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The Future of Diversity

Celebrating the emergence of change

Thursday 27 May 2021

Last summer, there appeared to be a real appetite for positive change in our industry. The voice of the Black Lives Matter movement had spoken louder than ever, and the leaders in media pledged action and not words. In many ways it paved the way for more debate on inclusion and diversity, including our very own Standing Shoulder to Shoulder iteration of The Future of Diversity.

We return on May 27 with the promise we made to make sure that our platform for debate and discussion on this subject was not a one-off and that we continue to encourage not just conversation, but the very same action pledged by those leaders last year. Some will argue that a lot of change has been made in a short period of time, whereas others will voice their concern that not enough has been done. Wherever your opinion sits on that line, there is surely an agreement that we still need to move forward, together.

In what will be our third event in the diversity series in the last 12 months, we take this opportunity to celebrate and debate the emergence of change, with a key theme of talking to and giving a platform to the talented individuals who work in our industry, to not necessarily get their views on D&I, but to discuss with them their areas of expertise. We’ll meet media leaders and future media leaders, plus we’ll revisit some of the key issues from last year’s event, debate topical issues that have arisen in 2021, and learn from businesses that have implemented and actioned strategies with positive results.

Key Themes/Sessions:

  • Celebrating the emergence of the industry’s future media leaders
  • Glassmates meet… Three media leaders are interviewed by the Glassmates team
  • What role does the British media play in changing the narrative?
  • Diversifying the supply chain
  • timeTo discuss what changes still need to happen
  • The true value of diverse consumers

To watch the sessions on demand please see the agenda below.

Event Partners

    Gold Sponsor
  • Channel 4
  • Silver Supporters
  • PubMatic
  • Comscore
  • Google
  • Triton Digital

Agenda

09:00 - 09:30

Breaking through the middle: Celebrating emerging media leaders

Hosted by the Black & Brilliant Advocacy Network co-founder, Tony Effik, this session brings together three of the media industry's rising stars to discuss their career journeys, their ambitions for the future, and the highlights that have seen them rise through the ranks. As Managing Director at Google in New York, Tony has enjoyed an incredibly successful career, but in is role at Black & Brilliant, where their mission is to create a more diverse workforce, he is all too aware of the challenges for young, diverse talent face when trying to break through the middle. With Black & Brilliant campaigning to drive positive change into every boardroom, this panel celebrates those talented individuals who will play a big part in building a better media landscape.

Click here to view on-demand.

Chair
Tony Effik, MD, Google & Co-Founder, Black & Brilliant Advocacy Network
Dorcas Matomby, Nanny, Mother
Nnamdi David, Head of Strategy, Mediahub UK (part of MullenLowe Group UK)
Ezekiel Taiwo, Enterprise Account Director, Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn
Lucy Daramola, UK & EMEA Account Management Team Lead, Adthena

Chair

Tony Effik

Speakers

Dorcas Matomby Nnamdi David Ezekiel Taiwo Lucy Daramola

09:35 - 09:55

Glassmates meets… Lauren Ogúndèkó

Do you have a passion for a good glass of whisky or rum? Are you the type of person that loves listening to the success stories of talented individuals in our industry? If so, then this session is your perfect drinking partner. The Future of Diversity has teamed up with Glassmates – three friends whose natural love of sharing drinking tips with one another – come together to speak to some of the brightest minds in media about their career journeys over a dram they have specifically chosen for their guest. Join Jimmy, Nigel and Ortis as they host three exclusive sessions at The Future of Diversity with Lauren Ogúndèkó, Dominic Carter and Chris Kenna.

Click here to view on-demand.

Lauren Ogúndèkó, Head of Response Digital & Board Director, PHD UK
Jimmy Harris, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Ortis Deley, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Nigel Mark, Co-Founder, Glassmates

Speakers

Lauren Ogúndèkó Jimmy Harris Ortis Deley Nigel Mark

10:00 - 10:10

The Future of TV

In this session, we get an expert opinion on the future of TV advertising from Elizabeth Anyaegbuna (Co-Founder, Sixteenbynine) who answers the following questions: • What is your favourite aspect of TV advertising and why do you believe it is still such a powerful media for brands? • The advertising world continues to evolve due to technology advances, what innovation(s) are you most excited and or nervous about? • As it is the future of diversity event, how has the industry become more progressive with regards to publishing? • Finally, what has been your favourite TV moment over the past year?

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Elizabeth Anyaegbuna, Co-Founder, Sixteenbynine
Mihir Haria-Shah, Head of Broadcast, Anything is Possible

Speakers

Elizabeth Anyaegbuna Mihir Haria-Shah

10:15 - 10:35

What role does the British media play in changing the narrative?

The fallout from Harry and Meghan's interview with Oprah Winfrey in March has been far and wide, raising a number of issues that have been well-documented. One of the key debates is the role the British media play, not necessarily in isolation to Meghan Markle, but the wider multi-ethnic community. In this session, Steven Scaffardi speaks to Omid Scobie, who as the author of the bestselling Harry and Meghan biography, Finding Freedom, has witnessed first-hand the impact the coverage has had on the Sussex's - especially Meghan Markle. Speaking from both a professional level as a journalist, and from a personal view as a mixed race member of the British press, he has strong views on the way the media portray multi-ethnic communities and individuals, and in this interview, he discusses his view on how the narrative needs to change.

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Chair
Steven Scaffardi, Head of Events, Mediatel Events
Omid Scobie, Royal Editor-At-Large, Harper’s Bazaar

Chair

Steven Scaffardi

Speakers

Omid Scobie

10:40 - 11:00

The benefits of diverse partnerships

Rania Robinson, CEO of Quiet Storm advertising agency, will be discussing the importance of having diverse partners in business. She’ll also explain why it’s equally as important not to relegate those partners to niche projects specific to their communities or cultures. Rania will draw upon her own life experiences of moving to the UK from Egypt when she was a child, speaking no English, and how those life experiences has shaped her approach to communication and equality activism. She will also talk about her husband, Trevor Robinson OBE, Founder and Executive Creative Director of Quiet Storm, and how his upbringing on a Clapham estate impacted his ground-breaking creative work and business model.

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Rania Robinson, CEO, Quiet Storm
Omar Oakes, Editor, Mediatel News

Speakers

Rania Robinson Omar Oakes

11:05 - 11:35

Glassmates meets… Christopher Kenna

Do you have a passion for a good glass of whisky or rum? Are you the type of person that loves listening to the success stories of talented individuals in our industry? If so, then this session is your perfect drinking partner. The Future of Diversity has teamed up with Glassmates – three friends whose natural love of sharing drinking tips with one another – come together to speak to some of the brightest minds in media about their career journeys over a dram they have specifically chosen for their guest. Join Jimmy, Nigel and Ortis as they host three exclusive sessions at The Future of Diversity with Lauren Ogúndèkó, Dominic Carter and Chris Kenna.

Click here to view on-demand.

Jimmy Harris, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Ortis Deley, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Nigel Mark, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Christopher Kenna, CEO & Founder, Brand Advance

Speakers

Jimmy Harris Ortis Deley Nigel Mark Christopher Kenna

11:40 - 12:00

The Power of The Black Pound

In 2019, Lydia Amoah launched the Black Pound Report – a piece of research into the spending power of the Black, Asian and multi-ethnic UK population. It showed how people who represent the African-Caribbean, Asian and multi-ethnic community are more than just a stereotype or “tick box” in the advertising industry. But it also highlighted the spending power of the Black, Asian and multi-ethnic community, and the opportunity that exists for brands if they make sure they get their marketing messages right. This year, Lydia will launch the second wave of her report, and in this interview she sits down with Wavemaker’s Content Partnership Director, Shakira Akinjobi, to discuss the power of the black pound.

