Asif Sadiq

Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer of Warner Bros. Discovery, Former VP & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact for Adidas & former Head of the Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Department of the City of London Police



Asif Sadiq received a 5 star rating across 27 events in 2023

"Asif Sadiq is an extraordinary diversity and inclusion keynote speaker with a global impact, and a speaker I have had the pleasure of working with on many occasions! Having enhanced business environments across continents, his extensive experience, prestigious awards and strategic successes make him an inspirational speaker, adept at fostering inclusivity and belonging in any organisation. His speeches are not just talks, but catalysts for meaningful change."

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Asif Sadiq's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • The Journey from diversity, inclusion to belonging
  • Creating a truly inclusive workplace where everyone can bring their authentic self to work
  • Corporate diversity effectiveness and strategy development
  • Creating inclusive leadership within organisations
  • How to manage and support employee resource group
  • Understanding visible and non-visible disability inclusion
  • Diversity recruitment, retention and progression
  • Social and community impact strategies
  • Global diversity and inclusion strategies in multiple markets
  • D&I data analysis and inclusion to champion tangible results
  • Race and ethnicity inclusion in the workplace
  • How to be an ally for gender equity
  • Championing social mobility
  • LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace
  • Supporting working parents and careers
  • How to creative workplaces for faith and belief


Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Please can you pass on my gratefulness and thanks to Asif for an amazing event yesterday. We had a great turnout (85) and further (40) online which is unheard of for our events usually. Asif really had an impact on the staff who attended." - Charlotte, Senior Project Manager, Southwark Council

"He was absolutely fantastic - professional, relatable, authentic, engaging and truly inspiring - an all-around genuine guy. We received so many positive comments throughout the rest of the day. Thank you very much" - Angela, Head of Human Resources, Dains Accountants Limited

"Please could you pass on the biggest thanks to Asif, on behalf of myself, Anna and Shelley. Every single guest was completely in awe of his knowledge and insight, and each said what an incredible speaker he was as they all left. He also stayed until the end of the event, which was very kind of him, especially as he is travelling later today - we really appreciated this. We've all come away this morning having learnt so much from him" - Jessie, Events & Community Manager, OpenBlend

"Asif Sadiq was a fantastic Black History Month guest. He spoke with authority, clarity and provided excellent insights and practical examples of how we can take the drive for equity in our workplaces and society forward. The audience engagement and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. I would also like to say how easy Asif was to work with. He has been engaging, flexible and accommodating throughout the entire process. Because of all of the above, Asif comes highly recommended by us" - TSB

"It was a really good talk. Very insightful and thought-provoking. It's given us lots to think about for our D and I plan that we are going to put forward. We received lots of positive feedback from colleagues after the talk" - Sage House

"Asif was fantastic to work with and very knowledgeable in the space. His insights and vulnerability really made our event feel authentic and relatable to the audience. I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a speaker at future events. " - Culture Amp

"Just a quick one to say thanks for setting up the talk with Asif. Asif was a dream to work with, and the session was excellent!" - English UK

"On behalf of all of us I wanted to drop you a quick line to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to Asif for joining us today, he is amazing and has really caused quite a stir at IMO with an engaging and thought-provoking chat. I also want to express our gratitude to him for dedicating us more time than originally scheduled to answer the questions from our staff, there’s an appetite for more from him and it has lit a fire in people’s bellies, I would say. We really appreciate his insights and the ease and familiarity with which he has approached this exercise with us." -

"Today the sixth form were privileged to welcome Mr Asif Sadiq MBE with whom we explored the importance of diversity and the need for greater inclusion in every facet of society...He remains committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the future, and he wants to make a real and direct impact in his home area. All of his answers were insightful but more importantly honest, providing a thorough insight into his award-winning career. Overall, a very topical and passionate lecture." - Y13 Student, Forest School

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement with our Staff Conference on Wednesday 19 August.  I appreciate how busy your diary must be and I am grateful that you were able to join us live on the day. We have been receiving really positive feedback from our staff and it’s certainly a great way to start the new academic year. Thank you once again for your support." – Sam, Principal & CEO of Wakefield College

