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Board Of Directors
Lynda White, Canada (She/Her/Hers)
Lynda White has over 30 years’ experience as a Human Resources Professional, specializing in Diversity and Inclusion. She is currently Board Chair of The Centre for Global Inclusions and President of McLeod White and Associates Inc., a consulting company providing Organization Development Services in diversity and inclusion, equity, leadership, systems thinking, facilitation and training, strategic planning and change. Lynda is Chair of the Board for The Centre for Global Inclusion.
Prior to launching her consulting company, Lynda was Team Leader of Global Diversity and Employment Equity at RBC Financial for 15 years, where she helped lay the foundation for what is today, an award-winning approach to Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion, with RBC Financial globally recognized as one of the top 25 global employers for Diversity. Her team’s work and the benchmarks they established still serves today as a model for other corporations.
Since leaving RBC Financial, Lynda has consulted with governmental, corporate and nonprofit organizations with a view to supporting them to achieve their goals of inclusion; to lead organizational change and to identify and enhance their ability to sustain change. Her work includes diagnosis/employment systems review/cultural audits; creating & supporting committees to advance minority & organizational agendas; support through Human Rights Commission audits; communications tools and training (design, development and delivery). Some of her clients include Agribrands Purina Canada, Frito-Lay Canada, Nordstrom Inc., Greater Toronto Airport Authority (GTAA), Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Canadian Forces Personnel Services Agency (CFPSA). Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Telenor Pakistan, Ask Insights – India and The Roeher Institute
She served on the board of directors for the Montreal Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies, the YWCA of Metropolitan Toronto, and the Centre for Global Inclusion. She is a Past President of the Diversity Collegium and currently a member of the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity and Change. Lynda participated at the International Conference on Women in Beijing, assisting in the subsequent crafting of the United Nations Recommendations on Women in the Workplace. She has presented at the International Labour Organization, in Geneva, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Conference in Doha, Qatar. She has been an Expert Panelist since 2006 and continues to speak at professional conferences internationally.
Lynda currently resides in Montreal, Canada, continues to travel extensively and speaks English and French.
Nene Molefi, South Afrika (She/Her/Hers)
Nene is the President and owner of Mandate Molefi HR Consultants. She is an experienced consultant with a track record that spans over 22 years. She was born in Soweto, South Africa. Her work involves consulting & facilitation in Whole System Culture Change; Transformation, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Values Driven Leadership interventions for large and medium-sized organizations. Nene is an international speaker with a creative storytelling approach to sharing complex issues of South Africa’s journey to democracy – helping participants navigate the difficult terrain of race and intersectionality in society and their workplace. She has facilitated numerous dialogue sessions and moderated courageous conversations with Boards, Executive Committees & Senior leadership across different countries and a variety of industries and sectors. She has written many articles and is an author of a book, A Journey of Diversity and Inclusion in South Africa: Guidelines for Leading Inclusively. She has been mentioned in the Global Talent Competitiveness Index report of 2018 as an example of an international thought leader on Diversity and Inclusion. She sits on the Advisory structure of the Auditor General of South Africa. She is a board member and Secretary of The Centre for Global Inclusion. Nene studied at the University of Fort Hare (SA), University of Cape Town (SA) and York St John University (UK)where she obtained Masters in Leading Innovation and Change. Her aim is to use dialogue to show leaders how to lead equitably and inclusively in meeting their organizational objectives and advance social cohesion in society.
ExCo - Treasurer
Diane O'Reggio, Canada (She/Her/Hers)
Diane O'Reggio has over 20 years of leadership experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors, working collaboratively with boards of directors, staff, volunteers, and community partners. Diane has extensive experience working in the non-profit sector, labour and within political movements. Diane is the Director of Finance and Operations for Oxfam Canada, an international non-governmental organization located on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabe People known as Ottawa, Canada, whose mission is to fight inequality and patriarchy to end poverty and injustice.
Throughout her career and volunteer work, Diane has served as a community moderator, keynote speaker and panelist for a variety of non-profit, community and labour conferences. She has served as a media spokesperson and political commentator on national television and radio.
Diane holds a Master of Arts in the Study of Human Rights from Columbia University in the City of New York, a Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) in Public Administration from Toronto Metropolitan University (Canada), a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western University (Canada) and executive education program certificates in Strategic Management for Leaders of Non-Governmental Organizations and Nonprofit Financial Stewardship from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
ExCo- Human Resources and Governance Office
Lorelei Carobolante, USA (She/Her/Hers)
Lorelei is an accomplished global HR consultant with more than 20 years’ experience, a recognized thought leader in global HR standards and workforce communication, talent and international assignment management, subsidiary expansion, and performance metrics.
