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Gamiel Yafai

Diversity and Inclusion Strategist at Diversity Marketplace

MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom

Gamiel is more than an engaging, passionate, seasoned Inclusion & Diversity expert. He was the proud recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress 2017 and the author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’.
Over two decades, Gamiel has developed and delivered numerous Diversity, Inclusion, inclusive leadership, Unconscious Bias and Positive Action change programmes to develop inclusive cultures in organisations of all sizes. He’s worked with some of the UK's largest employers to design and implement Change initiatives to attract both new talent from diverse backgrounds and to support existing talent to reach their potential through leading themselves as well as role modelling behaviours for others to follow. Gamiel has been called a subject matter expert in the area of Inclusion and Diversity and talks at many conferences as the key note speaker
Gamiel spent 15 years in business magazine publishing where he revitalised failing magazines. This is where he developed an interest in Diversity as a means attracting new audiences and giving fresh content to readers. Gamiel was head hunted by Havas to head up their Inclusion & Diversity practice before moving to Barkers (now Penna) where he accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity and inclusive leadership.
For over the last 15 years Gamiel has run a successful Inclusion & Diversity practice. He is an affiliate with a number of companies delivering Diversity, Inclusion, and leadership development programmes. Companies Gamiel has worked with include: Siemens, Rolls Royce, Eon, First Direct, Aviva, The Civil Service, News UK, The Welsh Assembly Government and more...

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: London

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Company Information

Company Type: Service Provider
Business Unit: Diversity and inclusion Consulting
Media Experience: 20 years

Areas of Expertise

Change Management 30.49
Culture 38.80
HR 34.61
Leadership 30.41
Mobility 36.53
Diversity and Inclusion 54.48
Social 39.86

Industry Experience

Professional Services


6 Article/Blogs
What will it take for diversity and inclusion to be taken seriously by boards?
Personnel Today
August 27, 2019
Senior executives make grand promises about improving diversity, and legislation such as gender pay gap reporting is pushing that agenda further. But if they’re so committed, why aren’t things moving faster, asks Gamiel Yafai?

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Tags: Leadership, HR, Diversity and Inclusion

A year in the life of a Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging practitioner.
March 21, 2019
What a wonderful year I have had. This info graphic will give you an insight into the wonderful and rewarding work that we have been privileged to undertake at Diversity Marketplace, with the support of many incredibly talented associates. From being invited by Rolls Royce as a subject matter expert to participate on a global webinar to promote authenticity and the importance of role modelling vulnerabilities, making it ok not to be ok, to running recruitment and engagement events in Mosques, Gurdwaras and Black churches; from internal benchmark audits to talking about BAME into Leadership to 30 Senior BAME Teachers who are on an Inclusive Leadership Development Programme; from Board Training on Inclusive Leadership to bringing unconscious bias training alive through forum theatre; from designing and running culture surveys to spending an average of 3 days a month facilitating a talent development programme for individuals who have struggled to progress in their organisations, (delegates fall within the following groups gender, BAME, LGBT and Disability); from coaching Head of D&I and Executive D&I champions to supporting clients to ensure that communities are effectively consulted on multi billion pound info-structure projects and supporting 50 D&I professionals assess current and future challenges that employers are facing are likely to face.

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Tags: Leadership, Culture, Diversity and Inclusion

Thank you!
May 20, 2017
Thank you to all of you who sponsored me for my 100k walk from Bath to Cheltenham over the weekend in aid of The Hunger Project, which is raising critical funds to halt global hunger in its tracks, by 2030. You helped raise £750 including Gift Aid.

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Tags: Leadership

What happens when you surround yourself with great people?
December 31, 2016
2016 was a memorable year. I am both humbled and honoured to have been supported by such inspirational and passionate colleagues and friends, whose encouragement and support wakes me up every morning knowing that we are going to make a difference. These are some highlights:

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Tags: Leadership

Support something that changes lives everyday minute of every day!
August 13, 2016
This Bank Holiday I am doing the South Coast Challenge which is a 100km walk from Eastbourne to Arundel in aid of The Hunger Project, which is raising critical funds to halt global hunger in its tracks!

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Tags: Leadership

Inspiration at the House of Commons
November 09, 2015

No, this was not politicians debating the crisis in Yemen. It was the first Yemeni Youth conference to be run at the House of Commons raising awareness of the underachievement of Yemeni Youth in mainstream education in the UK and my first opportunity to organise such an event. The event was also an opportunity to promote the numerous initiatives that are being introduced into the Yemeni communities to help address some of the challenges faced by a community that was one of the first to settle in the UK over 150 years ago, yet have struggled to progress at the same rate of other minority groups. Initiatives such as champion, role model and mentorship programmes, capitalising on the many Yemeni Professionals who have succeeded despite the adversity that has plagued this community for decades and who want to give something back to help raise aspirations and make a difference to those less fortunate than themselves.

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Tags: Leadership

2 Books
Yemen Proud
January 01, 2020
An introduction to the rich history of Yemen and its strong relationship with Britain - from the first Yemeni sailors who immigrated to Britain in the 19th century, to the British Crown colony in Aden and right up to the integration of Yemeni communities into British society today. The Yemeni community has been a part of British society since the late 1890's and was one of the first Muslim communities to settle here. British Yemenis have lived here for over 100 years, fighting for Britain in both world wars and contributing to British society in many other ways. This book is a celebration of their achievements.

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Tags: Mobility, Social, Culture

Demystifying Diversity
May 30, 2016
An essential but readable reference for all people managers. An engaging and comprehensive tour of the world of diversity in the workplace. Authoritative, yet witty and well told, this important book is a vital navigational tool for anyone getting to grips with the importance of diversity across the spectrum of today s society. Demystifying Diversity is aimed at anyone with a line management responsibility at any level of management, business professionals and HR practitioners.

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Tags: Culture, HR, Diversity and Inclusion

1 Keynote
HR & Diversity Conference May 8, 2019, Stockholm
Integration Forum
May 08, 2019
This year's most important conference on inclusion and diversity in the workplace in the public sector

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Tags: Leadership, HR, Change Management, Diversity and Inclusion



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