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Finance, Innovation

FT Women At The Top 2017

Transforming Leadership

London |
Speakers include:
Victoria Beckham OBE

Victoria Beckham OBE

Victoria Beckham

Justine Greening

Justine Greening

Department of Education, Government of the UK

Marlène  Schiappa

Marlène Schiappa

Government of France


The FT Women at the Top summit returned to London to tackle one of the most complex challenges we face today: how to fix the gender imbalance in the top ranks of business in Britain and beyond.

View highlights from the sessions by clicking the links below.

Women at the Top 2017 Highlights

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Women at the Top 2017 Highlights


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Networking Partner (1)

At the FT Women at the Top Summit this year we want to break the mould of the usual style of networking. We are delighted to be collaborating with Hub Dot, a unique experience company, whose mission is to revolutionise the way we make connections.

Creating a space for authentic conversations by removing labels and replacing them with a coloured dot, Hub Dot gives people the freedom to start a conversation with “What is your story?” instead of “What do you do?”. Your Dot, your story.

We are excited to experience first hand the Hub Dot way of making connections on a deeper level and we look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Full Overview

The composition of top UK management remains stubbornly uniform despite significant progress to make organisations more diverse and inclusive. The costs to companies and the economy of male-dominated leadership are well documented. Yet many employers are still inadvertently turning away future leaders – male and female – by continuing business as usual.

Could recent shake-ups – the Brexit vote, Trump’s presidency and populist sentiment in Europe – be the shock to the system needed to force organisations to change, or do they instead signal a step backwards? In the UK, with preparations underway for gender pay gap reporting in 2018 and tougher targets for Women on Boards set for 2020, there has never been greater pressure on companies to get themselves in order.

Join us to find out how to navigate these complexities and to look at how leadership could be transformed over the next decade as the impact of policy changes becomes clear. Hear practical examples and insights from the most forward-thinking business leaders, academics and policy makers tackling the gender imbalance and take part in action-focused debate to discover how you can effect change.


Speakers (30)

Victoria Beckham OBE

Victoria Beckham OBE

Creative Director
Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham is Creative Director of Victoria Beckham Limited, launched in 2008 and awarded the prestigious Designer Brand of the Year accolade at the British Fashion Awards in both 2011 and 2014. The brand showcases the finest craftsmanship, fabrication and materials, with all four Victoria Beckham lines developed at Ms Beckham's studio in London. As the Victoria Beckham collections become ever more progressive, so this passion for innovation extends to the brand’s communications and creative projects. In 2013 it launched, offering both e-commerce and interactive content curated to provide a more intimate view of Ms Beckham’s design approach and working processes.

In 2014 Victoria Beckham opened its first store at 36 Dover Street in London – a collaboration with architect Farshid Moussavi to transform a neglected Mayfair townhouse into a shopping destination echoing the dynamism and modernity at the heart of the brand. In March 2016 Ms Beckham opened her second retail site at the Landmark Hong Kong.

Ms Beckham was appointed International Goodwill Ambassador for UNAIDS in 2014. In this role she is collaborating with UNAIDS to raise awareness around HIV. She has undertaken several global field missions  – from China to Africa  – raising awareness on HIV related stigma and discrimination. Before moving into fashion, she achieved global stardom with the Spice Girls. She was awarded an OBE for her services to the fashion industry in April 2017.

Justine Greening

Justine Greening

Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities
Department of Education, Government of the UK

Justine Greening was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities in July 2016. She served as Secretary of State for International Development from 2012 until 2016. She was Secretary of State for Transport from 2011 to 2012, and  Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 2010 to 2011

In 2009 Ms Greening became the Shadow Minister for London, having previously been Shadow Treasury Minister from 2007 to 2009 and a member of the Work and Pensions Select Committee. She was elected Conservative MP for Putney, Roehampton and Southfields in 2005 and was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, with responsibility for youth. Before this Ms Greening was a finance manager at Centrica. She studied Economics at Southampton University and has an MBA from the London Business School.

Marlène  Schiappa

Marlène Schiappa

Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men
Government of France

Marlène Schiappa was appointed Minister of Gender Equality in May 2017. She entered politics in 2014, when she became Deputy Mayor in Le Mans, in charge of gender equality and technology. Before this she was a novelist and essayist. As a journalist for she founded the Maman Travaille blog, which later became a major network for working mothers, and has written books on parenting, pregnancy and work-life balance. Prior to this Ms Schiappa worked for the advertising agency Euro RSCG (now Havas Worldwide). She is a graduate in Communication and New Media.

Vivian Hunt DBE

Vivian Hunt DBE

Managing Partner, UK and Ireland
McKinsey & Company

Vivian Hunt is the Managing Partner for McKinsey & Company, UK and Ireland. Previously named “the most influential black woman in Britain”, and “one of the 30 most influential people in the City of London,” she advises corporate, public, and third sector clients on topics of performance improvement, productivity growth and leadership. Her pioneering work tying diversity to strong financial performance, The Power of Parity, Why Diversity Matters and Delivering through Diversity is also recognised globally. She is active in a variety of business settings, including the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Council, the CBI, the UK’s Industrial Strategy Council and is chair of BritishAmerican Business. She is a trustee of The British Museum and on the board of the Southbank Centre, The Henry Smith Charitable Trust, and Business in the Community (where she is a National Ambassador and chairs the Prince’s “Seeing is Believing” programme). Ms Hunt is also Chair of Teach First. She is an inspirational speaker and a powerful advocate for non-traditional voices in the corporate world.  In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to the economy and women in business.

Anne-Marie Slaughter

Anne-Marie Slaughter

President and CEO
New America

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America and the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011 she served as the director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Prior to her government service, Dr Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002. She has written or edited seven books, including The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, and A New World Order, and is a frequent contributor to a number of publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, and Project Syndicate. In 2012, she published ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,’ in The Atlantic, which quickly became the most read article in the history of the magazine and helped spark a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Tanuja Randery

Tanuja Randery

President, UK & Ireland
Schneider Electric

Tanuja Randery joins Apax in September 2017 as Operating Executive in the operational excellence practice, and will be based in London. She is currently CEO, UK and Ireland for Schneider Electric, the global energy management and automation firm responsible for a €1bn business. She is also a Non Executive Director on the Board of Proximus Group, the Benelux Telecommunications and Services company.

