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Recognizing Globally Ethnically Diverse Women Role Models

The HERoes Ethnically Diverse Women Role Models presented by HSBC is putting the spotlight on twenty remarkable leaders from across the world.

All of these women are making an impact within their own organization and industry, while also being a champion for inclusivity and removing barriers for others within their own country and beyond.

Our 20 HERoes Ethnically Diverse Women Role Models

Bo Zhou

Hong Kong

Senior Vice President, Account Management – S&P Global Market Intelligence

With roots in China and training in New York, a high-flying, global career in Financial Services, combined with motherhood, Bo Zhou’s journey has been a melting pot of cultures and approaches, and she’s put it all to good use. She juggles spearheading the S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Women in Leadership Series with her demanding career, whilst still finding time to go surfing and play the piano with her son.

Catherine Mijares


Head of HR Operations Asia – Manulife

Catherine began her corporate career almost two decades ago and has actively used her influence and knowledge to drive positive change within business. She is motivated by creating a world where her daughters to do not face the same barriers in business as she did and works to ensure a business world where women are empowered and able to succeed.

Christina Liciaga


Head of Customers & Products, Europe, Channel Islands and Isle of Man – HSBC

Christina knows what it takes to create a successful start up, having founded her own business at 18 years old. Now the Head of Customer & Products for Europe & CIIOM at HSBC, she leverages her knowledge, network and platform for others and is passionate about creating an inclusive workforce.

Diana Velarde


Delivering Deal Value Director – PwC Mexico

Diana has always had big dreams and is motivated by a keen ambition to succeed. Her eagerness and curiosity to expand her horizons means that she is equipped with wide-ranging and in-depth expertise that she uses to drive diversity and inclusion through her role, and across society. Her courage in taking leaps of faith are admirable, and empowers others to believe in their own potential too.

Divya Steinwall


Head of Sales Enablement and Business Management for iShares Canada – BlackRock Asset Management

Born and raised in Toronto, Divya is a key driver of inclusion within BlackRock Asset Management. She uses her knowledge and expertise to pay it forward and believes in the power of leveraging her platform to provide opportunities for other young women to succeed in business. Divya is an inspiring role model who actively works to create positive, long-term change.

Gunjan Sharma


Client Service Delivery Senior Manager – Accenture India

Gunjan is a champion of D&I and actively works to drive change through her role. Her efforts include creating Location Wise Women Retention Champions, to strengthen women’s engagement networks and activities and to engage with high potential women employees expressing their desire to quit; launching a Women Retention Roadmap across all India sites; and creating business-wide visibility around weekly, monthly and year-to-date Diversity and Women Attrition Gap numbers to further create awareness and develop mitigation plans.

Haydi Adel El Lamey


Regional Head of Customer Experience, Wealth & Personal Banking EMEA – HSBC

With all two decades of her career planted firmly in HSBC, Haydi EL Lamey has climbed the ranks quickly. She recounts the highs and lows of her successful path, the challenges she has faced and the opportunities she has relished in, albeit while needing to weigh up the risks. Through it all, she credits her incredible father for the path she has forged for herself.

Janelle Reiko Sasaki


Director, Brand, Marketing & Communications – EY Japan

Janelle is an active changemaker within EY Japan. As well as leading the strategy and initiatives of EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN), with her 10-year experience as a gymnast, she addresses the needs of businesses to find diverse talent and women athletes on realizing their leadership potential in the business world. Janelle is a well-known expert on gender diversity and has been invited to speak at international events including the American and British embassies in Tokyo.

Jeanette Gitobu


Director, Women in Wind Global Leadership Program – Global Wind Energy Council

As Director of the Women in Wind Global Leadership Program hosted by the Global Wind Energy Council, Jeanette is currently responsible for designing and implementing a diverse and multidimensional program, created to elevate and accelerate the careers of women in the wind industry. However, Jeanette’s unparalleled passion and drive to master the art and science of providing innovative solutions to complex problems has been poured into a number of other projects too, including the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community, as well as The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), founded by President Barack Obama.

