Simon Cooper

Since becoming the Chairman of the Global D&I Council, Simon has been responsible for Standard Chartered Bank’s focus on engaging all genders. His 2018 global D&I strategy resulted in shifting accountability to the businesses’ CEOs for the delivery of local D&I plans and objectives, delivery of Inclusive Leadership workshops, and the introduction of enablers such as global Fair Play Charter and Gender Pay Gap disclosure in key markets. His extensive and integrated approach to D&I has ensured a positive trend across several indicators, including representation of women in senior roles. Simon has also driven gender equality beyond the workplace including the “Men Advocating Real Change” program in the UK, India and Singapore. He has also advanced the Impact Investment Exchange Singapore with their second Women’s Livelihood Bond (a multi-country listed gender bond), creating sustainable livelihoods for 250,000+ underserved women in the region.

Leah Kimata

In her previous role at KPMG, Leah mentored women in her unit towards becoming senior members of the firm. At Standard Chartered, she is one of the senior management team, and mentors women in various units on elements of cyber security. She has also volunteered for initiatives targeting girls and women in technology. Externally, Leah is a member of African Women in Fintechs, and has been involved in panel discussions on payment security and discussions on women in Fintech.

Souad Benkredda

Souad is a Member of the Financial Markets Diversity and Inclusion Council and a Member of the Africa Middle East CCIB Diversity and Inclusion Council as part of her role at Standard Chartered Bank, where she is also a Board Member at Standard Chartered Saudi Arabia. A committed Mentor and advocate for gender equality in the workplace and beyond, Souad has aided in implementing diverse talent pipeline and recruitment, speaks regularly, as seen in Arabian Business Magazine, Financial News London and as part of a Bloomberg business panel, t0 share best practice and strategies with global organizations. Souad is an Advisor to Munathara, a non-profit organization promoting the voices of young people, women and marginalized communities in the Arab public sphere and is passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged communities across the world,

Osman Faiz

Osman was instrumental to the launch of HeForShe at Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore in 2018, which has now evolved into a global network at Standard Chartered Bank Group. HeForShe currently has over 150 senior male leaders who are committed to helping hundreds of mid-level female executives pursue their personal and professional ambitions. Osman also helped launch HeForShe in his home country, Bangladesh, making it one of the first Muslim markets in Standard Chartered Bank Group to have a HeForShe network. He is a key advocate of D&I at Standard Chartered Bank Singapore and of the corporate target of 30% women in key leadership roles. He has always ensured a fair representation of women on interviewing panels and candidate slates in Information Technology and Operations functions, leading to 55% of his 400 employees being women. Externally, Osman supports HeForShe Singapore and mentors a group of 10 high potential women. He is also a sponsor of the ‘Women in Tech’ initiative, which offers university students educational visits to Standard Chartered Bank. Osman recently hosted a visit by 26 students from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business to learn about how technology is changing the future of banking.

Shazad Dada

As CEO of Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Limited (SCBPL), Shazad is committed to creating an inclusive environment which leverages colleagues’ diverse strengths and positively impacts clients and communities. Under Shahzad’s leadership, SCBPL has made significant strides towards becoming an inclusive gender balanced organisation. Presently, 27% of SCBPL’s workforce is female in contrast to 2014 whereby the female participation rate was 21%. During Shahzad’s tenure, SCBPL has embedded flexible working practices, revised parental leave benefits, introduced mentoring and wellness sessions for women and most importantly increased focus on hiring, retaining and promoting women. In addition, SCBPL launched Inclusive Leadership Programme which is designed to support over 550 People Leaders in understanding the importance of developing an inclusive work environment by equipping them with the essential skills to drive change and mitigate bias. Shazad sits on the Standard Chartered Global D&I Council, responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of the D&I strategy which covers gender equality as well. He is also the member of SC Global Community Programmes Steering Group championing the GOAL programme. The programme aims to empower adolescent girls become integral economic leaders and has benefited over 6,000 girls in Pakistan alone. SCBPL also supports female entrepreneurs in Pakistan via its #SCWomenInTech programme. Shazad is an advocate of increasing female representation in senior roles and enabling a discrimination free reward and performance decision-making, principles emanating out of SC Group’s commitment to UK HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter and the Fair Pay Charter. Externally, Shazad chairs the board of directors for Developments in Literacy (DIL) in Pakistan which primarily focuses on providing educational opportunities for girls.  Furthermore, Shazad is a great ambassador for gender equality and regularly speaks and participates as a panellist and keynote speaker at external events to bolster change.

