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Mr. Diwakar Sharma

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“Glory of India Award is conferred to Mr. Diwakar Sharma, Regional Manager- International Recruitment & Partnerships at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada.”

Diwakar Sharma(Danny) is a seasoned international educator who adorns various roles and is followed by educationists, communication professionals, students, parents, and families.  He has been an administrator, a public relations specialist, a linguistic instructor and a published author. Mr. Sharma has penned seven books, has written several articles, and participated in numerous seminars in India, Asia and various other countries.

He is known as a highly motivated International Recruitment professional with more than 14 years of experience in dealing with students from high schools to universities. In the past, he has taught in China and India and continues to share his passion with the younger community. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and various other academic certifications from India. He later received a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and an Ontario Graduate Certificate in TESL from Canada.

He likes spending his time reading books and appreciating different genres. Organizations have utilized his skills and experience in developing student and faculty exchanges, along with various academic and cultural partnership projects. As a well-travelled individual, Diwakar appreciates different cultures, and with the knowledge, he has been instrumental in bringing people or organizations together at one platform.  Currently, he is associated with Wilfrid Laurier University, which is amongst some of the leading public Universities based in Ontario, Canada. As Regional Manager, international recruitment, and partnerships at Laurier, he is responsible for managing the education agent network and building presence internationally through a solid understanding of different cultures and regions. He is extremely passionate about his work and likes to provide the best guidance possible to international students. His own experience as an international student helps him in connecting with the parents and students from around the world and feel comfortable reaching out to him.

As a member of a visible minority in Canada and at the university where he is currently associated, he advocates for the welfare of international students and is recognized as an enthusiastic promoter of internationalization. Diwakar is a firm believer in diversity, equality,  inclusion and is confident that the organization also realizes that for them to continue growing and remain meaningful, they will have to act and deliver on promises. No organization can survive just by giving lip service to this demand of giving proper credit and recognition to diversity. Including people at all levels from a beginner job to top management and provide people with an opportunity of inclusion. Inclusive cultures make people feel respected and valued for who they are as an individual or group. For international students, parents, and educators, diversity, inclusion, and equality have a higher value than the local community. It is observed that teams that are gender, age, and ethnicity diverse make better decisions up to 87% of the time as per diversity + inclusion = Better Decision Making at Work- Forbes. Mr. Sharma is hopeful that the organizations will treat employees with respect, and they are valued for their strengths and are recognized. Diwakar is confident that he will contribute to the recognition of issues around diversity and inclusion and always stand for the international students, parents, and colleagues who, like him, are members of a visible minority.

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