Speaker Themes

Personal Leadership
Diversity and Inclusion

Edleen John

International, Corporate Affairs and Co-Partner for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Director at the FA

Edleen John FCIPD is a multi-award-winning Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging & Culture Expert & Consultant.  She is an engaging, open and thought-provoking speaker who shares her experience and knowledge of the challenges, benefits and solutions to diversity and inclusion within organisation.


Speaker Biography

Edleen shares pragmatic and tangible solutions for institutions and organisations to change the representation and culture at every stage of their employee life-cycle. Edleen has shared her insights via multiple platforms, including podcasts, media interviews, at school/university campuses, diversity conferences and as a speaker at events for some of the world’s largest companies - with all sessions aiming to inspire, challenge and educate.

Edleen is a British-born Sierra Leonean, who grew up in South-East London after moving back to the UK as a toddler. She attended local non-selective comprehensive schools, before completing her MA(Cantab) in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge and it was through experience of her own personal life journey that her passion for diversity and inclusion was born.

She started her career as an Investment Banker at Lehman Brothers working in Debt Capital Markets and has held a variety of revenue-generating and support-function roles across the Financial Services sector including Insurance Broking at Lloyd's of London, Graduate Recruitment at Nomura, Vice President at Morgan Stanley and as a Director and the Co-Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality at KPMG. Aside from her day job, Edleen is a School Governor at a community special school for young people with severe and profound disabilities, and is a Director of Tech Talent Charter, an International Trustee for Restless Development.

Aside from successful career milestones such as being the youngest person to be promoted to Vice President within HR EMEA at Morgan Stanley or being the youngest and only Black Director in the People function in the time she was at KPMG, Edleen has a number of accolades to her name including being a ‘We Are The City’ Rising Star in HR and Recruitment ; a Yahoo! Finance EMpower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Future Leader; a Top Ten BAME Inspirational Leader and a shortlisted National Diversity Award winner for a Positive Age Role model.


“The era of companies getting rich and big and then giving back to repair the damage is over. There won’t be talent nor time for this model. Brands will only be successful if they are on a mission that serves the genuine needs in societies, leveraging the power of people. Myriam’s book explores why and how brands can do this and invites everyone to join. What is at stake in this book is no less than reinventing the role of market economy for social Justice."

Emmanuel Faber, CEO Danone

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