Living and working in various parts of the world, I have sometimes been posed with the question "how come you choose to live and work here with no prior connection to the country?". As an evasive answer, I tried to subscribe to the idea that I am a "cultural amphibian" – someone who does not necessarily identify with a particular culture or territory, can live anywhere and integrate into other cultures with ease! However, over the years I have learnt to accept that I can do both: I can identify with and be proud of my heritage and background, as well as continue to integrate into different cultures.
The work environment at Clifford Chance has contributed a great deal to this feeling. I want to do my bit to ensure that my colleagues who come from diverse backgrounds feel the same way. This is why I chose to be a part of the Executive Committee (Germany) of the Race Equality and Celebrating Heritage (REACH) Network at Clifford Chance.