Shani Dhanda is a broadcaster, social entrepreneur, award-winning disability specialist and former LinkedIn UK Changemaker. Shani was named on the BBC 100 Women List in 2020 and she was listed as 2nd on The Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 List in both 2021 and 2022. Shani won Campaigner of the Year at the 2021 European Diversity Awards as well as being named as one of CEO Magazine’s most influential women in leadership list alongside Kamala Harris and Jacinda Arden.
Shani featured in LinkedIn’s biggest UK advertising campaign including their first television advert. Her TV credits include Rip Off Britain (BBC One), Morning Live (BBC One), Sunday Morning Live (BBC One), The Truth About Looking Good (BBC One), Nadiya’s Time to Eat (BBC Two), Loose Women (ITV), This Morning (ITV), Good Morning Britain (ITV), Jeremy Vine on 5 (Channel 5) and Divided Britain: The Lockdown Debate (Channel 4).
As an accomplished keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion, Shani has spoken at global conferences for companies such as Google, Bloomberg, Virgin Media and Viacom alongside Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton amongst others. She has also spoken at the United Nations and give a TEDx Talk. Shani is the founder of three initiatives: Diversability, the UK’s first inclusive platform providing discounts for disabled people; the Asian Woman Festival, the UK’s first of its kind event to empower and celebrate Asian women; and the Asian Disability Network, an educational platform and support network for people who experience multiple types of stigma due to their ethnic and cultural identities.
Shani is an ambassador for Scope, trustee of Leonard Cheshire Disability, and an executive committee member of the Asian Business Chamber of Commerce.
As a commentator on disability and inclusion matters, Shani has been a contributor on Channel 4 News, ITV News, Sky News, the BBC Asian Network and various BBC regional radio stations. She has also been featured in British Vogue, Stylist and the Financial Times and has written for the Metro and The Huffington Post.