Black British Business Awards celebrates outstanding talent

Ground-breaking Awards celebrating members of the black British business community, whose drive and success in their industry makes them standout and shine above the rest.

The 14 winners of the Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) were celebrated at a glittering event in London last night.

The BBBAwards recognises the rising stars and senior leaders who represent the frontrunners of the UK’s vibrant business sector. These include figureheads in STEM, innovative entrepreneurs and top corporate professionals in international institutions.

For the sixth year in a row, the BBBAwards’s have shone a spotlight on the breadth of impact black professionals have provided to the UK economy. By transcending stereotypes and challenging unconscious bias, the awards highlight not only the need to have diverse voices within every business but the financial contribution this provides to organisations.

Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards said: “I am enormously proud of the winning talent in this year’s BBBAwards and to be able to showcase such a versatile range of business excellence.

“Huge congratulations to Gisela Abbam, our Businessperson of the Year who’s been a key player in implementing science at the heart of society and culture. Creative excellence has also shone through this year, with Sharon Watson giving a stage to underrepresented voices in the arts, and Aicha Mckenzie changing the modelling landscapes idea of beauty.”

I wish all the winners the greatest success in their onward journey,” Melanie Eusebe.

Gisela Abbam, Chair, British Science Association said: “I am humbled and honoured to be the Person of the Year for the 2019 BBBAwards.

“Being the first black chair of the British Science Association and being a role model has been very important to me. I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. I think that’s what has speared me on – having a purpose, a passion, inspiring people alongside and behind me to ensure there is more diversity in talent and thought in everything that we do”.

The BBBAwards ceremony distinguished outstanding black business professionals and entrepreneurs from the top of their game into six diverse industry categories, which are divided into rising stars and leadership awards.

The winners for this year’s awards are:

Black British Businessperson of the Year

Gisela Abbam, Chair, British Science Association

Image Award

Dorothy Koomson, Author and Journalist

Arts & Media Rising Star

Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, Authors, SLAY IN YOUR LANE

Arts & Media Leader of the Year

Sharon Watson, Artistic Director, Phoenix Dance Theatre

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star

Uzo Okwuosa, Designer, Frank Horn

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year

Aicha Mckenzie, CEO and Director, AMCK Group

Entrepreneur Rising Star

Jamelia Donaldson, Founder, Treasure Tress

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year

Born Barikor, CEO and Founder, Our Parks

Financial Services Rising Star

Olusiji Sanya, Director, Co-Founder and CFO, Tranzfar

Financial Services Leader of the Year

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, Managing Director, EMEA Head Payments & Receivables, Treasury and Trade, Citigroup

Professional Services Rising Star

Macky O’Sullivan, Senior Associate, King & Spalding

Professional Services Leader of the Year

Teresa Owusu-Adjei, Partner, PwC

STEM Rising Star

Kayisha Payne, Associate Scientist, AstraZeneca PLC

STEM Leader of the Year

Sharon Lee, Associate Director, Arup

Alongside the award ceremony, 2019 marks a unique partnership between the BBBAwards, Cranfield University’s School of Management and The Network of Networks. This year also featured the 100 Women to Watch list for the first time – raising awareness of fifty leading professionals from BAME backgrounds alongside the Female FTSE Board report.
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