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Finalists announced for the Black British Business Awards

FINALISTS: Emeka & Ifeyinwa Frederick, Co-Founders of Chukka's London (Photo credit:

THE FINALISTS of the 2017 Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) have been announced today (Sep 14). This list recognises the trailblazers and rising stars who represent the very best of the UK's vibrant business sector, celebrating the exceptional performance and outstanding achievements of black entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the United Kingdom.

The finalists for this year’s awards are:

Arts & Media Rising Star

• Tolu Farinto, Founder and Programme Director, LFA and Operations Manager, The Sunshine Company

• Addy Frederick, Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Bupa

• Kymberlee Jay, Founder and Director, DoodleDirect

Arts & Media Leader of the Year

• Dr Gus Casely-Hayford, Curator & Cultural Historian

Adrian Grant, Producer, Baronet Group
Stella Nwimo, Film Producer, Boudica Films

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star

• Chrissa Amuah, Founder and Creative Director, AMWA Designs

• Emeka & Ifeyinwa Frederick, Co-Founders, Chuku's

• Lenique Louis, Jewellery Designer, Lenique Louis Jewellery

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year

• Sandra Federighi, Global Chief Financial Officer, Stella McCartney

• Melanie Grant, Luxury Editor, 1843 Magazine at The Economist

• Winnie Kagunya Muriithi, Senior Manager, British American Tobacco PLC

• Andrew Ramroop OBE, Managing Director and Creative Director, Maurice Sedwell Ltd

Entrepreneur Rising Star

• Benjamin Ackim, Managing Director, Sports City London

• Martin Ijaha, Co-Founder and CEO, Neyber

• Amma Mensah, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond the Classroom

• Elliott John Reid, Founder and Director, Revitalize Clinic

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year

• Jessica Huie MBE, Founder and Director, JH Public Relations

• Frederick Jude, Managing Director, Adelaide Care Ltd and Snapper Music Ltd

• Femi Oguns, CEO, Head Agent and Principal, Identity Agency Group and Identity School of Acting

Financial Services Rising Star

• Bernard Adjei, Lead Project Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

• Ugo Eboh, Senior Credit Risk Strategy Analyst, Virgin Money PLC

• Jack Kuali, Associate Director, Credit Analysis, Standard Chartered Bank

Financial Services Leader of the Year

• Paul Asare-Archer, Head of Compliance, Telefonica UK

• Sharon Blackman, Director and Deputy General Counsel (non-US), Citi

• Albertha Charles, Partner, PwC

• Jennifer Thomas, Head of Internal & Financial Communications, Direct Line Group

Professional Services Rising Star

• Jeremy Boon, Chief of Staff, Analytics & Information Management, Deloitte

• Yindi Gesinde, Senior Associate, Baker McKenzie

• Shaun Scantlebury, Director, EY

• Andrew Sekandi, Associate Director, KPMG

Professional Services Leader of the Year

• Sarah Davis, Former Group Commercial Legal Director, Guardian Media Group PLC

• Carolann Edwards, Global Director of Learning and Organisational Development, Norton Rose Fulbright

• Dennise Hilliman, Director and Education Leadership Consultant, The Leadership In Education Services Ltd

STEM Rising Star

Dami Awosanmi, Project Manager – Gas Turbines, Rolls-Royce
Oluwaseye Odukogbe, Founder, Cycle to Class
Siobhan Titre-Johnson, Clinical Trial Manager and PhD Candidate, University College London

STEM Leader of the Year

Andrew F. Alalade, Neurosurgeon, NHS
Olutayo Arikawe, Superintendent Pharmacist, YPG Project
Derrick Dunkley, Asset Management Development Manager, National Grid
Paul Morrison, Education Sector Lead UK&I, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The judging panel is chaired by Sophie Chandauka, Executive Director and Chief Administrative Officer of Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA. This year’s judges are as follows:

• Jonathan Akwue, Chief Executive, DigitasLBi

• Jo Barnett, Director of Social Enterprise, Virgin Money

• Karen Blackett OBE, Chairwoman, MediaCom

• Tim Campbell MBE, Head of Client Services, Alexander Mann

• Fiona Darroch, Director of Law, UK Board Member, Protimos

• Chris Dexter, Senior Director, Technical Services, Cisco

• Sarah Gregory, Inclusion and Diversity Partner, Baker McKenzie

• Donna Herdsman, Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

• Adrian Joseph, Partner, EY Advisory

• Vanessa Kingori MBE, Publisher of GQ Magazine Portfolio, Condѐ Nast UK

• Oba Nsugbe QC, Head of Chambers, Pump Court Chambers

• David C. Peters, Advisory Board Director, Board Intelligence Ltd

• Mary-Rose Portelli, Head of Account Management UK Buyside/Israel, Thomson Reuters

• Ratidzo Starkey, Head of Stakeholder Relations Group, Bank of England

• Daniel Taylor, Managing Director, MDC Group

• Kenneth Tharp OBE, Freelance Arts Professional

• Samantha Tross, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Grange St Paul’s Hotel London on October 19 2017. Endorsed by the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, the 2017 BBBAwards promise to eclipse the enormous success generated over the previous three years.

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-founder of the Black British Business Awards said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating both the launch of our research paper and the wealth of talented exceptional business people as finalists of the 2017 awards this month.

From creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers, the BBBAwards continue to uncover a healthy pipeline of role models who are breaking through stereotypes and changing the game for UK Industry.”

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