“It’s powerful when a leader makes a commitment to being inclusive and making people feel like they belong.”

Ekpedeme “Pamay” M. Bassey is Chief Learning and Diversity Officer for the Kraft Heinz Company, where she drives a culture of continuous learning, bold creativity, and intellectual curiosity. Pamay is responsible for the company’s global learning and development strategy and initiatives, and she amplifies the work that every Kraft Heinz employee does to create and nurture a diverse and inclusive workplace. Her TEDx talk and weekly journal, both named Navigating Sacred Spaces, are based on her project work and her book: My 52 Weeks of Worship: Lessons from a Global, Spiritual, Interfaith Journey. Her 365 Days of Learning project inspired her new book, Let’s Learn Our Way Through It, Shall We?, which was created to encourage others to commit to their own personal and professional learning journeys. Pamay is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Chair of the National Advisory Board for the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. She also serves on the Board at Houlihan Lokey and at the M&G Etomi Foundation.

Nationality: Nigerian

Industry: Global Development

Q: What is your biggest goal right now? Forty Over 40

A: “I am challenging myself to focus on health, wellness and fitness, so I can live a well-rounded life and enjoy all the gifts I have been so fortunate to receive.”