Jenny Chung Savidge


Head of Legal Compliance, U.S. Data Security – TikTok

Jenny is a champion for diversity and inclusion in business. She is passionate about issues surrounding race and intersectionality, is an advocate of first-generation students, and throughout her career has supported and led several initiatives to foster inclusion in the workplace. Jenny is committed to creating a world where women in business can succeed and is using her knowledge and expertise to drive positive change.

Justina Omotayo


Diversity and Inclusion Manager – Slaughter and May

Justina has a wealth of experience working within professional services, first starting out in finance before moving into Law. She is passionate about driving change within the sector and ensuring that is open and accessible to everyone. As a member of the Steering committee for Slaughter and May’s ethnicity and social mobility network, DIVERSE, Justina has led on a number of inclusion initiatives for ethnically diverse employees.

Lanaya Irvin


Chief Executive Officer – Coqual

Lanaya is a global thought leader, promoting gender diversity and inclusion within business. Lanaya is the CEO of Lanaya is the CEO of Coqual, a 17-year-old global think tank that conducts research and advises corporate companies on diversity, equity and inclusion. Coqual’s research aims to bring visibility to the barriers and inequity faced by women and other underrepresented groups in the workplace.

Leya Teo


Vice President – Edelman

Leya is an advocate for coaching, mentorship and learning opportunities, and has chaired the Global Women’s Equality Network (GWEN) China at Edelman since 2017 – an internal initiative with a mission to continue to foster an environment where women and men of all backgrounds can enjoy equal opportunities to grow, lead and succeed in and beyond Edelman.

Mayra Souza


Global Trade Leader & D&I Champion

Mayra is an inspiring advocate for inclusion and has been part of numerous gender diversity initiatives throughout her career. She is an inspiring advocate for change and as a Global Trade Leader has worked across the industry to improve DEI, foster positive change across the workplace and uses her platform to elevate others.

Plaxedes Makura

South Africa

Legal Manager, Disputes, Alternative Legal Services – Herbert Smith Freehills South Africa LLP

Plaxedes is passionate about inclusion and is working to create a workplace and sector that is open and accessible to everyone. Based in South Africa, Plaxedes has skillfully navigated her impressive career by making bold choices and leverages her platform and influence to open the door for opportunities to others.

Ramat Tejani


Marketing Strategist and Chief Encouragement Officer – The Inspiration Box

Ramat is a passionate advocate for inclusion within business and beyond. She is skilled at navigating change and willing to embrace new opportunities and avenues for growth and collaboration. Armed with wide-ranging expertise and knowledge, Ramat is working consistently to ensure that women are able to thrive and succeed in business.

Shivani Tannu


Analyst, Institutional Sales Fixed Income – JP Morgan & Chase

Shivani goes above and beyond her daily responsibilities to lead, support and take part in inclusion initiatives, particularly in the improvement of gender diversity within investment banking. Equipped with the knowledge and expertise, Shivani also utilises her lived-experiences as motivation to foster diversity and inclusion within business and is paving a path for others to follow.

Souad Benkredda


Global Head of Strategic Investor Group Sales – Standard Chartered Bank

When Souad first joined Standard Chartered Bank she was the first woman head of Financial Markets in the UAE. Despite the fact that all her peers and superiors were men, she set herself the aim of increasing the absolute number, as well as the influence, of women at the organization. A champion for diversity and inclusion, Souad is committed to creating a workplace where women can thrive and succeed.

Vaishali Rastogi


Global Head: Technology, Media, Telecommunication Practice – Boston Consulting Group

Based in Singapore, Vaishali is passionate about creating a gender-balanced business world and has been intentional in recruiting and retaining women talent. During Vaishali’s tenure as BCG’s Head of Southeast Asia, the number of women hired increased by 40%, and she is proud to have enabled an environment which allows employees to manage their work-life balance, with more women taking up flexible working hours under her leadership.

Virginia Mayo


Distinguished Engineer – Kyndryl

Virginia is committed to creating a workplace, and sector, where women can thrive and succeed. She has never known a time when she didn’t want to be an engineer, and through her passion, expertise and knowledge gained is leveraging her platform and influence to drive positive, long-term change.