Prior to Schneider, she spent 10+ years in Telecommunications and Managed Services at Colt Technology Services, a leading pan-european telecoms provider, and most recently at BT Global Services, a €7.0Bn business, as President of Strategy and Transformation. While at Colt, Ms Randery led Strategy, Global Accounts, and was also Managing Director of the Benelux business from 2006 to 2008. Prior to joining Colt, she led the Strategy function at EMC Corporation in Massachusetts, USA and was instrumental in a number of key software acquisitions. She started her career at McKinsey, the consulting firm, where she spent seven years specialising in technology and telecoms growth strategy serving leading global companies. She graduated from Boston University with an MBA and has an undergraduate degree in Economics. She was born and raised in India and now lives in the UK with her husband and son.

Miriam González

Miriam González

Dechert; Founder and Chair of 'Inspiring Girls'

Miriam González is a Partner of international law firm Dechert LLP where she co-chairs the firm’s International Trade and Government Regulation practice, focusing on international and EU trade law and policy. Prior to joining Dechert, she led the trade practice of another major international law firm. She previously served seven years as a Senior Member of the Cabinet for EU External Relations Commissioners Chris Patten and Benita Ferrero-Waldner, with responsibility for EU relations and trade with the Middle East, the US and Latin America, as well as a FCO adviser during the UK Presidency of the European Union.

After studying law at the University of Valladolid, Ms González was awarded a postgraduate scholarship to study at the College of Europe, in Bruges, Belgium. She is a Non-Executive Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of UBS Ltd.  She is also the Honorary President of Canning House and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Instituto de Empresa in Spain. She is the Founder and Chair of “Inspiring Girls”, a charity dedicated to raising the aspirations of young girls around world by connecting girls and female role models.

Laszlo Bock

Laszlo Bock

CEO, Humu; former SVP of People Operations at Google

Laszlo Bock is the CEO of Humu, Inc., a company that makes work better through science, machine learning, and a little bit of love. He is also an advisor and partners with founders and leadership teams of organisations experiencing hyper-growth on how to scale, lead, and build amazing cultures. His New York Times bestselling book, WORK RULES! Insights from Inside Google to Transform How You Live and Lead, has been published in more than 20 languages and garnered numerous “book of the year” honours.

From 2006 to 2016, Mr Bock was Senior Vice President of People Operations and a member of Google’s management team, growing the company from ~6,000 to ~72,000 employees and ensuring the firm’s culture remained innovative and robust. During his tenure, Google was recognised more than 150 times as an exceptional employer, named the #1 Best Company to Work for in the United States seven times and every year since 2012.

He is credited with creating the field of “People Analytics”, the application of academic-quality rigour and Google-paced innovation to people management. He also led “Project Garage”, with a goal of solving unemployment by better matching people and jobs through applied machine learning and people analytics. Garage launched as the Google Job Search API, encompassing tens of millions of open jobs, 250,000 unique professions, and 50,000 skill types.

Mr Bock joined Google from the General Electric Company, and before that he was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has served on the Boards of Pomona College, Evolv (acquired by Cornerstone), and Agilone. In 2010 he was named “Human Resources Executive of the Year” and in 2015 the “HR Professional of the Decade.” He holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Pomona College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.

Therese Tucker

Therese Tucker

CEO and Founder

Therese Tucker is CEO of financial automation software provider BlackLine, which she founded in 2001. Today, BlackLine has users in more than 130 countries served by some 650 employees worldwide, and boasts at least 25 customers in the Fortune 100 and 100 of the Fortune 500. These include global household names such as Boeing, British Gas, Dow Chemical, eBay, Northrop Grumman and United Airlines. Ms Tucker self-funded the business until 2013 and, in October 2016, she led BlackLine to an IPO, giving the company a $1.15bn market cap which has only grown since. She is one of only a few female tech CEO/founders to take her business public. Therese has received many industry accolades, and most recently was honoured with the 'CEO of the Year' award at the 16th Annual Women in Business Awards.

Amee Chande

Amee Chande

MD Global Strategy and Operations
Alibaba Group

Amee Chande was the one of the first international leaders recruited to join Alibaba Group in September 2015. As part of the international leadership team, she is shaping the globalisation strategy of Alibaba Group. Prior to this, Ms Chande built the UK office as the hub for Alibaba Group in Europe, leveraging her global leadership experience with large retailers and established brands to and bring the best of the Alibaba ecosystem to businesses and consumers in the region. Before joining Alibaba she served as Managing Director of NutriCentre, a health and wellness subsidiary of Tesco, from 2013 to 2015. She previously spent four years with Staples, most recently as Managing Director of the UK business. She held a number of senior roles at Wal-Mart where she was the company’s youngest officer. She began her career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company where she spent eight years working with a broad range of retail and consumer goods companies.

Ms Chande is active in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, where she serves as a global Board Member and chairs the Fund Development Committee. She also serves on the London Board of the Young Presidents’ Organization. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, a Master’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Paris Petgrave

Paris Petgrave

We Love Work

Paris Petgrave is the CEO of We Love Work, an award-winning people analytics platform that uses employee data on a company’s organisational culture to predict performance and fit. Prior to this she ran her own headhunting company for seven years working with a number large, multi-national organisations including Barclays, Harrods, Virgin, and the NHS on recruitment programmes. Ms Petgrave is also the Founder and Managing Partner of Rare Seed Capital, a seed fund which invests in early stage technology companies with at least one female or ethnic minority founder on the founding team. She is a passionate entrepreneur and advocate for women in tech and entrepreneurship. In 2017 she was listed in the EMpower top 100 ethnic minorities leaders list in the Financial Times.

T:@ParisPetgrave @weloveworkltd  T:@Rareseedcapital

Ginny Gibson

Ginny Gibson

Deputy Dean
Henley Business School

Ginny Gibson is Deputy Dean of Henley Business School and Professor of Corporate Real Estate. During her career at the University of Reading she has held a number of senior roles including the Director of Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences (2002-2008) and the Head of Real Estate & Planning, one of the subject groups within Henley Business School (2008-2010). Professor Gibson's research and teaching are at the nexus of management and real estate, drawing on her academic background in both fields. She is recognised a leading academic in corporate real estate, focusing on the way in which organisations align their property with their changing business environment and has worked on research with a range of organisations including BT, Barclays, Boots, MWB, and JCI. She founded the Women in Leadership hub at Henley Business School which aims to share the latest research and thinking and equip women with practical tools to turn aspiration into opportunity.

