Nishma works on the diversity and inclusion client agenda for Deloitte and is the co-sponsor of the Deloitte Multicultural Business Network, which won the 2015 Race for Opportunity award. This included introducing a sponsor programme between BAME employees and senior Deloitte partners, building a community of BAME role models within the business and providing feedback to the executive. She is a trustee and board member of Tamasha, a leading theatre company which champions the voices of emerging and established BAME artists from culturally diverse backgrounds. She is also an advisory board member of the City Hindus Network, a not-for-profit organisation created to promote networking, personal development and charity among Hindu professionals. Nishma was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce, and was named a diversity and inclusion leader at the GG2 Awards.
Barnali is a committee member for the Equality Diversity and Inclusion ADVANCE network within Mott MacDonald and propagates diversity and inclusion within the company. She has also volunteered to be a mentor for the BITC race campaign cross-organisational mentoring circles programme. Barnali has been a STEM ambassador for many years and regularly speaks at local schools to champion diversity. She actively promotes engineering among women by being a part of the Alumni of Engineering Society Committee at Trinity College, Engineering Department at Cambridge. Additionally, she was also a founder member of Indian Cultural Society at Cambridge, has appeared in the BBC Channel 2 documentary “The Imagineers”, which highlights the work of engineers working on solutions for major global hazards, and regularly appears as a role model for the BAME community.
Carrie works in the HSBC Global Head Office where she built a diverse team with 40% BAME representation, and has invited senior executives to be more vocal and visible role models for workplace inclusion, through a series of networking events. She is an Embrace Champion of the HSBC BAME network and has been appointed Deputy Chairperson of the HSBC Chinese Community. Carrie has also been mentoring two BAME colleagues for over two years and, in 2014, she was presented the HSBC Values and Leadership Award in recognition of her dedication to diversity, inclusion and the development of others. Carrie has actively volunteered with UNICEF and Rotaract to improve social inclusion for South Asian minorities in Hong Kong. She also speaks at a number of school events, works as a UK “anchor” for her Hong Kong alma mater, has delivered probono consulting for ChangesUK, and was honoured at the “HSBC At Our Best Recognition Programme” 2016 for her involvement in community work.
In January 2016, Bernard Adjei set up the RISE (Reach Inspire Support Empower) initiative to support younger generation of Ethnic Minorities in Secondary Schools and Colleges from underprivileged backgrounds. They cover modules related to CV workshops, mock interviews, diversity and inclusion and opportunities available in Lloyds Banking Group and the industry as a whole. Bernard also set up the Densu Online Marketplace to provide a platform for small to medium black businesses as well as Entrepreneurs in the UK. The marketplace has been featured on BBCAfrica and other media platforms. Bernard was named one of Ghana’s Top 30 under 30 for his support of black businesses, as well as being named UK Young Banker of the Year in 2016 for his innovation to improve visibility on international transfer for Ethnic Minorities. Bernard has donated and been involved in supporting the Apeguso village in Ghana with equipment and resources to support the education of the locals.
Jennifer has been Co-Chair of the Bank of England Ethnic Minority Network (BEEM), a member of the Bank’s Women in the Bank Network Steering Group, and a member of the Bank’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum. Currently a consultant to BEEM, she has been instrumental in creating the strategy underpinning the African-Caribbean Scholarship at the Bank, its reverse mentoring scheme, and has personally mentored and coached numerous ethnic minority staff both inside and outside of the workplace. Jennifer and her husband started a community aimed at “squeezed middle class” families who, as second generation children of immigrants from African/African Caribbean backgrounds, tend to occupy the workplace in middle management positions or own micro businesses. Their central goal is for members of the community to progress and support each other in business, education of their children and social activity.
Since its launch in 2013, Nnamdi has been involved with the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme which addresses under-representation of black men from low-income households in large commercial law firms. Initially a mentor to individual scholars as a trainee and associate solicitor, Nnamdi now acts as the group mentor for all successful scholars on the programme. Outside of the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme, he regularly provides assistance to candidates from BAME backgrounds through informal meetings, reviewing applications or assisting with interview questions. Nnamdi participates in panel discussions targeted at BAME candidates and acts as a mentor to students on various BAME focused programmes (e.g., BSN, SEO London). He actively promotes, and uses his legal background to assist, various businesses focused on achieving positive change for the BAME community.
Ugo has been involved in Virgin Money’s drive for “Everyone is Better Off” which aims to enhance some of the core traits for their Customers, Corporate Partners, Company Brand, Colleagues and the Community. He is also helping get Virgin Money involved in the BAME communities that surround their business locations and has recently been given the role as Ethnicity lead for a new bank-wide affinity group. Ugo has been successfully placed onto a future business leader program, and has written an article about being a Black Man in a British Business. He is building a partnership with EDF Energy to work in the local Brixton area, delivering STEM talks to students from BAME backgrounds, as well as helping to deliver enablement programs for students from BAME and deprived backgrounds; to help increase their opportunities to not only study abroad, but to also enhance their employability skills.
Outside of his day to day role Rangan is also the TSB lead for the multi-cultural group which forms part of TSB’s Inclusion and Diversity network. Their focus has been on clearly articulating BAME issues to senior management, encouraging the language of difference by celebrating their wide range of cultural heritages and ethnic diversity, and building social mobility to enable people of all backgrounds within banking. Much of this has been achieved through collaboration with the charity Brokerage, meaning that TSB now hire interns from low income BAME families. The multi-cultural group has also held a number of events and written articles celebrating faith, key cultural events, and role model behaviour within TSB. Rangan is also a mentor to two people of colour who are both now thriving in the banking and consultancy world.
Working in a recruitment team, Emeka personally captures the data for BAME employees and ensures that they are assigned to mentors following induction. He also ensures a thorough understanding of the review and promotion process, and encourages BAME employees to join a network by inviting them to diversity events that are relevant to them. Emeka has recently been asked by the business to be an executive member of the ALL4EMEA diversity council, and was actively involved in designing, implementing and monitoring D&I strategies. Mentorship is an activity which Emeka takes very seriously; he mentors young black kids on being influencers in the society, and shares his story of how he has excelled as an immigrant; professionally and academically. Currently, Emeka is a doctoral student at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge and his research is on Equality and Diversity. He also takes part in a lot of community volunteering, helping clean public parks and streets.
Sonia is an accomplished manager with eight years experience operating in a customer-focused, commercial environment. A strategic thinker with a proven track record of effectively engaging and managing stakeholders, driving global growth and implementing complex transformational change. Alongside this, Sonia is an active member of the Cultural Diversity Network, which celebrates a multicultural Fujitsu and enables people from whatever background, to feel confident and comfortable as themselves. She strives to provide a safe environment for colleagues of all backgrounds to communicate, by collaborating with all diversity and inclusion networks throughout Fujitsu. Sonia has been on the board of trustees for The Bouncing Ball Foundation since 2016. The Bouncing Ball is a charity delivering educational projects to communities in Kenya. Through this, she is sponsoring the Compassionate Programme, which educates children who are not able to afford primary education, often coming from families that are struggling to feed and dress them.