All judges listed in alphabetical order by first name
Chief Executive Officer
Peter Sargant is Chief Executive Officer of Community Business, a Hong Kong based not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing responsible and inclusive business practices.
Peter joined Community Business following a short career break, prior to which he was an Executive Director of Standard Chartered Bank. Throughout his career, Peter has been a dedicated diversity and inclusion (D&I) advocate and a champion for minority groups. As a founding member of Standard Chartered Bank’s D&I Council in Hong Kong, Peter was instrumental in establishing the Hong Kong LGBT+ Interbank Forum. Peter has had a long association with Community Business, participating in the Community Business Leadership Team (later known as the Responsible Business Network), the Diversity and Inclusion in Asia Network (DIAN) and the Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and Awards, since their inception, and has become a recognised speaker and advisor on D&I issues within the workforce.
Peter worked for Standard Chartered Bank for 23 years, across the consumer, wholesale and investment banking businesses in Asia, with his final role as Executive Director, Employee Banking Sales, Corporate Partnerships, within Group Retail Banking. Peter was born in the United Kingdom, but has been a Hong Kong resident since 1997.
Peter’s D&I and responsible business accolades include:
• Member of the Standard Chartered D&I Council in Hong Kong for 12 years
• Brand Ambassador for Standard Chartered’s ‘Here for Good’ global brand campaign
• Co-founder and co-Lead of Standard Chartered’s LGBT+ Affinity Network in Hong Kong
• Founding member representing Standard Chartered in the Hong Kong LGBT+ Interbank Forum
• Trainer for the Standard Chartered ‘Living with HIV’ peer education and training programme
• Member of the initial Advisory Board of OUTLeadership for Hong Kong from 2012 to 2016
• Board Member, Vice Chair, Fundraising Strategy Committee Lead, and Chair of Annual Gala Dinner Event Organising Committee of AIDS Concern (Foundation) Ltd during 2003-2006 and 2015-2018
• Member and Vice Chair of Urban Light’s International Board – from October 2017 to date. Urban Light is a Thailand based NGO devoted to empowering at risk boys and men to live a life outside of the grasp of human trafficking
• Central Committee Member of Pink Alliance Hong Kong from 2010 to 2016
• Winner of Community Business’ 2017 ‘LGBT+ Unsung Hero’ Award - APCOM Corporate Ambassador from 2017 to date
• Amnesty International – Carnival Event Ambassador 2017
Chief Operating Officer
The Chief Operating Officer as a member of the Executive Leadership team, contributes to the overall strategic direction and sustainability of Community Business as a not-for-profit organisation. Responsibilities include executive leadership of all operational functions including Marketing and Communications, Change Management and HR, Employee Engagement & Culture, Finance, Legal and Compliance, Technology and Infrastructure. In addition she has leadership oversight of our number of our key programs including Gender, LGBT+ and Employee Wellbeing.
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 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.
Director, Organisation Capability
Andrew is Director, Organisation Capability, based in Australia and regularly commutes to Hong Kong to work with the team. He is responsible for further developing people systems and processes, as well as providing internal training and coaching.
As a member of the Executive Team, Andrew brings the skills and experience of over 25 years as a human resources practitioner. He has previously held roles in multinational corporations for their talent, diversity and inclusion (D&I), and capability agenda in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Andrew was a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Asia Network (DIAN), along with contributing to Community Business in a variety of pro-bono roles such as conference speaker / moderator, establishing the Community Builders network and chairing the DIAN Advisory Council.
A graduate of the University of Tasmania, Andrew holds a Bachelor degree in Arts and Master degree in Social Science. He is native in English.
Country Head, India
Ms. Sandhya Manoj is responsible for Community Business’ overall business strategy in India, with a mission to lead, inspire and support organisations and individuals to bring about positive impact and social change. The role is also to reinforce Community Business’s position as a leader in responsible and inclusive business practices and differentiate our offering, particularly in the areas of diversity and inclusion and employee wellbeing.
Prior to Community Business, Sandhya worked as CEO of Foundation For Excellence India Trust, an NGO and was responsible for all aspects of the Trust’s operations in India, in addition to providing support to FFE-USA in certain areas. Her role was to guide overall strategy, finance, people development, new initiatives, and donor management.
With experience of more than 30 years, Sandhya has worked both in large corporations, not for profit (NGO) and start-ups in the areas of sales, operations, HR, training and general management. She has built processes, worked with diverse teams, created organisation structures, work flow processes across departments besides creating a remote mentoring platform. In her earlier stint as founder of Teamworx Consulting, she was involved in hiring of senior talent and mentoring them. She has also worked as a consultant HR head to a VC firm, where she was involved with APD (Association of People with Disability), creating training modules leading to employment. She was also a highly successful sales manager for Monster.com in the earlier stages of her career.
Sandhya is a certified trainer and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by the International Coach Federation. She is passionate about people development and has mentored or coached a number of youngsters. As a trained advanced facilitator, she has also been involved in building teams, especially with focus on customer orientation, bringing value to client organisations.
