Ali Hanan

Ali Hanan is founder and CEO of Creative Equals, an organisation set up to address inclusion, diversity and equality in the creative industries.

She worked for the last 16 years as a copy/creative director at some of the adland's top agencies, but along the way noticed little was changing.

She went full time on Creative Equals in October 2016 and in just two years has turned it into an award-winning body. The organisation runs a kitemark for the sector, the Creative and Media Equality Standard, now recognised by the big intermediaries, the Marketing Society and Campaign Magazine.

They won a fund from the Government Equalities Office in 2017 to bring 58 women back to work in London and Manchester, plus run a leadership programme, consultancy and two conferences, one on neurodiversity, DiverseMinds (in partnership with the Hobbs Consultancy) and RISE, on May 15 2019 with a stellar line up of speakers.