Rashmi Ghai

As Co-Chair of Citi Roots, Rashmi is committed to diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Rashmi’s efforts have led to a 35% increase in Citi Roots membership, she has developed a BAME-focused Mentorship Program, organized outreach events such as business skills workshops for students and promoted inclusion through BAME-focused events such as the Inspire and Lead speaker series, hosting the likes of David Lammy. Rashmi is a member of the House of Lords Multicultural Network Forum sharing best practice on diversity and inclusion and more recently has championed an initiative engaging the broader workforce to aid in the professional development of BAME communities.

Sharon Blackman

At Citi, Sharon is a member of the EMEA Legal Diversity Committee and the Global Legal Diversity Committee. She is a member of Citi Roots, and co-chairs the EMEA Pro Bono Committee. She has organised regional and global training on various D&I topics, including unconscious bias, mental health and cross-cultural working, all to promote a more inclusive environment. She has arranged Citi’s participation in a mentoring programme for law undergraduates with a social mobility and ethnic minority focus, and has structured Citi’s participation in social mobility and ethnic minority-focused programmes offered by law firms. Sharon is a mentor with the Black Solicitors Network, and has participated as a panel speaker and role model in Urban Synergy events at Lewisham Schools and Canary Wharf venues, among other high-profile speaking engagements.

Rashmi Ghai

Rashmi has helped to make Citi more welcoming and inclusive for BAME people in a number of ways, including developing a BAME-focused Mentorship program; promoting inclusion through events and programs, bringing a specific BAME focus to Citi’s internally recognized and popular ‘Inspire and Lead’ speaker series; acting as a role model to prove that women from a non-traditional background like Rashmi can succeed in a client facing corporate and investment banking environment; and celebrating diversity as Co Chair of Citi Roots, where she organises the firm’s celebration of major cultural events. Externally, Rashmi is a member of the House of Lords Multicultural Professional Network Forum, sharing best practice on BAME diversity and inclusion. She also structures and delivers business skills workshops for students from various academies and local schools in London who represent the BAME community, aiming to inspire, educate and support students who would be less likely to consider a career in banking and who would not normally have an opportunity to get direct access to a global employer like Citi. Rashmi championed an initiative that engaged the broader workforce in helping the BAME community in local communities by organising a community volunteering day at the Hope Family Trust.

Mark Mason

Mark was recently appointed co-lead of the Black Heritage Affinity Group, to renew a near and long-term focus to embed diversity in Citi’s talent initiatives. He is working to increase the focus on diverse recruitment, selection, promotion, retention, development and succession. His work with the affinity group has been integral to many awards for Citi, including ranking on Thomson Reuters’ list of Top 100 Most Diverse & Inclusive Organizations Globally, and Stonewall’s Top 100 UK Firms for Diversity. Externally, Mark is on the board of trustees for Howard University, and supports the Apollo theatre.

Rashmi Ghai

Rashmi is in a client coverage role within Citi’s Corporate and Investment Banking division. Rashmi is one of the Co-Chairs for Citi Roots, which is Citi’s Diversity Network focused on BAME inclusion and cultural diversity. Rashmi has helped to build a more inclusive culture at Citi, supporting   BAME people in a number of ways. She has developed a BAME-focused Mentorship programme, where Citi’s BAME community are matched together every year, and provided with professional coaching. She has also brought a specific BAME focus to Citi’s internally recognized and popular ‘Inspire and Lead’ speaker series which has featured many prominent seniors. Rashmi also structures and delivers business skills workshops for Grade 11 students from various academies and local schools in London who represent the BAME community. Rashmi has been internally recognized by James A Forese (President, Citi; CEO ICG) for “exceptional contributions” to Citi’s recruiting, mentoring, training and diversity initiatives. Rashmi currently leads the leverage finance portfolio coverage effort as well as the capital allocation and approval process for new leverage finance deals across the EMEA region.

Stephen Bird

As co-head of the Black Heritage Affinity at Citi, Stephen is focused on driving material change in the promotion, development, recruiting and retention of black colleagues in the U.S. He is leading a multi-pronged effort which includes increasing the number of actionable development plans with high-performers, increasing engagement with the Executive Leadership Council which develops global black leaders, and working to build engagement by connecting the network chapters across the U.S. Stephen serves on the Board of the U.S.-China Business Council, the International Advisory Board of the Hospital for Special Surgery and the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society, supporting its mission to enhance cultural understanding through participation in a variety of programs and events.

Elsie Akinsanya

Elsie is the co-Chair of Citibank London Roots Diversity Network where it is her role to lead the multicultural network, focusing on encouraging inclusion in the workplace. In addition to celebrating diverse cultural events such as Chinese New Year, Black History Month and Diwali, the network also focuses on engaging employees to provide black and ethnic minority students with work-based skills through bi-annual Business Skills Workshops. Externally, Elsie is actively involved in coaching and mentoring black and ethnic minority women who are transitioning into leadership roles for the first time, or changing organisations. She recently set up an informal mentoring programme for young black women aged between 20-30 called ‘Each one, Reach one’. The purpose of the programme is to support the target group in navigating the world of work/enterprise through sharing experiences and the often ‘unwritten’ workplace codes.