Today, Athlete Ally welcomed Krishna Omkar as the newest member of its Board of Directors.
Based in London, Krishna practises as a corporate lawyer at King & Spalding with a wide practice acting for public and private companies in cross-border transactions, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, as well as the corporate aspects of restructuring and insolvency. He regularly advises on corporate governance as well as shareholder activism and defence. Krishna advises clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, life sciences, infrastructure and energy, sports and entertainment, and private wealth. He has particular interest in emerging markets, especially India; and is named in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 for India expertise. Krishna was named a Future Leader by the Financial Times in its Executive Diversity Report in 2018, received a 2019 Asian Achievers Award, and the inaugural Rising Star Award in the 2019 British Legal Awards. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2019 and 2020.
Krishna is also the founder of Return on Equity, a new economic and philosophical agenda to rethink the meaning of capitalism in a model that harnesses the power of inclusion, empowerment, and social change as a strategy for sustainability. Through Return on Equity, Krishna is influencing a different and new kind of philosophy, where corporations rely on inclusive disruption to increase empowerment, activating investors, consumers, and employees as economic actors, putting in place a virtuous cycle of wealth creation within a sustainable circular economy.
Krishna worked on the initiative to decriminalise same-sex relations in India, which was successful in September 2018, and in 2019 was invited by the UN Assistant Secretary General to co-lead a consultation on the collaboration of the private sector and civil society in the advancement of LGBTQI+ rights.
Krishna is a lover of the arts and design, dogs and animals, food and drink, and travel. He received a BA in English Literature from St Stephen’s College, the University of Delhi; an MPhil in Sociology from the University of Oxford; and spent time as a visiting researcher at Sciences Po / Institut d’études politiques de Paris.
“I am deeply honoured to be joining the Board of Athlete Ally,” said Omkar. “As a former school and college athlete, my personal experience has shown me the power of sport to change lives. Sport also unites people across the boundaries of nations, cultures, and creeds, and I am particularly thrilled to come on board in an Olympic Year. Now is the time to reaffirm our commitment to the important work of Athlete Ally in building a more equitable world through sport.”
“It’s an honor to welcome Krishna to the Athlete Ally Board of Directors,” said Hudson Taylor, Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “He brings tremendous expertise on cross-sectoral approaches to championing equality, and I look forward to what we can build together.”