"The session was a resounding success and great feedback from leaders." – PepsiCo

"Having spent a lot of time in DEI workshops over the years, I can say with some credibility that yours was outstanding….in fact, the best I’ve participated in with a global audience." -   John D. Bergen, Managing Partner- BERGEN PARTNERSHIP LLC

"I was recently introduced to Asif as a possible speaker for our In-house Recruitment D&I conference and I'm absolutely thrilled that we were! Aside from an impactful, thought-provoking and mesmerising, presentation, Asif was a pleasure to work with in the build-up to the event. If you're looking for an inspiring speaker, Asif is certainly that & I wouldn't be able to recommend him highly enough. I hope I have the pleasure of working with him again!" - Natasha, Managing Director, In-house Recruitment

"It was an honour to have Asif Sadiq MBE as our keynote speaker for the Embracing Diversity - Flight Path To Inclusion event, held at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England & Wales (ICAEW). Asif received amazing feedback such as: "Dynamic & Diverse Presentation, First Class Speaker, Great Thought Provoking Journey, Incredibly Informative. Asif has been described by myself and many others as Powerful, Extremely Knowledgeable, Charismatic, Inspiring, Self-Confident and assured. He is very passionate about Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging and is a master in this field which makes him more compelling. I'm really looking forward to working with Asif in the future, to share best practice, re the complex world of D & I" - Marcia, Life Stages Communities Manager at ICAEW, Diversity & Inclusion, Women in Finance, Young Members, Career Breakers and Life Members

"I wanted to say that we really enjoyed Asif’s talk – he came super prepared, understood our brief perfectly and have a great speech. We had so much nice feedback afterwards! Thank you for sorting everything out so quickly and I do hope we’ll work with you again in the future. It was a great experience!" - Baiba, Director of Employer Branding Northern Europe, Accor

"Asif was a hit! I have had such positive feedback from many people who said he had a powerful message that was delivered in a very engaging, easy-to-understand, easy to relate to and non-lecturing style. He is certainly a very considered and experienced authority on the topic and delivered the brief perfectly." - EE

"I am writing to express my heartfelt gratitude for your captivating and insightful talk at the Asset Manager Conference held on May 30 - June 1. Your presentation on DE&I was inspiring and well-received by the attendees in the room. Thank you for articulating your paradigm shifting concept of belonging with clarity and enthusiasm. Your expertise and deep understanding of the subject matter were evident throughout the talk. Your passion for belonging and connecting on a deeper level made the session engaging, thought-provoking, and highly memorable. Your session contributed to the quality of the event and provided value to all attending asset managers and general managers. Over the past days we’ve been receiving lots of positive feedback on the conference, including on your session.  I have already heard several senior leaders who attended begin talking about our journey to belonging as our cultural aspiration." - Shell

"A brief note to express our heartfelt gratitude for the enlightening DE&I session. It resonated deeply with our teams and was genuinely appreciated. Your commitment to engaging with our community is truly commendable. Thank you for dedicating your time to foster understanding and inclusion." - Shell

"Asif was so impressive, which I am sure will come as no surprise to you. Really good talk, please do pass on my thanks to him." - George, Workforce Development Officer, NHS Counter Fraud Authority

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"I write for myself and on behalf of Luciana (our moderator) and ResMed to share with Asif that it was an absolute pleasure having him speak to our group. We received great feedback during the session and afterwards, and everyone appreciated the conversation and all he shared to raise awareness around IMD, especially men's mental health, wellness, and support. I can't express enough how well the conversation went. He not only covered a lot of ground during the discussion but left the group with good things to think about and actionable measures we can all take to raise awareness, advocate, and be an ally at work and in our communities." - Fred, Inclusion Project Associate, ResMed

"Thank you for the recommendation of Asif as a guest to our team, and for your support. We had our session earlier with Asif and it was the best in the series so far. It has been great working with you both and thank you for your patience during the onboarding process." - Mirna, Sr. DE&I Project Manager, Higher Education Pearson Plc

