7 Dec 2020 | Flagship Event

2020 D&I in India Best Practice Conference

An opportunity to learn from and build on the successes of companies leading the way in developing D&I best practice in India

Breakout Session Sponsor for Employee Network


In conjunction with our prestigious 2020 D&I in India Best Practice Awards and ahead of the announcement of the winners at our Virtual Awards Ceremony, we present this Virtual Conference. Through a series of panel discussions, we’ll be inviting the finalists of the key award categories to share their nominated programmes and initiatives. This provides an unparalleled opportunity for business leaders and D&I professionals to gain valuable insights to what other companies are doing, learn why they have been selected as finalists and take best practice back to their own organisations.



10:00 - 10:30am

Opening Ceremony (Keynote Speaker: Hitesh Ramchandani)

10:30 – 11:30am

Breakout Session 1 & 2 (Disability Confidence & Employee Network)

11:30 – 12:00pm Break
12:00 - 1:00pm

Breakout Session 3 & 4 (Advancement of Women & D&I Pioneering Initiative) 

1:00 - 2:00pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:00pm Breakout Session 5 & 6 (LGBT+ Inclusion & Promoting Social Inclusion) 
3:00 - 3:30pm Break
3:30 - 4:15pm Workshop: Should Religion Be On Your Corporate D&I Agenda?​ (conducted by Kate Vernon and Dramanon)
4:15 - 4:30pm Wrap up & Closing


Breakout Session Speakers



The ticket cost is US$100 each.

Every DIAN India member is entitled for five complimentary tickets. To claim your tickets or avail extra tickets, please contact Jiby Joyce or Sharmila Lahiri.


Contact Us

Please contact Jiby Joyce for any questions about the event. 

Event Speakers

  • Dramanon


    one of the top emerging theatre companies in India
  • Hitesh Ramchandi

    Hitesh Ramchandi

    Paralympic Medal Winner | Global Motivational Speaker
  • Kate Vernon

    Kate Vernon

    Executive Director at Community Business

one of the top emerging theatre companies in India


Dramatist Anonymous (Dramanon) was founded in 2000 by Ramakrishna Shenoy and the late Chandan Shatapathy, both faculty at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) to serve as a common platform for the diverse student body of Manipal to meet, express and share. Dramanon now operates out of 3 cities – Bengaluru, Hyderabad & Manipal and since 2000 has staged 25 productions and more than 250 shows both nationally and internationally.

Paralympic Medal Winner | Global Motivational Speaker

Hitesh Ramchandi

Due to medical complications at birth, Hitesh Ramchandi was born with Cerebral Palsy and grew up with severe co-ordination, mobility and speech challenges. Whilst medical professionals were pessimistic about his future, Hitesh remained determined to overcome his challenges to create an extraordinary life. Today, Hitesh is an author, national Paralympic footballer, a Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) Practitioner, Transformational Coach and Inspirational Speaker. His key message is one of personal empowerment – not just for those with disabilities, but for all: ‘During adversity you can either give up or get up’. His book, 'Better Than Normal' talks about his life, overcoming challenges and living with Cerebral Palsy, and his innovative reinvention by turning his weaknesses into his strengths.
Hitesh is ambitious: “My dream is to inspire 50,000,000 people by just 1% to live a better than normal life!”

Executive Director at Community Business

Kate Vernon

Kate Vernon is Executive Director at Community Business. Since 2005, Kate has played an instrumental role in building Community Business as an organisation, driving its strategy forward and establishing its position as a leader in advancing responsible and inclusive business practices in Asia.

A recognised authority on diversity and inclusion in Asia, Kate has authored extensive research and developed a variety of benchmarks and tools to help companies promote more inclusive workplaces in Asia - including Asia’s first LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index. A strong advocate of ‘adopting an Asian lens’ to the discussion of D&I, Kate is passionate about the need to better understand local market dynamics in order to develop an approach that resonates with key stakeholders.

Prior to Community Business, Kate worked for 12 years in the private sector, holding senior international marketing positions for global companies such as Reed Elsevier, Aspect Telecommunications, Cable & Wireless and PeopleSoft. Kate has always had a passion for Asia and holds a first class degree in Chinese Studies from Durham University. After spending 8 years in Hong Kong, she now lives with her family in England.