Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry - 2016
This category recognises the achievements of individuals who have made the practice of diversity and inclusion their career and who currently work as a professional in the field of diversity.
Jane Ayaduray - Manager, Group Diversity and Inclusion, Standard Chartered Bank (Global) Winner of two Disability Matters Awards, Jane has developed a global strategy on disability to help the bank be even more inclusive for current and future colleagues and clients. Jane helped guide the formation of the Singapore Business Forum on Disability, formed the LGBT Inclusion strategy at Standard Chartered, and launched a hugely successful Global Inclusion Day across the bank. She is also a mentor and respected public speaker on inclusion issues. Christiane Bisanzio - Group Chief D & I Officer, AXA (Global) Also Head of HR for AXA's Northern, Central and Eastern European Region, Bisanzio initiated a 'Sponsorship Tandem' programme that was cited 'best practice' by the Catalyst organisation. Women in AXA Worldwide are now receiving tailor-made sponsorship from senior managers to develop the next generation of leaders, which will increase diversity and promote inclusion across the insurance and reinsurance sector.
Rafael Campos Valdez – Diversity & Inclusion Manager, TSB Bank (UK) Rafael Campos Valdez's passion for diversity began in high school in the US where he set up a multicultural club. Now a sought-after speaker for issues of diversity and inclusion, he showed great foresight and conviction when his MA degree in Corporate Social Responsibility included the paper 'It Pays to Love the Gay: The business benefits of LGBT diversity and inclusion'. He also made the shortlist for Corporate Rising Star at the British LGBT Awards 2016.
Richard Chapman-Harris - Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Mott MacDonald (UK) Richard Chapman-Harris is bringing 10 years of diversity experience to the world of global engineering and construction. He has changed outmoded business culture, sweeping away entrenched biases with a programme of inclusivity. His previous clients include the British Transport Police, the Army, the Royal Navy, investment banks, and financial services.
Emma Cusdin – HR Director, Aviva Investors (UK) Cusdin was a tireless representative for transgender people in her previous position at Thomson Reuters before taking on a new position at Aviva Investors carrying on her trans activism. She is also a founding member of her own charity, the Trans*formation network alongside her role as a facilitator of the National Trans Youth Conference, and also organises events aimed at the greater understanding of trans issues in the wider world. She is currently placed at Number 21 in the Telegraph Top 50 list of LGBT executives in the UK. Ambassador Ruth Davis - Director General, US Foreign Service (Global) US diplomat Ambassador Ruth Davis was the first woman of colour to be appointed as Director General of the Foreign Service, and the first African-American Director of the Foreign Service Institute. Born in the era of segregation, Davis has worked in Nairobi, Naples, Tokyo and Kenya and is recognised for her diligent work to increase diversity among international diplomatic corps.
Deborah Elam - President & Chief Diversity Officer, GE Foundation (Global) Elam believes that GE's employees are the company's biggest asset and has maintained an organisational culture where diversity is an absolute business priority. Inclusive thinking from employees with varied backgrounds, styles and experiences makes for a smarter company, she believes. Her philosophy is that GE's business rigour directly applies to diversity and inclusiveness and she leverages employee strengths to sustain change and progress. Vincent Francois – Regional Head of Audit, Societe Generale (Global) Vincent leads Societe Generale’s LGBT agenda. He is founder and Chair of the Societe Generale LGBT network, won Diversity Champion of the Year at the 2013 Out in the City & g3 Reader’s Awards and was ranked #46 in the Guardian’s World Pride Power List. A member of the company’s diversity committee, Francois has been instrumental in the company’s involvement in many LGBT+ events and charities.
