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top 5 African Diversity leaders

The 2019 EMpower list provided 100 leaders of ethnic minority origin. Our short recap focuses on top five leaders of African origin who are representing the continent to the best of their ability while using their talents. The complete EMpower list can be accessed here

Below are our 2019 Hall of Famers, who we hope will inspire you to speak up represent and challenge the status quo…

Edward Enninful

This is a Ghanaian born stylist currently the editor-in-chief of BRITISH Vogue. At a tender age, his parents took him to London together with his siblings. He took interest in fashion as a teenager and that is where he began to rise to the higher echelon in the fashion industry. At the age of 19, the young Enningful was named the editor fashion director of i-D, the youngest editor in the industry. He held this position for two decades. Enninful was a contributor to Italian Vogue after several years as editor-in-chief . His outstanding work with Vogue was the production of Black issue publication where he featured many black models. This publication became outstanding in the fashion industry. Over 40,000 extra copies of the publication was printed.

In 2006, Enninful equally was a contributing editor in American Vogue, he was also outstanding. By 2011, he was the editor in W magazine before moving to British Vogue as the editor-in-chief in 2017. At British Vogue, Enninful presents the world in an exclusive manner while representing all races, sizes, sexuality, and culture amongst others. He is a strong believer of equal opportunity for all and this is reflected well in his works

Enninful has won numerous awards including

  • Media Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (2018)
  • CFDA Media Award (2018)
  • Fashion creator of the year by the British Fashion Council, amongst others

Sophie Chandauka

Sophie Chandauka is from Zimbabwe and is outstanding in the finance industry. She is Co-founder and Chair of Judges of the Black British Business Awards and a member of the Global Expansion Committee of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC) – an African American membership organization committed to increasing the number of black executives in c-suites and corporate boards in global enterprises. Brummell Magazine listed Sophie as one of the most inspirational woman in London in 2017.

Brummell Magazine’s 2018 September edition  listed Sophie as one of the most inspirational women in the city of London. At Morgan Stanley, between July 2017 and January 2019, Sophie served as co-chair of the African and Caribbean Business Alliance (ACBA) and now serves as Strategic Advisor to the network. During her stay in African and Caribbean Business Alliance (ACBA) where she was a co-chair, she worked assiduously to promote black talent, while encouraging creativity. She worked to attract, retain and promote black talents at the firm.  This earned her prestigious awards including recognition by HM Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to the Commonwealth diaspora.

Tunji Akintokun

Tunji Akintokun is an MSc holder in Information Systems Engineering. He works relentlessly to promote ethnic minority employees in the workplace. He is a co-founder of the black employee resource group when he was working with Cisco. He founded The Ilesha Charitable Trust a charity organization where, he provides bursaries, funding and support for many ethnic minority organizations and individuals. Through his diversity works, he has been featured in numerous lists and in 2018, he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2018 New Year’s Honors List for services to young people from ethnic minorities in science and technology. He has founded two social enterprises, which aim to inspire, excite and engage diverse talent in pursuing careers in STEM across Africa, USA and UK.

Dr Abulokwe Nneka

A highly qualified technologist, senior executive and board director. She is one of the first Afro-Caribbean professionals in the UK to sit on the board of a top five European IT services organization. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate career that includes but not limited to ICT, Governance & Enterprise Risk, Information & Cyber Security, Business Assurance, Certifications & Standards, and Business Continuity Management. She is a tech, digital governance and delivery execution specialist who is passionate about the intelligent use of technology and governance to foster organizational cohesion and drive positive digital cultures.. In recognition for successful delivery of high profile projects, she has received several professional awards, including two industry fellowships.

In 2013, she joined the executive board committee of Sopra Steria, a €3.7bn digital transformation organization, as Executive Director Governance, Risk & Assurance UK & Asia, where she was responsible for six corporate functions. In 2017, Nneka was appointed to Chair the Board Nominations Committee for ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). In this role, she has been responsible for the successful composition of a diverse 2018/19 board.

Dr Nneka Abulokwe has had an extensive career driving innovative tech and business transformation initiatives for some of the largest multinational ‘digital transformation’ organizations. She is passionate about the adoption of technology and leading the way in people-centric governance.

Ugo Ojike

Is a Nigerian born outstanding woman currently a Contract Management Lead for Resources UKI at Accenture in United Kingdom. She studied at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) were she bagged Master of Science (MSc). She has experience in negotiation and commercial management of large IT Consulting, Technology and Digital. Prior to working with Accenture, she had worked at one of the Big 4 where she trained as a Chartered Accountant. She champions the development of talent and sponsors this agenda for Contract Management globally. She recently spoke at the House of Parliament as part of a Game Changers Summit on being “Colour Brave – How to Start Courageous Conversations about Race”. At this speech, she challenges us to think differently about how we will change things for those that come after us, while creating a world where people are able to thrive, reach their potential and achieve success in whichever field they chose. Outside of her day job, Ugo serves on a governing committee for children who have been excluded from mainstream schools.

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