communities in which they live and build the next generation of digital leaders. Additionally, Jugveer's focus on promoting ethnically diverse individuals' diversity and inclusion has led to many achievements including Compass Group actively recruiting diverse employees, partners, and suppliers. Jugveer champions his executive team to have a strong diversity and inclusion agenda, in fact, Compass Digital's associates comprise a diverse team of 54% women in leadership roles and 50% of employees from ethnic minorities.

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Renato Scaff

Senior Managing Director, North America Supply Chain and Operations Lead
Accenture

In his role as North America Supply Chain and Operations Lead, Renato's primary focus alongside delivering client value is driving both gender and ethnic diversity in supply chain. Since 2021, Renato has been the Executive Sponsor for Accenture North America African American and Black and Hispanic American and Latinx sponsorship program. The program provides support for career success and builds a solid pipeline for promotion to Managing Director. Since the same year, he has been a member of the Accenture NA Hispanic Leadership Steering Committee and focused on increasing the Hispanic American community representation, addressing the gaps, and raising the visibility of their HA leaders internally and externally. In addition, Renato leads Accenture's partnership with L'Attitude, supporting the U.S. Latino cohort driving the New Mainstream Economy and will be a speaker at their September 2022 conference. Renato was also a Products Industries Leader between 2020 and 2021 for Accenture South Market Unit D&I Program and successfully drove retention and career progression for African American/Hispanic American and women employees.

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Namrata Yadav

SVP, Global Head of Community Advancement
Bank of America

Namrata Yadav heads the enterprise programs and external community development strategy at Bank of America. In this role, Namrata is responsible for the enterprise strategy and initiatives focused on reskilling our external communities and partners. She also leads the strategy for the Academy’s enterprise initiatives and is responsible for creating an external Academy platform for our clients. Previously, Namrata led the Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the bank. In that role, Namrata focused on creating a work environment and culture where all employees had the opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to the bank’s success. She also led the underrepresented talent strategy, the global executive development diversity programs, D&I learning and external partnerships for the bank. Namrata holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Delhi University and a Master’s of Science in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. She is a graduate of the Bank of America HR Development Program and multiple top talent programs. She was recognized as a Top 50 D&I professional in the 2016 and 2017 Global Diversity List, and as a Top 15 Business Woman in Illinois in 2017. She was on the 2018 Crain’s Chicago Business 40 under 40 list and was also on the Women of Color magazine’s 2019 Top Women in Finance list. Most recently she was on the Crain's 2021 Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion list. Her D&I strategy has won 10+ Brandon Hall GOLD award for four consecutive years (2016-2020). Namrata resides in Chicago with her husband and two kids.

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Kelechi Onukogu

EMEA Head Controls Leader
Wells Fargo

Kelechi is a Managing Director and EMEA Head of Corporate Investment Bank and Enterprise Functions, Risk and Controls. He is a senior risk and control expert with a career that spans 20 years. He has a passion for Diversity & Inclusion and played a pivotal role in creating and co-chairing the UK Barclays Black Professional Forum. His team won the 'Inclusion Champion' category in the 2019 Citizenship and Diversity Awards. In 2020, he was appointed as the global head for the 'Race at Work agenda' sitting in group HR to design and execute the strategic framework for Barclays and successfully published the Bank-wide commitments in October 2020. Most recently within one year of joining Wells Fargo, Kelechi was instrumental in lobbying the bank to sign-up for the UK Race at Work Charter and was appointed Executive Sponsor in 2021 to help drive the Race At Work strategy in the EMEA region.

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Ayomide Akin

Growth Strategy Manager
Accenture

As Growth Strategy Manager at Accenture, Ayomide is committed to driving the company's Black talent agenda from the front. She has led several large teams to create tangible products that make a real difference in society and transformed how people within Accenture and beyond discuss the topic of race. Since 2019, she co-leads the Accenture African and Caribbean Network (AACN), by providing a safe space for London's Black community, supervising the business in how it recruits, retains, and progresses Black talent, and pushing Accenture to make significant impact across society. Furthermore, Ayomide launched a platform called MOBOLISE for the MOBO Awards that drives systemic change for racial equality across the creative and tech sectors. Since 2021, she has been an Advisory Board Member for Black Representation in Marketing to drive inclusivity across the marketing industry by shaping actionable advice to BRiM's audience of marketers.

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Ajay Mistry

Head of Digital Sales & Marketing
Clear Insurance Management

Ajay is the Co-Founder and Co-Chair of iCAN, the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network, an industry-wide network with over 2,500 members and sponsored by more than 20 companies across the insurance industry. Throughout lockdown, Ajay has driven colleagues in his industry to continue to attend events and network – including launching a new virtual forum for insurance industry Employee Network’s Leadership teams called iCANConnect. With his committee, he also continued to develop a self-service mentoring platform to connect more ethnic minority employees with mentors from across the industry. Ajay also sits on the CII Board of the Society of Insurance Broking as well as the Shadow Board of Inclusion@Lloyds and was recently named in the Global 100 list by Insurance Business.

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Rutendo Chigora

Investment Associate
Bridgewater Associates

Rutendo plays a central role as an Investment Associate within Bridgewater’s Investment Engine, conducting and leading investment research projects for Bridgewater’s global clients. In addition, Rutendo works to diversify the firm’s investment talent by championing efforts to recruit, advance, and mentor minority talent. She regularly represents Bridgewater on panels focused on developing minority talent in the investment industry (including the Harlem Children Zone’s Careers Exposure Panel, Bridgewater Black Network Recruiting Events, and Bridgewater’s Immersion and Rising Fellows Programs) where she speaks to minority students about pathways into the industry. Before joining Bridgewater in 2017, Rutendo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Rhodes Scholar. While at Oxford she led efforts to diversify the pool of applicants to the university and expand funding for Rhodes and university-wide scholarships for African students. She volunteers with initiatives focused on expanding educational and entrepreneurial opportunities in Africa that catalyze economic growth.

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Samir Manek

Solicitor
Mishcon de Reya

Shaping attitudes and structures that promote psychological safety, inclusion and diversity for ethnically and other diverse individuals is a passion that runs alongside Samir's career as a regulatory legal adviser. At Rare, Allen & Overy, the Financial Conduct Authority and now Mishcon de Reya, Samir has been a thought leader on progressive approaches to recruitment, retention and progression. He has constructively challenged existing approaches, helped implement new processes and acted as a role model by mentoring senior leaders and junior employees. At Mishcon de Reya, he sits on the Race Equity and Social Mobility Committees. In 2021, the firm was ranked in the Social Mobility Foundation Index and 58% of its trainee solicitors came from diverse backgrounds. Additionally, Samir sits on the Advisory Board for the HM Treasury and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy commissioned taskforce to boost socio-economic diversity in UK financial and professional services.

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Sade Oladugbewo

Technical Portfolio Delivery Manager
Vodafone

Sade founded the Vodafone Black Professionals Network and is the founding member and chair of the Multicultural Inclusion Network, driving the ethnicity agenda within the organization at the UK level and globally. She created and guided the Multi-cultural Inclusion Strategy around race and employee engagement, which has led Vodafone to design and develop its REACH strategy on race over the last 18 months. Sade also supported D&I to gather ethnicity data which led Vodafone publicly announce their ethnicity targets within the UK. She has personally raised awareness of minority groups within Vodafone globally and locally, highlighting the role that senior leaders can play in driving inclusion. Furthermore, Sade has been mentoring and coaching externally and creating a network where ethnically diverse professionals can be supported in the next steps of their careers.

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Geeta Kana

Vice President
BlackRock

Geeta is the global deputy co-chair of BlackRock’s OUT & Allies network and the philanthropic lead for the EMEA chapter of the network. She is also on the EMEA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Taskforce and leads the internal communications and engagement pillar. As part of her leadership role in the network, she has helped colleagues in smaller satellite offices organize virtual events on diversity and LGBT+ awareness and has promoted various LGBT+ initiatives on BlackRock's social media channels. Since 2018, Geeta has been working to promote the OUT & Allies network's partner charity Just Like Us, helping train hundreds of LGBT+ young people in public speaking, interview practice and CV building. Geeta currently works in BlackRock’s Sustainable Investing team and one of her main priorities is making the workplace a safe, open and accepting environment for all people, regardless of background.

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Carolyn McCall

CEO
ITV plc

Carolyn set up the Diversity & Inclusion Council when she joined ITV in 2018. In 2020, she worked with senior leaders and the Council, particularly the Embrace Network in order to create a Diversity Acceleration Plan. The plan included increasing diversity on the management board and in senior leadership teams across ITV; commissioning content to ensure ITV better represents contemporary British life on screen; improving diversity and career progression in TV production and educating ITV colleagues so everyone understands racism and their role in creating an inclusive culture. Carolyn appointed a Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion who joined the executive committee in 2020, making ITV the first FTSE 100 company to do this. She initiated the creation of an independent external advisory council who advise and often challenge the leaders at ITV on pace and progress. Carolyn has also enabled on screen initiatives such as the Black Voices campaign, a platform for Black people to share their stories, as well as ITV's biggest ever Black History Month, showcasing Black talent, stories and original commissions

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Jennifer Remling

Chief People Officer
WPP

As WPP's Global Chief People Officer, Jennifer Remling is laying the groundwork for unlocking the creative potential in all 109,000 employees within the WPP network. Central to that is ensuring DE&I is embedded in all aspects of the People strategy – from talent acquisition and total rewards to employee engagement and leadership development. Jennifer has a wealth of experience building high-performing teams in agency environments in roles at Essence, R/GA, AKQA, 360i and most recently GroupM. There, she transformed the People team to deliver a world-class People proposition that ensured a fair, equitable and inclusive workplace for all 36,000 employees in 80 markets. Jennifer is passionate about helping people find meaning and purpose in what they do, no matter their background. That’s why she published “Carve Your Own Road: Do What You Love and Live the Life You Envision” in 2009 and has made it her lifelong ambition to help as many people as possible reach their full potential.

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Jackie Uhi

Head of Network
HSBC

2021 saw Jackie continue developing her Step Forward programme aimed at restoring confidence, improving engagement and encourage commitment by all to step forward and become real advocates for racial equality and inclusion in the workplace. The programme saw 23.7% of enrolled individuals gain promotion or move laterally to a position more suited to their skillset and saw 75% of new senior network positions filled by people from a BAME background. This success has resulted in other business lines adopting the Step forward programme. Alongside Step Forward, Jackie acts as a trusted adviser for HSBC senior executives, is the inclusion executive sponsor for Wealth and Personal Banking UK, an advocate and activist for Embrace, the BAME employee network. Jackie utilises these connections and experience to help the group engage with senior stakeholders across the industry and beyond. An in demand key note speaker, panellist and influencer on the topic of inclusion and ethnicity inequality.

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Badar Khan

President, National Grid USA
National Grid plc

Badar started his involvement in D&I efforts in 2010 by serving on the Houston Advisory Council of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization protecting immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence and persecution. His company, National Grid, led efforts to make environmental justice a significant policy focus on decarbonizing energy supply, transport, and heating by ensuring disadvantaged communities of color gain equitable access to the benefits of the clean energy transition. Furthermore, he advocated for organizations like Browning the Green Space, a group of leaders and organizations whose goal is to increase the participation of people of color in the clean energy sector. In April 2021, he was invited to become a Founders Circle member of the British Asian Trust, founded by the Prince of Wales to tackle poverty, inequality, and injustice in South Asia.

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Millicent Clarke

Regional Head HR Africa and Middle East
Standard Chartered Bank UAE

Millicent passionately champions the diversity and inclusion agenda by creating platforms and talent programs to create visibility and promote hiring for African and Arabic Talent. This has resulted in an increase in African and Arabic representation across the bank's global footprint and an increase in women representation in senior roles. She is also a coach, mentor, and sponsor of diverse African and Arab Talent groups across the region to build capability and fast track their growth. In addition, she hosts group mentoring and learning sessions where individuals can share experiences, thoughts, and opinions to create a workplace where different perspectives are valued and embraced. Millicent is also often invited as a guest speaker to encourage ethnic declarations, have dialogues that raise awareness on diversity and inclusion, and encourage a diverse culture.

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Titi Cole

CEO of Legacy Franchises
Citi

Titi was recently appointed CEO of Legacy Franchises at Citi overseeing the consumer banking businesses in Asia, EMEA and Consumer, Wealth and Commercial Banking in Mexico. She is also a member of Citi’s Executive Management Committee. Prior to this position, she served as Head of Operations & Fraud Prevention, Chief Client Officer and the first Diversity Champion for Citi’s consumer bank. In this role, she worked to increase representation and build a culture of inclusion, helping Citi exceed its representation goals for 2021. Titi is also a staunch advocate for improving representation of women and underrepresented minorities in the finance industry and received the 2021 Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award from Women in Finance for her contributions. She remains actively involved in her community through volunteering, mentoring and her work as a Board member for Queens University of Charlotte as well as a Global Advisory Council member for TechnoServe.

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Roni Savage

CEO & Founder
Jomas Associates (Engineering & Environmental)

Roni is the UK's only Black female CEO in the engineering and construction industry running a business of Jomas’ size. She champions D&I across Jomas, with strict company policies against discrimination and bias. Roni is currently working with universities to encourage diversity in order to fill the existing gap in the industry. She is also a regular speaker at schools, universities and international events, and sits on various boards, including the YMCA SPG, the Diversity Subgroup of The Chartered Institution pf Building, and a board advising the London Mayor on social mobility and D&I. She has been honored with several awards including the Construction News InspireMe award for her contribution to D&I in the industry. For the last three years she has been listed on the Top 100 Financial Times HERoes: Champions of Women in Business in the UK.

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Noreen Biddle Shah

Founder, reboot / Head of Communications and Marketing
Numis

Noreen launched reboot, the voluntary-led think-tank, in 2020. It uses original research, storytelling and engagement to inform policy and promote greater ethnic diversity within the workplace. This includes a landmark annual index and report on race and equality in the UK financial services industry, and a partnership with Opinium to publish the multi-cultural Britain report – one of the most comprehensive reports on race and identity in the UK. reboot collaborates regularly with financial services and national media including regular collaborations with Investment Week, ESG Clarity and more recently, the Financial Times and Financial News. This year, reboot joined forces with Share Action to engage with FTSE companies on their ethnicity reporting. Its advisory board and ambassadors includes a baroness, an OBE, chief executives and senior professionals from across the industry. Noreen is also head of communications and marketing at the investment bank, Numis. She sits on both Numis’ executive committee and its ESG committee.

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Eric Maldonado

SVP, Global Head of Sales and Marketing
S&P Global Market Intelligence

As one of S&P Global’s top senior sales leaders at S&P Global, Eric strives to ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected within the S&P Global Market Intelligence’s sales team. Eric is the divisional executive sponsor of the firm’s diversity recruiting initiatives in the Market Intelligence (MI) division, working directly with the senior leaders – from the President of the division, to the head of People/Talent Acquisition and the DEI teams – to continually advance diversity and inclusion in recruiting and ensure all hiring processes are aligned to the firm’s DEI goals. Prior to IHS Markit’s merger with S&P Global, Eric was the Executive Sponsor of Engage at IHS Markit – the affinity network centered around supporting our black colleagues. He assisted the network with strategy and growth, including the expansion of chapters across the US and sponsoring several high-impact initiatives and programs internally. Eric was also the Co-Executive Sponsor of EMpower, IHS Markit’s multicultural affinity network.

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Emily Mathews

Managing Director, Legal & Compliance
Blackstone

Emily has been actively engaged in several DEI and other employee engagement activities, serving as co-chair of the Diverse Professionals Network (DPN) Task Force, leading the Education & Programming sub-committee. She also serves as the co-chair of the Blackstone Alternative Asset Management (BAAM) Racial Equity & Inclusion Task Force. Emily has led the collaborative development and facilitation of BAAM's Courageous Conversations (following the murder of George Floyd in 2020) and the similarly designed focus group discussions around violence against the AAPI community for the DPN. She is actively involved in the BAAM Charitable Committee, the BAAM Women's Initiative, the Legal & Compliance Collaboration and Development Committee, and the numerous Pro Bono activities they engage in. Outside of Blackstone, Emily sits on the board of the Asian American Federation.

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Shakira Sebastian

Managing Director, Chief Financial Officer - Corporate Staff
BNY Mellon

In addition to being a Global Leadership Team member of IMPACT, BNY Mellon's multicultural resource group since 2011, Shakira is also co-chair of the Black Leadership Forum, which comprises 40 senior Black Leaders across the firm. Her mission is to promote opportunities for Black employees and foster an environment that positions BNY Mellon as the preeminent employer of choice for Black talent. BLF members act as ambassadors and trusted advisors and help execute enterprise DEI strategy and goals. Her plan includes Courageous Conversations on race and racial injustice in society and the workplace, the history of racism and the Black experience in America; Black Health & Wellness; and discussions with Black corporate board members on career journeys and overcoming barriers to success. She also partnered with DEI to deliver Black Excellence@BNY Mellon, a safe space forum and peer support network for Black employees to learn, share and advocate for one another.

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Manjit Kang

Senior Relationship Manager
NatWest

As Senior Relationship Manager, Manjit has played a significant role in building NatWest's profile in the West Midlands, particularly of women in the business sector, as well as strengthening links with the Asian business community. In 2020, she helped the firm to be recognised as a charity partner for Birmingham's response to COVID19. Manjit is also the Founder of the South Asian Heritage Awards, which recognises colleagues' outstanding contributions who help create an open, inclusive, and purpose-led Bank. Additionally, she was co-chair of the NatWest Sikh Network for two years, promoting religious diversity in the workplace, and creating safe spaces where colleagues are understood, recognized, and respected. Manjit has supported many colleagues from the Black Asian Ethnic Minority communities to achieve new skills and experience to help with their career progression.

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Imran Khan

Business Development Manager
Phoenix Group

Not only has Imran provided reverse mentoring to Phoenix Group's CEO on racial diversity but, since 2017, has been one of the founding co-chairs and leaders of Mosaic, the organization's BAME colleague network. Imran also led the growth, from ideation to implementation, of a successful new diversity data application 'Who We Are' - which achieved a completion rate of over 75% (within only eight weeks) and has transformed the organisational approach to DEI. Passionate about cricket, Imran is a member of the 'Running Out Racism' campaign to eradicate institutional racism from Scottish Cricket and has also been working with the East of Scotland Cricket Association to advise on setting up their DEI strategy and policies. In 2022, Imran was invited to a private roundtable with the First Minister of Scotland and the Lord Mayor of the City of London to discuss strategic issues pertaining to diversity/socio-economic mobility in financial services.

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Karamjot Jaswal

Strategy Consultant
IBM

Within IBM UK's Emb(race), Karamjot led the Talent Attract Workstream that helped attract a more diverse pipeline of talent to IBM by recruiting and supplying IBM Mentors of diverse backgrounds to the award-winning P-Tech Programme, which provides students from low socio-economic backgrounds with extra-curricular subjects and learning opportunities on career paths. Since September 2021, Karamjot has been tirelessly working to identify ways in which her current project can successfully grow and increase inclusivity and has been also organising and leading Learning Hour sessions for the team, promoting IBM's inclusive initiatives and creating an internal webpage around Diversity and Inclusion resources. Externally, Karamjot is passionate about raising awareness around mental health and has created a social media platform on Instagram to support those who have experienced trauma and anxiety. Through her efforts and impact on mental health, Karamjot was awarded the 'Wellbeing Award' from IBM's Graduate Programme.

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Jennie Koo

Head of Operations Risk Management
Capital One

Intersectionality is a key focus that Jennie has been driving into conversations since joining Capital One in late 2018. Recognizing that a focus on ethnicity alone will not be enough to address the changes that are required, Jennie has been providing a social mobility lens to the organization’s initiatives. The ‘Privilege Walk’ exercises she organized raised awareness of the different levels of privilege existing within the firm’s own teams, whilst the community engagement workstreams aimed to role model within schools and charities in order to tackle challenges to social mobility. Along with launching a reciprocal mentoring scheme for Senior Leaders to learn from others, Jennie also established open conversations on the increase in anti-Asian racism to raise awareness and ensuring that the mental health implications were considered as part of return-to-office initiatives. As a Director on the Board of Women in Banking & Finance, Jennie brings ethnicity into focus within the gender conversation.