Deirdre Golden - Principal, Mercer’s Global Diversity Forum (Global) Through her work at Mercer, Golden has worked with global organisations to improve D&I strategies, practices and insights into global diversity trends and developments at over 150 organisations. She leads the firm’s D&I network providing employers a ‘safe space’ to work on their D&I issues. Her core belief is that employers have a special responsibility to make differences for their people. Golden co-founded the Global Diversity Forum in 2004; and was an early member of the UK Working Group for the EU for the 'Diversity Against Discrimination' campaign. Outside work she is an active volunteer and a mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Mark Gossington – Partner & Financial Services, PwC (UK) Mark is a Partner in PwC’s Financial Services practice. He is a sponsor of GLEE@PwC, the LGBT business network, a Purple Circle Sponsor of the Albert Kennedy Trust, and an ambassador at Stonewall. In 2015 he established the LGBT UK Leaders & Advocates Social Media Power-list.
Velma I Grover - Adjunct, McMaster University, Canada (Canada) Born in Canada with an East Indian background, Grover has lived at the leading edge of multiculturalism in the academic world, which informed her of the problems faced by international students and instructors in a foreign environment. She developed the concept of "quizzes" to help her identify how students were learning new concepts in an entirely foreign language – and used her experiences to design inclusive lessons that work across nationality, ability and language.
Jerome Hamilton – CEO, Microbial Robotics/Open Therapeutics (Global) Currently leading global operations in 3D printing, Hamilton has evolved his skills and insights in the automotive and engineering industry working for General Motors, Ford Motor Company and 3M Corporation, and now sits on several charity boards. Among his many innovations, he transformed businesses by building effective social networks. Hamilton is listed as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America’ by Savoy Magazine. Pamela Hutchinson – Head of Diversity & Inclusion EMEA, Bloomberg With more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity within the engineering and financial services sectors, Pamela has worked at firms including Deutsche Bank, Barclays, and Goldman Sachs. She is currently the Head of Diversity and Inclusion EMEA at Bloomberg LP. In 2014, Hutchinson was awarded a spot on Timewise’s Power Part Time List. That same year she was recognised by the Black British Business Awards as a Financial Services Leader Finalist.
Wilbert W. James, Jr. - President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (USA) Now president of the company, James has led diversity and inclusion efforts in plants across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and has been named one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential African-Americans in Corporate America’ by Savoy magazine. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement.
Mitra Janes - Diversity & Inclusion Manager, DLA Piper (Global) Janes recently made an impactful transition from the automotive to the legal industries, after leaving her equality role at Ford Motor Company, to a newly created position at DLA Piper. Here, she has implemented regional diversity and inclusion action plans for every region, introduced resource groups, ensured a progressive approach to agile working and the management of parental leave and has developed a diversity training curriculum focused on unconscious bias training. Tim Jarman – Assistant Director for Diversity & Inclusiveness, EY (Global) Tim is an agent of change in support of LGBT equality globally. At EY he leads the firm’s LGBT strategy in the UK and Ireland, and is a linchpin of EY’s global ‘network-of-networks’ – Unity. Tim sits on the global Advisory Board of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), the Steering Committee of National Student Pride and is a Trustee of the United Nations Association - UK. A Stonewall Leadership Programme alumnus, Tim has been invited to speak on LGBT workplace equality at numerous events across the UK, Ireland and in the USA. Terilyn Juarez Monroe – Chief People & Culture Officer & SVP HR, Acxiom Corp (Global) Monroe has built a systemic, culture-based approach to diversity, including a parental leave policy and special needs abilities network. At her previous position with Intuit, they hosted 200+ diversity events across its global sites and sponsored 50+ external partner events over the last year. Monroe has also served as an external diversity expert and spoken at Jesse Jackson's PUSHTECH2020 Summit.
Amir Kabel - Global Diversity & Inclusion Specialist & Young Leaders Program UK, U.S. Embassy (UK) Winner of the Corporate Rising Star Award at the British LGBT Awards 2015, Kabel is responsible for inclusion at Vodaphone Group across more than 30 countries. He won plaudits for his support of their pioneering global maternity policy, and has organised and hosted global conferences on homophobia, transphobia, and disability. Kabel has travelled the world with his message of inclusion and diversity, and is a mentor for the Terrence Higgins Trust. Lucile Kamar – Equalities Manager, RICS (UK) Lucile started with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in May 2016 and has since contributed to the first ever state of the profession report “Building Inclusivity”, launched the RICS Diversity Hub with best practice and case studies, and empowered the UK regions to increase the level of awareness of diversity issues by developing a series of regional events. She is currently working towards strengthening the RICS Inclusive Employer Quality Mark – the industry diversity benchmark – as well as helping to roll it out globally. Her strong stance towards making the UK land, property, and building environment sector more diverse stems from statistics about the diversity in the workplace which affect Britain’s build rate substantially.
