MEET THE JUDGES

Rewarding and celebrating diversity & inclusion across Europe.

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Adam Lindstrom 

UNITEDHEALTH GROUP

Adam is responsible for the Global Operating Model at UnitedHealthcare Global Solutions.  This requires him to leverage management consulting experience with strategic planning and technology expertise to re-engineer business models, and re-imagine better user experiences for Customers, Partners, and Employees.  Adam has lived and worked in Asia (India – 7 years), Europe (France, Germany, UK), and the US and has travelled extensively. He has a deep respect and understanding for global cultures and the ability to manage diverse global operations. He is fluent in French and enjoys spending time with family, cars, running, and French food

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CLAIRE HARVEY

VODAFONE

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. 

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HANNAH GRAF

HSBC PRIVATE BANKING

Hannah is a Captain in the British Army. She commissioned in 2010 and since that time has commanded soldiers across the world including in Germany, Canada, Kenya and Afghanistan. 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. Outside the Army she acts as Patron for the charity Mermaids and is 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

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JAKE GRAF

WRITER, DIRECTOR, ACTOR AND TRANS ADVOCATE

Jake is a London based actor, writer and director whose first nine award winning films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide. First feature film 'Lavender' is in development with BAFTA nominated MisFits Entertainment ('McQueen'), and he is currently working on two television drama pilots. Jake uses the medium of films to elicit positive change, giving representation to rarely seen characters and stories and promoting acceptance and understanding. All are used as educational tools in universities, schools, prisons and media events internationally.  Recent roles include ITV's Butterfly, DBO's 'Different For Girls' and opposite Keira Knightley in feature film ‘Colette’. He is a patron for Mermaids, AKT and Ditch The Label and a judge for the European Diversity Awards, The Rainbow Honours, The Iris Prize Film Festival and The National Diversity Awards.

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KRISHNA OMKAR

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.

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PAULINE LEWIS

SELFRIDGES GROUP

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.

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TAB AHMAD

EMPLOYABILITY

Tab Ahmad is the founder and managing director of EmployAbility.  Set up in 2006, EmployAbility advocates on behalf of and supports talented disabled students and graduates to enable them to compete on a level playing field and forge careers; whilst providing knowledge and expertise to companies to guide them towards becoming more inclusive and valued employers.EmployAbility partners with Google, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Bloomberg, The FCA, NatWest Markets, Bird & Bird, Discovery Channel and many others, to not only provide strategic and practical disability and employment advice, but to run initiatives that generate real and measurable results – EmployAbility is proud to have supported 13,000 disabled students into employment.Having spent the last 18 years of her career specialising in disability and employment, Tab is an unapologetic and passionate advocate of disability, equality and inclusion. 

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VINCENT FRANCOIS

SOCIETE GENERALE

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.