Dr Kamel Hothi OBE
Kamel came to Britain in the 60’s for a better life only to encounter racism and hardship with several families hoarded in single properties.
From cashier to Director, she experienced first-hand the struggles of smashing glass ceilings, discrimination and gender imbalance across the banking sector over 4 decades resulting in forming the BAME and Women’s network. This intrapreneur drive pushed her on to develop the Asian Strategy, cultural training initiatives, new communication campaigns and products for Lloyds Banking Group.
She went on to lead the bank’s award winning 250th anniversary campaign, developed various CSR programmes raising a record breaking £20m over 6 years. Her determination to change the shape of corporate values and interaction between colleagues and communities resulted in the development of a new skills volunteering strategy attracting a collaboration of universities and the Cabinet Office.
Kamel is ranked in the top 100 most inﬂuential black, Asian and minority ethnic leaders in the UK by the FT and was awarded an OBE for services to promoting diversity in banking. Now after 38 years in Banking she sits on several boards as an Advisor / Trustee including the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust. All this she has balanced whilst still living and supporting a demanding traditional Indian family & values with 4 generations living under one roof.
– Leadership mid to CEO
– I&D strategic development
– Overall Talent & Career development
– Gender, Race & Culture
– Work life balance & resilience
– Courage & adaptability
“Kamel’s story had me and the audience gripped. To hear the success and challenges that Kamel has faced was inspiring and heart breaking all at the same time. The messaging at the end was extremely powerful and sharing these incredible stories makes me believe if they can so can we.”
-Diversity and Inclusion Manger | AXA
“There has been overwhelming positive feedback with many of our employees around the world expressing their enjoyment of the sessions, finding them informative, inspiring and motivational.”
-Global Inclusion and Diversity Manager | GSK
“Kamel, I can not tell you how much you have inspired me post your talk. It’s left me energised and engaged to have my own conversations. Thank you so so much and I can’t wait to see the impact you have in Dubai.”
-Regional Vice President | Hyatt
“You are incredibly powerful and inspiring. This morning you managed to make me feel how you felt those days, empowering me with a higher awareness on how we could be hurting people close to us without even noticing.”
-Chief Investment Officer | AIG