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Jackie Uhi

Jackie has a number of active roles in driving the inclusivity agenda at HSBC UK, including as EMpower Steerco; EMpower sponsor, nurturing internal BAME talent; on the UK Culture & Engagement committee; Executive Women’s forum steerco; by proactively contributing to and promoting Women on Boards; and supporting the Atlas Mentoring Platform, Women Ahead. She has been the executive sponsor for Embrace for the last 18 months, and has been instrumental in acting as a trusted advisor for the network committee. Jackie ensures all things inclusion are discussed at board level to help shape strategy; she has mentored chairs, sponsors and committee members, alongside BAME colleagues aiming to achieve director-level roles. She presents at events, promoting all aspects of D&I and has pushed a recruitment drive for increasing BAME leadership. Externally, Jackie has worked with the CEO of the Diana Award which has led to opportunities for HSBC employees to mentor and make a difference to the lives of young people mostly from a BAME background. The team have run mentoring programmes, offering career insight which is fun, diverse and truly benefits young people’s personal and professional development.

Oliemata O’donoghue

Oliemata sponsors the BAME “Embrace Network” and has worked alongside colleagues to drive a strong agenda around “Attract, Grow and Engage” of BAME and non-BAME colleagues. In this role, she has promoted discussions about race in the workplace, led panel and listening events and career enhancing workshops. She also undertakes reverse mentoring and coaches colleagues to achieve their career aspirations. In her current role as Regional Director and Sponsor for all things inclusivity, Oliemata has supported many BAME colleagues to ensure that there is a strong talent pool of BAME candidates internally and externally for senior leadership appointments. Externally, Oliemata has volunteered as part of a mentoring programme that coaches and supports undergraduates from ethnic minority backgrounds. She also mentors young adults as part of The Prince’s Trust mosaic programme, and hosted over 100 students in the young enterprise challenge finals. She leverages her position and influences by supporting and influencing colleagues to take part in the Business in the Community unemployment circle mentoring programme and was recently invited to the Houses of Parliament alongside her colleagues as a recognition for the success of this programme. She also coaches and supports women of BAME backgrounds who are in middle management and have high potential to reach directorship levels and also Women Entrepreneurs, using her skills and experience she has gathered over the years as a Business Area Manager and experience in supporting women in business. Oliemata has recently completed the Board readiness programme and is looking to use her experience in the capacity of non-executive director in the education and charity sector. She is also very proud that the Embrace network won an award last year in the investing in ethnicity awards 2018, as well as being nominated in the Green Park top 100 BAME Leaders in Business list 2018.

Christina Liciaga

Christina is an entrepreneur turned international finance executive who joined HSBC in 2008, leading national and global teams across Asia, Latin America and Europe. As a diversity advocate within HSBC Group, Christina is a champion for Embrace in the UK, a spokesperson for the Hispanic and Latino Diversity Committee in the USA, sponsor for “My World” a staff-driven cross-cultural education initiative promoting a more inclusive work environment, and the UK appointee to the bank’s Global Diversity Taskforce. In 2016, Christina advised on publication of a Judicial Diversity Report, which targets sustainable solutions to address structural barriers facing women and ethnic minorities in the UK judiciary. She was later appointed to the Executive Board of JUSTICE, an all-party law reform and human rights organisation working to strengthen the justice system in the UK. When appointed, she was not only the youngest Trustee, but the only woman of colour and one of a few working outside of the legal profession. Throughout her career, Christina has established inclusive forums where woman of diversity can come together as one, including launching cross-industry networking sessions and serving as a mentor for employees within and outside of HSBC Group across London, New York and Hong Kong.