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Mark Read

Chief Executive
WPP

In June of 2020 Mark announced WPP’s set of commitments to combat racial injustice and support Black and minority ethnic talent, which included pledging $30m over the next three years to fund inclusion programs and support anti-racism charities. Since then he has continued to take steps to improve diversity and inclusion, launching an initiative called NextGen Leaders which sees WPP working with 300 colleges and universities, including HBCUs, to build a diverse future talent pool. Of the program’s first 850 participants, 50% were students of color. Mark also established a Global Inclusion Council where underrepresented voices can advise on D&I goals, recommend new systems and identify barriers to progress. In October 2020, WPP appointed its first Black Board Member, Tom Ilube, while for the first time from 2021, Mark introduced D&I goals into WPP Senior Leaders’ annual incentive plans.

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Jean-Marc Ollagnier

Europe CEO
Accenture

Jean-Marc has been at the forefront of Accenture’s commitment to promoting ethnic diversity and fighting racism in Europe. He plays a key role in various initiatives aiming to address racism in the workplace, and he is a strong internal and external advocate on the topic. He recognizes that various geographies approach the notion of ´ethnicity’ differently due to their history and legal environment, and he has strongly encouraged all Accenture offices in Europe to have their action plan and report progress, based on Accenture’s global set of principles but with enough flexibility for them to adapt. He strongly believes that awareness needs to be built with a local approach, so that people feel ‘it’s about them’. He represents Accenture at the Board of B4IG/OECD Coalition, where Accenture leads the Diversity&Inclusion taskforce with special focus on Ethnicity&Race, contributing to diffusing best practices and need for change.

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Natasha Harrison

Managing Partner
Pallas Partners LLP

Natasha is a leading international disputes lawyer and one of the few women to have set up and lead a City law firm. Natasha launched Pallas Partners in February 2022, starting out as a majority female firm with significant representations of ethnic minority background and LGBTQ+ colleagues. Diversity is integral to the firm-wide strategy she introduced, with the firm pledging to achieve diversity parity by 2025. When launching Pallas the vast majority of the partners, associates and staff from Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office joined her. That office, which Natasha founded, was ranked #1 for the highest proportion of U.K lawyers identifying as LGBTQ+ by Law.com, and #1 in AmLaw’s UK A-List for diversity and female equity partner representation in 2020. Natasha is passionate about equality and has been leading the way on innovation and change in the legal sector for years. She won plaudits for overhauling BSF’s diversity programme when she was the Deputy Chair there, securing the firm Mansfield Rule Certification. Natasha sponsors The Brokerage, a charity creating internship opportunities for diverse and under-privileged candidates. She was invited to join their Changemakers Board from September 2021.

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Brenda Wylie-Kay

Global Sales Vice President - Business Development
Precisely

Brenda Wylie-Kay, Global VP Sales – Business Development at data integrity leader, Precisely, is deeply passionate about advocating for diversity in the technology space. For this reason, she worked with Precisely's female CTO, to set up and co-chair the Precisely Women in Technology (PWIT) – a network that connects women employees across the business, providing access to key development, executive job shadowing, mentoring relationships, and fireside chat events with leading industry experts. Brenda is a tireless mentor to many women with diverse backgrounds teaching leadership, providing career guidance, and teaching negotiation skills. Last October was PWIT's first anniversary, which is now 206 members strong. It has already helped empower ethnically diverse women employees and access opportunities for career advancement. Thanks to Brenda's efforts and commitment to having better DEI across the company, 31% of the overall Precisely workforce are now women, and 27% of executives, senior-level, and management positions are women.

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Kathy Quashie

Chief Growth Officer and Executive Committee Member
Capita plc

As Chief Growth Officer, Executive Committee Member at Capita, and a sponsor for the Race and Ethnicity Employee Network, Kathy ran a webinar for Race equality week in February 2022 to drive awareness of the progress still needed in the workplace. Her passion for D&I drove her to write a blog on LinkedIn about why companies in the UK need to do more to address equality in the theme of #ActionNotJustWords. From June 2019 to December 2021, she was Chair of the Multicultural and Inclusion Network at Vodafone. She championed and hosted roundtables to promote the initiatives from the 2020 D&I strategy shaped by the MIN Group. Furthermore, between June 2020 and December 2021, as Head of Indirect Business at Vodafone, she engaged in numerous events promoting D&I to attract talent and raise awareness and was appointed judge at the Black British Business Awards in 2021.

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Chika Aghadiuno

Group Enterprise Risk Director
Aviva

Following the 2020 global social events, Chika provided counsel to the organisation on external and internal comms and via a global live stream. She proposed and led calls for all-staff conversations and closed calls with Black colleagues to help process the events. In instigating the Black Professionals Network as a cohort of the multi-cultural network, Chika helped to amplify this voice within the organization and has seen the confidence of this group growing visibly as a result. She provided input on both the Aviva Black Action Plan and the Aviva Black History Month arrangements, and continues supporting initiatives such as anti-racist training. Outside Aviva, Chika has been engaged in multiple initiatives and education and discussion sessions in the insurance sector and the actuarial profession to promote and support Black talent and inclusion.

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Vishal Dixit

Strategy and Wholesale Director
Vodafone UK

Whilst serving as its Executive Sponsor, Vishal re-launched Vodafone’s Multicultural Inclusion Network in 2019. With a specific focus on race and ethnicity, Vishal spearheaded key initiatives to drive systemic change. These included propelling the #CountMeIn campaign aimed at capturing ethnicity data to help enhance diversity across all areas and levels, pioneering a new ‘Inclusive Leadership Training’ module that will be mandatory for senior leaders, and developing a comprehensive Roadmap for Race & Ethnicity, with a structured series of policy, training and communications improvements over the next 12 months. Vishal has also been coaching 10 key Regional Chairs of the MIN Network as part of a ‘Speak Out and Speak Proud’ initiative; participating in monthly all-company webinars on race and ethnicity; encouraging Executives to participate in listening sessions, and bringing allies into Vodafone’s employee networks.

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Annette Byron

Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

Annette co-leads the Freshfields Global Black Affinity Network and is Partner sponsor for social mobility. She is on the firm's graduate recruitment panel and on the cross-function social-mobility committee to further help those from non-traditional backgrounds join the firm and thrive. She is a founder and driving force behind Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship, a bespoke recruitment, development, and mentorship program. The program has seen 300 Freshfields UK volunteers in the last two years, 26 scholarships awarded and five scholars earning Freshfields training contracts. Annette has also helped shape Freshfields’ five-year diversity commitments and targets, including on race/ethnicity, to continue to drive change. Furthermore, she facilitated and was sponsored speaker at events on race and cultural diversity that saw a high level of engagement at all levels of the firm and beyond. Annette is also a sponsor for Future Leaders – Freshfields’ bespoke talent and development program for Black/ethnically diverse colleagues.

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Hans Brown

Global Head of Enterprise Innovation, CIO for Corporate Technology
BNY Mellon

Hans is the chairman of IMPACT Diverse Tech, an internal ERG that seeks to develop leaders and grow talented technologists from under-represented African American and Latinx populations. Building and cultivating diverse teams is a priority for him. The teams he built exist as microcosms of diversity within BNY Mellon. For example, as of 2022, 40% of the Enterprise Innovation team are women and 70% are from an ethnically diverse background. Hans has crafted an environment where each team member feels the psychological safety to express differing viewpoints and perspectives regardless of age, background, or experience level. He is also a member of the Information Technology Senior Management Forum and connects with Black IT executives, leaders, and professionals to elevate, promote, and enhance underrepresented minorities.

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Onyeka Anugwom

Commercial Excellence Director - GB and Ireland
GSK - GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

Onyeka helped create the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team at GSK Consumer Healthcare UK&I in 2019 and has been the leader and leadership team sponsor since 2021. He organized & facilitated "Let's Listen" and "Let's Talk" sessions within UK and Ireland plus the wider EMEA leadership team in 2020 after the George Floyd incident. He led the change in recruitment practices to bring in more ethnic minorities by expanding the scope of talent searches and inspired changes in the Graduate Recruitment Program to ensure ethnic diversity. He is a role model for ethnically diverse employees, driving the development of overlooked colleagues. GSK Consumer healthcare UK&I now focuses on differentiated development plans for people from diverse backgrounds, thanks to his efforts.

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Shruti Bahadur

Global Program Leader
Dow

In her current role, Shruti advances Dow’s People and Culture strategy by championing enterprise-wide priorities and provides oversight to over 600 ERG chapters globally. Under her leadership, ERG participation grew to 52.4% redefining best-in-class participation. ERG participants reported average 9% higher satisfaction with Dow than non-ERG participants. As North America (NA) Chair for Asian Diversity Network (ADN), Shruti organized listening session in 2021 to hear racial injustice stories from Asian descent employees. These stories informed Dow's strategy to fight racism against Asian descent employees. Under Shruti’s leadership, ADN championed new leadership development program for NA Asian-heritage employees aimed to accelerate their careers by partnering them with senior leaders serving as sponsors. In 2020, Shruti received ERG Leadership Award from Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). At SASE, she helped organize and co-hosted AAPI Women’s Leadership Conference in 2021 and 2022 attended by approximately 400 participants from about 70 companies.

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Tieran Bhuhi

Corporate Communications Manager
IHG Hotels & Resorts

In 2020, Tieran supported the creation of and now co-leads IHG's ethnic diversity employee network, Embrace. Her responsibilities include governance for ensuring the delivery of the network’s goals in the areas of opportunity and equity, voice and education, and employee experience - all in support of the company’s DE&I commitments. As a result, Tieran leads workstreams that organise events to foster education around race, ethnicity and belonging; facilitated sessions for safe employee feedback and networking opportunities with executives. Tieran is also a member of IHG's Europe DE&I board, and a working group for UK ethnic representation. She represents diverse views, counsels senior leaders, provides quality communications advice; sponsors workstreams for the enactment of inclusive practices and greater representation. Additionally, since becoming an Advisory Board member to WiHTL – Diversity in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure – she has helped guide the organisation’s gender and ethnicity agendas, and represents at events for its members.

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Rabya Akhtar

Workplace Relationship Manager
Phoenix Group

As founding co-chair of Mosaic, Phoenix Group’s BAME network, Rabya leads a diverse committee to actively drive D&I initiatives, delivering impact for colleagues, her business and local communities. She’s hosted leading academics and thought-leaders to discuss Black Lives Matter and systemic racism – which have directly impacted the company’s response to these issues. Rabya is instrumental in driving social/cultural awareness – organising a program of events/communications to encourage colleagues to learn about steps they can take to support BAME colleagues Throughout 2020 she worked closely with Parliament to produce the ‘Young Women Lead Report’ on the education-employment transition for young BAME women. Rabya received the 'Unsung Hero' award at the Scottish Financial Enterprise Awards 2021 for making an impact in people's lives within her organisation and the wider community. Acknowledging her efforts, she was invited to the “Celebrating the Best of Scotland” reception at 10 Downing Street hosted by the Prime Minister.

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Obakeng Makapane

Economist
IHS Markit

As one of the Founding Members and now Vice Chairperson of Ubuntu (I am, because we are), Obakeng aims to address issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion and has assisted with internal mobility and early career development for young people of color. Obakeng has also brought forward solutions around women's leadership and successfully assisted in positioning two women site leaders in each South African office. She is also part of the Global Shapers community, a world economic forum aimed at bringing talented individuals together to solve some of the most pressing issues in Johannesburg's communities. For this reason, Obakeng helped raise sanitary towels in her community through fitness and provided sports resources for young boys and girls of disadvantaged communities.

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Ayesha Afzal

Researcher
Erlangen National High Performance Computing Center (NHR@FAU) Germany

Ayesha is a passionate advocate for inclusive technology and training new scientists in mentorship. As a full-time researcher in academia, she has mentored and promoted technical women consistently. Ayesha is the recipient of First Place ISC PhD Forum Award 2021 and has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications. She is an active speaker and reviewer at various international events and conferences. She has made a marked impact in encouraging women to pursue STEM disciplines. Ayesha serves as a global ambassador, mentor, advisor and member of platforms, catering to women. She actively engages at various meetups, forums and structured programs that reduce barriers, highlights accomplishments and expands career opportunities for women. Her commitment to promoting women in technology is reflected through her continuous activities.The networking she built by connecting with other renowned women researchers and industry specialists helped create opportunities and guidelines for other talented women.

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Higor Borges Lima

Intellectual Property Associate
Mattos Filho

Higor has been part of Mattos Filho's racial diversity initiative from its onset. As one of the few ethnically diverse employees at the Sao Paulo office when the firm started its efforts to address the issue, he was invited to participate in discussions that led to the formalization of the company's racial diversity internal group SOMA. Since then, Higor has been an active member collaborating in planning and executing D&I activities. SOMA's Talentos Trainee Program was launched in 2019 to promote racial diversity at career-entry level talent attraction. In addition, SOMA has promoted numerous internal and external initiatives on debating and exposing racial issues within the corporate legal scenario. These include, among others, a series of presentations for internal and external parties, race-related debates with prominent public figures, participation in media coverage, and production of materials related to race and the workplace.

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Anne Richards

CEO
Fidelity International

Anne joined Fidelity International as CEO in December 2018 and was appointed a Director of FIL Limited in September 2019. Anne has almost three decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO and is a strong proponent of ESG investing. Her career path spans many blue-chip global names in the financial sector including Alliance Capital and JP Morgan. Anne is a Chartered Engineer and began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. She is a former chair of the UK Financial Conduct Authority’s Practitioner Panel and was appointed a board member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) in December 2020. Anne was appointed a Dame Commander (DBE) in June 2021 for services to Financial Services, Women, Education and Science. Anne holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BSc (Hons) and an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh.

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Christiana Riley

Management Board Member and CEO of the Americas
Deutsche Bank

Christiana Riley’s leadership and personal commitment has increased the prioritization of D&I at Deutsche Bank since she took over as CEO of the Americas in 2019. In June 2020 Christiana Riley made a public statement condemning racism and followed up with open-door sessions, before announcing a ‘Seven Actions in Seven Months’ plan which spanned culture, talent development, advancement, recruiting, business, and community impact in order to advance ethnic diversity and inclusion. Christiana made implementing this plan a leadership priority and delivered on it ahead of schedule. She also increased representation at the highest levels of the bank by elevating a Diversity Champion to the Americas Executive Council, and diversifying the Deutsche Bank Board of Directors by appointing Paula Price. On the development side, Christiana launched a dbBOLD (Black Opportunity Leadership Development) program, offering Vice Presidents and Directors exposure to senior leaders and a place at in McKinsey's Black Leadership Academy.

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Adam Kansler

EVP, IHS Markit and President, Financial Services
IHS Markit (soon to be S&P Global)

Adam has placed DEI at the center of his leadership agenda as an integral part of the Market Intelligence division at S&P Global. Through the partnership of the DEI team at S&P Global, Adam has embedded DEI into the Market Intelligence business strategy. Adam has been at the forefront of driving DEI at IHS Markit (now part of S&P Global) and was responsible for hiring the first ever full-time DEI Lead. Adam, with the support of his teams, has increased diverse representation in internship schemes and grad programs, setting up partnerships with Wall St Bound, St Francis College, Posse New York, and SEO London. Adam has also sponsored several DEI trainings across the business, including inclusive leadership training, live bias reviews and interview skills training. Additionally, under Adam’s steering, the organization has funded a financial scholars literacy program, equipping students, particularly from unrepresented backgrounds, with the skills necessary to thrive in a fintech job.

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Sally Lake

Group Finance Director
Beazley Insurance

As an Executive Member of the Inclusion & Diversity Steering Committee responsible for setting and implementing the diversity strategy with other senior individuals at Beazley, Sally has been involved in overseeing the implementation of executive targets regarding diversity for both gender and race, and ethnicity and increasing representation throughout the countries that Beazley operates within. She advocated for her management team, who have attended training on diversity and inclusion, and monitors their recruitment and engagement data accordingly. Sally joined the executive sponsor of the Beazley Race network in a 2021 presentation about the importance of allyship and presented the importance of being an ally to the company, and shared guidance on how to challenge non-inclusive behavior. Additionally, she mentors several people of color across the organization and continues to be one of the most vocal supporters of the D&I initiatives across the company.

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Celia Liu

CEO southern & central Europe
ISS A/S

As CEO of ISS A/S for Southern & Central Europe, after the D&I strategy creation, Celia has been working closely with the Cultures, Race & Ethnicity ERG to discuss equality and embrace diversity in all business areas across the company. As a result, the company has advanced into forming new partnerships with different organizations to create programs and review policies according to the objectives of the D&I strategy. Moreover, they facilitated the TENT Foundation Program to start pilots in mentoring, support, and job opportunities for more than 500 refugees across Europe. As a result, ISS continues moving forward to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace and achieve the goals planned with its D&I strategies. Celia also has been an active public speaker for several webinars with DIAL Global lecturing on leadership, equality, and diversity.

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Rob Anarfi

Chief Risk Officer
Beazley Insurance

Rob is the founder and now Executive Sponsor of BeazleyRACE, the company's employee network focused on race, culture, and ethnicity. He helped the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee set and communicate the public race and ethnicity targets, which Beazley has been progressing with to ensure better diversity across the company at all levels. In addition, Rob mentors other people of color within the company and in the wider insurance market, helping them overcome barriers or find routes to develop their careers. He also co-founded RATL, "Race, Action Through Leadership," which focuses on amplifying the influence of senior insurance leaders of color, and works with insurance CEOs and Chairs to increase racial diversity and inclusion in the industry. He speaks regularly about creating an inclusive work environment and the importance of leadership accountability including on the Risky Mix podcast and More Brown in Town.

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Tendayi Munyebvu

Managing Director - France
Jacobs

Tendayi is a member of all eight Employee Networks at Jacobs. He is the Global Co-Chair of Harambee, the Black Employee Network, and is the Europe Advocate of the Jacobs Career Network. Tendayi led the EMEA Council in spearheading the firm's Action Plan for Advancing Justice & Equality (AJ&E) which focuses on the inclusion and development of its Black workforce. Some of the objectives realised this past year include the establishment of a partnership with Cowrie Scholarship Foundation to financially sponsor Black students through undergraduate studies, collaboration with councils such as Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Greater London Authority on STEAM outreach for Black and diverse students at local schools and universities, establishment of a senior leadership sponsorship programme for Black talent and the publication of the company’s second UK&Ireland Ethnicity Pay Gap in 2022. The council advocates for metrics on recruitment, retention, advancement and representation of Black talent.

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Loreal Torres

Chief People Officer
Vested

Ever since first joining Vested, Loreal has had DE&I policies and recruitment practices fixed as one of her priorities. In 2020, her accomplishments included creating a partnership between Vested and the LaGrant Foundation by sponsoring scholarships for their students; formalizing the Vested DE&I policy and statement; securing funding to bring in a consultancy firm so that Vested could evaluate and audit its existing programs, and implementing blind feedback processes for candidate interviews to help eliminate bias. She also set up partnering with the marketing department to create an ongoing series of DE&I focused interviews & panel discussions around topics like Black representation in historical currency, Latino influence on financial services, and how COVID has affected working women and mothers. Another of Loreal’s achievements was the fact that nine of Vested’s 14 new hires in 2020 were candidates from underrepresented backgrounds.

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Fatiha Thiam

Vice President, Head of Operational Transformation
ISS World Services

Since becoming co-chair of the Global Races, Cultures & Ethnicities employee resource group of ISS World Services, Fatiha has worked to start a true employee-driven conversation on races, cultures and ethnicities amongst the company’s 350.000+ employees. Fatiha was born from Danish and Senegalese parents and has lived in several countries and cultures, and therefore her focus is to build bridges and create a workplace environment where all individuals can express themselves and have courageous conversations on the subject. Fatiha’s goal for this ERG is to implement tangible actions driving increased diversity and belonging across the company, to ensure that people of all backgrounds will experience economic mobility via inclusive recruitment, promotion and retention practices in ISS World Services.

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TJ Lim

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

TJ Lim is a passionate advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in and outside of J.P. Morgan. At the firm, TJ is an active member of the Asian Leadership Forum as well as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender+ (LGBT+) Executive Forum. He is actively involved in promoting inclusion topics into the workplace. In February of 2022, TJ led a Lunar New Year celebratory lunch for Private Bank employees (complete with red envelopes!), and recently delivered remarks at the firm’s Asian American Pacific Islander kickoff event about being a leader during a time of rising anti-Asian sentiment. He has also hosted small group “open conversation” sessions with global employees from the United States, India and the Philippines about inclusion, covering topics such as sexual orientation, gender and race. TJ also represents J.P. Morgan on the Technology Council for Asia Society.

