MEET THE JUDGES
Rewarding and celebrating diversity & inclusion across Europe.
UNITED HEALTH GROUP
Angela Walsh is Senior Director of Employee Relations EMEA, Australia and Canada with United Health Group and is responsible for leading all Employee Relations issues for the EMEA region.
Angela’s career has spanned over 25 years’ in both the private and public sector both in the UK and across the EMEA region. Angela has deep expertise in both Employee Relations and Labour Relations including work with the NHS and the Airline Industry, prior to joining United Health group over 10 yrs. ago.
A graduate of Business Studies graduate of Lincolnshire University, Angela is also CIPD qualified in both employment law and HR. Angela’s career also includes being a qualified United Health Group culture facilitator promoting the cultural principles including I & D throughout her work at United Health Group.
ASIF SADIQ MBE
Asif is the Senior Vice President at WarnerMedia for Equity and Inclusion, International, he was previously the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London Police. He is a board member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the board of advisors for Hedley May. Over his 20-year career he has worked in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.
Asif has been credited with impactful global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities and programs across organizations, that have created a strong sense of belonging for all and resulted in truly diverse workplaces. He has been key in building synergies between internal and external D&I efforts within organizations, ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded in all elements of a business, resulting in innovative, creative and inclusive products and services.
He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in D&I, Sustainability and Social Impact, being listed as one of the most influential Global D&I Leaders by Hive Learning, the CIPD’s Top 20 Power list and a LinkedIn Influencer. He is winner of numerous awards including the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and was honoured with an MBE in 2017 by the Queen and granted the freedom of the City of London in 2016.
KING & SPALDING
Krishna is a lawyer with a wide practice, advising public and private corporations on cross-border transactions, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, corporate governance, and shareholder activism and defence; across a range of sectors, including financial services, life sciences, infrastructure and energy, sports and entertainment, and private wealth.
Krishna is a trustee of Paintings in Hospitals. He has been named a Future Leader by the Financial Times in its Executive Diversity Report, received a 2019 Asian Achievers Award, and was a speaker at the 2019 World Economic Forum in Davos.
Pauline has an impressive CV where she has led on diversity and inclusion for Heathrow, Eli Lilly and Co, Barclays and Grant Thornton. She is a key advocate for inclusive leadership. A human resources professional with over twenty years’ experience, in all of Pauline’s roles she has been dedicated and committed to attracting, retaining and promoting diverse talent. In 2016 she was named on the Global Diversity List as a Diversity Leader.
Janette Hiscock is Chief Executive Officer for UnitedHealthcare Global in Europe and responsible for leading the European Insurance and Medical Services divisions of UnitedHealthcare Global.
A senior Executive leader with 25 years’ experience in the global health and insurance industry, Janette is an enthusiastic mentor of, and advocate for women. She is driven to improve opportunities for talented individuals from diverse backgrounds, and is passionate about Diversity & Inclusion, taking the role of Board representative for Talent and D&I in Europe.
A graduate of both Swansea University and the Universidad de Salamanca, she has held senior roles in general management, sales, client management and proposition development in companies like Aviva, Capita and Drum Cussac Group. Janette is a wife and mother and balances her career with roles as a school governor and volunteering.
Claire Harvey brings years of public sector, regulatory, corporate and third sector leadership experience, and an impressive record of impact and achievement through positive disruption and culture change. Her passion is the future of work; working with both schools, universities and corporate workplaces, ensuring that young people are ready to be great leaders of the future in organisations that have positive cultures.
Coupled with a fascinating sporting record as a Paralympian, Claire’s personal and career journey provide a powerful credibility and capability to influence culture in organisations that few others can. Her strong interpersonal skills combined with her style as a pro-active and personable leader to empower individuals to take ownership and implement meaningful change for themselves and their organisations.
HSBC PRIVATE BANKING
Hannah is a retired Captain of the British Army. She commissioned in 2010 and since that time has commanded soldiers across the world including in Germany, Canada, Kenya and Afghanistan. Currently she works for a global bank combating financial crime.
Hannah is also a transgender woman and her personal story of transition captured the imagination of the nation in 2015. A true advocate for equality, she used her public profile to promote a realistic portrayal of transgender individuals in the UK, becoming an inspiration to many.