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

Senior Vice President EMEA

Paul Smith is the Senior Vice President, Cloud Sales, EMEA at Salesforce. In his role he leads the growth strategy for marketing, service, platform, community and analytics clouds in EMEA. He first joined Salesforce in 2012 as General Manager, EMEA for Marketing Cloud, leading the region's sales team and strategy. Prior to this he spent more than 20 years in the digital media and tech industries, with global companies such as P&G and Microsoft as well as growing start-ups including Techlightenment. He is an ally for equality in the industry and is the EMEA executive sponsor of equality and diversity programmes at Salesforce.

John Amaechi OBE

John Amaechi OBE

Amaechi Performance Systems

John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, high-performance coach, and New York Times best-selling author. He is CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a leadership consultancy working in Europe and the United States. He partners with organisations to help leaders move from being transactional to transformational. He focuses on improving performance, solving intractable people problems and creates thriving workplaces despite the challenges and disruption of the modern world. Mr Amaechi is also a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of East London and a senior fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research. Prior to founding his own firm, he spent several years as a professional athlete, becoming the first Brit to play in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Photo credit: Courtesy of Amaechi Performance Systems

Nena Stoiljkovic

Nena Stoiljkovic

Vice President, Blended Finance and Partnerships
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Nena Stoiljkovic is Vice President for Blended Finance and Partnerships at International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ms Stoiljkovic has a lead role in generating pioneering solutions that create opportunities for large-scale development and job creation in the world’s most difficult places, and in bringing innovation to tackle climate change. She plays a key part in IFC’s efforts to build a new architecture for development finance with other institutions, governments and the private sector. A Serbian national, Ms Stoiljkovic previously served as a co-Vice President of Global Client Services, responsible for all IFC’s investment and advisory operations. During her tenure, she helped shape the World Bank Group’s strategy, working with the International Development Association (IDA) on an innovative private sector window to catalyse greater private investment in low-income and conflict-affected countries. Prior to that, she was a Bank Group co-Vice President for Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas, which were established to leverage worldwide expertise to help government clients tackle development challenges. Her role was to bring the private sector experience into the process. Ms Stoiljkovic was formerly Vice President for IFC Advisory Services. Under her leadership, IFC changed its advisory delivery model to strengthen client focus and impact. Prior to this, Ms Stoiljkovic was IFC’s Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She joined IFC in 1995 as an Investment Officer. Previously, she was a consultant at the Economic Institute of Belgrade. Ms Stoiljkovic holds an MBA from the London Business School.

Vicky Wallis

Vicky Wallis

HR Director, Executive Committee Member
Santander UK plc

Vicky Wallis joined Santander UK in 2015 as HR Director and is now a member of the Executive Committee.  She is responsible for further developing and driving the HR agenda to align with the Bank strategy. She previously worked at RBS, where she helped the business through unprecedented levels of change.  She contributed to top level strategic debate with the Capital Resolution Group and Non-Core Boards, as well as working personally with members of the RBS Executive Committee on key strategic restructuring matters. Ms Wallis has a wealth of experience as an HR consultant at a range of companies, notably EDF Trading, Lloyds Pharmacy, Abbey National (pre-Santander UK) and Vodafone.

Iris  Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Behavioral economist and professor
Harvard Kennedy School

Iris Bohnet, the Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, is the Academic Dean of Harvard Kennedy School. She is a behavioral economist, combining insights from economics and psychology to improve decision-making in organisations and society, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Her most recent research examines behavioural design to de-bias how we live, learn and work. She is the author of the award-winning book What Works: Gender Equality by Design, and advises governments and companies on the topic around the world. Professor Bohnet is the Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program and the faculty Chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards, advisory boards or as a patron of Credit Suisse Group, Applied, Edge, genEquality, TaketheLeadWomen, We Shape Tech, Women in Banking and Finance, and the UK Government’s Equalities Office as well as numerous academic journals. She was named one of the Most Influential People in Gender Policy by apolitical in 2018, a Leading Thinker of Victoria, Australia, 2016-2019, and has received an honorary degree from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland, in 2016. She is married and the mother of two children.

Angela Saini

Angela Saini

Science journalist, author and broadcaster


Angela Saini is an award-winning British science journalist and broadcaster. She regularly presents programmes on BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, and her writing has appeared in New Scientist, Science, the Guardian, The Times, Wired and New Humanist, among others. Her latest book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story, was published by Harper Collins in 2017. Her first book, Geek Nation, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in 2011.

Ms Saini has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association of British Science Writers. She has a Master’s in Engineering from Oxford University, and a second Master’s in Science and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London. In 2012 she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Athalie Williams

Athalie Williams

Chief People Officer

Athalie Williams was appointed Chief People Officer (CPO) for BHP in January 2015. She is a member of the executive leadership team and a Director of the BHP Billiton Foundation. She is responsible for delivering innovative people and culture strategies, programs and policies to support the employment and development of BHP’s employees globally and ensuring the company has the right people and capabilities to deliver its strategy. A key part of her mandate is leading the organisation in its quest for greater diversity.

Ms Williams joined BHP’s Group Human Resources team in 2007 where she was accountable for leading resourcing, talent management, leadership development and succession planning activities for the BHP Group. She has served as Vice President of Human Resources for the Uranium business based in Adelaide, and for the Global Marketing function based in Singapore, with responsibility for BHP’s China, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore locations and the delivery of HR solutions and services to employees in 17 locations globally. Prior to BHP, she was General Manager of Cultural Transformation in the Office of the CEO at National Australia Bank from 2005. Before that she spent 14 years as an Organisation Strategy and Change Management consultant with Accenture. She is a member of the Business Council of Australia’s ‘Skills, Education and Flexibility Committee’ and a member of the Department of Defence Gender Equality Advisory Board.

Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson

Chief Executive Officer

Mark Wilson joined Aviva as Group Chief Executive Officer at the start of 2013. Under his leadership Aviva has refocused and rebuilt its financial strength. He led Aviva's £6 billion acquisition of Friends Life Group in 2015, the largest deal in the UK insurance sector for 15 years. Aviva is now the largest insurer in the UK and a UK Top 30 Company. In an eventful career Mr Wilson has rescued a number of underperforming global companies. He started his career in New Zealand and spent the next 14 years in Asia, culminating in a role as CEO of Asian insurance giant, AIA in 2009.  With the collapse of AIA's US parent, AIG, he navigated AIA through the global financial crisis and is credited with keeping the company afloat.

Mr Wilson is a champion for sustainable business and is a key commentator on the role of business in society. In 2015 he spoke at the UN General Assembly in New York during the launch of  the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission and sits on the Advisory Board of the EAT Foundation, a sustainable global food system. He was named in the Sunday Times 2016 list of Britain’s most influential people and was awarded UK New Zealander of the Year in 2016.  In January 2017 Mr Wilson was listed in Debrett’s 500 List as one of the most influential people in finance. He attended the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand on an economics scholarship. 

Baroness Dido Harding

Baroness Dido Harding

Non Executive Director
Bank of England

Baroness Dido Harding is currently a Non Executive Director on the Court of the Bank of England and Chair of the Bank’s Remuneration Committee. She was offered a Peerage in 2014 and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer.  She was Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc from 2010 to May 2017. Prior to TalkTalk, Baroness Harding was Sainsbury’s Convenience Director, having been appointed to Sainsbury’s operating board in 2008. She joined Sainsbury’s from Tesco Plc where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited where she gained considerable retail experience. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company Plc and Cheltenham Racecourse. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation Board. In her spare time she is a jockey and racehorse owner.

Samantha Payne

Samantha Payne

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer
Open Bionics

Samantha Payne is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Open Bionics. Open Bionics is a robotics start-up developing advanced bionic limbs that are affordable and stylish. She has won multiple awards for creative entrepreneurship and is a WIRED fellow. Open Bionics' work with the Walt Disney Company led to superhero bionic arms being developed for children who are born without or lost limbs. Open Bionics has been recognised internationally for engineering and innovation excellence.

Helena  Morrissey DBE

Helena Morrissey DBE

Head of Personal Investing, Legal & General Investment Management; Founder, 30% Club

Helena Morrissey has been Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management since May 2017. Before this she was Chief Executive Officer of Newton Investment Management for 15 years, overseeing assets that more than doubled during her tenure. She joined Newton in 1994 as a fixed income fund manager and was appointed CEO in 2001. In 2016 she became Non-Executive Chairman. The previous year she was appointed to the UK’s Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, and in 2014 she became Chair of The IA, the UK’s industry trade body.

In 2010 Ms Morrissey founded the 30% Club, which lobbies for greater female representation on corporate boards. This has now become an international approach, with 30% Clubs in the US, Hong Kong, Ireland, East and Southern Africa, Australia and Malaysia. She also chairs Opportunity Now, Business in the Community’s gender diversity campaign. Ms Morrissey has been named one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In March 2017 she was names 'Person of the Year' in the FT's Boldness in Business Awards. In 2013 and 2014 she was voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance globally by Bloomberg Markets. She is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Fellow of the London Business School and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants She was appointed DBE in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career with Schroders in New York. She is married with nine children.

Laura Haynes

Laura Haynes

UN Women National Committee UK

Laura Haynes is Co-Chair of the UN Women National Committee UK and actively supports UN Women in its mission for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Clara Gaymard

Clara Gaymard

Co-Founder, Raise; President, Women's Forum for the Economy and Society

Clara Gaymard co-founded Raise in 2013 with Gonzague de Blignières. Raise has two parts: a capital investment company and a non-profit endowment fund that helps young entrepreneurs. Ms Gaymard is a Board Member of Veolia, Bouygues, Danone and LVMH. She has also been Executive President of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society since 2015. She is a Vice-President or Board Member of several non-profit foundations, such as College de France, Foundation Valentin Haüy and IMS Entreprendre pour la Cité.

From 2006 to 2016, Ms Gaymard was President and CEO of GE France. She was appointed Ambassador, President of Invest In France Agency (AFII) in 2003, where she focused on innovation and private-public collaboration to drive economic prosperity. From 1991 to 2003, she held several positions in the French administration, mainly at the Ministry of Economy and Finance where she specialised in SME investment and economic development. She joined the State Audit Office following the completion of her ENA degree. She is an Officer of National Merit Order and Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Turid Elisabeth Solvang

Founder and CEO
Future Boards; Co-Founder and Member of Advisory Board, European Women on Boards

Turid Elisabeth Solvang is Founder and CEO of Future Boards, a Norwegian-based project development company seeking to drive the evolution of corporate governance. It facilitates the exchange of experience and ideas for best practice governance and enables physical and digital networking. She is Co-Founder of the Norwegian Institute of Directors, which she helped establish in 2009, and was the Managing Director until October 2016. She was Chairperson of the European Confederation of Directors Associations and Co-Founder and Co-Vice Chair of European Women on Boards until April 2017. Ms Solvang is a member of the editorial advisory board of the UK-based magazine Board Agenda. She is frequently speaks on corporate governance issues, including women on boards, and is an experienced board member.

Ruth McKernan CBE

Ruth McKernan CBE

Chief Executive
Innovate UK

Ruth McKernan joined Innovate UK as Chief Executive in May 2015. Dr McKernan has 25 years of research and commercial experience in the pharmaceutical industry, including heading up research units in the United Kingdom and the United States. She is a member of the Science, Industry and Translation Committee of the Royal Society and was a Council Member for the Medical Research Council for five years.

Dr McKernan’s previous roles include Senior Vice President at Pfizer and Head of the Merck Neuroscience Research Centre. Her awards and achievements include CBE in 2013 for services to Business, Innovation and Skills, a Fulbright Scholarship and winner of Glaxo/ABSW Science Writers’ Award. She is a published author with more than 120 scientific papers and 15 patents, as well as a book for non-scientists, Billy’s Halo. She has a BSc in Pharmacology and Biochemistry and PhD in Molecular Neuroscience from King’s College, London. 

