Managing Director of Telegraph Events | Daily Telegraph
Ruth Carter has forged a highly successful international career in the commercial events industry, where she has held senior executive roles in leading media organisations including UBM, Ascential and Informa. She has grown companies into significant and highly respected global businesses and personally launched operations into China, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and North and South America.
Ruth is currently Managing Director of Telegraph Events, a division of the Daily Telegraph, where she leads their vast portfolio of award-winning consumer and business events including the Ski and Snowboard Show, The Telegraph Festival of Business and the Telegraph Whisky Show.
She is passionate about her role as Non-Executive Director of Generation Success, the not-for-profit organisation which provides events, training, mentoring and work placements for highly talented, but less advantaged, young people.
She is a regular speaker at events, reflecting not only her long-standing involvement with international business development but also her passion for growing and developing talented individuals around the world. Ruth holds a degree in music from Trinity College of Music, London.
CEO/Founder | Inclusive Companies
Paul Sesay is the Founder and Chief Executive Oﬃcer of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, National Diversity Awards, Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Diversity Group and events company I Spoil U Media Limited since 2006. Paul’s business acumen has mainly been with a social focus.
With over ten years worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion proﬁles.
He has also worked within local communities to help people from various backgrounds to achieve and empower disadvantaged groups throughout the UK. Paul’s initiatives have helped many thousands of organisations and individuals get recognised for their hard work and dedication to diversity.
Dr. Bijna K. Dasani
Bijna has a robust track record of delivering strategic, innovation and complex transformation successes for global Financial Services firms, across products, asset classes and markets. Bijna influences to deliver and builds high performing teams.
Bijna serves the Boards of CIO Net, the IPQC CDO Exchange Series, and the Inclusive Companies Network. She is a FinTech Mentor and films videos on Mentorship, Leadership & Technology; she's a co-presenter for the Women in Business TV series.
Bijna is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), a Leadership Fellow at St. George's House, Windsor Castle and an Associate Member of Oriel College, University of Oxford.
Bijna advises and advocates for a diversified portfolio of Business, Data & Technology, Social Impact, I&D causes. She has spoken to global audiences (37+ countries) at Millennial Board London, Deloitte, Edinburgh DataFest, Amazon, Sky, IPQC CDO Exchange, Lloyds Banking Group, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, De Montfort University, Appway, CIO NEXT, Bloomberg and other. She serves as a Host / Judge / Speaker for a portfolio of events and awards.
Bijna has been recognised for her contributions with an Honorary Doctorate by De Montfort University (2018), the Lloyds Banking Group Ethnicity Role Models List (2018) and by felicitation at the House of Lords (UK), at the NRI World Summit (2017) for 'making India proud'. Bijna is credited as one of the Top 50 Visionary Young Leaders in Business, by Henley Business School (2017), one of 35 leading British business women under 35, by Management Today, Accenture and The Telegraph (2015) a Rising Star by We Are the City (2013) and has received recognition with nine further honours including the National Diversity Awards (2012) and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2010). Bijna is also the International Women’s Day Young Achiever of the Year (2006).
Christos Tsaprounis FCIPD
Head of People & Culture | Auto Trader UK
Christos is a people geek and a diversity & inclusion advocate with a career across different industries ranging from digital to social housing. He spent four years at the Co-operative Bank before joining Auto Trader in 2014 where together with his brilliant team he focuses on creating a space where everyone’s uniqueness is celebrated and is empowered to thrive by being their authentic, true and best self. Driven by his passion for equal opportunities for all people, he leads the D&I and CSR strategies of one of the most admired digital businesses in the UK and 2018 Top 50 Inclusive Companies.
Born in Athens and moved to the UK in 2002 to complete his MSc in Human Resources at The University of Manchester after completing studies at the American College of Greece and the London School of Economics; he fell in love with the city and its people so he decided to make it his home. He is a actively involved in making a difference working with leading charities including Survivors Manchester, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Manchester Pride and Forever Manchester. Recognised for his contribution to his industry he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Impact Award by the Recruiter Magazine in 2018”
Associate Partner | EY
Arun is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the UK National Equality Standard, is an Associate Partner at EY and has held numerous leading national diversity roles including Diversity Director for the Home Office, Diversity Director for the Greater London Authority for two former Mayors as well as an advisor to the former Attorney General, Baroness Scotland.
He won the prestigious HR Consultant of the Year accolade for making “a significant difference to UK society” and has been repeatedly recognised as one of the UKs most influential Asians in the Asian Power List.
In February 2018 Arun accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to join a board to help tackle race disparity in the UK.