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Black British Business Awards announce 2019 finalists

The Black British Business Awards, now in its sixth year,has announced its 2019finalists representing some of the countrys very best black talent across a range of industries.
Launched in Britain in 2014, the awards aimto celebrate and recognise the often unsung contributions of exceptional black business professionals and entrepreneurs in arts and media, consumer and luxury,entrepreneurs, financial services, professional services, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).
Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the awards, said that eachyear unearths such an impressive pool of talent and this year is no different. We are celebrating a stand-out range of business aptitude, which she hopes will change stereotypes.
Im very proud of whats happening in the UK right now, but theres an imbalance to representation. Even though I have been exposed to different types of black people in their fields, there is black talent that were not seeing, Ms Eusebe said.
Nominees were judged on turnover, profitand their ability to help the British economy,she added.
One of this years finalists is Born Barikor, chief executive and founder of Our Parks, an initiative that works in partnership with local authorities to ensure that free and easy access to exercise is available to local communities in parks.
Mr Barikor said that he feels immense honour to have been shortlisted as a finalist andbelieves that this recognition will inspire future leaders to believe that theres no limit to success.
Black British Business Awards announce 2019 finalists

Born Barikor, a finalist for the entrepreneur leader of the year category

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Steve Dunlop
Last years event saw Roni Savage, founder of construction services firmJomas Associates, named the black British businessperson of the year, while Selma Nicholls, who createdLooks Like Me, a talent and casting agency raising the profile of underrepresented groups, picked up the arts and media leader of the year award.
Judging the awards are a panel of business executives, chaired by co-founder Sophie Chandauka, global chief operating officer of Morgan Stanleys shared services and banking operations.
The Telegraph is a media partner for the awards, the main sponsors for which include Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, Goldman Sachs, JP MorganandMorgan Stanley.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at St Pauls Leonardo Royal Hotel in London on Oct 3 2019.

The finalists


Arts and media rising star
Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinene, authors, Slay In Your Lane
Christina Okorocha, Rumbi Mupindu and Ruby Aryiku, co-founders, VAMP Media
Fiona Rutherford, social editor, Bloomberg News
Black British Business Awards announce 2019 finalists

Yomi Adegoke andElizabeth Uviebinene, finalists for the arts and media rising star category

Credit:
Steve Dunlop
Arts and media leader of the year
Colin Gillespie, chief strategy officer, All Response Media
Dorothy Koomson, author and journalist, Dorothy Koomson
Sharon Watson, artistic director, Phoenix Dance Theatre
Consumer and luxury rising star
Jamela Acheampong, founder and brand director, Kahmune
Deborah Ajaja, founder and director, Baby of Colour Milestones
Uzo Okwuosa, designer, Frank Horn
Consumer and luxury leader of the year
Laura Battley, company secretary and group general counsel, New Look
Aicha Mckenzie, chief executiveand director, AMCK Group
Sarah Nelson, head of logistics finance, Sainsburys
Entrepreneur rising star
Jamelia Donaldson, founder, Treasure Tress
Samuel Mensah, owner and director, Uncle Johns Bakery
Jen Scott and Jamie Tavares, co-founders, Hustle & Heels Ltd
Entrepreneur leader of the year
Born Barikor, founder and chief executive, Our Parks
Hanif Kara, design director, AKT II and professor in practice of architectural technology, Harvard GSD
Joshua Umoren and Sena Mortoo, co-founders, Morts and More
Financial services rising star
Abisola Barber, trading business manager, Barclays
Olusiji Sanya, co-founder, directorand chief financial officer, Tranzfar
Zabrina Smith, senior vice president of market advocacy and innovation research, Northern Trust
Financial services leader of the year
Sophia Aluko, head of service management, Barclays
Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, managing director, EMEA head of payments and receivables, treasury and trade, Citigroup
Justin Onuekwusi, fund manager and head of retail multi-asset funds, Legal & General Investment Management
Black British Business Awards announce 2019 finalists

Ireti Samuel-Ogbu, a finalist for the financial services leader of the year category

Credit:
Steve Dunlop
Professional services rising star
Roy Appiah, senior associate, Clifford Chance LLP
Dara Kirton, senior management, PwC
Macky OSullivan, senior associate, King & Spalding
Professional services leader of the year
Teresa Owusu-Adjei, partner, PwC
Richard Iferenta, partner, KPMG LLP
Darren Rosier, London managing partner, King & Wood Mallesons
STEM rising star
Biko Agozino, analyst, JPMorgan Chase
Tobi Babalola, smart electric vehicle manager, Kaluza
Kayisha Payne, associate scientist, AstraZeneca PLC
STEM leader of the year
Gisela Abbam, chair, British Science Association
David Germain, group chief information and technology officer, RSA Insurance Group
Sharon Lee, associate director, Arup
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