Kathryn Jacob OBE

Kathryn Jacob OBE

Chief Executive Officer
Pearl & Dean

Kathryn Jacob has been CEO of Pearl & Dean, the cinema advertising company, since 2006. Under her leadership the business has grown its activities beyond the usual venues into pop-up cinema, cinemas on luxurious ships, film partnerships and product placement. In her pre-cinema life she worked in national newspapers, magazines and radio.

In 2016 Ms Jacob co-wrote The Glass Wall with Sue Unerman, aiming to use their experiences and research to help women and businesses thrive. In the same year she was honoured with an OBE for services to the promotion of equality and diversity. Outside work she sits on the board of Women’s Aid, the Development Board at RADA, the board of the Association of Colleges and the Council and board of the Advertising Association. She’s on the Government Expert Group on Body Confidence. She has two children, a naughty dog, a lovely husband and not enough hours in the day.

Sue  Unerman

Sue Unerman

Chief Transformation Officer

Sue Unerman drives transformation for MediaCom and its clients. She has been named by Campaign magazine as “Top planner of the Year” on more occasions than any other individual – and is the current holder of the title. Ms Unerman co-wrote The Glass Wall with Kathryn Jacob in 2016. Her first book on marketing Tell the Truth, Honesty is your most powerful marketing tool was published in 2012.

She is a contributing media editor to Brand Republic and sits on Oxford Today’s Editorial Advisory Board. She was a member of the UK Government Digital Advisory Board, was Internationalist Magazine Agency Innovator 2012, and served on the University of Oxford Public Affairs Advisory Group.  She is a member of the Open University Council and Women’s Aid’s Key Supporters Group. She blogs at and her name is pronounced “You-ner- man”.

Kate Glazebrook

Kate Glazebrook

Co-Founder and Head of Insight

Kate Glazebrook is Co-Founder and Head of Insight at Applied, the Behavioural Insights Team’s first tech venture. Applied is a web platform that uses the best behavioural research to help organisations find the best person for the job regardless of their background. It aims to make hiring smart, fair, and easy. To prove impact, Applied publishes the results of experiments and research that inform its product design. Prior to joining Applied, Ms Glazebrook was Principal Advisor and Head of Growth and Equality at the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), and has previously worked for UNESCO in South-East Asia, and for the Australian Treasury. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (Frank Knox Scholar), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economic and Social Sciences (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney.


Moderators (13)

Angela  Mackay

Angela Mackay

Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board
Financial Times

Angela Mackay is Global Publisher of FT Live and Managing Director of FT Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, she is a member of the FT’s global board. In Asia Pacific, Ms Mackay focuses on developing the group’s significant potential across the region. This includes, the mainland's leading foreign-owned, Chinese-language news site, as well as the FT's burgeoning executive education business.

As Global Publisher for FT Live, Ms Mackay leads business and strategy development for events, membership and communities, such as the 125 Forum and the Non-Executive Directors (NED) programmes. The FT stages more than 200 events around the world annually. Ms Mackay joined the FT in 2003 on its editorial team, serving as the Asia Investment Editor for two years.

Before joining the FT, she was Asia Editor for Sunday Business from 1998 to 2001. Her previous roles include Editor at The Economist Group, Supervising Producer at CNBC, Deputy News Editor at The Times in London, and UK Correspondent for the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Mackay is a Non-executive Director of the FT/IE Corporate Learning Alliance, and a Board Member of the Hong Kong International Literary Festival, Asian Youth Orchestra and the Sovereign Art Foundation. She holds a BA in English Literature and an LLB, and was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales and Victoria, Australia.

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs. Prior to this role, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the management of the FT’s international network. Her promotion to Foreign Editor came after she served for more than a decade as the FT's Middle East Editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading coverage of the financial crisis in the Gulf and later the Arab spring. Ms Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York, where she focused on corporate reporting accounting. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms Khalaf's series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013 and she was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.

Sarah Gordon

Sarah Gordon

Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute; former Business Editor, Financial Times

Sarah Gordon spent 18 years at the Financial Times, where she ran the paper’s corporate coverage during the financial crisis, and was most recently Business Editor and Associate Editor. Before journalism, she worked in fund management in the UK and the US, and at the UN Conference for Trade and Development in Geneva. She was a panel member of the recent independent inquiry into the future of civil society, led by Julia Unwin CBE, and was formerly a trustee of CSV, one of the UK’s largest volunteering charities. She is a visiting professor at Kings College London.  

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, he has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Mr Hill was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Maija Palmer

Maija Palmer

Deputy Editor, Special Reports
Financial Times

Maija Palmer is Deputy Editor for Special Reports at the Financial Times. She has worked at the FT since 1999 in a number of roles, including Social Media Editor and Commissioning Editor on the Business Life section. She spent seven years as technology correspondent, during which time she was twice named Techmark technology journalist of the year, in 2005 and 2011.

Before joining the FT this she worked at Law Business Research, as an assistant editor of the Global Competition Review, a magazine about competition and antitrust law. She has a degree in Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Anjana Ahuja

Anjana Ahuja

Science columnist
Financial Times

Anjana Ahuja has been a science journalist for 23 years, and is a Contributing Writer for the FT. She is best known as the paper’s award-winning science commentator, and also contributes to other media outlets, including Prospect, Newsnight and BBC Radio 4. She is a trustee of the charity Sense about Science, a member of Speakers for Schools, and co-author of Selected, a book on the evolution of human leadership. She is a judge in this year’s Baillie-Gifford Prize for non-fiction (previously the Samuel Johnson). She has a PhD in Space Physics from Imperial College London.

Alec Russell

Alec Russell

FT Weekend

Alec Russell is the Editor of FT Weekend. He has held this position since April 2016. Prior to this, he worked as: News Editor, Comment and Analysis Editor, World News Editor and the Johannesburg Bureau Chief. Before joining the FT, Mr Russell was the Daily Telegraph's Washington Bureau Chief from 2003 to 2006. He was also an assistant editor at the Telegraph and oversaw its coverage of the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq.

