Increasing employer brand of TVP at the Vaisakhi celebration at the Slough Gurdwara Ramgarhia

Increasing employer brand of TVP at the Vaisakhi celebration at the Slough Gurdwara Ramgarhia

Posted on 03Apr

Raising awareness of Disability Confident at MK Job Show

Posted on 03Apr

Promoting the Guardian at Gunnersbury Park Mela

Posted on 03Apr

Increasing employer brand awareness for TVP

Posted on 03Apr

Gamiel receives award from the Global HRD Congress

Posted on 31Mar

Just arrived!

I am delighted, honoured and proud to have been recognised for my contribution to Global Diversity Leadership by the Global HRD Congress at their Global D &I awards in India in February. Unfortunately I was unable to attend due to family circumstances. But got really excited when the Award arrived by courier.

A big thank you to all of those people who have supported me by sharing their knowledge and wisdom over the last 15 years. As I have always said ‘when you surround yourself with passionate people there are no bonds to what you can achieve’.

Looking forward to the next 15 years….

Thank you

What happens when you surround yourself with great people?

Posted on 31Dec
2016 was a memorable year. I am both humbled and honoured to have been supported by such inspirational and passionate colleagues and friends, whose encouragement and support wakes me up every morning knowing that we are going to make a difference. These are some highlights:
  • Completed and launched my first professional book ‘Demystifying Diversity’ after 4 years of blood, sweat and a few tears. Thank you Jiten, my co-authored for your friendship and wisdom.
  • Completed a 100k walk in under 24 hours to raise much needed funds for The Hunger Project an international charity whose mission is to end world hunger. So proud to have been an Ambassador for the last 6 years.
  • Created a Role Model, Mentor and Champions programme which now has over 60 professional volunteers who give up their time to inspire and motivate disadvantaged children and their parents to realise their potential.
  • Attended the celebration event of the Civil Service’s Positive Action Pathway which I am proud to have been a part of for the last 3 years. This year saw record numbers of the pathway delegates get promotion.
  • I got reacquainted with an old friend, David Beeney who after 30 years of hiding a mental health issue, now runs a company called ‘Breaking the Silence’ which helps employers reduce the stigma of mental health in the workplace.
  • Becoming a Trustee of The Parks Trust, which has grown my knowledge of biodiversity to add to my existing knowledge of diversity.

These are just a few of the highlights of a great year, which saw me once again surrounded by great, passionate, inspirational people who are mostly unaware of the influence and impact that they have on many

These are just a few of the highlights of a great year, which saw me once again surrounded by great, passionate, inspirational people who are mostly unaware of the influence and impact that they have on many peoples lives. Thank you all!
Looking forward to working with you again, meeting old friends and making new ones!Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Support something that changes lives everyday minute of every day!

Posted on 13Aug
Dear Friends, colleagues and anyone that knows me
This Bank Holiday I am doing the South Coast Challenge which is a 100km walk from Eastbourne to Arundel in aid of The Hunger Project, which is raising critical funds to halt global hunger in its tracks!

Please help me raise as much money as possible to help save the lives of others who have been born into a life less fortunate than ours.

My fundraising page is: and don’t forget to add tick the gift aid box to increase your donation by 25%. Every penny helps.

As an Ambassador for The Hunger Project I have a self-imposed responsibility to practice what I preach. Hence this 100km Challenge. The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organisation committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Our work in 18,000 villages across 12 countries of South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, reaches the lives of almost 20 million people, primarily through 385,000 trained volunteer leaders.

Many thanks in advance and wish me luck!

I will try and keep you updated on my work/life/training regime on twitter at!/gamielyafai

Kindest regards


Inspiration at the House of Commons

Posted on 09Nov
No, this was not politicians debating the crisis in Yemen. It was the first Yemeni Youth conference to be run at the House of Commons raising awareness of the underachievement of Yemeni Youth in mainstream education in the UK and my first opportunity to organise such an event.

The event was also an opportunity to promote the numerous initiatives that are being introduced into the Yemeni communities to help address some of the challenges faced by a community that was one of the first to settle in the UK over 150 years ago, yet have struggled to progress at the same rate of other minority groups. Initiatives such as champion, role model and mentorship programmes, capitalising on the many Yemeni Professionals who have succeeded despite the adversity that has plagued this community for decades and who want to give something back to help raise aspirations and make a difference to those less fortunate than themselves.

There were over 120 Yemenis at the event, which was made up of Yemeni youth, community leaders, parents, role models, mentors, champions, the Yemeni Ambassador and the Rt Hon. Keith Vaz who presented the outstanding achievement awards, which went to Yemeni Youth who had achieved above and beyond expectations.

The role models talked about how they got to where they are now, the challenges that they experienced along the way and how they overcame those challenges. It was truly inspiring to hear from so many Yemenis who wanted to give something back and to see Yemeni from across the UK who came along to be part of such a historic event.

The next steps are to arrange for the champions, role models and mentors to work with Yemeni youth, the different Yemeni communities associations, schools and parents to help raise the attainment levels and help Yemeni youth reach their full potential

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