2023 Finalists

2023 Finalists.

Meet our exceptional 10th anniversary 2023 finalists across all six categories.

Arts and Media

Rising Stars

Abiola Bello

Author, Publisher, Director, Hashtag Press Ltd

Oluwatobi (Tobi) Demuren

Global Head of Advocacy Marketing, LinkedIn

Aaron Lynch

Senior Manager, Global Creative Marketing, Netflix

Senior Leaders

Charlene Gravesande

Sky Sports Assistant Producer, Sky UK Limited

Angela Ferreira

Managing Director, Douglas Road Productions

Louisa Olafuyi

Co-founder and COO, Kunda Kids

Consumer and Luxury

Rising Stars

Kelsa Albert

Senior Learning Experience Manager, Deckers Brands

Yaa Ofori-Ansah

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Talking Drums

Nomalanga Senda

Founder, Noma Creates

Senior Leaders

Alexis Cepeda Maule

Managing Director of UK, Europe – Reformation

Roger Shakes

Head Chef and Owner, Roger’s Kitchen

Vanessa Spence

Senior Creative Director, ASOS


Rising Stars

Chloë Downes

Founder and CEO, SHFT

George Imafidon MBE

CEO, Motivez

Myles & Bradley Jensen

Founders, Jensen & Jensen

Senior Leaders

Fungai Ndemera

CEO and Founder, CheckUp Health

Ken and Mary Okoroafor

Founders, The Humble Penny and Financial Joy Academy

Gail Waterman

Co-Founder and Owner, Watermans Corporate Enterprises Limited

Financial Services

Rising Stars

Joshua Bright

VP – Debt Syndication, SMBC Nikko

Sutanya Chedda

European Equity Strategist and Co-Chair Ethnic Diversity ERG, UBS AG

Kwaku Kyei-Manu

Director of Wealth Application Support, SS&C

Senior Leaders

Tosin Akinluyi

Head of Macro Research EMEA, Morgan Stanley

Adejuwon Ogunsanya

Managing Director, Head of UK, Africa and Israel Banks Coverage, CIB, Wells Fargo

Nigell Todd

Head of Global FX Trading, Fidelity International

Professional Services

Rising Stars

Kyle Collins

UKI/EMEA Adobe Workfront Operations Lead, Formally IBM

Harold Memela

Senior Manager – Transformation and Change, KPMG

Liseli Sumbwanyambe

Associate, McKinsey & Company

Senior Leaders

Hannah Awonuga

Global Director – Head of Colleague Engagement, Barclays

Dinah Cobbinah

Partner FS Intelligent Process Transformation, KPMG

David Otudeko

Head of Prudential Regulation, ABI


Rising Stars

Dr Azzedine Dabo

Investigator, GSK

Audrey Limery

CEO and Founder, Kweevo

Tolulope Osobu

Management Consultant, Accenture

Senior Leaders

Tanya Davis

Cyber Security Data Manager, Lloyds Banking Group

Evelyn (Eve) Kamau

Senior Director DCT Strategy and Innovation, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Erica Nyoni – Solanke

Senior Product Owner,  Supply Chain and Technology, S&P Global Mobility

Black British Business Awards announce 2023 finalists