Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace (AUG 2021 Recording)
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A workplace that is reflective and inclusive of the global communities in which they serve - different people, different cultures, and different perspectives – is better positioned to solve challenging and complex issues with innovation. Join this timely conversation about building equity in the workplace and corporate real estate’s unique role.
Varun Agarwal, (He/Him), MCR, SLCR
Bio: Varun is currently the Head of Asset Management, Property – Africa & Middle East for Standard Chartered Bank. Varun’s role oversees asset management, transaction management, lease administration, strategy, and retail business alignment.
With more than 15 years in multiple roles across Mumbai, London, Johannesburg & Dubai; having worked with diverse teams across various continents, Varun strongly believes that diversity drives innovation.
Varun is an active member of CoreNet Global, facilitated multiple MCR Finance seminars, was nominated for the 2017 Young Leader Award, and is currently the board member for CoreNet Middle East Chapter.
Kristin Hay, (She/Her)
Bio: Over the past 20 years, Kristin has worked for a number of international organizations across the Asia Pacific. With a passion for building a strong people culture, she is also focused on driving business transformation through all aspects of Human Resources including talent management, recruitment and retention, employee engagement, learning and development, organizational design, and diversity and inclusion. In her previous role as Global Director of People and Culture, she was responsible for delivering the global diversity agenda for Travelex and having joined Knight Frank in March this year, has already made significant inroads into their Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap including designing and launching a new D&I strategy with a number of key initiatives which are underway. In addition to working in Singapore for 6 years, she also spent most of her school years living in South-East Asia.
Rajiv Nagrath, (He/Him)
Bio: Rajiv is the Head of Strategy & Development for Ventia Property business in Australia and New Zealand, supporting clients in driving productivity and efficiency to get the best business outcomes from their property commitments. Rajiv has over 25 years of experience in CRE strategic planning and management. Rajiv’s key areas of specialization are real estate portfolio and workplace strategy; change management; real estate procurement/divestment management; and facilities and asset management.
Rajiv has degrees in Architecture and Business Administration and prior to Ventia held senior executive roles in KPMG and JLL.
Leah Ong, (She/Her), MCR
Bio: Working in the property industry for over 18 years, Leah has extensive experience in the areas of the office, industrial and retail sectors both nationally and internationally in the corporate real estate field.