Kemi Adetu

When she joined Standard Chartered in 2016, Kemi joined the Bank’s Gender Engagement Network, a key employee resource group focused on gender issues.  As a representative of the international graduate population, she has since played a critical role in discussions with decision-makers and key stakeholders internally, on improving gender balance in our internship and graduate programs. She represented her global graduate class of almost 300 to pitch the benefits of having a more diverse cohort, as well as ideas on how to attract and retain the appropriate female talent pool, to the senior management team, leading to a commitment from the firm to address the imbalance. Kemi was recently invited to join the Diversity & Inclusion Council for Standard Chartered, Americas to proactively contribute to projects, initiatives and conversations that would create a more inclusive and diverse working environment for all colleagues. In collaboration with other council members, Kemi designs, implements and executes local programmes to help women connect, learn and grow; including: formal and informal mentoring, networking opportunities, panel discussions, training workshops, roundtable forum sessions. Externally, Kemi launched two initiatives last year, GLOW UP and Fempire Professional Network. GLOW UP works to empower female orphans and provide children in Africa and the United States with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to be economic leaders in their communities. Fempire Professional Network is an international community of female professionals of colour across several professions and sectors, creating a support system and providing a platform of opportunity.

Nancy Wisniewski

Nancy has been the Chair of Standard Chartered Bank’s Gender Engagement Network (GEN) in the Americas for the last five years. When she took over the leadership of the network, she successfully spearheaded the effort to change its name from ‘Women’s Initiative Network (WIN)’ to the ‘Gender Engagement Network’, recognising the imperative to include men in the conversation. The rebranding in the Americas region led to a swift tripling of membership over the course of the first six months. Nancy campaigned for the network’s UK counterparts to do the same, which has also resulted in significant growth! In 2018, GEN undertook over 45 events, both internal and client-focused, with activities including a client recognition award in honour of International Women’s Day, a movie screening of and conversations around RBG, a Meet and Eat series with senior management, creation of Lean In Circles, and a number of career building and networking workshops. GEN also led the charge to have Standard Chartered publish an Influencer Statement for International Women’s Day 2019 in support of #BalanceforBetter. Nancy also ensures that graduate recruitment has ample female representation through participation in the steering committee. Externally, Nancy is an active member of the Wall Street Women’s Alliance Governance Board and participates in a number of formal and informal mentoring relationships with women covering different aspects of their career within Standard Chartered, plus involvement in many other efforts to drive gender equality.

Souad Benkredda

Souad is currently with Standard Chartered Bank in the UAE and manages a team of approx. 120 people. She is very passionate about identifying, nurturing and promoting female talent especially in the Financial Markets business which historically had a low female front office representation. Souad is a member of the Standard Chartered MENAP Diversity & Inclusion Council and has been instrumental in introducing new processes aiming to attract more females into the Bank. Under her leadership, 75% of the 2017 and 2018 Financial Markets UAE graduate hires were female. Throughout her career, Souad has mentored many women from different divisions and countries. She also takes time to provide guidance to male colleagues who ask for advice on various aspects of diversity. She is a regular speaker at universities and conferences. She was also a panellist at the first ever Arab-German Women Leaders Forum in Berlin. Souad holds a Master from the University Paris Dauphine and a Master from the Frankfurt University with specialisation in Financial Engineering. Souad is originally from Algeria and speaks five languages (Arabic, German, English, French, Italian). She is married with two young children. 

Matthew Norris

Matthew’s passion for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) has  led to the launch of the Women’s Network at Standard Chartered Global Business Services (GBS).  He has personally mentored talented female leaders in 2017 as part of the organisation’s Women Mentorship Initiative.  Through his leadership, GBS has witnessed effective roll-outs of Group-level policies that significantly improve gender balance and maximise the potential and retention of female employees.  This included flexible working hours, prolonged maternity leave, Return-to-Work programme amongst others.  Matthew sits on the Standard Chartered Global Diversity & Inclusion Council and is also the chairperson of the D&I Council for the Bank’s Information, Technology  and Operations function.  He is now spearheading the Unconscious Biasness Training Programme in GBS, making GBS the first area of the Bank to pilot this programme.

Osman Faiz

Osman is a key sponsor of the Women’s Network and the HeForShe network at Standard Chartered Bank Singapore. HeForShe network connects senior leaders in the bank to support women in their pursuit of professional and personal development at work and in life. Osman currently mentors 10 high potential women at Standard Chartered Singapore to prepare them for future leadership roles. Externally, Osman mentors 3 high potential women, and champions the “Girls in Tech” initiative by sponsoring educational visits to Standard Chartered for university students.