2023 Agenda

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Monday 2nd

Tuesday 3rd

Wednesday 4th

Thursday 5th

Friday 6th

Saturday 7th

Tuesday 3rd

ILEC Conference Centre, 47 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1UD

Tuesday is the leadership day with three inspiring events unifying Black women and men on their own growth journeys as entrepreneurs or professionals.

VAMP Power Brunch

10:00 – 14:00

The VAMP Power Brunch empowers talented Gen Z and Millennial women who are breaking the mould and taking the lead in their industry. From entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs, this event is the first of its kind as it looks to honour talented Black women in business, fashion, entertainment and content creators.

Ebi Sampson
Co-Founder AUGUST
Bola Sol
Finance Expert, Grazia Money Columnist & Author
Morgan Victorin
Co-Owner & Head Fashion Designer of Bad Society Club

Black Women Business Talks

Takes place concurrently with Black Men Business Talks

18:00 – 18:15

Registration and Networking Reception

18:20 – 18.25

Welcome and Introduction

Carina White
Cultural commentator

18:30 – 19:20

Professionals Panel - Elevating your way up to the boardroom: Empowering Journeys of Black Senior Women

Join us for an empowering discussion with a group of exceptional black women who have shattered glass ceilings and bossed their way up into senior positions. As they share their stories of triumph over challenge, you’re bound to gain valuable insights into resilience, mentorship, and fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Chinny Okolidoh
Director of Diversity & Inclusion, BBC
Claudette McFarlane
Senior Licensing Manager, The Walt Disney Company
Eme Udoma-Herman
Vice President, International Proprietary Products and Benefits, American Express
Khalia Newell
BUK Compliance, Barclays
Sainabou Faal
Director, Corporate Real Estate, Fiserv
Monique N. Codjoe
Head of Business Management and Chief Control Officer,
Global Payment Solutions, (Europe), HSBC

19:20 – 19:40

Networking Break

19:45 – 20:05

Keynote Speaker

Eva Brown
Executive Director, JP Morgan

20:10 - 20:55

Entrepreneurs Panel - Perseverance is Power: Stories of Resilience from Black Female Entrepreneurs

Join us as we delve deep into the journeys of successful Black female entrepreneurs who have managed to build thriving businesses in the UK. Through a candid conversation, we’ll be exploring the unique obstacles they faced and the innovative solutions they used to overcome them. 

From accessing funding to breaking through industry barriers, these remarkable women will inspire and empower you to embark on or stay the course of your own entrepreneurial journey with their stories of resilience and excellence. 

Ella Weinberg
Insurance expert, Professional Speaker & Founder, Ella Ensures
Izzy Obeng
Founder and CEO, Foundervine
Irene Agbontaen
Founder, TTYA London
Lisa Carter
CEO and Founder, Discussion Box
Jamelia Donaldson
Founder and CEO, TreasureTress

21:00 - 21:30

Close and networking

Black Men Business Talks

Takes place concurrently with Black Women Business Talks

18:00 – 18:30

Registration and Networking

18:30 – 18:35

Welcome and Introduction


Ade Ahmadu
Founder, Cerculate

18:35 – 19:05

Driving Innovation: The Technological Journey from the Caribbean to the US and UK

Gregory Robinson
Director, Product Management, Moody’s

19:05 – 19.50

Professionals Panel - Accelerating the Pace of Progression to Leadership

Join us for an inspiring panel with senior Black male professionals excelling in their respective careers on how they’ve shattered barriers to rise to the top.

Gain practical advice and strategies for overcoming obstacles, the importance of mentorship, corporate navigation, networking, the importance of diversity in leadership, and empowering the next generation of Black leaders. 

Whether aspiring to break through the glass ceiling or seeking inspiration as an established leader, this panel offers invaluable insights to accelerate your leadership success.

Daniel Meikle
Asset Manager, Telent Communications
Mahari Hay
Director, Lending, Trade and Working Capital, Lloyds Bank
Robert Wade
Managing Director, Global Head of Cross-Currency Solutions, JP Morgan Payments
Eddy Datubo
Director of Operations & Transformation, BBC

Louis Howell
Managing Director of 7PK and Revolution Hive

19:50 – 20:00


20:05 – 20:50

Entrepreneurs Panel
Pioneering Impact: Building Purpose-Driven Businesses

Step into the world of purpose-driven entrepreneurship as we bring you an inspiring panel discussion with four Black men who aspire to build businesses that create a positive impact.

Whether you’re seeking to launch your own business or enhance an existing one, this panel promises to ignite your passion, provide actionable guidance, and equip you with the tools to pioneer impactful businesses that uplift communities and foster meaningful change.

Karl Lokko
Co-founder and Chairman, Black Seed
Marv Brown
Founder and CEO, Marv Brown Films
Yaw Okyere
Founder and CEO, Ava Estell Ltd
Raphael Sofoluke
Founder and CEO, UK Black Business Show & Week & Birmingham Black Business Show

20:55 – 21:05

Closing remarks