ED&I Leaders Summit - Are we making progress on Inclusion


Shell Centre, London, SE1 7NA

Representation at the top of business matters, but its not the end goal or silver bullet in the pursuit of creating an inclusive culture.  The business case for ED&I is rock solid but we will only unlock the prizes of increase innovation, profit and productivity if we can truly create a culture where all talent feels welcomed, feels valued, feels heard and truly believes they belong.

Join fellow signatories, leading thinkers on organizational psychology and culture for an action packed conference that will provide a space for you to connect with peers, gain new insights and be inspired and energised to take the next step in your organizations journey towards inclusion.  



A chance to connect with colleagues and build your network with signatory organisations.

Welcome address

Richard DeNetto CEO, Change The Race Ratio

Partner welcome

Bhavin Kotecha, VP HR, Shell UK

Keynote Speaker - Azeem Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq. British Asian Cricketer and Author "It’s Not Banter, It’s Racism: What Cricket’s Dirty Secret Reveals About Our Society” 

What progress are we making on inclusion?

Nothing about us without us, a phrase often said in the creation of programmes and events in ED&I.  Hear from a panel of future leaders on the progress they feel businesses are making to remove inequalities and create a real sense of belonging for all.  We’ll get into the tough questions, what’s working, where should business step up and what feels like tokenistic gestures. 

Anna Dilku, Senior Social Media Manager, Aviva, 
Vincent O Egunlae, Manager M&A, Grant Thornton
Holly Simmons, Founder, Niya
Yasharn Smith, Director of SHE, National Grid 


Refreshment Break
Keynote Address

Hear from a high profile expert on organisational culture and the factors that influence change and drive decision making. 

Culture Change, what works to turn the dial?

Organisational change is not an overnight activity, we’ll hear from ED&I leaders on the actions their businesses is taking to create a more inclusive culture, how are they winning the argument for change, engaging line managers embedding new behaviours and work practices into the organisation.  

Toib Olomowewe, Head of Employee and Industrial Relations - UK, Shell UK
Lena Milosevic, Global Director Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Aveva
Donna Herdsman - Head of DE&I Advisory (EMEA), Korn Ferry 



Who should attend

This is a free event open to signatories and supporters of Change the Race Ratio. The event is designed for people with responsibility for leading the Race Equity agenda within their organisation, which could include people in the following roles.  

  • Head of or Director of ED&I
  • Senior HR Professional 
  • Race and Ethnicity ERG Chair 

Non signatories are very welcome to attend and are encouraged consider becoming a campaign signatory.

Keynote Speakers

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Azeem Rafiq

Azeem Rafiq is a British Asian cricketer who played professionally for Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), Derbyshire County Cricket Club, and Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, making his senior debut at the age of just 17 and captained the England under-15 and under-19 sides.

In 2018, Azeem’s world changed forever. He lost his baby son, and soon after he also lost the career that he had worked his entire life for. While at YCCC, Azeem suffered racism and bullying and it took him many years to fully understand the impact of his suffering, particularly his treatment by the club during a very difficult time. In 2020, he spoke out about the discrimination that not only he faced but discrimination across the game and took legal action against the club hoping to create change across the sport.

Conference Host

Richard DeNetto, CEO, Change the Race Ratio

Thank you 

Shell UK

ED&I Leaders Summit Host and Partner

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