Sadaf Parvaiz has been announced as the GHD Group's inaugural inclusion & diversity leader.
Based in Toronto, Canada, Parvaiz joins the global senior leadership team and will work to advance inclusion across the company’s global operations, spanning 10,000 people in over 200 offices.
A newly-created role by GHD, Parvaiz will be tasked with furthering the inclusiveness of the internationally acclaimed practice.
Parvaiz says her focus will be to intertwine inclusion and diversity with all aspects of GHD.
“As a global organization that is focused on encouraging creative minds to solve some of the world's biggest problems, it’s really important that GHD has a truly inclusive culture. My focus is to weave inclusion and diversity into all facets of our culture and business processes to create a workplace where everyone feels like they belong.”
Sadaf was previously Director – Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (Americas) at EY, where she was responsible for developing, implementing and leading organizational change. Sadaf holds Chartered Accountant designations in Ontario and the US, and has certifications in Executive Coaching, Facilitation and Intercultural Studies.
GHD CEO Ashley Wright says the appointment of Parvaiz will allow GHD colleagues to connect in future like never before.
“Around the world, our people are working on projects across geographical boundaries with colleagues and in teams who they may never physically meet, from cultures very different to their own. At the same time, we have an enormous opportunity and responsibility to ensure our workplace is welcoming of people who have previously been under-represented in engineering, science and other technical fields. We strongly believe that diversity of thought, background and experience helps the business to create imaginative and responsive solutions for our clients and the communities in which we operate.
“This newly created leadership role places inclusion and diversity at the heart of our business, continuing the work we have been focusing on for the last five years. We’re looking forward to seeing Sadaf’s leadership build on what we have achieved so far and to really accelerate the change we want to see.”
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