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Gaining perspectives

Gaining perspectives

UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI's) engages with a wide range of stakeholders across the research and innovation landscape. The newly formed External Advisory Group for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion works with UKRI to identify and prioritise areas to make the most progress on equality, diversity and inclusion and improve outcomes in this area. 

Professor Rubin is Chair of the group, and Dr Karen Salt of the University of Nottingham is Deputy Chair.  

The group brings together both national and international experts from across the public, private and charitable sectors. UKRI works with the Advisory Group to identify and prioritise areas to make the most progress on equality, diversity and inclusion and improve outcomes in this area.

Learn more about our equality, diversity and inclusion External Advisory Group members by selecting the links below

Dina Zoe Belluigi is an academic of Higher Education Studies currently based in Northern Ireland at Queen’s University Belfast. Previous to this, she was a Senior Lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa. Her research and teaching concerns are to do with issues of agency and social justice in the academy, in the larger ecology of authority and critical citizenry, and in contexts grappling with legacy issues, particularly inequality. She is an Associate Fellow of the George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and a member of the British Academy Critical University Studies network.

Zamila Bunglawala is a Deputy Director of the Cabinet Office. Through her extensive national and international policy, strategy and programmes experience in senior roles – including No.10 Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, central Whitehall departments, Open Society Foundation, Young Foundation, Brookings Institution, United Nations in Darfur, Sudan and Kathmandu, Nepal – Zamila has led a wide range of policy and program projects including the Race Disparity Audit and specialises in education and employment, gender, SGBV, ethnic and faith minority groups, humanitarian conflicts and development. She is widely published and is an international public policy speaker on gender and minority equality issues and appears regularly in print media and TV.

Dr Rosanna Duncan is Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Palladium, a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. She draws upon more than 20 years of experience of working within the field of D&I that includes embedding D&I contractor requirements into Europe’s largest infrastructure project, High Speed Rail Ltd. Underpinning and enhancing her experience are a PhD that explored the implementation of D&I within the construction process and chartered membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, as well as a significant body of research and internationally published work on a range of D&I related topics.

Strategic Advisor, Private and Public sector, on Future of Work, Diversity and Inclusion, and Talent Management.  Zabeen Hirji was formerly Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) with global responsibility for Human Resources as well as Brand, Communications and Corporate Citizenship. Zabeen joined RBC in 1977, holding progressively senior roles in British Columbia and Toronto spanning Retail Banking, Operations and Credit Cards. She moved into Human Resources in 1997 and held a number of executive roles prior to being appointed CHRO in 2007. Zabeen’s recent external recognition includes: Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal for advancing diversity and inclusion; Outstanding Alumni Award from Simon Fraser University for professional achievement; Catalyst Canada Honours Champion for leadership in the advancement of women and minorities; inducted into Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Hall of Fame by the Women’s Executive Network; and twice named a Top 25 Woman of Influence.  

Professor Wendy Loretto  is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Dean at the University of Edinburgh Business School. She has previously held several leadership roles in the School, including Director of Research and Director of Undergraduate Programmes. Her main research field is age and employment, with a particular focus on changes in employees’ and employers’ attitudes and practices in extending working lives. She is especially interested in the ways in which gender, age and health interact to affect work and retirement experiences amongst older men and women across Europe.  Her work has received funding from research councils, industry partners, government and EU and is published widely in leading academic journals. She is on the Boards of Edinburgh Innovation and Standard Life Foundation.

An award-winning and internationally exhibiting disabled artist renowned for his work which touches on and considers disability.  Simon Mckeown is also Reader and researcher at one of the UK's leading universities for digital innovation and practice, Teesside University. McKeown exhibits internationally as far afield as the Smithsonian International (USA), The DOX Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague and Cork, Ireland.  

Dr Claire Murray is an early career chemist working at Diamond Light Source. Alongside her research interests in catalysis and supramolecular chemistry, she has developed and delivered events promoting diversity in science to primary and secondary students, focusing on raising the profile of female scientists, and encouraging young people to experience science. Her recent national schools engagement project, Project M, engaged students at over 100 schools with synchrotron science, and has won awards from the RSC and Costa Foundation.  She has contributed to the successful Athena Swan Bronze award application at Diamond Light Source and is regularly a panellist for the peer review assessment process. 

Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim is a consultant Obstetrician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, a Reader at Kings College London and Honorary Associate Professor at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Professor Eugene Oteng-Ntim graduated in Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Medical School and University of London in 1991. He became a consultant in his Alma mata hospital since 2004. He had gained further knowledge and valuable experience from working in other institutions such as Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals. After becoming a consultant, he embarked on a PhD in epidemiology and population health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and was awarded his doctorate in 2015. He has a significant research portfolio with grants from MRC, NIHR and Big lottery all with a focus on women’s health, population health and inequality.  His specific clinical research interest has focused on sickle cell disease in pregnancy, obesity in pregnancy and addressing inequality in outcomes for women. He has mentored diverse group of medical students into academia and overcoming the barriers and challenges they may encounter.  He is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and sits on the Royal society of Medicine committee, section on Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is a medical advisor to the charity Sickle Cell Society. 

Giovanni Razzu is Professor of Economics of Public Policy and Head of the Department of Economics at the University of Reading. He has served as the UK representative on the Expert board of the European institute for Gender Equality and on its working groups on the Gender Equality Index and the Benefits of Equality. Before joining the University of Reading, he has worked in the Cabinet Office where he has been lead analyst for the Equalities Review led by Trevor Phillips, which set the foundations for the Equality Measurement Framework now used by the EHRC and for the Government Equalities Office, where he has led the Secretariat to the National Equality Panel, which produced and Anatomy of Economic Inequality in the US.

Dr Karen Salt is the Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. She is an expert on sovereignty, politics and the ways that discourses regarding difference influence narratives, decision-making and systems of governance. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses in the Atlantic world has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures. She continues to advise and research these topics, especially as they relate to inclusive practices and racial equity, with organisations. She is also a member of Arts and Humanities Research Council's Advisory Board.  

Tom Welton is Dean of the faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College where he is a longstanding champion of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI). He has worked with many universities and departments to help to build their EDI action plans.