Founder, Hustle Crew
Abadesi Osunsade - Founder of Hustle Crew. Co-Host Techish podcast (Top 20 Tech podcast on Apple Podcasts). Author of Dream Big. Hustle Hard: The Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech.
Abadesi was recently included in the Financial Times list of Top 100 Influential Leaders in Tech and Tech Nation’s 50 most prominent and influential voices in Tech. She graduated from the London School of Economics in 2009 and wrote for the Financial Times before joining London's tech scene. Prior to her current roles she worked at Product Hunt, Elpha, Amazon, HotelTonight and Groupon where she was promoted after her first 8 months and helped scale her department 5X leading up to their record breaking IPO. In 2016 she published her careers advice book, Dream Big Hustle Hard: A Millennial Woman's Guide to Success in Tech which is rated 5 stars on Amazon. She has been featured in Elle, Stylist, BBC, Forbes, The Times and The Independent.
Head of Private Office, Knight Frank
Alex Ogario is a partner at Knight Frank Finance LLP, which is part of the Knight Frank Group. Founded in 1896 and operating in 60 territories, Knight Frank is one of the world’s largest property consultancies. Within Knight Frank Finance, Alex runs the Private Office, where we advise some of the world’s wealthiest individuals on real estate finance.
Founder and Board Member, ADAN
Allie Bangura is founder and board member of ADAN e.V., a non-profit diaspora organization for Afro-Germans, Africans and Africa-interested students and professionals with over 250 members in seven German cities. The aim of ADAN e.V. is to create a platform for an exchange through various formats and projects, to make diversity visible in order to provide role models to the young African Diaspora and to present Africa as a continent of opportunity. Allie holds a Masters Degree in International Business and Politics from the Queen Mary University of London and works with an Impact Investing firm in Frankfurt in his professional capacity.
Ammin Youssouf is co-founder of Afrobytes, an international Tech Marketplace connecting business and technology leaders, founders, investors, policy experts, and the media, with the African Tech Industry. In 2018, both founders of Afrobytes entered the top 100 Fast Company's Most Creative People and the top 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs List of Entrepreneur.com. Before founding Afrobytes, Ammin founded the award-winning digital agency, Big Youth. He spent 20 years building digital platforms and operating digital marketing campaigns. His clients have included Ferrari, Kenzo, Mugler, Société Générale, NRJ, Citroën, and Kronenbourg. Ammin holds a Master's Degree in International Trade from La Sorbonne.
Managing Director, Backstage Capital
Andy Ayim is the creator of The Angel Investing School, that trains professionals from all backgrounds on how to get started with investing in startups. He also consults companies in highly regulated industries with his Product Playbooks on how to set up and scale new agile product management teams. He was previously Managing Director at Backstage Capital and was on the Advisory Board for London Tech Week 2020 as well as One Tech, Translate Culture and YSYS.
Andy believes that potential is widely distributed but the opportunity is not. He is on a journey to create pathways to leadership for diverse founders and investors in tech.
Senior Associate, Greycroft
Based in the Los Angeles office, Brentt’s responsibilities include sourcing, evaluating, and executing venture stage investment opportunities.
Prior to joining Greycroft, Brentt led business development at Operator Inc., a venture stage company in the conversational commerce space and worked on technology commercialization at Numenta Inc., an artificial intelligence research company. Brentt also worked at Detroit Venture Partners, where he led investment diligence and supported portfolio companies. Brentt started his career in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Los Angeles, focusing on leveraged buyouts and debt financing transactions.
Brentt received an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Claremont McKenna College.
Founder and Managing Director, Kenroi Consulting
Carmen is the Founder and Managing Director of Kenroi Consulting.
With over 25 years’ experience in the field of diversity and inclusion, she has significant experience across a wide spectrum of diversity and inclusion, including strategic diversity management, training and development and consultancy.
Carmen is experienced at working within large complex organisations, ensuring that diversity and inclusion strategies are aligned to local, regional, national and global HR and business functions.
She supports organisations, across industries and sectors, to develop leadership around inclusion. She has supported a wide range of organisations, to design more inclusive workplace environments.
Carmen has supported a wide range of clients across industries, to design and develop and roll out, diversity and inclusion priorities. She takes a strategic approach to developing and cultivating a mindset for equity and belonging, within project deliverables.
