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Meet Sanjeev Chatrath, Co-Chair at Male Allies & Managing Director, region Head – Asia, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters - Panelist at Gender Equity Conference on 21 September 2017

Posted on 29/08/2017 by Marie Swarbreck

Meet Sanjeev Chatrath, Co-Chair at Male Allies & Managing Director, region Head – Asia, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters 

Our interview with Sanjeev:

Can you introduce yourself; 

I am the Region Head and Managing Director of Financial & Risk business at Thomson Reuters covering Asia Pacific and Japan. I am a member of the Global Operating Leadership Team, and chair the Regional Operating Committee in Asia for the business.

I am passionate about developing high performing teams and helping people achieve their fullest potential in a merit-based, inclusive work environment.

My wife and I have 2 boys (12 and 16 years old), and we have lived in Hong Kong for a little over 7 years.

How have you got involved in the gender equity space; 

Thomson Reuters is consistently rated as one of the most admired and ethical companies in the world, and is listed amongst the Top 10 Best Companies for Women. It has provided me with tremendous support to pursue my passion around gender equity within the company and externally.

I am a member of the Global Women’s Action Taskforce and chair the Regional Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion Forum at Thomson Reuters. In the broader industry, I am part of the 30% club in Hong Kong and one of the founding members and presently co-chair, of the Male Allies in Hong Kong, a group of male business leaders coming together to promote gender equality.

What are you currently doing to improve gender balance in HK; 

As part of 30% club in Hong Kong, I am advocating for gender diversity on Hong Kong Boards. As member of the Male Allies, I am working with other male business leaders in Hong Kong to promote gender balance within their companies and the broader community. We have all made personal and professional pledges to help advance gender balance. These pledges range from personal behaviors, to making visible commitments, to making institutional / policy changes to promote, support and celebrate diversity. Sharing best practices and actively participating in external events.      

What are some key challenges you are facing (or in general); 

Generally, there are a range of challenges that are leading to the glacial pace to get to Gender Equity in the industry. These range from societal challenges, biases (Unconscious and Conscious) that exist within our system, exclusion of women from technology education and design, stereotyping, pay gaps, outdated education and caregiving infrastructure, policies that don’t support men to play a more active role in their household, and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs, just to list a few.   

What changes outside the workforce would you like to see in HK, which could positively impact Gender Equity?

Outside the workforce, there are many things that can be done to positively impact Gender Equity. We need to promote more financial inclusion of women. We can use technology to address many societal challenges for financing women entrepreneurs, and help them to start new ventures. We need to radically rethink the lifecycle for developing and deploying technology with women at the heart of it. As many current jobs are expected to be meaningfully impacted in the coming years with the fourth industrial revolution, we need to ensure that women have equal access to that opportunity. Lastly, we need to have an open mind on the tremendous possibilities of what we can accomplish by working together – women and men.