Black Men Business Talks

Tuesday 18th 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.

Raphael Sofoluke

Raphael Sofoluke

Founder & CEO UK Black Business Week & UK Black Business Show, Entrepreneur & Author

Lenny Henry

Sir Lenny Henry

Comedian, writer, and award-winning actor.

Sir Lenny Henry began his career at the age of 16, rising from being a cult
star on children’s television to becoming one of Britain’s best-known
comedians, as well as a writer and an award-winning actor.
First finding fame as a comedy impressionist on a 70’s TV talent show,
Lenny has appeared in numerous TV shows, and selling-out live stand-up
tours in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. His work has won him many
awards including the Monaco Red Cross and The Golden Nymph Award at
The Monte Carlo Television Festival, the Radio & Television Industry Club
Award for BBC Personality of the Year, The Golden Rose at the Montreux
Television Festival and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British
Comedy Awards. In 2016, Lenny was awarded the British Academy
Television Special Award.

Marvyn Harrison

Founder – Dope Black CIC & Belovd Agency.

William Adoasi

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.
His watches have been sold in over 30 countries and have transformed many lives by providing over 5,000 educational resources to underprivileged children across Sub-Saharan Africa with each purchase.
In addition to Vitae London, William has three other successful business ventures in the Media, Music and Corporate Consultancy industries.
David Olusoga

David Olusoga

British-Nigerian historian, broadcaster and film-maker.

Mark Maciver

Founder of SliderCuts.

Mark Maciver, aka SliderCuts, has been cutting hair professionally for over fifteen years. During that time, he has nurtured a superlative client list, which runs the gamut from basketball player Lebron James to world heavyweight champion boxer Anthony Joshua, as well as TV personality Reggie Yates and high-hitting UK rappers Stormzy and Tinie Tempah, amongst others.
With over 62k followers on Instagram, SliderCuts provides some of the tightest shape-ups from East London to West Hollywood. His razor-sharp skills makes him an expert figure in his field, and his vast knowledge and business acumen has made him a trusted figure within the wider community. As a result, Mark was recently recognised for his position as one of the UK’s top black businesspeople following his win at the acclaimed Black British Business Awards.
Through his craft, Mark has built up a highly recognisable brand in SliderCuts that has stretched his reach and impact far beyond the barbering industry, landing him features in Nike’s recent “Nothing Beats a Londoner” campaign and Facebook’s “Let’s Get to Work” campaign, to name a few. Not only that, but Mark has this year opened his first SliderCuts barbershop; is working on creating a product line; and has started a vlog series titled SliderCuts: Shaping-Up Culture, where he not only shares key business insights but he uses his platform both on and offline to promote issues affecting and bettering the black community.
Through these things and more, Mark continues to perfect his craft while equipping small businesses, his community and the younger generation with the expertise and self-belief they need to flourish and succeed. SliderCuts is shaping up culture, one hairline at a time.

Dr. Byron Cole

Award-winning serial entrepreneur, best selling published author, public speaker, philanthropist, mentor

Dr Byron Cole is a multi award-winning serial entrepreneur, Sunday Times Best Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Investor, Philanthropist & Business Mentor.

In a career spanning over a decade, he has been involved in over 20 business start-ups as a director or investor & has sold multiple enterprises totalling millions of pounds. Byron currently acts as a business consultant, trainer and mentor to SMEs across various industries. His specialism lies in advising and assisting SMEs scale to 7 figures.

Byron’s success in business is an authentic ‘rags-to-riches’ story, if ever one was told. From growing up on one of the largest council estates in Europe to starting one of his first businesses out of a small office in Surrey, which was barely large enough to accommodate more than one desk, Byron’s fledgling company grew exponentially & was sold.

Ultimately, Byron is an entrepreneur constantly seeking new opportunities & challenges with the purpose of helping others succeed.

Folarin Oyeleye

Folarin Oyeleye

Managing Director at JP Morgan Chase

Folarin Oyeleye is a Managing Director at JPMorgan 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.

Lee Chambers

Psychologist and Wellbeing Specialist 

Lee Chambers is an entrepreneur and business psychologist. He launched Essentialise Workplace Wellbeing in 2020, seeing an oppotunity for data-driven wellbeing, a lack of diverse representation in the industry, and fuelled by his lived experience of mental health challenges and losing the ability to walk.

Prior to Essentialise, Chambers worked in a variety of sectors, including corporate finance, local government and elite sports. He also founded PhenomGames, a European video game company back in 2008. For his continued dedication to entrepreneurship, he won the Great British Entrepreneur Award for Service Industries in 2021 and was featured in the Top 50 BAME Entrepreneurs Under 50 in 2020.

He can be regularly found speaking on topics including mental health, inclusive workplaces and neurodiversity, and in his spare time mentors the next generation of Black STEM graduates, supports Black social enterprises with capacity building and contributes within the media on diversity in wellbeing.

Folley Ogundele

VP Sales, Wise

Folley Ogundele is the Vice President of Global Sales at Wise, the world’s leading payments technology company. Folley is responsible for the global sales organisation at Wise Platform – Wise’s API infrastructure for banks, financial institutions and enterprise businesses.Prior to Wise, Folley spent six years at Stripe, building its financial services sales organisation as the company scaled from 400 to 9,000 people.

Folley started his career at American Express, responsible for B2B sales to Fortune 100 companies.

Folley is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, leading various programs to champion, inspire and help pave the way for colleagues.

Outside of work, Folley is a proud husband and father of three. He has a distinguished sporting background having represented Great Britain in both American Football and Karate.

Dapo Adekola

Vice President CTO, Capgemini

Dapo Adekola is the Chief Technology Officer for Cloud @ Capgemini Group.  He is a member of the Capgemini’s Cloud Services UK executive board, where his remit includes leading Capgemini’s external and internal service strategy and capability in the Cloud domain.

Dapo is particularly passionate about energising our clients leverage Cloud technologies to transform their business.  His role also includes mobilising, recruiting and upskilling technical teams, and he is well known internally for supporting junior talent kickstart their careers.

Dapo has enjoyed an international academic experience from Obafemi Awolowo University, continuing at LSE and concluding with a MSc at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Outside of work Dapo enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, motorbikes and is a keen F1 fan.

Ibukun Omidiran

Director in Technology, Data and Innovation, Deutsche Bank

Michael Adeniya

COO, UK Black Business Week

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