Carmen is also a diversity and inclusion expert contributor on diversity and inclusion on Forbes.com
Head of Network and Communities, Backed VC
As Head of Network, Daisy leads on growing and systematising the networks that support Backed in sourcing deal flow, delivering portfolio support and building brand. She is also responsible for D&I championship on the investment team. Beyond Backed, she's an Advisor at Roam, Emerge, and a board director of, global charity, Future Brilliance. Previously, she was in charge of curating mainstage speakers for Web Summit and its sister conferences. In a former life, she was a baby lawyer and co-founder of Refugee Info Network (a project around gathering EU asylum information to supply to refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais).
Darren Tenkorang, awarded Brighton entrepreneur of the year in 2016 is the Founder and CEO of TRIM-IT UK’s tech-enabled mobile barbershop. He’s raised +1m and currently operate with 12 barbers around London, and a head office team of 4. The business currently services london with 7 mobile barbershops and plans to aggressively expand his fleet to 91 over the next 24 months.
Founder and CEO, YSYS
Deborah Okenla is the Founder and CEO of YSYS (Your Startup, Your Story), a diverse startup community for founders, developers, creatives, and investors on a mission to make a difference. They design and deliver entrepreneurial and employment programmes for diverse talent.
Deborah founded YSYS to be the change she wanted to see in the tech ecosystem. She's a passionate advocate for black women in entrepreneurship and has been recognised by the Mayor of London for her advocacy through her campaign #WhereAreTheFaces, spotlighting black women in STEM and venture capital.
Demi is an entrepreneur, investor & advisor with investment banking experience. He is the founder of Lendoe, a social lender which primarily
focuses on empowering underestimated entrepreneurs. Demi is also one of the co-founders of Capital-Moments a commercial awareness website that aims to further the developments of students and young professionals.
Former Shadow Home Secretary, Labour MP
In 1987 Diane Abbott made history by becoming the first black woman ever elected to the British Parliament. She has since built a distinguished career as a parliamentarian, broadcaster and commentator. From the outset of her career, Diane has championed global justice, human rights, peace and security issues at home and abroad. From 2015 to 2019 Diane Abbott was a prominent member of the Labours Party’s front bench, serving as the Shadow International Development Secretary, then Shadow Secretary of State for Health, and finally Shadow Home Secretary from 2016. In the last general election Diane was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Hackney North and Stoke Newington with a landslide majority.
Managing Director, Alexander Hall
Dom Scott started his career working for organisations who supported children who were not catered for by the mainstream school system. Following this, he joined Foxtons in 2004, where he cultivated a reputation for successfully managing a variety of teams and projects before progressing in 2012 to become the youngest director within the Foxtons group. He was eventually promoted to the role of Managing Director of Alexander Hall three years later, where he is now directly responsible for running all areas of a directly authorised regulated business. He plays an active role in mentoring people from all backgrounds and is the co-founder of the Afro Foxtons network, which actively works to help its members share stories, develop skills and become stronger candidates for future opportunities.
From child prodigy to MBE, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon is a keynote speaker, presenter and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) roles.
Being the youngest girl ever to pass A-level Computing, and going on to be one of the youngest ever to be awarded a Master’s degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. In recognition of her influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors. In June 2017, she became an Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford and in 2019, she was voted the 2nd most influential woman in tech in the UK by Computer Weekly.
She regularly appears in international media and is a sought-after presenter and conference facilitator. In addition to hosting the highly popular Women Tech Charge podcast for the Evening Standard, Anne-Marie featured on the 2019 Royal Institute Christmas Lectures and has conducted live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond, including Jack Dorsey, Rachel Riley and Lewis Hamilton.
Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank, amassing a wealth of experience. A recognised and respected thought-leader in the tech space and trustee at the Institute for the Future of Work, Anne-Marie has spoken across the globe for some of the world’s biggest digital companies and conferences, including Facebook, ASOS, Google, SXSW and Founders Forum.
CEO, Global Startup Ecosystem
Einstein Ntim is CEO of GSE (fastest growing community of tech moguls and politicians) and the largest tech summits series globally and Managing Partner at the Africa Future Fund. As an entrepreneur and investor his mission is to bridge the tech divide across emerging communities, through educating startups, gov’ts and corporations.
