Black British Business Awards announce 2018 finalists

The Black British Business Awards has announced this year’s finalists across a range of industries to shine a spotlight on the achievements of some of the country’s top corporate leaders and start-up founders.
Now in their fifth year, the awards aim to “celebrate the often unsung contributions of exceptional black businesspeople” in six key sectors: arts and media; consumer and luxury; entrepreneurs; financial services; professional services; and Stem (science, tech, engineering and maths). 
Melanie Eusebe, chair and co-founder of the awards, says: “Over the past five years, we have uncovered numerous role models, from creative entrepreneurs to seasoned bankers.
“These individuals are truly breaking down barriers and stereotypes while changing the game for the rest of the UK industry.”
Last year’s event saw Andrew Ramroop OBE, creative director and master tailor of Savile Row’s Maurice Sedwell, named black British businessperson of the year, while the entrepreneur rising star award was picked up by Martin Ijaha, co-founder of financial employee benefits firm, Neyber.
One of this year’s 38-strong shortlist is Selma Nicholls, who founded Looks Like Me, a talent and casting agency for underrepresented groups, two years ago. She says that she feels “overwhelming pride” at being named a finalist and believes that the awards will help to inspire the next generation. “It's critical that children can see people who look like them in positions of influence.”
Black British Business Awards announce 2018 finalists

Selma Nicholls, a finalist for the arts and media leader of the year category
Judging the awards are a panel of business executives, chaired by Sophie Chandauka, global COO of Morgan Stanley’s shared services and banking operations.
The Daily Telegraph is a media partner for the awards, the main sponsors for which include Baker McKenzie, Barclays, Bloomberg, Cisco, Facebook, JP Morgan, MDC Group, PwC, Thomson Reuters and Virgin Money.
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at The Grange St Paul's Hotel in London on Oct 4 2018.
The finalists
Arts and media rising star[/b]
Sam Ajilore, founder and editor, That Grape Juice
Daniel Kidane, composer, Rayfield Allied
Dr Chibundu Onuzo, writer
Arts and media leader of the year [/b]
Angie Greaves, CEO, Feeling Fab Broadcasting, and radio presenter, Magic Radio
Selma Nicholls, founder and CEO, Looks Like Me
Jacqueline Simmons, executive editor, global business, Bloomberg
Consumer and luxury rising star [/b]
Ife Akinwoleola, Dacia marketing communications
manager, Groupe Renault
Mickela Hall-Ramsay, company director, HR Sports Academy
Mark Maciver, founder, Slidercuts
Consumer and luxury leader of the year [/b]
Wanita Bardouille, retail development director,
Ralph Lauren
Gerard Crichlow, head of cultural strategy, AMV BBDO
Ibi Meier-Oruitemeka, founder and creative director, Afro Hair and Skincare
Black British Business Awards announce 2018 finalists

Carl Konadu, a finalist for the entrepreneur rising star category
Entrepreneur rising star[/b]
Steven Bartlett, CEO, Social Chain Group
Carl Konadu, CEO, 2-3 Degrees
Leanne Pero, founder and director, The Movement Factory
Entrepreneur leader of the year [/b]
Dawood Gustave, leader and imagination officer, Reluctantly Brave
Dawid Konotey-Ahulu, chairman, Redington
Andrew Wamae, founder and director, The Essential School of Painting
Financial services rising star[/b]
Yvonne Bajela, investment manager, Mitsui & Co.
Ovo Gharoro, head of hard to value, regulatory and market data services, M&G Prudential
Kofi Oteng, director, head of macro rate sales, Royal Bank
of Canada
Financial services leader of the year[/b]
Bukola Adisa, managing director, head of RCSA framework
and design, Barclays
Syreeta Brown, managing director, global recruitment strategy,
Tangy C Morgan, senior advisor, Bank of England
Black British Business Awards announce 2018 finalists

Karen Finlayson, a finalist in the professional services leader of the year category
Professional services rising star[/b]
Jonathan Achampong, partner, Wedlake Bell
David Fisayo, manager, KPMG
Abimbola Johnson, barrister, 25 Bedford Row
Kwaku Osei, associate, Linklaters
Professional services leader of the year[/b]
Funmi Adegoke, managing counsel, transformation
and commercial development, BP
Karen Finlayson, partner, PwC
Hannah Reid, regional head of human capital operations,
Oliver Wyman
STEM rising star[/b]
Patrick Agese, project lead and PhD researcher, Costain
Marvin F. Rogers, senior solution consultant, Oracle NetSuite
Deborah Sehindemi, business analyst, National Grid
Darren Williams, welding systems manager,
STEM leader of the year [/b]
Jacqueline Clahar, category lead, global rotating equipment,
Anne-Marie Headley, strategic HR business partner,
Northern and Eastern Europe, Uber
Roni Savage, managing director and CEO, Jomas Associates Ltd 
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