Sherika Ponniah has joined The Centre of Legal Innovation (CLI) as the second member of its Distinguished Fellowship Program.
Ponniah is currently the deputy head of legal content at Wolters Kluwer CCH Asia-Pacific, providing information software and services to the legal profession.
She is also a resident entrepreneur at the Macquarie University Innovation Incubator where she promotes gender diversity, focusing on greater inclusivity for mothers in the law profession.
Ponniah's new role at The Centre for Legal Innovation will be to drive innovation in the legal industry through encouraging greater diversity and inclusion.
CLI Executive Director Terri Mottershead says Ponniah has the creativity to encourage innovative thinking in the legal sector.
"Sherika brings the kind of creative thinking that the legal industry needs right now," says Mottershead.
"Her work at CLI will assist the profession in developing a new definition for diversity and inclusion one that celebrates different, new and creative solutions to the changes taking place in our industry, and then implements them."
Ponniah believes diversity is needed to inspire innovation and aims to encourage legal firms to be more inclusive of those with different experiences.
"Diversity has moved beyond just race and gender to include people of different backgrounds, beliefs and life experiences.
"My role with the CLI will focus on providing practical support for legal firms on how to be more inclusive, and to show how diversity of thought is needed to encourage innovation," she says.
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