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Raph Mokades ranked in top 100 Empower Minority Leaders list 2018

London, 31 May 2018: Raph Mokades, the Founder and Managing Director of Rare, a diversity recruitment specialist, has been ranked in the top 100 EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders list 2018. The list celebrates the work of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business leaders, and future leaders, in the UK, Ireland, US and Canada.

As the pioneer of contextual recruitment, Raph is leading the charge to improve the life chances of disadvantaged minorities, working closely with top-tier firms, including Deloitte, Boston Consulting Group, Barclays, Clifford Chance, Freshfields and a range of others, to help them find the best talent from unconventional backgrounds. 

Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS), the first technology and data-driven tool of its kind, hardwires social mobility metrics into companies’ existing graduate recruitment databases. 

It allows firms to see, at a glance, not just the achievements of candidates, but the context in which those achievements were gained, taking into consideration several factors, including postcode, school quality, eligibility for free school meals, refugee status and time spent in care. 

Inspired by Big Data processes, and the selection techniques used by the UK’s leading universities, Rare has found that 50 per cent more disadvantaged candidates are hired when organisations adopt the CRS.

Raph Mokades, Founder and MD of Rare, said: “It’s great to be recognised for our efforts in driving more diverse representation among top firms. The business case for diversity has been made numerous times and its merits are undisputed. Our message is clear: your ethnicity or background should never be a barrier to your professional success.”

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model lists are a powerful reflection and celebration of the incredible achievements of the ethnic minority business community. They are published annually, in partnership with the Financial Times, to showcase ethnic minority talent. The 100 Ethnic Minority Executives category recognises 100  senior role models who are helping to make the workplace a more welcoming place for ethnic minority employees. 

All of the 2018 leading ethnic minority role models were nominated by peers and colleagues, and then reviewed by EMpower’s judging panel. Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their impact on ethnic minority inclusion inside and outside the workplace and their business achievements.

Suki Sandhu, CEO and founder of EMpower, said: “Our lists exist to drive the empowerment of ethnic minorities within business. Role modelling is fundamental to ensuring equality of opportunity and more inclusive workplace cultures. Those who have achieved personal success have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of ethnic minority leaders, and those featured on our lists are more than living up to it. Through these lists we hope to encourage individuals and businesses to stand up and work together to drive change in our society and workplaces - doing so will inspire the diverse leaders of tomorrow.”

The full listing can be viewed at: bit.ly/2lipLOD 


About Rare 

Rare is the graduate recruitment firm changing who companies hire and how they hire them. We’re helping people to be better and we’re helping organisations to be smarter, to look not just at someone’s achievements, but to look at the context in which those achievements were made. We’re helping employers to look more like the communities they serve. Rare’s Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) provides real time contextual information allowing employers to identify exceptional candidates they might otherwise miss. We have contextualised over 100,000 candidates, and have built one of the largest data sets of the social mobility status of top graduates in the UK. 



About EMpower

EMpower is a professional membership organisation, helping corporate members drive greater Ethnic Minority inclusion at all levels of their organisations. Founded in 2017, it provides powerful network connections, helping businesses create diverse and representative workplace environments where everyone can succeed. EMpower has over 26 member firms including; BP, Barclays, LinkedIn, Coca-Cola, and Sainsbury’s.

EMpower is part of INvolve, a membership organisation championing diversity and inclusion in business. INvolve helps member firms drive cultural change and create more inclusive workplaces. EMpower publishes role model lists annually in partnership with the Financial Times, celebrating business leaders and future leaders who are leading the charge in their respective diversity spheres.