Anj Handa

Anj Handa

  • Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers
  • Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer
  • Highly Skilled Conference Host & Moderator

Anj Handa is the Founder of Inspiring Women Changemakers, an inclusive community of changemakers who stand for fairness and safety for women. Anj is recognised as an authority on Good Governance and Inclusive Leadership, with a focus on people dynamics: effective communication, impact, and navigating change.

As a Non-Exec Director, she has Board level experience of the design and implementation of diversity, inclusion and social impact programmes. For the last two decades, she has worked with organisations in the UK, Europe, and the US, working collaboratively to create better opportunities for people in business and society and lobbying to change policy that hinders them She was recently recognised in Forbes as one of the ‘10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With’.

Named as one of Grant Thornton’s 100 Faces of a Vibrant Economy, described by i-news as ‘a bloody brilliant woman’ and winner of the AFSA Positive Action Award, Anj was also named in the UK Charity Times 2023 International Women’s Day list for the capacity-building she undertakes with organisations within the charity sector.

She believes that her authority to speak on diversity within leadership must be reflected by her own example. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, Commerce and Manufactures, Anj is an independent Governor of Leeds Arts University and Chair of the Board of Freedom Studios – as such, she belongs to only 1% of black and brown women holding such Governance roles in the UK.

In her talks, Anj draws on her own experiences when speaking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in leadership, covering little-explored themes such as psychological safety, emotional correctness, and healthy boundaries.

She teaches the personal and professional lessons gained throughout her career and her experience of leading a high-profile legal and media campaign to inspire others to make a change in themselves, their workplaces and communities, and the wider world.

Her talks focus on three key areas and can be tailored to your objectives. These are:

  • Radical Self-Care for Changemakers
  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • Why you’re not harnessing diverse talent – and what to do about it

Multilingual, she also brings inter-cultural expertise, having have worked both in and with global teams and on diplomatic assignments, advising organisations on how to attract and retain diverse talent and develop highly effective, globally savvy leaders. Her clients include Sky Business, Innovate UK, the NHS, Leeds Beckett University, Restless Development, and The Chartered Management Institute.

Additionally, Anj’s global changemaking work has been featured in Generation Share by Benita Matofska and Sophie Sheinwald, a visual storybook featuring 200 global changemakers, the largest ever collection of changemaker stories. Her work on Female Genital Mutilation and asylum also been included in Eradicating FGM in the UK by Guardian writer Hillary Burrage, and Refugee Tales by Comma Press.

Speaking Topics

  • Navigating the Labyrinth: Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • Radical Self-Care for Changemakers
  • Why you’re not harnessing diverse talent – and what to do about it


  • Navigating the Labryinth – Shattering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling
  • Anj’s journey and her ‘why’
  • Building your support network inside and outside work
  • Learning the ‘rules of the game’: Gender equality in the workplace and why gender pay gaps and other barriers to progression occur
  • Introducing the labyrinth – an explanation as to why the labyrinth is a better metaphor than the outdated notion of the glass ceiling
  • The masks we wear at work – why ‘covering’ holds us back and when we have imposter syndrome - or something else

Conference Facilitator

  • Anj is a skilled conference host and moderator. Conferences that she has recently curated and moderated include Disorienting Race, Carnegie School of Education and the annual employee conference for domestic abuse charity, IDAS.

Anj is an exceptional speaker and host so if you are interested in booking Anj for your event, or conference, please contact a Prime Performers Booking Agent on 020 3500 3331 to discuss your requirements.

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We were delighted to have Anj speak and her presentation went down a storm! She was articulate, funny, emotive and thought-provoking - not easy to do in the time we gave her! I would highly recommend Anj to speak at your event. I have nothing but praise for her approach and her style.
Anj was our closing speaker at the Institute of Fundraising Yorkshire Conference. She was warm, funny, and likeable and brought a wealth of experience to share with our fundraising delegates. We were delighted to include her in our speaker line up and hugely grateful for her contribution.
We had an hour of Anj’s time and the level of insight during that period was amazing. She posed great questions to make us think and that we need to answer before we can move forward. She also demonstrated that you can make fabulous things happen through your networks and collaboration with organisations that share your passion. I would happily work with Anj again and recommend her to others.