In light of the issues being faced by business and society and calls for more targeted and relevant interventions, the theme for our 3-day 2022 DIAN Conference will be centered around Race and Culture- The conversation in Asia. An exploration of the experience of racism within Asian markets, translating the community/cultural experience into a workplace priority and opportunity. Outlining the findings of Community Business’ research, “Race & Culture”, the programme seeks to illustrate the role of business, the connection between corporate and community cultures and the ways through which we can and should respond to social inequity, notably racism, through active and constructive challenge.
In the 3-Day 2022 DIAN Conference 1, each day focuses on looking into the following themes:
Day 1: What is Racism in Asia
Day 2: How Asia Differs, What the Experts say
Day 3: What Corporates May Do
Plenary Sessions (Unlimited Seats)
Day 1 – 26 April
Opening Remarks and CB’s Exploration of Race and Culture in Asia | 10:30am - 11:20am (UTC+8)
How can we address race if we cannot agree what Racism in Asia is? | 11:30am - 12:30pm (UTC+8)
Speaker: Peter Mousaferiadis
Racism in Asia: Its Real – A Lived Experience | 2:00pm - 2:45pm (UTC+8)
Speaker: Talha Muhammad
Defining ‘Racism’ for an Asian Conversation | 3:00pm - 4:30pm (UTC+8)
Day 2 – 27 April
The Case for Addressing Racism in Asia | 11:30am - 12:30pm (UTC+8)
Speaker: Sandy Chan
Day 3 – 28 April
Addressing Racism in Asia, Why Should Business Respond? | 10:30am - 11:15am (UTC+8)
Speaker: Ricky Chu
Understanding the workforce and informing a response to racism, having the data to make informed decisions| 2:00pm - 3:00pm (UTC+8)
Speakers: Michael Walmsley, Karan Sharma, Hong Tran
Satellite Sessions (Limited Seats)
Day 2 – 27 April
Responding to Racism in Asia| 10:30am - 11:15am (UTC+8)
Speaker: Tom Verghese
Creating People-First Responses to Racism | 2:00pm - 5:00pm (UTC+8)
Speakers: Kate Okrasinski, Clara Aparisi
Day 3 – 28 April
Uncovering Racism in your organisation. | 11:30am - 12:30pm (UTC+8)
Race and Culture- A guide to having Conversation in Our Time | 3:15pm - 5:00pm (UTC+8)
Speaker: Dimuthu de Silva
With an agenda presented in a mix of formats, participation will suit a variety of audiences across the three days of the conference. DIAN Member companies are encouraged to think creatively about who the best attendees may be, and consider if ERG representatives, D&I Council members, senior leaders, internal influencers and others outside the DE&I space will benefit from participation.
If you are interested in joining any of the sessions email us on email@example.com .
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Clara AparisiLearning and Process Design Lead, MakeHKRead More
Dimuthu de SilvaHe/HimDirector of DE&I, Community BusinessRead More
Hong TranPartner, Mayer BrownRead More
Karan SharmaAPAC Head of Talent & Diversity, CitiRead More
Kate OkrasinskiManaging Director, MakeHKRead More
Peter MousaferiadisCEO, Culture InfusionRead More
Ricky ChuChairperson, Equal Opportunities CommissionRead More
Talha MuhammadProject Officer, Zubin FoundationProject Officer, Zubin FoundationRead More
Tom VergheseFounding Principal, Cultural SynergiesRead More
Learning and Process Design Lead, MakeHK
Dimuthu de Silva
Director of DE&I, Community Business
Partner, Mayer Brown
He has been ranked as Band 1 lawyer in employment Hong Kong Law by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017-2021) and a "Leading individual" in employment law by Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015-2022). He has been recognised by Who's Who Legal (2015) as being among the world's leading lawyers for employment and labour practice in Hong Kong. He was named as one of the "pre-eminent practitioners in the world" and "one of the world's leading lawyers" by Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers (2011). He was also named a Leading Asia Law Labour & Employment Lawyer by the Asia Law & Practice Survey (2008).
