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.
Bola Sol is a Mathematics and Finance graduate, content creator and author who found passion in women coming together to discuss money matters.
Her work as a finance coach has enabled her to lead panel discussions about money for media companies such as the Financial Times and The Guardian, deliver finance workshops to corporations like Amazon & Snapchat. And, she has been featured on the BBC, Sky News, Forbes, Glamour, Gal-Dem, Huffington Post, Stylist Magazine and Refinery 29 for her thoughts and opinions on financial wellness.
She is the author of ‘How to Save It’ published in January 2021 with #Merky Books.
Through one conversation at a time, she wants to empower people to take the fear out of finance and harness a healthy money mindset.
Emmanuel Asuquo is a renowned, financial advisor, media personality, wealth-building entrepreneur and international speaker. Emmanuel stepped into the world of multimillion-pound finance at the age of 22, quickly ascending to become one of the UK’s top ranked financial advisors/managers.
Following all his success, Emmanuel has been approached by the press and was featured on the BBC, the Telegraph and then brought into the homes of millions across the UK as Co-host and authority on Channel 4′s 2019 programme, ‘Save Well, Spend Better’ and Your Money And Your Life, on BBC One in June 2020.
Timi Merriman-Johnson is an award-winning financial content creator, podcaster, author and founder of Mr MoneyJar, a UK-based financial education company.
Mr MoneyJar offers accessible, practical financial guidance, through digital content, events and 1-2-1 coaching, and has been featured on the BBC, ITV News and Sky News.
Timi is an ambassador at National Numeracy, an independent UK charity that promotes the importance of numeracy through creating educational content for all, covering topics such as budgeting, saving, getting on the property ladder and investing.
Timi is also the host of The Mr MoneyJar Show, a weekly financial news podcast.
Debodun is the founder of founder of Stock Pickers Academy, a non-advisory community of over 5000 beginners and experienced investors
coming together as one to leverage each other to make better decisions on money management and to build wealth slowly. He has over 12 years instituitonal experience as a trader at Investment banks like Goldman Sachs, Barclays and more recently G-Research, a Quantitative Hedge Fund. He is also the markets coach at Rare Recruitment prepping candidates from diverse ethnic backgrounds for assessment centres and interviews for trading floors across the city.
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.
Jojo Sanders is the head of Pan European Cash Equity Sales in the UK and re-joined J.P. Morgan in 2019 having started her career here in 2002. In the interim Jojo spent 10yrs at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and 3.5 years at Berenberg covering a broad range of accounts on a Global and UK basis connecting key decision makers across geographies and products. From life on the nascent J.P. Morgan Hedge Fund desk in 2002 to running the Europe to Asia franchise at Berenberg she has a wide understanding of different client needs. Jojo has a PPE degree from Wadham College, Oxford.
“Gnilane Gueye-Turpin is the Global Program Manager for Post Trade Securities Transformation in Corporate & Investment Bank. She drives the functional design, adaptation, and enhancement of Front to Back JPMC products to solve complex business needs across CIB Markets. Gnilane has 20+ years of experience at JPM, delivering large scale digital transformations in the Investment Bank. As a passionate technologist, she champions diversity, equity and inclusion in technology and firmly believes in the power of technology to accelerate business growth. She holds a major in Telecommunications from Ecole Polytechnique Feminine in Paris. She is a mother of two with a passion for cooking Senegalese fusion cuisine.”
Ahmed is an Investment and Financial Risk Professional with extensive leadership experience over 19 years. He is the previous Head of Investment Oversight at ReAssure where he built and led the internal credit rating, independent price verification, and private debt modelling teams. Ahmed joined Phoenix group from Legal and General where he held various leadership roles including investment performance director in the retirement’s investments team, head of risk analytics, and head of asset risk data. Ahmed holds a Msc. in Finance from LSE and BSc in computer science and electrical engineering from MIT.
Krystle McGilvery, Founder of Mind Over Money, is a renowned finance and behavioral psychology expert dedicated to providing finance education, business guidance, and personal mentoring. With over 15 years of experience and specialised knowledge in behavioral psychology and decision-making, she leverages her credentials as a CIMA Chartered Accountant, CBT Coach, and ILM Mentor to create tailored solutions that enhance financial decision-making and wellbeing. Her unique approach, blending finance expertise with behavioral insights, has earned her recognition with awards such as the Great British Businesswoman Award 2022 and Top 100 Women INvolve Yahoo Future Leaders 2022. Beyond her consultancy, she serves as the Director of charities like Abianda and Maths on Toast, Board Director of Thriveologie with her insights being featured on ITV, the Telegraph, and BBC Radio, affirming her position as a leading voice in socially responsible finance and empowerment.
Ope is a Relationship Director within HSBC’s International Subsidiary Banking team, working with subsidiaries of multinational businesses.
Ope’s banking career spans nearly 15 years having started as a graduate on HSBC’s Commercial Banking graduate scheme. Throughout his career, he has worked with small, medium and large corporate businesses across a range of industries; helping them to unlock opportunities and achieve their strategic ambitions. He holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and an Investment Management Certificate.
Outside of his day job, Ope is passionate about helping others to succeed and mentors a number of new starters to the banking industry.
Hoby graduated from ESCP with a MSc in Management and Strategy. She was born in Madagascar, grew up in Paris and is tri lingual. Hoby is a seasoned European dealmaker with a career spanning over 22 years at leading financial institutions in London and Paris.
