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Kai Exos

As an artist, Kai has headlined at Sundance, Cannes Lions, SXSW alongside an all-Black performers programme; as a record label founder, his corporate art fund has invested over $4M in Black Art this year alone. He hosts Black Excellence events in LA and Toronto and enacted a Global Diversity & Inclusion Charter at Isobar. Frequent initiatives for his internal project, The Intersectionality Forum, continue to take place at their Toronto headquarters to highlight shared values and encourage representation. Kai also established a Culture Potluck within the organization to celebrate the diaspora; promotes a Nike Run Club alongside “The Real Toronto”, an advocacy group in the Toronto community; and is the executive sponsor of a weekly book club and library initiative that promotes underrepresented voices in literature. Kai’s approach to allyship and focus on equality  has been featured in international magazines as all VPs in his organisations are trained for unconscious bias. His team of award-winning Creative Directors + 100 creative staff write inclusive briefs/castings for the likes of Cadillac and Stoli Vodka. Kai is a member of the NAACP, PETA, NARAS and the ACLU, and an very proud ally of @Unity_In_Color. In addition to his philanthropy and executive mentorship, Kai’s global activism extends further as a a Billboard Top 40-charting musician.

Kian Bakhtiari

As a founding member of Fortysix, Kian has helped Dentsu Aegis Network to create a new, inclusive recruitment model to attract more BAME talent. Having recognised longstanding biases in the advertising industry, Kian addressed this by eliminating unconscious bias from the system and by bringing in a pool of fresh, diverse talent. Kian’s methods have helped to significantly increase BAME representation across the company. For the last two years, Kian has been building a proprietary platform called Striipes: an online insights tool, which bridges the gap between brands and young people. Striipes is powered by a community of 1000 of young creatives who are 16-24. The majority of members are from BAME and lower socio-economic backgrounds. Outside of work, Kian is the One Young World ambassador for Iran. One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30; empowering them to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In his spare time, Kian carries out pro bono work for Care4Calais, a charity which provides direct aid to refugees living in the worst conditions across northern France.