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Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar OBE is a diversity campaigner and the CEO of The Empathy Business and a Non-Executive Director for the Ministry of Defence. Belinda uses the science of empathy to change the way companies transform their organisations focusing on leadership, communications and operations. Belinda works with large companies to implement hundreds of ‘nudges’ and interventions that organically build an empathy revolution and give people simple practical ways they can create more inclusive cultures. Her focus is on belonging and diversity and creating more courageous cultures.


About Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar is the creator of the Global Empathy Index which was published in the Harvard Business Review- the first index to measure empathy and inclusion at scale. She has just developed the new Empathy Index powered by AI which combines large language models with sentiment analysis while using human intervention to deliver an empathy ranking for companies.

Belinda was Empathy-In-Residence at Barclays, Lloyds and Centrica and she created the first ever Empathy Hub in Europe’s largest bank. Belinda was chosen in 2019 to speak at Davos as she is a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum.

Belinda was awarded an OBE in 2015 by the Queen for her services to women in technology. In 2020, she was chosen as one of the top 20 Global Public Figures in Diversity and in 2021 she was voted a top 20 Diversity Champion.

Belinda has a law degree and a languages degree and believes that the magic in companies happens when you combine rational and emotional thinking to drive change.

Belinda is the author of Little Miss Geek which is used in schools to inspire young women to become tech pioneers and was shortlisted for Woman of the Year 2022 in the Women in IT Awards.

To book Keynote Speaker Belinda Parmar contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics

Belinda’s speech topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Empathy In Leadership
  • Courageous Cultures Embracing Diversity
  • Empathic AI and how AI can bring more emotion to business
  • The Empathy Index powered by AI
  • The impact of AI
  • Myths around Empathy
  • Empathy-in-Action

Here you can find links to books by Belinda Parmar. For bulk book orders for your event please speak with a member of the team.

Belinda Parmar Little Miss Geek book cover

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"Belinda led a half-day empathy workshop for our AB inBev Direct-to-Consumer People (HR) team and it was the perfect session to upskill our team members on this important quality. Belinda really stepped in and got to know our team, our organisation and the individuals in the session, which meant the workshop was perfectly tailored to our specific needs and challenges. It was clear that during the session, the team responded to this and instantly connected and felt safe with Belinda. Belinda is a true expert when it comes to Empathy, but her super-power is bringing this to life within a corporate environment, to draw out the “so what?” and bring people on the journey with her."


"Just wanted to give you some feedback on Belinda, who spoke at our IWD event today as we really couldn't have asked for a better speaker. She took the time to prep with us (more than once), she really listened to our goals for the event and tailored her content with examples to match our audience expectations. Her delivery on the day was incredible; personable, funny, authentic and solicited really strong feedback from our attendees. We would absolutely recommend her to other businesses looking for someone to speak in her area of expertise and please don't hesitate to contact me if anyone needs a reference."


"We invited Belinda as part of our global DEI Speaker Series, and her session on Empathy in the Workplace brought a refreshing pace to the forum. Articulate and genuine, her passion in this field had us all engaged, curious, and wanting more."

Hitachi Vantara

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