Head of Social Impact
Emily is Head of Social Impact at Community Business. She is responsible for driving and developing strategy around community impact: how the organisation is perceived in and engaging with current thought leadership and market trends in CSR, DE&I and Employee Wellbeing. Emily oversees the Marketing & Communications, Research and Events teams at Community Business.
Emily began her career in London at a boutique international development consultancy that partners with global NGOs and government agencies to establish development strategies, and monitor projects across the world. Prior to joining Community Business, Emily worked at a global advertising agency in both Shanghai and HK, managing international banking and entertainment accounts. She has also worked at an NGO in Hong Kong, focusing on donor development and major fundraising initiatives.
A graduate of Bristol University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London, Emily holds a Master of Science in Violence, Conflict & Development. She is native in English.
Senior Manager, Business Development
Aparna is Senior Manager of Business Development. She is mainly responsible for business development and strategy of networks, research, programmes and training and consulting. Aparna has worked with a range of MNCs in Hong Kong, India and Southeast Asia, across the consulting services and not-for-profit sectors. In her previous role at Community Business, Aparna co-authored several of our publications including Women on Corporate Boards 2010, Bringing Out the Best in Asian Talent 2011, Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT Employees in India – A Resource Guide for Employers 2012. She is also a regular speaker and contributor at various Diversity and Inclusion events and forums around the Asian region.
A graduate of University of Mumbai, India, Aparna holds a Bachelor degree of Commerce and Economics. She is fluent in English.
Dimuthu de Silva
Senior Manager, Consulting & Training
Dimuthu de Silva is the Senior Manager of Consulting & Training at Community Business. He is responsible for consulting, training design and delivery, client relationship management and the daily operations of the C&T team.
Prior to joining Community Business, Dimuthu was a consultant in Learning & Development and HR, with over 12 years in banking, financial technology, KPO and BPO, hotels & tourism and education industries. He has experience in end-to-end learning design and delivery, HR systems delivery, general consultancy and policy development around people, culture and organisational development. He is also an active researcher in social inclusion, representation and participation of marginalised communities and speaks at conferences and forums frequently. Dimuthu was born and raised in Sri Lanka and completed his higher education in Malaysia. He has worked in Sri Lanka and the South Asian and APAC region on assignments. He has been passionate about diversity and inclusion from a young age, as well as early career years at HSBC, with Employee Resource groups and D&I initiatives.
Dimuthu has an MBA in International Business from Anglia Ruskin University, MSc in International Development Management from University of Nottingham and also, a certified TESOL/TEFL trainer. He is also an accredited DiSC trainer from Wiley and Sons, USA. He is a member of and a Senior Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM – SCP), USA and also an Associate Member of Association of Human Resource Professionals (AHRP), Sri Lanka. Dimuthu is fluent in English and Sinhala.
Senior Programme Manager, Employee Wellbeing
Juju joined Community Business as Operations Manager and is now Senior Programme Manager of Employee Wellbeing. Prior to joining Community Business in 2019, Juju had worked for various MNCs from financial organisation to IT and marketing industries specialised in corporate strategies, organizational development, and project management across Asia
Juju is also a seasoned professional in holistic wellness consulting with a master’s degree in counselling psychology and years of hands-on experiences in wellness industry. Juju developed and facilitated workshops for psychological & emotional wellbeing and is a trained practitioner of Motivational Interviewing method. She is a member of Hong Kong Professional Counseling Association (HKPCA) and worked as a pro-bono counselor with a local NGOs to support ethnic minorities in HK
She is native in Korean, fluent in English and experienced in delivering Diversity & Inclusion training in both languages
Programme Manager, LGBT+
Scot is Programme Manager, LGBT+, based in Hong Kong. He is mainly responsible for the development, implementation and management of the LGBT+ Mentoring Programme. Scot is the researcher and co-author of LGBT+ Mental Health in the Workplace in Asia and he designs and delivers diversity trainings for clients.
Prior to joining Community Business, Scot worked as Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and volunteered for two NGO’s in Hong Kong focused on social justice and gender equality.
Prior to relocating to Hong Kong in 2015, Scot had over 20 years as an entrepreneur and HR Generalist in the US and Canada. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Psychology and is native in English. He uses He/Him/His pronouns.
Programme Manager, LGBT+
Shankri is a DIAN India Programme Manager, based in Bangalore. She drives the LGBT+ Inclusion at workplace programmes and policy interventions, as well as designing and delivering consultancy trainings for clients in India on LGBT+ diverse topics.
Shankri is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expert, with more than 10 years experience working in Health and LGBT+ rights with Community Based Organizations, INGOs, United Nations and the Private Sector in India and the South Asia region. She has designed and executed various donor driven programs for LGBT+ people and other marginalised communities to deliver health and policy interventions. A well-recognised community leader and an inspirational speaker on the issues of LGBT+ and intersectional diverse topics such as race, religion, generations and multiculturalism.
A trained professional in social entrepreneurship and mass media, Shankri is well versed in English, Hindi, Marathi and Telugu. Shankri uses she/they pronouns.