Event Details

FWA Exchange: Demystifying Diversity, Thursday, 29 July 2021, 12:30 - 1:30pm
29 July 2021
  • Members Only Event
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  • ✪ Member's Fee: $0.00




FWA, in collaboration with Citibank, BFSU and HSBC, is pleased to bring you our next session of FWA Exchange – “Demystifying Diversity”


Inclusion and Diversity are often discussed in tandem; both being considered two sides of the same coin. Inclusivity is often said to be measured by the development of diverse talent and by the diversity of an organization’s leadership team. However, having a diverse leadership team and having ensured the recruitment, development and promotion of diverse talent at all levels doesn’t guarantee inclusivity.


Specifically, we will explore:

  • What is Male Ally-ship and how important is it in promoting diversity and inclusiveness in the workplace?
  • How do other inclusive initiatives such as Pay Parity and Return to Work campaigns help in attracting and retaining diverse talent?
  • How are companies addressing inclusion and thereby winning talent from the industry and competitors?
  • How has moving into virtual working environments during covid impacted inclusion? What can each of us do going forward to promote greater inclusivity?


Join us at for an in-depth discussion of these and related questions by our esteemed panel comprising Patrick Tay, Aditi Mahadevan Nair, Brandon Coate, moderated by Munir S Nanji.


Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom session prior to the event.


Event Agenda:

12:20pm          Registration

12:30pm          Welcome Address by FWA

12:35pm          Panel Discussion  


Patrick Tay (Member of Parliament and Co-chair of Financial Sector Tripartite Committee)

                        Aditi Mahadevan Nair (CitiBank’s Head of Talent, Learning and Diversity for APAC)    

                        Brandon Coate (HSBC’s Head of HR, Singapore)


            Munir S Nanji (CitiBank’s Head Global Subsidiaries Group and Co-Head, Women Leadership & Diversity Committee).

13:15pm          Q&A

13:25pm          Event Wrap-up

13:30pm          Event Ends



Patrick Tay, Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC (National Trades Union Congress)

Patrick Tay is the Assistant Secretary-General of NTUC and Member of Parliament of Pioneer SMC. He currently chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower and co-chairs the Financial Sector Tripartite Committee with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. As Director of NTUC’s Legal Services and Strategy, he represents the Labour Movement in tripartite workgroups to review/update employment and industrial relations legislation and has been pivotal in lobbying for the many changes to manpower related laws and policies in Singapore. He is also the Executive Secretary for Banking & Financial Services Union and Singapore Manual & Mercantile Workers’ Union.  As legal adviser to NTUC-affiliated unions in Singapore, he has advised/represented numerous unions/members in complex and contentious issues, dispute resolution, conciliation and in the Industrial Arbitration Court.





Brandon Coate, Head of Human Resources, HSBC Singapore

Brandon Coate is Head of Human Resources for HSBC Singapore.  Brandon joined HSBC Singapore in April 2019 and has responsibility for delivery of HSBC’s People Strategy in Singapore.  Born in the US and educated in the UK, Brandon has worked for HSBC over 13 years in multiple Human Resources roles in the UK and Hong Kong.  Prior to joining HSBC, Brandon started his career in consulting and has worked at another company within Financial Services.  He is also a certified Executive Coach and is married with two children aged 5 and 2.









Aditi Mahadevan Nair, Managing Director, APAC Head of Talent, Learning & Diversity, Citibank N.A

Aditi Mahadevan is the Region Head for Talent, Learning & Diversity at Citi, since May 2019. Her role focusses on connecting employees with relevant and innovative learning & development experiences, in order to drive business performance & optimize employee potential. She is passionate about Diversity and has worked on a number of creative ideas on creating an inclusive environment at Citi. She is very involved in building a collaborative and diverse workforce that enable organizations serve their internal and external clients to their best ability.


Prior to this role, she was the HR Head for the Global Markets business in APAC. Her responsibilities include partnering with business on Human Capital strategies and delivering on priorities around performance management, rewards, learning & development, talent management and diversity & inclusion.


Aditi has been with Citi for over 16 years and has held a number of Human Resources leadership positions supporting an array of businesses like Consumer Bank, Operations & Technology in both India and Singapore. She was also the Compensation & Benefits Lead for a few businesses in India.


Prior to joining Citi, Aditi worked as a Human Resources Business partner in a large telecommunications company in India. She received her MBA from Symbiosis University in India and with a specialization in HR and Finance.


Aditi is married and has 2 boys aged 13 and 10. She loves travelling to new places and watching movies.


At Citi she facilitates a number of Leadership programs and is passionate about coaching.



Munir S. Nanji, Head of Global Subsidiaries Group Asia Pacific, Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory, CitiBank, N.A.

Munir S. Nanji is Managing Director and Head of Global Subsidiaries Group, responsible for Citi’s Multinational Client relationships spanning 15 countries across the region.


Prior to moving to Singapore, he was Regional Sales and Marketing Head for Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions in Asia Pacific covering all client segments (Corporates, Public Sector and Financial Institutions) based in Hong Kong.


He has previously held various assignments including Transaction Services Head for Nigeria, West and Central Africa (6 Markets), Africa Trade Finance Head covering the entire continent and Board Member for Citibank Nigeria.


Munir has worked in Warsaw, Milan and London in various roles including being an Independent Director on the boards of large leasing and factoring companies in Central Europe.


Munir brings 29 years of international banking experience and has held leadership positions globally in corporate banking, product management, relationship and risk management. His extensive industry experience includes establishing and leading Citi’s transaction services business in Central Europe and Africa, running a large corporate and middle market business, as well as helping to drive the bank’s business development efforts in EMEA.


Munir Co-Chairs the Women Leadership/Diversity Committee for Citi Singapore.


Munir holds a 1st Class Honors degree in Electrical Engineering, Wharton alumni, MBA from INSEAD and MPhil (advanced postgraduate research degree on Strategic Decision Making and Governance).


In his personal time, Munir is an active mountaineer, ultramarathon runner. He also contributes to academic research and teaching.



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