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Shakira Akinjobi, Content Director, Wakemaker Roots
Lydia Amoah, Author, The Black Pound Report

Speakers

Shakira Akinjobi Lydia Amoah

12:05 - 12:15

The Future of OOH

In this session, we get an expert opinion on the future of OOH advertising from Caroline Forbes (Specialist Partner, Clear Channel UK) who answers the following questions: • What is your favourite aspect of advertising and why do you believe it is still such a powerful media for brands? • The advertising world continues to evolve due to technology advances, what innovation(s) are you most excited and or nervous about? • As it is the future of diversity event, how has the industry become more progressive with regards to OOH? • Finally, what has been your favourite OOH moment over the past year?

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Gill Reid, Partner - Head of Out of Home, MediaCom UK
Caroline Forbes, Specialist Partner, Clear Channel UK

Speakers

Gill Reid Caroline Forbes

12:20 - 12:40

Leading from the front: The inside story of the TikTok revolution

At the start of 2020, Trevor Johnson started his new role at TikTok, tasked with playing a major role in building the video-sharing technology platform’s TikTok For Business proposition in the UK and Europe. What followed over the next 12 months was nothing short of brilliant, as an aggressive hiring spree saw them grow from strength to strength, all against the backdrop of a global pandemic. In the face of that challenge, Johnson’s leadership shone through as he positioned TikTok as the “discovery platform” for brands – a place where you don’t always know what you will get, but ultimately it leads to people making decisions on the back of their engagement after a very short period of time. In this session, Blakademik founder and renowned sports and culture journalist, Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, sits down with Johnson to discuss not only the amazing journey TikTok have been on over the last year, but to get his views on how he plans to keep TikTok relevant for brands, how he ensures they are a company of diversity, and his view on how much of a role race plays in marketing now.

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Jordan Jarrett-Bryan, Sports & Culture TV & Radio Broadcaster and Founder, Blakademik
Trevor Johnson, Head of Marketing, Global Business Solutions EU, TikTok

Speakers

Jordan Jarrett-Bryan Trevor Johnson

12:45 - 13:20

Rising to the top: How three black-owned businesses broke down the boundaries to find success

Three black-owned business leaders come together to share their success stories. Starting from the concept of an idea to launching a business right through to the results of their hardwork, we will find out their marketing and advertising secrets that have seen them rise to the top of their game.

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Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego, Managing Partner, Build Global
Charlotte Williams, Founder, SevenSix Agency
Nene Parsotam, Co-Founder and ECD, VINE Creatives
Chair
Ellie Edwards Scott, Co-Founder, The Advisory Collective

Chair

Ellie Edwards Scott

Speakers

Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego Charlotte Williams Nene Parsotam

13:25 - 13:55

Mentoring 101: The role it plays and is it right for you?

As part of their ongoing dedication to helping Black, Asian and ethnic minority talent thrive in the media and advertising industry, Media For All (MEFA), relaunched a structured mentoring scheme this year for their members which exists as one of their core pillars, and have already achieved 127 successful matches. But what is mentoring, who is it for; and what did those people get out of it? This session brings together key players within the MEFA community, including those who have been mentors and mentee, as well as a voice from outside of MEFA (lollipop mentoring) who advocate for mentoring as something that will not only help you with you professional life, but also your personal life too. This panel will explore the following: • What role does a company play in mentoring? Can your line manager mentor or should it be someone outside organisation? • Are men mentored more than women? Why? • What are sponsors? How do you get one? • What are the benefits of mentoring? And what are the dangers/pitfalls (e.g. can you get bad advice?)

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Liam Mullins, Managing Partner, the7stars
Maria McDowell, Founder, Lollipop Mentoring
Collette Philip, Founder, Brand By Me
Mavesh Malik, Business Growth Manager, Travel, JCDecaux
Chantelle Akwei, Branded Content Delivery Specialist, News UK

Speakers

Liam Mullins Maria McDowell Collette Philip Mavesh Malik Chantelle Akwei

14:00 - 14:30

The Power and Purpose of Employee Networks

This session focuses on understanding the role, importance and influence that employee networks can have within organisations. It will share key considerations when setting one up, as well as asking the panel of experts: • How did they start and what were the key considerations when setting them up? • How can employee networks act as a resource to drive business goals and shape D&I Strategy throughout their organisation? • How is this balanced with the need to attract/support employees? • What is the role of executive sponsors and allies in helping to drive and support employee networks? • How are organisations rewarding and recognising their efforts and time non-financially? Should ERG’s members be financially rewarded? • How can we measure the impact of employee resource groups?

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Chair
Darren Sital-Singh, Client Director & Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Network, News UK
Ete Davies, CEO, Engine
Jess Mally, Vice President Operations and Delivery, Belovd Agency
Joey Addai, Head of Broadcast Events and Co-Chair of RISE Diversity, Global

Chair

Darren Sital-Singh

Speakers

Ete Davies Jess Mally Joey Addai

14:35 - 14:45

The Future of Publishing

In this session, we get an expert opinion on the future of publishing from Demi Abiola (Business Director PHD Media) who answers the following questions: • What is your favourite aspect of publishing and why do you believe it is still such a powerful media for brands? • The advertising world continues to evolve due to technology advances, what innovation(s) are you most excited and or nervous about? • As it is the future of diversity event, how has the industry become more progressive with regards to publishing? • Finally, what has been your favourite publishing moment over the past year?

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Chair
Emma Newman, Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, PubMatic
Demi Abiola, Business Director, PHD Media

Chair

Emma Newman

Speakers

Demi Abiola

14:50 - 15:10

Glassmates Meets…. Dominic Carter

Do you have a passion for a good glass of whisky or rum? Are you the type of person that loves listening to the success stories of talented individuals in our industry? If so, then this session is your perfect drinking partner. The Future of Diversity has teamed up with Glassmates – three friends whose natural love of sharing drinking tips with one another – come together to speak to some of the brightest minds in media about their career journeys over a dram they have specifically chosen for their guest. Join Jimmy, Nigel and Ortis as they host three exclusive sessions at The Future of Diversity with Lauren Ogúndèkó, Chris Kenna and Dominic Carter.

Click here to view on-demand.

Jimmy Harris, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Ortis Deley, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Nigel Mark, Co-Founder, Glassmates
Dominic Carter, Group Chief Commercial Officer, News UK

Speakers

Jimmy Harris Ortis Deley Nigel Mark Dominic Carter

15:15 - 16:00

Returning to work: The opportunity to build a better workplace

Lockdown restrictions are set to be lifted on June 21, paving a way for the UK to get back to some sense of normality, and the start of what will be a new way of working. But as we start to reopen our offices, business leaders have a real opportunity to embrace a better working place. In this discussion, we highlight some of the key issues to consider when returning to work: • How can we better understand the anxiety our employees might feel about coming back to the office? • What are the potential issues that may arise from people suddenly being thrust back into the culture of the media office environment? • How do we create safe places where everyone feels comfortable to raise their concerns? • How do we create a culture which is more focused on the people and talent? After what has been an incredibly tough year for everyone, this session aims to not give you all the answers, but to certainly raise some key points on how we can build a better workplace.

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Chair
Pippa Glucklich, Incoming CEO, Electric Glue
Paul Frampton Calero, President, CEO & Advisor, CvE – Control V Exposed
Jamie Klingler, Managing Director, Incite Global, and organiser of Reclaim These Streets
Deborah Williams, Founder, The Women’s Association

Chair

Pippa Glucklich

Speakers

Paul Frampton Calero Jamie Klingler Deborah Williams

16:05 - 16:15

The Future of Audio

In this session, we get an expert opinion on the future of audio advertising from Rak Patel (Head of Enterprise Sales, EMEA at Spotify) who answers the following questions: • What is your favourite aspect of audio advertising and why do you believe it is still such a powerful media for brands? • The advertising world continues to evolve due to technology advances, what innovation(s) are you most excited and or nervous about? • As it is the future of diversity event, how has the industry become more progressive with regards to publishing? • Finally, what has been your favourite audio moment over the past year?

