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  • BAME International Women’s Day Speaker Showcase Hosted by Lord and Lady Popat

    Friday 8th March, 2019 House of Commons

    In association with Rupa Ganatra Popat and Rupal Sachdev Kantaria of Oliver Wyman

  • Foreword

    For the first time ever 20 BAME female speakers take to the floor at the House of Commons to share the biggest challenges they face not just in the UK but globally, and their tangible solutions for change.

    To name a few, our inspirational speakers include Jewish Actress Tracy Ann Oberman, Baroness Prashar who served on the Iraq enquiry, Nour Shaker Fayed a transgender female activist, Diipa Khosla with a social media following of 1.5M+ and renowned Sabyasachi, arguably India’s most renowned (male) fashion designer. We have deliberately included those women who are often excluded from gender initiatives which tend to focus on middle class white straight women, as well as BAME men and non BAME women – in the spirit of true “Balance for Better” and a clear message of inclusion.

    Speaker topics span sectors as diverse as fashion, finance, food with themes covering black feminism, transgender rights, antisemitism and misogyny, AI, the lack of female funding, the future of work, youth on youth violence and mental health.

    While we celebrate the great diversity within the “BAME” gender category, the issues we seek to raise goes beyond ethnicities and gender. It is about us all. Our society and our shared humanity. The focus of the voices profiled are BAME women, but our message is clearly inclusion.

    Rupa Ganatra Popat and Rupal Sachdev Kantaria

    Rupa Ganatra Popat Founding Partner & CEO FUTR Group

    Rupal Sachdev Kantaria Director Oliver Wyman

  • 1. Rupa Ganatra Popat

    2. Bayo Adelaja

    3. Nour Shaker Fayed

    4. Diipa Khosla

    5. Tracy-Ann Oberman

    6. Baroness Usha Prashar

    7. Tracey Ford

    8. Alice Hu Wagner

    9. Sabyasachi Mukherji

    10. Nazreen Visram

    11. Xinran Xue

    12. Sonal Sachdev-Patel

    13. Sonia Meggie

    14. Asma Khan

    15. Bhaskar Ramachandran

    16. Meenal Sachdev

    17. Nishma Gosrani

    18. Beth Robotham

    19. Anita Goyal

    20. Farzana Baduel

    21. Kim Nilsson

    22. Roianne Nedd

    23. Sabree Kansagra

    24. Avnish Goyal

    25. Rupal Sachdev Kantaria

    Speaker order

  • Rupa Ganatra Popat Founding Partner & CEO FUTR Group


    Rupa Ganatra Popat is the co-founder of FUTR Group, CIJ Festival, MadWorld + Unlimited Brewing, Board Advisor at Ahara Ventures and a Contributor for Forbes.

    FUTR Group (formerly Millennial 20/20) is a year-round platform connecting companies with innovation through events, research, media and training and has hosted large scale summits across four continents with over 24,000 attendees and 1,800 speakers over the last three years. Hong-Kong listed company Pico Group acquired a stake in the company in January 2019.

    She is also the Founding Partner of MadWorld Forum; a platform for eradicating stigma and sparking a new era of mental health and well-being in the workplace, which includes an annual European Summit in London in October of each year.

    Prior to this, Rupa was an investment banker for 8.5 years at RBC Capital Markets, where she held senior level positions including VP Structured Products and Head of Middle East Derivative Sales.

    Rupa is a mentor on the London Mayor’s Business Growth Programme where she mentors and advises fast-growth companies, a Founding Board Member of the UK Guild of Entrepreneurs and has won several accolades including Management Today ‘35 under 35′ Women.

    Rupa has worked with global brands such as Johnson & Johnson on their innovation strategy, spoken on the future of consumers, commerce and innovation at events in London, South Korea and New York and her written work has been published in Forbes, Thrive Global, Director, Hotel Owner, Cosmetic Business, Brand Quarterly and The Drum. She has been an active member and Board Director at Ashraya Iniative for Children since 2008, a charity that works with street children in India.