Vinay Kapoor MBA - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BNP Paribas UK (UK) Featured in The Guardian's 2014 WorldPRIDE Top 100 List, this dynamic diversity professional has changed perceptions in global finance. Among many other successful initiatives, Kapoor developed the Bank's first comprehensive D&I business strategy to embed industry best practice, making staff at all levels aware of unconscious bias and how this has a direct impact on business. Sarah Kirk - Global Diversity & Inclusion Director, PageGroup (Global) Sarah Kirk has led PageGroup’s award-winning global diversity programme since its creation. Initially tasked with creating a more inclusive working environment and improving gender balance at all levels, Kirk launched Women@Page in 2012. The initiative increased the number of female managers in the UK operations business to 50% and current monitoring data shows that PageGroup consistently attracts an equal gender split when placing male and female candidates. After launching Women@Page, Pride@Page – sexual orientation and gender identity don’t matter; Ability@Page – disability doesn’t hold you back; Parents@Page – families and carers come first; Age@Page – age is just a number, and Unity@Page – a multicultural workforce thrives, all followed under the umbrella of OpenPage. Kirk and her team’s passion to break down barriers proved that it is possible to create a business with diversity and inclusion truly embedded at its heart.
Anita Krohn Traaseth - CEO, Innovation Norway (Norway) Anita Krohn Traaseth is an author, diversity professional, and her government's official instrument for the development of Norwegian enterprises and industry. She's a public figure in the Norwegian media, with a strong interactive online presence promoting her diversity policies and a fresh, open approach to rethinking tired business models and mindsets.
Roland Kwemain – Chairman, Go Ahead Africa (Africa) An outstanding leader, trainer, teacher and entrepreneur, Kwemain is recognised for creating programmes that empower youth, both economically and with vital ITC skills. He founded Go Ahead Africa, aimed at strengthening and developing the abilities and goals of the stakeholders and decision-makers who will carve out the social future of Africa. His motivational speaking has touched the lives of thousands of Africans in what has been described as an "impactful" career so far.
Kirti Lad - Director, Harvey Nash Executive Search (Asia) Lad has been responsible for placing some of the world's most senior women in their board roles and operates the Asia division of Harvey Nash's Inspire network. Promoting best practice and sharing experiences between senior executive-level women globally, she is able to influence many organisations about the importance of the diversity agenda. To ensure diversity is a top priority for boards across the region, Lad works closely with the 30% Club, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the Singapore Stock Exchange. Pauline Lewis – Head of Resourcing & Onboarding, Heathrow Airport (UK) Pauline is a Diversity & Inclusion Champion and chairs the Inclusive Steering Group, which leads on the diversity strategy for Heathrow Airport. In 2015, she was responsible for setting up Heathrow’s first women’s network: Altitude – High Flying Women at Heathrow, which continues to go from strength to strength and has developed a framework for other networks to follow. Pauline also sits on the newly created Global D & I Leadership Group for the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion. A human resources professional with over twenty years’ experience, predominantly in the City, Pauline’s recent career history includes Eli Lilly & Co, Barclays and Grant Thornton. In all her roles, she has been dedicated and committed to attracting, retaining and promoting diverse talent and is a key advocate of inclusive leadership.
Martyn Loukes BEM - Business Development Manager & Chair LGBT+ Staff Network, Transport for London (UK) Loukes was awarded a British Empire Medal in 2015 for his services to diversity in the workplace. Among his many initiatives, he put a rainbow zebra crossing at Arsenal Tube station to support anti-homophobia in football, wrapped a Routemaster in rainbow livery after two men had been removed from a bus for kissing, and wrapped a DLR train in rainbow livery for Pride.
