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Funke Abimbola @DiversityChamp1 – GC and Head of Financial Compliance at Roche – Inspirational YOU – Thursday 2nd March 2017

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FUNKE ABIMBOLA FRSA

General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance

Roche

Thursday 2nd March 2017

Women at the top – Letter to my 15 year old self

(Teenage Girls Masterclass)

House of Commons

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Funke is a solicitor and senior leader for Roche, the world’s largest biotech company. Her team provides legal support to Roche’s pharmaceutical operations in the UK, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar. In addition, she also leads the financial compliance function for the UK pharmaceutical business.

Outside of her day job, she is a notable diversity campaigner, mainly focusing on campaigning for more gender equality, race diversity and social mobility within the legal profession.

Currently the most senior black lawyer in her field, she is ranked as being a top 20 BAME leader globally (Financial Times), one of the 100 most influential leaders of African/Afro-Caribbean heritage in the UK (The Powerlist) and the most influential black lawyer in the UK (Debretts 500 list for 2017).

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A multi award-winning lawyer and leader, Funke has received both national and international recognition for her legal and diversity work and is an experienced public speaker, speaking about her personal journey to large audiences ranging from school children to senior professionals including regularly speaking in Parliament. She holds a number of board-level voluntary leadership roles across a range of different diversity organisations and is a Committee member of a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment drive. She appears regularly on BBC 1 as a news reviewer.

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Funke is a proud working mother, an expert mentor and sponsor, passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare.

She is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director. She recently founded the Akindolie Medical Scholarship in memory of her father, Dr. Frank Olufemi Akindolie. This is a privately funded bursary and leadership mentoring initiative aimed at supporting future UK doctors from a minority ethnic background.

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In October 2016, Funke was honoured with a ‘Point of Light’ award by UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK Cabinet Office, recognising the outstanding positive impact of her voluntary diversity work in improving workplace diversity and in supporting the next generation of future leaders.

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 Pics: @Funke Abimbola

Nikita Okyere aka Nikki (Speaker) – Stylist / Celebrity Barber – Inspiring YOUth talk – Tuesday 9th June – TNG Youth Space in Sydenham

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Join Celebrity Stylist / Barber @Iam_Nikky on Tuesday 9th June at the TNG Youth Space in Sydenham for

‘Succeeding at the top – Inspiring YOUth’

supported by @LewishamHomes.

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Nikita Okyere also known as Nikky is a professional hair stylist who is based in Camberwell, SE London.

Nikky is a personal barber to a multitude of Premiership and international footballers.

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He is passionate about helping others and encourages those around him to further their education and enhance their skills.  He supports young people who are interested in his trade via the well-known charity Kids Company.

Nikky received a recognition award from the Ghana society UK in 2014 and also appeared in his local press.

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He is a very humble and well-established stylist who wants to see the progression of young people and those around him.

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A few of his clients include:@JeromeBoateng, @comeddiekadi, #Adebayo, Tinie Tempah and #DannyWelbeck

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Book your ticket :
http://www.inspiringlewisham.eventbrite.co.uk

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