The Lens: UK Responsible Business Podcast

Join global business leaders and emerging future leaders for an unscripted conversation that will challenge the way you think about responsible business.

Every month, The Lens: UK Responsible Business Podcast brings together a global business leader and an emerging future leader for an open and unscripted conversation. It will challenge the way you think about responsible business. Listen, rate and subscribe on Acast, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or your preferred podcast provider. The Lens is supported and produced by McCann and in partnership with One Young World.

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IHG: Who do you want working for you? Is your business fit for everyone?

This month our host Sarah Travers is joined by Yasmin Diamond, Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at global hospitality company IHG, and Cecily Liu, Communications Specialist, Finance Journalist, INSEAD MBA.

In this episode, Sarah and her guests discuss the importance of having a skilled workforce and how employers have a role to play in continuing to develop people throughout their careers. We’ll see how inspiring young people from a very early age is critical to both their success and that of business. We will also look at the role of communications and how good storytelling is essential to raising business profile and sharing the responsible actions a business can and should take.

Find out by listening to the latest episode of The Lens with IHG’s Yasmin Diamond and Cecily Liu, Communications Specialist, Finance Journalist, INSEAD MBA.

Our guests

Yasmin Diamond, Executive Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs at IHG

Yasmin is responsible for all global communications activity, ensuring that it supports and enables IHG’s broader strategic priorities. This includes all external and internal activity, covering both corporate and brand communications, as well as leading IHG’s Corporate Responsibility strategy and key public affairs work.

Before joining IHG in April 2012, Yasmin was Director of Communications at the Home Office, where she advised the Home Secretary, Ministers and senior officials on the strategic development and daily management of all the Home Office’s external and internal communications. She was previously Director of Communications at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Head of Communications for Welfare to Work and New Deal and Head of Marketing at the Department for Education and Skills. Before joining government communications, Yasmin was Publicity Commissioner for the BBC, where she led communications activity around the launch of a new digital learning channel and around the BBC’s educational output for both adults and children.

In 2011, Yasmin was awarded a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the New Year honours list in recognition of her career in government communications. In addition, Yasmin sits on the Board of Trustees for the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

Cecily Liu, Communications Specialist, Finance Journalist, INSEAD MBA

Cecily has nine years of experiences across journalism, communications, public policy and the non-profit sectors combined. She is a One Young World Ambassador, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

She started her career as a London-based finance journalist for China Daily, a role which also took her on news reporting assignments across 15 international markets. She then worked as a Senior Research Advisor for the City of London Corporation, where she led a research projects focused on financial services. She also provided expert advice and support to teams focusing on public policy, trade and investment, and innovation in financial services. She has a keen interest in green finance, and led research projects contributing to the City of London’s Green Finance Initiative. Cecily is also the Managing Director of Visionary Education, a project which has empowered tens of thousands of children in rural China since founded in 2008.

Cecily graduated with an MBA from INSEAD, an MA in Creative Writing from City University, and a BA in English Literature from UCL.


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What a year it was!

Many thanks to all our listeners all over the world. To McCann for their generous support of this podcast, to One Young World, our Business In The Community (BITC) member companies. We of course would also like to thank our inspiring guests, the senior and future leaders making the world of business more responsible, illuminating new perspectives and leading by example. Season three was powered by Fujitsu.

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