Belinda Parmar OBE – Keynote Speaker

Diversity campaigner and the CEO of The Empathy Business and a Non-Executive Director for the Ministry of Defence

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Specialist Subjects

  • Empathy in Leadership
  • Courageous Cultures Embracing Diversity
  • Empathic AI and how AI can bring more emotion to business
  • The Empathy Index powered by AI


  • English


Belinda Parmar OBE is a diversity campaigner and the CEO of The Empathy Business and a Non-Executive Director for the Ministry of Defence. Belinda uses the science of empathy to change the way companies transform their organisations focusing on leadership, communications and operations.

Belinda Parmar is the creator of the Global Empathy Index which was published in the Harvard Business Review- the first index to measure empathy and inclusion at scale. Belinda works with large companies to implement hundreds of ‘nudges’ and interventions that organically build an empathy revolution and give people simple practical ways they can create more inclusive cultures.

Her focus is on belonging and diversity and creating more courageous cultures. Belinda was Empathy-In-Residence at Barclays, Lloyds and Centrica and she created the first ever Empathy Hub in Europe’s largest bank. Belinda was chosen in 2019 to speak at Davos as she is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. Belinda was awarded an OBE in 2015 by the Queen for her services to women in technology.

In 2020, Belinda Parmar was chosen as one of the top 20 Global Public Figures in Diversity and in 2021 she was voted a top 20 Diversity Champion. Belinda has a law degree and a languages degree and believes that the magic in companies happens when you combine rational and emotional thinking to drive change. Belinda is the author of Little Miss Geek which is used in schools to inspire young women to become tech pioneers and was shortlisted for Woman of the Year 2022 in the Women in IT Awards.

Popular Talks by Belinda Parmar OBE

Empathy in Leadership

Focuses on the role and power of empathy and practical ways to change a culture.

Courageous Cultures Embracing Diversity

Focus on diversity and how companies need to understand diverse colleagues and give them the tools to have an honest conversation.

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