Learn From Experts in Cultural Intelligence

We are honoured to have such a distinguished group of speakers for our inaugural event. These speakers are CQ Champions and exemplify the characteristics of being culturally intelligent.  Get to know our speakers below and we hope you can join them for the event.

Moderators and Co-hosts​

Ritika Wadhwa – UK

Director, UK Operations  

The Cultural Intelligence Centre

Rob Neil OBE – UK

Director

Krystal Alliance

Featured Speakers

Dr. David Livermore – US

Founding Partner

Cultural Intelligence Center

Marsha Ramroop – UK

Founder & Director

Unheard Voice Consultancy Ltd

Asif Sadiq MBE – UK

Senior Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

WarnerMedia

Shereen Daniels – UK

Managing Director, HR rewired + Chair

African Diaspora Economic Inclusion Foundation

Viviane Vicente – US

Master Facilitator

Cultural Intelligence Center

Antony Quinn – UK

Corporate Role-Player, Lead Facilitator and Co-Founder

The Communication Practice

Syrus Lowe – UK

Corporate Role-Player, Lead Facilitator and Co-Founder

The Communication Practice

Bernadette Thompson OBE – UK

Associate Director of Inclusion

Barts Health NHS Trust

Nicola Paul – UK

Founder

Good Work Life

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Ritika Wadhwa

Director, UK Operations  

The Cultural Intelligence Centre

Ritika Wadhwa is the Director of UK Operations at the Cultural Intelligence Centre. She is responsible for leading the Centre’s work in the UK and beyond. Ritika has over 25 years of extensive experience in client retention, marketing, business development, and project management – experience she has gained by working with senior stakeholders across continents, the corporate and Government sector.

Born and brought up in India, Ritika has the unique experience of living, studying, and working in senior roles in several multicultural countries. She is passionate about Cultural Intelligence and is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion champion. Ritika is part of British Telecom’s Ethnic Minority Mentorship programme and also sits on the Independent Advisory Board for British Transport Police.


Ritika Wadhwa

Director, UK Operations  

The Cultural Intelligence Centre

Ritika Wadhwa is the Director of UK Operations at the Cultural Intelligence Centre. She is responsible for leading the Centre’s work in the UK and beyond. Ritika has over 25 years of extensive experience in client retention, marketing, business development, and project management – experience she has gained by working with senior stakeholders across continents, the corporate and Government sector.

Born and brought up in India, Ritika has the unique experience of living, studying, and working in senior roles in several multicultural countries. She is passionate about Cultural Intelligence and is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion champion. Ritika is part of British Telecom’s Ethnic Minority Mentorship programme and also sits on the Independent Advisory Board for British Transport Police.


Rob Neil

Director
Krystal Alliance

Rob has spent much of his illustrious career working in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ). Over almost 40 years in the civil service, he has made a huge impact in HR, race equality, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion. He was a founding member of the MoJ’s BAME Staff network in 2001, namely P.R.O.U.D. He ended his tenure as Chair of Civil Service Race Equality Network [CSREN] – known today as CSRF – but continues to support the CSRF as an advisor.

After two years at the DfE as Head of Culture Change and a total of 38 years with the civil service, Rob departed the public sector to launch his own consultancy to support organisations across all sectors to be more inclusive. In October 2021 Rob was included in HR Magazines list of fifty ‘Most Influential Thinkers’. 

Rob was also awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for ‘Services to Race Equality in the Workplace and the Community’ and received his gong from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He was also the inaugural winner of the Investing in Ethnicity’s Workplace Hero Award in November 2018.


David Livermore

Founding Partner
Cultural Intelligence Center

David Livermore, PhD co-founded the Cultural Intelligence Center with Linn Van Dyne and served as the President for the first eleven years. He continues to serve as a strategic advisor and board member. Dave has written over a dozen books on cultural intelligence and global leadership and has worked with companies, governments, and non-profits in more than 100 countries. He speaks at several international conferences annually. Dave and his wife have two adult daughters. They love traveling together (fortunately!) and sampling the local delicacies, wherever they go. For a full bio, visit Dave’s website.


Marsha Ramroop

Founder & Director

Unheard Voice Consultancy Ltd

Marsha was the inaugural Director of Inclusion at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), applying CQ across the organisation and introducing it to the architecture and built environment sector. She has her own strategic organisational inclusive culture consultancy, bringing CQ as a foundational behavioural framework in order to better embed EDI/DEI efforts. She worked in broadcasting and journalism for 30 years before moving solely into EDI work, but always with a view to give the unheard voice a place to speak – an inclusive and mindful approach to storytelling, that formed the basis of thinking and prompted the need to cultivate expertise in this area, and led to her setting up Unheard Voice Consultancy Ltd. 