    @Rupa Ganatra Popat


  • Rupal Sachdev Kantaria Director Oliver Wyman


    Rupal is a Director in Oliver Wyman’s London office. She has over a decade of experience in financial services strategy consulting, subsequently as Chief Operating Officer of Oliver Wyman’s (OW) EMEA Insurance Practice across Europe, Middle East and Africa and is currently on the leadership team across Oliver Wyman’s newly launched ‘The Forum’ and Social Impact team.

    The Forum is a diverse community of leaders across the span of business, government and society who are engaging together to shape and co-create ideas, and practically test solutions to shared global challenges. The Social Impact team works with Governments, not for profits and social enterprises and takes a capabilities based approach to driving social change. Rupal is a strong believer in reshaping the role of the Corporate in Society.

    In 2017, Rupal co-founded Mission INCLUDE, an innovative, cross-company, cross-industry, cross diversity strand, mentoring and inclusion movement across FTSE 100 firms in London to unlock the boundless potential of people, creating more empathetic leaders and unleashing creativity and innovation. Founding firms include RBS, Santander, The British Army, AIG.

    Rupal is founder of “GenGive” a movement to ignite the social conscience of young people to inspire and develop a generation of changemakers. Partners range from global charity Amnesty for their “Write for Rights”, the largest grassroots campaign in the world, to The Funding Network to refugee focused social enterprise Bread & Roses.

    Rupal is a director of her family charitable Foundation, an Executive Advisor to an Executive Search firm and a Trustee of national child bereavement charity, the Lullaby Trust. Rupal has been recognised via various diversity, finance and social change awards including: Brummells 30 Ones to Watch: Rising Stars of the City, UK Rising Stars, Asian Woman of the year, Financial Times Top 100 Ethnic Minority Role Model and the Guardian’s Investing in Ethnicity awards.

    Rupal has a first class degree in Economics and Management from Cambridge University. She enjoys discovering new places and people, being in the mountains and forests and she loves to ski. She is a great believer in curiosity, collaboration and ‘uncommon connections.’

    @Rupal Sachdev Kantaria


  • Baroness D'Souza CHAIR

    Frances Gertrude Claire D'Souza, Baroness D'Souza, CMG, PC is a British scientist and life peer. Baroness D'Souza was created a Lord Temporal as Baroness D'Souza, of Wychwood in the County of Oxfordshire, on 1 July 2004. She sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, where she was the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers from 2007 to 2011

    On 13 July 2011, D'Souza was elected Lord Speaker of the House of Lords and began her new role in September 2011. The Lord Speaker is the speaker of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The office is analogous to the Speaker of the House of Commons: the Lord Speaker is elected by the members of the House of Lords and is expected to be politically impartial. Baroness D’Souza held the role of Lord Speaker until 31 August 2016.

    Baroness D’Souza was educated at St Mary's School, Princethorpe, and went to University College London to read anthropology, graduating BSc in 1970. She subsequently undertook further study at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, obtaining the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in 1976. She worked for the Nuffield Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition from 1973–77, Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University) from 1977–80, and was an independent research consultant for the United Nations from 1985-88. From 1989 to 2002, she was the director of the human rights organization Article 19. In 1999, Baroness D’Souza was invested as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.

  • Bayo Adelaja Chief Do-er Do it Now Now

    Topic: How to build better businesses

    Bayo Adelaja has been awarded by Durham, Harvard and Oxford University's Business Schools. In 2018, Bayo was named one of the most influential women in social entrepreneurship in the UK, by Natwest bank. She has been the subject of a TEDx talk and was twice quoted by David Cameron while he was the UK’s Prime Minister.

    Bayo was once the youngest person working in a professional capacity at the House of Commons and has enjoyed a 10 year entrepreneurship journey during which she has helped over 1000 individual founders build better businesses.

    Bayo currently works with organisations such as Google and Facebook to create movements that spark a massive shift in the discussion around African development and the UK’s BAME population. She is Chief Do-er at Do it Now Now, a social impact marketing and program development agency that provides brands, charities and corporations the opportunity to create truly impactful campaigns and programs that edify and equip the communities they are targeting.


  • Farzana Baduel Founder & CEO Curzon PR

    Topic: Know Thyself

    Farzana Baduel is the founder and CEO of Curzon PR. As a passionate advocate of st


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