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The R Project was founded on the belief that representation matters and that information is power.  Hence its objective is to surface and shine the light on information and data about representation, diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice - and lead the conversation in exploring and finding practical, actionable, data-driven and informed solutions. 


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives in most organisations are ineffective. In most organisations, there is inadequate representation of  people of certain backgrounds and characteristics; and it is difficult for the underrepresented to aspire to become what they cannot see. Thus, it is important to keep the spotlight on data and and information about representation because under representation is often invisible in boardrooms, power corridors, and shared spaces because it has been normalised

The current approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion appears piecemeal. Organisations dip in and out in response to external forces and dialogue. Every time issues of racism or other forms of discrimination and inequality make the headlines, more is done. But as the news cycle and the world moves on to other things, organisations often relapse and revert to their old ways. In many organisations, there is a permanent, trickle of effort that runs through various diversity groups or the diversity and inclusion champion(s). But these rarely translate to tangible, lasting cultural changes. 

The R Project seeks to do two things:

  • keep people focused on the issues by leading the conversation on such issues 

  • develop and share disruptive, innovative, practical solutions for organisations and communities to tackle intractable challenges around the issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice. 


Savania China, Author/DEI Expert


Through his writing and interest in politics and social issues, Savania is an influential commentator and thought leader who has appeared on platforms like the BBC to talk about race and social justice. 

The confluence of his growing passion for social justice, equity, inclusion and diversity and his background in data, strategic problem solving, management and leadership led to the creation of The R Project. His education, experience, and passion intersect in a unique and powerful way that enables him to articulate on and provide solution for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in society and orgnanisations.

To find out more about Savania and his other work, please visit his personal website: www.savaniachina.co.uk

About the Founder​

Savania has extensive professional and freelance experience. He has worked in the UK government in Westminster for many years, leading on strategic initiatives. Outside government he has worked with various organisations, including the UN and the European Commission, in advisory roles over the years. He has also founded and run various business enterprises and been an executive and non-executive member of various boards.  

An academically inclined alumni of  INSEAD Business School, Warwick Business School, London School of Economics, Ashridge Business School, Stanford University, and others where he studied business and leadership,  Savania infuses his extensive knowledge of society, business, and organisations into his thinking on representation, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice.

As an avid writer/published author/novelist, he brings his complex but distilled understanding of the human condition into his solutions and approaches.