Since launching five years ago, the Black British Business Awards has continued to transcend stereotypes and highlight the often-unsung contributions of black people to the British economy. The cream of UK’s vibrant business sector will be honoured at this year’s special awards ceremony and evening gala at The Grange St Paul’s Hotel London on 4 October 2018.

The BBBAwards uncover inspirational role models; ambassadors who represent the very best talent across various sectors in the British economy. The awards are regarded as the only premium awards programme to celebrate both the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black professionals and entrepreneurs in global, small and medium enterprises operating in Great Britain.

Endorsed by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Mayor of London and Secretary of State, the BBBAwards will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a once again, full-house of over 450 senior leaders, industry influencers and high-profile supporters; and it’s wonderful to see the full representation of Black women in the list of finalists.


The BBBAwards is more than just a ceremony. Over the last five years, it has grown into a powerful change agent for the wider BAME talent agenda, creating a hub where businesses share ideas and take away concrete actions to create working environments for all talented individuals to succeed.

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-founder of the Black British Business Awards commented:

“We are thrilled to be celebrating not only the breadth of talented business people as finalists for the 2018 awards, but also the Black British Business Awards 5th year anniversary. Over the last five years we have uncovered numerous role models, from creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers. These individuals are truly breaking down barriers and stereotypes whilst changing the game for the rest of the UK industry.”

2018 BBBAwards finalists

The 2018 awards will distinguish outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs at the top of their game into six diverse industry categories, which celebrate both rising stars and senior leaders’ awards. The finalists for this year’s awards are as follows:

Arts & Media Rising Star

  • Sam Ajilore, Founder and Editor, That Grape Juice
  • Daniel Kidane, Composer, Rayfield Allied
  • Dr Chibundu Onuzo, Writer


Arts & Media Leader of the Year 

  • Angie Greaves, CEO, Feeling Fab Broadcasting and Radio Presenter, Magic Radio
  • Selma Nicholls, Founder and CEO, Looks Like Me
  • Jacqueline Simmons, Executive Editor, Global Business, Bloomberg


Consumer & Luxury Rising Star 

  • Ife Akinwoleola, Dacia Marketing Communications Manager, Groupe Renault
  • Mickela Hall-Ramsay, Company Director, HR Sports Academy
  • Mark Maciver, Founder, Slidercuts


Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year 

  • Wanita Bardouille, Retail Development Director, Ralph Lauren
  • Gerard Crichlow, Head of Cultural Strategy, AMV BBDO
  • Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, Founder and Creative Director, Afro Hair and Skin Co.


Entrepreneur Rising Star 

  • Steven Bartlett, CEO, Social Chain Group
  • Carl Konadu, CEO, 2-3 Degrees
  • Leanne Pero, Founder and Director, The Movement Factory


Entrepreneur Leader of the Year 

  • Dawood Gustave, Leader and Imagination Officer, Reluctantly Brave
  • Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, Chairman, Redington
  • Andrew Wamae, Founder and Director, The Essential School of Painting


Financial Services Rising Star

  • Yvonne Bajela, Investment Manager, Mitsui & Co.
  • Ovo Gharoro, Head of Hard to Value, Regulatory and Market Data Services, M&G Prudential
  • Kofi Oteng, Director, Head of Macro Rate Sales, Royal Bank of Canada


Financial Services Leader of the Year

  • Bukola Adisa, Managing Director, Head of RCSA Framework and Design, Barclays
  • Syreeta Brown, Managing Director, Global Recruitment Strategy, Citi
  • Tangy C. Morgan, Senior Advisor, Bank of England


Professional Services Rising Star

  • Jonathan Achampong, Partner, Wedlake Bell
  • David Fisayo, Manager, KPMG
  • Abimbola Johnson, Barrister, 25 Bedford Row
  • Kwaku Osei, Associate, Linklaters


Professional Services Leader of the Year

  • Funmi Adegoke, Managing Counsel Transformation & Commercial Development, BP
  • Karen Finlayson, Partner, PwC
  • Hannah Reid, Regional Head of Human Capital Operations, Oliver Wyman


STEM Rising Star

  • Patrick Agese, Project Lead and PhD Researcher, Costain
  • Marvin F. Rogers, Senior Solution Consultant, Oracle NetSuite
  • Deborah Sehindemi, Business Analyst, National Grid
  • Darren Williams, Welding Systems Manager, TWI Ltd


STEM Leader of the Year

  • Jacqueline Clahar, Category Lead, Global Rotating Equipment, EH, BP
  • Anne-Marie Headley, Strategic HR Business Partner, Northern & Eastern Europe, Uber
  • Roni Savage, Managing Director and CEO, Jomas Associates Ltd


The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, COO of Shared Services and Banking Operations at Morgan Stanley.




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