Hiring is the first step of the journey of DE&I for an organisation. However, the question remains about whether focusing only on numbers fosters true inclusion or if there are better strategies to creating truly inclusive environment. This DIAN India meeting will do a deeper dive into understanding how current DE&I practices affect Gender and LGBT+ inclusion.

Conversations on gender inclusion have been around for decades, but a pyramidical structure still exists with fewer women in leadership roles. With LGBT+ diversity there has been growth within corporate structures since 2018, but there is a likelihood that inclusive practices could border on tokenism. The event will examine the current DE&I environment and share success stories of organisations and their best practices that helped them beyond tokenism in diversity and paved the path for equity and inclusion.

The Meeting includes:

Panel Discussion - Retention of Women in the Workforce
Speakers: Nafeesa Begum, Rashmi Anthony, Sandhya Vinay and Yatish Shivaprasad

Fireside Chat - 2018 to Now: Has the Needle Moved on LGBT+ Inclusion?
Speakers: Jiby Joyce and Priyankar Podder

Event Speakers

Jiby Joyce

Regional Director and APAC Head - Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Silicon Valley Bank

Jiby Joyce is the Regional Director & Asia-Pacific Head – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Silicon Valley Bank. Leading the DEI charter at SVB India, China, Hong Kong & Singapore, his responsibilities include establishing a thriving culture of inclusion and belonging through strategic firm-wide projects and programs, facilitating development of inclusion policies and embedding the DEI practices into the very DNA of talent lifecycle management.

His is an avid Diversity & Inclusion speaker and continues to share insights on the subjects at prestigious forums like NASSCOM, Out and Equal and Numerous other organisations and corporate conferences. In his personal life, Jiby champions for the rights of LGBTQ+ communities and uses his influence to lend visibility and platform to the voices from underprivileged sections of society.

Priyankar Podder

Vice President, Citi

Priyankar (He/Him) has a career spanning 13 years, across financial services. He is currently serving as a Vice President for Citi in their ‘wealth’ division. He champions DEI and is one of the founding members of the India Pride Inclusion Network. He is also a facilitator for #IamRemarkable initiative by Google. He indulges in current affairs, loves connecting with people, and travels whenever he finds time.

Nafeesa Begum

Chief Diversity Officer, First American India Pvt. Ltd.

Nafeesa Begum is a Leader in HR Strategy and Operations with 20+ years of experience as an integral part of C-suite, integrating business vision into organizational initiatives that strengthen and sustain an ecosystem fostering inclusion. She has played key role in designing and developing programs that are focused on Culture Building, Process Enhancements, Project Execution, Inclusive Talent Strategies, and ESG-focused CSR initiatives. As a key player on the Vision Leadership team, she has demonstrated success in analyzing and resolving business complexities and challenges with crucial insights and strategic initiatives. She has represented the organization on global platforms and promoted industry best practices that position the organization as an Employer of Choice.

As a person, she is someone who wears her heart on her sleeve and is outspoken about conveying her thoughts and opinions that come from an authentic space. She is characterized by her empathy and people-centricity as someone who aspires to develop stronger relationships with individuals from all walks of life. She thinks that developing relationships and gaining value from them will make her a better person.

Career Details: Currently, she is with First American India Pvt. Ltd. in the role of Chief Diversity Officer. She has been employed with Cognizant Technology Solutions, HCL Technologies, Hand in Hand, Voluntary Health Services (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Tamil Nadu Aids Initiative, and ICDS-UNICEF.

Education: PhD. Management Studies from Bharath University, MBA – Health Services Management from Anna University, MA – Sociology and BBA from Annamalai University.

Rashmi Anthony

Senior Vice President, Learning and Development, Angel One

Sandhya Vinay

Global Talent Management, Robotics & Discrete Automation Business Area, ABB Ltd.

Yatish Shivaprasad

Managing Director & Head of CFT India and Romania, Societe Generale