Click here to view on-demand.

Rak Patel, Head of Enterprise Sales, EMEA, Spotify
Abbas Agoro, AV Associate Director, MediaCom

Speakers

Rak Patel Abbas Agoro

16:20 - 16:40

How do we move from intent to action, and ensure true authenticity in advertising?

Over the last year, circumstances like the Black Lives Matter movement led to an overwhelming reaction across the globe, and subsequently the ad industry. Of course, it’s great that organisations are signing up to pledges, initiatives and frameworks to better represent Black, Asian & Minority ethnic communities, but how do we turn that intent into action? Rupinder Downie, Brand Partnerships Lead at Channel 4, is joined by Selma Ahmed from adam&eve and Maria St Louis, Channel 4 to share some inspiration and insight on what they’re doing in this space, and how to get it right.

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Maria St Louis, Diversity & Inclusion Manager/Agency Sales Manager, Channel 4
Selma Ahmed, Senior Creative, adam&eve
Chair
Rupinder Downie, Brand Partnerships Lead, Channel 4

Chair

Rupinder Downie

Speakers

Maria St Louis Selma Ahmed

16:45 - 17:30

Adland Commits: One Year On - What can we do differently to support Black talent

On June 3, as The Black Lives Matter protests grew in strength, an open letter was launched by Creative Equals and Michael Brown, UM UK and created in collaboration with key Black industry leaders and industry networks. The letter demanded advertising leaders commit to “actions, not words” to support their Black talent, with a list of 10 actions to be taken. To hold the 500+ leaders accountable, Creative Equals have conducted two surveys with signatories since then. One year on, this panel of media leaders come together to discuss the latest survey insights to see what has changed over the last 12 months, how they have approached it in their company and what changes still need to be made.

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Dino Myers-Lamptey, Founder, The Barber Shop
Rachel Forde, CEO, UM UK
Ed Couchman, General Manager UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, Snap Inc.
Stephanie Matthews, Senior Business Director, Creative Equals
Ade Rawcliffe, Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion, ITV

Speakers

Dino Myers-Lamptey Rachel Forde Ed Couchman Stephanie Matthews Ade Rawcliffe

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    Tony Effik

    MD, Google & Co-Founder, Black & Brilliant

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    Lauren Ogúndèkó

    Head of Response Digital & Board Director, PHD UK

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    Rak Patel

    Head of Enterprise Sales, EMEA, Spotify

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    Elizabeth Anyaegbuna

    Co-Founder, Sixteenbynine

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    Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

    Sports & Culture TV & Radio Broadcaster and Founder, Blakademik

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    Lydia Amoah

    Author, the Black Pound Report

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    Caroline Forbes

    Specialist Partner, Clear Channel UK

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    Ete Davies

    CEO, Engine

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    Pippa Glucklich

    Incoming CEO, Electric Glue

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    Steven Scaffardi

    Head of Events, Mediatel Events

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    Jimmy Harris

    Co-Founder, Glassmates

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    Ortis Deley

    Co-Founder, Glassmates

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    Nigel

    Co-Founder, Glassmates

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    Omid Scobie

    Royal Editor-At-Large, Harpers Bazaar

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    Christopher Kenna

    CEO & Founder, Brand Advance

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    Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego

    Managing Partner, Build Global

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    Paul Frampton Calero

    President, CEO & Advisor, CvE – Control V Exposed

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    Jamie Klingler

    Managing Director, Incite Global, and organiser of Reclaim These Streets

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    Deborah Williams

    Founder, The Women’s Association

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    Demi Abiola

    Business Director, PHD Media

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    Darren Sital-Singh

    Client Director & Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Network, News UK

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    Dorcas Matomby

    Nanny, Mother

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    Charlotte Williams

    Founder, SevenSix Agency

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    Joey Addai

    Head of Broadcast Events, Global

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    Shakira Akinjobi

    Content Director, Wakemaker Roots

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    Ezekiel Taiwo

    Enterprise Account Director, Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn

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    Mihir Haria-Shah

    Head of Broadcast, Anything is Possible

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    Ellie Edwards Scott

    Co-Founder, The Advisory Collective

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    Jess Mally

    Vice President Operations and Delivery, Belovd Agency

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    Emma Newman

    Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, PubMatic

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    Dino Myers-Lamptey

    Founder, The Barber Shop

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    Rachel Forde

    CEO, UM UK

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    Dominic Carter

    Group Chief Commercial Officer, News UK

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    Ade Rawcliffe

    Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion, ITV

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    Rania Robinson

    CEO, Quiet Storm

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    Trevor Johnson

    Head of Marketing, Global Business Solutions EU, TikTok

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    Maria St Louis

    4Sales Diversity Taskforce Co-Chair & C4 Collective Chair, Channel 4

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    Liam Mullins

    Managing Partner, the7stars

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    Maria McDowell

    Founder, Lollipop Mentoring

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    Collette Philip

    Founder, Brand By Me

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    Omar Oakes

    Editor, Mediatel News

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    Chantelle Akwei

    Branded Content Delivery Specialist, News UK

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    Rupinder Downie

    Brand Partnerships Lead, Channel 4

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    Selma Ahmed

    Senior Creative, adam&eve

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    Nnamdi David

    Head of Strategy, Mediahub UK (part of MullenLowe Group UK)

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    Lucy Daramola

    UK & EMEA Account Management Team Lead, Adthena

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    Gill Reid

    Partner - Head of Out of Home, MediaCom UK

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    Nene Parsotam

    Co-Founder and ECD, VINE Creatives

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    Mavesh Malik

    Business Growth Manager, Travel, JCDecaux

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    Abbas Agoro

    AV Associate Director, MediaCom

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    Ed Couchman

    General Manager UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, Snap Inc.

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    Stephanie Matthews

    Senior Business Director, Creative Equals

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Tony Effik

MD, Google & Co-Founder, Black & Brilliant

Tony Effik is Managing Director at Google and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, where he has taught a course in digital business models for almost 5 years. Prior to working at Google, Tony was SVP, Client Strategy at NBCUniversal, where his focus was on helping clients and agencies develop solutions that fully harness the power of NBCUniversal’s Linear and Digital Platforms. Tony is an accomplished global executive with decades of experience operating at the intersection of advertising, media, and digital technology, with a track record of building high performance teams around the world. Tony started his career at the earliest stages of digital media during which he held leadership roles at major agency networks including R/GA, JWT, M&C Saatchi, Wunderman, and Publicis. Tony has contributed to setting industry-wide best practices and standards in both the US and UK with the Internet Advertising Bureau in viewability and social media. He has been a speaker at the ANA, 4As, AdAge, and a judge at key industry awards, such as the Effies, Festival of Media, and Jay Chiat Awards. Tony is a passionate advocate of diversity and inclusion, and the founder of the Black and Brilliant Advocacy Network - a volunteer organization dedicated to creating a more diverse workforce.


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Lauren Ogúndèkó

Head of Response Digital & Board Director, PHD UK

Lauren is the Head of Response and Board Director at PHD Media part of Omnicom. Lauren’s core focus in her role is helping clients with strategic digital media planning and activation in the performance space; Lauren’s role is also focused on supporting PHD Media with growing its digital capabilities, through leveraging technology, and intelligent use of data science in digital. Lauren started her career in digital 16 years ago after studying computing and deciding not to become an engineer but focusing on the marketing side of digital. She has worked client-side, as a consultant and agency-side and has been a practitioner across all forms of digital. Lauren is a huge advocate for digital transformation, innovation and re-engineering process through leveraging ML & AI. Lauren is passionate about paying it forward to help young underrepresented individuals discover and thrive in a career in advertising by recently joining MEFA; focused on growing diverse representation in the advertising industry. Lauren is also passionate about being a voice of change affecting policy that marginalises underrepresented individuals.


