Kamel is a NED on TLC Lions who have supported 100’s companies in improving culture and inclusion. She then chairs a round table in Westminster for these companies to collaborate and champion change faster. As an ex Banker, Kamel worked her way up from casher to Director, Strategist and Architect of numerous programs and initiatives including the Asian Strategy that helped access to finance for entrepreneurs from minority communities. All which have changed the shape of the banking industry over 4 decades. She went on to campaigning for equality and fairness that was recognized by the Queen in 2017 with an OBE and an honorary doctorate for her cultural cohesion work. She is an emotional speak invited around the world to speak on gender and cultural challenges. Kamel is also an advisor and Trustee on several charities including the Queens Commonwealth Trust and Alzheimer’s Soc to name a few.
As Founder and CEO of TLC Lions, Gian’s mission is to ignite emotion in workplaces through storytelling. His work has supported over 120 organizations covering 19 industries reaching over 40,000 people in audiences in 57+ countries. Through TLC Lions, Gian’s brought together 25 ordinary people with extraordinary stories sharing their stories around diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As a result, Gian has been sponsored by Baroness Verma, UN Chair for Women in the UK to host a quarterly roundtable alongside the Baroness discussing D&I in the workplace with a focus on solutions. This led to an invitation to share his learnings at Number 10 and with members of the Royal Family as well as sitting on the board of Mental Health Conference – This Can Happen.
As founder and CEO, Gian has placed inclusion at the core of TLC Lions. On induction and joining the company, joiners share their stories to provide others with an understanding of what it’s like to ‘be in my shoes’. The company has had internal get-togethers to discuss BAME and held events with companies such as AXA, Lloyd’s, PwC, Deloitte, Just Eat and Hyatt on this topic globally. The outcome of these efforts has been a more welcoming and open culture, staff speaking up about challenges at home as well as feeling confident to bring their own cultures to the workplace. Gian has created a safe space for his team to speak to each other regardless of background and encouraged empathy and emotions to be displayed and shown as a strength. Externally, Gian has supported Alzheimers Society during a dinner discussing mental health in the South Asian community, and joined the advisory board of This Can Happen, a mental health conference opened by Prince William in 2018, to ensure these discussions are continued. He also provided the content for the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards in the Grosvenor House focusing on the story of a man of colour. Gian has spoken globally on the topic of culture to ensure it is widespread, and not confined to the UK. He has also spoken in schools across the country around ethnicity to ensure that BAME young people entering the workplace are encouraged and inspired.
Dr Kamel Hothi OBE has been breaking glass ceilings in the banking world for over 4 decades from cashier to director, having been strategist and designer of numerous initiatives that have changed the banking industry. She was the architect of diversity training courses as part of the Asian strategy and developed campaigns to reach the community who complained that access to finance was difficult. She helped develop the first high street bank Sharia Business Account as well as interactive communication campaigns such as the Asian Jewel Awards; The Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Kamel was also behind the Lloyds Bank 250th anniversary during which she created a new blue print of how to develop CSR programmes all aimed at building cultural cohesion and understanding via mentoring initiatives, attracting the attention of universities and cabinet office who wanted to understand & learn this new collaborative approach of bridging empathy across social and cultural divide. She helped found Lloyds Banking Group’s first Women’s and Ethnic Minority network, winning several awards. Seen as an expert in her field and now as a NED on TLC Lions has been supporting over 50 corporates on their inclusion & Wellbeing challenges; She has chaired the Government task force to improve their procurement process for Supplier diversity resulting in supporting the 2012 Olympic bid. She has spoken internationally on D&I issues and has been interviewed on screen and in print. She works with numerous businesses as non-executive director to support D&I initiatives, and is a trustee and advisor to multiple charities, spreading relevant messages to the BAME community through the Alzheimer’s Society, the Teenage Cancer Trust, The Queens Commonwealth Trust and the Memusi Foundation.