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Paul A Morrison

Primary and Secondary Education Lead UK&I
Zoom

Paul is a recognised leader in Education Technology and a promoter of inclusion and diversity. He serves as the Zoom UK&I lead for Primary and Secondary Education and the interim co-chair of Zoom Soul UK Employee Resource Group. This has led Paul to oversee many initiatives such as Zoom's UK Black History Month events, including an engaging fireside chat with The Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, who is Her Majesty The Queen’s representative in Greater London to a global Zoom internal audience. In 2022, marking Paul’s first year at Zoom, he was awarded Zoom UK Most Valuable Player for Public Sector as a great testament of Paul's ongoing outstanding contributions to the team Paul has also won a global recognition award which was presented to him by Rev Jesse Jackson, The civil rights activist. This is evident of Paul's tireless works championing many initiatives to raise the aspirations of under-represented young people mainly from ethnic minority and socially and economically deprived backgrounds. Paul's activities has included arranging for a group of boys from a school in London to tour the Houses of Lords and also sponsoring the UK's largest annual anti-bullying conferences in Portsmouth.

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Lynn Cinelli

Executive Director, Vaccines Value Chain
Merck

Lynn is a member, supporter, and mentor of the Asia Pacific Association and Merck Women's Network. She initiated an early talent program for Global Policy with the first cohort in 2020 and continues to recruit high-performing, diverse talent globally. Lynn encourages and sponsors talent to take global D&I leadership roles as reflected by her directs which include the global leader for Merck's Next Gen Network; Allyship lead for Merck's LEAD (League of Employees of African Descent) and the prior Global Women's Network Lead. In addition, she is supporting a US Chamber of Commerce program "Hiring our Heroes" to integrate Military Alums into civilian roles. She is on the Cornell Engineering Alumni Association board of Cornell University, her alma mater. Lynn builds community for women and diverse students through this role and influences the curriculum and engagement.

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Maya Welford

Behavioural Finance Specialist
Barclays

Maya is a founding member of Barclays' D&I resource group, Inspire, focused on socioeconomic inclusion. She leads Internal and External Engagement, which has included collaborating with the Black Professionals group on events focusing on the intersection between social mobility and ethnicity. Maya contributes to a more inclusive workplace by raising awareness of social mobility and its links with ethnically diverse individuals, as well as other dimensions of diversity. In 2019, Maya founded the Charity Mentoring Programme. It connects Barclays colleagues with employees at charities dedicated to different D&I agendas, including ethnic diversity, gender equity, LGBT+ rights, and socio-economic inclusion. Maya mentors young people, particularly those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and of color, to help raise their aspirations in navigating education and their early career. Outside work, Maya hosts podcast, That’s My Name, featuring individuals globally from ethnically diverse backgrounds to share their experiences with their names, or cultural naming traditions.

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Sara Abbasi

Associate
S&P Global

Sara was the co-chair of IHS Markit’s diversity network ‘Empower’ from 2021-2022. She led a range of initiatives at the company to promote a sense of belonging in the workplace. In 2021, she started a half-day fast initiative at the company for non-Muslim colleagues to highlight the spirit of Ramadan. During the Covid surge in India, Sara organised a well-being programme called ‘Virtual Chai’, connecting employees in global offices with colleagues in India over a cup of tea. To mark Black History Month 2021, Sara organized a session on the topic of equitable investing. When IHS Markit merged with S&P Global in 2022, Sara was in the leadership team that helped to establish Empower as a new People Resource Group at S&P Global. She is also one of the founders of the charity 'Bridging the Future', which aims to support disadvantaged young people from minority backgrounds with their career aspirations.

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Andrew O'Flaherty

Sector Strategist - Special Situations Group
Credit Suisse

Andrew is a member of the BAME Network's Talent & Development Working Group at Credit Suisse and was appointed to lead on-campus recruiting and graduate outreach. He organised and participated in numerous diversity-focused campus recruitment events, including Credit Suisse's annual ACS Finance conference and has been a mentor on Credit Suisse's "Steps to Success" diversity program since 2021, in which CS employees form individual mentoring relationships with "Steps Scholars" and gain work experience through the firm. Andrew was a Keynote speaker at Credit Suisse's "Courageous Conversation – Black Lives Matter" seminar in 2020 and was also Invited to host "Courageous Conversation: George Floyd - One Year On" the following year. In addition, he has been participating in various diversity-focused focus groups, seminars, and discussions, all intending to create safe spaces for honest and productive dialogue around race and representation

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Manuel Antonio Soler Suarez

Marketing & Strategy Project Manager
University College Dublin UCD

Antonio Soler, from Bogota, Colombia, is a first-generation high-school graduate. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in international business from Saint Tomás University, a Master’s degree in Politics and International Relations, and a Professional Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from University College Dublin. Antonio has worked on the practice and standards of strategy, marketing, sales, finance, and operations in large, diverse, and complex organizations in the private sector, such as Teleperformance, Nestlé, and ICON plc., and in the government and not-for-profit sectors at University College Dublin, the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs, and the Ministry of Education of the Government of Colombia. Antonio currently is a senior business development and strategy project manager at University College Dublin, where he places Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion at the core of his work. Antonio is part of both the DEI Network and the Multi-Cultural Employee Network at UCD. He is working at the School level on strategies to highlight the impact of both networks and how they can further enhance and promote an environment for DEI in the higher-education spectrum. Antonio is currently undertaking an MBA at Johns Hopkins University, where he is Carey Business Fellow and a ROMBA Fellow for the Reaching Out MBA. The ROMBA LGBT+ Fellowship is a joint effort between prominent business school programs and Reaching Out to develop LGBT+ and active advocates in business. Antonio represents the best and brightest in future LGBT+ and ethnic minority business leaders.

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Keri Gilder

CEO
Colt Technology Services

Keri founded Colt's first Inclusion & Diversity Council and chairs the TM Forum's Diversity & Inclusion Council, the aim of which is to make the telecommunications sector more diverse and inclusive. In response to 2020's Black Lives Matter protests, Keri held listening sessions with a cross-section of employees from different racial and ethnic backgrounds to find out what was on their minds and gain an understanding of what Colt could do to support them. The insights she gathered led to a collaboration between HR and the YOUnited employee network group, aiming to ensure that Colt was focused on removing any biases inherent within its systems, processes and structures, and that all employees, including those who identify as BAME, had a fair chance to join and develop at the firm. Over the past year, under Keri's support, Colt has sponsored 12 employees through the Black British Business Awards Talent Accelerator programme.

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Joerg Ambrosius

Executive Vice President, CEO Europe Middle East & Africa
State Street Corporation

As Executive Vice President and CEO of Europe Middle East & Africa at State Street Corporation, Joerg is a sponsor of one of the corporate "10 actions to Address Racism and Inequality" initiatives at State Street. For many years he acts as a sponsor for multiple ethnically diverse talents in EMEA and the US across all management levels. This sponsoring focuses on actual career progression via role expansions, mentoring, and promotions to ensure clear accountability. He regularly hosts employee town halls and workshops where he invites external speakers to talk about race and ethnicity and to help initiate internal dialogue. In addition, Joerg is a senior representative and corporate sponsor of "reboot" – the think-tank made up of financial services professionals who talk about race in UK businesses. Involved from the start, he has supported this initiative through funding their inaugural FS Race to Equality report and Index and acting as an ambassador.

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Kelly McGeehan

Managing Director/VP, Global Head of Issuer Solutions
IHS Markit

Kelly has a passion for driving inclusion at S&P Global and is an active ally for diverse talent. As a leader, her goal is to build a more diverse team and have personal and business KPIs related to recruiting and retaining diverse talent, and creating a more inclusive environment. Kelly won the 2021 Brandon Hall Group Excellence in Technology Awards, in the category of Best Advance in Diversity and Inclusion Innovation based on a career development program she led with Pilot, an award-winning, software-based employee coaching product. In addition, she has been leading the DEI Committee for NIRI San Francisco, with the mission to create a welcoming environment for all and promoting greater diversity within the chapter and the profession. Kelly also participates in and leads programs to support women’s issues ranging from the lack of senior female leaders in Finance to the challenges facing women in South Africa.

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Tiger Tyagarajan

Chief Executive Officer
Genpact

Tiger has been at the forefront of building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture at Genpact. Under his leadership, the firm has made strides to reach its vision of having a 50% gender-diverse workforce globally, reporting 41% global gender diversity in 2022, with women making up 45% of its board. Genpact's DEI initiatives include a broad range of programs designed to attract, retain, and support women professionals at every stage of their careers. The company’s commitment to gender diversity is evidenced by recent honors, including being named to the Forbes Best Employers for Diversity 2022 List, and the 2022 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index. Tiger is a champion of diversity and serves on the board of directors at Catalyst, an organization at the forefront of driving diversity momentum. He is also a founding supporter of the U.S. chapter of the 30% Club, a global campaign focused on increasing gender diversity at board and executive-committee levels.

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Syreeta Brown

Group Chief People & Communications Officer
Virgin Money UK PLC

As the Group Chief People & Communications Officer at Virgin Money since November 2021, Syreeta leads a strategy that improves inclusion by introducing location-agnostic benefits and working practices, to engage people from all backgrounds and reduce 'entry barriers.' Additionally in Syreeta’s prior role as a Global Head of Talent Acquisition Strategy at Citi, Syreeta secured investment for a dedicated Diversity & Inclusion recruitment strategy and team, which successfully improved their diversity hiring. Delivered company-wide, this enabled infrastructure within Recruitment to equip recruiters and hiring managers with tools to promote and ensure inclusion in their processes. Syreeta was also a Senior Leader mentor on the Citi Roots Network Mentoring Program for ethnically diverse talent.

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Sabrina Lynch

SVP
Taylor

As a Black Female Executive leader at Taylor's New York office, Sabrina acts as a vocal and visible role model for management and junior staff. She collaborates with the Taylor Board to curate industry panel discussions that positively impact employees and company partners, articulating the importance for marketers to develop an understanding of diverse communities and multicultural markets. As a mentor of both employees and BIPOC professionals entering the marketing industry for the first time, Sabrina provides counsel on best practices in hiring and team structures to ensure women and People of Color are represented equally at every level of business. Additionally, she is a strategic partner of New York City Mayor's Office for ThriveNYC and the Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity; leading workshops for staff and writing strategic roadmaps on integrating racial equity. An Executive Fellow (Lecturer) at Harvard Business School, Sabrina’s goal is to ensure the development of resources/programs/initiatives that promote societal and professional inclusivity in the corporate, education and political sectors.

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Satvir Bungar MBE FCA MCSI

Managing Director and Head of Business Services Sector, Mergers & Acquisitions
BDO LLP

As Managing Director, Satvir supported and promoted diversity and inclusion while committing to using his national profile at BDO to empower employee progression. Satvir helps lead BDO's media campaign to attract diverse talent. He has been featured in the Advisory stream video on the graduate website as the senior representative showcasing diversity. He is also a mentor to young colleagues as part of the campaign. Additionally, he is a member of BDO's National CEDAR Network and leads the Midlands focus, which represent BDO’s diverse workforce and increase leadership ranks for its ethnically diverse colleagues. In the Midlands, Satvir mentors high-performing ethnically diverse colleagues, charitable causes and client entrepreneurs while also supporting BDO's internal events that promote a safe space for people to have conversations that matter. The BDO Culture Report highlighted Satvir's achievements and they help inform business strategy on inclusion.

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Nigell Todd

Head of Global Foreign Exchange Trading
Fidelity International

The Core Culture group at Fidelity International evolved following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020. Nigell is a one of the members providing input to Senior Management to formulate the company's Cultural Diversity Action Plan and plays a lead role in the Ireland Culture group, implementing the global objectives at a local level. As one of the Global Leads Nigell has been involved in setting up global sub networks for peer support and increasing employee engagement by amplifying cultural celebrations. He is strongly advocating for an increase in the number of individuals of ethnic backgrounds to participate in talent development programmes and is involved in a working group to increase cultural diversity in decision making committees and Boards. Nigell’s passion for change also transcends to the wider industry, showing there is a career pathway into financial services and building a pipeline of diverse future talent.

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Yasmin Diamond

Executive Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Yasmin is one of the company's most senior women and ethnic minority colleagues, and as such is a role model and mentor for colleagues throughout the organisation. Her focus on creating an inclusive environment at IHG starts within her own team. She leads a diverse team, three quarters of which are women, responsible for IHG's corporate affairs across more than 100 countries. She has been a member of IHG's Global DE&I Board since 2018, which helps set the direction for IHG's inclusivity agenda and ensures that the company is hiring and developing inclusive talent. Yasmin is part of IHG's UK working group looking at building ethnically diverse talent within the UK corporate office and promotes diverse recruitment slates and panels for new hires. Since its inception, she has been Executive Sponsor of EMbrace, IHG's Europe-based employee network that aims to help ethnic minority colleagues collaborate and educate others about their role at work and in society.

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Priyanka Aggarwal

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group

Priyanka is a Managing Director & Partner at BCG, and co-leads the India Healthcare Practice. Since 2019 has been leading Women@BCG for the Asia Pacific and beforeg that, she led Women@BCG in India for three years. Women@BCG is Boston Consulting Group's global initiative to attract, retain, and promote talented women and make the firm the most attractive workplace for women's talent. She focuses on building an inclusive culture for Women at BCG and runs initiatives across Recruiting; Career Support, Affiliation, Policies, and External Engagement at the Asia-Pacific level. Under her leadership, BCG in the AP increased the entry-level women recruiting ratio. From 2020, Priyanka has also led Asia Pacific Women CEO Forum where they run dedicating networking sessions to discuss topics such as business transformation, leadership, volatility, and inclusion and diversity with the goal to shape the perspectives of Asia Pacific's largest corporations and create a cohesive force to make further change happen.

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Ronier Cladel Deumeni

Electrical Engineer
Jacobs

Ronier is a Jacobs Harambee member/ambassador and has played a pivotal role in promoting ethnically diverse individuals' inclusion internally. His efforts have resulted in the creation of Jacobs' Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality. Ronier received an 'Outstanding Contribution to Widening Participation, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM' award from the House of Lords for inspiring young people to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Moreover, he founded African Challenge Scotland (ACS) in 2013 to provide opportunities for the black, minority ethnic communities in Glasgow. Ronier played a vital role in the innovative work placement program within ACS and North Glasgow Housing Association, designed and developed to support young people from the African Community. This program was built to enhance their confidence, develop communication skills and problem-solving skills, and increase their knowledge and awareness of the world of work and career opportunities.

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Ama Ankobia

Finance Analyst
GSK

Ama reverse mentors and influences the CFO of GSK by providing a cultural, racial, and generational perspective to promote and implement inclusion. In 2020, Ama and other members founded GSK's global finance I&D team to drive collaboration with a subset of GSK's finance leadership team to align on strategies to drive I&D initiatives across all business units. She has also facilitated a 6-month diverse reverse mentoring program for a cohort of 80 senior leaders and employees, delivered a series of inclusion dialogues & now developing a global network of finance champions to equip and empower colleagues to propel the D&I agenda beyond the UK. Furthermore, Ama has educated the graduate network as a panelist on GSK's' Intersectionality: Encouraging Change' event to encourage young talent to become inclusive leaders and recognize the benefit of diversity.

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Natasha Persad

Vice President Client Services
State Street Bank and Trust

Natasha is part of the State Street 10 Step RAAMI initiative, focused on increasing representation of Ethnic Minorities in Financial Services .This involves partnering with Industry Associations on speaking and thought leadership engagements ,job board creations and raising awareness on inequalities and disparities and finding solutions to address these. Natasha is on the State Street Global Inclusion and Diversity Council and co-chairs the DDE that collaborates with PRIDE, PWN, and other networks to raise awareness on LGBTQ, Gender, Race and Ethnicity and other equality issues. Natasha is a mentor in the UCC Disability Support Services and the NEIC Transition year Flash mentoring programs. She will complete her EMBA at Trinity College Dublin in 2022, a program strongly focused on Sustainability and Ethics and the work of social enterprises. This will create a stronger foundation for her to continue working with and finding resolutions to Diversity and Inclusion issues.

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Elisha St Hilaire

Early Careers Development Manager
Aon

Elisha has driven the conversation at Aon around race and ethnicity in the workplace, serving as Co-Chair of both the Multicultural Network and D&I Data Task Force, as well as participating in the Diversity Council and UK Inclusive Leadership Council. The listening sessions she arranged following George Floyd's murder will continue throughout 2021 as a platform for Black colleagues to share their lived experiences with senior leaders to improve their cultural competence and awareness. Another initiative Elisha is supporting this year will be the outreach skills workshops Aon are organizing for ethnic minority community leaders seeking to provide necessary skills, training on a variety of topics so we can better understand how to support the Black community. Elisha has gained recognition both internally and externally for her work in D&I at Aon and the insurance sector, including winning a We Are the City ‘Rising Star in Diversity’ Award in 2016.

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Robert Hewitt

Principal Landscape Architect
AECOM

Robert has worked across AECOM's Europe region to bring together ethnically diverse employees. For this reason, he helped to create the company's first employee resource group (ERG) – the Ethnic Diversity Network. As Chair, he was instrumental in setting the vision and objectives while challenging the business' strategies and decisions. Since then, membership has grown to over 400 members. With the support of leadership, Robert developed a long-term framework, and short-term goals that drove tangible change. Since 2021, he has been creating opportunities and a safe space for ethnically diverse colleagues to discuss any concerns and delivering six cultural and religious awareness events across Europe. As a result, Robert was able to challenge the business representation targets for ethnically diverse colleagues and the selection and delivery of AECOM's talent and leadership development programmes. He was also able to influence the Europe Real Estate strategy to ensure inclusion of workplaces.

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James Dornor

Electronics Support Engineer - Heritage
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

James is one of 25 volunteers’ part of Accelerate 25, the D&I forum within Mercedes AMG F1 Team. His role includes regular meetings to provide his input on specific areas of D&I, suggestions for future focus areas, internal events. He is a member and mentor at the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE). In his capacity James co-hosted "Make Engineering Hot" in partnership with Mercedes F1 & AFBE. He shared his journey and advised on how to stand out from the crowd. Throughout the year James has assisted students in the STEMettes program, involving aged 16-20yrs writing CV’s. He was interviewed by BBC Radio5LiveF1 for Black History Month, where he discussed the state of diversity in F1 and how the team plans to move forward. James has been leading the process in organising the first motorsport panel with AFBE that’ll include crucial figures of under-represented groups who are the change makers of their time. In his spare time, he volunteers by giving inspiring talks to the next generation that anything is possible.

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Jim Fitterling

Chairman and CEO
Dow

Under Jim’s leadership Dow announced a bold framework aiming to address systemic racism and inequality within the company and its employees’ communities. Named Dow ACTs, the program’s acronym represents the three pillars of the strategy: Advocacy, Community, and Talent. Dow ACTs includes pledging $5 million over the next five years to help accelerate change, establishing a paid time off policy for voting and other non-partisan related civic activities, and including an additional $4.6 million investment in historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and community college skilled trades programs through 2024. Jim also serves as the Executive Sponsor of the Global African Affinity Network (GAAN) Employee Resource Group, which works to provide advocacy for one of the most underrepresented populations in Dow. Outside Dow, Jim regularly participates in discussions with other companies and organizations on the importance of inclusion and equality in advancing the world's economy.

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Aimie Chapple

CEO - Capita Experience
Capita

Aimie is a big supporter of diversity and inclusion and empowering others. She is an active supporter and sponsor of many of Capita’s Employee Network Groups, which provide a space for all employees to feel heard, valued and supported. Our networks include gender equality, multi-faith, wellbeing, family, generation, embrace and rainbow alliance. Aimie hosts monthly colleague coffee & chats on important topics emerging from these networks. Aimie is also helping to drive a more inclusive and ethnically diverse business through her active membership of our Mutual Mentoring programme and also our new RISE programme focussed on creating opportunities for ethnically diverse colleagues to move into leadership roles. Outside of Capita, Aimie also advises start-ups, such as TechPixies, a digital learning organisation that helps women to change jobs or start businesses using digital technologies. In 2021, Aimie was recognised in the HERoes Top 100 Women Executives list, showcasing leaders who are championing women in business and driving change for gender diversity in the workplace. Aimie has also previously been recognised as Business Woman of the Year 2012 and in 2018 featured on the Kindness & Leadership 50 Leading Lights list.

