As Vice President of People and Culture, Eskedar is a Senior Management team member and leads the People & Culture division, which includes our people operations and SI’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEI&B) work. Through her role leading SI’s People and Culture division, Eskedar manages core people operations functions and oversees SI’s vision for creating and fostering a connected and inclusive company culture for attracting, developing and retaining exceptional and engaged employees. Eskedar also advises SI’s overseas project offices on high-level people and strategic issues including policy, staffing, performance and legal matters.
Eskedar works to collaboratively develop and implement a wide array of organizational programs and initiatives related to DEI&B, including serving as the chair of SI’s DEI&B Council. In her role as the chair, Eskedar leads the council in the implementation of recommendations emerging from the staff, the council and the Senior Management Team. In addition to her role on the council, Eskedar and her team partner with staff to further their personal and professional learning & development by providing coaching, training, resources, and opportunities for growth. Eskedar works to build an engaging, equitable and inclusive culture at SI by providing strategic direction on initiatives to build cultural competency, anti-racist approaches, disability-inclusive practices, and more.
Eskedar is a seasoned People and DEI&B executive with over 20 years of international and domestic professional experience, many of which have been spent directly leading and supporting people in the human capital and DEI&B spaces. She originally joined SI in May 2017, and after a brief hiatus, rejoined as a VP in September 2020. Eskedar has a Master of Business Administration with a focus on leadership and human capital management, holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and has extensive training in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging, cross-cultural competency and leadership development. In her spare time, Eskedar enjoys spending time with her family, practicing & teaching yoga and traveling the world!