Kumar Mangalam Birla - Chairman, Aditya Birla Group (India) In 1995, ages 28, Birla took command of the Aditya Birla Group. He has increased the turnover to $40bn, with operations in manufacturing, telecoms, financial services and fashion in over 40 countries. Taking on a number of CSR projects in field education, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods and infrastructure development programmes, he is a passionate believer in D&I in the workplace and the benefit to business this creates.
Mark McLane – Managing Director & Head of Global D&I, Barclays Bank (Global) McLane's leadership is shaping socio-economic change for diverse communities through robust governance and targeted accountability. Gender objectives promote the benefits of balanced boardrooms and Barclays is now a Corporate Impact Champion, joining with the UN focus group to advance women's empowerment. Global sponsorships, from Pride in London to Pink Dot Asia, are also encouraging greater community/business engagement with the LGBT agenda.
Nirmala Menon - CEO, Interweave Consulting (Global) Menon has helped a large number of organisations define and execute their D&I strategy. Her clientele is spread across multiple industries and over 100 marquee organisations. Nationally recognised, she has been engaged with various industry bodies in India, and is a sought-after speaker and media commentator. She contributed to the international advisory group of UN Global Compact & the UNIFEM, to formulate the Women's Empowerment Principles.
Janet Menzies - Independent Management Consultant, Australia (Australia) Menzies is an innovator, problem-solver and change leader. She was the Program Director for Male Champions of Change: a group of Australia's leading CEOs, Department Heads and Non-Executive Directors working to increase representation of women in leadership. She is also co-founder and former Chair of Heads Over Heels – an organisation that helps women entrepreneurs grow business through connections to suppliers, partners and customers. Janakan Muthukumar – Law Lecturer, University of Jaffna (Sri Lanka) Muthukumar works as a law lecturer, human rights activist and community organiser, as well as writing and speaking professionally on contemporary social issues. By working with a variety of organisations with varying aims, from the Law Society of the University of Wales to the Durable Solution Policy Group, he is able to widen the horizons of his pupils, embedding values that will shape the leading thinkers of the future. Victor Nieves – Director, EMEIA Capital Markets, Co-Chair, Unity LGBTA Network, Senior Manager, Assurance Services & Capital Markets, EY (Global) Victor currently works with companies throughout Europe looking to raise capital via initial public offerings in US markets or through debt offerings to US investors as part of EY’s EMEIA Capital Markets centre alongside helping large, multi-national companies currently publicly listed in the US to meet their accounting and regulatory reporting requirements. As a chair of the Unity LGBTA network (previously EYGLES), Victor has been extensively involved in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts throughout the United Kingdom & Ireland since 2010, including consulting and providing input to a number of Global and Europe-wide EY initiatives. Victor was part of the team which helped lead EY’s efforts in being named Stonewall “Employer of the Year” in 2012. He was also previously involved in a number of EY initiatives surrounding gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in the US. Philip Bourchier O’Ferrall – Senior Vice President, Viacom (Global) Philip O’Ferrall is Senior Vice President at Viacom International – the company that owns a number of media brands including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET & in the UK, Channel 5. Philip is Executive Champion for Viacom Emerge, The LGBTI & Straight ally employee group for Viacom. Emerge’s mission is to empower the lives of LGBTI people within Viacom and beyond. Philip helps Emerge drive companywide initiatives including LGBT History Month and Global Diversity Week. Emerge worked with the UK MTV TV Channels to turn them to Pride for a day. Philip is an advisory board member and fundraising champion for MTV Staying Alive Foundation – the foundation focuses on HIV and AIDS prevention through media and entertainment. Stephanie Oueda Cruz - Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Coca-Cola European Partners (Global) Stephanie Oueda Cruz is the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion of Coca-Cola European Partners. She is responsible for the creation, deployment and rollout of the diversity and inclusion policy in the subsidiaries of the Group. Born in Mexico with very little opportunity, she emigrated to Europe alone with a dream to make a difference. As Head of International Diversity at L’Oréal she designed and adapted the D&I efforts of the Group in all 65 subsidiaries outside France, creating the first global campaign on disability inclusion, which became an award-winning programme in gender, disability and social and ethnic origins. In 2016, Oueda Cruz joined Coca-Cola European Partners to develop their efforts on D&I. In a few short months, through policy, programmes and networks, she has already made a significant difference.