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Rak Patel

Head of Enterprise Sales, EMEA, Spotify

Rak joined Spotify at the end of 2017, as the Head of Sales, UK & Pan EMEA and has transformed the culture and performance of the ad sales team. With 14 years experience in the digital advertising industry, he has worked in media and creative agency environments and this background translates to razor-sharp focus on customer success, team motivation and sales skill excellence.


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Elizabeth Anyaegbuna

Co-Founder, Sixteenbynine

Elizabeth or ‘Buna’ to her industry friends, is a popular and respected media executive with years of experience gained in commercial, operational and management roles in the TV and digital advertising industry across the UK and Africa. She has super strong commercial credentials approaching all her endeavours through an entrepreneurial lens supported by grounded lateral thinking and a huge laugh. She’s passionate about the need for diversity and inclusion in the media industry and currently mentors for Creative Access. Having worked at big broadcasters such as Viacom, Sky Media, Turner & A+E Networks she has built up a reputation of being a tough and accomplished negotiator while still doing so with creative vision and a smile. She has delivered high value commercial solutions growing business across TV partnerships, digital, social & branded content. Elizabeth has spear headed inventive partnerships for a variety of clients from Masterfoods and Fox to ad-funded programmes for NFL, Nike and Adidas and has extensive kids market expertise. Elizabeth applied her entrepreneurial desire as Sales Director for GTV - an African Broadcaster of premiership football where she set up a commercial department and is now Cofounder of Sixteenbynine – a TV and video centred media planning, buying and production agency backed by Goodstuff. She has recently helped develop the strategy and creative campaign for new to TV Jules Verne Travel


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Jordan Jarrett-Bryan

Sports & Culture TV & Radio Broadcaster and Founder, Blakademik

Jordan is currently a Sports Reporter for Channel 4 News, Presenter on TalkSport and creator of YouTube show It’s All Blakademik. He was a Reporter and Presenter for Channel 4’s award-winning coverage of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, reporting on the Wheelchair Basketball. In 2018, Jordan started up a YouTube show It’s All Blakademik, to have honest, needed and intelligent discussion around issues affecting the black community. YouTube show It’s All Blakademik is a debate show with an all-Black panel of guests, debating issues relating to the Black community. It’s an honest, engaging and progressive discussion with the intention of giving Black people a platform they might not have otherwise, but also challenging why people think what they think. This is an important show for the Black community, but also wider audiences and communities. It’s important that Black people, especially young black people, see intelligent, successful, aspirational figures from a variety of industries. In order to be it, you have to see it and seeing our guests give their expertise from a position of expertise, will hopefully inspire our Black viewers that they can be Doctors, Lawyers, Business leaders, entrepreneurs, Athletes, Newsreaders, Nutritionist, Artists and Social Workers. It’s equally as important to show our Black audience the art of debate and navigating your opinion through a difference of opinion, with intelligence and maturity. But it’s essential that people who aren’t Black see this show as well. Firstly, because where else will you see smart and successful Black people debating issues of politics, business or culture? There are also many people who aren’t Black who want to hear a perspective on a particular subject from articulate and academic people. He also noticed, I knew so many talented creatives, that weren’t given the platform to showcase and improve on their skills and talents. We’ve been inundated with camera operators, Videographers, editors, producers, photographers, graphic designers, sound men and more and all have said they’ve noticed a difference in their ability.


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Lydia Amoah

Author, the Black Pound Report

Lydia Amoah is recognised as Britain’s leading authority on diversity and cultural inclusion. An award-winning business coach, TV presenter and campaigner she has helped thousands of people transform their lives and improved many businesses. Her clients have included the BBC, ITV, Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, Channel 4, Bank of Ireland, EY and the NHS. She is well known on the speaking circuit as a keynote speaker and frequently appears in other media. Lydia is also a researcher. She pioneered and authored The Black Pound Report, which explores the spending power of the Black, Asian and Multi-Ethnic consumers and how these communities are underrepresented in our current advertising landscape. Lydia is also the architect of the STOPIT Protocol, a new policy to protect employees from online and offline racism and hate crimes.


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Caroline Forbes

Specialist Partner, Clear Channel UK

Caroline has worked in Out of Home for the last 15 years. In her current role as a Specialist Partner for Clear Channel Outdoor, Caroline builds and maintains strong influential relationships within OOH Specialist agencies, identifying key stakeholders and instigating communication that supports the consideration of OOH amongst media agencies and clients alike. Alongside this Caroline works as Fairness Exec Sponsor at CCUK, elevating Clear Channel’s Fairness value internally and externally to the wider media community. She is sits on the Boards of Brixton Finishing School https://brixtonfinishingschool.org/and 56 Black Men https://www.56blackmen.com/with a focus of developing these relationship into meaningful projects within the scope of the companies Fairness pillar and beyond. She is a Role Model for MEFA – https://www.mediaforall.org.uk/ which supports and mentors underrepresented groups in media and has recently been named in Pitch Franzine’s top 100 Superwoman and Superman list 2020 for someone who gets things done in the creative industry. https://www.thepitchfanzine.com/pitch-superwomen-and-supermen/the-list-2020


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Ete Davies

CEO, Engine

With over 17 years’ experience working at some of the UK’s top agencies including AnalogFolk, AKQA, Tribal DDB, Modem Media (Digitas) and SixandCo; Ete’s gained experience across varying sectors from Financial Services, to Technology, Retail, Health, FMCG and Automotive; leading and working across innovative and award-winning projects ranging from global digital campaigns to business transformation, as well as digital products, platforms and services. Prior to joining ENGINE, Ete was Managing Director of AnalogFolk, hired to take the agency from “start-up to scale-up”, where he led the agency towards a period of unprecedented growth and built the agency’s recognition for innovation and creative excellence. He also took AnalogFolk London from a UK-centric business to a regional (European) offering and spearheaded the agencies expansion into Europe, culminating in the opening of AnalogFolk Amsterdam. Away from the industry, Ete is a leading protagonist in driving diversity, inclusion and equality across the creative industries, especially for the BAME community, he was one of the original co-founders of WeAreStripes, is the founder of CultureHeroes, both are initiatives whose missions are to create opportunities for Black ,Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent, across the creative industries. He also sits on the advisory boards of several other diversity initiatives. A Drum Digerati “Top 100 people in UK Digital” 2017 and 2018 Alumni, Ete was recognised in the BIMA 100 in 2017 (‘Champion for Good’) and in 2018 (‘Leaders and Visionaries), as well as Creative Pool’s ‘Top 100 Influencers’ 2018 and Campaign Magazines 'Top 10 Trailblazers’ in 2017 and 2018.


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Pippa Glucklich

Incoming CEO, Electric Glue

With her final year dissertation at University of Manchester entitled ‘Women in Advertising’, it was perhaps inevitable that Pippa would end up in the marketing and communications industry. She joined creative agency DMB&B as soon as she graduated and has since loved every minute of the challenge, pace and variety it brings. She spent 8 years at Initiative Media, part of Interpublic Group, followed by 11 years at independent media agency BLM, part of the senior leadership team who eventually sold the business to global network, Havas. After five years at Publicis Groupe as Chief Executive of Starcom, in 2018 Pippa became CEO of Amplifi UK, the investment and innovation platform of Dentsu Aegis Network. She stepped down in December 2019 and is now enjoying exploring her new adventure. As well as her business career, Pippa is very active within the industry – she is a long-standing trustee of NABS and in 2018/19, was proud to be President of WACL (www.wacl.info) Pippa has 2 sons, a dog called Digby and lives in Wimbledon. The family are Chelsea FC nuts.