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Matt Sinnott

Group People & Property Director
Lloyds Banking Group

Matt’s visible leadership has helped to transform Lloyds Banking Group's culture and create a more inclusive environment for ethnically diverse colleagues, customers, and communities. Matt advocated and supported the implementation of the Group's Race Action Plan. He sponsored a complete review of the organisation's people policies and processes to remove any issues of bias and deliver a proportional outcome for our ethnically diverse colleagues, leading to the production of the first Ethnicity Pay Gap Report in December 2020. Matt's authentic leadership means his organisation-wide communications have regularly addressed matters that impact ethnically diverse colleagues, helping to build trust in the Race Action Plan. Matt has created a more diverse People Team, and provided significant funding to a People Academy & Sponsorship Programme for ethnically diverse talent, that saw 60% of the 2021 cohort achieve promotion within six months.

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John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman, and CEO
Operation HOPE

John is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc., the largest non-profit provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States. As CEO, he encourages all his employees to promote diversity and inclusion. At Operation HOPE, they promote social justice for ethnically diverse individuals through an economic lens. Within the past year, HOPE has experienced incredible growth and expansion with a focus on diverse communities that are typically underserved. With currently 200 HOPE Inside locations across the country, John and his team of passionate coaches, will continue to support the wider community through programs, partnerships, and initiatives.

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Traci Dinkins

President, Head of Media, North America
Essence Global

As President, Head of Media NA of Essence Global (p/o WPP Group), Traci provides guidance on media best practices for the agency, and she is actively and passionately involved in creating the global roadmap for D&I initiatives within the company. As part of the Essence Global Career Advocacy Program, she mentors individuals of diverse backgrounds to improve retention and strengthen the talent pipeline in the advertising industry. Traci’s engagement as a public speaker has also seen her remain active with her graduate school alma mater as a panelist for DEI/Belonging Events at SC Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2022, and as an Ambassador for the DE&I Advisory Team at Cornell since 2019. She also moderated a Cornell Talk for AA Entrepreneurs' Black History Month Panel.

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Albertha Charles

Partner
PwC

Some of the major changes Albertha has pushed for in PwC’s D&I strategy over the past five years include the introduction of coaches to drive Black and ethnic minority groups progression; the initiation of ‘Fair Allocation of Work’ programs; Ted Circles to encourage open conversations about D&I topics and the ‘One Action’ campaign, which asked everyone to commit to one action they would take personally to embed behavior change. As Chair of the Staff Diversity Council Albertha also gathers feedback across the firm’s networks on D&I priorities and actions taken so far, bringing recommendations to the Partner Diversity Council in response. At 2020’s Anti-Racist Manifesto for Action, Albertha contributed by sharing insights on how PwC reached disclosure rates of over 90% and used the data to drive inclusion actions such as fair work allocation and sponsorship programs.

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Dominic Carter

EVP, publisher of The Sun
News UK

After instigating the creation of a company-wide Diversity Board at News UK, Dominic now sits as its Chair, leading the team to deliver a comprehensive D&I strategy for News UK based on three pillars: a recruitment function ensuring more diverse young talent joins the business; the creation of new pathways to leadership for existing diverse talent; and a renewed focus on ensuring diversity across the company’s brands (The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, Virgin Radio, Times Radio). Together these programs constitute News UK’s commitment to achieving 50:50:20 male:female:ethnic minority representation. Dominic was also responsible for setting up a Cultural Diversity Network as a forum to freely debate how D&I issues affect News UK’s employees, and a means of challenging perceived wisdom in leadership. Other projects which Dominic has been involved with include sponsoring and supporting Sachini Imbuldeniya to set up Studio PI, a new photography and illustration agency promoting underrepresented talent.

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Balbir Bakhshi

Chief Risk Officer and Member of Executive Committee
London Stock Exchange Group

Since joining LSEG in early 2021, Balbir is a regular speaker at events across the company advocating for sustainable change around diversity and inclusion. Through the past year, he has been the Executive Lead of the Building a Diverse Team initiative across LSEG that has focused on numerous changes across recruitment processes, and he personally sponsored the introduction of a return to work program aimed at female returners. He leads by example with his current senior leadership team being above the forward Group targets for gender and ethnicity. In addition, Balbir has a strong voice on social media campaigns across all D&I topics and promotes what LSEG does to support the LGBTQ+ community as the executive sponsor for LSEG Pride. Furthermore, along with a small group of industry colleagues, he is part of the newly formed CRO Diversity Forum aimed at encouraging more diverse candidates into risk management and changing the face of financial services in support for a more diverse workforce. Balbir is also a Board member of London Clearing House Ltd, London Clearing House S.A and Tradeweb Markets Inc.

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Rak Kalidas

Commercial Director
Compass Group UK & I

‘Within’ is the Cultural Diversity Employee Network which Rak founded at Compass Group UK&I. Now sitting as its Chair, Rak has laid out the group’s aims to develop plans to improve diversity within Compass and be a voice for the firm’s employees. Believing dialogue is essential to making change happen in the right areas, the network introduced listening groups where ethnic minority employees’ experiences can be heard. The impact of the company’s D&I program has seen increased visibility of D&I across all sectors through comms and educational work, including a new program of Reverse Mentoring and InclustiviTEA sessions. Rak is also the UK&I representative for the Compass Group Global D&I Champion Committee, sits on the Board of WiHTL (the Festival of Inclusion in Hospitality, Travel and Leisure), and serves on both the Deloitte D&I Committee and CMI Race Advisory Committee.

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Crystal Wallace

EVP, Data Operations & Infrastructure
Publicis Media

Crystal is the Chair of the Accountability Measurement Committee for Spark Foundry’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, and co-chairs Publicis Media Atlanta’s Women In Technology (VivaWIT); a Business Resource Group for women in technology and their allies. She is also an active participant in numerous other BRGs, such as Égalité (an LGBTQ+ BRG), VivaWomen of Color, and enABLE Publicis Groupe’s BRG for colleagues with visible and invisible disabilities and their allies. For the second year, Crystal has overseen the deployment of SparkFoundry’s Equity and Inclusion Measurement Framework and Employee Survey at Spark Foundry, using data and metrics to decide upon action items for growth and development. These insights have led to positive quantifiable impact for Sparkfoundry’s inclusive community. Beyond Spark Foundry, serves as a volunteer and mentor across several community organization including, the Emma Bowen Foundation, HBCU first, Career Talks and Powerplay to help girls build confidence through improv.

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Aisling McCaffrey

Associate Director - Sustainability & Financial Services Advisory
Grant Thornton

For the last eight years, Aisling has been a mentor with Grant Thornton as part of the Trinity Access Program to create pathways into the professional world of work for young adults from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are often ethnically diverse. In the last 12 months, she has contributed to the redesign of the Grant Thornton D&I Strategy to place a greater focus on the Ethnicity Pillar and promote a more inclusive workplace for Grant Thornton’s increasingly diverse workforce. She is now the co-lead of the Employee Resource group, actively involved with the overall re-development of the D&I strategy. Since 2022, Aisling has also been a community mentor for the African Professional Network of Ireland, providing free career guidance & advice to ethnically diverse individuals in Ireland.

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Iman Taha

Project Manager
Jacobs

In 2020, Iman initiated a Harambee (Jacobs' Black Employee Network) chapter in the Middle East to empower and engage Black talent in the region. She held Courageous Conversations as an opportunity for employees to share the obstacles and issues they face regularly. Iman also created initiatives focused on connecting the Company's diverse talent with global network members to develop their careers within the Company and encourage employee retention. She managed a regional collaboration with other networks to firmly embed the Jacobs TogetherBeyond Action Plan across all employee networks. In the past year, Iman joined the UAE Black Professional Network Steering Committee created for Black professionals across all industries to empower them and help develop their careers and provide employees with networking opportunities. Iman's work both within Jacobs and externally, mirror her commitment to create an inclusive environment where every voice is heard and valued.

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Aaron Thompson

Audit Trainee
BDO

Aaron is the Co-Founder and Chair of South East BAME/CEDAR Network and ran the South East Black History Month Campaign in 2020 to spread awareness of Black inspirational people and culture. Since 2020, Aaron has worked with colleagues to create a sense of community for people of colour in the South East. After the murder of George Floyd, he raised his concerns about the firm’s stance and practices with Partners, with the firm later standing in solidarity with the BLM Movement. Aaron featured in an internal video campaign about racism in 2020, talking about allyship to aid inclusion in the workplace. He is a member of the Black Lives Working Group which successfully worked with senior management to agree a target of having 10% of partners from an ethnically diverse background, with 10% being from Black heritage by 2026 and this is something Aaron intends to hold the firm to account on. Aaron has also been working on the ESG Executive since 2021, recommending and influencing the direction of the Social Impact strategy for the firm, including EDI, CSR and social mobility initiatives.

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Toks Sotande-Peters

Global Relationship Director - Consumer, Retail and Healthcare
Barclays

Toks is a Global Relationship Director for Barclays focusing on Healthcare and Consumer Retail clients. Toks is also a Co-Chair of Barclays Black Professionals Resource Group (BPRG) in the Americas where we works to support the attraction, retention, development, and engagement of Black professionals at Barclays. In 2020, Toks, and the BPRG Leadership, helped the bank respond to colleagues, clients, and communities looking for Barclays to take action on DEI with the production of a research paper titled "Path Forward" that laid a clear plan of action. The document eventually became the company's Global Race at Work Agenda, recognized in the Barclays annual Citizenship & Diversity Awards in 2021. Committed to taking DEI externally, Toks, regularly supports the bank in engaging with local communities to support high school students with access to advice, mentors, and opportunities at Barclays. Toks has also led, as an ambassador, the Race at Work Client Engagement workstream, where Barclays collaborates and partners with clients to share best practices and ideas on D&I engagement.

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Sherena Masharani

Trainee Solicitor
Centrica plc

As Head of Communications and Engagement for the VOICE Network (Ethnicity Network), Sherena led its relaunch, creating a forum for colleagues to support one another with over 300 cross-company members engaged. In addition, she produced 'Amplify' a research bulletin promoting the message of inclusion by raising awareness and focusing on how people can turn awareness and knowledge into practical action and active allyship. Sherena also coordinated Centrica's Legal (LRECS) diversity and inclusion event that committed fourteen leading law firms to initiatives providing more inclusive workplaces for employees. In addition to this, she has supported Centrica's Access to Law work-experience program, supporting ethnically diverse students entering the legal profession and helped establish a specific LRECS D&I Committee focused on education and promoting diversity within the business function.

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Tiffany Woo

Executive Director, R&D Operations Business Development
Organon

Tiffany Woo is Executive Director, R&D Operations Business Development and Global Lead, Asia Pacific Association, Employee Resource Group of Organon, a spinoff of Merck dedicated to Women’s Health. She has worked and published in clinical research for over 20 years and has experience in many therapeutic areas in global clinical and medical affairs lead roles. She is an alumna of both Columbia University and NYU where she received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and Electrophysiology. She is a 2021 Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award recipient from the Asian American Business Development Center and received the 2021 Women of Color in Pharma Trailblazer Award. Tiffany is also the Vice President of the Columbia University Alumni Club of NY and Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, Advisor for the Asian Columbia Alumni Association and is an active ally for Asian alumni and colleagues.

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Keith Barr

CEO
IHG Hotels & Resorts

Under Keith’s leadership DE&I has been made integral to IHG’s company strategy. The firm’s 2030 business plan, ‘Journey to Tomorrow’, includes commitments specific to DE&I, such as doubling the representation of under – represented groups across leadership teams and building a culture of inclusion. Steps taken to achieve these goals include strengthened policies and programs, rolling out a ‘Conscious Inclusion’ program to all corporate employees and driving more focused events and communications to increase colleague awareness. Keith actively participates in industry-level discussions around the importance of inclusion and has signed both the Race at Work Charter and the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance DE&I in the workplace.

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Renata Correia Cubas

Tax Partner
Mattos Filho

Renata is a Partner and member of the Executive Committee of Mattos Filho. She sponsors the firm’s racial equity initiatives such as Soma Project developed to attract and retain non-white talent,  that created in 2019, Soma Talentos, an affirmative action which aims to hire and include non-white Law school students and first year associated in the firm. In less than four years, Mattos Filho's increased non-white talent within their legal team. Renata represents Mattos Filho in the Legal Alliance for Racial Equity as a Member of the Board, which gathers 12 Brazilian full-service law firms around racial equity in the legal industry. At last, she is a co-founder of Women in Tax Brazil, which aims to promote diversity in tax, and gathers over 3,000 women, and together with other C-level women she is also mentor at Women in Law Mentoring.

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Catherine Johnson

Group General Counsel
London Stock Exchange Group

Catherine is Executive Committee Sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion at LSEG, Chair of the D&I Working Group and sponsor of the Women Inspired Network. Her thoughtful, compassionate and visible leadership on diversity and inclusion has seen LSEG introduce targeted initiatives designed to aid the progress of underrepresented and emerging talent and build a sustainable, diverse pipeline of prospective new joiners. These initiatives include an inclusive leadership programme, accelerator programmes to identify and progress Black and Latinx talent, colleagues based in Asia Pacific, and the LSEG Returner programme addressing the gender gap at middle management level and above. Catherine is driving progress against LSEG’s gender and ethnicity senior leadership targets, which will be extended to apply beyond leadership. She is a prominent advocate for allyship at LSEG and long-time champion of the Group’s intent to build an open, inclusive culture where everyone feels they belong.

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Funmi Adegoke

Group General Counsel and Chief Sustainability Officer
Halma plc

Funmi is Group General Counsel and Chief Sustainability Officer at Halma, the FTSE 100 global group of life saving technology companies. Halma is committed to building a diverse and inclusive culture throughout the Group and is a signatory of Change the Race ratio. As a member of the Group Executive team, Funmi helps drive a culture of inclusion where everyone feels they belong, and her commitment to diversity is evident in her leadership team, with 50% gender diversity and 33% ethnic diversity. Funmi aims to challenge stereotypes and supports emerging talent, with a focus on enabling work environments where everyone can fulfil their potential. She speaks publicly and candidly about her experiences, supports corporate Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives, sponsors ethnically diverse individuals and has partnered with organisations that improve diversity within the legal profession. Outside of Halma, she is a non-executive director of a FTSE 100 company.

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Reshma Ramachandran

Group Senior Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer
The Adecco Group

As Senior Vice President & Chief Transformation Officer at The Adecco Group, Reshma is one of few women of color in a senior management position in Switzerland. She serves as the sponsor for the Ethnic Minority Women's Network and is a mentor to several ethnic minority women in the organization. Her team consists of several ethnically diverse women. In her role in transforming the business, one of the key pillars is diversity & inclusion, helping clients hire more ethnically diverse candidates by eliminating bias in the recruitment process. As well as serving as a mentor to ethnically diverse colleagues, she has started a LinkedIn group where several senior women of color provide coaching and mentoring to women of color pro-bono. Reshma also sits on the Advisory Board of the World Women Foundation and is a keynote speaker at Women in Tech, Equality leaders, and Global Movement for Women in Tech.

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Jeanne Samuels

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Wealth and Personal Banking US
HSBC

Jeanne is a founding member of the HSBC Black Leaders Action & Advisory Council, which comprises Black employees and allies from across the organization globally. The council organically come together to hold senior HSBC leadership accountable for their expressed commitments to HSBC's black employees and press for systemic and sustainable progress toward stated D&I goals. Jeanne is also a sponsor for two junior Black legal colleagues in connection with an initiative to provide formal Sponsorship and tailored development for Black lawyers. In July 2020, along with four other Black women lawyers, she authored a paper titled "Moving Beyond Conversation: Diversity and Inclusion Transformation Proposal For Black Employees in HNAH." The document was presented to HSBC senior management in the US and successfully set forth targeted diversity and inclusion initiatives to mitigate some of the critical challenges for Black employees within the bank.

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Jacqui Moore

Executive Producer
Peloton Interactive

Since joining Peloton Interactive as Executive Producer, Jacqui has been instrumental in identifying diverse suppliers and ensuring representation by including a 'diversity and inclusion rider' in all vendor production service agreements. She is a member of the Black at Peloton ERG and mentors and coaches diverse employees. Jacqui also serves as Mentor and Advisor to media non-profits committed to creating opportunity and equity for underrepresented communities. A runner herself, the death of Ahmaud Arbery provided the catalyst for Jacqui’s commitment to dismantle stereotypes through increasing representation (both in front of and behind the camera) and changing the narrative in both casting and story-telling. Additionally, Jacqui pro-actively reaches out to brands to raise D&I concerns as they appear, and has provided pro-bono consulting to brands and production companies to support their marketing campaigns in being inclusive - as well as to offer support and guidance on diversifying their talent network.

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Sabrina Natasha Browne

Vice President, Corporate Affairs
BCW

Sabrina serves as the North American Lead for BCW's African American Employee Resource (AAER) Group and works in conjunction with BCW's C-Suite to create professional and personal development experiences for employees. Recently, she put together a partnership with Wine to Water to host BCW's first Filter Build program that resulted in clean water going to 350 individuals and families in Africa and the Caribbean until 2030. She launched BCW's first-ever Black History Month Guide to educate BCW employees and clients on how to build relationships with the Black community. In 2020, Sabrina was selected as one of 20 Black female leaders to participate in WPP (BCW's parent company) Elevate Women's Leadership Program, designed to accelerate Black career progression across WPP. Co-chair of the newly launched Black Voices Affinity Group at the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), she works in collaboration with the PRSA National D&I Committee to convene like-minded members to strengthen connections and build relationships.

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Corey Durant

Vice President of Research
CoStar Group

Since 2020, Corey has been the Founder and Executive Sponsor of The Black Excellence Network (B.E.N.), CoStar's first African American ERG. With over 600 active members, the group hosted over 25 events in its inaugural year. B.E.N. seeks to promote positive workplace dynamics and elevate the contribution of Black people within the organization by increasing visibility and education, bringing awareness to Black history and culture. Their initiatives include book clubs and speaker series, promoting mentorship and leadership development opportunities for Black employees, advocating for diversity in recruitment efforts, consistency and fairness in interview tactics and compensation, and providing corporate philanthropic opportunities that impact and influence the Black community. Additionally, Corey actively attends recruiting events and career fairs at HBCUs and all universities to support building a diverse talent pool at CoStar.

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Mercheley Beuns

Vice President, Head of Talent Acquisition
Fox Corporation

When it comes to D&I at Fox, Mercheley is focused on leading from a data driven standpoint to implement strategic initiatives that will attract, build, and diversify candidate pipelines at all levels, from campuses to senior committees. Mercheley has also concentrated on leaning into the company’s diversity partners, educating on the value of diversity and ensuring aspirational diversity goals are tied to recruitment initiatives. The combination of programs she has championed have led to continuing improvements in diversity across various levels of the business. Mercheley’s other efforts to bring in diverse talent include recruiting for Fox at diversity journalism conferences every year, an effort which has resulted in numerous hires. Unsurprisingly, Mercheley is often asked to share her expertise on recruiting and diversity, and she has been featured as a panelist on topic for various organizations and recruitment podcast.

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Javad Mushtaq

Deputy CEO / Managing Partner / CEO / Co-Founder
EAT Foundation / JM Ventures / MAK / CEO Commitment

Javad is a recognized winning impact leader diversity pioneer social entrepreneur and impact investor on a mission to democratize access to opportunities and capital. Javad is the Founder and CEO of MAK a multi-award winning systems change organization on DEI in Nordics empowering talents upskilling organizations and challenging policymakers. In 2021 he co-founded the Nordic CEO Commitment a pioneering initiative between two organizations to accelerate gender and ethnic minority inclusion with 60+ CEOs signing. He is also Founder and CEO of JM Ventures Norway's first advisory and impact investment firm with the core thesis that diversity is profitable. With focus on ethnicity and people-of-color JM Ventures has in the last 12 months advised and mentored over 200 underrepresented founders joined as advisor of more than 10 diversity-founded startups invested and set up the first diverse-led investor syndicate through co-founding WE& Capital. Javad is also the Deputy CEO of EAT Foundation.

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Marina Ebrubah

Head of Client Due Diligence
Man Group

Marina is one of the founding members of Man Group's Black Employees and Allies network, BEAM. Last year, Marina was appointed to Man Group's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (‘DE&I’) Steering Committee and has been involved in setting the DE&I strategy for the firm as well as overseeing initiatives. She has led the organisation of internal events such as a Lunch and Learn with Wes Moore for US Black History Month, a Lunch and Learn with Michael Barrington-Hibbert for UK Black History Month, and a Lunch and Learn with Nicolas Hamilton for International Day of Persons with Disabilities. She is a passionate advocate of Man's grassroots initiatives and is currently working with a group of South Asian employees to help launch a network for the firm. She contributes her passion to the broader asset management industry, through her contribution as a Diversity Project ambassador and #talkaboutblack’s EnCircle committee member.

