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, Lloyds of London Cultural Advisory Board, Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Soc and NED for TLC Lions where she has shared her story and tips around the world.
As a migrant from India in the 60’s, Kamel and her family encountered racism, hardship and a lack of progressive opportunities. Family expectations to honor strict cultural traditions and enter into an arranged marriage at 19 added additional pressure to her life, resulting in a mental health crisis. Kamel tackled these challenges with curiosity and empathy which saw her rise to senior heights from a bank cashier to the role of director where she spearheaded several programmes that would shape the banking industry.
Despite embedding culture change and new operating models following mergers, acquisitions and turnarounds, Kamel continued to face microaggressions, bias and prejudice. This pushed her to lead many initiatives that include establishing the Ethnic Minority and Women’s Network, and chair the Government’s Task Force to improve supplier diversity.
Kamel shares her story with the aim to bring attention to questions such as “why does inclusion matter? How does it impact company culture? What are inclusive leadership traits and where do allyship and empathy fit into the working world?”
– Leadership traits & culture
– I&D strategic development & Belonging
– Overall Talent & Career development
– Gender, Race & Culture
– Work-life balance & resilience
– Courage & adaptability
“Dr. Kamel Hothi was a true testament to resilience, courage, and strength. Her story and words of wisdom were examples of excellence that I will carry with me throughout my personal and professional journey.” - Ferring Pharmaceuticals
“Kamel's story prompted me to better examine the opportunities that exist for me to be more open in my own work environment, and to be more perceptive about what others may need to succeed under my leadership.” - Reed Smith LLP