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Steven Scaffardi

Head of Events, Mediatel Events


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Jimmy Harris

Co-Founder, Glassmates

From a friendship forged over a decade ago, along with a natural love of sharing drinking tips with one another, Glassmates was born. Our main aim is to improve the drinking experience for the consumer Jimmy, Nigel & Ortis have spent a lot of drinking time together, asking each other pressing questions of universe-spanning importance such as “oi, what’s that you’re drinking?” and “have either of you tried this hard-to-pronounce Scotch?”. They came to find that their love of seeking out and enjoying the best-tasting alcoholic drinks that London bars had to offer - in the form of straight pours and cocktails - was something that others were interested in. As is the case with most great eureka moments, the idea of sharing this behaviour with the world came through what they like to refer to as a Blue and Cream Clarks Wallabees moment (if you listen to Wu-Tang you’ll get that reference). And so, over the past few years, it has evolved to where they are now: with their much-loved Thirst Thursday tasting sessions (which serve to take the tweed off of the traditional way that drinks tastings are presented) and #distancedramming a sum-up of the past seven days that includes drinks, lifestyle and television. This is streamed live on the @glassmatesuk IGTV. Glassmates will continue to evolve as you follow the boys around the world one glass at a time. “The cost of a £10 rum & Coke can be put towards a better taste experience and we have a number of fun, educational and interactive ways to help people do that”


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Ortis Deley

Co-Founder, Glassmates


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Nigel

Co-Founder, Glassmates

From a friendship forged over a decade ago, along with a natural love of sharing drinking tips with one another, Glassmates was born. Our main aim is to improve the drinking experience for the consumer Jimmy, Nigel & Ortis have spent a lot of drinking time together, asking each other pressing questions of universe-spanning importance such as “oi, what’s that you’re drinking?” and “have either of you tried this hard-to-pronounce Scotch?”. They came to find that their love of seeking out and enjoying the best-tasting alcoholic drinks that London bars had to offer - in the form of straight pours and cocktails - was something that others were interested in. As is the case with most great eureka moments, the idea of sharing this behaviour with the world came through what they like to refer to as a Blue and Cream Clarks Wallabees moment (if you listen to Wu-Tang you’ll get that reference). And so, over the past few years, it has evolved to where they are now: with their much-loved Thirst Thursday tasting sessions (which serve to take the tweed off of the traditional way that drinks tastings are presented) and #distancedramming a sum-up of the past seven days that includes drinks, lifestyle and television. This is streamed live on the @glassmatesuk IGTV. Glassmates will continue to evolve as you follow the boys around the world one glass at a time. “The cost of a £10 rum & Coke can be put towards a better taste experience and we have a number of fun, educational and interactive ways to help people do that”


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Omid Scobie

Royal Editor-At-Large, Harpers Bazaar

Omid Scobie is a London-based writer, royal editor for Harper’s Bazaar, an ABC News contributor, “Good Morning America” regular and host of the popular royal podcast, “The HeirPod.” As well as being an authoritative voice on the lives and philanthropic endeavours of the Royal Family’s younger members, Scobie hit the New York Times bestseller list/hit the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list (delete as preferred) in 2020 with Finding Freedom — a definitive biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.


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Christopher Kenna

CEO & Founder, Brand Advance


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Sabrina Clarke-Okwubanego

Managing Partner, Build Global

Sabrina is a multi-passionate entrepreneur whose mission is to create space. She has held senior roles with global strategy, target operating models, transformation and change remits for companies such as Ernst and Young, Barclays PLC and Barclays Investment Bank, and worked for brands such Ogilvy and Mather and Nordstrom. She has cross industry experience that includes Management Consulting, Financial Services, Advertising and Professional Services and is sought to advise senior leaders at a range of clients across industries. Sabrina decided to take her expertise and focus on her own company Build Global. Build Global is a boutique consultancy committed to building businesses that last. As Managing Partner of Build Global, Sabrina has led strategy, transformation and change engagements across Pharma, FMCG and Financial Services. Sabrina is an advocate of small and medium businesses and designed Build Global, so SMEs can have access to “best in class” advisory and consulting services. As a responsible business owner, Sabrina started the Build Global Fund, a monetary fund that allocates 5% of the Build Global revenue to non-profit organisations, social enterprises and charities, particularly focused on underrepresented groups. Sabrina is co-Founder of Niche on Demand, a studio where black creativity and capital meet. Niche on Demand executive produces original content, Theatre and Film productions. Sabrina is Founder and President of the Liberian Business Alliance, an association in the UK&I for Liberian Business Owners, Professionals and Partners committed to Liberia’s economic development. Sabrina is Board trustee Theatre503, Non-Executive Director at Liberally, and a Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce Fellow.


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Paul Frampton Calero

President, CEO & Advisor, CvE – Control V Exposed

Paul is an experienced business leader and one of the UK’s defining voices in disruption and marketing. He was previously CEO of a hospitality tech scale-up, Tink Labs, scaling the business from 20 to 200 across EMEA. Prior to that, Paul was Group CEO for Havas Media Group, responsible for a £100m turnover, 900 people organisation. Paul's experience makes him uniquely suited to deliver the CvE promise of being a next-generation service company at the nexus of media, technology, and data, created to serve marketers in the modern digital marketing ecosystem. The Evening Standard newspaper in London included Paul in their 'Progress 1000 Brand Builders 2016' while The Drum voted him the '5th Most Influential Person in UK Digital'. Paul was also honoured to accept Twitter's 'Lifetime Achievement Award'. An active advisor and investor in the start-up community, Paul is also an influencer on LinkedIn and Twitter. An advocate for diversity and inclusion, Paul is an advisor for Women in Marketing and was named one of Management Today's '30 Male Agents of Change.' When not working or speaking at industry events, Paul focuses on family life, his wife and five children, and their dog Tokyo. He is an honors graduate of The University of Southampton.


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Jamie Klingler

Managing Director, Incite Global, and organiser of Reclaim These Streets

Jamie Klingler is one of the founders of the Reclaim These Streets Movement. She’s also the MD of Incite, a professional development platform for marketing and communications professionals. She was the head of publishing at ShortList and Stylist magazines before starting Creative Influence Alliance. She is the founder of National Burger Day and London Seafood Festival as well as a books reviewer for the ipaper.


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Deborah Williams

Founder, The Women’s Association

Deborah Williams is the Founder of The Women's Association, a company that is committed to ensuring that women and girls are empowered and supported to be their authentic selves whilst challenging mindsets, frameworks, and systems that make us feel like we have to be anything other than ourselves to thrive at work and in the wider world. Deborah has worked with women and girls for 7 years. During this time her work has impacted thousands of women and girls, working with companies like Sky, Stella McCartney, EY, Wavemaker, BT, Adam & Eve, Oliver Agency, Lucky Generals, Mother London, British Army, and more.


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Demi Abiola

Business Director, PHD Media

Demi Abiola is a Publishing Director at PHD media, where he joined in September 2005. He started his career in finance as an accountant for KPMG. Before joining the sales house Carlton Television and then ITV where he spent two years. Demi has a wealth of experience across a range of different sectors. His current client portfolio consists of amongst others; Warner Bros, HSBC, VW brands and Diageo. Demi is passionate about diversity in the advertising industry, he’s been panellist at adweek discussing race in the industry. In addition to involvement in OMG diversity initiatives. In his spare time, you will find Demi playing poker, in the boxing gym or practising Yoga.


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Darren Sital-Singh

Client Director & Co-Chair of the Cultural Diversity Network, News UK

Darren Sital-Singh is a client director and co-chair of the Cultural Diversity Network at News UK. Darren is also on the leadership teams for D&I focused Black & Brilliant and Media For All networks and mentors multicultural talent within the industry.