Cindy Patman – Vice President of Human Resources, Orica (USA) Voted one of the "Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas" by the National Diversity Council in 2014, Cindy Patman is a regular speaker at global diversity conferences. She is changing the mind-set of the energy industry and currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Boards for Louisiana State University and the University of Houston.
Paul Polman - CEO, Unilever (Global) Paul Polman believes in changing business culture for the benefit of all, forging progressive corporate policies that embody fair working practices and social responsibility. His foresight, energy and innovative strategies have positioned Unilever as a world-class employer that prioritises green issues and wellbeing for staff and customers, while still maximising commercial acumen.
Troy Roderick - Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Telstra Ltd. (Australia) Based in Australia, Roderick's 20 years' experience in D&I initiatives include LGBT, disability and indigenous employment, and his 'All Roles Flex' project, resulting in record levels of gender balance on recruitment, retention, and promotions, while lifting scores on employees' experience of flexibility. The Australian Stock Exchange and ANZ BANK have implemented this initiative with Troy’s support. His work has been recognised by a Global Catalyst Award.
Richard Rosenbaum – Executive Chairman, Greenberg Traurig LLP (Global) As CEO, Rosenbaum has consistently stood for inclusion within and outside law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP and their 38 offices worldwide. His commitment to diversity is in both word and deed, whether sending a firm-wide email late at night or taking the time to attend conferences and events on diversity. He founded and developed the firm's renowned 'Commitment to Excellence' programme, and he makes it known that diversity makes good business and social sense. Carol Rosati OBE – Chair of Remuneration and Nominations Committee & Board Member, Inspire Women’s Network (Global) Carol has championed women in senior leadership for nearly a decade since founding the women’s board network Inspire in 2008. What started as a ‘spare time’ project, the network has grown from 280 to over 6,000 women globally, with chapters in the UK, US, Asia, and Europe. An inspiring leader, coach and mentor to her peers and emerging female talent, Carol is responsible for promoting women to some of the most senior roles in business and changing the hearts and minds of boardrooms around the globe. Beth Sehgal - Global Director of D&I, A.T. Kearney (Global) Sehgal is responsible for advancing the firm's extensive programmes. In 2010, she led the rollout of D & I training for all employees globally, and has carved out wins on flexible working, the advancement of women and diverse talent, and 'return to work' options for new parents. Under her energetic leadership, A.T. Kearney has repeatedly been recognised as one of Working Mother magazine's Top 100 Employers, as a Top Employer for Working Mums, and been on DiversityMBA's 50 'Out Front for Diversity Leadership' list. David Shields – Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Herbert Smith Freehills (UK) A leading diversity specialist, including global experience, with a track record in strategic HR and development firmly linking diversity best practice with the wider talent and people agenda. Shields is the current Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Herbert Smith Freehills and former Director or Workplace Programmes at Stonewall. During his time at Stonewall he facilitated the growth of the Diversity Champions good practice forum from 300 to over 600 members with account responsibility for the legal sector, professional services and investment banking.
Chhaya Sinha - Global Lead for Diversity & Inclusion, LEGO (Global) Sinha has 15 years' experience working in consumer durables, IT, insurance and banking. As the bank's global lead on gender, nationality and culture, Sinha is recognised for her excellent leadership and interpersonal, coaching and people management capabilities. She successfully created several high-performance workplaces populated by leaders and managers sharing the vision for progressive inclusivity. Melissa Soh - Project Manager, Consumer Banking D & I, Standard Chartered Bank, Africa, Asia, Middle East (EMEA) Melissa is a diversity professional working with senior market leaders in engineering, mining, education, financial services and government. Among her many roles, she has been managing Project EmployAbility, an initiative to increase opportunities for talent with disabilities across eight Asian geographies. This programme was developed to challenge the bias about disability through partnerships with local universities and agencies..
