Shalini Mahtani on Equality for Ethnic Minorities

“Humanising difference is important, because when we start to humanise difference, people start to realise actually we’re all the same.” 

-Shalini Mahtani, Founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation, Founder of Community Business 

Shalini Mahtani is a pioneering and much sought-after voice for good in the DE&I, CSR and wellbeing space. Her accolades speak for themselves. In 2009, Shalini was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and a year prior she was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her services in corporate social responsibility in Hong Kong. 

Today, Shalini is the founder and CEO of The Zubin Foundation, a charity devoted to reducing suffering for Hong Kong's ethnic minorities, racial integration and special education needs of local non-Chinese speakers. 

Our Director of DE&I Dimuthu de Silva hosted this episode and spoke to Shalini about: 

  • The origins of The Zubin Foundation and Shalini’s personal journey 
  • The Hong Kong context around racial inequality 
  • The initiatives The Zubin Foundation run to improve the lives of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong 
  • What organisations can do to accelerate equality for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong 

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