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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte Sweeney


Charlotte Sweeney OBE has specialised in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) for over 20 years. She leads CSA, a consultancy specialising in DE&I strategies and their sustainable implementation, which has been recognized in the Top 10 DE&I Professional Consultancies in the World by The Economist.  Charlotte is also listed as HR’s Most Influential Thinkers in the UK in 2022. Her clients include many well-known global companies from many diverse sectors and has gained much of her global experience leading DE&I in-house for a number of companies in both Retail and Investment Banking.  Having worked extensively in the UK, Europe, USA, Japan and wider Asia she has a great understanding of creating meaningful global strategies that are relevant and tailored for local implementation.

She has worked and influenced at the C-Suite level in the private sector as well as advised Senior Leaders and Ministers within Governments.  In 2014, she authored an independent review for the UK Government Secretary of State Sir Vince Cable on Women on Boards and Executive Search Firms, which shaped the ongoing expectations and requirements of Search Firms.  She is the author of numerous industry reports and the co-author of the Financial Times published book ‘Inclusive Leadership – the definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, locally and globally’, which was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year by The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2018.

She has held a number of Non-Executive Director roles, including 4 years as a Deputy Chair of an NHS Acute Trust with responsibility of over £500m annual spend.

She has won multiple sector awards and received recognition for her work from academic institutes such as Harvard and Cambridge University, as well as one of the first to gain Chartered Management Consultant status by the MCA.  She was recognised in the UK New Years Honours 2017 list with an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Women and Equalities.