Pascale Thumerelle - Vice President, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Vivendi (France) Pascale Thumerelle is the VP of this globally-integrated content and media group. She created verifiable indicators to monitor diversity in the production and distribution of content . She has been able to promote CSR criteria integrated into senior executives’ variable remuneration, related to the growing inclusion of local talent and women experts on air. Thumerelle has demonstrated to the wider media how Vivendi created social and financial value by promoting cultural diversity.
Brian Tippens - Global Head of Diversity, Hewlett Packard (Global) Tippens has enthusiastically embraced the challenge to create a more inclusive and equal society for women, BAME, LGBT, disabled and veteran staff. His work promoting supplier diversity outside the U.S. has already resulted in successful diversity programmes in Europe, Canada, Australia, China, India and Central and South America. Daniel Winterfeldt – Partner, ReedSmith (Global) Daniel is a partner in the firm’s Financial Industry Group. Currently based in Reed Smith’s London office, Daniel’s practice focuses on representing U.S., UK, European and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions. Daniel is founder and co-chair of the The InterLaw Diversity Forum for LGBT Networks, an inter-organisational forum with more than 1,500 members and supporters from more than 70 law firms and 40 corporate and financial institutions. He successfully established diversity programs at his previous position at CMS, and has been involved in the Law Society's International Women's Day report and launch, the 30% Club's professional services project, and the ground-breaking InterLaw Diversity Career Progression Report, which strongly featured gender along with all strands of diversity. Andy Woodfield – Partner Lead for International Aid Development Consulting, PwC (Global) Andy Woodfield is the lead partner for the International Aid Development Consulting practice in the UK for multinational professional services firm, PwC. His business leverages the global network of PwC member firms and associated subject matter experts to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world. Andy started his career straight from school as an engineering design apprentice and joined PwC in 1998. He was rapidly promoted through the ranks and is also part of a team that is responsible for the development and delivery of leadership, culture, talent and diversity programmes within PwC and with its clients. In addition, he is the founding sponsoring partner for the firm’s inclusive business network, GLEE@PwC - an inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else. Andy is a regular TED speakers and also a trustee for Diversity Role Models, Action Breaks Silence and Opening Doors London. Namrata Yadav – VP, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Bank of America (Global) Yadav is the head of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) and the Learning and Inclusion strategy at Bank of America. In this role, she is responsible for the enterprise strategy and initiatives focused on creating a work environment and culture where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their full potential and contribute to the bank’s success. Since she has been in role, she has created a progressive and holistic inclusion strategy to engage the bank’s 220,000 employee workforce with a special emphasis on its mid level leaders. Through this strategy the bank has been able to evolve the D&I dialogue to be able to move past just race and gender and talk about how everyone plays a role in creating a culture of inclusion and that they matter. The D&I learning programming has also evolved from being a standalone training to now been integrated into all Manager, Leader and Top Talent programmes.
Shunee Yee - CEO, CSOFT (Global) A 'Fortune Most Powerful Woman Entrepreneur', Shunee Yee built her company CSOFT from her apartment in Beijing to be a global entity with over 450 employees and 6,000 contractors. CSOFT champions a global integrated market. It equalises the business playing field by offering cultural expertise, document translation services, and local regulatory compliance to international businesses.
S. Shariq Yosufzai - Vice President of Global Diversity, Chevron Corporation (Global) S. Shariq Yosufzai has a 40-year career as a business leader. Under his stewardship, the company has won many awards for diversity initiatives and is recognised as one of the 'Best Places to Work' by Business Insider, Glassdoor, and CareerBliss. Sought after as a keynote speaker, Yosufzai promoted women's careers in chemical engineering, formalising Chevron's tracki