For the past 4 years until July 2023, Hoby has led DB’s market-leading and award-winning European Leveraged Finance team. Prior to that, she held multiple roles in Acquisition Finance, Leveraged Finance Origination and Leveraged Finance Syndicate, co-running Leveraged Loans Syndicate at Deutsche Bank from 2016 through 2019. She has extensive experience of the European leveraged markets, having led several landmark transactions for both Corporate and Private Equity firms in Europe and cross border, tapping into TLB, second lien and high yield liquidity.
David is a strategic and commercial leader who has worked at the intersection of finance, technology and data for over 20 years. He has held positions at Bloomberg and Refinitiv where he worked in roles spanning multiple industries across the Buyside, Sellside and Corporates and has also worked internationally in Barcelona and Johannesburg. In his role at S&P Global Market Intelligence, he oversees a global team whose remit it is to deliver strategies that drive customer success across the broad set of solutions that the company offers and develop new propositions based on client requirements. David is passionate about mentoring talent as well as supporting groups that are underrepresented in professional spheres. He is also a frequent public speaker on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion and is a board member of S&P Global’s employee network supporting people of colour.
Kisha Burden is currently a Managing Director at UBS and is responsible for UBS’s global OneExecution sales trading desks – offering multi-channel equity execution for a broad range of international clients, including Hedge Funds, Pension Funds and Family Offices.
Kisha is responsible for the Junior Talent programme within EMEA for Global Markets – overseeing the hiring, development, and progression of junior talents; this programme strives to ensure that UBS continues to attract and retain a diverse and culturally rich pipeline. Alongside her Junior Talent responsibilities, Kisha is also a sponsor of a number of female diversity projects including cross-divisional networking and female-to-female mentoring initiatives.
Kisha has been at UBS for 18 years, after gaining a degree in Chemistry from Manchester and a Master’s degree in Management from UMIST. In her personal life, she loves all things sporty and lives in London with her husband and two young children.
Phillip is an experienced finance executive with over 15 years of corporate banking experience spanning risk, relationship management, small business support, and corporate turnaround. In his current role as the Head of Lending for HSBC’s Global Business Banking division, Phillip is responsible for shaping the strategic direction of the Business Banking division globally with a mission to make it easier for Business Banking teams across the world to help their clients expand, grow and prosper.
Additionally, Phillip is the Vice Chair of the board of governors at Heartlands High School in North-East London, focused on raising education standards, achievement and widening the opportunities and support for the students. Phillip’s commitment to fostering equity and inclusion expands to the corporate workforce where he is a popular mentor and coach for peers and junior colleagues.
Phillip holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Sport Sciences from Loughborough University, and a diploma in Treasury Management from the Association Corporate Treasurers.
Eric Collins is a serial entrepreneur, investor, technology executive and host of Channel 4 business show, The Money Maker, which is based on the highly successful US show The Profit on CNBC.
Eric has spent much of his career building the value of digital companies through innovative strategies at public and private companies including AOL, TimeWarner, Tegic/Nuance Communications, MobilePosse, SwiftKey/Microsoft and most recently, Touch Surgery, where he was COO. He sits on the boards of companies in San Francisco and London, including Tech Nation.
In 2011, President Obama appointed him to the Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.
Eric has been featured in Bloomberg, CNN, Dow Jones, The Times, The Guardian, BBC Radio, ITV News, Sky News, and several other media outlets and podcasts.
Eric is also a brand ambassador for luxury car manufacturer, Audi, and the youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
In 2018, The Financial Times named him among the UK’s top 100 BAME leaders in technology. Since 2019, he has been voted one of the most influential Black people in Britain on The Powerlist.
In his award-winning book, We Don’t Need Permission: How Black Business Can Change Our World (Penguin), Eric argues investing in Black and underrepresented entrepreneurs is the surest, fastest socio-economic game changer there is.
Ben is an Executive Director in Standard Chartered’s European Mergers & Acquisitions team, where he has been advising corporates and financial sponsors on cross-border transactions since 2020. Prior to Standard Chartered he occupied various M&A roles in London, most recently spending a decade at Nomura. Standard Chartered’s geographic focus across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East brings a unique diversity, and Ben is passionate about bringing the benefits of that diversity to the bank’s clients and employees. He plays an active role in Standard Chartered’s Diversity & Inclusion agenda: he co-chairs the bank’s UK ethnicity employee resource group, and sits on its Black and African Talent Steering Committee and its Client Coverage Diversity and Inclusion Council.
Folarin Oyeleye is a Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase and works within their wealth management division in the UK. Folarin is a member of the management team for the UK Private Bank at JPMorgan Chase and also works as a team lead for client advisors. As part of his responsibilities, Folarin advises Ultra High Net Worth Clients across the spectrum of their wealth which include banking, lending, investments and planning. Folarin joined JPMorgan Chase in 2006 after graduating from the University of Surrey and holds a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering. Folarin was raised in Nigeria prior to continuing his education in Ireland and the UK. A personal passion for Folarin is the work he does on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the firm and breaking barrier through education.
Born and raised in Burkina Faso, I moved to France at the age of 18 to study business, after a bachelor degree in business administration I pursued an MBA in Switzerland at the prestigious Business School Lausanne while working for Louis Vuitton.
In 2014, I decided to move to London to launch the first luxury hair brand for women of colour. Mimi Et Mina was launched in 2015 in Notting Hill
I built my brand from the ground up from scratch starting with 0 revenue to 280’000 +
My ambition today is to raise capital and accelerate our growth with an e-commerce platform and an international chain of salon offering high luxury services and products. W want to change the narrative of black beauty being mostly underground and low to medium quality.