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.
Harriet is a key executive sponsor of Women@IBM, IBM’s own 90,000-strong social community for women. The community directs women to the training, resources and materials they need to progress their careers, and creates a network of women who can share tips, insights and support. Within one month of starting work in Asia Pacific Harriet championed the “Advancing Women’s Leadership” initiative in India to improve diversity and inclusion. The programme continued in India throughout June, with Harriet reaching over 6,000 Indian employees through a series of speeches, fireside chats and roundtables addressing inclusion and innovation. Harriet pioneered an inclusive suite of events in Singapore around International Women’s Day, under the theme #pressforprogress. Over 300 people, including men and women, attended panel sessions showcasing best practice and encouraging discussion around inclusion and women in the workplace. Externally, Harriet regularly speaks at events focused on women in business. Most recently, she addressed Australia’s very first International Women’s Forum event, addressing the role of AI in the advancement of diversity and inclusion and the elimination of unconscious bias. A regular commentator on LinkedIn, Harriet has drawn attention to women-specific issues including gender diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace.
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.
Christopher is the group sponsor of Aviva Balance, which focuses on gender diversity and promotes opportunities for women across the group. He is a mentor to several senior executive women at Aviva, actively sponsors Aviva’s global leadership development program for women and spends time with students to help them understand career choices across gender boundaries.. He is also a vocal advocate of “inclusive diversity”, across all dimensions of identity, which vary across the multiple geographies in which Aviva operates. Through corporate participation and personal sponsorships, he has influenced corporates, think tanks and interest groups on the importance of diverse workforces. Externally, Christopher has spoken at multiple industry and business events on the importance of inclusive diversity and how it impacts business favourably, and has published articles on the topic on LinkedIn. He sponsors the “Woman Leader of the Year” at the Asia Insurance Industry Awards, a new category for 2018, and was named“Personality of the Year” at the 2017 Asia insurance Industry Awards.
Heidi is Chair of the Corporate & Institutional Banking’s (CIB) Diversity & Inclusion Council, driving development of the D&I strategy framework for CIB. She is also a working group member of Standard Chartered’s Global Women’s Network, has participated in numerous global forums/ discussions regarding the work being done with CIB and shared personal experiences and development guidance with the Global Women’s Network. She has hosted external, joint sessions with clients discussing gender diversity, opportunities, and paths for advancement and challenges in various markets and regularly takes on mentees of varying levels of seniority. Heidi has participated in analyst programs to discuss the importance of gender diversity and provide insights into professional development. She is part of the Goal Employability and Entrepreneurship Fund Panel, that assesses and funds innovative projects aiming to enable young women from low-income communities to generate their own incomes. Heidi has held leadership positions on various internal D&I boards, and is regularly featured in the company’s internal communications on D&I.