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Dorcas Matomby

Nanny, Mother

Working in account management at leading agency, Mother, Dorcas is making her debut into Adland and hopes to bring her political knowledge and background towards the goal of increasing diversity and promoting inclusion in the world of advertising.


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Charlotte Williams

Founder, SevenSix Agency

Charlotte Williams is the founder of SevenSix Agency, the influencer marketing agency with a focus on diversity and inclusion. Charlotte is fast becoming a go-to voice for brands wanting consultancy on inclusive marketing strategies and regularly speaks for and works with platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, alongside sitting on roundtables and panels with industry figureheads such as the ASA and Advertising Association. She founded SevenSix Agency in 2019; since then it has worked with brands such as Pinterest, Greenpeace, Bumble and WWF. The agency provides consultancy services to brands and influencers, centred around representation in advertising and how to create purpose-led campaigns that generate a positive impact. Before SevenSix, Charlotte held a number of marketing roles, including managing the Hello Kitty brand for Sanrio and working at WAH Nails. Charlotte is a successful influencer in her own right, having built an impressive social profile, and regularly works with brands such as Vodafone, John Lewis, SheerLuxe and the Department for Education. With sustainability and ethical practices also areas of real personal importance, Charlotte is the co-host of Sustainably Influenced, a podcast focused on conversations around ethical practices for consumers and businesses alike.


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Joey Addai

Head of Broadcast Events, Global

London born and raised Joey Addai has spent over 15 years in the Events and Operations. He started off producing Events and operating Commercial Venues for key London & Russell Group Universities. He is a former Events Manager for the BBC and is now the Head of Broadcast Events for Global. The biggest commercial radio, entertainment and outdoor advertising group in the UK. He has led teams to deliver thousands of events over his career including Classic FM Live, one of the largest indoor classical music concerts in the UK in the Royal Albert Hall. His yearly highlight being one of the key Event Leads for Capital’s Summertime Ball. The biggest brand marketing event in the Global group and the UK’s largest multi artist concert at Wembley National Stadium with 80,000 guests. His favourite phrase is “Make It Happen” believing strongly that you can always bring brands, client needs and amazing event concepts to life. ‘Delivering Events as Experiences’. He is the Co-Chair of The RISE Network, a group representing all the ethnic and culturally diverse employees and their allies at Global. As well as a member the company’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee delivering and championing D&I practices across the business. A keen believer of nurturing and developing the next generation of great Talent. He is also a Mentor at the Global Academy and Media For All.


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Shakira Akinjobi

Content Director, Wakemaker Roots

Shakira has extensive experience within the marketing and media industry, specifically across Finance, Communication and Luxury brands. She has worked across various roles and is currently a Content Partnership Director at Wavemaker UK. Shakira has developed and managed award winning, partnerships across various markets and cross channel platforms; from multiple page advertorials in Forbes magazine with UBS, producing and developing an Advertiser Funded Programme; Kevin McCloud’s Rough Guide to the Future on Channel 4 with Vodafone UK and most recently completed an award winning campaign for Nationwide's "Together against hate" campaign, which demonstrates respect and support for people in customer service roles who have experienced unnecessary abuse during the Covid-19 pandemic. Securing a partnerships with Channel 4, Global Radio and a range of influencers. Shakira also heads up Wavemaker Roots, the agencies employee resource group dedicated to promoting ethnic and cultural representation within the agency and client work. Shakira has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a seasoned marketeer.


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Ezekiel Taiwo

Enterprise Account Director, Marketing Solutions, LinkedIn

Ezekiel is an Enterprise Account Director, Marketing Solutions, at LinkedIn, where has been for nearly two years, working with some of the world’s largest tech brands as a trusted advisor. Helping them to reach, engage and convert their professional audiences at scale. With over 15 years experience in sales and marketing, Ezekiel has achieved success in all of his roles and has travelled extensively to connect with clients and successfully deliver SaaS/digital solutions to global customers.


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Mihir Haria-Shah

Head of Broadcast, Anything is Possible

Mihir joined the media industry in September 2013 as an AV assistant at MEC. His current role is the Head of Broadcast at Total Media‚ The Behavioural Planning Agency ‚ where he is responsible for overseeing the planning and buying of TV, radio, cinema, VOD and OOH advertising campaigns across all Total Media clients. Mihir is also heavily involved in industry initiatives frequently commenting and contributing his opinions to industry and national publications on the Future of TV Space. In 2019 he was named in the 30 under 30 list in media and also won Rising Star of the Year (agency) at the Mediaweek awards. He is also a mentor/role model for MEFA (Media for All) an organisation aimed at improving diversity within the media industry.


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Ellie Edwards Scott

Co-Founder, The Advisory Collective

Ellie Edwards-Scott is Co-Founder of The Advisory Collective, a digital consultancy working with businesses, supporting their successful launch and growth strategies as well as digital acceleration projects. She has over 20 years’ experience in the advertising and media industry, the last 15 of which have been within digital. A champion for inclusivity, co-founder of Digital Leading Ladies which was created as an informal and inclusive group in 2018 and currently comprises 260+ of the most senior and entrepreneurial women in the digital advertising industry. The group aims to open doors for females within the industry, providing speakers for events and contributors to industry opinion pieces. She is also a member and mentor of Media for All which was set up to help encourage more Black , Asian and other ethnic talent into media and provide a support and mentoring network to ensure that this talent flourishes. In 2018 Ellie was appointed Non-Executive Director of Look Ahead Housing & Care Ltd, a position that enables her to take her digital knowledge and understanding into the third sector. She is also a trustee for DigiLearning a charity that teaches digital skills to young adults from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.


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Jess Mally

Vice President Operations and Delivery, Belovd Agency

Jess Mally is a London based writer, speaker, podcast host, creative and events producer, consultant and more. With a passion for Social Change, Mental Health, the Arts and Spirituality she hopes to use any and all means available to her, to tell stories that shape a better world. Jess grew up in Germany as the daughter of an African American military man and a mother born in the Czech Republic. As a third culture kid and growing up as one of the only Black kids in her world, she has always been passionate about racial equality, justice and a better future for all. After studying political science and sociology in Germany for a while, she chose to change paths and moved to the UK where she worked as a creative and events producer in the charitable sector for 8 years. During that time, she has honed her creative, organisational and leadership skills and decided to go freelance in May 2019. Today Jess works as a writer for various publications, consults and produces events for organisations aligned with her values, runs workshops, co-hosts a podcast and is actively involved in advancing the betterment of the Black Community in the UK and worldwide.


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Emma Newman

Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, PubMatic

Emma Newman has served as a pioneer in the digital media space with 20 plus years’ experience in all marketing disciplines, digital communications and business development. Emma joined PubMatic in 2014 as Senior Director of International Marketing, was promoted to Vice President of International Marketing and later took on a commercial role as VP, UK. Emma was promoted to Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA in August of 2019. Prior to PubMatic, Emma spent 10 years at MSN in several marketing roles before transitioning to lead their business excellence function across EMEA. She then served as AOL’s Senior Director of UK Marketing where she built and lead both the commercial and consumer marketing teams. Emma later joined the team that launched the Huffington Post in EMEA and sat on the board of Clear Channel UK as their Marketing Director, helping to drive their transition into the digital space. Emma became increasingly interested in the technology that powers digital publishing and ultimately chose to move into AdTech as it allows her to support digital publishing whilst also being part of an industry that would help shape the future of digital advertising. Throughout Emma’s time at PubMatic, she has proven to be a leader, cultivating a deep understanding of our products and working with our customers and partners to help them take advantage of the opportunities that programmatic has to offer.. In her new role as Chief Revenue Officer, EMEA, strategy, change, and bringing people together continue to be the central theme in her career.


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Dino Myers-Lamptey

Founder, The Barber Shop

Dino Myers-Lamptey is the Founder of The Barber Shop, a strategy-led creative company that aims to solve the biggest business problems through data, distribution and disruptive ideas. They work with businesses that are driven by a purpose and which strive to enrich culture through the pleasure that they bring. Their clients include Karma Cola, The Athletic, Tobefrank and Parkinson’s UK. Dino is also a board member of the UK Effies and a NED for the Brixton Finishing School. In 2019 Dino was recognised as a Top 10 Media Planner by Campaign. Dino is also a founding member of MEFA (Media For All), and has recently founded Diverse Speakers.


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Rachel Forde

CEO, UM UK


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Dominic Carter

Group Chief Commercial Officer, News UK

Dominic joined News International in 1991 and held various roles across The Sun and Times Newspapers Limited before leaving in 2000 to join Mirror Group Newspapers as Group Advertising Director. In 2006 he returned to News International as Trading Director across The Times & Sunday Times and expanded his role in 2008 to include The Sun. Dominic was appointed Commercial Director of News UK in September 2011 following a restructure of the Commercial team. He stepped up to become Managing Director in July 2015 and was named Chief Commercial Officer in January 2016. In 2018 Dom was appointed Group Chief Commercial Officer for News UK and Wireless Group’s operations in the UK and Ireland, overseeing all national commercial operations across print, digital, video and audio. Dominic is a keen motorcyclist and is married with three children.


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Ade Rawcliffe

Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion, ITV

Ade Rawcliffe is Group Director of Diversity and Inclusion at ITV, and is a member of the Management Board. She has responsibility for all diversity and inclusion related matters across the Group, including leading, developing and growing ITV’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy on and off screen. Prior to that, Ade led the Creative Diversity team at Channel 4 and spearheaded the delivery of the broadcaster’s 360° Diversity Charter. She oversaw the creation of C4’s Commissioning Diversity Guidelines and developed programmes through diverse funding vehicle the Alpha Fund. Rawcliffe was also part of the team responsible for C4’s coverage of Rio 2016 Paralympics and London 2012 Paralympics, which broke records for employing disabled presenters and production staff. Ade also worked in the Features Commissioning team at C4 and as Television Producer at the BBC, ITV and in the independent sector working on shows including: Big Brother, The Big Breakfast and This Morning. She is a Chair of BAFTA’s Learning, Inclusion and Talent Committee, a Board Member of Women in Film & Television (WFTV), Founding Board Member of Times UP UK and a Trustee of the National Trust.


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Rania Robinson

CEO, Quiet Storm


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Trevor Johnson

Head of Marketing, Global Business Solutions EU, TikTok

Trevor is the Head of Marketing, Global Business Solutions for Europe, leading a function that consists of Creative Lab, B2B Marketing and Comms, Brand Strategy and Creator Monetisation. The team will have people in London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Milan and Madrid. Trevor joined TikTok from Facebook / Instagram, which he joined in 2008 as one of Facebook’s first employees outside of the US. He most recently held the role of Director of Instagram, EMEA, and prior to this held a number of senior global strategic and partnership roles during his Facebook career (which included establishing 14 Facebook offices across the globe, then moving to Facebook’s Global Agency Partnerships function, based in NYC, to manage the strategic global relationships between Facebook and some of its large media and creative agency partners). Trevor plays an active role in championing diversity and inclusion within the advertising industry, holding advisory roles in a number of organisations in the D&I sector. He is also on the board of Trustees of the Ideas Foundation, a UK based charity.


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Maria St Louis

4Sales Diversity Taskforce Co-Chair & C4 Collective Chair, Channel 4

Maria St. Louis works as an Agency Sales Manager within the commercial department of Channel 4 Television. Maria has worked across a variety of Agency portfolios and is extremely experienced within her field. Maria is dedicated to creating positive change within the advertising industry and is a driving force for inclusion, diversity and representation in advertising output. Maria is the Chair of Channel 4’s Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employee network group ‘The Collective’, which is committed to creating positive change for BAME employees within the organisation by celebrating cultural diversity and lobbying senior management to advance the employee life cycle of BAME staff. Maria also Co-Chair’s the 4Sales Diversity Taskforce, which develops commercial opportunities linked to inclusive and diverse representation in advertising and has a key role in defing the theme for the ‘Diversity in Advertising Award’. Involvement in this particular group has motivated Maria to initiate ‘Project Empress’, which aims to educate diverse brands on the power of TV and BVOD advertising, navigate them through the TV process and creating bespoke airtime packages to empower ethnic enterprise using mainstream media. Maria is also the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility on the PromxBDA UK Executive Board, which involves managing a mentor programme, creating opportunities and offering support for young people and rising stars within the media industry. In 2018 Maria received the WACL Future Leaders Award, which recognises her ability to be a successful leader of the future. This award enabled Maria to attend Cambridge University, to complete, ‘The Rising Women Leaders Programme’, which provided her with a clear vision of the steps needed to shape her future, in the short to long term plus on a personal and community level.


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Liam Mullins

Managing Partner, the7stars


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Maria McDowell

Founder, Lollipop Mentoring

Maria started her career in project management working with a vast array of top ten agencies and household brands spanning the last 20 years. She has spent her career managing, building and nurturing teams and departments, this led Maria to develop a deep passion for mentoring and coaching. She is a member of the BIMA mentoring council and is also Head of Mentorship for Brixton Finishing School and founder of lollipop mentoring. lollipop mentoring is a free mentorship initiative for ambitious black women in advertising and marketing. lollipop mentoring pairs professional Black women with senior industry mentors. The aim is to provide support to counter inequalities embedded in workplace culture as well as the disproportionate impact on Black womens’ careers as a result of the pandemic.


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Collette Philip

Founder, Brand By Me

Collette Philip Keen runs award-winning brand and strategy consultancy, Brand By Me, helping leaders build brands that drive social change. And right now that has never felt more important. Collette has spent nearly 20 years creating strategy and communication for a multitude of brands. She spent the first half of her career working at leading London agencies, such as Grey, Leo Burnett and Euro RSCG on major household names, like Starburst, McDonald’s, Always Ultra and Clearasil. She then moved “brand side” to work for Barnardo's, T-Mobile, EE and World Animal Protection (formerly known as WSPA) building and leading brands from the inside. This breadth of experience, her love of brand and strategy and her passion for social justice and making a difference led her to set up her brand and strategy consultancy, Brand by Me in 2016. Their purpose driven clients cover a breadth of great causes – from animal welfare to peace-building, to women’s rights and healthy eating for kids! Right now Brand by Me is helping charities, corporates and changemakers lead through this turbulent time. And on a personal level, Collette is a mentor for Media for All, helping BME talent thrive in the media and creative industries. You can find Collette on most social media as @brandbycollette and find out more about Brand by Me at brandbyme.co.uk


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Omar Oakes

Editor, Mediatel News

Omar Oakes is the editor of Mediatel News. Oakes joined Mediatel Group in May 2021 from Haymarket Media Group, where he spent six years on Campaign, first as news editor, then as global technology editor, and latterly as media and technology editor. He has previously worked at The Telegraph and for regional newspaper titles at Newsquest.


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Chantelle Akwei

Branded Content Delivery Specialist, News UK

Chantelle Akwei is digital marketer with a decade of experience within the world of advertising. Her experience has ranged from adtech startups to multinational publishers; working for B2B and B2C clients ranging from KPMG to Diageo and Adidas. She is currently working at News UK, while being on the Inclusion Advisory Board for Southampton FC and mentoring as well as being mentored through the brilliant Media For All programme.


