Building a culture of inclusion with Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj

This week on Elevenses with CEC, our weekly chat show series we’ll be chatting with Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, Associate Professor at Henley Business School, Diversity and Innovation consultant and Forbes writer about how small businesses and startups can imbed a culture of inclusion into their fabric from day one.

No one sets out to create bias in their businesses, but it happens. Shaheena will discuss how growing businesses benefit from ensuring diversity is part of their DNA and will lead to improved innovation by building a strong inclusive culture from the start.

More about Shaheena

Shaheena is an Associate Professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership at Henley Business School where she teaches on the MBA programme and MSc in Global Entrepreneurship. Shaheena set up the Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship building the foundation for students from across the University of Reading to study entrepreneurship at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Over the last seven years, Shaheena has worked extensively in the field of diversity and inclusion in developing innovative solutions to create more inclusive cultures. She has worked with a range of multi-national companies and organisations in the public sector and not-for-profit sector. Her work covers policy development as well as working with organisations to create cultures that are more inclusive. She has delivered leadership programmes in Europe, North America, Brazil, Dubai and Kenya.

In the UK Shaheena has been commissioned to deliver policy reports on gender leadership by the UK Cabinet Office and the Commonwealth Secretariat for the Heads of Government meetings in 2015 and 2018.

Her current areas of work include building stronger frameworks for organisations to measure progress based on diversity and inclusion and further research on gender leadership capabilities. Shaheena is a contributor for Forbes in the field of diversity and inclusion and has published articles and books in the area of leadership.

In her voluntary capacity, Shaheena is a member of the Ismaili National Council the UK and chairperson of the Aga Khan Education Board.

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