Zaheer Ahmad is the Global Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Haleon and a foremost expert on race and ethnicity. A go-to figure in diversity, equity, and inclusion, Zaheer is a highly demanded advisor to prestigious private and public sector organisations seeking his specialist knowledge on employee relations, culture, social mobility and diversity and inclusion. He is also a notable speaker, regularly booked to speak on the topics of intersectionality, social mobility, cultural change and diversity and inclusion.
Throughout his decorated career with the police force, Zaheer served in several departments, including the Force Intelligence Bureau, Murder Investigation and Uniform Policing. He was also a member of five National Police boards, most notably the Ministerial Progression Board and the National Equality Diversity and Human Rights Board. In 2010, in recognition of his exceptional police service, he received an MBE. After leaving the force, Zaheer built an illustrious career in diversity and inclusion, landing prominent senior roles such as Head of Strategic Delivery, Diversity & Inclusiveness at EY and Global Head of Diversity Equity and Inclusion at GSK. Moreover, Zaheer holds multiple advisory positions with eminent organisations, including the Chartered Management Institute, the British Academy, World 50 and City and Guilds.
As a Leadership Fellow with the Society of Leadership Fellows, Zaheer is regularly in contact with the world’s most influential leaders. Gathering frequently, they meet up to think of solutions for contemporary issues. He is also an Independent Member of the Premier League Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Standards, which works with all 20 Premier League clubs and various English Football Leagues to embed DEI. Furthermore, as a distinguished expert in diversity and inclusion, Zaheer has been involved with several high-profile reports and projects, such as the Government backed Parker Review and FTSE 500 McKenzie-Delis Pack Review, among others.
Having led an illustrious career in diversity, equity and inclusion, Zaheer has received multiple prestigious awards for his pioneering work, including the Ethnicity in the City Inspirational Leader Award and the European Diversity Hero of the Year Award. He was also listed on the Global Diversity Top 20 D&I professionals list for two consecutive years in recognition of his profound contributions to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Zaheer is now on a mission to spread his cutting-edge knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in his speaking engagement, where he eloquently discusses intersectionality, cultural change, and social mobility, leaving audiences with many valuable takeaways.
Zaheer Ahmad is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
Just wow, oh my goodness I perhaps think as speakers you perhaps don’t realise just how insightful and educational the session was for the attendees. The networking breakout was just filled with people who were a mixture of blown away, appreciation and a bit of emotion too. We had a CEO say that “I just need to hear and learn so much more.
Thank you for speaking at the event, the feedback was extremely positive. People loved it all across. I received comments from Australia, Dubai, India, China and Europe. Thank you once again.
The insights, perspectives, and experiences you shared during the event would be of tremendous benefit to our participants. Indeed, your involvement added much value and made the event most memorable. We are grateful for the time and effort you took to share your thoughts with us.
I wanted to say a huge thank you on behalf of Richmond Events for your time and commitment to The Market Insight Forum. There was certainly a great buzz about it and already we have received some fantastic feedback.
Thank you so much for your time and such great contribution. I personally enjoyed a lot listening to you and learning all those valuable information you shared.