Dr Ahmed Sivardeen, director of Specsavers in New Malden was privileged to attend a meeting with Commonwealth groups and leaders this month.
Pillar of society
As well as directing his New Malden store and contributing to the field of optometry on a national and international level, Dr Sivardeen is also Chairman of the British Sri Lankan Association (BRISLA).
It was in this capacity that the director was invited to a roundtable discussion with Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister for the Commonwealth and the United Nations, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Westminster.
Sharing one vision
The discussion was a prelude to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will take place during 16-20 April. Its theme is: ‘Towards a Common Future.’
The collective who attended the roundtable session were discussing upcoming events ahead of the April summit. The common goal shared amongst them all was how to best celebrate and communicate a diverse society.
Dr Sivardeen’s contribution
Supporting and celebrating diversity in society is something close to Dr Sivardeen’s heart, be it in the workplace in his capacity of store director at the New Malden store to his position of Chairman for BRISLA.
He says: 'Diversity leads to diversity of thought. Research establishes that diverse groups produce higher quality ideas - something I witness every day with my team here at New Malden.
'Exposure to minority viewpoints produces more divergent thinking, and exposure to gender diversity promotes cognitive flexibility. This is important for us right here in our New Malden community but right through to executive and corporate levels in the UK. “To have the opportunity to share my views and insights was a great honour.'