Diversity in the Workplace Conference - 23 March 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia

Toimumise aeg: 23. March 2012 at 09.30
Kategooria: Tallinn
The British Embassy in Estonia is proud to present a one-day conference exploring UK and Estonian perspectives on making organisations more successful through a diverse workforce. Places are strictly limited - please email RSVP.Tallinn@fco.gov.uk.

The purpose of this event is to promote the ‘business case for diversity' - the message that having a diverse workforce helps to make organisations, and therefore the Estonian economy more successful. The need for this has been widely recognised, including by the current government in the coalition agreement.


09.30 Registration opens, coffee

10.00 Opening words
- Chris Holtby, Her Majesty's Ambassador, Estonia
- Riho Rahuoja, Deputy Secretary General, Estonian Social Ministry

10.10 Programme Outline
- Professor Ted Cantle, Institute for Community Cohesion: Chair

10. 15 Setting the Scene: The Estonian and UK environments - what kind of workforce?
- Professor Marju Lauristin, Tartu University
- Professor Ted Cantle
- Q&A

11.00 Keynote speeches: ‘Business Best Practice'
- Sten Tamkivi, Skype Estonia
- Caroline Waters OBE, Director of Diversity, People and Policy at British Telecom
- Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Google Europe
- Q&A

12.30 Buffet Lunch

13.30 Panel Discussion: Applying diversity policy in practice
- Mari-Liis Sepper, Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner
- Riina Varts, Personnel Director of Eesti Energia
- Marianne Meiorg, Diversity Enriches Campaign/Tallinn Technology University
- Caroline Waters OBE
- Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe
Chair: Ted Cantle

15.00 Action planning - group activity
Participants will be divided into groups, lead by the speakers ,with the aim of discussing and agreeing on some action points/lessons learned following the comments of the key-note speakers and the panel members.

16.00 Wrap-up plenary

16.30 Networking Reception


Caroline Waters OBE, British Telecom
Caroline Waters is Director of People and Policy for BT Group, a role she has held since 2005 following a number of senior HR appointments in the company. Her current work focuses on realising BT's business ambitions through leading-edge people strategies, underpinned by robust policies and processes which promote inclusivity, empower individuals, generate revenue and opportunity, and contribute to community and volunteering. Caroline also leads BT's Diversity Centre of Expertise which builds on the company's leadership in diversity practice to enhance implementation throughout BT's operations. She regularly contributes advice and guidance to Government and industry through a variety of employer forums and working parties.

Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, Google
Mark is one of the world's leading corporate Diversity and Inclusion experts. He is currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at Google for Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, headquartered in Zurich, but he also works out of London. Mark joined Google from Ari Consulting, a global consulting practice that he established in 2009 upon leaving the role of Global Head of Diversity at Barclays Group. Mark is an acknowledged expert on D&I and writes extensively on the subject including a blog for The Guardian newspaper in the UK. With an extremely broad background in HR, his past experience includes the roles of HR Director in South Africa, Head of Group Reward at Barclays, as well as HR consulting roles at Arthur Andersen and EY. He began his career in the City as an economist and subsequently held a number of analytical roles including Head of Industry Analysis at NatWest Group and Credit Ratings Analyst at NatWest Markets.

Sten Tamkivi, Skype
Sten Tamkivi is the General Manager of Skype Estonia since 2005. For the last 12 years he has been starting, running and developing various Estonian IT enterprises. He is a member of the Informatics Council of Estonia, Member of the Centre for Policy Studies (PRAXIS) board, member of the council at Tallinn University and belongs to the management of several investment companies. He has a degree in public relations and information management from University of Tartu. When Sten took over as the General Manager of Skype Estonia, he said that his role is to guarantee the day-to-day running of the organisation so that people would feel happy creating and using Skype.

Professor Ted Cantle CBE, Institute of Community Cohesion
In over 30 years in public service, Ted has held a wide range of senior positions at national and local level focussing, in particular, on urban regeneration and key social and environmental problems. In August 2001, Ted Cantle was appointed by the Home Secretary to chair the Community Cohesion Review Team and to lead the review the causes of the summer disturbances in a number of northern towns and cities. The Report -known as ‘the Cantle Report' - was produced in December 2001 and made around 70 recommendations. The concept of ‘community cohesion' was subsequently adopted by the Government and Mr. Cantle has overseen the development of this new framework for race and diversity at local and national levels. He is now Professor at the Institute of Community Cohesion (iCoCo), which is the UK's leading authority on community cohesion and is supported a range of partners. iCoCo develops and promotes good practice, provides guidance and conducts research and is sponsored by governmental and non-governmental departments as well as the business sector and other agencies. Ted is also Associate Director at the Local Government Improvement and Development Agency.

Professor Marju Lauristin
Estonian social scientist, intellectual and politician. Her education is in journalism and she has held numerous positions in the University of Tartu since 1970: currently she is the Professor of Social Communication. Her main fields of research include social changes in transitional Estonia, problems related to the knowledge and information society, and the Russian minority in Estonia. She has been contributing as an author into the annual Estonian Human Development Report issued by the Estonian Cooperation Assembly - a cooperation network of non-governmental organisations interested in Estonia's long-term development, founded by the President of the Republic of Estonia. Professor Lauristin has also been a Member of the Estonian Parliament from 1999-2003 and 1994 -1995; and from 1992 to 1994 she held the position of Minister of Social Affairs.

Mari-Liis Sepper, Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner
Mari-Liis Sepper has served as Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner since October 2010. She holds a MA in law from the University of Montpellier (France). She previously worked as legal adviser at the Gender Equality Department in the Ministry of Social Affairs, as lawyer-linguist at the European Court of Justice, and as an adviser at the Commissioner's office. She has taught human rights courses at the University of Tartu and is an author and editor of a number of publications on gender equality, including the commented edition of the Estonian Gender Equality Act.

Marianne Meiorg - non-discrimination Expert
Marianne Meiorg is an expert in issues of human rights and specifically of the non-discrimination principle. Since 2007 she has been acting as a Director (previously Executive Director) to the Human Rights Centre at the Tallinn University of Technology. She has managed different projects concerning non-discrimination, such as "EU anti-discrimination legislation and combat against discrimination in everyday life" (2006) and "Lecture Series ‘Equal Opportunities' - discrimination, its meaning, scope and opportunities in preventing it" (part of the European Year of Equal Opportunities 2007). She was a non-discrimination expert in PROGRESS 2010 project in Estonia also managed by the Human Rights Centre. She is a co-author of the reports Human Rights in Estonia and is lecturing human rights law at the Law School of the Tallinn University of Technology.

To register, please email RSVP.Tallinn@fco.gov.uk