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Moussa Thiam

Head of Cross-Border
Beazley PLC

As Vice-chair of the Race Culture and Ethnicity Network at Beazley, Moussa organized many cultural events. Promoting inclusion and diversity in alternative ways is Moussa's passion and this led to the creation of the first Beazley RACE podcast, which he hosts. In addition, Moussa was a panel member for the inaugural Black History Month carnival attended by 40% of the organization, including Beazley executives, and led and presented Beazley's first Ramadan celebration. Moussa has also created the RACE@Beazley coaching scheme, which is launching this summer and looks to provide members of the network with guidance and support for their careers. The success of these events has led him to gain exposure, reaching many employees, and as a result, the engagement in the network increased yearly with a 30% gain from the starting point. Furthermore, encouraging allies to support the network has created a more significant impact on the company's executive committee to bring about change.

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Eileen Lewis

Performance and Development Manager
Capita

Eileen is the Founder and lead of RISE which aids Capita to readdress the balance of inequality by building a sustainable career pathway that ensures a fair representation of ethnic diversity at all levels of the business. She specifically designed, delivered, and curated RISE to equip ethnically diverse colleagues with leadership tools and techniques to enhance confidence, skills, and competencies through upskilling and reskilling to help them progress into more senior roles. She is a group leader of the Black Lives Matter Advisory Group, an active member of Capita's Black Employee and Embrace Networks. She continually promotes diversity and inclusion by liaising with the CEO, Chief People Officer, D&I Director, and senior leaders via internal activities to ensure the company has an inclusive culture, fair BAME representation, education, awareness, and engagement.

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Swati Mohan

Senior Analyst
Natwest Group

Swati has always been committed to creating an open, honest, and inclusive workplace for ethnically diverse individuals and in 2021, as part of the bank's Inclusion Week, she conducted the 'Challenging stereotypes and biases' campaign under the Sikh Network to raise awareness of stereotypes based on all strands of diversity, including gender, ethnicity, religion, caste, color and creed, age, ability, and disability. In the same year, Swati led languages awareness campaigns for South Asian Heritage Month and later received an Outstanding Service to Diversity and Inclusion award. In addition, Swati has also cultivated awareness of the importance of D&I through DGFG Campaigns, Women's Day Celebrations, and the Every Woman network and has been the multi-cultural and D&I ambassador for Natwest by working at a grassroots level to bring out a significant change in the mindsets of people by building valuable relationships.

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Ross Charles

Transformation Project Manager
Community Fibre

Renowned as a Change Maker and Positive Disruptor, Ross dedicates much of his time in and out of work actively removing barriers for ethnically diverse people across the UK and Internationally. His work includes being an active member of D&I Networks where he drives change at strategic level to ensure that minority ethnic colleagues are not being left behind. Some of the work he has been involved in includes the establishment of a recruitment assurance panel to ensure that internal and external applicants could be assured of a robust and fair interview process, irrespective of their individual characteristics and creation and delivery of the RealTalk mentoring programme for young people and adults. He also engages in community and charitable work, motivational speaking, mentoring and advocacy. Ross creates safe spaces where employees can speak freely about issues that are usually taboo to encourage open discussion and learning opportunities.

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David Shelley

Group CEO
Hachette UK

David works closely with Hachette UK's ten employee networks, including THRIVE - the organisation's Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic Employee Network – and holds quarterly strategy meetings to agree on their respective goals and any actions for the company to help improve its levels of representation. In addition, David also co-chairs Hachette UK's open-forum workshops to discuss its ethnicity pay gap reports and drive associated actions. All of which have contributed to a 1.3% increase in representation across the business. In 2020, David and his team also created a Mirror Board Leadership Programme for high-potential colleagues from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, which ran for 18 months and involved strategic tasks to expand business understanding and provide first-hand learning from Board members. He also started an internal programme to pair staff from backgrounds currently under-represented at Board level with a Board member for a 12-month mentoring period.

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Jeffrey Russell

President of Accenture Canada
Accenture

Jeffrey is the Founding Executive Sponsor of BOLD (Black Outreach Leadership Development) employee resource group, established in 2019. This ERG aims to identify, engage, and increase Black talent at Accenture Canada, focused on learning and development, recruitment, community, and building allyship. Under Jeffrey's leadership, BOLD ERG has increased membership by 300% by facilitating cross-collaboration between other ERGs and Accenture Canada's I&D leadership team. In addition, under Jeffrey's leadership, Mediacorp named Accenture Canada one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers in 2022. He has also helped establish ASPIRE, an internal mentorship program for people of color. This program is part of Accenture's commitment to supporting the development and advancement of BIPOC employees in Canada. Moreover, he is on the advisory board of Catalyst Canada, whose mission is to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

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Rhonda Childress

Vice President, Chief Innovation Officer Security and Resiliency, Kyndryl Fellow
Kyndryl

Throughout her career, Rhonda has been a positive influence on the professional community as a Global champion for the advancement of women and other underrepresented minorities across IBM/Kyndryl by using "outcome-based mentoring," which helps to achieve a specific outcome, such as obtaining architectural certification or filing a patent. As a result, the women Rhonda has mentored in IBM/Kyndryl have created patents, obtained IT Architect and IT Specialist Certifications, and been promoted to STSM and Distinguished Engineer. Furthermore, she has been taking her passion for helping others in the world of technology outside IBM by building a pipeline of students interested in STEM careers. While working with young people by showing "outcome-based" projects that would interest everyone in learning the technology behind the outcome, she aims to inspire future generations to choose STEM careers. Rhonda has been guiding, supporting, and sponsoring many people to achieve their goals, from coaching and mentoring adults joining the workforce to those wanting to advance their careers.

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Timothy Wilkins

Global Partner for Client Sustainability
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tim has over two decades of experience guiding social justice, cultural, and sustainability initiatives across New York City and around the world. Tim leads the firm’s global sustainability practice, advising clients on regulatory, litigation and transactional issues, including the role business can play in the fight for racial justice. Tim co-led the founding of the New York Circular City Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, businesses and foundations to promote employment opportunities and a greener environment for the city. Tim has been a fierce advocate for social justice on several boards of leading non-profit organizations, including New York Public Radio as Chair, the Public Theater and the NYC Economic Development Corporation as Chair of the Governance Committee. At Freshfields, Tim established programs to bolster the success of students and lawyers of color, including founding the firm’s participation in Legal Outreach, a mentoring program for NYC high school students.

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Rajeev Mittal

Managing Director, Asia Pacific (Ex Japan)
Fidelity International

As Managing Director at Fidelity International for the Asia Pacific ex Japan region, Rajeev is responsible for setting Fidelity's regional corporate and strategic initiatives, and ensuring a strong focus on diversity and inclusion. He drives the development of the D&I strategy in the region and champions an inclusive culture. Rajeev introduced a regular schedule of D&I focused talent reviews and prompted actions to develop a diverse talent pipeline. Rajeev also works with his leadership teams to embed D&I into their management focus, he supports communications activities across the region to engage colleagues in D&I programmes, and he encourages colleagues to share their experiences to bring the D&I strategy alive. In 2021, Rajeev was selected as a Global Top 100 Executive Ally by the LGBT Great Network, recognising efforts to promote allyship in the region.

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Gavin Lewis

Managing Director, Head of UK Local Government Pension Scheme
BlackRock

In addition to his role as Head of UK LGPS, Gavin is currently Co-Chair for BlackRock’s Global Black Professionals Network, which involves leading the firm’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts for Black professionals across its offices, globally. Gavin sits on the firm’s Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) DEI Taskforce, and has participated in numerous industry discussions on the challenges Black professionals face and on leadership & professional development for Black professionals. He has been recognized for his efforts to increase minority representation at BlackRock and in the asset management industry, including with the Heart of BlackRock Award 2020, which recognizes BlackRock employees for creating a culture of empathy, trust, and respect.

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Maxine Goddard

SVP, Strategic Distribution & Development
Sompo International

Maxine is an award-winning champion for greater inclusivity across the insurance industry. She also sits on the Executive Committee of the industry-wide Insurance Cultural Awareness Network (iCAN), with responsibility for partnerships and external relationships. She is also the co-chair of RATL, the Race Action though Leadership group for CEOs and Board Chairs. Maxine is very active in D&I within the insurance industry, and is a regular public speaker on race and ethnicity. Her work across the insurance industry involves raising awareness of the challenges faced by POC from recruitment through to career development and senior progression; and their exit. Her work involves holding listening sessions, focus groups while educating middle management, hiring managers and external recruiters and broadly garnering C-Suite executive sponsorship. This enabled her to get over 50 C-Suite executives to volunteer as mentors to a range of BME employees. She chaired the Annual Diversity Summit for the Association of British Insurers in 2021. She previously chaired the Zurich Insurance Cultural Awareness Network and has been key to leading Zurich’s multicultural D&I strategy including the publication of the Zurich UK ethnicity pay gap report in 2020, the first for the insurance industry. Maxine was the first winner of the Insurance Award as the Race Champion in 2019 and continues to lead challenging discussions with senior leaders breaking down barriers at work for ethnic minorities. She was also the winner of the Women in Insurance 2020 Role Model of the Year.

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Parminder Kohli

Senior Vice President EMEA . Shell Lubricants
Shell

As one of the few ethnic minority leaders in the senior executive group of Shell, Parminder made it his duty and moral obligation to be active in ensuring a fair and equal playing field for diversity. Parminder spearheaded a "Count Me In" campaign that increased Shell UK’s ethnicity self-declaration rates to 81% in 2021. Increased declaration has allowed us to develop interventions or improve specific programs, policies, and practices for our UK employees. Parminder also coaches, mentors, and sponsors talented ethnically diverse employees for performance and career progression and has also hosted "fireside chat" discussions with ethnically diverse employees on a range of topics from "Leading a Purposeful Life" to "Building Effective Networks" and "Managing Stakeholders".

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Esohe Denise Odaro

Head, Investor Relations & Sustainable Finance
IFC

Esohe has led several initiatives to focus on targeted recruitment for people of color into sustainable finance. In addition, Esohe is a mentor to 12 young people of color across institutions and geographies, offering one-on-one counseling and career guidance. She is the Program Champion for IFC’s delegation to the McKinsey Black Leadership Academy, a training program for black senior leaders 1-2 levels below the C-Suite. Most recently, she has used podcasts as a medium to promote ideas around diversity and the inclusion of people of color and women into mainstream business. She has also been featured on Kenyan Wall Street, speaking on how to bring more African women into leadership positions within finance. She recently co-authored the publications Bonds to Bridge the Gap (2020) and Emerging Practices for the Economic Inclusion of LGBTI People (2021) which offer guidance to financial institutions and corporates to advance equity for women and LGBTI people

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Rupinder Bains

Managing Director of Pinder Reaux & Associates Ltd and Director on the Board of The Football Association
Pinder Reaux & Associates Ltd

As the first-ever Asian person to have been appointed to the Board of the Football Association, Rupinder has helped elevate D&I within the organization, ensuring that this subject is on every Board agenda. She was part of the committee that formulated the Leadership Diversity Code for football clubs to sign up to, looking at increasing diversity at the senior management levels and for coaching roles. All signatories to the code will report back on their recruitment annually, introducing accountability. Rupinder is also a member of the McKenzie Delis review committee, which produced the most comprehensive D&I review ever carried out, looking at race, gender, age, ethnicity, mental health, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic background, nationality, religion, and parenthood in the UK's top 500 companies. In addition, she has taken on Mentoring roles to encourage individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds to work in football.

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Annie Xiao

Go-to-Market Manager, Sustainability and ESG
Equilibrium AI

As a founding member of FiscalNote’s DEIBA Task Force, Annie helped publish their inaugural DEI report in 2020 and launched the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) interest group and French club to promote diversity and inclusion within the global technology company. In addition to her efforts at FiscalNote, Annie is an active member of the Women in Government Relations’ DEI Committee, where she continues to highlight DEI issues facing Government Affairs professionals today. As a Board Member of VIDA Fitness' Diversity & Inclusion Board, Annie helped launch VIDA’s Personal Training Scholarship Program this year, an initiative to increase diversity in the fitness industry by supporting local minority residents with a demonstrated interest in becoming personal trainers. Annie is also a Co-Chair of the 10,000 Degrees Young Professionals Council, a diverse group of young business leaders that support students from low-income backgrounds in pursuit of their higher education and career goals.

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Elaine McKay

Director: International Affairs
JAPAN TOBACCO INC.

From 2019 to 2021, Elaine was Founder and Chair of TOGETHER - an ERG aimed at gender diversity and in 2019 created the environment for JTI’s newest ERG, EmbRACE, aimed at ethnic and racial diversity. Over the last two years, she has actively created a sense of belonging for a group of gender and ethnically diverse employees. As one of the most senior woman of color in the company, she has advocated for the creation of a safe space for people to share experiences, learn and grow, and she has raised her concerns to senior management whenever incidents of systemic racism have occurred. In addition, Elaine has formed a network of change agents and ambassadors at all levels of the company that has created psychological safety and took every opportunity of panels speaking to advocate for gender and ethnic diversity.

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Malaika Jawed

Associate Solicitor
BLM

Malaika started out as a CSR representative and after noticing a lack of representation of BAME causes, and a lack of contributions to CSR events from ethnic minority colleagues, she set about finding ways to improve ED&I at the firm. Malaika started out leading projects with local charities in Manchester, supporting ethnic minority members of the community and raising awareness of diversity. Eventually, BLM set up an EDI group and Malaika was named an ambassador. Malaika created and now leads the Multicultural Network at BLM. In these roles Malaika has set up mentoring schemes, attended panel discussions for universities, worked on events and publications, reviewed office policies to ensure they reflect the objectives of the Network, including recommending the use of blind CVs to ensure people are assessed on their key skills and talents. Malaika also mentors law students for external organisations.

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Isaiah Wellington-Lynn

Founding Faculty, Lead of Academic Integration and Coaching
London Interdisciplinary School

Isaiah is a Founding member of the Admissions Decisions Committee at the London Interdisciplinary School, a new university for those who want to shape the world and not just fit in. He uses his anthropology background to help make holistic, intersectional decisions on an applicant's potential. He has helped build one of the most forward-thinking contextual recruiting tools that attracts students from ethnically and neurodiverse backgrounds. Isaiah is also a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and designs the School's internal workshops on belonging. He is on a mission to create more moments for people to experience shared compassion. Isaiah also leads the School's pioneering stance on Student-Centred Design, curating empowering and diverse curricula. Isaiah is also an Anthropology PhD candidate at Oxford, an Anthropologist-in-Residence at TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, and an Associate Expert at the Creative Mentor Network. He focuses on building communities where underrepresented groups can belong.

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Xiaoqin Jia

Associate Director
Ernst & Young

Gigi sets out to promote socio-economic diversity. She reached out to the City of London's Socio-Economic Task Force and is currently working with task force members to improve socio-economic diversity at senior levels in financial and professional services across the UK. Gigi is also actively promoting the "Who Gets Ahead" movement which calls for attention to the "progression gap" of lower socio-economic backgrounds. Gigi joined EY in 2022 and immediately signed up to be a mentor of young women professionals within EY's Women's Network. She ensures regular check-ins and timely guidance and support to the mentees when they encounter challenges.

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Yaa Ofori-Ansah

Senior Strategy and Policy Advisor, and Founder, Talking Drums
Civil Service

Yaa is the Founder of Talking Drums, a sustainable-focused travel platform and marketplace, that aims to promote positive impact and diversity in travel. From 2018 to 2021, she was a committee member, and later Deputy Chair, of a global Bank's Black Professionals Forum (BPF). Yaa was responsible for leading career development and community engagement initiatives, and co-leading BPF's flagship RISE mentoring program, equipping Black and Ethnic Minority sixth-form students with skills and confidence to achieve their goals; and nurturing talent from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Under her co-leadership, the program expanded its annual intake by 250%, included work experience at the bank's headquarters, a dedicated Insight Programme for Year 10 students, and increased partnerships. Yaa was also part of the Bank's Race at Work Taskforce, helping to embed its commitments to enable tangible and long-term changes across the organisation. Since 2021, she has been a Business Ambassador for her department's diversity network, responsible for aligning the ambitions of the network and wider department with the support required for businesses. In 2021, Yaa won the WeAreTheCity Rising Star Award for Banking and Capital Markets.

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Anne Erni

Chief People Officer
Audible

As Chief People Officer at Audible, Anne leads both HR and Real Estate, two areas that are inextricably linked, as highlighted by the global pandemic. Anne activates caring at Audible by embracing a culture that celebrates all the glories of the human spectrum. She introduced the D&I function at Lehman Brothers, Bloomberg, and Audible, by setting the strategy and actively driving results. She is a mentor with W.O.M.E.N. In America (WIA), a development program for high potential women with a focus on women of color. She has also supported Johns Hopkins University's efforts to drive diversity in its faculty. An effort that Anne is most proud of pioneering is “Encore,” the first back to work program for women who had left the workforce to care for their children. She launched the program at Lehman Brothers in 2005 and it continues to thrive throughout the U.S. today, including at Audible.

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Lisa Levy

Head of Marketing & Communications, Europe
Jacobs

Lisa knows that as a Jacobs business leader her words and actions act as a lever for cultural change. With this in mind Lisa is currently serving as Executive Sponsor of Harambee, a Jacobs network committed to positively impacting the Black employee experience through the recruitment, development, and retention of Black talent. Lisa has mentored Harambee ambassadors to help them grow the network’s membership, and has promoted the group’s work, objectives, and successes through multiple internal communication channels across Europe. She has also stepped forward to support the team in designing and delivering engagement events and to amplify the group's voice to senior leadership, as well as using her professional network to find advocates and external speakers that can support Harambee’s activities. Since the global launch of Jacobs’ Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality, Lisa has worked to set actionable and measurable objectives to address systemic racial inequalities.

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John Langley

Head of Wells Fargo International
Wells Fargo

Head of Wells Fargo International and Executive Sponsor for the EMEA Black Connections Network, John, in 2020, secured funding and helped create the network. He was instrumental in signing the Race at Work Charter in October 2021, and he ensures that DE&I is a regular topic at EMEA Executive meetings. As a result, in 2021, the EMEA Executive Committee developed a set of DE&I expectations & actions for all members. John has been key in ensuring hiring practices promote diversity. All interview panels have diverse representation, diverse candidate slates, and partnerships with external recruitment firms that draw candidates from diverse backgrounds. He is actively involved in the program BOLD- Building Organisational Leadership Diversity. Additionally, he worked with Wells Fargo's black connections lead to secure sponsorship of the Black British Business Awards in 2022.

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Shirine Khoury-Haq

Interim CEO
Co-op Group Ltd

A proud member and an Executive Sponsor of Rise - a Co-op colleague network representing ethnically diverse employees - Shirine is part of all colleague networks, representing different groups. She openly shares life experiences borne from her intersectional identity, as a woman and working mother of Palestinian and Turkish heritage. To understand, appreciate and celebrate differences across 60,000 colleagues, Shirine champions and speaks to diversity and inclusion, bias and allyship, often alongside experts. She has frequently spoken to professional networks outside the group in the last year and empowered her mentees to also share their stories. Acknowledging the work to be done for Co-op to be truly anti-racist, Shirine sponsored the group’s diversity and inclusion commitments, which have seen senior leaders from an ethnic minority climb to 9% and apprenticeships worth millions created for under-represented candidates.

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Bo Lu

Vice President of Corporate Strategy, BD, incubation business, and global MI
Lenovo

Bo Lu is a passionate advocate and role model for ethnically diverse colleagues both within and outside of her workplace. Since becoming Lenovo’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Bo has grown female representation on her own team to 62%. In addition to her role leading strategy for the global technology company, she contributes to Lenovo’s culture of diversity and inclusion by mentoring rising female and Asian talents as an executive sponsor of Lenovo’s Women Leadership Development Program. Bo is an advocate and speaker for the Executive MBA Program at Peking University in her spare time, and enjoys leveraging her career experience to inspire students toward a more cross-cultural, innovative and prosperous future for all. Prior to her role at Lenovo, Bo held leadership roles at Google and Boston Consulting Group. Bo holds an MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

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Serufusa Sekidde

Chief of Staff, ViiV Healthcare
GSK

Since 2021, Serufusa has co-led EMBRACE, GSK's company-wide Employee Resource Group (ERG) and been at the forefront championing race and ethnicity issues within the global pharmaceutical giant. He recently featured as the employee voice at GSK’s recent media events to celebrate progress on GSK’s aspirational targets for race and ethnicity progress, featured in the company’s 2022 Annual Report. As co-chair of GSK's Infectious Diseases Physicians' Forum in March 2021, he has also been involved in strategy for recruiting and developing infectious diseases talent in GSK. For the past seven years, Serufusa has been a Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute – the world-leading Washington DC-based think tank – and been advocating for social change, and equity in the healthcare sector globally. Finally, as an award-winning rapper – with his latest album The Solutionary Manifesto released in 2021 - he has used English, Swahili, and Mandarin Chinese to advocate for change.

