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

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General Counsel & Head of Financial Compliance


Thursday 2nd March 2017

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

(Teenage Girls Masterclass)

House of Commons


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).


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.


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.


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.


 Pics: @Funke Abimbola

Tom Ilube – CEO – Inspirational YOU – Tuesday 28th February 2017

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Tom Ilube

CEO of Crosswords Security 

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Leadership, Progression and Success at the top  – Masterclass

House of Commons

Tom Ilube is a technology entrepreneur and educational philanthropist.

He is founder and CEO of cyber security company, Crossword Cybersecurity plc, Previously he was Managing Director of Consumer Markets at Callcredit Information Group, the private equity backed UK credit reference agency, sold to Chicago based private equity firm GTCR in 2014. Prior to Callcredit, Tom founded and was CEO of Garlik, a venture capital-backed identity protection company, sold to Experian in 2011. Earlier, Tom served as Chief Information Officer of Egg plc, the pioneering FTSE 250 UK internet bank. His career has included Goldman Sachs, PwC, Cap Gemini and the London Stock Exchange.

Tom is Chair of Governors of ADA College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills. He is Chair of the African Gifted Foundation and in 2016 launched the African Science Academy, the first girls science and technology school on the continent.

Pic: @TomIlube twitter

Reflecting on the achievement, Tom Ilube said: “Launching the African Science Academy is the highlight of all my work in education over the past decade. I am convinced that we have brilliant young women in African who have the potential to be tomorrow’s world class scientists and engineers.”

Tom was named as the most influential person of African and Caribbean heritage in the Powerlist 2017.

Pic: @Powerful Media aka The Powerlist 2017

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Melanie Eggers – IP Lawyer & CEO of Ap’et – Inspirational YOU – 21st April

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Melanie Eggers

Founder and CEO of Ap’et, intellectual property lawyer 

Thursday 21st April 2016

Turn your passion in profits – FashTech talk and networking evening

Impact Hub Brixton

Melanie is Founder and CEO of a tech start-up called Ap’et. Ap’et is developing a B2B web-based platform which will have a huge impact on e- and m- commerce, by helping businesses with particular issues they are currently facing in their supply chain management and cyber security. The largest vertical for Ap’et’s customer base is the fashion industry.

Melanie’s professional background is in intellectual property law. She holds four degrees from the University of Western Australia and the University of Oxford, in law and science. She is dual-qualified as a solicitor and barrister in her native Australia and a solicitor in England & Wales, where she has practiced for most of her career.

Melanie is an alumna of prestigious law firms such as Ashurst and Nabarro, and was Global IP Counsel for Jaguar Land Rover.

Melanie’s practice focused on branding, marketing and creative sectors. She regularly advised on brand protection strategy, trade mark and copyright issues, anti-counterfeiting, online strategy, IP aspects of commercial transactions, sponsorships, collaborations and endorsements.

She has worked with many household names, frequently on international matters. In the fashion sector, those have included Christian Dior, Levi Strauss, J.Crew, Lulu Guinness and the owners of high-end shopping centres like Brent Cross, One New Change and the Bullring.

Melanie is a champion of women entrepreneurs and spends her free time mentoring and assisting women who are starting their own businesses.

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Photo credit: @Melanie Eggers

.@AJ Joshi – Inspirational YOU – Thursday 21st April 2016

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AJ Joshi

Entrepreneur, Founder of TSN & Give Me One Wish

Thursday 21st April 2016

Passion into profits – Fashion and technology masterclass

Impact Hub Brixton

Joshi was born and raised in London, UK and raised as an only child by his mother in a single parent family. While at college, Joshi launched his first company selling mobile phone accessories online. Joshi started visiting seminars at age 15 and decided to expand and seek knowledge within Neuro-linguistic programming, body language, positive thinking and the art of negotiation. In November 2001, Joshi launched MajorFm.com, one of UK’s first internet radio stations and went on to win Best Radio Station at the People’s Choice Awards beating Capital Fm, Capital Xtra (formerly Choice Fm) and BBC 1Xtra.

In 2007 majorfm.com was nominated as the best website at the Urban Music Awards UK. MajorFm.com played a key part in helping launch the careers of well known music artists such as Wiley, Tinie Tempah, Boy Better Know, Bashy, Devlin and many more. Major Fm was the first radio station in the UK dedicated to grime music.

