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Simon Dowson-Collins

Simon is a director of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, one of the longest-standing members on the company’s Executive Committee and a pension trustee. Simon and his team are responsible for pre and post publication advice, defamation, mergers and acquisitions, the handling of all litigation and advice to HarperCollins’ distribution business. He is jointly responsible for delivery of P&L of the entire business.

Simon is an advocate of the company’s strategy on diversity and inclusion, and is dedicated to establishing a more diverse workplace. As a fierce champion of his team, Simon has promoted internally to fill senior anti-bribery and data protection positions, including a BAME member of his team who Simon mentored from a personal assistant through to the company’s global anti-piracy manager.

Simon was also a founding member of a cross-organisational programme called Venture, which encouraged entrepreneurship and creative ideas from all levels of the company. From this programme grew HarperCollins’ partnership with City Gateway, an apprenticeship charity helping young people to gain employment by improving their interview skills and bolstering their confidence in a corporate environment.

Denny Tu

As Head of Strategy & Planning at Sky, Denny sits of the creative leadership team with responsibility for Sky Creative, Europe’s largest broadcaster in-house ad agency. He is also responsible for advertising & marketing strategy for Sky Entertainment channels, Sky Movies & the Sky Sports portfolio for the #1 advertiser in the UK.
Denny supports the development of Sky’s initial BAME representation pledge, covering on-screen portrayal (20% of significant on screen roles), Production (BAME background in at least one senior production role), Writing (BAME targets on writing talent), and commissioning targets. He is regularly selected to deliver Sky’s Senior Leader Welcome, including highlighting Sky’s commitment to diversity to new joiners. He also actively champions a culture within Sky that celebrates openness, inclusiveness, and authenticity as a diversity leader.
Denny continues to be a visible role model and diversity champion through active participation in industry bodies including the Royal Television Society as well as being a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Sonia Sng

As Senior Director, Global Data Security & Third Party Risk at Visa, Sonia leads a global team responsible for development of payment security standards and third party risk policies and elevating Risk as a value creation function.
Besides her proven track record of leading globally diverse teams to drive execution of risk policies, she has also recently championed a diversity inclusion initiative within the Visa Risk Organization called “Know and Grow” with a co-worker This is a 6-month, team-based program that provides an opportunity for Risk employees, especially the underrepresented, to interact with the Risk Leadership Team and other Risk colleagues, and learn outside their core work area. The overarching goal of the program is to promote and facilitate cross-pollination, connections and collaborations to build an inclusive Risk organization, and most importantly, to counter potential biases and perceptions.
Sonia is also a mentor for a number of people outside of the US including one Macedonian, now based in Dubai, and 2 Asians from Singapore. Her true passion lies in teaching, elevating people (from any background), and rolling up her sleeves to make a difference and to change the game.

Trisch L Smith

Trisch is currently Executive Vice President and the first Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion within Edelman. As Edelman’s Managing Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Smith works in collaboration with the recently formed Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Team to drive diversity and inclusion within the company. She works to build awareness and understanding of diversity & inclusion companywide and to cultivate relationships with external partners, thought leaders, educational institutions and other public and private organizations.
This includes creating and cultivating internal employee networks designed to serve specific groups within the firm including women, Black/African-American employees and LGBT employees, with additional networks to be added in the coming months. In addition, she is leading efforts to revamp Edelman’s D&I training to further educate its employees about the importance of and their role in creating an environment that is inclusive of all employees.
Trisch also serves as a Board Member for ColorComm – an organization for women of colour in the communications industry. Through her active role on the Board, Edelman has served as a sponsor for the organization’s annual conference since its inception. In addition to ColorComm, Trisch led efforts for Edelman to participate in and sponsor the AdColor and 3% Conference, among other things.

Syed Raza

As Managing Director, Global Banking and Credit Solutions Group, at Wealth and Investment Management division of Barclays, Syed is accountable for the banking and credit proposition and products, managing assets of £13.5bn and deposits of £29.7bn. His group employs 70 people from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity.
His focus has been on redefining the propositional strategy for banking and credit within Wealth and Investment Management, by setting out both the propositional growth agenda and excellence in risk management.
Syed actively mentors individuals within Barclays and is a member of both Embrace and Spectrum in Barclays, networks dealing with multicultural agenda and LGBT agenda within the firm. He is Mentor and Ambassador of the Camden Society, a human rights campaigning organisation promoting the rights of people with disabilities.