She and husband Jake were the subjects of hit Channel 4 documentary 'Our Baby: A Modern Miracle' in 2020 and the couple have appeared on 'Made in Chelsea' and feature regularly on British television.
Hannah is a patron for the charity Mermaids and an ambassador for LGBT Sport in Wales. Her work in diversity has won her several accolades including Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year, an honorary fellowship from Cardiff University and in June 2019, an MBE for her work updating LGBTQ policy in the British Army.
WRITER, DIRECTOR, ACTOR AND TRANS ADVOCATE
Jake Graf is a multi award winning director, writer and actor based in London known for his roles in ’The Danish Girl' and ‘Colette’ and for viral hit ‘Headspace’. Through his work he aims to elicit acceptance and understanding via the medium of cinema and his first 9 films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. All are used as educational tools in universities, schools, prisons and media events internationally.
Recent roles include BBC Doctors, ITV's Butterfly and opposite Keira Knightley in feature film ‘Colette’.
First feature film 'Lavender' is in development with Ardimages (‘God’s Own Country’) and MisFits Entertainment ('Alleycats'/'McQueen'). His next short film, 'Stone' is in development with Wychwood Media. He is currently consulting on the musical version of ‘The Danish Girl’.
Jake is a vocal and visible member of the transgender community, speaking internationally on trans issues, particularly in relation to film and media. He is a patron of the Mermaids charity and The Albert Kennedy Trust.
Vincent Francois is a senior executive at Societe Generale with over 20 years’ experience in internal audit, risk management and internal control within the Financial Industry. Throughout his career, Vincent has acquired extensive professional and international experience and is currently the Regional Chief Audit Executive for all Societe Generale Group.
As a true ambassador for diversity and inclusion, Vincent has received many awards including winner of the ‘Out at Work’ top 50 LGBT executives in the Finance Sector in 2016 and has been listed in the top 100 LGBT executives list by the Financial Times for several years. In 2015, the Societe Generale Pride & Allies employee network created by Vincent won the Best Employee Network Award at the British LGBT awards.
ZAHEER AHMAD MBE JP
Zaheer is a multi-award winning Diversity and Inclusion thought leader. Currently, he is the Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Consumer Healthcare at GSK. Prior to this he was Head of Strategic Delivery for the central D&I dept at EY. He was responsible for leading the Race, Innovation and Thought leadership strategies for the firm and chaired the firmwide Race Working Group.
Zaheer is a highly decorated former police officer, he served in various departments including Uniform Policing, Force Intelligence Bureau and Murder Investigation. He co-founded and led a national police ERG for serving police officers and staff. He also worked closely with the Ministry of Justice as Member of the Race Advisory Board. He is a former Race advisor to the Arsenal football club.
He is recipient of numerous national and international awards. He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010 in recognition for his services to the police service. He is winner of Global Equality and Diversity Award, European Diversity “Hero of the Year” Award and was named top 20 industry professionals in the Global Diversity List.
He is a serving Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) sitting in adult criminal court and a School Governor. He is advisor to an independent task force (supported by the UK Government) set up to boost socio economic diversity in the financial and professional services. A fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management, he is member of the Strategic Race Advisory Board at the Chartered Management Institute and Advisor to British Academy of Management. He is member of City and Guilds Industry Skills Board.
Tab Ahmad is the Founder and CEO of EmployAbility. Set up in 2006, EmployAbility is the leading force empowering global organisations to think and act ahead of the curve when it comes to disability inclusion, putting the ethics of equality at the heart of their culture.
EmployAbility supports disabled and neurodivergent graduates to compete on a level playing field and forge careers, whilst ensuring experienced employees can flourish and progress. EmployAbility partners with Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bloomberg, The FCA, Bird & Bird, Amazon, Freshfields Buckhaus Deringer and others, to not only provide strategic best practice advice and practical guidance, but runs initiatives that generate real and measurable results – EmployAbility is proud to have supported over 15,000 disabled students to get the careers they deserve, and has recently launched it’s experienced hire programmes.
Having spent the last 20 years of her career specialising in disability and employment, Tab is an unapologetic and passionate advocate of disability inclusion, equity and belonging.