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Jonathan Mildenhall

Co-Founder & Chair
TwentyFirstCenturyBrand

Deeply passionate about ensuring that executives of underemployed groups get the professional opportunities they deserve, in 2018, Jonathan founded TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, a consultancy that champions diversity and comprises a team of diverse talent - age, race, gender, ethnicity, LBGTQ+. In 2021,TwentyFirstCenturyBrand published a whitepaper, helping organizations understand how to build Inclusive Brands. With Jonathan as Curator, in 2023 TwentyFirstCenturyBrand will publish "A Colourful View From The Top'' book, featuring 21 autobiographical stories of Black and Brown excellence in British business. Whilst for-profit, his ambition is to distribute the book free of charge to every 16-year-old student in a majority minority school in London, inspiring school children to explore a broader set of career choices. Jonathan sits on Peloton and GoFundMe’s board, Chairing the N&G committee. He is the Co-Chair of College Track's LA Advisory Board, an organization committed to helping students from underserved communities get into and graduate from college.

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Gayathri Kamalanathan

Partner
Slaughter and May

Gayathri joined Slaughter and May in April 2021 and co-leads the firm’s race fairness working group, which has strategic oversight of the firm’s people strategy with regards to race and ethnicity. The working group’s key initiatives, include formally capturing and recognising individuals' D&I contributions in performance reviews and a firm-wide D&I training programme to increase inclusion of underrepresented groups. Gayathri is also a member of the firm’s partner-led recruitment strategy committee that ensures there is a pipeline of trainees joining the firm from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities. Gayathri also mentors, coaches and sponsors junior female and ethnic minority lawyers.

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Ritu Mohanka-Vedhara

Managing Director & Head of EMEA
Syndio

Ritu is now MD EMEA of Syndio Inc, leading their charge into Europe as a unique provider of hard KPIs on Pay and Workforce Equity that actually deliver the ‘S’ in ESG. At Syndio, Ritu merges a personal passion for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) with making a real difference in workplace fairness, irrespective of gender or race. Previously at Glint (now LinkedIn), Ritu was the only minority member of the Leadership team and made DE&I a priority, adopting colour/gender-blind hiring mirrored in performance management. Prior to Glint, at IBM, Ritu was already a highly regarded and lauded Diversity Champion. Ritu mentors upcoming diversity colleagues, advising them on career management. Externally, she walks the talk, regularly meets and advises CXOs, making the case for DE&I by living and breathing its values. Constantly in demand for interviews, regularly publishing articles and hosting roundtable discussions to drive the DE&I agenda with HR Leaders across the UK/Europe.

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Crystal Sai

Executive Director, Chief of Staff, Global Online
Estée Lauder Companies

Executive Director and Chief of Staff at Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), Crystal’s passion for people, promoting DEI, and building community is at the core of everything she does. She currently serves as Global Advisor, and previously Co-Chair, of ELC’s Black employee resource group NOBLE, the Network of Black Leaders and Executives. Under her leadership, NOBLE’s membership doubled with new chapters created in Los Angeles, Travel Retail, Brazil, and expansion plans into EMEA. She’s led several campaigns, events, and partnerships including one of the company’s most successful employee giving campaigns. NOBLE has become a critical voice at ELC for Black talent and consumers, often partnering with brands to ensure authentic representation, and contributing to ELC’s racial equity commitments with programs like From Every Chair- a Leadership program designed to give Black talent equitable access to sponsorship, mentorship, and leadership training. In the inaugural year of the program, 30% of participants experienced career mobility during and after the program.

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Danish Qureshi

Head of International Subsidiary Banking, Hong Kong
HSBC

Co-chair of the Hong Kong chapter of Embrace, an ERG at HSBC focused on ethnic and cultural diversity; Danish has been raising the awareness of issues that people of color face both in HSBC and in the broader Hong Kong community. He also collaborated with other team members in the organization of a series of events celebrating the diversity in HSBC Hong Kong (cultural and religious events) as well as Hong Kong culture. In addition, under his leadership, Embrace, and the Amber Foundation arranged sessions for ethnic minority women at universities in Hong Kong to help them develop good interview skills and resume writing. He is also a member of the fundraising committee for Zubin Foundation, Hong Kong's preeminent charity focused on ethnic minorities.

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Kuldeep Mehmi

Associate Director
Savills

Kuldeep is a leading changemaker for diversity and inclusion in the communications industry. He is Vice-Chair of The Taylor Bennett Foundation, founding member of the PRCA Equity & Inclusion Advisory Council and lead for the Social Mobility Group. He is a reverse mentor to Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture, and works closely with industry bodies PRCA and CIPR on diversity reports and initiatives looking at the lived experience of professionals from underrepresented backgrounds and how organisations can be more inclusive. Throughout his career he has mentored and supported numerous junior and entry level graduates, conducts inspirational speeches at schools and organises insightful panel discussions highlighting the barriers faced by those from underrepresented backgrounds. At Savills, Kuldeep is a Savills ethnicity group committee member, creating the cultural celebration calendar, bringing to life how individuals celebrate certain festivals in the year, and supporting the launch of Savills Ethnicity Pay Gap Report.

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Shabion Postlethwaite

Manager Intellectual Property
Fidelity International

Shabion is the Chair of the Fidelity For Everyone Committee and Sustainability Ambassador for the Bermuda office, a member of the Fidelity Wellness Committee, and co-chair of the Cultural Diversity Strand Black Professionals Network, for which she organized events for Cultural Diversity Day. Among the activities, there was a food festival with dishes from around the world, Zoom cooking lessons, traditional Bermuda recipe pages, and a Gombey tradition history session that incorporated the making of the traditional Gombey Hats. This celebratory day has had a huge impact on foreigners in Bermuda, giving them a chance to learn about Bermuda Heritage and incorporate Bermuda Dishes, and for Bermudians as they have an opportunity to learn about different dishes for the multicultural office. Moreover, since 2020 Shabion has served on The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee for International Companies in Bermuda and served on the panel for a Black Lives Matter Fidelity via webinar within the same year.

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Jaspal Thandi

Product Executive
Marsh

Since 2020, Jaspal launched and developed the Multicultural CRG, which has grown to over 500 members to create an inclusive and diverse working environment. He is also growing partnerships with charities Career Ready and ReachOut to give back to the communities within which Marsh works and improve social mobility amongst young people. Jaspal has engaged with the UK&I and global CEOs to raise awareness of issues colleagues from ethnically diverse backgrounds face and leverage their support to break down barriers. Additionally, he has been working with Talent Acquisition and HR to improve the diversity of the talent pipeline entering the organization and review HR policies to create a more inclusive workplace for ethnically diverse colleagues. Jaspal has collaborated with resource groups across Marsh to improve intersectionality and create inclusivity for colleagues through all lenses of D&I. To showcase Marsh’s diversity, Jaspal launched a Cookbook to unite people through food with colleague contributions.

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Akua Opong

Senior Analyst
London Stock Exchange Group

Akua is an active member of the LSEG’s Black Employee Inspired Network Group (BEING), Women’s Inspired Network (WIN) and UK Accessibility Lead. Akua has supported multiple initiatives including speaker events, wellbeing-focused activities and raising awareness of neurodiversity with an intersectional lens. Akua has participated in the City Hive Cross-Collaboration Mentoring Programme with Talk About Black to increase black representation in senior leadership in the Investment industry and is a Cajigo mentor, upskilling women into the industry and delivering career talks to students UK wide from underrepresented backgrounds. As part of LSEG’s previous Black History Month campaign, she was a panellist for "What's in the name?" event, where employees discussed and share the origins of their names. She also facilitated a virtual training session with Show Racism the red card. She has also been featured in Investment Week and most recently featured in the TLA - Black Women in Tech, The Voices in the Shadows 2021 book highlighting black women and their journey into Technology.

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Francis Carrero-Green

Sr. Talent Manager
VMLY&R

Throughout her career, Francis has been passionate about supporting the growth of talent in the marketing industry. Most recently, she co-created WPP’s NextGen Leaders Series, a global learning experience offering opportunities for early talent to learn, grow and connect with industry experts. The series included 846 international participants, with 55% representing talent from historically underrepresented communities. In 2021, she designed an e-course for the series and diversified the panelists, giving exposure to internal talent and reaching over 1500 global participants. Francis also managed WPP's Elevate Sponsorship & Leadership Program for Black Women. She supported the U.S. cohort and the program’s expansion into Canada, resulting in more than 50% of participants gaining internal career mobility, client exposure, and promotions. Francis is now a Sr. Talent Manager at VMLY&R - a WPP agency - where she creates learning experiences to enhance the development of talent with a focus on DE&I and belonging.

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Jason Tarry

CEO, UK & ROI
Tesco

Jason is Executive Sponsor for the Race and Ethnicity at Tesco colleague network. In this capacity he works to create a safe, supportive, and connected space which colleagues can feel proud to be part of. The efforts he has undertaken to achieve this include running listening sessions, celebrating and raising awareness of key cultural events, developing new resources (anti-racism guide and video) and leading pathway calls with leaders to understand barriers to colleagues getting on. Our ethnic diverse colleagues now increasingly feel Tesco is an inclusive place to work 79% (2% increase YOY). Jason has supported Tesco in becoming founding members of The Black British Network and is Executive Sponsor of our Black Action Plan which sets about to bring about fair and equitable change for the Black community. Jason has set up in conversation with the Executive team at Tesco to ensure Black inclusion is discussed at board level.

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Emma Hind

Director, Global Revenue Strategy
IHG Hotels & Resorts

As ERG Lead Coach for IHG Hotels & Resorts, Emma drives ERG strategic planning, lobbying for budgets, and developing group leaders. She partners with HR to ensure all groups align strategically to the business and are resourced to serve ethnically diverse and other under-served colleague groups. She identifies and assesses under-served groups to create new ERG programming and resources, recruiting new executive-level ERG sponsors. Engaged with community efforts to advocate for civil and human rights, and as an engaged and active ally to the multiple diverse colleague populations at IHG, Emma chooses to lead colleague-driven efforts to create a more inclusive culture at IHG. She serves as a member of IHG’s Americas DE&I Board. As a member of IHG's Global Commercial & Technology team, Emma recognizes that more diverse organizations make better decisions, achieve greater success more quickly, and positively impact the communities they're part of.

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Louise Prashad

Chief HR Officer
Diageo

In January, Louise was appointed Chief HR Officer and is the Executive member responsible for the design and implementation of Diageo's Inclusion and Diversity strategy. Under Louise's leadership, Diageo has fostered a culture with inclusion and diversity at its heart. In 2020, Louise led the creation of Diageo's progressive Ethnic Inclusion & Diversity Framework to support markets to define multi-year plans covering representation, capability, and external partnerships that impact society. This also included setting an ambitious goal to increase ethnic diverse representation across leadership to 45% by 2030, and after only one year, representation stands at 37%. Thanks to Louise's efforts, the company was praised by the FTSE Women Leaders Review, Bloomberg Gender Equality Index and Equileap's Gender Equality Global Report.

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Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive
Diageo PLC

Since becoming the CEO of Diageo in 2013, Ivan has been passionate about driving inclusion and diversity at the company. In 2020 he launched a new 10-year sustainability action plan titled ‘Society 2030: Spirit of Progress’. The plan laid out goals including increasing the representation of ethnic minorities in leadership positions to 45% by 2030, as well as increasing the percentage of Diageo suppliers from female and minority-owned businesses year-on-year. 2021 also saw the roll-out of a new learning intervention ‘Confronting Racial Bias Learning’, and the opening of Diageo’s fifth global ‘INC’ week; an employee-led, grassroots movement encouraging employees around the world to celebrate diversity. In the UK, Diageo was an early signatory of ‘Change the Race Ratio’ a campaign led by the CBI to increase racial and ethnic participation in business.

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Tom Shropshire

General Counsel & Company Secretary
Diageo PLC

Tom is one of the most senior Black Executives in the UK, and the only General Counsel & Company Secretary in a leading FTSE company. Since joining Diageo in June 2021, Tom has been a passionate champion for diversity and inclusion across the business. Under his leadership, diversity and inclusion have become a strategic element of the global legal, business integrity, Co Sec, and corporate security functions. As the Executive Sponsor of Diageo's Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Heritage Employee Group, Tom has provided guidance and leadership to ethnically diverse employees and allies. In 2022, he sponsored Diageo's first-ever Race Equity Week which featured events to challenge ways of thinking. Tom also supports the African Heritage Employees at Diageo group in North America, and he is a mentor for the Spirited Women's Network.

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Elizabeth Scarpelli

Managing Director, Global Head of Enterprise Wide Functions Compliance
BNY Mellon

As Co-Chair of BNY Mellon's Global Hispanic Latinx Leadership Forum (HLLF), Chair of External Partner Relationships for IMPACT (the company's multicultural resource group), and a key D&I partner within the Risk and Compliance business, Elizabeth has promoted the attraction, development, and retention of ethnically diverse individuals within the company. She takes every opportunity to mentor/sponsor emerging leaders to prepare and position professionals inside and outside BNY Mellon for future leadership roles and give exposure to senior leaders and executive management. Under Elizabeth's leadership in March 2021, HLLF launched two new leadership development programs for high potential Latinx talent in partnership with the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement and helped facilitate the company's participation in McKinsey & Co's inaugural Hispanic Latino Leadership Academy. Additionally, this year, HLLF will launch the IMPACT Ambassador Program designed to introduce new joiners and existing employees to the company's Asian, Black, and Latinx Leadership Forums.

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Baljinder Mahil

Head of Distribution Operations
AXA XL UK

As a senior female leader, Bal is passionate about driving meaningful and lasting changes in the organisation's processes, procedures, behaviors, and culture to ensure the company achieves ethnic equity through tangible and measurable actions. In 2020, she Co-founded and Co-chairs AXA XL's first multicultural business resource group, RISE. Bal and the team have spearheaded the driving of ethnicity data disclosure, achieving a 76% completion rate in 6 months from 28% in 2020. This action has directly led the company to publish its Ethnicity Pay Gap Report in 2022. Bal and the team implemented a multi-tier committee structure to accelerate the changes across the business, including recruitment processes and relationships with sponsors and charities. As a result of this work, Bal has been recruited by the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network Steering Committee (iCAN) taking on the role of Head of Network Leads bringing together all network leaders in the industry.

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Cesar Wurm

VP Commercial & Revenue Management, CMH US
IHG Hotels & Resorts

As a member of IHG's Americas Regional DE&I Board since 2021, Cesar has contributed to shaping the D&I commitments for 2021 and driving actions to support their goals; and providing leadership to continue progressing their impact. Thanks to Cesar and the other member’s efforts, the company received a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Coalition for the 7th year in a row. He is not only a Co-Executive Sponsor of IHG’s Ascend Advanced Talent Program of 19 multiracial and/or ethnic leaders that has as key components Formal Learning & Development, Self-Assessment, Coaching, and Executive-level Sponsorship but he is also a Co-sponsor of IHG’s Hispanic ERG which provides opportunities for networking, development, and community involvement. Additionally, Cesar shows active engagement in company-wide D&I initiatives such as Global Inclusion & Wellness Week.  

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Bahiyah Robinson

Founder & CEO
VC Include

Bahiyah Yasmeen Robinson is a recognized innovator of new avenues for VC and Impact investment. Her expertise in leading technology, investment, and social impact initiatives since the early 2000s culminated in creating VC Include in 2018 to build platforms and programs for diverse emerging fund managers globally. With just 1% of all assets in the U.S. managed by diverse asset managers, VC Include meets this market opportunity by building an ecosystem of women, Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and LGBTQ+ fund managers in alternative investments. Robinson is a Bloomberg News New Voices Fellow, a member of The Ceres President’s Council, and Private Equity Women in Investments Network. Her work has been recognized by The Stanford University Social Innovation Review, Responsible Investor Magazine, Bloomberg, Crunchbase, Impact Alpha, Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, and Forbes. Bahiyah’s companies integrate 7 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including Gender Equality, Industry, Innovation, and Reduced Inequalities.

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Radhika Balasubramani

Director - Global Technical Operations Lead
Merck

Since joining Merck & Co. in 2019, Radhika has championed multiple DE&I initiatives engaging with Senior-Leaders using a data-driven approach to increase Asian representation in mid-management and Senior leadership roles. Currently co-leading Merck's Asia Pacific Association (APA) with +2100 global members, Radhika aims to promote and leverage Asian diversity to raise cultural competency so that employees can bring their authentic selves to work. Thanks to her efforts, global membership grew by 100% in 2020-2021. In addition, she led APA's first Global Mentoring Program launched for employees of Asian descent and allies to promote career development, cross-geographical and cross-cultural mentoring with a customized curriculum. In 2020, Radhika co-led the partnership with North-South Foundation to raise funds for underprivileged kids in US, and in 2021, partnered with UNHCR to help global refugees impacted by the pandemic. She led multiple cultural / STEM events at local schools to promote cultural/STEM awareness in communities.

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Nabeela Butt

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
GlaxoSmithKline

In her current role as Operations Director Development, and during her previous roles at GSK, Nabeela continually advises and contributes to a variety of company and ERG led initiatives. These include the global mandatory inclusion and diversity training and the race ally toolkit for ERG members. The toolkit contributed to development of the Company Global I&D ally toolkit. She also set up the governance and operating model for GSK’s Global race ERG -EMBRACE. Nabeela also acts in an Internal Consultant capacity to various local race and ethnicity ERGs/groups in the company assisting with strategic and operational development. She supports the annual delivery of events from EMBRACE and led a project team to successfully execute and deliver the first-ever UK race and ethnicity awards which included participation from senior leaders across the highest levels of the Company. These first of a kind awards led to one of Nabeela’s proudest ERG moments.

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Nikeisha Beckford

Group Director of Client Engagement
VMLY&R

With almost 20 years in marketing and advertising, Nikeisha has been blessed to make awesome happen. As chair of Fluorescent, VMLY&R's Black ERG, Nikeisha shapes strategies, programming and activations to empower the agency’s Black talent. She co-produced VMLY&R's celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, and co-hosted Just Ad Flava, a conference featuring conversations on health, wellness, and culture with VMLY&R employees, client partners, and notable guest speakers. Nikeisha is the leader of Detroit Experience Studio, a WPP-supported youth development initiative designed to build excitement for the industry among Detroit's Black and ethnically diverse students. As a host of The Level, a vodcast showcasing the realities of BIPOC talent in advertising, Nikeisha unpacks cultural, corporate, and industry issues. Additionally, she serves as a mentor for VMLY&R's Ujima program, which provides an opportunity for the agency's Black employees to build meaningful relationships through exposure and advocacy.

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Sui-Jim Ho

Partner
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

As Chair of the BAME Working Group since 2017, Jim has worked tirelessly to advance diversity and inclusion by cultivating a culture that focuses on providing equitable development for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP lawyers and professional staff. He believes that focusing on equity in addition to diversity and inclusion will produce meaningful and lasting change at Cleary. As Chair, Jim has been facilitating conversations among key stakeholders to address DEI challenges in the last two years. Under his leadership, the Working Group and office have worked to embed Cleary's values into the organization's systems to ensure accountability, has leveraged data and best practices to evaluate progress and set goals for improving DEI initiatives, identified opportunities to improve the work experiences of underrepresented attorneys through talent management and staffing structure and has been also broadening the firm's DEI education to help all employees build core anti-racism, inclusion, and allyship skills. Furthermore, as a member of the Recruitment Committee, Jim oversaw the implementation of the Rare Contextual Recruitment System, which resulted in a more diverse intake.

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Shareeka Meadows

Vice President, Divisional Merchandising Manager, Apparel
Dollar General Corporation

Shareeka is the current president of DG's African-American ERG (AAERG), launched on the guiding principle that inclusion enhances DG's culture, enables growth, and is critical to the Company’s continued success. As President, Shareeka oversees AAERG's Lunch & Learn sessions focused on enhancing leadership skills, and career and personal growth, AAERG Days of Service where they engage with the community and service events and AAERG Gala, the annual company celebration of Black History Month. Under her leadership, DG introduced a virtual Black History Month Celebration, bringing employees together during the pandemic to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Shareeka is also a member of DG's Diversity and Inclusion Council, responsible for ensuring the company invests in its diverse teams through development, empowerment, and inclusion.

