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Role Model Lists

Our EMpower, OUTstanding and HERoes Role Model Lists showcase and celebrate the global business leaders who are driving change in the workplace and inspiring the next generation of diverse talent.

Meet Our #1 Role Models

Ajay Banga

President & CEO, Mastercard

Ajay is the number 1 Senior Executive on our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019. He has led Mastercard on an inclusion journey since joining in 2009, including the expansion of its global inclusion and diversity council, which he co-chairs.

Pedro Pina

Vice President Global Client & Agency Solutions EMEA, Google

Pedro is our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019 number 1 Executive. He sponsors Google's EMEA D&I programmes and led a diversity roadshow across 32 cities in 20 countries.

Nicola Mendelsohn

Vice President, Facebook EMEA

Nicola is the number 1 senior executive on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. She has been instrumental in creating an inclusive culture at Facebook EMEA, having launched a successful women in leadership programme, among many other initiatives.

Farah Siddiqui

Manager, Trailhead Programs and Processes, Salesforce

Farah is the number 1 Future Leader on our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019. She is the Founder and Global President of Faithforce, and a prolific volunteer in the wider community.

Bobbi Pickard

Consultant Senior Project Manager, BP

Bobbi is the number 1 Future Leader on our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019. She has founded trans networks, co-chairs the Trans Group at BP and delivers trans awareness trainings in schools and corporate environments.

Kemi Adetu

Associate - Financial & Strategic Investors Group, Standard Chartered Bank

Kemi is the number 1 Future Leader on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. In addition to her work at SCB, Kemi has founded GLOW UP, empowering female orphans, and the Fempire Professional Network to connect ethnic minority women globally.

Nick Owen

Chairman, Deloitte

Nick is our EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model List 2019 number 1 Advocate. He has encouraged Deloitte's executive leadership to embed respect and inclusion throughout the company's culture, and sponsors the BAME on Boards programme.

José Berenguer

CEO, Banco J.P. Morgan S.A.

José is the number 1 Ally on our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019. He is the Executive Sponsor of J.P. Morgan S.A.'s LGBT+ network, the first to exist in Brazillian banking. His actions have led to the creation of an LGBT+ Financial Markets Group.

Johan Lundgren

CEO, easyJet plc

Johan is the number 1 Advocate on our HERoes Women Role Model List 2019. When Johan joined easyJet, he demonstrated his advocacy by asking the board to reduce his pay to match that of easyJet's former CEO, Carolyn McCall. He continues to push for women's inclusion at all levels of the company.

Ann Limb

Chair, The Scouts

Ann is our OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model List 2019 number 1 Public Sector Executive. She is the first LGBT+ woman in the Scouts' 112 year history to be appointed Chair and has driven greater inclusion within the scouting movement for colleagues, volunteers and scouts.

Why are Role Models so important?

Having visible Role Models at all levels of a company and across a range of different roles is vital to show that anything can be achieved while remaining visible and vocal about your true self. With powerful and visible Role Models providing concrete evidence and inspiration for what can be achieved within business, minority talent are able to see themselves in the leadership of the future.

Ally and advocate Role Models are also vital in creating a business culture where anyone can succeed, giving those from minority groups confidence that they will be supported, but just as importantly helping to shift the organisational norms towards being inclusive of others. By being open and accessible as a leader, a Role Model can begin to build strong relationships with colleagues which helps to pave the way for starting conversations surrounding inclusivity. As a Role Model, there is a real opportunity to affect and shape the thinking and lives of others.

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