Previously, he served as the Telegraph's Johannesburg Bureau Chief from 1993 to 1998, covering the end of apartheid, the election of the African National Congress, the genocide in Rwanda and the fall of the veteran Zairean dictator Mobutu Sese Seko. Mr Russell was stationed in Bucharest from the Romanian revolution until 1993, covering the Croatian and Bosnian wars, the fall of the Soviet Union and the Kurdish exodus from northern Iraq. His work has earned him 2004 UK Press Gazette award for coverage of the Iraq War. He was highly commended in the 1992 UK Press Gazette awards for coverage of the Croatian war and the 1991 awards for his coverage of the Romanian revolution, and won an award in 2007 for Business Feature about Africa. He is the author of Prejudice and Plum Brandy (1993) and Big Men, Little People: The Leaders Who Defined Africa (1999) and After Mandela (2009).

Silvia Pavoni

Silvia Pavoni

Economics Editor
The Banker

Silvia Pavoni is the Economics Editor of The Banker, a publication of the Financial Times group, for which she writes a monthly column on environmental, social and governance principles and sustainable finance, as well as overseeing the Bracken and Viewpoint opinion pages and the Americas coverage. She is also an honorary fellow in the department of economics at City University of London and an adviser to not-for-profit organisation WILL, Women in Leadership in Latin America.

Since joining the Financial Times in 2005, Silvia has been on assignment to over two dozen countries, reporting with both written and filmed pieces. She regularly interviews government officials, policy makers and finance professionals at the highest level and chairs and presents at conferences and panel discussions in the UK, where she is based, and overseas. Silvia holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from Ca' Foscari University of Venice.

Carola Hoyos

Carola Hoyos

Writer and former Editor, FT Executive Appointments

After 18 years at the FT, Carola Hoyos moved to a portfolio career this year. She sits on two advisory boards and continues to write about business, strategy and leadership. She started at the FT as UN Correspondent in New York, later becoming Chief Energy Correspondent and Defence Correspondent. Her final post was that of Editor of the FT's Executive Appointments section and the FT Non- Executive Directors Club. During this time she launched several reports and awards around workplace diversity and inclusion, including today’s FT HERoes ranking.

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Paris Bureau Chief
Financial Times

Anne-Sylvaine Chassany is the Paris Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, writing about politics and the economy. Prior to this role, she was the FT's Gobal Private Equity Correspondent. Before joining the FT in 2012, she worked for Bloomberg News and Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal in Paris and London, reporting on mergers and acquisitions, energy and European financial institutions. A graduate of French business school HEC and a former associate at Paribas in Paris and New York, she won the ‘One to Watch’ award from The Work Foundation’s WorkWorld Media Awards in 2006 for ‘Heat builds on Mittal to improve safety and wages’ following a reporting trip to Kazakhstan. She is the co-author of Enron, la faillite qui ébranla l’Amérique, published in 2003.

Leyla Boulton

Leyla Boulton

Executive Editor and Editor Special Reports
Financial Times

Leyla Boulton is an Executive Editor and Editor of Special Reports on everything from countries and innovative lawyers to technology and healthcare. Since joining the newspaper as a correspondent in Moscow in 1990, Leyla has been FT correspondent in Turkey, environment Correspondent, as well as a news editor and web pioneer.  She was highly commended in the Asian Women of Achievement awards UK 2019. 

Brooke Masters

Brooke Masters

Comment and Analysis Editor
Financial Times

Brooke Masters was appointed Comment and Analysis Editor for the Financial Times in 2018. Previously she was an Assistant Editor, Companies Editor and Chief Regulation Correspondent. In the latter role she covered the UK Financial Services Authority and worked with reporters around the world to cover global financial regulation and white- collar crime cases. Prior to this, she was the City Correspondent covering banking, stockbroking and asset management with a secondary focus on London’s international competitiveness. Before that she wrote for the Lex column and served as a senior business reporter in the FT's New York office covering the intersection of law and business.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms Masters reported on Wall Street and white-collar crime for the Washington Post and followed New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's various investigations. This led to her 2006 book, Spoiling for a Fight: The Rise of Eliot Spitzer, which was published in both hardback and paperback editions by Henry Holt. Ms Masters spent an additional 13 years at the Washington Post in Washington and Virginia, covering criminal justice, education and politics. She has also written extensively about espionage, capital punishment and terrorism. Ms Masters graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in History. She also earned a Master's of Science in Economic History with distinction from the London School of Economics.

Simona Barbieri

Simona Barbieri

Hub Dot

As Founder of Hub Dot, Simona Barbieri is passionate about breaking down the barriers that prevent us from connecting with one another. Hub Dot’s social mission is to revolutionise the way we make connections, regardless of whether we are in business, at the school gate, in higher education or philanthropy. The unique, tried and tested formula of five coloured dots representing five mindsets, combined with a concise approach to storytelling, creates opportunities for meaningful connections. Since its inception from Ms Barbieri’s kitchen table five years ago, Hub Dot has delivered more than 150 events in 18 cities all over the world and curated around 1600 stories.


Agenda - 27th Sep

  • 8:00am
    Registration and networking
  • 8:45am
    Opening remarks from the FT

    Angela Mackay, Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times
    Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:50am

    How is the UK government acting to fix gender inequality and to make sure it doesn't slip down the national agenda? What are the best ways for the government, regulators and the private sector to work together to improve the gender balance at the top level of business?

    Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Department of Education, Government of the UK

    Followed by Q&Awith Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Panel: Leadership 2027

    How will the leadership of companies change in the next ten years? What are the qualities we will value in our leaders and, as the senior ranks become more diverse and inclusive, what will the long-term impact be? We look ahead to how senior management teams will develop in the next decade and what the future leaders of UK business will be like. 

    Baroness Dido Harding, Non Executive Director, Bank of England
    Paris Petgrave, Co-Founder and CEO, We Love Work
    Mark Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Aviva

    Moderated by: Andrew Hill, Management Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:40am
    Keynote interview

    The youngest minister in Macron’s government is already making waves in France. The former advertising executive and blogger wants to tackle the gender pay gap, inequalities in the workplace, sexual harassment in the streets and – most recently – has pushed for greater rights for LGBT couples. How optimistic is she about achieving these goals?

