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Nick Studer

Nick promotes diversity and inclusion from his position on Oliver Wyman’s Executive Committee, where he sponsors on the RED strategy and is a member of the Inclusion Council. He is Executive Sponsor for the EMPOWERED network, a participant, ally and member of ‘Men for Change’ with Women of Oliver Wyman, and a participant and ally with GLOW, the LGBT+ network. Nick created the company’s first RED strategy and sponsored its implementation. The strategy included a self-declaration program, setting baselines and targets, implementing dedicated recruiting initiatives and a targeted sponsorship program, improving staffing and talent management, and implementing multiple firm-wide communication and training programs. Externally, Nick supports the charity Prisoners Abroad. He also supports User Voice and Teach First.

Rupal Kantaria

When convening business leaders for the Oliver Wyman Forum, Rupal ensures diversity and intersectionality play a leading role. Both within and outside of Oliver Wyman, Rupal has championed mentoring and reverse-mentoring programs, best practice sharing, and cross-company networking. She co-founded MissionINCLUDE, convening C-suite leaders to foster inclusion across all diversity strands. Led by Lord Popat, she co-hosts the only Black and Minority Ethnic International Women’s Day Speaker Showcase at the House of Commons, giving a platform to diverse stories from all genders and providing tangible actions for change. Rupal has led numerous other initiatives, including: exploring the racial diversity at client companies and reviewing how the client interacts with their BAME employees; engaging BAME leaders to champion the BAME agenda; and reshaping flagship events to prioritize diverse panels and attendance.

Maya Mansour

As an organizational psychologist and management consultant, Maya deeply values the importance of inclusion and diversity in driving business outcomes. Apart from her work in advising clients on I&D, Maya is the EMEA Regional Lead for Oliver Wyman’s Racial and Ethnic Diversity employee network, working with over 10 chapters in the region on the implementation of the global I&D strategy. Through this role, Maya has implemented initiatives including reverse mentoring, targeted recruitment campaigns, external industry engagements and internal debates and discussions. Besides the network’s grassroots initiatives, she also works with senior leadership to implement tangible change. More recently, Maya has developed a Racial and Ethnic Diversity Strategy for Oliver Wyman in collaboration with one of the company’s Managing Partners. Outside of Oliver Wyman, Maya regularly engages with organisations in the industry to discuss racial and ethnic diversity topics and share her journey. She recently led an event with State Street on the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in senior leadership positions, together with her colleagues, and a masterclass on the topic of Talking about Race at Barclays Bank. Maya is also part of a cross-company mentorship program, Mission Include, that is aimed at tackling all aspects of diversity and spans multiple industries. Through all of these activities, Maya continuously strives to create a more inclusive and diverse environment both within and outside the organisations she works in.

Martin Pong

Having noticed the lack of visible gay East Asian role models in his own life, Martin created an industry leading intersectional reverse mentoring programme at Oliver Wyman to raise awareness of multiple minority identities and experiences in the workplace. To date, the scheme has mentored over 100 senior individuals globally and become a mandatory part of the senior management training curriculum, as well as inspiring similar programmes in FTSE 100 companies under Martin’s guidance. Martin regularly speaks about his lived experiences as an LGBT+ East Asian and explores the intricacies of navigating collectivist culture with an open LGBT+ identity. He uses the power of storytelling to make his unique struggles and lived experiences more visible to the next generation, and to senior figures who may not have considered the intersection of BAME and LGBT+ identities. To tackle the representation problem in the UK, Martin founded the East and Southeast Asian (ESA) Project, the first UK non-profit organisation that focuses on achieving equal representation for East and South East Asian identities in media, business and politics. Having already worked with numerous charities, local youth groups, schools and universities, Martin hopes to continue the work of the ESA Project to expand the representation of LGBT+ people of colour for future generations.

Rupal Kantaria

Rupal is a strategic advisor at Oliver Wyman on Inclusion – with a specialism in race and ethnicity and gender. In particular she has worked to expand the focus on gender to race and ethnicity, moving away from a “them and us” mentality, key for real behaviour change. She co-designed, organised and led the first ever BAME International Women’s Day Speakers’ showcase at the House of Commons for IWD 2019 giving a voice to transgender, BAME and other often ‘unheard’ women. As part of Lord Gadhia’s multi-cultural race awareness House of Lords Forum, Rupal has expanded and helped structure the 60+ BAME network leads community, chairing the advocacy group and uniting efforts to speak with one, more powerful voice to Government, for example representing grassroots feedback to the Government’s Race charter consultation. She is also spearheading a board-level roundtable for executive sponsors of ethnicity to share learning and co-create, to support change from the top. Rupal co-founded and designed an innovative cross-company movement, Mission INCLUDE, with specialists Moving Ahead, launching with three FTSE 250 CEOs and 13 companies (including the British Army, AIG, RBS) coming together at C-suite level to foster inclusion across all diversity strands. Internally at Oliver Wyman, Rupal has engaged fellow senior leaders by recognising diversity as a competitive imperative and advantage, calling for more diverse racial pitch teams and visuals amongst other things. Rupal provides strategic sparring to the Race and Ethnicity network, and raises awareness through race discussions and BAME reverse mentoring to provide a safe space for ‘uncomfortable conversations’. She also acts as a mentor and a sponsor for various mentorship schemes. Rupal works with various charities to support BAME women and has spoken at numerous ethnicity inclusion events and in the media to promote D&I.

Rupal Kantaria

As one of the most senior BAME women at Oliver Wyman, Rupal has led race discussions and BAME reverse mentoring both within and outside of Oliver Wyman, providing a safe space for uncomfortable conversations. She founded and leads the Mission INCLUDE campaign- an inclusion network of 13 FTSE companies across the UK, which focuses on cross company mentoring, Reverse Mentoring circles to experience corporate culture from an ethnic minority background, and learning across firms.  She speaks regularly on race awareness panels for external events, and closed the House of Lord’s British Indian International Women’s Day debate of 30 senior BAME leaders, the first ever debate in the chamber and a role usually played by the Minster. She also moderated a senior panel at the Ismaili Foundation for International Women’s Day. She plays a strategic sparring role to the London OW BAME network, EMPOWERED, and has worked closely with Human Capital to attract and track BAME candidates through entry level recruiting, leading workshops to support black students from non traditional universities. Rupal also works with a national charity as a Trustee and as a ‘befriender’ listening to and supporting BAME mothers who are disproportionately affected by neonatal death.

Martin Pong

Martin set-up Oliver Wyman’s first cross-employee network reverse mentoring programme which has seen senior business leaders come together and discuss workplace discrimination. During Oliver Wyman’s Diversity Month in April 2018, he launched an intersectional poster campaign to celebrate high profile individuals with diverse identities and hosted discussions at Oliver Wyman’s offices to recognise and promote the great work of their allies. He has developed several toolkits to help raise awareness about privilege, intersectionality, and allyship in the firm. Outside of work, Martin recently took part in the cross-organisational Mission Include mentoring programme, where he mentored ethnic minority youth and reverse mentored senior leaders across a range of industries. Having noticed the lack of visible gay South East Asian male role models, Martin uses mentoring as a way to make his unique experiences more visible to the next generation but also to raise awareness amongst senior figures who may not have properly considered the intersection of BAME and LGBT+ identities. He has worked with numerous charities, local youth groups, schools and university societies to ensure diversity and inclusion is considered in day to day operations – and to highlight how unconscious bias and privilege affects their decision making.