Schroders’ Mirra Sondhi Recognised as Top 100 BAME Leader in UK Tech Sector
Schroders is proud to announce today that Mirra Sondhi, Global Head of Technology Risk, has been named as one of the top 100 most influential Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) leaders in the UK tech sector.
The list was published in the Financial Times (FT) and unveiled at the House of Commons today as part of the launch of the Inclusive Tech Alliance (ITA), a new body set up to increase diversity in the UK Tech Sector. It was compiled by Inclusive Boards, a specialist firm focused on boosting diversity at the highest level.
Mirra was recognised earlier this year as one of the top 50 BAME Empower future leaders, also published in the FT. Over the last few years, Mirra has been at the forefront of numerous initiatives and speaking events to increase inclusion in the workplace.
Mirra Sondhi, Global Head of Technology Risk, Schroders, said:
“Increasing diversity across UK tech is crucial in helping the sector continue to thrive and remain a world-class proposition, capable of attracting the best talent. This has to be part of the industry’s workforce story and success going forward.
“I am thrilled that my efforts at Schroders and beyond have been recognised with this achievement.”
As part of her role, Mirra has collaborated with Schroders’ HR and Senior Management in designing more inclusive job descriptions to attract male and female candidates from different backgrounds, as well as those who require flexible working for technology roles.
Through various industry panels and university events, she has advocated the need to see more women and diverse talent in the technology sector and at senior roles, and has played a key role in supporting the launch of Schroders’ unconscious bias training across the firm’s offices globally.
She is also the Founder and Chair of Schroders’ Hindu Society, one of Schroders’ Employee Resource Groups.
Mirra’s recognition today also represents Schroders’ emphasis on placing diversity at the heart of its business. It was shortlisted for the Diversity Initiative of the Year at Financial News’ Asset Management Awards last month. Schroders’ Chief Executive Peter Harrison was ranked ninth in the 2018 FT 50 Male Champions of Women in Business.
Samuel Kasuma, founder of the ITA and also a member of the Prime Minister’s Race Disparity Advisory Board, said:
“Technology is increasingly playing an important role in driving our economy and there is a great need to ensure that everyone can fully participate in the jobs and opportunities technology brings. Mirra Sondhi and others featured in this list today are role models that will inspire the next generation, and hopefully help to improve diversity within the sector.”
Mirra has over a decade of experience in technology and risk assurance within the financial services industry.
Having joined Schroders in 2016, she is responsible for the first line of technology risk management activities across all Schroders’ locations globally - a role that is increasingly important as the business continues to integrate and grow its technological solutions.
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