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Kamel Hothi

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.