    Marlène Schiappa, Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men, Government of France

    Interviewed by: Anne-Sylvaine Chassany, Paris Bureau Chief, Financial Times

  • 10:10am
    Diversity matters: How inclusive leadership leads to inclusive growth

    Increased diversity is correlated with superior company economic performance. But what drives this link, and what actions should companies take to capture the benefits from increased diversity and inclusion?                  

    Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company UK and Ireland

  • 10:30am
    Coffee and networking
  • 10:50am
    A new world order

    Recent global events that have upset the status quo, such as Trump’s presidency and the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, could be a wake-up call to business that change must come more quickly. Yet voting patterns suggest that there is a large contingent of men and women who feel left behind. What part does gender inequality play in this? How might these tensions be reconciled?

    • Are we seeing the beginning of a new era for inclusive leadership, or do these recent events signal a step backwards for women?
    • What do advocates of diversity in business need to understand about the social agenda to ensure that the movement is inclusive?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, President and CEO, New America
    Miriam González, Partner, Dechert; Founder and Chair, Inspiring Girls

    Moderated by: Leyla Boulton, Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times


  • 11:25am
    The strength of feminine power

    As women rise up through organisations and lead, we can redefine what it means to be powerful; to be ourselves rather than to emulate men. We no longer need to play by the rules of the existing game – we can reinvent the game.  

    Helena Morrissey DBE, Head of Personal Investing, LGIM; Founder of the 30% Club

  • 11:40am
    The global gender equality agenda

    The obstacles standing in the way of women’s advancement and potential are widely understood, but how are they being addressed? Do governments and companies worldwide consider gender equality enough of a priority? How can the public, private and civic sectors work together most effectively to support women’s economic empowerment?

    Amee Chande, MD Global Operations and Strategy, Alibaba Group
    Laura Haynes, Chair, UN Women National Committee UK
    Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Blended Finance and Partnerships, IFC

    Moderated by: Silvia Pavoni, Economics Editor, The Banker

  • 12:15pm
    Change beyond the boardroom

    What is the link between getting more women on boards and making executive management teams more gender-balanced? 

    Turid Elisabeth Solvang, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Future Boards; Co-Founder and Member of Advisory Board, European Women on Boards
    Clara Gaymard, Co-Founder, Raise and President, Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society
    Vicky Wallis, Financial Services HR Director, Santander UK
    Moderated by: Leyla Boulton, Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times


  • 12:50pm
  • 1:50pm
    Storytelling: What really works?

    In this session the audience becomes the panel. We hear from those who have championed women and those who have been championed. Through bursts of short personal stories – from CEOs to recent graduates – we discuss the themes of the day and see how theory stacks up in practice and in the experiences of our attendees.

    Moderated by: Carola Hoyos, Writer and former Editor, FT Executive Appointments
    and Simona Barbieri, Founder, Hub Dot

  • 2:20pm
    FT Women in Business, Henley Business School and the 30% Club essay competition results

    We present the results of our annual essay competition, run by the Financial Times in partnership with Henley Business School and the 30% Club. The winner receives a fully funded place on a part-time executive MBA course. This year the question was: “Can gender diverse leadership help ensure that technology is used to benefit society?”

    Ginny Gibson, Deputy Dean, Henley Business School
    Carola Hoyos, Writer and former Editor, FT Executive Appointments
    Pavita Cooper, Steering Committee Member, 30% Club

  • 2:25pm
    Panel: Women's missing voices in technology

    The UK’s technology sector is a crucial driver of economic growth, but it remains male-dominated – women occupy just 17 per cent of the tech jobs. What are tech companies doing to recruit more women? Is there a risk of in-built gender bias in the development of new innovations, such as artificial intelligence? What barriers do female-led companies face when securing funding and how are they getting around the problem

    Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate UK
    Samantha Payne, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Open Bionics
    Therese Tucker, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, BlackLine

    Moderated by: Maija Palmer, Digital and Communities Editor, Special Reports, Financial Times

  • 3:00pm
    The gender pay gap: How to close it

    UK companies with more than 250 employees will have to publish their gender pay gap data in 2018. What exactly is the gender pay gap, what is causing it, and what can we do to close it?

    Iris Bohnet, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    Paul Smith, SVP EMEA, Salesforce

    Tanuja Randery, President, UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric

    Moderated by: Brooke Masters, Companies Editor, Financial Times

  • 3:30pm
    Coffee and networking
  • 3:45pm
    Video talk: Building a great work culture

    Laszlo Bock, Chief Executive Officer, Humu; former SVP of People Operations, Google

  • 4:00pm
    How to hire, keep (and rehire) your future leaders

    What is your company doing to ensure that it attracts – and retains – the best people? From blind hiring to bias training, innovative leaders are trailblazing initiatives to make the hiring process fairer and to avoid losing their most talented employees.  

    • What will make recruitment fairer – is technology helping?
    • How to avoid hiring in your own image
    • How could the goals of companies and their staff be better aligned in their definition of success?
    • Holding on to your best men and women: managing career breaks

    John Amaechi OBE, Psychologist
    Kate Glazebrook, Co-Founder and Head of Insight, Applied
    Athalie Williams, Chief People Officer, BHP

    Moderated by: Sarah Gordon, Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:35pm
    How science got women wrong

    Angela Saini, Science journalist, author and broadcaster

    Interviewed by: Anjana Ahuja, Science Columnist, Financial Times

  • 4:55pm
    How to break the glass wall

    Sue Unerman, Chief Transformation Officer, Mediacom
    Kathryn Jacob OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Pearl & Dean

  • 5:25pm
    Closing remarks from the FT

    Angela Mackay, Chair, FT Women at the Top and Member of the FT Group Management Board, Financial Times

  • 5:30pm
    Drinks reception
  • 6:00pm
    Evening session

    FT-HERoes Awards

    Followed by a special guest keynote interview
    Victoria Beckham OBE, Creative Director, Victoria Beckham

    Interviewed by: Alec Russell, Editor, FT Weekend, Financial Times

    Please note this is a closed session for delegates and that press will be denied access.

Who attends?

FT Live has a reputation for delivering very senior board level audiences at world class thought-leadership events across the globe and this Summit is no exception.