Asif Sadiq

Senior Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

WarnerMedia

Asif is the Senior Vice President at WarnerMedia for Equity and Inclusion, International, 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 Police. He is a board member for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and a member of the board of advisors for Hedley May. Over his 20-year career he has worked in Europe, North America, South America, Middle East, Africa and Asia.  

Asif has been credited with impactful global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion activities and programmes across organisations, that have created a strong sense of belonging for all and resulted in truly diverse workplaces. He has been key in building synergies between internal and external D&I efforts within organisations, ensuring diversity and inclusion is embedded in all elements of a business, resulting in innovative, creative and inclusive products and services.  

He is a multi-award winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with a proven track record in D&I, sustainability and social impact, being listed as one of the most influential global D&I leaders by Hive Learning, the CIPD’s Top 20 Power list and a LinkedIn Influencer. He is winner of numerous awards including the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards and was honoured with an MBE in 2017 by the Queen and granted the freedom of the City of London in 2016.


Shereen Daniels

Managing Director, HR rewired + Chair

African Diaspora Economic Inclusion Foundation

Shereen is Author of The Anti-Racist Organization – Dismantling Systemic Racism in the Workplace (Wiley, 2022), founder + Managing Director of HR, anti-racism and racial equity advisory firm, HR rewiredand Chair of the African Diaspora Economic Inclusion Foundation which supports Black female entrepreneurs. 

A leading HR influencer, Shereen has become the go-to voice for household brands and international corporations who want to dismantle systemic racism across their workplace cultures and wider ecosystems. As a sought-after speaker and advisor, Shereen’s story has been featured in Forbes, she’s been recognised as one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in 2020 and 2022, and is the winner of HR Most Influential Thinker 2021.

Shereen also hosts Advancing Racial Equity 4.0 (the podcast), is the Founder of Advancing Racial Equity: Moving Beyond The Conversations (the conference) and via HR rewired TV, is a vlogger to the tune of over 300 videos and 30 live broadcasts dedicated to sharing insights about what it takes to build anti-racist and equitable cultures where everyone can thrive.

Prior to founding HR rewired in 2019, Shereen embarked on an MP Leadership Scheme with the House of Commons and Operation Black Vote, and as a trustee and director, Shereen has occupied previous roles for Kent & Medway Economic Partnership Board, Trustee to Endeavour Mat and Women’s Aid (Bexley) and is former Vice Chair of the Black Business Association with the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


Antony Quinn

Corporate Role-Player, Lead Facilitator and Co-Founder

The Communication Practice

Antony became a role-play actor in 2016 after a long career in software development, design and genomics. He specialises in bespoke role-play, a fully-improvised technique that draws on participants’ real-life experiences to practice challenging and often high-stakes conversations. He has worked as a role-player with clinicians on Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s leadership programme, lawyers at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, technical leaders at design engineering multinational ARM, and trainee coaches at Germany’s Solutions Academy.

As a facilitator, he designs and delivers creative leadership training and events for organisations in science and technology, drawing on theories and practices from agile software development, improvised theatre, design thinking and cultural intelligence. He has run public workshops on interpersonal communication for The School of Life and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and workshops on creativity and collaboration for engineers and designers at major conferences.

Antony studied economics in France, computer science and interaction design in London, genetics in Cambridge, and improvised theatre with improv pioneer Keith Johnstone. Alongside his native English, he speaks fluent French and Spanish.


Viviane Vicente

Master Facilitator

Cultural Intelligence Center

Viviane Vicente is a global professional with a legal background and over 20 years of experience in both government and corporate settings. Prior to joining the Cultural Intelligence Centre, she operated her own consultancy, specialised in educating business people, military personnel, nonprofit staff, and other professionals on how to communicate, present, and successfully lead in domestic and international environments. She is passionate about organisational behaviour topics and has spoken on matters of Business Etiquette and Cross-cultural Management at various events around the world.

Viviane possesses a Law degree and an MBA from Brazilian universities, a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law from The George Washington University Law School, and a Certificate degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Georgetown University. She is a speaker of English, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.


