Paul Rawlinson

As global chair of Baker McKenzie, Paul leads the charge on the conversation around gender attrition, pay, and overall satisfaction of women in the workplace. In his previous role, as London Managing Partner, he appointed the firm’s first ever Diversity & Inclusion Partner, a role unique to city law firms at that time. He recently launched the global commitment to the UN’s HeForShe movement on International Women’s Day 2018, and is about to launch a second sponsorship program to help elevate and give access to the tools women need to progress into leadership roles. Externally, Paul has actively supported a number of external bodies which champion women in business. At the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos he attended a celebration of Forbes 100 most powerful women, and represented the private sector at a United Nations event in New York, to talk about the role that the industry can play in bridging the gap in equal pay. Last year, he also became an ambassador for the International Trade Centre’s #shetrades campaign; to highlight women’s economic empowerment. Closer to home, he actively supports the 30% Club UK, and spoke on the Panel at the 30% Club’s Shifting the Needle Leadership Forum.

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