Sathya Bala – Keynote Speaker

Empowering women of colour through community, Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives Award, Board Member, Keynote Speaker

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Specialist Subjects

  • Activating the ally in each of us
  • Exploring bias and inclusion through stories
  • Intersectionality made simple - navigating multiple layers of diversity
  • Celebrating diverse experiences
  • Why we can’t separate ESG from DEI (Environmental, Social Governance and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion)
  • Inclusive workplaces - the power of data
  • The power of diverse ideas
  • Equity by design in a modern world


  • English


Sathya Bala (she/her) is an energetic leader, business owner and community builder fueled by her commitment to building a more equitable world through her work. She brings her experience as a senior influencer and on the ground change maker, starting at Deloitte in risk and audit, then moving into data governance at Sainsburys, Barclays, HSBC and Deutsche Bank.

Sathya Bala then moved into diversity, equity and inclusion, sponsoring these initiatives in her last role at Chanel as Head of Global Data Governance. Now Sathya is a consultant, entrepreneur, thought leader, Board advisor and speaker focused on using data and stories to make organisations more equitable.

She is also founder and community organiser for My Skin My Story which empowers women of colour all around the world. In 3 years she has run 30 events and built a membership of over 500 people. Sathya sits on the Board of a national cancer charity and dance company.

In speaking, she demystifies identity, bias, intersectionality, inclusion and how to champion equity by tapping into stories and humanising data. Sathya embraces her lived experience, as a Sri Lankan Tamil woman, born in Singapore, who grew up in Sydney and moved to London as a young adult. She inspires others with her story and is proud to amplify underrepresented voices.

Sathya Bala was awarded Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives by Yahoo Finance. Sathya has been recognised by the UK National Diversity Awards, YunoJuno Freelancer Awards as well as interviewed for WPP TV, The Female Lead Women at Work Research and DataIQ.

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