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Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers who stand for fairness and safety for women. Anj is recognised as an authority on Good Governance and Inclusive Leadership, with a focus on people dynamics: effective communication, impact, and navigating change.

As a Non-Exec Director, Anj Handa has Board level experience of the design and implementation of diversity, inclusion and social impact programmes. For the last two decades, she has worked with organisations in the UK, Europe, and the US, working collaboratively to create better opportunities for people in business and society and lobbying to change policy that hinders them She was recently recognised in Forbes as one of the ‘10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’.

Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was also named in the UK Charity Times 2023 International Women’s Day list for the capacity-building she undertakes with organisations within the charity sector.

Anj Handa believes that her authority to speak on diversity within leadership must be reflected by her own example. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, Anj is an independent Governor of Leeds Arts University and Chair of the Board of Freedom Studios – as such, she belongs to only 1% of black and brown women holding such Governance roles in the UK.

In her talks, Anj Handa draws on her own experiences when speaking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership, covering little-explored themes such as psychological safety, emotional correctness, and healthy boundaries.

She teaches the personal and professional lessons gained throughout her career and her experience of leading a high-profile legal and media campaign to inspire others to make a change in themselves, their workplaces and communities, and the wider world.

Her talks focus on three key areas and can be tailored to your objectives. These are:

  • Radical Self-Care for Changemakers
  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • Why you’re not harnessing diverse talent – and what to do about it

Multilingual, she also brings inter-cultural expertise, having have worked both in and with global teams and on diplomatic assignments, advising organisations on how to attract and retain diverse talent and develop highly effective, globally savvy leaders. Her clients include Sky Business, Innovate UK, the NHS, Leeds Beckett University, Restless Development, and The Chartered Management Institute.

Additionally, Anj’s global changemaking work has been featured in Generation Share by Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald, a visual storybook featuring 200 global changemakers, the largest ever collection of changemaker stories. Her work on Female Genital Mutilation and asylum also been included in Eradicating FGM in the UK by Guardian writer Hillary Burrage, and Refugee Tales by Comma Press.


Her talks focus on three key areas and can be tailored to your audiences

  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • Radical Self-Care for Changemakers
  • Why you’re not harnessing diverse talent – and what to do about it


Navigating the Labryinth – Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling

  • Anj’s journey and her ‘why’
  • Building your support network inside and outside work
  • Learning the ‘rules of the game’: Gender equality in the workplace and why gender pay gaps and other barriers to progression occur
  • Introducing the labyrinth – an explanation as to why the labyrinth is a better metaphor than the outdated notion of the glass ceiling
  • The masks we wear at work – why ‘covering’ holds us back and when we have imposter syndrome – or something else

Anj was an absolute superstar, with a VERY short turnaround time Anj delivered a fantastic and tailored keynote at our International Women’s Day event. I’d highly recommend Anj and her approach to the glass ceiling. It was thought-provoking and really did fit the #choosetochallenge theme this year. Thanks for all your hard work and collaboration.
Testimonial (March 2021) Olivia Ogbomo, Senior Project Manager at Innovate UK 

Self Care for Changemakers

  • The Power of Storytelling – Anj’s Story
  • Putting your own oxygen mask on first – why self care is essential, not a ‘nice to have’ if you are to show up as your most effective and engaged
  • The impact of change on our physical and mental wellbeing – introducing the concept of a double change curve using the pandemic as context
  • Build your resilience toolkit – tools and techniques to help you navigate change (e.g. Eisenhower Matrix)

Anj joined our Global Directors meeting to share her story around self care and how it is an essential – not just a ‘nice to have.’ Anj inspired our colleagues from around the world and her tone and pitch were spot on. There were so many useful takeaways for all of us. Thanks so much Anj -you are a true inspiration and we are really excited to connect with you in the future!
Testimonial (March 2021): Christina Lewis, Head of People at Restless Development

Why you’re not harnessing diverse talent – and what to do about it

  • Why any diversity initiative must be led from the top
  • Intersectionality and the importance of understanding multiple characteristics
  • Why making your products and services accessible benefits all
  • The importance of inclusive language – are people deselecting themselves because of your communications?
  • Allyship v employee networks


Anj is a skilled conference host and moderator. Conferences that she has recently curated and moderated include Disorienting Race, Carnegie School of Education and the annual employee conference for domestic abuse charity, IDAS.


Diversity & Inclusion
Women in Business


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He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.