We invite the 2024 DIAN members from all markets to join us virtually on the 2024 DIAN kick-off meeting on Thursday, 15 February 2024, from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (UTC+8). In this event will provide an in-depth overview of the network's plans for the year, covering Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, India, the Philippines, and Singapore.
In the meeting, we will unveil the provisional calendar, sharing the key dates and events throughout the year. Additionally, we will share information about DIAN offerings, conference themes, DIAN circles and roundtables, along with other Community Business Programmes.
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Bijita ThapaShe/HerProgramme Manager, DIANRead More
Dimuthu de SilvaHe/HimDirector of DE&I, Community BusinessRead More
Janet LedgerChief Operating Officer at Community BusinessRead More
Salma NasrullahShe/HerSenior Programme Manager, IndiaRead More
Saranta GattieShe/HerSenior Programme Manager, DIANRead More
Nisha MathewShe/HerProgramme Manager, DIANRead More
Programme Manager, DIAN
Before joining community business, Bijita was a marketing coordinator for an NGO focused on empowering marginalised women and youth through an intersectional feminist lens. She has also interned for Prudential to conduct market research on ethnic minorities and for an SME in the holistic wellness industry. One of her passion projects is to publish a bilingual children book to raise awareness on social issues, promote bilingualism, and increase Nepalese representation in children literature.
Bijita holds a bachelors degree in Business Management and Liberal Arts. She is fluent in English, Nepali and Hindi while being intermediate in Cantonese and Mandarin. She uses she/her/her pronouns.
Dimuthu de Silva
Director of DE&I, Community Business
Chief Operating Officer at Community Business
Prior to joining Community Business Janet has built a successful career as a senior leader most recently with Telstra International in Hong Kong, covering a broad range of disciplines and functions including strategic business planning and performance, programme management and delivery, corporate governance, change management, organisational effectiveness and talent development. She also has experience in the Travel, Tourism, Training and Hospitality sectors. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Janet and her husband now call Hong Kong home.
Janet believes organisation is only as strong as its people. She has helped teams get where they want to be by working with people, opening channels of communication, developing and retaining the right talent and ensuring an inclusive environment where creativity and collaboration can thrive.
With over 35 years work experience Janet is continuing her learning by undergoing study towards a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences through Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an alumni of The Women's Foundation Mentoring Program.
Senior Programme Manager, India
Salma has a total of 9 years of experience as an Advertising and International Strategic Events professional. Her profile included Business Development, Sales, Marketing and Branding. Always in a client facing role, she understands client requirements and how it can be translated it into trainings and events. She has also had a stint as an Entrepreneur and co-founded a Trainings and Conference company that catered to Latin-America and Middle East.
Salma has done her MBA in Media and Communication from the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune. She is fluent in English and Hindi.
Senior Programme Manager, DIAN
Prior to Community Business, Saranta was working with founders and leaders committed to building authentic work cultures and workplaces that empower their teams. Her experience brings together a unique blend of workplace strategy, learning & programme design and leadership coaching.
Passionate about the future of work, Saranta launched The Working Capitol, a co-working space in Singapore to re-imagine the way work, wellbeing and inclusion can co-exist. She was also the Head of Learning for a private network of female leaders, spearheading the programme design & delivery and member experience across events, workshops & networking opportunities, to advance the role of women in leadership. Saranta is a strong believer in the power of community to drive transformation and create impact and is a champion of diversity & inclusion practices in and out of the workplace.
Saranta was born in Belgium and raised in Singapore. A graduate from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts, International Studies & French, she worked in the US and Southeast Asia representing global brands in her early career before exploring the world of entrepreneurship. Saranta is a coach-in training, supporting especially female founders and working mothers. She is fluent in English and French, conversational in Italian and learning Indonesian.
Programme Manager, DIAN
Prior to Community Business, Nisha worked as a Manager in an NGO, she was responsible for leading the Mental Health Programme, and coordinating other educational programmes for children from low-income households.
Nisha is Psychologist with a Master's in Psychology. She is fluent in English, Hindi and Malayalam.