She leads G2nd Systems, a Global HR consultancy that improves quality and effectiveness in globally diverse workplaces by providing HRM consulting services and Global 2nd Language learning systems that enhance workforce and business interactions across non-native and native English speakers.
Lorelei is an ISO/TC 260 HR Management Registered Expert, and Chair for ISO TC/260 HR Management U.S. Technical Advisory Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Centre for Global Inclusion and Women’s Business Enterprise Council (WBEC-West); member of WBENC® Leadership Forum, and SHRM Foundation Leadership Circle, which is dedicated to advancing global human capital knowledge and practice by providing thought leadership and educational support.
Lorelei holds a Global MBA degree from St. Mary’s College of California and GPHR® and SHRM-SCP® certifications. She is also very involved with global workforce mobility and holds the Senior Certified Relocation Professional® and Senior Global Mobility Specialist Talent Mobility® professional certifications. Carobolante developed an advocacy mentality at an early age and has devoted her life to helping non-native English speakers address inequity due to English proficiency, perceptions associated with accents; and serving the roles of women at work.
Alan Richter, USA (He/Him/His)
Founder and President of QED Consulting, Alan Richter has consulted to organizations for over 32 years in multiple capacities, specializing in the areas of global leadership, ethics and values, diversity and inclusion, culture and change.
He serves as Treasurer of The Centre for Global Inclusion. He provides strategic consulting and assessments for clients and has designed and developed innovative curricula for global diversity and inclusion, ethics and cultural intelligence, using research, simulations and games, videos, and custom case studies. He is also very much engaged in developing instructional products including five on-line self-assessment tools.
He is the author of the award-winning Global Diversity Game and the co-author of the Global Diversity Survey as well as the Global Leadership Survey and the Global Gender Intelligence Assessment. In addition to the GDIB, he has also co-authored the Global Ethics and Integrity Benchmarks, which follows an approach that is similar to the GDIB. Alan is also the co-editor of a study looking at values across cultures through the lens of comparative jurisprudence: An Inquiry into Global Values (Hart 2015).
Alan has been a presenter at many conferences worldwide and has delivered workshops on D&I and ethics around the world in over 70 countries for a wide variety of clients both for-profit and nonprofit. The United Nations and many of its agencies (FAO, ICAO, ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, and so forth) have been major clients for decades. He has also worked with highly innovative organizations such as NASA and CERN. He has been recognized as a Diversity Pioneer (2007) and is on the Economist’s Global Diversity List (2015).
He has an Master’s degree and a B.A.B.Sc. degree from the University of Cape Town, and a PhD in Philosophy from Birkbeck College, London University. He has a passion for jazz, tennis and words, having been a lexicographer early in his career. He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, lived in London, England while completing his doctorate and teaching at the Open University, and has lived in New York City for the over 30 years.
Melanie Harrington, USA (She/Her/Hers)
Melanie Harrington has spent almost 20 years in the field of diversity and inclusion leading broad scale efforts designed to foster environments that build diverse talent pipelines; increase talent engagement; facilitate inclusive cultures; and build strong, strategic partnerships. Melanie has advanced the field of diversity and inclusion as a lawyer, leader of a diversity management think tank, leader of an economic development organization, consultant, and adjunct professor.
She was an expert panelist for the 2016 and 2017 versions of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and serves on the board of the Centre for Global Inclusion. She was a contributing writer for the Diversity Management Handbook, edited by Dr. Deborah Plummer and is a frequent speaker on economic development and diversity and inclusion topics.
Melanie is the Senior Director for Affiliate Equity Programs, for the ACLU. She is responsible for leading the organization’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging team for the Affiliate Support and Nationwide Initiative’s department. Her team supports 54 ACLU affiliates throughout the nation with strategic approaches and programming. Previously, Melanie served as the first President and CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh, a nonprofit economic development organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The organization was established to spearhead the next Pittsburgh renaissance – a “People Renaissance” – that embraces inclusion; ensures the region’s growth through talent attraction, retention and elevation strategies; and promotes the Pittsburgh region – nationally and internationally – as a diverse, welcoming region of opportunities.
Prior to joining Vibrant Pittsburgh, Melanie served as the President of the American Institute for Managing Diversity Inc. (AIMD), a national nonprofit diversity think tank based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to AIMD, Melanie served as the General Counsel for D.J. Miller & Associates, Inc. (DJMA), a national management consulting firm that specialized in advising federal, state and local government agencies on Equal Opportunity programs, practices and policies.
