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Board Of Directors
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.
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/
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
The Board would like to thank the Fundraising Committee for their commitment and participation in supporting The Centre