Women at the Top is designed for senior male and female business leaders and representatives from leading corporate organisations, large-scale institutions, SMEs and start-ups, academia and government, including:

  • Chief Executives
  • Chairmen
  • Presidents
  • Vice-presidents
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Compliance Officers
  • Chief Human Resource Officers
  • Chief Marketing Officers
  • Heads of Social Responsibility
  • Heads of Strategy
  • Heads of Diversity
  • Policymakers
  • Senior Academics
  • Inclusion influencers


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Presented By (1)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

Knowledge Partner (1)

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Strategic Partner (1)

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs.


Our customers come from a wide range of backgrounds, and so do our people. We aim to reflect and celebrate diversity in our workplace in order to create an inclusive culture that adds real value to our business. We believe that having a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and helps us attract and retain talented people and develop them to their full potential.


At 30 June 2019, Santander UK has around 24,000 employees. It serves around 15 million active customers, via a nationwide branch network, telephone, mobile and online banking; and 62 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers’ eligible deposits are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.

Development Partner (1)

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit

Supporting Partners (3)

BHP is a world-leading resources company. We extract and process minerals, oil and gas, with more than 72,000 employees and contractors, primarily in Australia and the Americas. We aim to have the best capabilities, best commodities and best assets to create long term value and high returns. We are among the world’s top producers of major commodities, including iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper. We also have substantial interests in oil, gas, nickel and energy coal.

Henley was one of UK’s first business schools and aims to empower individuals to become great professionals and outstanding business leaders.  Our courses are enriched by up to date knowledge and research, interactive teaching and applied study projects, with academic theory applied to real world examples to help bring business to life. We offer programmes for students and professionals at every stage of their career – from undergraduate through to postgraduate, PhD, MBA, DBA and Executive Education.

We’re widely recognised for our diversity and international reach; we have staff and students representing more than 100 nationalities and 74,000 alumni members in 150 countries.

We are proud to offer a Women in Leadership Scholarship for our Executive and Flexible Executive MBA programmes in collaboration with the Financial Times and the 30% Club. Hear more about Henley from our MBA staff, students and alumni here.   

Nomura is an Asia-headquartered financial services group with an integrated global network spanning over 30 countries. By ‘Connecting Markets East & West’, Nomura services the needs of individuals, institutions, corporates and governments through its three business divisions: Retail, Asset Management, and Wholesale (Global Markets and Investment Banking). Founded in 1925, the firm is built on a tradition of disciplined entrepreneurship, serving clients with creative solutions and considered thought leadership. Driven by the insights of some 28,000 people worldwide, we deliver unparalleled access to, from, and within Asia. 

Supporting Organisations (7)

London Women’s Forum (LWF) is a selective organisation for senior women working within the financial services industry in London.

Sponsored by some of the world’s largest financial and professional services firms, the Sponsor Firms, London Women’s Forum is led by senior women for senior women. As a result, we are uniquely placed to provide the support, pathways to professional and personal development and networking opportunities that our Members require.

Founded in 2004 (as City Women’s Club), London Women’s Forum is an exclusive destination for female Managing Directors, Partners and Executive Directors. It offers a nurturing environment that goes beyond the traditional networking activities of other organisations.

UN Women’s vision is to see a world where gender equality is a reality, economic empowerment is a right and violence against women no longer exists.
Established in 2010, UN Women is the global UN entity for gender equality. We work with governments, the private sector, NGOs and individuals all over the world to change the way the world works for women. We are the only global organisation specifically committed to gender equality, unique in our focus on both policy and sustainable programme delivery.

Whether empowering women entrepreneurs, responding quickly to crisis situations or working in communities to change behaviour and eliminate gender-based violence, we believe gender equality is not only a basic human right but it has enormous impact on economies, and on the lives of individual women and girls worldwide.

The UK National Committee is the UK arm of UN Women. We work towards the many global programmes changing the way the world works for women, through raising awareness, activating the public and advocating for change in pursuit of these goals.

The 30% Club was founded in the UK in 2010 and is a global effort with chapters in 14 countries around the world. The 30% Club collaborates with businesses, governments and other campaigns to improve gender diversity and accelerate the pace of change throughout organisations. Campaign targets include a minimum 30% women at senior management level of FTSE-100 companies by 2020. Business leadership is key to the 30% Club mission, taking the issue beyond a specialist diversity effort and into company-wide strategy development.

WeAreTheCity is a free, centralised hub and includes gender-related news, a networks directory, calendar of events and conferences, returnships, business schools, inspirational women profiles, HeForShe interviews, giving back and jobs. Our aim is to encourage women to progress in their careers through proactive activities such as networking, events, further education and training in addition to helping corporate organisations attract, retain and develop their female employees.

Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction is one of the world's longest running organisations for women working in construction. Run entirely by volunteers, NAWIC UK and Ireland is a diverse Not-For-Profit Association with a presence in seven separate regions.

We are committed to encouraging individuals to pursue, establish and sustain successful careers in the Construction Industry through encouraging opportunities to access inside knowledge, share best practice, develop personal and professional skills and to grow professional networks.

We aim to promote the positives in the Construction Industry as a whole and to highlight the fantastic work carried out by professionals working within. Our members which, include both those working directly in the industry and those providing services to it share the team spirit which is characteristic of our industry.

Our key targets are : A shift of focus from gender to ability. Levelling the playing field across the industry. Ending of stereotypes.

To achieve this, our work focuses on: Supporting the development of members. Inspiring the young to look at the industry as a valid source for a future career. Reaching out to the entirety of our peers in order to deliver a real difference.

The International Lawyers Network is an association of 91 high-quality, full-service law firms with over 5,000 lawyers worldwide. The Network provides clients with easily accessible legal services in 67 countries on six continents.

Women in Banking and Finance (WIBF) is a not-for-profit membership organisation with branches in London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Founded in 1980, we aim to foster our members’ ambitious spirit and offer industry-leading events, inspirational thinking and career-changing networking opportunities. WIBF and our corporate members are ambitious for the women working in our sector, and ambitious for the companies they work for.

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Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Innovate UK works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy - delivering productivity, new jobs and exports. Our aim at Innovate UK is to keep the UK globally competitive in the race for future prosperity. For further information and to stay updated on our latest news visit, follow us on Twitter at @innovateuk or subscribe to our YouTube channel at


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