Members Area
E2W Connecting Women in Financial Services Men For Inclusion
Open Menu
0 Item(s) - £0.00
Alpha Challengers – Championing Diversity Episode 2: Ethnic, Cultural and Social Diversity
02 Jul 2020
18:00pm - 19:00pm

Alpha Challengers – Championing Diversity Episode 2: Ethnic, Cultural and Social Diversity

From your PC, laptop or phone - Via ZOOM

Alpha Challengers – Championing Diversity

Episode 2: Ethnic, Cultural and Social Diversity

Thursday 2nd July at 6:00PM over ZOOM 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 810 5910 6543 Password: 506912

Hosted and Organised by Sara PistilliGeorgina Toft and Mark Freed.


  • Why is ethic, cultural and social and diversity important ?
  • How does that translate into workplace? What is the importance of having BAME networks in the workplace?
  • BAME networks need to have varied audience. In the same way gender conversations need to include men and get senior sponsorship, conversations on ethnicity and diversity need to have people from different backgrounds and ethnicities to make a difference.
  • Call to action: What can we do to improve ethnic, cultural and social diversity.

About Alpha Challengers:

Alpha Challengers are a sub-group of E2W members who embarked on their financial services careers about 5-10 years ago have started to climb the ladder of success and are ambitious and want to reach the top. They work together in a network of peers to help and support each other in areas such as personal development & industry knowledge. They are champions of diversity and will become tomorrow’s leaders.

We are delighted to introduce our guest speakers:

Zandile Nkhata 

Zandile is A Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant (UK) with an Executive MBA and is currently a Doctoral student at Middlesex University. 
She has over 20 years work experience
across two continents. She has worked with both Senior and Executive  Management including CEOs, Cabinet Ministers, Vice Chancellors and Executive Television Producers.
She is currently the Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity Lead at Investec Group responsible for driving a vision and strategy where it’s easy to be me! She is married, lives in Blackheath
and is a Joe Wicks fan!

Natznet Tesfay

Natznet is executive director for research and analysis in
Economics and Country risk at IHS Markit, focused on Africa. Her areas of specialization include analysis of political developments affecting the offshore energy sector in West Africa, particularly Nigeria; commercial developments,especially in mining, energy, and infrastructure in East Africa; and piracy risks in the Gulf of Aden and Gulf of Guinea. Ms. Tesfay
leads the development of the Africa risk indicator and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of methodologies such as geospatial analysis and scenario modelling techniques.Natznet supports business growth across the continent, advising C-level executives on market entry, stakeholder engagement and risk management, and African governments on leveraging their natural resource potential for sustained economic growth. She regularly speaks in major media outlets, and at high-level conferences. Previously, she had advised on urban planning in megacities across developing countries,development of free trade zones in East Africa, foreign policy and mining sector in the Horn of Africa. Ms. Tesfay's degrees include a BA in Government from Harvard University and a MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics.

Nolly Maseko

Nolly currently works for a fund administrator, helping to minimise regulatory errors when managing client money and data on behalf of asset managers. She has a degree in International Business & French and her career is a decade long. She was born & lived in Zimbabwe Africa, until her mid teens. Nolly faced challenges self-promoting and being visibile at work. The role of coaches, mentors and organisations like E2W. Taught her the importance of building networks and contributed to her career development. The importance of having & acknoweldging the existence of a diverse workforce. Finance affects every single living individual so the workforce should be representative of that. Nolly currently serves on the shadow board of a charity (Women in Banking & Finance) as she believes it's important for company boards to be diverse .


Ursula Henry

Ursula Henry is the Director of Operations at the Banking Standards Board (BSB) and a Board Director of BSB (Global) Services Limited. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years.Ursula joined the BSB in 2015 to lead the Membership and Funding division. In 2017, Ursula Henry was appointed Head of Membership, Funding and Communications at the BSB and Director of Operations in 2018.

Prior to joining the BSB, between 2011 and 2014, Ursula was a Senior Manager at Nationwide Building Society working in Group Operations, Payments, Group Security and Group Property. From 2009 to 2011, Ursula was a Senior Manager in their Retail Distribution division. Ursula spent five years at the Royal Bank of Scotland where she held a variety of roles, including Area Manager of the Retail City of London branches.Ursula is Co-opted Governor at the Barbara Speake Schools of Performing Arts. She is a mentor, supports Generation Success and is also a member of Inspiring the Future.

Yvonne Kunihira-Davidson
Yvonne Kunihira-Davidson is an Executive Director with IHS  Markit where she serves as the Global Tax Consulting Lead. Ms. Kunihira-Davidson advises several global financial institutions, online brokers and multi-national corporations on how to manage and monitor their compliance obligations with respect to the US FATCA & QI regimes, as well as the OECD CRS and MDR regimes and the EU’s DAC6 regime.  Prior to joining Markit, Ms. Kunihira-Davidson was with Burt, Staples & Maner, LLP and PwC in London. While at PwC, Ms. Kunihira-Davidson served as the global coordinator of QI audit and advisory services from 2003 to 2010 and represented PwC on the IRS sponsored QI industry practitioner working group from 2001-2010. Currently, Ms. Kunihira-Davidson is an active member of the OECD’s FATCA/CRS Business Advisory Group She is a regular speaker at various industry events on QI, FATCA, and CRS in both Europe and the U.S. In addition to her client facing roles, Ms Kunihira-Davidson is a founding member of an affinity network for BAME colleagues and is co-head of a CEO D&I advisory group.




Back to events