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Jonathan Charlery

Originally from St. Lucia, Jonathan co-founded Writing Legends, an organisation which helps advance youth from the West Indies by providing training, such as coding workshops, and access to global development and networking opportunities. Via WL, he is working with other organisations to tackle the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jonathan joined Bloomberg in 2010 and is now a Senior Software Engineer and Tech Champ Lead who promotes developer best practices across the Engineering Department. In addition, he is an instrumental member of Bloomberg’s Diversity Drivers, a select group of engineers who collaborate on initiatives that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. He also helps attract and retain diverse talent by mentoring new hires and frequently speaking on panels to inspire students of all ages and backgrounds to pursue careers in technology. Jonathan is a member of Bloomberg’s Black Professional Community, in which he introduces its members to available resources to help them advance and be open about their culture and heritage. He also helped organise a contingent of Black engineers who wanted to promote a “safe space” for technical, professional and social discussions.  They represent the company at conferences and events, such as the annual National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Convention and tech meetups.

Kalpana Shah

Kalpana is a financial services non-executive director sitting on the boards of RiverStone and Asta, and a highly visible member of the 30% Club. She is a fellow of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and is currently a committee member of both their non-executive directors MIG and non-executive directors guidance working party. She is also a senior liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and a freeman of the City of London. Kalpana is a regular speaker at a number of events for the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries and London Market Association. She also speaks at schools and colleges supporting the Inspiring The Future campaign, focusing on the importance of advancing ethnic minority talent. Additionally, she has been a mentor and role model to ethnic minority colleagues throughout her career, becoming part of the Slaughter and May mentoring programme.  Kalpana was a member of the working group for the inaugural Dive In Festival at Lloyds, and a founder member of the diversity & inclusion steering committee at Hiscox.

Tevin Tobun

At GV Group, Tevin leads a diverse senior management team in terms of ethnicity and gender, and the company constantly review their recruitment policy to reflect the general society. GV has quotas of advertising in ethnically led publications and continue to monitor the ethnic make-up of its staff. Under Tevin’s leadership, GV monitor languages spoken by staff and issue memos accordingly. GV is proud of its success in attracting and retaining highly qualified BAME talent. Externally, Tevin chairs a charity called Inspirational You, which provides guidance to people of BAME background starting out in business through a range of initiatives, such as work experience, mentoring and business workshops. He recently chaired an Inspirational You event at the Houses of Parliament, designed to help young people understand the challenges of the world. Tevin is the only Black board member of Middlesex University, a university with over 60% ethnic minority. Along with other members encouraged the university to set up a buddy system to support new students throughout their first year, helping in particular the inclusion and retention of foreign students. He regularly contributes to university workshops and events, focusing on employment opportunity for students. Tevin also chairs and sponsors a university scholarship programme for people from underprivileged backgrounds, and is a patron of Springboard.

Dr Miranda Brawn

Miranda works hard to increase the number of diverse employees, especially from ethnic minority backgrounds. These relationships saw the launch of a diversity week and mentoring programmes. She also launched The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation in 2016 to provide the next generation of leaders with opportunities via innovative scholarships, funding, lectures, work experience and mentoring to help increase diversity and equality while supporting other charities. Miranda is an ambassador, patron and board adviser to a wide variety of groups including the University of Law’s Business School aiming to increase ethnic minority and other diverse representation, and she has often spoken at conferences including a TEDx Women Talk in Italy and in the media around race equality and representation, including platforms such as BBC Breakfast, Good Morning Britain, Sky News and more recently London Live Capital Conversations. She judges numerous diversity awards and launched the UK’s first diversity lecture aimed at young BAME children. Miranda has been awarded a Global Goodwill Ambassador title, Freeman of the City of London by invitation and honorary doctorate of letters at the University of Brighton, honorary doctorate of laws at the University of Law for her international diversity work and contribution to business, finance and law, among many other accolades.

Sara Mathew

Ms Mathew is a Retired Chair, CEO and Portfolio Board Member, including; board member – Dun and Bradstreet, board member and Chair of the Audit Committee – The Campbell Soup Company, board member – Freddie Mac, board member – Shire, board member – Avon, and a Member International Advisory Council Zurich Insurance.
Sara actively participates at events focused on furthering the interests of the Asian American Community. She has been a frequent speaker at numerous events hosted by the Asia Society, SAWLF, and Most Powerful Women in India and other female focused events at the Boards she currently serves on.
During her tenure as both CFO and Chair & CEO at Dun & Bradstreet, and during her time at P&G, she was a dedicated and active mentor to dozens of women and men.