Yasir Mirza has been appointed as Channel 4’s Head of Inclusion and Diversity.
Yasir will work closely with Chief Human Resources Officer, Caroline Ross, and with teams across the business to help Channel 4 develop a more inclusive and diverse culture.
This new role will lead on delivering Channel 4’s inclusion and diversity strategy and will develop ambitious projects and initiatives that align with the corporation’s ambition.
Yasir is an experienced inclusion and diversity leader in the media and has worked with a wide range of organisations around the world. He was Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the Guardian from 2009-2015, a period which saw the Guardian diversify its workforce and editorial content.
Previously, Yasir has worked in a wide range of roles at the Open Society Foundations, the Diversity Media Institute and within the public sector. He has also spoken at conferences for the UN, Ford Foundation, University of Westminster, Journalism.co.uk, World Forum for Democracy, Activate India and South Africa, and the Council of Europe.
Alex Mahon, Channel 4 CEO said: “Inclusion and diversity is intrinsic to everything we do at Channel 4. We must embody and reflect the contemporary reality of our country and its future, both in our content and within our culture as an organisation. Yasir has an exceptional track record of delivering inclusion and diversity strategies for major organisations and I’m thrilled that he’s joining us to drive this vital part of our strategy.”
Yasir, who will join Channel 4 in January, said: “Channel 4 is widely acknowledged as being an innovative leader in diversity and inclusion, so I am beyond thrilled to be taking on this very important role at an exciting time for the channel.”