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Jon Perry

Underwriter - Executive Risk
Beazley

Jon is a member of Beazley’s Global I&D Steering Committee, which is responsible for setting and implementing the diversity strategy at Beazley and monitoring the progress against publicly stated gender and race targets in the business. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of Beazley RACE in the United States, which is the company's employee network focused on race, culture & ethnicity. One of his areas of focus has been to engage with people of colour in Beazley by hosting small group sessions at least once a month and aggregating the candid feedback to share with leadership. Jon makes a specific effort to connect with young/junior colleagues of colour to ensure their experience at Beazley is welcoming, inclusive, and rewarding. Jon engages with most of the employee networks at Beazley and is specifically working to improve the underwriting division’s racial diversity and encourage a clearer path to promotion for women.

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Nurlin Salleh

Partner, Senior Consulting Team
Boston Consulting Group

Nurlin is a Partner in the Senior Consulting Team at Boston Consulting Group, the South-East Asia Diversity & Inclusion team, and is involved in driving the women's agenda within South East Asia. Efforts include organizing fireside chats with senior lead women to increase the women's conversation within the firm. She formerly led Women@BCG efforts for the Malaysian office, which include organizing activities and events to encourage continued women's participation in the workforce. Nurlin also organized Women@BCG TED talk screening events in Malaysia with participants from within BCG and externally. The event focused on networking and discussions about critical women-related topics. In addition to this, she regularly mentors younger BCG women as they progress within BCG and has been the author of multiple articles related to women in the workforce such as "Tackling the mental load of women's second job" published in 2019 on The Edge Markets and "Inspiring women at the heart of developing a nation" issued in 2020 on The Edge.

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Diana Conrad

Chief People Officer
GSK

As Chief People Officer for GSK, Diana has amplified and integrated Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) into the wider agenda, with an approach focussed on people, business and communities. Under Diana’s leadership, GSK has launched a number of key projects focussed on ethnicity including, annual mandatory all-employee I&D training, the Accelerating Difference Ethnic Diversity development programme and expectations of diverse shortlists of qualified candidates for all key roles. In 2021, Diana worked with the Board and GSK Leadership Team to set aspirational targets of at least 30% (US) and at least 18% (UK) ethnically diverse leaders in Vice President and above roles by end of 2025, with year-on-year disclosure of progress against ethnicity sub-categories. One year on, GSK has made good progress with 27.1% (US) and 12.9% (UK) ethnically diverse leaders in VP and above roles, as well as increased ethnic diversity at all levels leadership – not just the most senior.

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Kathleen Russ

Senior Partner
Travers Smith

Kath sponsors Travers Smith's BAME recruitment and retention strategy, which seeks to introduce formal mechanisms to create fairness at critical inflection points of BAME lawyers' careers. This includes mentoring as well as implementing processes to ensure fair access to opportunities to work for important clients, to help address structural inequality in the division of work assignments. Kath also sponsored the firmwide response to the BLM movement, which saw the delivery of anti-racism and effective allyship training for all staff and partners and the publication of Travers Smith’s ethnicity pay gap reporting. The firm also signed up to Rare Recruitment's Race Fairness Commitment and the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance. In addition to sponsoring these initiatives, Kath helped set up and is an active participant in the firm's reverse mentoring scheme to enable junior BAME colleagues to share their experiences with senior leaders.

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David Armstrong

Group Managing Director
BAE Systems Digital Intelligence

In 2021 BAE Systems established company-wide support of core diversity and inclusion themes within the organization to ensure leadership support, action and accountability. As Group Managing Director, David volunteered to partner with the strategic theme lead for race and ethnicity and their ERG, Embrace, to shine a spotlight and drive positive changes around race, ethnicity, and religion in the workplace. He has raised awareness and visibility of the ERG, helping it grow by 31%. In addition, he has supported the establishment of new subgroups, such as Understanding Islam which won a Chairman's Award. David sponsored group-wide objectives for recruitment and more diverse recruitment avenues such as the use of partners like MindWeaver and has also been involved in the review of the internal ethics process and the proactive review and assurance of no bias in reporting and resolution.

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Kirk McDonald

CEO of GroupM, North America
GroupM

As the CEO of GroupM North America, Kirk leads 6,500 people to shape the next era of media where advertising works better for people. A media and technology industry leader with 25+ years of experience across leading brands, media companies, and technology providers, Kirk is driving the industry to find a new balance of making advertising less interruptive and a valued part of the media experience. Kirk is deeply focused on increasing representation and developing talent. Under his leadership, GroupM formed the Media Inclusion Initiative to support and grow diverse and Black-owned media companies and creators; as well as launched GroupM University and GroupM Launch Pad to help bridge the gap for applicants across traditional and non-traditional education pathways. Kirk is a founding member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including Elanco, Paley, Ad Council, and Advertising Week Advisory Council.

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Demet Ikiler

GroupM EMEA CEO, WPP Country Chair Turkey
GroupM

Demet has been a member of WPP's Inclusion Council since 2020 and a passionate and outspoken advocate for sustainability and, diversity & inclusion. Across the 25 WPP agencies for which she is responsible in Turkey, Demet launched the WPP Culture Project in April 2019 to address the issues of gender equality. Additionally, she is one of the mentees in GroupM EMEA Reverse Mentorship Program "The Bridge." This program aims to facilitate an open dialogue between leadership and Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage individuals within the agency by creating a safe space for senior management to discover the challenges that ethnically diverse employees face in the workplace. In 2022 and 2021, Ekonomist magazine Turkey recognized Demet as number #1 in 10 Most Powerful Women CEOs list.

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Andrew Pearce

Managing Director - Accenture Operations
Accenture

Andrew is the Co- Executive Sponsor of the Accenture African Caribbean Network (AACN), Andrew works with the global Accenture I&D team to further the retention, progression, and development of Black talent, as well as being accountable for all annual network events, including a series of prominent Black History Month events. Other undertakings of Andrew’s include sponsoring and facilitating the innovative inclusive leadership programme- Engage! and sponsoring the Accenture UK Operations Black Advocacy program. He is also currently the UK Chair of the Executive Leadership Council, the membership organization for the development of global Black leaders at C-suite level. As a member of the board for Kingston University he advocates for greater diversity for academic and senior staff and works with the management team to ensure that diversity across all of the university is a priority.

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Justin Dean

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Justin currently serves as the Office Leader for BCG's Washington DC office and is a member of BCG’s Executive Committee. He has championed diversity efforts internally within BCG and externally with the community throughout his 15 year career at BCG. Justin leads BCG’s Center for Inclusion and Equity, focused on convening and supporting private sector, public sector, and non-profit entities in driving equitable outcomes for underrepresented populations. Internally, he leads BCG’s Northeast Black+Latinx@BCG ERG, acts as a 'Managing Director Champion' for Black and Hispanic/Latinx managers at the firm, and as a senior Black leader, he mentors and sponsors more junior managers and employees. As a senior leader in BCG’s utility practice, Justin is a public advocate and advisor around ‘energy equity’ issues as part of the US energy transition.

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Dorothy Hui

Senior Vice President, Digital & Audience Development at 4th Floor Creative
Sony Music UK

Dorothy is part of the team involved with launching UK arm of Sony Music Social Justice Fund, which forms part of the Sony Music Group’s global commitment to support social justice, equal rights, anti-racist initiatives around the world. Dorothy is also a sponsor for Sony Music UK's Internal Employee Resource Group - HUE (Helping Unite Everyone), established in 2020 with the aim of increasing diversity and inclusion within the company. To help broaden the pipeline of diverse talent for music industry digital functions, Dorothy has identified upskilling candidates at entry and pre-entry levels as key to accomplishing this. She helped connect-the-dots to facilitate the launch of the Sony Music UK’s 4th Floor Creative Academy in partnership with charity organisation Small Green Shoots, a program designed and delivered by leaders across 4th Floor Creative to provide minority and underprivileged young people an opportunity to hone creative and technical skills within the music industry.

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Allia McLeod

Head of Development & Partnerships, Yahoo RYOT Studios
Yahoo

During the past two years, Allia’s work has focused on intersectionality, allyship, and belonging, with a key focus on anti-racism practices. She co-led the development and implementation of a racial justice plan that had eight areas, including diversity hiring, internships, career advancement, and D&I training. In 2021, she spearheaded a first of its kind anti-racism alignment and evolution series of workshops that focused on: building the knowledge, awareness, and capacity of individuals to investigate the need for racial equity work, practicing talking about racism, power, and anti-racist practice constructively within the foundation and with its community, and identifying opportunities and next steps for pursuing a deeper and longer-term commitment to aligning as a Team and building anti-racist leadership capacity. The program led to opportunities for its expansion within the larger company and the development of a second training program with a focus on catalyzing racial healing and justice movements in the organization and communities. Allia aims to challenge the cycle of exclusion and normalize difference.

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Walter Diaz

Project Leader
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Walter is currently a senior Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group where his projects range from strategic and digital transformations across retail/technology and other sectors to diversity and equity-focused partnerships. He has also led the BCG Spark Program since 2018. This volunteer-driven program provides consulting services to minority- and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs) in support of community development through entrepreneurship. Over the past four years, Walter has led the program's growth from Boston to 12 cities nationwide, 350+ BCG volunteers, supporting 40+ M/WBEs and their communities, and engaging multiple external partners. Walter's dedication to develop and broaden Spark has allowed BCGers to actively engage in this work throughout the company and in their communities. It has been a source of empowerment and belonging for employees ready to take action. He also invests in mentorship in his office and BCG’s diversity groups as an advisor to BCGers on their careers and beyond.

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Donnica Hawes-Saunders

Manager Transformation Projects
Philip Morris International

Donnica founded, co-chairs and manages Philip Morris International's (PMI) largest U.S. employee resource group - Multi-Cultural Organization Supporting an Inclusive Culture (MOSAIC).This group promotes diversity, culture, and inclusion for PMI's multicultural employees and their allies, focusing on race and ethnicity. MOSAIC partners with third parties to improve how PMI is perceived in diverse spaces, works with internal stakeholders to ensure PMI considers diverse perspectives and promotes visibility and career mobility for team members of all backgrounds and ethnicities. In addition, for more than 50 employees in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, and the U.K., Donnica provided leadership development training for corporate employees of color through MOSAIC's partnership with the Executive Leadership Council, an organization that champions the development of Black executives to impact business and communities positively.

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Felix Wong

Executive Assistant to Chief Operating Officer
Allianz

Felix Wong is recognised for his integral part in the delivery team which responded to Allianz’s Race at Work survey (which he co-authored in 2021). Those actions include developing a race awareness programme for all employees, plus additional training on inclusive leadership for all managers. As a lead for the UK and global multicultural employee networks, he led activity celebrating the diversity of languages spoken across Allianz, assisted the formation of local networks in other countries and speaks regularly to employees across Allianz globally on race equality. As a steerco member of the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network, Felix leads the iCANApply initiative which connects multicultural talent with vacancies in the industry and he regularly speaks at university and Chartered Institute of Insurance events, supporting new and potential entrants into insurance. In November 2021 he hosted an interfaith panel event, which explored the experiences of LGBTQ+ people within their faith communities.

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Ona Odili

Lawyer
Clifford Chance

A year after being featured on the Empower Future Leaders Role Model List, Ona remains committed to diversity and inclusion. This is demonstrated by her continued participation in several pro bono initiatives (REACH, SMF, ACCESS and Raising Aspirations) offered by Clifford Chance LLP. In addition, as founder of Q-Leap (a self-funded non-profit organisation), Ona continues to mentor young people (Q-Leapers) and drive initiatives that support Q-Leapers' personal, academic, and professional growth. Through the success of the Q-Leap program, Q-Leapers have won the UN Affiliate UPF Award, the Commonwealth Award, secured apprenticeships, and internships.

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Wayne Shand

Relationship Manager
Private Banking

Wayne, Relationship Manager at HSBC UK Private Banking, is a keen advocate and representative of their Embrace Committee - winners of the Best Network Group at the 2021 Ethnicity Awards. Co-chair of the HSBC UK Private Banking Ethnicity Advocates Group, he is also a member of their Step Forward Working Group, voted the United Health Group Diversity Team of the Year at the 2021 European Diversity Awards. A mentor spanning Global Private banking, Wayne is also a wellbeing lead, D&I champion and influencer. So, it comes as no surprise that he was recognised as the winner of the Championing Inclusivity Award at the 2021 HSBC UK Private Banking Awards.

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Susan Richards

Service Delivery Manager
LV=GI

Susan formed and is a sponsor of One Network aimed to discuss race, culture, and religion for positive change. She revolutionized communication strategies to boost open discussion through bi-weekly meetings on race-related matters, cultural funerals, and world wars. The sessions on "Let's Talk About Race" had over 2000 attendees and were very successful. She also organized Podcasts and Webinars to open the hearts and minds of employees and empower them to 'be the change'. Susan has been steering all senior-level activities challenging and retuning mindsets to build strong foundations for positive change, including reverse mentoring and meetings with the CEO to foster a safe environment for honest dialogue. She spearheaded strategic workstreams to ensure the right focus was in place to enhance understanding of ethnicity, culture, and religion and has developed and been delivering a bespoke training program to Managers to promote diversity and inclusion across the business.

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Kevin Ampeh

Engagement Manager (Associate Director)
IQVIA

Kevin founded and globally leads the Race, Ethnicity, and Cultural Heritage ERG at IQVIA which aims to create a supportive and collaborative community for IQVIA employees who represent racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities across the globe. He has launched chapters across the UK, North America and Latin America with 500+ members. Additionally, the ERG executed over 29 events/initiatives over the course of 2021 including an employee mentoring program with teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds, internal/external speaker events, initiatives on topics such as career progression. diversity in the corporate world, skills development, diversity in pharma, networking, community outreach and mock interviews for university students from diverse backgrounds. The REACH ERG has provided a forum for exchanging ideas, opportunities for mentoring and professional development, which fosters the diverse thinking required for innovation. As a result of Kevin's contributions to Diversity and Inclusion, he was rewarded with an IQVIA Impact award in 2021.

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Robyn Grew

Global COO & GC, Head of ESG, Head of Man Group US
Man Group

Robyn chairs Man Group's diversity, equity and inclusion network, Drive, and is a senior sponsor of BEAM (Black Employees and Allies at Man Group), an employee network which led Man Group's signing of the Race at Work Charter, committing the firm to following the Charter's five calls to action and taking practical steps to tackle barriers impacting ethnic minority groups in recruitment and progression. Robyn oversees Man Group’s ‘Paving the Way’ initiative, which seeks to improve access to the industry for underrepresented groups. Last year, the firm continued to work with #10000BlackInterns and North Carolina A&T University (a historically Black university) as part of ongoing efforts to encourage a broader range of diverse talent into the industry. Robyn is a member of several industry groups, including the Diversity Project, where she sits on the Advisory Board, and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) council, where she chairs the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Working Group.

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Laura Juliano

Managing Director and Partner
Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Since 2020 Laura has led the creation and evolution of the MDP Champions program, engaging managing directors and partners to have an active role in the development and success of Black consulting staff. With more than 150 pairings to date, Laura is now expanding the program to the firm's practice areas to further champion Black managers. In 2021, Laura founded the Center of Excellence for North America Career Development, bringing together firm leaders to engage in critical conversations about supporting Black consultants in their career journey. Additionally, Laura has been working for the Retention and Advancement Parity Team within the North America Racial Equity Taskforce to achieve retention parity and strengthen advancement opportunities for Black consulting staff through various programs and initiatives. Laura also chairs the Board of Directors at the Houston Food Bank, America's largest food bank in distribution.

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Raffaella Temporiti

Europe CHRO
Accenture

Since joining Accenture in 2016, Raffaella has played a meaningful role in promoting ethnic diversity and fighting racism. Working across multiple countries prior to that, allowed her to grow her passion for culture, engagement and the unique value that people bring to organisations. As Accenture Europe CHRO since 2020, her goal to encourage conversation and action on ethnic diversity has been instrumental in launching initiatives across Europe. Raffaella was pivotal in Accenture Europe's anti-racism training, facilitating a conversation with employees on their stories, Accenture’s zero-tolerance for retaliation, and commitment to fighting racism. She role models the leadership behaviours required to create a more diverse and inclusive environment for ethnic groups through regular connects with employees, ensuring their experiences and feedback are incorporated into the Europe Ethnicity strategy. Raffaella has also sponsored Accenture´s involvement in partnerships with other organizations across Europe, to ensure continued focus and commitment on the topic.

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Bina Mehta MBE

Chair
KPMG UK

In 2021, Bina was appointed KPMG UK’s first female chair in its 150-year history. As well as chairing KPMG’s UK Board, Bina also chairs the firm’s Inclusive Leadership Board, a forum for independent experts to provide challenge to ensure the organisation is embedding inclusion, diversity and equity within the business strategy. She uses her prominent role to champion the need for organisations to create inclusive, supportive, and diverse cultures that enable people from all backgrounds to thrive. Bina won the Hammer Award at the 2022 GG2 Leadership & Diversity Awards, awarded to an individual who has broken through the glass ceiling, and was awarded an MBE in this year’s New Year’s Honours list for supporting female entrepreneurs.

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Shimna Sameer

Head of Preferred Lending
Bank of America

Shim Sameer is a passionate advocate for parity, often heard quoting “It’s not a world for anyone if it’s not a world for all.” A tireless promoter of racial and gender equality, she is focused on driving awareness and dismantling perceptions and barriers built by unconscious bias. She serves as executive sponsor for the company’s Leadership, Education, Advocacy & Development (LEAD) for Women employee network, comprising 44,000 members in 66 chapters throughout the world. She enjoys addressing global audiences and has served as keynote speaker at various forums, panels and events to discuss inclusion and women’s empowerment. She serves on the board of the National Association of Asian American Professionals and has been named to the 2020 and 2021 “INDIA New England News” list of Outstanding Women, the 2021 INvolve HERoes Top 100 Women Executives List, and the 2020 EMpower/Yahoo Finance Ethnic Minority Executive Role Model List.

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Soraya Wright

Non-Executive Director, Audit & Risk Committee Member
Beazley Insurance

As a non-executive director of Beazley, Soraya mentors the current Chair of Beazley's Inclusion & Diversity Steering Committee, providing advice and guidance to the company in reaching its inclusion and diversity goals. She has connected Beazley with several diverse professional organizations in the US as partners who will support the company in furthering its goals. Soraya has spoken passionately on panels and presentations about diversity and inclusion at Beazley, including a Q&A session about the implementation of race and ethnicity targets, and for two years running has been a spokesperson at events for Black History Month in the US. As a D&I champion, she leverages her influence to develop strategies, change policies and implement practices that enable organizations to drive success through diversity and inclusion.

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Karim Chedid

Head of EMEA Investment Strategy for iShares
BlackRock

Karim is the EMEA co-lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at iShares and a member of the Out & Allies Committee in EMEA. His focus is on furthering inclusion in the workplace and shifting the conversation to equity. Karim spends time mentoring talent across a diverse pool at the firm with a focus on career progression whilst paying attention to intersectionality of experiences across income, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender. Additionally, he managed the Outstanding mentorship program for BlackRock and the Involve-BlackRock relationship in EMEA for four years, ensuring a good slate of diversity for mentees. Furthermore, throughout the past year, Karim launched a series of Inclusion Dialogue panels focused on having difficult conversations on ethnic diversity in a safe environment in smaller groups of employees.

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Karol Ussher

Product @ Apple | Founder BLIX Network
Apple & www.blix.network

In 2020, Karol launched BLIX network by bringing together diverse leaders from leading tech firms including Apple, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, Ericsson and others to offer their time and knowledge to help diverse candidates “get hired and get ahead”. BLIX has run over 500 free mentoring sessions enabling diverse candidates to get advice, CV support, practice interviews and learn how to accelerate their careers. With this support, candidates have been hired by Facebook (Meta), AWS, Apple, Capita, Google, LinkedIn and eBay amongst others. In 2022, BLIX will build on the successful mentoring sessions and launch Autumn and Spring accelerator programs to help high potential candidates from underrepresented backgrounds secure jobs in top tech companies or launch their startups. Karol's goal is to elevate as many people as he can from underrepresented backgrounds through the BLIX network. This is made possible with the incredible help from volunteer staff and mentors.