Syrus Lowe

Corporate Role-Player, Lead Facilitator and Co-Founder

The Communication Practice

Syrus has worked in every corner of the economy as a role-player and facilitator. He has 15 years’ experience covering many areas including Personal Impact, Diversity and Inclusion, Health and Safety, and Pivotal Conversations. Syrus is very experienced in all forms of role-play including Briefed, Bespoke and Forum Theatre. His work as a role-player has seen him work with clients including KPMG, John Lewis, Defra, Hachette and Thames Valley Police.

As well as being an excellent role-play actor Syrus is very experienced at giving evidence-based developmental feedback. One of Syrus’s main facilitation clients is the British Army. Syrus has facilitated sessions with up to 100 soldiers around their core principle of Respect for Others. This work sees him facilitate Forum Theatre, hot-seating, voting and very robust discussions. Syrus is also a lead Facilitator on the Diversity and Inclusion module of the Army’s promotional courses. These more intensive sessions look at bullying and harassment, unconscious bias, leading with empathy, active listening and questioning techniques. Syrus’s other facilitation clients include the Government Commercial Organisation, Public Health England, the Submarine Delivery Agency and The Telegraph.

As a facilitator Syrus has delivered countless sessions where he has had to use the following models: GROW, Mehrabian, Johari’s Window, Transactional Analysis, the Change Curve and the Cultural Iceberg.

In 2016 Syrus created the Role-Play Masterclass for Actors. This one-day workshop introduces actors to the world of corporate role-play. Many of Syrus’s participants now work as role-play actors for some of the UK’s top role-play companies.

Qualification: BA Hons Acting


Nicola Paul

Founder

Good Work Life

Nic is a culture, inclusion and ethics expert. She is a specialist in Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and holds a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication for Businesses, for which her first-class thesis was in CQ.

Nic has been a strategic cultural consultant for organisations such as McDonald’s, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Marks and Spencer, Carnival UK (P&O and Cunard Cruises), Saga, Charles Tyrwhitt, Nomad Foods and Howdens Joinery.

Nic is a founding partner and board member of Inbeta; a revolutionary executive talent business that uses technology and intelligence to mitigate bias and provide due diligence for decisions on talent. She is the organisation’s moral compass and provides advisory services to clients.

Prior to consultancy, Nic was the first Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the John Lewis Partnership following a career as a Waitrose Branch Manager.


Bernadette Thompson

Associate Director of Inclusion

Bart Health NHS Trust

Bernadette is the Associate Director of Inclusion for NHS Barts Health. Prior to this role, she spent 23 years in the Civil Service where she held a range of operational and HR roles, across many Government departments and agencies, including, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, HM Treasury, Legal Aid Agency, Cabinet Office and Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

For five years, Bernadette co-chaired a multi-award-winning cross government race network; she is a pivotal influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders across a range of sectors. She has a proven track record of engaging with employees at every level, reaching hearts and minds and supporting people to be the best that they can be. She is also a Different Woman Ambassador and actively advocates for or a more inclusive gender agenda, amplifying the voices for women of colour.

In 2020 Bernadette won the Workplace Hero category in the national investing in Ethnicity Awards for championing and driving race equality and inclusion across the Civil Service. In 2021 she won one of the prestigious “We are the City” Rising Star Champion awards and in June 2021, Bernadette was awarded as an
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
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Ritika Wadhwa

VP, Global Diversity Practice
Cultural Intelligence Center

 

Dr. Sandra Upton is Vice President, Global Diversity Practices with the Cultural Intelligence Center, and is responsible for providing leadership and expertise on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters for CQC clients across the globe. She has over twenty-five years of experience training and consulting with businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and non-profits around the globe. She has led CQC’s response to the growing demand from global companies such as Amway, Starbucks, Steelcase, Hallmark, Fiat-Chrysler, Perrigo, Cintas and institutions and schools like Harvard University, London School of Economics, University of Michigan, Queensland University, Stanford University, Cornell University, Boston Public Schools, Dallas ISD, that are committed to integrating CQ into their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Sandra is also the subject matter expert for the Center’s work in unconscious bias and has led the Center’s unconscious bias certification programs across the globe. She is a frequent speaker and consults with numerous businesses and institutions on how to effectively integrate CQ and unconscious bias assessments and training into business and educational settings. She travels frequently and has consulted with organizations and facilitated trainings in places such as Brazil, China, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Israel, Singapore, South Africa, and several countries throughout Europe.

She and her husband Robert, are the proud (and excited empty-nesters) of two amazing college-aged children, Alexis and Devin.

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