Meet the team

Hephzi Pemberton

Founder & CEO

– Built and sold financial recruitment firm Kea Consultants

– Angel investor in six female-founded tech businesses

– Founded not-for-profit Kiteka, supporting female entrepreneurs in Africa

– Investment banker before entrepreneurship.

Dr Keon West

Head of Research

– Doctorate in Psychology from Oxford University 

– Published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, cited over 800 times. 

– Awarded almost USD $1,000,000 in research funding

– Regularly appears as a psychological expert on radio and television. 

Eva Lauerbach

Partner & Senior Consultant

 – Extensive experience in executive search and M&A advisory 
 – Co-owner and community curator of ICBRKR in Europe, a social networking app that connects extraordinary people globally around activities they love
 – Raised funds and rolled up her sleeves to support and build houses for earthquake victims in Mexico, Oaxaca 
 – Passionate about community building, our environment and her two dogs (Spaniels Daisy and Gatsby)

Shirine Al Sadi

Senior Researcher

– Equality Group senior researcher across financial services and high growth technology

– Multiple years of experience in digital movie production and project management

– Winner of Microsoft’s Web Awards

– Wrote and illustrated a children’s book now published in 2 languages

Philip Starnier



 – Drama Centre-trained actor and theatre-maker

 – Graduate in Modern Languages from Oxford University with many years experience of French and Czech translation

– Interest in a variety of psychological models as tools for enhancing intra- and inter-personal relationships

– Currently training in counselling and psychotherapy at the Psychosynthesis Trust

Nitishah Patel


– Leading the social impact network and opportunities at Equality Group

– Programme Manager at Kiteka, empowering women in Africa through technology

– Led a women’s empowerment project in Burkina Faso

– Passionate about business for good and travelling the world

Sasha Graham

Head of Marketing

– Broad marketing work experience – from finance to fashion

– Russian language blogger championing equality and diversity ideas to former Soviet countries

– Ex-actress and dancer who loves art and culture

Cézanne Tobin

Executive Assistant

– Executive assistant to Hephzi Pemberton

– Experienced office manager and assistant with multiple years of experience in financial services

– Mother of two boys and lover of quiet weekends

Chris Beck

Creative Associate

– London based designer with over 5 years experience specialising in brand identity

– Founder of design collective Lookandfeelstudio

– Developed identities ranging from social enterprises for entrepreneurial women in Africa to airlines and financial institutions

– Previously worked at studios such as Dixon Baxi, Venture Three and Superunion

The Equality Promise

At Equality, these are our values, in all we do, all the time:


We passionately believe that all humans are created equal. No matter your gender, race or religion. We treat everyone we meet with equal respect and dignity.


We strive for excellence in all we do. We work hard to deliver results for our members and clients. We measure ourselves against the best in our industry and we work hard to constantly improve.


We focus on our goals and never take our eyes off the prize of achieving equality for all women and men. We know this is a long race and we will continue to run it with perseverance and pace.