AsianInvestor recently interviewed Mellody Hobson, president of US fund house Ariel Investments, on the importance of staff and boardroom diversity. We discussed whether including differing perspectives from a diverse range of people can lead to improved decision-making.

In this short excerpt, Hobson explains that diversity, to her, means bringing in people who don't look like you, think like you or come from the same place you do, and uses the example of a historical scientific breakthrough to show how listening to different voices can bring rewards.