Zahid Mubarik, Pakistan (He/Him/His)
Zahid Mubarik is the CEO of HR Metrics and SHRM USA Partner in Pakistan. He introduced SHRM HR Competency Standards in Pakistan. He is a global expert in human capital measurement metrics and analytics. Zahid is the only HR Leader from Asia to become a member of ISO Geneva Technical Committee 260 for HR Standards. He launched Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks Standards in Pakistan and facilitated 47 large corporate in their quest to develop inclusive culture at the workplace.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zahid-mubarik-shrm-scp-sphri-gphr-5a1b672b/
Mies de Koning, USA (He/Him/His)
Mies de Koning (he/him) is a thought leader in the Change Leadership and Organizational Development space. Mies has experience across sectors but is dedicated to non-profit high-impact philanthropy. The amplification of new knowledge, solutions and skills produced through participative/inclusive Organizational Learning is Mies’ main priority. He joined The Rockefeller Foundation in its mission to advance the well-being of humanity in early 2020 as the Managing Director of Organizational Development. In this role, he is responsible for a broad HR portfolio that includes Moral Leadership and Culture Development, Change Management, Employee Engagement and Learning.
Deepa A Agarwal, India (She/Her/Hers)
Founder of Re-Link Consulting, a research-based advisory firm based in India, Deepa has 20 years of experience, consulting with organisations in bringing about a complete culture change, especially taking the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lens, across the corporate, academic as well as social sectors. She has a Master’s degree in Economics and started her career with the Madras School of Economics, India, which gave her a strong foundation in research, enabling her to design evidence-based solutions rooted in the organisation’s cultural reality.
A trained facilitator, Deepa has facilitated numerous dialogues with leadership teams across sectors and countries- India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Dubai, South Africa, US, and Egypt as well as addressed conferences and webinars with a global audience. In these sessions, she takes an experiential approach to help the participants discover the value of diversity and uncover their own biases.
In the corporate sector, her work involves assessments and audits of people processes as well as employee mindsets, using participatory interviews, Creating powerful communication campaigns that are delivered digitally and carrying out community research. Her work in creating Transition Guidelines: Returning Mother’s Project and technology-based digital solutions on tackling workplace stereotypes, won the best communication award for the clients. A student of Counselling therapy, she advises organisations to create mental health interventions and remove the stigma attached to mental health.
She is closely involved in the academic sector, and gives guest lectures to management students on concepts of DEI. During her stint as an Adjunct Faculty at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she initiated leadership programs for school leaders, a program that was oversubscribed. She has also worked with jailors to create employment opportunities and skill building for the jail inmates post-release.
Deepa writes and publishes papers and articles in media publications, including Business World, Deccan Herald and People Matters.
Gamiel Yafai, UK (He/Him/His)
Gamiel is more than an engaging, passionate, seasoned Diversity & Inclusion expert. He was the proud recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress and the author of ‘Demystifying Diversity' and Yemen Proud.
Gamiel’s first foray into the world of Diversity was in 2000 when was in publishing, collaborating with the then Commission for Racial Equality to promote the Amendments to the Race Relations Act which require public bodies to take action on Race Equality. Now more than two decades later, Gamiel has built an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Consultancy working with companies that include: Publicis Group, BAE System, Siemens, Rolls Royce, Eon, Channel 4, Zalando, South Pole, BNP Paribas, the Welsh Assembly Government, Local Authorities, the NHS, Charities, Schools, Colleges and Universities and more...
Gamiel works with employers to design and implement Change Leadership/Positive Action initiatives to attract new talent from diverse backgrounds, support existing talent to reach their potential through leading themselves as well as role modeling inclusive behaviors for others to follow and ensure that the culture of the organisation is conducive to the needs of diverse talent through audits, benchmarks (GDEIB), research, training, coaching and leadership behaviours. Gamiel has been called a subject matter expert in the area of Inclusion and Diversity and talks at many conferences as the keynote speaker. Gamiel also supports the development of new and existing heads/managers of DEI through a partnership with ‘d&I Leaders’ working with 245 participants.
Gamiel spent 15 years in business magazine publishing where he revitalised failing magazines. This is where he developed an interest in Diversity as a means of attracting new audiences and giving fresh content to readers and advertisers. Gamiel was headhunted by Havas to head up their Diversity and Inclusion practice before moving to Barkers (now Penna) where he accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity and inclusive leadership.
Gamiel is also a founding member of the MK Ethnic Business Community, a Trustee for The Parks Trust, Women Leaders UK and a member of the Employability Advisory Group for Bath University