As you may know – we love to sing our users’ triumphs from the rooftops especially if around diversity and inclusion and making the world a better place.
So this week we are introducing Kai Ojo who is to be the head of the diversity and inclusion board for the MPA. The MPA is a not-for-profit association that represents the digital and creative business of Greater Manchester. And the largest association of its type in Europe. With over 2000 members.
The MPA originally asked Dan Sodergren from Your FLOCK to create a team and help promote their diversity and inclusion drive – which he did. And now he is stepping down to let Kai jo take over.
Kai is a very successful Managing Director at Planisware for the UK and Ireland. With nearly 20 years’ experience in the technology sector and possessing experience of working in corporate, SME and entrepreneurial businesses, with responsibility for operational and strategic objectives.
He is MBA qualified with international experience – including managing programme delivery operations delivering to the US and Japan.
He is an experienced and passionate ‘customer advocate’ with a proven track record of delivering value to customers. But also passionate about helping fellow diverse backgrounds enter tech and the creative and digital industries.
How do we know this – as he is championing this in the business in which he works. He continually is asking questions at management level and above about recruitment and best practice. And is really changing Planisware not just in the UK but internationally.
His experience includes management of all customer facing delivery teams, management of product development teams, delivery of strategic pre-sales, sales/account management engagements as well as general business operations.
And he is now taking over the team management of the MPA steering committee using YourFLOCK to develop it’s values.
Dan and Kai used Your FLOCK to make sure as this team grew that we brought in people with the right values fit – that were culturally diverse – but that shared the values of the team.
Knowing a bit about The BigIDEA it shouldn’t be surprised that Kai will be leading a group of people where their core values are:
- Personal Growth
- And Autonomy.
For a team that is interested in social change and impact, has worked completely remotely from the start and is a series of people that love self and personal development.
As part of this personal development the group is also changing, not just growing in size with two new key members Ziara Siddique and Belinda Peach but also in a new direction. To more reflect the desire of the team.
A New Direction:
Kai will be leading the MPA diversity and inclusion group – in a new direction with his experience with young people and his desire to change this part of the sector.
As he says:
“We need to really rally round the black minorities in the sector and showcase their work to the industry and the generation that are coming up. Especially for the younger generation, they need to see representation.”
This emphasis is shared among the group with many of our new members. And it will be really interesting to see what they do from now.
We just hope that – in the future – Your FLOCK can hire some people from underrepresented backgrounds inspired by Kai and the MPA – to change the future of work for the world.
Just like Kai will do with the MPA and the Diversity and Inclusion Group.