Emmanuel MichaelEmmanuel Michael

Leadership and Career Success Coach

Emmanuel Michael, a Leadership and Career Success Coach, is a seasoned and highly sought-after strategic business leader with over 20 years management experience spanning various industries such as multidisciplinary engineering, information technology, hospitality and financial services, of which over 15 years have been in human resources management practice. Between March and August 2017, he held forth as the Interim CEO & Head of HR at Letshego MFB, a national microfinance bank in Nigeria. He is currently the Head of Human Capital at Letshego Nigeria.

Emmanuel is a globally certified HR practitioner (SPHRi:registered:, HRPL, MCIPM, MITD), subject matter expert with the HRCI (USA), CIPM (Nigeria), a Microfinance Certified Banker (MCIB), and member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). He serves as a career and business mentor on various mentoring platforms which include The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, The Joel Omeike! 100 Young Professionals Network, The Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Google Launchpad Start, FATE Foundation, and The Incubators Africa, amongst others.

His contribution to the global HR community has resulted in several recognitions and awards both locally and internationally, chief among them are the 100 Most Influential Global HR Leaders (2018), 101 Global HR Heroes (2019), and 501 Most Fabulous Global HR Leaders (2020) awards by the World HRD Congress. He was recently recognized as a Top-rated Influencer on The Most Inclusive HR Influencer List by @socialmicole, Top 8 HR Thought Leader in Africa, SalesRuby Top 50 Personalities on LinkedIn in Nigeria, SalesRuby Top 3 Best Revenue Sales Supporting HR, and Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa.

In addition to being a regular contributor on current HR issues and trends on social media channels, Emmanuel enjoys speaking at local and international fora, blogs at www.enmichael.ng, and hosts #HRwithEM with focus on leadership, career development, and employee experience.

Emmanuel can be reached on major social media platforms - Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram via his handle @enmichael or @enmichaelng.

Takes part in

May, 20 8:00 AM CEST
Stage 1
Panel Discussion

Creating a Diverse Talent Pipeline in the Absence of Diverse Candidates

Large corporations and small businesses across industries continue to struggle to find diverse talent. One of the main issues is the shortage of diverse professionals in the talent pipeline. Companies around the world suffer from their own version of the pipeline problem, whether in tech, consulting or finance.

A diverse workforce is more creative and innovative. Employees from different backgrounds and skill sets can offer a broader range of ideas and solutions. They can also spot things that other members of the team may not notice. Even if your company has already set up a DEI program, hitting its targets will be a major challenge if hiring practices remain unchanged. It’s time to find new, hungry job-seekers by developing strong, meaningful relationships with diverse candidates. Once you do, your company's ability to bring the best professionals into your talent pool will improve dramatically.

Identifying the root problem interfering with inclusive hiring can help organizations boost both growth and progress. The speakers in this panel will talk about:

  • How to enlarge the talent pool when the market lacks diverse talent
  • How to promote the inclusion of minority employees
  • How to ensure psychological comfort for diverse employees in the post-COVID workplace
Ezequiel Massa Head of Diversity & Inclusion at SAP Latin America & Caribbean
Tina Vinod Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ThoughtWorks
Emmanuel Michael Leadership and Career Success Coach
Leslie Gray Head of Diversity and Inclusion and Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO at Mozilla Corporation