Dr Kamel Hothi OBE
Dr Kamel Hothi OBE is ranked in the top 100 most influential black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in the UK and was awarded an OBE for services to promoting diversity in banking. Now after 40 years in financial services she sits on several boards as an Advisor / Trustee including the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Dr Hothi came to Britain from India in the 60’s for a better life but instead, encountered racism and hardship. Although Dr Hothi had to adhere to her traditional Indian values and home commitments (continuing to live with 4 generations today), it didn’t stop her wanting to be treated equally. This drive resulted in Dr Hothi working her way up from a cashier to Director – reaching senior heights and leaving a legacy across a number of major projects which have shaped the banking industry today. Dr Hothi has experienced first-hand the struggles of smashing glass ceilings, discrimination against minorities and lack of cultural knowledge and education. Dr Hothi is passionate about creating a level playing field for all. Alongside sharing her story, Dr Hothi sets out the business case for, why does inclusion matter? How does this impact the bottom line? How can we get more out of our teams if as leaders we’re showing an empathetic example?