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Shwetal Shah

Shwetal currently works at MediaCom Global as an International Technology Partnerships Planner and is on the MediaCom Global Council where she organizes various events to engage employees across different levels. She is also on the Forbes Under 30 board London and a Trustee at Volunteer Centre Camden. Passionate about role model representation using the power of tech as a force for social change. Her collaboration with the Mayor of London, Cabinet Office, US Embassy, IBM, Microsoft, Mozilla has led to recognition from the Financial Times Top 100 ethnic minorities in tech, Forbes Under 30 and European Commission. As a UN Empower Women champion she created an award winning documentary on women in tech which led to the Feminist Library in London creating a year-long tech skills program.

Krishna Haveliwala

Krishna has been a key driver of the implementation of the industry-leading company-wide diversity and inclusion agenda at MediaCom, including the organisation of internal events and initiatives, as well as client account specific programmes. Krishna has organised internal events, including the celebration of International Women’s Day, where she championed women from diverse backgrounds. She has joined the Diversity and Inclusion Committee as an ethnicity representative, where she organises further events and initiatives. Krishna set up a partnership with the charity SmartWorks, a women’s charity who provide interview outfits and coaching for unemployed women. She has also developed a bespoke client-specific diversity and inclusion programme for a successful client pitch, recommending an ethnicity pay gap report, diversity targets for their leadership team and an inclusive hiring policy. Outside of MediaCom, Krishna aspires to be a role model and mentor to women from ethnic minority backgrounds. She contributes to driving awareness for ‘Bloody Good Period’, a charity that provides sanitary products to refugees, asylum seekers and women living in poverty. She also worked with a charity partner ‘Co2 Balance’ to set up a CSR project to provide reusable sanitary products to help keep Ugandan girls in education.

Karen Blackett

During the five years she was CEO MediaCom’s staff evolved from 11% to 20% people of colour – black, Asian and other ethnicities – and women make up 46% of the top two tiers of management. In 2012, Karen launched an Apprenticeship Scheme for 18-24 year olds at MediaCom. More recently, in 2015, Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, championing race with Permanent Secretary Richard Heath, and in March 2016 Karen became President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for Diversity. Karen also speaks at numerous events and conferences to champion diversity, including BFI Black Star Symposium, Inspirational You at the House of Commons, The Economist Pride and Prejudice event and has been interviewed on Channel 4 News and BBC Breakfast News – all focusing on diversity in the workplace. Additionally Karen is an Advisory Board Member to Hyden Media, a recruitment consultancy who specialises in hiring talent from a BAME background into the Creative Industry and has been a judge for the Black British Business Awards since its conception.

Marisa Ambersley

Marisa is a member of MediaCom’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel to ensure that MediaCom fairly represent, recognise, and recruit diverse talent.  She attends graduate selection days and is involved in the Apprentice scheme to nurture talent from diverse and underprivileged backgrounds. She is a mentor, giving junior talent the opportunity to talk about their experiences and give confidential feedback on diversity and inclusion at MediaCom. Marisa leads an initiative called “MediaCom Talks” which celebrates diverse backgrounds and gives young talent a platform to express their opinions to peers. Outside of work she uses art as a platform to express her culture and diversity beliefs. Marisa is an exhibiting artist who has created a brand of contemporary acrylic paintings and limited edition prints called “Colourful People”. The individual portraits have been named to carry a message; ‘Believe’, ‘Love’, ‘Exhale’, ‘Vex’ to express the frustrations and aspirations of the diverse world we live in.

Karen Blackett

Karen is currently the Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings of over £1 billion. Prior to this promotion Karen was CEO for 5 years where she managed over 1,150 people in 5 offices across the UK. In her new role as Chairwoman one of her many focuses is to support these regional offices.
During the five years Karen was CEO, the agency’s staff evolved from 11% to 19% people of colour — black, Asian and other ethnicities — and women make up 31% of the top two tiers of management. Karen says, “It’s no coincidence”.
In 2012, Karen launched an innovative apprenticeship program for 18-to-24-year-olds at MediaCom, working with Tim Campbell, MBE and The National Apprenticeship Service. In March 2016, Karen then alsobecame President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presents the business case for Diversity. She is also an Advisory Board member for Shine Media.