HRMI 2021: Amina Folarin, Chief Inclusion and People Officer, Inside Ideas Group

Folarin is the global chief people & inclusion officer at Oliver and the Inside Ideas Group. The youngest of Oliver’s global leadership team, Folarin oversees Oliver’s People function globally: 3,500 colleagues for 200+ clients across 46 countries.

In recognition of her work, Folarin was recently listed in the BIMA 100; the 100 most influential people in the digital and technology space. Her team was responsible for helping the business become the #40 Best Large Companies to work for and #6 Best Agencies to work for in the UK on The Sunday Times 100 list. 

Folarin has led the HR function at Oliver for the past five years and was an integral part of the company's rapid expansion, helping open offices in 27 countries around the globe. Folarin is a champion for change in the industry, safeguarding the physical and mental health of thousands of staff. 

This year has been challenging, but by taking action and focussing on the wellbeing of staff, her team has managed to not only save people’s jobs but create new opportunities, with 52 entirely new roles and 230+ new hires in the UK and Europe alone. 

Not only that, but she’s also trained over 40 Changemakers who work with the Global Leadership Team to hold them accountable for creating an inclusive workforce. 


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Amina Folarin was ranked 34th on the list of HR Most Influential practitioners 2021.