Anita Kirpal is a second-generation British Asian, raised in an East-London flat above a post office run by her parents. Her family regularly experienced racism, which fuelled her to take up community activism. After a decade of community work and two decades in leadership consulting, she is now a partner at Global Future Partners where she helps companies develop genuinely inclusive, purpose-driven leadership.
As a teenager Anita joined Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), an anti-racist organisation in East London providing frontline support to families experiencing racial and police harassment.
She went on to co-found and lead Newham Asian Women’s Project, providing refuge provision and holistic services to women and girls fleeing Domestic Violence. There she successfully campaigned to challenge immigration laws, most notably to end no recourse to public funds for women with insecure immigration status fleeing domestic violence. She also conducted and published research (‘Growing up Young, Asian and Female in Britain: Conflict and Culture’) documenting the high self-harm and suicide rates of young Asian girls whilst running domestic violence awareness for children in school workshops.
After 10 years working in the third sector, and qualifying as a psychologist, Anita moved to YSC, a premier international leadership consultancy where she then spent 20 years providing coaching and advice to major FTSE 100 companies. In the latter part of her career at YSC she was the Global Head of Diversity & Inclusive Leadership where she was central to the formation and design of IP and partnering with clients on culture change.
Anita is married to a criminal barrister who has been counsel in notable inquests and public inquiries including Stephen Lawrence, Hillsborough and Grenfell. They met whilst working at NMP, 30 years ago and are miraculously still together. They currently live with their two children in London.