The final report, entitled CMI Race 2020 offers recommendations to government, policy makers and the business community. The report was published on 30 October and it is available to download.
Dr Okoya has a depth of experience in the field. As an equality and diversity (E&D) expert she leads on developing E&D strategy and develops programmes to improve gender parity, inclusive workplace and monitoring E&D data.
She is chair of the Women's Network at the University of East London and in November 2019 she was named as number four on a list of the 50 most inspirational Black women in the UK compiled by Sky TV's Pauline Long Show.
She said, "My experience as the women's network & Athena Swan lead at UEL, contribution to AdvanceHE Aurora programme on future leaders, and regional leadership for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development on equality, diversity and belonging has given me the understanding of the challenges and issues related to inclusion.
"This research will hopefully impact the wider community, managers, organisations and community leaders and inspire them to promote a more equitable organisation and society using the practical advice and tools in the report."
The CMI Race project was established in 2017 and set out its mission to make diversity a business-critical issue for every organisation and leader, challenging the low level of ethnic minority representation at executive and board level.
Dr Okoya said, "Race equality should be prioritised by organisations if they are going to tap into the wealth of talents available in their employees from ethnic diverse background. Not doing that will have serious implications for their wellbeing and performance at work.
"Commitment to race equality should be evident by having a senior leader championing the cause and promoting race conversation and by ensuring that it stays on the agenda regularly."
Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean of the Royal Docks School of Business and Law, said, "The University's Vision 2028 strategy makes our priorities very clear. One is that our research should have a tangible benefit to the community, locally and nationally. This, coupled with our core values around equality, diversity and inclusion, means that Dr Okoya's work is not only fitting, but also timely and essential."