Black Men Business Talks

Tuesday 15th October

6pm – 9.30pm

The Black Men Business Talks will offer Black men a space to learn effective growth strategies for business development and career success. With interactive talks and group discussions led by stand-out business men and senior leaders, this event will offer you practical advice and insights on how to be your best authentic self as a Black man in industry, lead in whatever capacity you find yourself in and create success on your own terms. This is one you do not want to miss. There will be a chance to network with speakers, business leaders and industry professionals, following the event.

Who is this for?
We invite all Black men, Black Women and allies of the Black community who would like to develop, be inspired, and have real, honest and open discussion in an environment that supports learning and growth. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.


Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes has been named the UK’s second most influential Black person in the Powerlist 2024. The annual award recognises people of African, African American and African Caribbean heritage in the UK. The list was topped by British Vogue’s outgoing editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful.

Sayce Holmes-Lewis

CEO and founder of Mentivity

Sayce Holmes-Lewis is the CEO and founder of Mentivity, an alternative education provision and mentoring organisation that offers aspirational support to young people, families, schools, and caregivers across London, Brighton, Barbados, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. Mentivity was established in 2016 and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of young people through their holistic approach to coaching and mentoring

William Adoasi

CEO and Founder of Vitae London

William Adoasi is a British-Ghanaian entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, philanthropist and fashion designer who is the founder and CEO of the innovative watch brand Vitae London. He has been featured as one of Forbes’ 25 Leading Black British Business People To Follow, mentored by billionaire business magnate Richard Branson and was selected as a 2016 Virgin StartUp ambassador.

Mark Maciver

Marvyn Harrison

Founder, Dope Black Dads & Dope Black Men

Marvyn Harrison is a visionary leader who has become renowned for his ability to deliver business goals and drive cultural change through sound strategy, communication, and people management. He is highly respected in his industry and is considered a credible source of knowledge on community strategy.

As the founder of Dope Black Dads and Dope Black Men, Marvyn has become a powerful voice for the Black community across the UK, US, and Africa. Through his work at BELOVD, a strategic consultancy focusing on cultural transformation, he has helped clients such as WPP, Footlocker, City Football Group, and News UK achieve tangible results across a range of projects and campaigns. By focusing on policies and procedures, talent acquisition, HR, and people strategy, Marvyn is able to effect real change and deliver meaningful results.

Yaw Okyere

Founder & CEO, Ava Estell Ltd

Ava Estell founder, Yaw Okyere, has long been in the business of entrepreneurship, setting up small profit-making businesses since the age of 16. Following a successful four year university degree in Engineering the British based Ghanaian also used that time to launch the second of his successful start-ups that saw Okyere deliver restaurant food to campus for a mark-up profiting over £20k in his first year.

It wasn’t until Yaw met his now wife that he realised his expertise in product formulation could be used to help instil confidence in the black community. Yaw developed a natural range of cosmetic products designed address problematic skin concerns with a focus on black skin in a way no western beauty brands were. Ava Estell was created in Oct 2020 and has since grown into a full line of products with melanin in mind, set to bring confidence in complexion, generating multiple 8 figures in revenue.

ExCel London, Royal Victoria Dock,
1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL