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Trailblazers 2023
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Athena Lamnisos | CEO and Charity Leader, Eve Appeal

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Athena Lamnisos is a senior third sector leader and is currently CEO of leading women’s health charity, The Eve Appeal which is focused on the five gynaecological cancers and prevention. Athena is experienced at forging partnerships between private, public and not for profit sectors. She has a track record of directing successful change programmes in […]
Kelly Simmons

Kelly Simmons OBE | FA Director of Women’s Professional Game

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Kelly Simmons OBE took up the role of Director of the Women’s Professional Game in September 2018 to help transform professional women’s football in England. She has developed the FA Women’s Professional Game Strategy to drive the growth of all aspects of The Barclays Women’s Super League and Barclays Women’s Championship. She was previously The […]
Taban Shoresh

Taban Shoresh | Founder and CEO, Lotus Flower

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Former child genocide survivor Taban Shoresh is founder and CEO of the Lotus Flower, which supports conflict survivors in Kurdistan, northern Iraq. To date, the charity has reached more than 60,000 vulnerable women, girls and community members at its centres through educational classes, livelihoods and skills training, mental health support, awareness of women’s rights and […]
Christina Blacklaws

Christina Blacklaws | CEO, Blacklaws Consulting, Former President of The Law Society

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Christina Blacklaws is a lawyer committed to social justice and women’s empowerment. As President of the Law Society of England and Wales, she led the largest ever global research and campaign in women in leadership in law. This work engaged tens of thousands of lawyers as activists for women’s equity and inclusion and resulted in […]
Amy Cashman

Amy Cashman | Executive Managing Director, Kantar Insights, UK & Ireland

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Amy leads the UK & Ireland Insight Division of Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights and consulting company. A graduate from the London School of Economics, her interest in numbers and human behaviour led her into an insight career where she enjoys helping brands interpret people’s actions and leveraging that for growth. She has won […]
Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq MBE | Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Warner Bros. Discovery

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Asif is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery, he was previously the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas and has a long and rich career in the diversity and inclusion space with senior executive roles at The Telegraph Media Group, EY Financial Services and the City of London […]

Jaspreet Kaur | Award-winning Poet, Writer and Educator

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Jaspreet Kaur, also known by her online handle ‘Behind the Netra’ is an award-winning spoken word artist, history teacher and writer from London. She has spent the last decade using activism, writing and teaching to tackle gender issues, taboo subjects and encouraging positive social change in both the Asian community and wider society. Her work tackles […]
Rupal Kantaria

Rupal Kantaria | Partner & Head of the Oliver Wyman Forum UK

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Rupal Kantaria is a Partner based in London and head of the Oliver Wyman Forum UK, a platform for engaging key business, public policy and societal leaders to act on shared challenges via thought leadership, convening and active pilots. She has almost two decades of experience in consulting –working in particular across financial services and […]
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