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Hayward Williams

VP, HR Business Partner Global Operations and Corporate Functions
Tapestry

Over the past two years Hayward worked to align leaders and create actionable change through a focused Equity, Inclusion and Diversity strategy at Tapestry, a global house of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Under Hayward’s leadership Tapestry has introduced a diverse slate requirement in the recruiting process, increased transparency in posting open roles, established an inclusion index engagement goal and tied leadership incentive compensation to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity goals. This work also led to Tapestry's first-ever ERGs – The Black Alliance, Prouder Together, Asian Heritage Alliance and Working Parents & Caregivers – which are partnering to transforming Tapestry’s culture. Along with executive sponsors and a small group of resolute employees, Hayward has created a framework and governance to set diverse communities up for success.

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Omar Ahmed

Technical Project Manager
GSK

As the founder, Omar has overseen the growth of GSK’s EMBRACE ERG into a global ERG with chapters and membership across multiple geographies, in addition to being acknowledged as an organisational thought partner on race and ethnicity. Alongside the EMBRACE leadership team and GSK’s Global Ethnicity council, Omar has influenced numerous initiatives to embed the I&D strategy in the organisation, focusing on areas like inclusive culture, data, communication, and leadership. His ongoing collaboration with the Board, Executive Team, and HR has led to the setting and publishing of aspirational targets at senior levels of the organisation, review of the recruitment and selection process with clear recommendations, the rollout of a global development programme, mandatory inclusion training, refreshed leadership training and implementation of policy changes, along with supporting the creation of the DEI strategy, for Haleon, centring on amplifying belonging, improving ethnicity and gender diversity, and driving societal change.

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Barbara Cuitino

Sales Director
Accenture

Since 2021, Barbara has been the Co-Lead of Hola Accenture, the Latin/Hispanic ERG within Accenture ASG. She has built a strategy that supports community members in adapting to the German, Austrian or Swiss culture by guiding them from an intercultural perspective and reinforcing their self-esteem and the value of their culture for their jobs. In addition, Barbara and her ERG have participated in all diversity-awareness events to help Accenture become a more inclusive and diverse workplace. She also seeks the involvement of senior management to improve the visibility of the Latin/Hispanic community within the company and enables sessions to discuss DEI for new colleagues openly.

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Dipti Kulkarni

Senior Vice President, Senior Business Support Manager
Bank of America

Dipti Kulkarni is a business support manager for a global technology team at Bank of America. An advocate for diversity and inclusion for almost a decade, she was the recipient of Bank of America’s Global Diversity and Inclusion award in 2019 and 2021. She put her passion for inspiring and mentoring women to work in 2021 through her active support and participation in several events such as the "Innovation Challenge" to promote innovation, as a panelist for the "Diversity Series" in celebration of Women's History month, as a speaker at LEAD's (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development for Women) "The Power of Your Authentic Voice" event, and as one of the organizers of an enterprise event, "Courageous Conversation: Coming together against racism," in partnership with the Asian Leadership Network, Black Professional Group and Hispanic/Latino Organization for Leadership and Advancement. She also mentored young professional women to help them advance in their careers.

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Richard Odufisan

Manager
Deloitte

Richard has been actively promoting, supporting, and facilitating inclusion and diversity at Deloitte in the last two years. He achieved this by creating and implementing the Deloitte Black Action Plan in 2020, which included promoting the first Black Equity Partner within the business and the organization and the direction of consulting-wide listening sessions on the Black Experience to enable broader conversations. In 2020, Richard founded and co-chaired the Deloitte UK Black Network, shortlisted for Best Diversity Network at the Women in Tech Awards in 2022. As co-chair of the Black Network, he actively engaged with other diversity network leads to ensure representation of Black and other ethnically diverse talent on major diversity days. As a Chief of Staff, his focus to diversify the awareness days recognized within the business enabled greater understanding of cultures.

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Karim Chowdhury

Wealth Manager
Schroders Personal Wealth

Karim is the founding member and deputy chair of the Unity network, promoting D&I at Schroders Personal Wealth. He promoted over 10 events, celebrating and educating others on different cultures and religions, including Eid, Chinese New Year, Ramadan and St Patrick's Day. He also pursued and approved the critical goal of getting SPW to conduct and produce an ethnicity pay gap review to put a plan in place and set targets. Karim is a member of the overall diversity network steering group and an ally of the Woman's, Disability and LBGT+ networks. He has made it his mission to seek out and help others who don't have suitable, inspiring role models and guidance to fulfill their potential. His next key aim is to increase the diversity of the senior leadership team at SPW.

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Rashael Kelly-Jarvis

Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright

Rashael co-led the launch of Norton Rose Fulbright's first Origins Ambassadors Program in 2021 enabling people of color to gain visibility, contribute to decision-making, and have a voice within the firm. She also led a global event on raising Black boys in the UK and US and bystander intervention for teenagers planned in May. Following the BLM protests and firm’s 2021 Global Charitable Initiative fighting racism and championing social justice, this intersectional event with the Origins and Family Matters networks and US Racial Equity Council will discuss how parents can approach difficult conversations with their children, including police brutality, stop and search powers and intervention when witnessing racial injustice. Additionally, Rashael has reverse-mentored a Partner and member of the firm’s managing board through the Origins Reverse Mentoring Programme and has been a mentor with Aspiring Solicitors and bp for BAME students covering topics including reading financial papers and commercial awareness.

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Patricia Soares

Corporate Education Manager
Mattos Filho

As Organizational Development Manager at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, Patrícia is an active participant in the firm's diversity and inclusion groups. She has been responsible for the career development of the firm's Black Professionals who participate in the Soma Talentos initiative and preparing the leadership team to work with future diverse employees. With the corporate development team, her primary responsibility is to understand the needs of diverse talent, design pillars of action, and ensure the effectiveness of these actions. Furthermore, Patrícia does individual monitoring and informal mentoring with Mattos Filho's Black employees. This initiative brings essential insights related to the professionals' sense of belonging.

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David Schwimmer

Chief Executive Officer
London Stock Exchange Group

David has set a clear vision for a diverse culture where inclusion is a constant practice. He has established priorities against which to measure the Group’s progress globally; LSEG employs 23,000 people, more than half of whom are based in Asia Pacific. In 2022, one of LSEG’s strategic objectives is to ‘foster a diverse, inclusive culture’, a goal embedded throughout the organisation. David has introduced senior leadership gender and race/ethnicity targets aiming to achieve 40% women in senior leadership roles by the end of 2022, 20% underrepresented groups in senior leadership roles by the end of 2023 and 25% by the end of 2025. With great pride, the London Stock Exchange Group was shortlisted for the "Company of the Year" category at the British Diversity Awards in 2022 and continues to build momentum in advancing its diversity, inclusion, and belonging agenda.

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Sarah Gosler

Chief Operating Officer - Global Operations and Technology (GOT) Strategy & Governance
BNY Mellon

As COO, Sarah oversees Leadership, Governance and Engagement for the Firm’s Global Operations and Technology division. In her role, she acts as an agent of change and a leading advocate for DEI, serving as a committee member / executive sponsor on several E/BRGs, and co-chair of the Ops and Tech DEI Council. Sarah works with executive leadership and Black, LatinX, and Asian colleagues to increase diverse representation at all levels. She has developed integral internal campaigns that spotlight diverse employees, including a monthly Diversity in Leadership Event series in which Black, Asian, LatinX, and other diverse leaders share their personal stories across BNY Mellon. As a Board Member of the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Sarah launched an exclusive mentor-to-intern program to provide opportunities for overlooked and underserviced students to gain experience and employment at BNY Mellon. In 2022, she scaled this to include CUNY and CCAC in Pittsburgh.

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Michael Elliott

Vice President Development
Gilead Sciences

Vice President of Development and Medical Affairs at Gilead Sciences and Executive Sponsor at European Pride Alliance. Michael is also a close collaborator with Gilead Leadership Organization of Black Employees (GLOBE) where he focuses on Industry placement and internships. Over the course of his recent career, Mike has been an active speaker at the Career Nuggets Academy, an information and support hub for Black and Ethnic Minority professionals, and a committed supporter of NAZ, a sexual health agency led by people of color working to address sexual health inequalities within ethnically diverse communities.

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Monique D. Jefferson

Chief Human Resources Officer
New York Public Radio

As a human resources leader, Monique has for the last four years been a strong internal advocate for representation and inclusion at all levels within Hogan Lovells. Whilst historically the firm’s National Diversity Committee had focused on lawyer advancement and development, Monique felt that this focus needed to be expanded if the company wanted a truly inclusive culture and diverse workforce. So, as an inaugural member of the new Americas Business Services Diversity Committee, she helped developed strategic goals centering on education, increasing representation at senior levels, and creating a culture where employees have a sense of belonging. In another of her roles as President of the Global Leadership Network for Black executives, CALIBR, Monique has overseen a 20% rise in corporate sponsorships. At New York Public Radio, where Monique now works, she is a member of the Race Equity Committee, where she will continue to drive positive change.

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Richard Iferenta

Vice Chair and Partner
KPMG UK

Richard’s passion for inclusion is evident not only in his specialism of Tax and Financial Services, but also within the wider business community. He has championed greater diversity, inclusion and equity for over 20 years, and his passion to see more Black Heritage (BH) leaders and colleagues led to the creation of KPMG’s BH Working Group to deliver a strategy focused on lasting change and results. Results of this include a plan of commitments to double the number of BH leaders in the firm, and increase the number of BH graduate recruits, as well as a project allocation overhaul to ensure BH colleagues have greater exposure to high quality experiences. Richard sponsors the firm’s African and Caribbean Network and plays an instrumental role in the delivery of the firm’s Black Lives Allyship Programme which has reached over 700 colleagues, helping to create an open and inclusive environment, while nurturing talent.

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PK Yegneswaran

VP, Manufacturing Science & Technology - Global Animal Health Manufacturing
Merck & Co.

At Merck & Co (MRK), PK has been a strong sponsor of D&I through his involvement in Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs), and mentoring and sponsoring talent from diverse backgrounds. PK has been sponsoring and supporting several diversity initiatives at Merck such as Women in Science and Engineering, several D&I Councils and The Diverse Leaders Program. During 2019-2021, PK was the Executive Sponsor of the Pan-Asian EBRG Asia Pacific Association (APA) at Merck and successfully increased employee membership and engagement by 100%. During 2020-21, with PK’s guidance, the APA EBRG developed a Call-to-Action in solidarity with the League of Employees of African Descent EBRG and sponsored community conversations responding to Anti-Asian incidents in the USA. PK also currently represents Merck on the Board of Directors of NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering), with a vision to develop an Engineering workforce that looks like America.

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Suresh Raj

Global Chief Growth Officer
Virtue Worldwide (VICE Media Group)

Suresh sits on the Global Management Team of Virtue, VICE Media Group's Global Creative Agency. Within this new role as well as in his previous roles as a C-Suite ethnic minority executive, Suresh has been a vocal champion of diversity and equality throughout all company offices across the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Within his capacity on driving growth within the business, Suresh emphasizes the need for diversity within agency teams to deliver strategically sound and inspirational creative campaign work that resonates culturally. Ensuring diverse individuals are given the opportunity to work on award-winning campaigns is part of Suresh’s mission to make the organization a welcoming place for all. Suresh’s executive sponsorship of a number of networks which focus on the personal and professional development of Black, Asian and Latin communities sees him actively soliciting the engagement of these groups within the business as well as within client activity. Through INvolve and the Marketing Academy USA, Suresh is a mentor to numerous ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ professionals.

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Ambra Caruthers

Director of Project Management Office
Kerry

Ambra, a non-profit owner, community and corporate leader launched the first and only race and ethnicity global resource group within Kerry. This has surpassed expectations, being one of the first to engage employees globally around racial social equity and equality within the company. Launched in October 2021, over 400 members have joined the cause to create a social and equitable network. At the current growth rate, the expected outcome for this initiative is to build awareness, educate, and create a diverse and effective culture of equity and sustainability. Her desire and passion to help other people brought Ambra to become a Community Leader for a girls’ leadership academy that provides a college-prep education focused on STEAM and Architecture to girls living in distressed urban communities. She also volunteers at a local resale store that provides high-end clothing at an affordable cost to members of isolated communities.

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Fiona Bolton

Partner, Employment
Simmons & Simmons

Fiona has ensured that race and ethnicity inclusion is treated as a business priority at Simmons & Simmons, by driving the conversation and acting as a sponsor and spokesperson for race and ethnicity inclusion. She has also helped to oversee the firm's race and ethnicity action plan, based on recommendations and principles of the Race at Work Charter, to ensure that objectives are met. Fiona has co-chaired the firm's race and ethnicity network 'EMerge' since 2019 and helped launch EMerge's mentoring program, which she also participates in, mentoring senior allies on the challenges and opportunities for ethnic minority employees. Fiona has also taken part in various conferences and seminars, discussing diversity and inclusion.

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Laura Wheeler

Investment Operations - Specialist
Capital Group

In addition to being the Founder and leader of LEAP Europe, a community that leads and engages Asian professionals, Laura has invested her time in promoting more inclusive work practices, particularly in the recruitment sector. As a specialist in Investment Operations at Capital Group, she increased the percentage of ethnically diverse employees and those with non-traditional backgrounds. Laura is also co-founder and co-lead of the disability and neurodiversity Network (Capital Abilities Network - Europe) and foundational member of the Mental Health Community. Since 2020, she has been a panel speaker for Black History Month on diversity in children's books and regularly posts on LinkedIn about diversity and inclusion, always receiving thousands of views. Her strong interest in D&I sees her involved with schools, charities, and the Asian community to promote, increase and support D&I.

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Amjad Khan

Vice President
HSBC

In 2020, Amjad co-founded and chaired the Stretch45 program, which helps Black and ethnically diverse colleagues springboard their careers through learning, growth, and sponsorship. The first cohort of this program completed its run in December 2021, with a number of colleagues successfully moving their careers forward. Amjad also took on the role as co-chair for a second initiative called Step Forward, which looks at building talent pipelines of Black and ethnically diverse talent right from grassroots and junior positions. In its first cohort, this initiative had over 200 delegates & sponsors, and has gone on to win two external awards - the Best Talent Development Programme at PIMFA and Team of the Year at the Diversity Awards in 2021. Amjad is also on the Board of Directors at the Customer Institute and a member of the Awards International Judges Steering Council.

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Shelley Bishton

Head of Creative Diversity
News UK

Head of Creative Diversity for News UK, Shelley launched News UK's first network for Black and Asian employees, the Cultural Diversity Network, in 2019. This forum's purpose is to debate D&I issues and challenge perceived wisdom. She also forged partnerships with Black-owned businesses that helped to drive News UK's creative diversity. These businesses help increase the profile of Black entrepreneurs in coverage and promote the product to a more diverse audience, develop a media planning tool for News UK's clients, and increase the findings' reach by sharing them in the company's titles. Shelley also created a research-based Common Sense Guide to Language, offering staff the latest thinking on language on diversity, race, gender, and disability. Furthermore, she built an algorithm to review the sentiment of coverage of minorities and produced an in-depth report investigating the perceptions and sentiment toward the Media from underrepresented communities.

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Marsha Guerrier

Senior Test Engineer
IHS Markit

Marsha advocates for all women to receive equal career progression opportunities within business. For this reason, she founded HerSuiteSpot, a digital platform and private network for women of color advancing as leaders and entrepreneurs. She helps women advance their economic success by providing a community, coaching, and capital. Her network creates a space for women to connect and provides the opportunity to win a microgrant to help grow their businesses. She is also the Founder of the HerRise STEM Squad, a program offering spring and fall activities and a 6-week summer career employment curriculum as part of an intensive, multi-session program intended to build upon career exploration for young girls in underserved and underrepresented communities on Long Island. Additionally, Marsha is a TedX speaker and has moderated the IHS's Black Business Impact Panel for Black History Month hosted by Engage and has interviewed the firm's Chief Diversity Officer for a fireside chat at the HerRise Conference hosted by HerSuiteSpot.

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Henrique dos Santos

Support Consultant
SAP

In 2018, Henrique helped in the foundation of the first Black Employee Chapter in Brazil. At the SAP Labs, Henrique and his colleagues had the privilege of hosting numerous events and opportunities to develop and increase internal awareness about the African culture and the African Brazilian's needs and challenges. The team held trainings focused on structural racism and events such as the "International Afro-Latin America, Afro-Caribbean and Diaspora Women's Day" where four marvelous Black women from SAP came to share their thoughts and challenges with the entire organization based on their personal experiences. In order to have an impact on external individuals, Henrique and his team created the Black Attraction program in partnership with the Black Employee Network and the Talent Attraction team to create a pipeline of Black candidates looking to become a part of the SAP family and increase the global diversity impact of SAP.

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Michael Jackson

Regional Vice President Franchise Performance Support
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)

As co-chair of IHG's employee resource group for Black colleagues, Michael was instrumental in steering IHG's response to racial justice issues in the US in 2020, contributing to the redesign of IHG's DEI commitments and actions. Since 2019, he has led companywide Black History Month (BHM) events, facilitated Courageous Conversations with Black colleagues, and facilitated listening sessions to share the perspectives of Black colleagues. Michael has mentored and sponsored colleagues of color, guiding them to achieve career promotions. In addition to his work at IHG, he volunteers with local schools to increase the focus on mentoring and sponsorship for students of color. He has conducted several letter-writing campaigns to national and state officials against laws affecting people of color. Michael and his husband Paul have four boys and, in his spare time, enjoy traveling and involving his family in his philanthropic and community efforts.

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Alex Brown

Managing Director, Head of Sales Management, UK Corporate Bank
Barclays Bank Plc

As an ally and advocate for Embrace, Barclays’ multicultural network, Alex leads by example to create an environment where over 1000 colleagues can feel they have a strong career pathway regardless of their race or ethnicity. In order to do this Alex has been engaging senior leadership across the business to drive the multicultural and Race at Work (RAW) agenda. Membership of the UK Corporate Bank Embrace network has increased by more than 30% due to clear strategy formulation and is now at more than 1000 members. Alex also sponsored colleague listening groups in collaboration with INvolve, the first time this has been done in Corporate Bank. The sessions provided a safe environment for colleagues to give open and honest feedback and share the issues they have faced at Barclays. During 2020, Alex frequently coached other leaders across the business on their responses to Black Lives Matter.

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Robert Lawson

Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions
BP

In 2006, Robert co-founded and initially chaired bp's ethnicity Business Resource Group, the Positively Ethnic Network (PEN). Since then he has been an active and committed supporter of ethnic minorities in bp; as well as serving as an ambassador and sponsor for PEN, he has spoken at many internal events. Robert has also been a passionate advocate for the need to analyze and benchmark ethnicity data relating to the workforce in order to monitor progress, remove any biases and drive sustainable change. He has used his position on advisory boards at three of the world’s leading business schools (Stanford Graduate School of Business, Cambridge Judge Business School, and the City of London University Business School), as an opportunity to provide career coaching to emerging ethnic minority leaders.

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Michael Bates

UK Regional Managing Partner
Clifford Chance LLP

As the UK Regional Managing Partner at Clifford Chance, Michael has responsibility for promoting inclusion and diversity within the UK firm. His leadership has seen the implementation of a new strategy for work allocation to ensure colleagues of particular backgrounds are not under-utilized and suffering negative impacts on their career progressions. UK ethnicity targets have also been introduced for 2025, setting out goals for BAME professionals to account for 15% of Clifford Chance’s partners and 30% of its senior associates. Other initiatives at the firm include the development of training on the nature and impact of 'microaggressions' and the introduction of independent diversity champions at promotion meetings to avoid any bias in decision making. As well as publishing their own ethnicity pay gap data, Clifford Chance has been involved in discussions with the Law Society to establish the best ways for law firms to record and publish this data.

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Lisa Levy

Head of Marketing and Communications, People & Places Solutions, Europe
Jacobs

Lisa knows that as a Jacobs business leader her words and actions act as a lever for cultural change. With this in mind Lisa is currently serving as Executive Sponsor of Harambee, a Jacobs network committed to positively impacting the Black employee experience through the recruitment, development, and retention of Black talent. Lisa has mentored Harambee ambassadors to help them grow the network’s membership, and has promoted the group’s work, objectives, and successes through multiple internal communication channels across Europe. She has also stepped forward to support the team in designing and delivering engagement events and to amplify the group's voice to senior leadership, as well as using her professional network to find advocates and external speakers that can support Harambee’s activities. Since the global launch of Jacobs’ Action Plan for Advancing Justice and Equality, Lisa has worked to set actionable and measurable objectives to address systemic racial inequalities.

Can be viewed on: 2021 Top 50 Advocates

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