The Black British Business Awards reveals 2020’s outstanding black talent

Going into its seventh year, The Black British Business Awards continues to celebrate the strength of the black British community

The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards) has revealed its 2020 finalists, who have been selected not only for their outstanding personal and professional achievements, but their perseverance against the tumultuous backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

These individuals embody the Black British community’s ability to prevail, excel, and lead through adversity, say Co-Founders of the Black British Business Awards Melanie Eusebe and Sophie Chandauka.

Winners for each category, as well as the Black British Business Person of the Year, will be revealed at the Black British Business Awards Digital Ceremony taking place on 2 October 2020. 

To celebrate and promote Black British excellence, the 2020 finalists will appear in a campaign of digital events throughout September alongside industry experts and thought leaders showcasing not only the 2020 finalists but the companies who have committed to changing the narrative and challenging racial injustice in the workplace. The 2020 campaign will also highlight the strength of the Black British community and include a tribute to Black British Frontline workers, who will be profiled throughout the months leading up to the Digital Awards Ceremony.

Eusebe and Chandauka, said: “This year’s finalists are some of the most determined and innovative black leaders in the UK. What particularly shines through is the variety of professions; from a Founder of a revolutionary equine nutrition system to a book publisher and Managing Directors at top financial corporations. These exceptional individuals should be extremely proud of their achievements; they are inspiring the next generation of black talent to challenge convention and follow in their footsteps. We wish them the very best of luck.” 

Alongside the award ceremony, the BBBAwards produce a series of programmes throughout the year to support organisations in the drive to accelerate the progress of their BAME talent. Based on research examining why BAME middle managers do not progress into senior executive roles in significant business in the UK, the BBBAwards produced the BAME Talent Accelerator.

There is also Mentor Mondays which enters into its fourth successful year. The online series equips young professionals with practical strategies and tools to pursue business and leadership excellence.

The 2020 BBBAwards honours outstanding business talent in six industry categories, celebrating both rising stars and senior leaders. The finalists for the 2020 BBBAwards are as follows:

Arts & Media Rising Star

Arts & Media Leader of the Year  

  • Anthony Andrews – Co-founder and Creative Director of We Are Parable
  • Denise Maxwell – Director and Lead Photographer at Lensi Photography
  • Gail Babb – Lecturer and Deputy Director of BA Performance at Goldsmith University

Consumer & Luxury Rising Star  

Consumer & Luxury Leader of the Year  

Entrepreneur Rising Star  

Entrepreneur Leader of the Year  

Financial Services Rising Star

  • Lewis Sinclair Parry – Associate of Rothschild & Co
  • Mariolla Baffour – Vice President, Securities Division of Goldman Sachs
  • Zainab Kwaw-Swanzy – Digital Product Manager at Barclays

Financial Services Leader of the Year

  • Anulika Ajufo – Head of Investments (Africa and Middle East) and Global Head of Investment Consulting, The Sagana Group
  • Gavin Lewis – Managing Director, Head of UK LGPS at BlackRock
  • Kene Ejikeme – Managing Director, Securities Division at Goldman Sachs  

Professional Services Rising Star

Professional Services Leader of the Year

  • Bennard Owusu – Senior Partner at BWF Solicitors 
  • Nnenna Ilomechina – Managing Director and Partner, Strategy, Communications, Media, Tech at Accenture 
  • Segun Osuntokun – London Office Managing Partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

STEM Rising Star

  • Frida Nzaba – Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce Plc
  • Georgia Thompson – Design Co-ordinator at BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • Ninarita Williams – Project Manager at Transport for London

STEM Leader of the Year 

  • Dr Abdullahi Sheriff – Executive, Solutions Strategy, Strategic Partnerships & Solutions, Europe at GE Healthcare
  • Cecil Peters – Executive Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Obum Ekeke – Global Lead, University Relations & Educational Partnerships at DeepMind
  • Rachael Palmer – Head of VC and Start-up Partnerships, EMEA at Google
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