Hong has contributed to leading employment and discrimination law textbooks "Chitty on Contracts, Hong Kong Specific Contracts" Chapter 7, "Employment Law and Practice in Hong Kong" Chapters 3 & 5 and "Discrimination Law and Practice in Hong Kong" Chapters 4 and 7 (and Co-General Editor).
Hong is co-Chair of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong People Forum and a member of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce Manpower Committee. He Chairs Mayer Brown's Diversity and Inclusion Committee in Asia.
APAC Head of Talent & Diversity, Citi
He has 16+ years’ experience in a variety of Talent, Learning, Leadership Development and Diversity roles in Asia.
Prior to joining Citi, he spent 12 years with JP Morgan, wherein his last role was to lead the firm’s Talent Management, Diversity & Inclusion and Learning agenda for APAC. He has held a variety of regional talent, DEI and leadership development roles, based in Hong Kong and India. He is a certified coach and has experience in leveraging psychometric tools to develop stronger teams and thought leaders. He believes in diversity of thought being a key element for developing an inclusive culture.
Managing Director, MakeHK
CEO, Culture Infusion
In 2002, Peter founded Cultural Infusion to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity throughout Australia and the world. Cultural Infusion’s education program “Discovering Diversity” is delivered to more than 350,000 students annually. By harnessing the power of art, education, technology and multimedia, Cultural Infusion consistently delivers creative services, events, workshops, training courses, consulting services and has produced a range of digital acclaimed resources. In 2013, Sound Infusion which helps to discover diversity through creation of music was a winner of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization Intercultural Innovation Award. In 2019, following 5 years of research and development, Peter launched Diversity Atlas a world first data analytics tool able to provide comprehensive insights into the extent and type of cultural and demographic dimensions of diversity. Diversity Atlas is now being used by think tanks and a range of multinationals and intergovernmental agencies to map their global workforce. Peter is the Chair of the Lahore International Conference on Culture, a Global Trustee of United Religions Initiative, a Salzburg Global Fellow and admitted to the Asia Peace Innovators Forum. In 2017, Peter was issued with the Peace Ambassador Award from the Center of Peace Studies (Sri Lanka).
In 2021, Peter was awarded the Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award Silver Medal from the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation and the United Nations Global Compact’s Business for Peace Initiative. The award recognises individuals for their contributions to peaceful and inclusive societies.
Chairperson, Equal Opportunities Commission
Mr Chu joined the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in 1978 as an investigator and rose through the ranks to become the Acting Director of Corruption Prevention. In 2010, he joined the Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC) as its Secretary-General.
Mr Chu re-joined the ICAC in 2016 as the Director of Investigation until his retirement in 2019, when he was awarded the Hong Kong ICAC Medal for Distinguished Service (IDS).
Mr Chu graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor Degree in Social Science. He also holds a UK law degree.
Project Officer, Zubin Foundation
Talha was born in Pakistan and moved to Hong Kong as a student, where he completed secondary school education. He switched to full-time work and part-time studies to finance his education and support his family. Talha completed Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business Studies from the University of Greenwich majoring in Event Management. He has always had an interest in helping the community and serving the unserved, therefore, while he was studying, he started working with various NGOs and gained experience in Ethnic Minorities service in Hong Kong. He has represented his community in various public speaking events to voice Ethnic Minority views and concerns. He is also interested in music and entertainment, and frequently uploads music covers and makes vlogs on his YouTube channel.
Founding Principal, Cultural Synergies
He is the author of 4 publications, the most recent being ‘Cultural Agility- A Practical guide to putting Cultural Intelligence into Action’. A passionate educator, consultant, father, student, and coach, he brings a broad perspective of East and West to life as well as a refreshing candour to his client interactions. Of Indian origin, born and raised in multi-ethnic Malaysia, Tom came to Australia as a student.