"A huge thank you, Asif. The session was everything we hoped it would be – your content prompted some really great questions which I hope is indicative of colleagues on the call reflecting on their own practice. I have already had several colleagues reach out to me directly to say how inspiring they found the event. Thank you for arranging the presentation by Asif Sadiq. The Army Inspectorate is conducting a review into the training and education of behaviours, so listening to Asif was really useful." - Maria, Leadership Consultant, Leadership and Engagement Team, Ministry of Defence

"Please send our sincerest thank you to Asif! His presentation was incredible and I've already gotten some great feedback. Thank you for all of your help, hopefully we can work together again in the future" - Lauren, Marketing & Event Specialist, Imagine Team 

"Both speakers we've had this year have been fantastic. We just had the talk and Q&A with Asif Sadiq who was brilliant- his talk was insightful and powerful, whilst also funny and poignant. A great discussion and one we're honoured to have been able to host" - Deliveroo

"It was a great event, thank you! Asif was a fantastic speaker - his talk was powerful and engaging but also poignant and funny. We loved hosting him and the Q&A afterwards was great." - Deliveroo

"Asif is very knowledgable around the EDI subject matters, leaving thoughts on how we can implement an open culture. Recognising that we make mistakes and how we learn from them? Asif also speaks openly about some of his personal experiences, which allows his audience to open up to him. I would have no hesitation in using Asif again around this subject matter and can see how he has an MBE. Thank you for giving me some insightful ideas, that got the cogs moving" - Open Uni

"We've just come off the call with Asif and I just wanted to say that it was absolutely brilliant- perfectly executed and so insightful. The immediate feedback from the participants has been amazing, so I'm hoping you could pass our huge thanks to him" - CAE

"Thank you for recommending Asif as a guest to our team and for your support. We had our session earlier with Asif and it was the best in the series so far. It has been great working with you both and thank you for your patience during the onboarding process." - Mirna, DE&I Project Manager, Pearson plc

"The event went really well - Asif was fantastic and we've had a lot of positive feedback which is great."  - University of Bristol

"We wanted to send a heartfelt ‘thank you’ your way for the brilliant webinar last week. We appreciated your insights, your story telling abilities and your personal viewpoint. It got very positive reviews all around." - Frank, Director, Camarco

  • 2023 - Recipient of an honorary Doctorate from The Open University
  • 2023 - Nominated as an Inspirational D&I Leader by D&I Leaders
  • 2023 - Delivered the TEDx Talk "Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Learning How To Get It Right"
  • 2023 - Awarded the Highly Commended Lifetime Achievers Award from The Board Awards
  • 2023 - Finalist at the 2023 Black Tech Achievement Awards for Ally of the Year
  • 2023 - Named a Top 50 Trailblazer in Gender Equity for 2023 by WeAreTheCity
  • 2022 - Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer for Warner Bros. Discovery
  • 2022 - Non-Executive Director of Kaplan UK
  • 2021 - Delivered the TEDx Talk "From Diversity and Inclusion to Belonging"
  • 2021 - Senior Vice President & Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Warner Bros. Discovery
  • 2021 - Board Member of WORK180
  • 2021 - International Advisory Board Member of Kent Business School
  • 2021 - Executive Member of World 50 Inc
  • 2021 - Board of Governors for Middlesex University
  • 2020 - Member of the Board of Advisors of Hedley May
  • 2020 - Board Member of AICPA
  • 2020 - Vice President & Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Social Impact for Adidas
  • 2020 - Vice President & Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion for Reebok
  • 2019 - Fellow of the Society of Leadership Fellows
  • 2019 - Chair of the Inclusion & Diversity Programme for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • 2019 - Member of the Board of Directors of the SAE Institute UK
  • 2018 - Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group
  • 2016 - Guest Lecturer for AIFS
  • 2016 - Consultant for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights
  • 2016 - Head of Diversity & Inclusiveness of Financial Services for Ernst & Young
  • 2016 - Consultant Trainer for the United National Interregional Crime & Justice Research Institute
  • 2013 - President of the National Police Staff Support Network for the National Police Chiefs' Council
  • 2005 - Head of Equality, Diversity & Human Rights Department for the City of London Police