Worldpay’s vice chairman Ron Kalifa named at the top of the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List

Today, Worldpay’s vice chairman Ron Kalifa has ranked in third place out of 100 in the  EMpower Ethnic Minority Leaders List, presented by the Financial Times.

The list aims to showcase and rank the Top 100 Executive BAME professionals working in the US and UK. Ron was recognised for his individual commitment to driving the BAME agenda inside and outside of the workplace and for his business achievements.

Suki Sandhu, founder & CEO of EMpower, said: “We are delighted to see Ron Kalifa from Worldpay featuring in the EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders List. Ron is a true role model, setting an example for the next generation and demonstrating that background or ethnicity should not and will not be a barrier to professional success.”

Ron Kalifa, vice chairman of Worldpay, said: “When it comes to making genuine and lasting change to help remove barriers faced by people from BAME backgrounds, the business community has a key role to play. While we’ve already seen huge progress in the representation of minority groups in business, there is still a lot more that can be done.  I’m extremely proud of Worldpay’s commitment to being a progressive and inclusive employer, and we will continue to ensure our workforce reflects the diversity of our global customer base.”

All nominations were reviewed by a judging panel consisting of: Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays UK; Vivian Hunt, Managing Partner, McKinsey & Co; Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever; Linda Yeuh, Global economist, broadcaster and author, Oxford University; Nina Vaca, Chairman & CEO, Pinnacle Group; Carola Hoyos, Editor of the Executive Appointments section, Financial Times and Suki Sandhu, Founder & CEO, OUTstanding and EMpower.


Ron was appointed as vice chairman and executive director in 2013, having previously been chief executive officer of the organisation for over 10 years. Prior to this Ron held various executive roles within RBS and prior to that within NatWest. Ron has key strengths in mergers and acquisitions and strategy development. He also sits on the board of Transport for London.

Worldpay is a leading payments company with global reach. We provide an extensive range of technology-led payment products and services to around 400,000 customers, enabling their businesses to grow and prosper. We manage the increasing complexity of the payments landscape for our customers, allowing them to accept the widest range of payment types around the world. Using our network and technology, we are able to process payments from geographies covering 99% of global GDP, across 146 countries and 126 currencies.  We help our customers to accept more than 300 different payment types. For more information, visit

EMpower is a professional membership organisation, helping corporate members drive greater BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) inclusion at all levels of their organisations. Founded in 2017, it provides powerful network connections, helping businesses create diverse and representative workplace environments where everyone can succeed. EMpower is backed by 10 founding members: BP, Barclays, LinkedIn, Jupiter, Coca-Cola, Virgin Money, Slaughter and May, PwC, Sainsbury’s and Dentsu Aegis. For more information, visit