30 Oct 2019 | Flagship Event

2019 D&I in India Best Practice Conference & Awards Ceremony

A ½ day Conference showcasing the insights and learnings of the 2019 D&I in India Best Practice Awards finalists, culminating in a prestigious Awards Ceremony to announce and celebrate the winners.


Join us as on Wednesday 30 October 2019, as we uncover, examine and celebrate D&I best practice in India.

A key objective of our 2019 D&I in India Best Practice Awards is to facilitate the sharing of learnings and drive the wider adoption of best practice. With that in mind, our ½ day Conference Programme will feature panel discussions with the finalists of six of our D&I in India Best Practice Awards. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about leading practices, ask questions and take back key insights to your own organisation. In addition, we are excited to announce Apsara Reddy, pioneer and changemaker, as our Keynote speaker.

The Conference will culminate in our prestigious Awards Ceremony. We’ll be announcing the winners of each Award and providing a rich programme designed to entertain and inspire.



2.00pm – 5.30pm D&I in India Best Practice Conference: featuring Keynote Speaker, Apsara Reddy and Panel Discussions with 2019 Award Finalists.
5.30pm – 6pm Networking Reception 
6pm – 8.30pm Awards Ceremony: announcement of winners in all eight 2019 Award categories, with MCs, Peter Roxburgh and Abel Mathews.



Politician and journalist, Apsara Reddy will share her personal story on being a transwoman, fighting against all odds, breaking stereotypes and championing change. She will also share her experiences and insights on a range of pressing D&I issues in India - from the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018, to the abuse and harassment faced by women more generally. She’ll highlight the critical role that we all need to play, as organisations and individuals, to create a more inclusive India - challenging inequalities and championing the rights of unrepresented groups. 



View details of the individual Breakout Sessions here



All guests are warmly invited to stay behind at the end of the Awards Ceremony and join us for a buffet dinner.  The perfect way to continue the celebrations and network with your colleagues and peers! 



We look forward to welcoming all our finalists at this event, as well as all companies committed to advancing diversity and inclusion in their organisations in India. Tickets cost US $250, INR 17,750.

All DIAN India members are entitled to 2 complimentary tickets. To confirm your place and book additional tickets, please contact Jiby Joyce.


Programme Details

Event Speakers

  • Apsara Reddy

    Apsara Reddy

    Politician & Journalist
    Keynote Speaker
  • Nick Reed

    Nick Reed

    Chief Operating Officer, GBMC, HSBC
    Event Sponsor, HSBC - Introductory Speaker
  • Peter Roxburgh and Abel Mathews

    Peter Roxburgh and Abel Mathews

    The Laughter Project
    Masters of Ceremonies

Politician & Journalist

Apsara Reddy

Apsara Reddy is an Indian politician and journalist. She was appointed as the national general secretary of All India Mahila Congress by Rahul Gandhi on 8 January 2019. Reddy has worked with the BBC World Service, The Hindu, Commonwealth Secretariat in London, New Indian Express and Deccan Chronicle. She has written columns on topics including consumerism, politics, celebrity lifestyles and education. She has interviewed Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Ex PM Australia John Howard, F1 racer Michael Schumacher, AR Rahman, and Hollywood star Nicolas Cage. She has also covered the tsunami from Sri Lanka, India and Indonesia. She has also worked at the Indian Consulate in Melbourne as a media adviser to the Consulate General, Dr. T.J. Rao
In May 2016, she joined the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and holds the position of spokesperson as of date. Previously, she joined Bharatiya Janata Party in February 2016
Reddy also worked briefly with UNICEF to launch a health campaign across Tamil Nadu in India.
She has been an esteemed speaker at various platforms including the European Parliament Session in Madrid, The World Pride Summit, UNICEF and top institutions like Goldman Sachs, NASSCOM INDIA and even at Princeton University.
Reddy has a BA degree in Journalism from Monash University and an MA in Broadcasting with a special focus on Developmental Economics from the City University in London. She was the Overseas Students Service's President at Monash University.

Chief Operating Officer, GBMC, HSBC

Nick Reed

As COO GBMC, Nick is responsible for more than 7,000 colleagues across 6 countries working in areas such as Global Markets, Global Banking, Research and HSS as well as the support groups within the GBM COO Office.
Prior to this role, Nick was the COO for GBM MENA & Turkey. Before that, he was the Global COO for the Rates trading business within Global Markets, based in London.
Before joining HSBC in 2009, Nick was a Partner and CFO/COO in a London based Hedge Fund. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant having qualified with KPMG in 1993.

The Laughter Project

Peter Roxburgh and Abel Mathews

Event Partners