Irfaan Arif is a passionate diversity and inclusion professional with outstanding facilitation and training skills. Irfaan established his own psychology led training and development consultancy and has worked with clients across all sectors including the National Health Service (NHS), The Alzheimer’s Society, Ogilvy & Mather, and the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. His work focuses on developing and delivering Unconscious Bias workshops, cultural awareness, and inclusive leadership.
He brings ideas and practical solutions to organizational diversity challenges. His expertise spans from overall development of corporate diversity strategy to implementation of designed interventions to meet specific diversity and inclusion goals.
Irfaan leads the diversity and inclusion agenda at the University of East London. A unique university with almost 70% of its students and 30% of its staff from minority ethnicities, it struggles with key challenges relating to attainment, progression, and achievement. One of his key roles is to work with colleagues across various functions and improve the number of students achieving degrees whilst making the working environment inclusive for all. In two years, the university has made significant progress across all areas of inclusion and academic work.
Previously, Irfaan worked for a large NHS Trust providing him the experience of working in a highly compliance based environment.
Irfaan holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in human resource development and consulting, and is currently completing a Master of Science in psychology. He is a qualified coach, excellent communicator, and a creative trainer.