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Ambily Banerjee

Ambily is the Co-Lead of EMBRACE at GSK, an employee resource group with a focus on ethnicity and she is a Mentor for the Women’s Leadership Initiative. She successfully bought together FUSION (an Asian ERG for which she was the UK Lead) with EMBRACE, thereby cultivating a cohesive voice on inclusion and increasing membership rates. She has organized events, provided a streamlined and actionable vision of EMBRACE’s business case to senior executives and has worked collaboratively with ERGs across the company. Ambily is also a Mentor for Brunel University’s Widening Participation Scheme and a STEM Ambassador for several schools in West London and Slough, with a focus on removing barriers for BAME students. Ambily also works with a local charity as a Trustee and supports wellbeing activities within an area with a largely BAME population.

Omar Ahmed

“As Founder and Co-lead of the EMBRACE employee resource group, and a member of GSK’s Global Ethnicity Council, Omar has driven engagement, commitment and accountability with senior leaders to create an environment where Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees may succeed at the most senior levels. He was instrumental in pioneering a “Let’s talk about Race” session at GSK that included senior leaders and has facilitated workshop on the topic with other organizations. His position in the network has enabled him to provide broad input into GSK’s diversity and inclusion strategy, self-identification campaign, and support the creation of mixed interview panels to include ethnic minorities. Externally, Omar is focused on inspiring the next generation of BAME talent through Your Future Your Ambition and the Migrant Leaders mentoring program. He sits on the steering committee of TNON BAME/Multicultural group, building leadership capability of BAME network leaders from over 70 public/private organizations.”

Samantha Warren

Samantha’s role at GSK is to support and drive the employee resource groups to develop, grow and align with the business’ strategies. Prior to this role, Samantha has been an active member of GSK’s African American Alliance ERG for 20+ years, including as a chapter lead for 3 years, where she sought to grow and develop herself and ERG colleagues, raising awareness and knowledge of tools and resources available. Samantha developed a training program entitled ‘Development Matters’ for AAA members and embedded a quarterly learning series allowing ethnic minority staff to take control of their development. She has also set up a partnership with an outreach group, the African American Cultural Festival, aiming to share non-promotional material for the education of the African American and Latino communities regarding nutrition, diabetes, lupus and the importance of diversity in clinical trials. Externally, Samantha is president of the Black Alumni Association at North Carolina State University which recently provided partial scholarships to six African American graduate and undergraduate students and, she serves as a professional mentor to students of colour. Recently, Samantha was appointed to NCSU’s Chancellor’s African American Community Advisory Council, Responsible for advising on matters to promote mutually beneficial university and African American community relationships. She is a former co-chair of the Alumni Mentoring Program.  She is also on the board of directors for the Junior League of Raleigh; building a greater emphasis on D&I into the organisation.