The global business and financial information and news company Bloomberg has named Alisha Fernando as the new head of diversity of inclusion in APAC with immediate effect.
Based in Hong Kong, Fernando is responsible for driving Bloomberg’s D&I strategy across the region.
"Alisha brings to us an incredible personal background and career experience in finance, change management, and people leadership that will no doubt play an integral role in our ongoing efforts to create an inclusive and collaborative culture in APAC,” said Pamela Hutchinson, Bloomberg’s global head of diversity and inclusion.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Fernando led the development and implantation of the D&I strategy, programmes and initiatives at the University of Melbourne. She also previously spent most of her career at the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), where she served as the firm’s inclusion programme manager.
Last year, Fernando was identified as the State of Victoria’s top female emerging talent and was awarded a full scholarship to the Victorian government’s Joan Kirner young and emerging women’s leaders programme, which enables up-and-coming female leaders to obtain the critical skills, networks and experiences required for advancement.
Fernando’s passion for D&I stems from her personal experiences – her family fled Vietnam in 1982 and was rescued by a Dutch ship in the South China Sea. They were brought to Malaysia, where they received refugee status and were relocated to Australia. She has since dedicated her career to advocating for under-represented groups.