EY director named as one of Britain’s most influential Asians

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EY director, Arun Batra, has been recognised as one of Britain’s most influential Asians, making his debut entry into the 2013 GG2 Power List 101.

The only representative from a ‘Big 4’ accountancy firm in the list, Arun received the accolade for leading the establishment of a new National Equality Standard (NES) for equality and diversity in business.

The NES is set to be the definitive benchmark for diversity and inclusiveness and is being pioneered by EY with high-level support from both industry and government. It is being developed in conjunction with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Confederation of British Industry as well as 20 corporate partner organisations including the likes of Microsoft, Pearson and Vodafone.

The GG2 Power List is a who’s who of high achievers from the Asian community who have made an impact in society in areas such as business, arts, politics, media and philanthropy. Being in the company of such individuals such as George Alagiah, Lakshmi Mittal and Baroness Warsi, Arun is a new entry at 78 in the list, which is published on an annual basis.

Arun, who joined EY in January 2012, comes from a legal background and was formerly a director at the Mayor of London’s development agency.

Commenting on his inclusion, Arun commented: “It really is a huge honour and I am flattered to be included in this list among such high-profile and successful personalities. I hope that the National Equality Standard will have a long term sustainable impact on how both large and small enterprises approach the issue of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”