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Waqas Ali

Production HR lead UK & EMEA (current)
Production HR Manager UK(Before being a leader)

His background includes coaching leaders across all levels, organisational design, and scaling teams and business to meet their commercial needs with a broad range of skills. Waqas has built a reputation for navigating complex people issues across the organisations he has worked in whilst keeping integrity and compassion. His humanistic approach to leadership and sparking conversations are a catalyst to the work he has done around Inclusion and Diversity.

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Nominated by Emma Murphy ,  Director, Production HR EMEA & LATAM

Waqas has worked in the industry for a number of years. Production HR is relatively new as a function within the industry and is focused on creating safe, respectful and inclusive environments on set. In his role Waqas works with leadership on production supporting, coaching and trying to improve the experience of all cast and crew.
Waqas has a passion for Inclusion and Diversity work and works to influence and educate production leadership to think about how they build this into the production environment. He works across both scripted and unscripted productions coaching and guiding others to do better when it comes to developing the right culture on production.

With the support and mentoring this programme could bring I think Waqas could develop into a future leader and with his role in Production HR and his passion for the work of InD he has the opportunity to have impact on the industry at a broad and macro level.



Dr Mena Fombo is a global speaker, diversity and inclusion facilitator, coach and consultant. She is the co founder of Blak Wave Productions, an indie TV/Film company where she recently directed short doc Home Carnival Queen for the BBC. She is the founder and director of Black Girl Convention, the South West’s largest event for women and girls of African

Waqas’s mentor