Brand Strategist, The Financial Times
Elizabeth Uviebinené is a multi-award winning author. She is a brand strategist and a columnist at the Financial Times. In 2018, she co-authored the Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible.
Writer, Rise up: The #Merky Story So Far
Jude Yawson is a writer based in London. He co-authored Rise Up: The #Merky Story So Far, the first book to be released under the Penguin Random House imprint Merky Books. Jude has also co written a collection of poetry, Use Words First, for BBC1Xtra. Jude has also featured in the SAFE Anthology edited by Derek Owusu. His words have featured on Vanity Fair, Financial Times, Creative Review and more. He is currently working on his debut novel.
Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Justin Onuekwusi, Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM)
Justin is Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at LGIM and a member of the Asset Allocation team which manages over £50 billion for pension schemes and savers throughout the world. He leads on the management of the team's retail and risk-profiled multi-asset funds managing the award-winning Multi-Index Funds.
Justin co-chairs the Legal & General Inclusion Team (LEGIT), which aims to create a culture that supports all of LGIM through networks and events across five key areas: leadership engagement, talent attraction and development, leadership development, marketing and communications and community engagement. Externally, Justin is an adviser to the board of City Hive Ltd, which focuses on driving diversity initiatives throughout the asset management industry. In addition, he sits on the ethnicity workstream of the industry-wide Diversity Project and is a co-founder of the movement #talkaboutblack, which focuses on creating more black senior leaders in the asset management industry and beyond as well as addressing the taboo that surrounds conversations about ethnicity. Justin is a CFA charterholder, featured on the 2020 EMpower Senior Executive Leaders List and was a finalist for the 2019 Black British Business Awards (Financial Services). Earlier this year, Justin was awarded the honour of the Freedom of the City of London, due to his work within diversity and inclusion.
Professor of Leadership, Stephen R Covey Institute
Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Chancellor, Regents University London
Professor of Leadership, Stephen R Covey Institute
former Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG 06-2019
former Trustee, Vodafone Group Foundation 07-2019
VP-UNICEF; President-ZANE; Ambassador TEAR FUND
Governor, M-PESA Academy, Nairobi, Kenya
Trustee, Africa Philanthropy Foundation
former BBC Head of Public Affairs, 1994-2006
born in UK; lived in Jamaica; educated in NW England
Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 on policy to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities working directly with No.10 following major urban black led riots in ‘81 & ‘85. In that period onward, he became a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality (serving 9 years) leading on policy and communications ; a Member of the Social Security Advisory Committee (4 years) and the first minority on the Metropolitan Police Committee (3 years) and subsequently Advisor to Sir John Stevens, Met Police
Commissioner. Michael founded Crime Concern in 1988, merged it with the Rainer Foundation in 2008 to created CATCH22, the leading crime prevention agency. He received a CBE in 2003 for services to crime reduction and community safety after 21 years as a trustee building safer communities.
In 1990 he started at TVAM on education programming and live presenting then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as the presenter on BBC 2’s Around Westminster programme before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and then its first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006. For 3 years Michael also held the office of Global Head of Diversity (09-11). He retired from KPMG in June 2019. From 2007 Michael also sat on the BT Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business until 2016 and was a Board Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
Michael was conferred with a Life Peerage in 2005 and sits as an Independent Peer in the House of Lords. He served on a Select Committee in his first two years and as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Also, in 2005 he also received the UNICEF Award for his ‘outstanding work on effecting positive solutions for Africa’s Children’ further to leading the BBC’s corporate response to the Tony Blair Commission for Africa Report. He worked with Chatham House as an advisor to the Future of the UK in Foreign Affairs enquiry working closely with Dr Robin Niblett CMG. Between 2007-19 Michael has attended the World Economic Forum in Davos annually and led the enquiry into the Future of Civil Society for the WEF and worked on the Role of Business in Society network. He has also sat on impactful enquiries on Migration, Talent and Global Diversity.
