Hassan Rafique


Company: Newsela
Role: Session Presenter

VP – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging at Newsela
Head of DEI – Facebook
Head of DEIB – Ernst & Young
Certified DEI Coach – International Coaching Federation
Won the Top 10 Innovator of the Year – Great Places to Work
Certified Culture Transformation Practitioner
Certified Neuroscience for Leadership Practitioner – Psychological Safety & Belonging
Certified Design Thinking Practitioner
Certified Mindfulness Teacher
Advisory member on the Global D&I Centre of Excellence
Board member – Academy of Brain Based Leadership

Professional Experience
Global practitioner on Cultural Agility with experience of designing and delivering multiple journeys in 3 continents and touching more than 5000 people in 4 years
Served as Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Middle East North Africa (6000+ people, 200+ nationalities)
Trusted contributor at EY global conferences – INSEAD & EY collaboration
Executive coach to C-suite on Equitable Systems
Design, Development & Activation (selected)
Designed & deployed Belonging Hackathons to activate a greater sense of belonging and ownership in the organizational ecosystem
Co-developed with the recruitment function an Inclusive Recruitment toolkit which became EY’s global best practice to attract from underrepresented groups
Lead a global cross functional project team which gamified Cultural Agility experience – experience now available at EY globally
Leveraged Design Thinking to create Intersectionality dialogue – now in use by all professional networks at EY
Designed & activated Courage to Lead sessions to have deeper conversations & action commitments to tackle social challenges together and create a greater sense of Belonging within the organization
Co-designed minority acceleration & women leadership program
Co-designed global D&I learning curriculum with global learning team

Projects (selected)
Facebook’s thought leader and practitioner for:
URM sponsorship program
Global D&I learning curriculum
HRBP inclusion coaching curriculum
Virtual trust & conflict resolution framework
EY’s thought leader and practitioner for:
High performing inclusive team journey
Cross cultural leadership program
Diversity mentoring program
Launched the first Women’s Professional Network in Middle East North Africa
Co-designed performance management bias navigator – a tool to address unconscious bias during quarterly and annual performance reviews
Leveraged people analytics to accelerate differentiated investment in minorities for a sustained employee life cycle with double digit growth in 4 years
Frequently consults with EY’s top clients on Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging – active participant and presenter at Chief Diversity Officer forums
Inclusion & Innovation Lab – Project lead to bring thought leadership from neuroscience, social psychology into Equity, Inclusion & Belonging initiatives to build inclusive leadership and inclusive teaming capabilities

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