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Chirag Savjani

Chirag was the Retail Stores Initiatives Lead for Sainsbury’s Argos’ BAME + Allies Multicultural Network Steering Committee. During his tenure, Chirag has successfully secured iconography and messaging inclusive of the organizations multi-ethnic employees such as the incorporation of additional languages; with the Retail Name Badge Initiative currently being trialed across Argos stores. Chirag has played a pivotal role in educating colleagues on the significance of cultural events while celebrating festivals such as Diwali, Eid, Chinese New Year and more by securing campaign messaging across the Argos homepage; curating product lists and content that resonate with our customers. Chirag has supported panel discussions encouraging D&I conversations with leaders such as Dr Lez Henry and Levi Roots and provided networking and mentoring opportunities for BAME colleagues. Chirag has organized multiple celebrations across Sainsbury’s Argos’ offices through Pot-Luck lunches, Henna Artists and more while hosting local BAME businesses on site for free.

Trishanna Taylor

Trishanna is the Engagement and Operations Lead for Vodafone’s Black Professionals Network (BPNet. & Friends) and the Multicultural Inclusion Network (MIN). She spearheads the creation and delivery of methods to engage employees across all levels of business in D&I activities. Additionally, Trishanna has provided mentoring and support as well as leadership support to both networks and chairs and through her efforts, these networks have a membership of 300 and 400 respectively. Outside of Vodafone, she is a member of the Tab Church London and volunteers within the Digital and Social Ministry providing this multi-cultural community with valuable tools to spread the importance of inclusion.

Victoria Akotha

Victoria is the Communications and Regional Office Lead for EDF Energy’s BAME Committee. She champions diversity and inclusion across the spectrum, as seen through her work relaunching the BAME network in 2019. In revitalizing its mission, her work has led to new opportunities like working with careers fairs, an increased engagement with schools and co-hosting an impressive panel with Linbert Spencer OBE regarding inclusive leadership. Now available as a video interview, this panel has enhanced EDF Energy’s internal diversity and inclusion goals. Victoria’s efforts have led to the formation of new networks between EDF Energy and the local community creating many avenues of collaboration.

Paul Asare-Archer

Paul is a Law Graduate, a MBA and a Fellow (and tutor) at the International Compliance Association. Paul has been at Telefonica UK Limited (O2) since 2012, and in 2018 became the organization’s first ever Director of Compliance. Paul was a Finalist at the Black British Awards in 2017, and was in 2019 recognized in the FT as within the UK’s Top 100 BAME Leaders. In 2020 he was named as Employee of the Year by the Black Tech Achievement Awards. Away from work, Paul is a supporter of the mental health charity YoungMinds UK, and has completed a number of charitable events on their behalf.

Shwetal Shah

Shwetal currently works at MediaCom Global as an International Technology Partnerships Planner and is on the MediaCom Global Council where she organizes various events to engage employees across different levels. She is also on the Forbes Under 30 board London and a Trustee at Volunteer Centre Camden. Passionate about role model representation using the power of tech as a force for social change. Her collaboration with the Mayor of London, Cabinet Office, US Embassy, IBM, Microsoft, Mozilla has led to recognition from the Financial Times Top 100 ethnic minorities in tech, Forbes Under 30 and European Commission. As a UN Empower Women champion she created an award winning documentary on women in tech which led to the Feminist Library in London creating a year-long tech skills program.

Celia Fraser

Celia is Business Intelligence and Strategy Lead for Europe & Asia Distribution at Capital Group. Newly at Capital, most of Celia’s recent inclusion work occurred in her previous role at Lloyd’s Banking Group, where she was Signature Event Lead for the BAME Network R.E.A.C.H (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage). Here, she organized and delivered various inclusion-focused events, ensured BAME female representation among guest speakers to address intersectionality, and educated colleagues about the benefits of an inclusive multicultural workplace. Outside work, Celia mentors university graduates and, separately, volunteers to create marketing content and exhibits at The Foundation for Reach Society events. Having been an internationally-ranked junior tennis player, Celia obtained a 1st Class BSc Finance degree whilst on a 100% sports scholarship at the University of Houston, Texas. She has since established a career in Financial Services and is a visible role model to many young BAME people.

James Stewart

James is a core team member and Technical Stream Leader of IBM UK’s BAME Employee Network. Through this James pioneered the Safari Stories interview series with senior Black & Asian technical leaders, has created content for dissemination across the organization, delivered key events, developed a program focusing on relevant topics such as bias within AI and is actively growing the IBM UK BAME Tech UK team. Externally, James volunteers for LEAD Curriculum with a focus on addressing fears of AI and developing problem-solving skills among young people. James is passionate about diversity and inclusion and aims to continue work to remove barriers to success.

Arit Amana

Arit is the Chair of Chubb Europe’s Cultural Awareness Network, a member of the Gender Equality Network, a Chubb Ally and Diversity and Inclusion Connector (DICE). As Chair, Arit has been integral to promoting diversity and inclusion at Chubb Europe and has spearheaded the delivery of cultural events like Black History Month to Diwali and Eid celebrations as well as the Culture Kitchen for Inclusion Week. In addition, Arit is an active participant of the Afro-Caribbean Insurance Association (ACIA), the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network (iCAN) and The Network of Networks (TNON), promoting events and encouraging participation from minority groups. As a Governance professional, Arit is passionate about gender and ethnic diversity at Board and senior management level which can improve decision making, create a more inclusive corporate culture and lead to improved company performance.

Elizabeth Perez

Elizabeth is the Staff Chair for the D&I New York Leadership and has designed and delivered programs for awareness months and cultural celebrations. The Legal Project Manager and D&I Liaison at Reed Smith LLP, she is a committed advocate for diversity and inclusion issues leading many initiatives to drive the charge for change. Elizabeth has been central to the formation of Educational programs for the NYO to promote diversity and inclusion.

Sherifa Benjamin

Sherifa is the Co-Chair of Essence Village and an Ally of Pride @ Essence at Essence Global UK. Instrumental to Essence Village’s decision-making, Sherifa has amplified the conversation surrounding ethnic minority inclusion within the organization and provided resources to colleagues to learn the history of different cultures. She has conceptualized, produced and hosted a series of panel discussions bringing prominent ethnic minority individuals into Essence to engage with employees. She is a member of POCC and a founding member of Changemakers by Utopia, a group implementing positive changes within businesses. Sherifa is also a mentor for We Are Stripes and is a visible role model to many.