Founder and CEO, BeOnBoard
After an award-winning career in the BBC, where she was Head of Production overseeing a £100m global business including the BBC’s world-renowned Natural History Unit, Kalpna has established an impressive portfolio career underpinned by her business track record and her passion for social justice and equality. She has held positions on business and charity boards including University of West of England Governor’s board. She was awarded honorary doctorate from University of Bristol last year. She has founded BeOnBoard whose aim is to dramatically improve diversity on business boards.
She has written a best–selling food book – “Spice Yourself Slim” and in 2015 she founded 91 Ways to Build A Global City – an innovative charity which reaches out to all the 91 language communities in Bristol, sharing different food cultures to bring greater understanding, break down barriers and build a more cohesive city. The charity has run Peace Cafes, regular supper clubs and community events, connecting more than 10,000 people at over 100 events, launched templates for similar projects to be rolled out in other cities in the UK. and won 4 national awards (including the Asian Women of Achievement Award, BBC’s Food and Farming Hero Award, the Guild of Food Writers Inspiration Award and MTM Woman of the Year award).