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Dorothy Burwell

Dorothy serves on Finsbury’s Global Diversity committee, which focuses on supporting initiatives around the business to foster a more balanced workplace across gender, racial and sexual orientation bounds. This includes initiatives such as delivering unconscious bias training to leadership, ensuring that recruitment practices encourage the interviewing and selection of individuals from varied backgrounds, as well as developing affinity networks within the company. Additionally, as part of this role, she is involved with Finsbury’s ongoing support of the Taylor Bennett Foundation, which seeks to address the need for greater diversity in the public relations industry. Externally, Dorothy currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the UK registered charity Nations Ladies. Their mission is to help encourage and support the aspirations of ethnic minority youth offering them one-to-one mentoring, work experience opportunities and training in the soft skills that are needed to succeed beyond their school years. In the last year, Dorothy was listed in the Top 100 Women to Watch by Cranfield University, and has been asked to co-lead the Investor Relations practice for the EMEA region as Finsbury seek to expand their footprint.

Raoul Shah

Raoul is committed to building a business where differences are celebrated and shared. His diverse team provides a wealth of opportunities for all to learn and expand their frames of reference via colleagues and peers. Unique to Exposure is the diversity of its network and the wide range of partner organisations it has worked with. A key ingredient to fostering an inclusive approach has been the actual workplace environment, which has helped facilitate a deep-rooted community feel within the agency. It was once described as “better than being at home.” Externally, Raoul uses his influence to drive diversity and inclusion in the community, and across his industry. In 2008 he took a position under Lord Kinnock as a Trustee of the British Council. Following a successful three year appointment, he remained in the post for an additional three years. He has been committed to supporting youth charities in London, has been recognised on various lists celebrating diverse leaders and is due to publish his first book this year entitled ‘Do Not Disturb.’

Suresh Raj

As an openly gay and ethnic minority senior executive, Suresh continues to champion the diversity agenda, picking up from his previous efforts whilst he was Worldwide Chief Business Development Officer at Ogilvy Group. He is an Executive Sponsor of a number of Professional Networks which focus on personal and professional development of LGBT+, Black, Asian and Latin communities. He is an official professional mentor through INvolve, and is a personal mentor to a number of ethnic minority individuals across the USA, UK, UAE, and Asia. Externally, Suresh sits on a number of advisory boards and continues to speak on a professional and personal level on the impact of ethnic minority inclusivity on business to drive positive business change and growth. He was a contributor on the global anthropological study on Leading Humans – discussing the greatest aspects of leadership from an ethnic minority point of view, and was featured in the Huffington Post where he discussed the positive impact of living inclusive and open lives to aid societal and business progress. He is currently supporting a Human Research study on minorities’ impact in digital communications by the University of Houston.

Rakhee Rajani

When Rakhee joined Stand Agency in November 2015, she set up a partnership with Creative Access – the only organisation in the UK dedicated to recruiting BAME talent in creative industries. She has single-handedly increased diversity by 10%. She runs the Agency’s Learning and Development programme, to ensure that everyone gets the right level of support and training. She has ensured that there is a particular focus on inclusion and diversity, so that we have had a wide range of speakers from BAME backgrounds come to the Agency.  Currently, Rakhee is acting in an advisory capacity for someone who is developing a range of books which have BAME characters depicting BAME ways of life at the heart of them.

Kian Bakhtiari

As a founding member of Fortysix, Kian has helped Dentsu Aegis Network to create a new, inclusive recruitment model to attract more BAME talent. Having recognised longstanding biases in the advertising industry, Kian addressed this by eliminating unconscious bias from the system and by bringing in a pool of fresh, diverse talent. Kian’s methods have helped to significantly increase BAME representation across the company. For the last two years, Kian has been building a proprietary platform called Striipes: an online insights tool, which bridges the gap between brands and young people. Striipes is powered by a community of 1000 of young creatives who are 16-24. The majority of members are from BAME and lower socio-economic backgrounds. Outside of work, Kian is the One Young World ambassador for Iran. One Young World is the preeminent global forum for young leaders aged 18-30; empowering them to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues. In his spare time, Kian carries out pro bono work for Care4Calais, a charity which provides direct aid to refugees living in the worst conditions across northern France.