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Belinda Parmar

Belinda Parmar

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Belinda Parmar OBE is an author and activist for the expansion of women’s involvement in the world of technology and for measuring and embedding empathy into business to make them more profitable.

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Belinda Parmar OBE is the CEO of The Empathy Business and pioneer of the world’s first empathy index, launched in the Harvard Business Review. Belinda is transforming the business world to become a more empathic place and is currently Empathy-In-Residence at a bank. Belinda was awarded an OBE for bringing more women into the UK’s technology industry. Belinda’s new campaign is #TheTruthAboutTech highlighting Tech Addiction and how we can be more digitally resilient. Her campaign was featured on the front page of The Guardian in March 2018, Woman’s Hour and ITV news in May 2018.

Biography:

Belinda Parmar OBE is the CEO of The Empathy Business and pioneer of the world’s first empathy index, launched in the Harvard Business Review and now in its fourth year. Belinda is transforming the business world a more empathic place and is currently Empathy-In-Residence at one of the world’s biggest banks. She believes that now, more than ever, the business world needs more empathy as only one in ten of us are engaged in our jobs.  Her work has resulted in the creation of new departments for customers and staff.

She is also the founder of the Little Miss Geek campaign, which was supported by 40 Members of Parliament, which inspired girls to become technology pioneers.

Belinda was appointed a Young Global Leader in 2014 by the World Economic Forum, which is a community of over 800 enterprising, socially-minded men and women selected under the age of 40, who operate as a force for good to overcome barriers that elsewhere stand in the way of progress.

Belinda was awarded an OBE for bringing more women into the UK’s technology industry in the 2014 Birthday Honours. She is the author of The Empathy Era and Little Miss Geek (second edition.) In 2017, Belinda was chosen for the Cranfield ‘100 Women to Watch’ list.

Belinda’s new campaign is #TheTruthAboutTech highlighting Tech Addiction and how we can be more digitally resilient. Her campaign was featured on the front page of The Guardian in March 2018, Woman’s Hour and ITV news in May 2018. She is currently making a BBC Radio 4 programme about technology addiction.  

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Testimonials:

Belinda brought her trademark warmth and sharp insight to our discussion. She is an expert on the subject of empathy and its vital role in how we engage most effectively with customers, partners and employees.

Lucy Birch, PwC

We wanted to take our learning to the next level and get some practical, tangible ways we can create more empathic changes. The empathy hostage negotiation workshop delivered on this and was one of the most engaging workshops I’ve ever had. Thank you.

Patricia Hyde, Zendesk

Every organisation and leader would benefit from the challenging business insight Belinda delivered. It made me realise how desensitised I’d become to the ‘norms of communication.’ It also took behavioural economics to a new level.

Sue Hayes, Managing Director, Barclays