Harish Sodha

Difference is celebrated at Diversity Travel; the organisation works on the ethos that all minorities should be championed and encouraged whether this relates to gender, ethnicity or religion. This is represented across the business, with staff speaking over 20 languages, coming from 15 nationalities and there is a 45:55 male to female gender split. Different sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs are represented at all levels of the organisation and the Board is 33% BAME, 17% female and 33% LGBT. For 35+ years Harish has been focused on expanding and running companies and has embedded and created an inclusive culture within all organisations. He has also used his position in the UPstanding 100 list 2016 to spread the word about BAME success and achievements in business through local and industry press articles.

Daryl Scales

Daryl heads the financial division of Enterprise’s European business, which now extends to 1,100 branches, in excess of 200,000 vehicles and more than 40 countries across Europe. As a senior advocate for ethnic diversity initiatives at the Enterprise leadership board, he has introduced a new programme that will measure the percentage of BAME employees across Europe and another to increase spend with diverse suppliers. Daryl also mentors seven BAME mentees including an employee who developed a programme to measure employee involvement in diversity activity. Programmes to increase BAME participation in the UK have resulted in 20.9% BAME employees in the UK and 17.6% BAME managers (higher than UK BAME population). Daryl serves on the Race Equality Leadership Board of the Business in the Community Race for Opportunity campaign.

Arnold Donald

With 120,000 employees from over 60 countries, diversity has always been fundamental to Carnival Corporation and their 10 global brands. Since joining the company, Arnold has focused on diversity and the competitive advantage that diversity of thought provides in fostering innovation. Not only have they appointed several diverse leaders to serve as presidents of cruise lines, the organisation has also launched multicultural, diversity and inclusion campaigns, announced diversity targets and goals, and have partnered with many diversity and inclusion organisations, including Executive Leadership Council, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility and Leadership Education for Asian. Arnold was also the President & CEO of the Executive Leadership Council for two years and has been a speaker at various events promoting diversity in the workplace, including the African American Student Union’s annual conference and Ethisphere’s Global Ethics Summit. While in college, Arnold and his wife helped found the Society of Black Engineers to support other African-American students in engineering. Additionally, through Carnival Foundation, Arnold has led the drive to support United Negro College Fund, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami.