Black Finance Talks

Friday 21st October  |  6pm – 9.30pm

We speak with some of the experts in the financial industry about how they achieved success within their career, with a notable lack of diversity within this industry the black finance show aims to offer tips on how to successfully navigate a career in finance. We also speak with entrepreneurs who will offer advice on access to finance, alternative finance and scaling up your business.

Who is this for?
We invite anyone interested in pursuing a career in finance as well as entrepreneurs who need financial advice and education. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.

Speakers (More TBC)

Andy Ayim MBE

Founder of The Angel Investing School

The Angel Investing School trains professionals on how to get started investing in startups with as little as £1,000. The mission aims to get more women and people of colour on the Cap Table to close the wealth gap. As an angel investor, he has invested in startups such as Tambua Health, Elexsys and Subly. Alongside this, he is an honorary member of The Green Angel Syndicate, investing in the fight against climate change, part of The Atomico Angel programme 2021 and an Ambassador at Huckletree.
Andy believes talent is equally distributed — but access to opportunity is not. He was awarded an MBE in 2021 for his contribution to making the UK tech sector more diverse and inclusive.

Ezechi Britton MBE

Ezechi Britton MBE

Principal, CTO in Residence, and Founding Member, Impact X Capital Partners

Ezechi Britton is a Founding Member, Principal and CTO in Residence at Impact X Capital Partners, a London-based venture capital company investing in underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe at the Seed and Series A stages within the entertainment, media, tech and creative industries.

Justin Onuekwusi

Justin Onuekwusi

Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at Legal & General Investment Manager

Chenelle Ansah

Chenelle Ansah

Partner at Cornerstone Partners & CEO of Nell Consulting

Passionate about the intersectionality between Diversity, Fintech and Climate Change.

Recently awarded Innovate Finance’s Standout Women in Fintech on Innovate UK’s Fintech Power list 2021. Chenelle is an Investor, Consultant and Advisor who has worked at the intersection of Fintech and Diversity for over 10 years. She is the founder of Nell Consulting, Partner at Cornerstone Partners and Chairman of the Investment Committee at Crisis Venture Studio.

Chenelle’s passion for Diversity and creating access to capital lends to her role as Partner at Cornerstone Partners (formally Head of Cornerstone Partners), the UK’s first Angel Investment firm focused on investing in Black and Diverse businesses in the U.K. with a mission to bridge the funding gap to founders in this demographic. Her Investment efforts also include being an honorary member of Green Angel Syndicate, Chairwoman of Crisis Venture Studio, the Investment arm of Crisis the charity and recognised as a top female Angel Investor by the UKBAA. Featured in Forbes, The Sunday Times, BBC news and BBC radio 4, Chenelle is often at the forefront of discussions pertaining to creating access to capital for Diverse founders and has been instrumental in influencing Government policy to create better opportunities for SME’s and Diverse founders in the UK.

Danielle Cherubin

Danielle Cherubin

Relationship Director, HSBC UK

Danielle Cherubin is currently a Relationship Director with HSBC Corporates, supporting businesses which have a complex international footprint. Additionally, Danielle has a background working in business finance for Higher Education institutions, Charities, and HSBC across New York, the UAE, and London. She is the Co-Chair of HSBC’s London LGBTQ network, as well as a leader for championing ethnic diversity and inclusion. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys introducing friends and colleagues to Haitian cuisine, travelling abroad, and playing the flute. 

Demi Ariyo

CEO and Head of Funding, Lendoe

Yvonne Bajela

Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital

Yvonne Bajela is a Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital, an investment firm founded to invest in underrepresented entrepreneurs across Europe.

Yvonne is a highly experienced and skilled VC investor, leader and board member having previously been the youngest Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui & Co., where she led over $200 million in investments in companies including TransferWise. A board member and passionate leader,

Yvonne is a champion for increasing diversity in entrepreneurship and leadership. She was recently recognised in the 2021 Powerlist as a rising star.

David Fisayo

David Fisayo

Co-founder of Wealth8

David is the co-founder of Wealth8, a digital savings & investment app providing simple, affordable access to investing in global investment products; also offering financial education to deliver on long-term wealth creation. Wealth8’s mission is to economically empower the black community and close the wealth gap. 

Prior to Wealth8, he started his career and spent 7 years at KPMG, where he specialized in customer and digital finance product design for fintech and challenger banks. David is passionate about removing barriers to social and economic empowerment. He is also a Director at Foundervine, and an angel investor at Ada Ventures, a pre-series A venture capital fund investing in overlooked founders and market opportunities; investing in start-ups such as Moonhub, Symplifi and Ocushield. Outside work, he is an avid runner, cyclist and occasional boxer.

Serlina Boyd is the founder of Cocoa, the UK’s first Black children’s magazines (Cocoa Girl and Cocoa Boy). These magazines were driven by a desire to build her then 6-year old daughter’s confidence after she experienced bullying at school because of the colour of her skin. Publishing Cocoa Girl has been an empowering journey for her and her family and especially her daughter (who is also the editor). In 4 weeks, the magazine grew a readership of over 10,000 children! The overwhelming positive feedback and demand for the magazines confirm the crucial need to build a strong community for young Black girls and boys who are often misrepresented by mainstream media.

Mose Adigun

Managing Director in the Investment Banking group at JP Morgan

Mose joined J.P. Morgan Cazenove in 2008 as a member of the Corporate Finance Execution team specializing in initial public offerings and equity capital markets transactions. During her time at J.P. Morgan Cazenove, Mose has worked on several transactions with UK and international companies looking to list on the London Stock Exchange, as well as a broad range of public and private merger and acquisition transactions.

Mose is a graduate of New College, Oxford University, with a master’s degree in Engineering, Economics and Management.

James Muigai Wainaina

James Muigai Wainaina

VP, Business Development – Africa at American Express

James is responsible for leading and further driving the Amex’s Global Network Business in sub-Saharan Africa where we currently work with a sizable portfolio of partners, covering over 29 countries including South Africa. James is also responsible for assessing emerging payment trends on the continent and how American Express can play an active role.

His career has spanned Retail FMCG, Auto, Corporate and Retail Banking and latterly payments including roles with Standard Chartered, Barclays and Mastercard, focused around business growth in multiple African jurisdictions.

£35 + £1.50 booking fee

This event is part of the Black Finance Day
Ticket includes entry to:
Funding the Future with HSBC UK – 10am – 12pm
Black Finance Talks – 6pm – 9:30pm

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