Dana Haidan

Chief Sustainability Officer

Virgin Media

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Speaker Bio

Dana Haidan joined Virgin Media O2 in November 2022 as the Chief Sustainability Officer, leading the delivery of the ESG strategy, the Better Connections Plan. The plan reflects the company’s long-term commitment to use the power of connectivity to drive system level change for people and planet, as well as ensuring sound responsible business practices and transparent reporting.  Over the past 17 years, Dana held regional and global sustainability leadership positions in Fortune 500 organisations, including Visa Europe and Vodafone. Dana’s career has centred on utilising the transformative power of technology to drive sustainable development. Dana has a Bachelor of Science in Business from Carnegie Mellon University, a Postgraduate degree in Sustainability Leadership from Cambridge University, and MSc in Sustainable Urban Development from Oxford University. 

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Speaker Sessions


Embedding Intersectional Thinking Into The Sustainability Strategy

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Dana Haidan

    Chief Sustainability Officer

    Virgin Media

Companies are grappling with very complex societal and environmental system level issues that require a different and more inclusive ways of thinking and addressing these issues.

Intersectionality describes the way in which the different layers and systems of inequality ‘intersect’ to create unique experiences, dynamics, and effects. A concept originating in social studies but is very much relevant to how businesses today need to think about their role in society and towards the planet. This fireside chat looks at how to incorporate intersectional thinking in the implementation of the Better Connections Plan, the company’s sustainability strategy.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Embracing Multifaceted Identities: Acknowledge that individuals embody multiple aspects of identity that influence their life experiences and leadership styles.
  • Intersectionality in Leadership: Understand the importance for leaders to embrace intersectionality, recognizing the complexities of diverse identities in a rapidly changing world.
  • Benefits of Intersectional Thinking for Companies: Learn how companies can gain by incorporating intersectional thinking, which includes recognising ‘blind spots’ and identifying previously overlooked market segments.

The session is for you if…you’d like to learn about how to incorporate intersectionality in a business context.

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