Michael was a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation for 11 years until December 2019 and a member of its Global Development Committee; he remains a Vice President of UNICEF UK and an Ambassador for TEAR FUND. He also worked closely with Professor Sach’s (Columbia University) Millennium Promise serving on the International
Board and Chairing MPUK with a focus on Ghana. He is a Governor of the Safaricom/Vodafone founded M-PESA Academy in Nairobi; a regular high risk prison visitor and leading mentor within the black community.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in
recognition for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work in international development and corporate responsibility. In 2017 Michael was installed as the Chancellor of Regent's University London. In October 2019, he was the first recipient of the Stephen R Covey Principle-Centred Leadership Award at a ceremony at the Huntsman Business School, Utah State University. In June 2020 he was appointed as the Professor of Leadership, Stephen R Covey Institute, University of Utah.
Head of Partnerships, StepLadder
Osei is a passionate advocate for de-mystifying the property market for first time buyers. Beginning his career as a start-up consultant concentrating on new solutions and ideas, he quickly moved to focus on his own business idea of helping people prepare for their home buying journey.
Joining StepLadder in 2019, Osei is supercharging the business with his passion for giving communities a new financial solution underpinned by education. Understanding that impactful change comes from fighting for new ideas, Osei’s journey has also taken him all the way to the House of Commons to lobby the government around enabling First Time Buyers’ dreams.
Founder, Vitamin Energy
Philip founded Füd Vitamin Energy after struggling for many years with chronic fatigue due to Sickle Cell Anaemia (the UK’s most common hereditary disorder). Disillusioned by high sugar and artificially sweetened energy drinks, he decided to create something better. Füd has literally gone from sofa to supermarket shelves, with a mission to provide the world with some “Feel güd energy”.
Founder & CEO, Black Business Show & Black Tech Achievement Awards
Raphael Sofoluke is the Visionary, Founder and CEO behind The UK Black
Business Show (https://ukblackbusinessshow.co.uk/)
The UK Black Business Show is an annual conference and exhibition show which takes
place during Black History Month to highlight and promote the amazing businesses
founded by people from the black community. Raphael has spoken for and featured on several well-known platforms including Natwest, Labour, BBC, ITV News, Forbes, CBS, Facebook & BET as well as a personal invite to 10 Downing street.
MBE, Global Leadership Keynote Speaker
LEADING EXECUTIVE COACH & LEADERSHIP SPEAKER
René is quite simply one of the world’s leading executive coaches, working with some of the Fortune 500’s and FTSE 100’s top Chief Executive Officers (CEO’s) and their executive teams.
Founder and CEO, Business Score
Rich Serunjogi is CEO & Founder of the Y-Combinator backed startup Business Score, which matches eCommerce businesses with 1000s of funding options. Previously a management consultant at McKinsey where he served third, public and private sector clients. He's a trained community organiser who worked on the Living Wage campaign.
Partnerships Manager, Seedrs
Founder and CEO, Beautystack
Sharmadean Reid is a entrepreneur, founding Beautystack and WAH Nails.
Her mission is to use technology to empower women, economically, socially and culturally.
A former fashion stylist and brand consultant who started WAH as a hip hop magazine for girls in 2006 while still at university. She then founded WAH Nailsas a side project in 2009.
WAH completely changed the beauty landscape with its millennial voice, feminist attitude and innovative salon space. She then wrote two books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE from HRH Queen in 2015 for services to Beauty.
Alongside all of this she shared her journey by organising business events for young female entrepreneurs culminating in futuregirlcorp.com.
In 2016 she opened a dreamy salon in Soho, London, showcasing a Virtual Reality Nail Design app in collaboration with DVTK and is constantly
looking for ways to push the salon experience further through technology.
With her experience from WAH, she founded Beautystack, a new way to book beauty through images.
Journalist & Author, Slay In Your Lane
Yomi Adegoke is a multi-award winning journalist who is currently the woman's columnist at The Guardian, British Vogue and the i paper. She is co-author of the bestselling book Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible and creator, writer and producer of the upcoming Channel 4 documentary Black Love (w/t) for the channel’s Black History Month programming.
Founding Member and Principal at Impact X
Yvonne has over eight years’ experience in strategy and investment positions having managed over $200m in investments. Yvonne is a principal at Impact X Capital Partners, a UK based venture capital fund, where she is focused on investing in early-stage companies led by underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe. Prior to Impact X Capital Partners, Yvonne was a Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui where she managed investments in companies including TransferWise and a joint venture with Google in Africa. Prior to Mitsui, Yvonne advised high profile corporate clients including the De Beers Group. A board member and passionate leader, Yvonne is a champion for overlooked entrepreneurs.