Rajesh Gupta

As General Manager Home Delivery Customer Experience, Argos, Rajesh is responsible for the customer experience for the home delivery business, including the new Argos flagship market leading and Retail Week award winning same day delivery proposition ‘Fast Track Delivery’.
The above has been internationally recognised and was shortlisted for the ‘Best Cross Channel Consumer Experience’ award at the World Retail Awards held in Dubai earlier this month – joint entry between eBay and Argos
Rajesh is a fully trained and experienced mentor and is actively mentoring colleagues from a BAME background. At Home Retail Group the Senior Manager population has a low representation from BAME groups; Rajesh initiated seeking support to set up a BAME employee forum. This forum is now in the process of being established and is aiming to raise awareness of BAME issues and opportunities within Argos and will consider this from the perspective of all 30,000 Argos colleagues across the country in all locations and roles.

Pam Kaur

Pam is a Group Managing Director at HSBC, with approximately 950 employees reporting into her within Global Internal Audit, that covers all HSBC businesses, functions and locations globally. She is a member of the HSBC Group Management Board, and attends a number of key group committees, including the Group Audit Committee, Group Risk Committee, Financial Services Vulnerability Committee and Culture & Values Committee.
Pam actively promotes enhanced diversity in hiring and, with a view to promoting equality for all, created greater transparency in promotion, performance management and reward processes within her function. In addition, recognising that many of HSBC’s BAME staff work in some of the smaller audit locations, with more limited career progression opportunities, she has promoted both short and longer-term staff exchanges between teams/locations to enable staff to develop and grow in their careers.
Pam has hosted a series of events for senior women in Audit which has included BAME women, and has spoken at HSBC’s customer-facing events and internal events to celebrate the cultural diversity of the BAME community. She leads the Audit function to enable her senior management team to promote diversity and inclusion through appointment of Champions. This group have hosted events in all regions and have arranged inspirational speakers from BAME backgrounds.

Edson Hato

Edson is Vice President, Human Resources Recruitment at AstraZeneca overseeing a team across three major hubs in the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States and has additional functional accountability for the recruitment function in AstraZeneca globally.
He has been a member of the internal diversity councils of several of his former employers not only representing Black, Asian and Minority talent but also the LGBT+ community.
Prior to moving to the UK in April 2015, Edson was an active member of ING’s global diversity council and a Board member of ING’s Cross Cultural Network promoting understanding, collaboration, business endeavours between white allies and ethnic minority talents within ING. He was also a member of ING’s Gay and Lesbian Association – which achieved the first time corporate sponsorship of the Amsterdam Gay Pride.

Lance Kawaguchi

Lance is Managing Director and Global Head for Resources and Energy within the Payments and Cash Management Division of HSBC. His team is a significant contributor to total divisional profits and a focus for the overall Payments and Cash Management franchise, which is a $6.5 billion revenue business.
He is one of the few Bankers who have worked in Iraq (as country head for 2 years) and across 4 regions (North America, Europe, Middle East/Africa, and Asia Pacific). Additionally he started the ANZ Global Oil & Gas Global Banking team, and the Global Resources and Energy Group for Transaction Banking at HSBC.
Over his 20 year banking career Lance has strived to hire and mentor a diverse team across multiple minorities to deliver what he believes to be the best results possible. Lance is also a highly visible role model and author.

Robert A Marchman

As Executive Vice President at FINRA, a regulatory organization with over 3,500 employees, Robert manages the Legal (Enforcement) Group in the Market Regulation Department. He is also an active member on a number of non-profit organisations involved with developing policies designed to open doors of opportunity.
Robert spearheaded the diversity and inclusion initiative at the New York Stock Exchange and provides significant leadership and direction on D&I management process at FINRA and various financial service industry committees (i.e., SIFMA D&I Committee).
Robert has been named Savoy Magazine’s 2016 List of Top 100 African-Americans in Corporate America and is a recipient of the Rainbow PUSH/Wall Street Project 2016 Financial Service Industry Diversity Champion Award.