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Rupinder Downie

Brand Partnerships Lead, Channel 4

Rupinder Downie is Brand Partnerships Leader for Channel 4 She started her career at ITV in Advertising Sales and moved over to Channel 4 where she has worked her way up to her current role . Rupinder has a wealth of experience in helping advertisers achieve the most through cross platform partnerships and sponsorships which include multiple award winning campaigns. Rupinder plays a huge part in shaping the diversity & inclusion agenda at Channel 4, recently judging the inaugural Channel 4 Diversity in Advertising Award and she continues to champion the importance of unheard voices.


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Selma Ahmed

Senior Creative, adam&eve

Selma Ahmed is a proudly Pakistani, muslim creative at adam&eve DDB London. Together, with her partner Genevieve Gransden, she has created global campaigns for major brands. Including H&M, Booking.com and John Lewis. The duo’s work consistently delivers on their ambition to create work that makes people feel something. Selma hopes that by blazing a trail in the industry she can inspire other young people of colour and women especially to join the industry without comprising who they are and where they’ve come from – so they too can fill the world with creativity that matters.


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Nnamdi David

Head of Strategy, Mediahub UK (part of MullenLowe Group UK)

Nnamdi governs the strategic output of Mediahub UK through a more human approach to media, relying on tools and processes that help surface richer actionable media insights. He joined Mediahub's previous incarnation Profero Performance in 2010 and in these 10 years, Nnamdi has gone from Account Exec to Account Director before making the move over to Strategy in 2016. Whilst he originally joined to start his media education in Digital, Nnamdi has developed into a 'Through the Line' media strategist with an ability to connect media channels seamlessly. His personal development has been stellar, successfully taking part in various IPA certifications, as well as being awarded BIMA Hot 100 in 2016 and 30 under 30 in 2017. Currently as Head of Strategy, his role determines the strategic thinking for Mediahub's key accounts such as Western Union, New Balance, Fuji Film, Twitch and Formula E.


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Lucy Daramola

UK & EMEA Account Management Team Lead, Adthena

With over 13 years’ experience working within media, advertising and SAAS organisations, Lucy Daramola has developed a consistent track record of generating, retaining and growing business across multiple sectors, as a result of her intrinsic ambition, relentless will to exceed targets and ultimately her desire to generate value for her broader value network. Whilst she is driven by enterprise, she is equally driven by purpose; consequently, becoming a role model and mentor at MEFA (Media for All), where Lucy sits on the Outreach, Best Practice ERG & Mentoring committee. Lucy also recently became a Bloom UK member and mentor in early 2021; in addition to becoming a member of the Global Inclusivity Board for Soho House. She has been able to leverage her insights and experience on diversity, equity and inclusion, using them as a catalyst to yield significant returns for her employers, advance her career, provide support & guidance to future generations via mentoring, coaching, industry seminars and panels.


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Gill Reid

Partner - Head of Out of Home, MediaCom UK

Gill has worked in the Out of Home for the whole of her career, spanning both media owner and agency. She was a founding member of IPM (Rapport) when it was launched in the late ‘80’s and joined MediaCom in 2007 to head up the newly formed OOH division. For the last 14 years she has been championing OOH throughout the Agency and the wider industry. Overseeing a team of dedicated specialists which put the medium at the heart of the planning process and ensuring that they are at the forefront of developing the use of emerging technology. She is also committed to diversity and inclusivity, specifically championing gender equality.


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Nene Parsotam

Co-Founder and ECD, VINE Creatives

Nene is a Co-founder, Executive Creative Director and an Art director, having worked in the advertising industry for 18 years. She has produced work for agencies such as Ogilvy, Inferno, MC Saatchi, JWT, Wunderman, Digitas LBI, Publicis, DDB (adam&Eve) and BBDO. Nene now runs VINE Creatives, a visual communications agency, which works for and with scale-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses run by the ethnic diverse founders with African-Caribbean heritage. Campaigns produced by VINE Creatives have included Project Embrace’s AfroVisibility billboard on over 800+ billboards across the UK. Which has been featured on BBC News, ITV News and Metro Newspaper online. Previous projects include The Black Panther “Hero in Us All” campaign for child talent agency Looks Like Me which went viral with over 2.5 million views across social media and was shared by Common, Lupita Nyong’o and Letitia Wright to name a few. Nene also co-founded and runs We Are Stripes, a career progression initiative and D&I consultancy. As well as advising companies on effectively reaching their D&I goals, with visibility of talent and roles, events and education, it both creates and increases opportunities for ethnically diverse creative talent. Nene is an experienced awards judge, recently sitting as Jury President for D&AD New Bloods 2021 for 21Grams. She has also served on the Industry Craft Jury for Cannes Lions, Direct and Outdoor for Dubai Lynx, Print and Outdoor Jury for Eurobest, Campaign Awards, The Drum Rose Awards and the D&AD Digital Design Professional awards.


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Mavesh Malik

Business Growth Manager, Travel, JCDecaux

Mavesh is a senior commercial advertising professional with twelve years of experience in the media advertising industry. Currently working for the world’s largest OOH media owner JCDecaux UK, where she is responsible for the travel category within the Business Growth department. She focuses on building new direct client partnerships from the travel industry to generate incremental revenue opportunities and works closely with clients from start to finish of the whole campaign process. She enjoys hosting and partnering on events with travel associations and trade media working with various different stakeholders, such as marketing, events, external expert speakers and senior leadership to deliver a successful event. Previous to OOH she is extremely experienced within print publishing, working for News UK representing the national weekly magazines like Sunday Times, Style and The Times to previous years working for niche luxury publishers working with an array of different advertisers. As well as being an ambitious professional she is passionate about giving back by supporting young individuals by mentoring voluntarily with MEFA (Media For All), Bloom UK and Buckinghamshire University. She also sits on the MEFA (Media For All) Outreach for Schools committee to help inspire, educate and recruit future young talent from a Black, Asian and ethnic minority background into media.


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Abbas Agoro

AV Associate Director, MediaCom

My Name is Abbas Agoro and I am an AV Associate Director at MediaCom. I am a passionate AV specialist that has over 8 years’ experience in marketing. If you want to find out more about me, reach out to me on LinkedIn.


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Ed Couchman

General Manager UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, Snap Inc.

Ed Couchman is the General Manager of Snap in the UK, DACH and Netherlands & Nordics, leading the camera company’s largest European sales office’s, Ed works hand in hand with advertisers, helping them to best leverage Snapchat's innovative ad formats, as well as unpacking the tangible business impact and ROI they provide. He has over two decades of experience building meaningful and sustainable relationships within the media and advertising community, serving as Director of Agency Partnerships at Facebook, where he worked for over six years. Prior to this, he was Head of Digital and Future Media at Channel 4 and he also led the display team at Associated New Media. He serves on many industry bodies including the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) and the Industry Advisory Panel to the Advertising Association, as well as serving as an active member of National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS). He is a trustee of the MediaTrust, a National charity that uses the power of media to give charities a voice and change lives.


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Stephanie Matthews

Senior Business Director, Creative Equals

Steph Matthews (she/her/hers) is an inclusion consultant who believes in equity for all. As Senior Business Director for Creative Equals, she works with global brands who want to embed long-lasting systemic change into their business practices and brand DNA. Her clients include Philips, H&M Group, Diageo, Aviva and Daily Mail Group. Prior to this, she spent 15+ years as a global advertising executive, leading marketing campaigns at Virgin and the RAC and creating award-winning advertising insights for Channel 4, ITV and News Corp. Outside of the day job, she’s active in a number of industry diversity initiatives including the women’s network Bloom UK as 2019 President, Stonewall’s School Role Model programme and the Media Trust and BelEve’s mentoring programme. She’s been recognised as one to watch, with a WACL Future Leader Award in 2017/18, awarded the #2 HERoes Future Leader in 2019 and a BIMA Champion for Change 2021.


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