The founder and CEO of The Empathy Business (formerly Lady Geek), author of Little Miss Geek, and pioneer of the Global Empathy Index (supported by the WEF), Belinda Parmar is making waves with her words as a keynote speaker, from championing the greater accessibility of technology and games to women and girls, to highlighting the correlation between empathy and company performance.
One of Fortune's ‘55 most influential women on Twitter’ and awarded an OBE for services to the UK’s technology industry in 2014, alongside being nominated as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in the same year. Belinda is founder and CEO of The Empathy Business (formerly known as Lady Geek), author of Little Miss Geek, and pioneer of the Global Empathy Index (supported by the WEF).
As CEO of The Empathy Business, Belinda shows companies why empathy is not just a 'fluffy concept' but a hard skill that is key to business success. Those companies at the top of the Lady Geek Global Empathy Index have been shown to increase in value more than twice as much as the bottom ten.
Defining empathy as an understanding of others experiences that leads to action, Belinda helps organisations to grow these strengths to help build a better business.
Little Miss Geek, the not-for-profit arm of the organisation - inspires young women to become Tech Pioneers through coding and games design workshops in London inner city schools. The project has been lauded in international publications including The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, and WIRED.
Belinda’s marketing career has spanned over two decades, and she has worked in some of the world’s most influential advertising agencies, including Saatchi & Saatchi, Ogilvy & Mather and Ogilvy Asia. Belinda is also a professor at Syracuse University.
Belinda’s unique vision has been featured on TV shows on the BBC, Channel 4, Woman’s Hour and the Today Programme. She blogs for The Huffington Post and has written for WIRED, Glamour, Grazia and Google.
Belinda has been voted one of the most innovative women to follow on Twitter on The Huffington Post and was shortlisted for a First Woman award.
She is the author of Little Miss Geek (second edition) & The Empathy Era and regularly writes for The World Economic Forum and The Guardian.
Her exuberant personality is as compelling as her innovative and unique brand. Able to host a panel debate or deliver a keynote speech, Belinda is an expert in empathy, behavioural economics, technology and the changing workforce.