Joshi went on to launch UKRecordShop.com in January 2004. The same year UKRecordShop.com was nominated UK’s largest independent music store. Both brands gained exposure in mainstream media contributing towards early growth on Joshi’s personal myspace profile and other social media accounts. In 2007, Joshi expanded his interests to various other industries including telecoms, beauty, media and publishing. In November 2014, Joshi focussed expansion in Los Angeles and San Francisco.


In 2000, at the age of 21 Joshi founded The Secret Network, better known later as TSN, a conglomerate of like minded people working in various different ventures all under the secret network.

In 2001, Joshi launched MajorFm.com, one of the worlds first LIVE streaming radio stations dedicated to UK music and the emerging underground sound. MajorFm.com went on to become one of the UK’s largest stations and won Best Radio Station at the People’s Choice UK Music Awards.

In 2004, Joshi co-founded UKRecordShop.com, within the first year, it became one of the UK’s largest online stores for independent music dedicated to Grime, Dubstep, Drum & Bass & Hip Hop. UKRecordShop.com was nominated Best Independent Record Store at the People’s Choice UK Music Awards.

In 2006 AJ Joshi opened a website and ran a bet to reach one billion page views, this was picked up by local and national press and quickly gained traction achieving millions of views per day.

In 2012 Joshi co-founded Incipio Academy, an online educational network and live events company for personal development and alternative education. In Incipio Academy people can take online courses and improve their personal and professional skills. In Incipio they concentrate to give students the knowledge that modern people need most.

In 2013 Joshi co-founded Sivvr with Tasmin Lucia-Khan. Sivvr is a creative agency and app development company based in London, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

In 2014, Joshi founded Valens, a health a fitness venture quickly gaining traction and becoming the largest, most followed and viewed LIVE fitness channel on Periscope. Valens has also been seen in Vogue, Glamour, GQ, Tatler, Brides, CNBC, NBC, ABC, FOX and more.


  • February 2003 – Major Fm wins Best Radio Station at the People’s Choice UK Music Awards, other nominations included Choice Fm, Kiss 100 and BBC 1xtra.
  • February 2004 – UKRecordShop.com is nominated Best Independent Record Store at the People’s Choice UK Music Awards.
  • May 2015 – AJ Joshi is nominated Entrepreneur of the Year at the Lloyds Banking Group English Asian Business Awards.
  • March 2016 – AJ Joshi is officially named the 19th Most influential British Entrepreneur in the Top 100 sharing the list with notable friends and entrepreneurs such as Richard Branson, Lord Sugar, Duncan Bannatyne and more.

Notable Quotes

While everyone else is striving to think outside the box, you’ll find success when you realise, there is no box. — AJ Joshi

A real man treats his lady the same way he wants another man to treat his daughter, sister or mother — AJ Joshi

Knocking on doors? No one opening? Make enough noise and they’ll knock on your door, focus on the goal — AJ Joshi


  • My breakthrough moment: how passion will change your life | Virgin Media Pioneers

  • AJ Joshi is a serial entrepreneur and founder of one of the UK’ first internet radio stations – Major Fm.

  • He is the CEO of tech company Sivvr. In this piece he shares his breakthrough moments, and talks about how passion and determination saw him get to the top.

  • Finalists for English Asian Business Awards

  • The finalists for the English Asian Business Awards 2015 have been announced.

  • The Rise & Rise Of UKRecordShop.com

  • Young Entrepreneurs AJ 26, & Adz 22 started an online record & CD shop at a young tender age with a aim to be a market leader in the online music retail industry, with nothing but a vision, marketing ideas, some knowledge of how to make a online shop, they went out, bought a domain name and started http://www.ukrecordshop.com.

In his words

I follow certain business ethics and morals that I truly believe in, these are very important to me and I have followed them most of my adult life.

It’s important to have a team in business and I don’t do it alone, we follow the same ethics and work in unity to expand all ventures together, we call ourselves the secret network.

I love Hip Hop, Grime, RnB, Opera & Classical music, I’m a huge foodie! i’ve always said, the way to my heart is via my stomach. My biggest goals include exploring new places in our world, remote places and living the dream i’ve always dreamt. I love learning new cultures and find happiness in helping as many people as I possibly can that cross my path.

Children touch my heart.

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 Photo credit: @AJ Joshi

Rosie Davies – Agency Director of @LDNFashionAgcy

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Rosie Davies


Agency Director of The London Fashion Agency

Thursday 21st April 2016

Passion into profits – Fashion and technology masterclass

Impact Hub, Brixton

Meet London Fashion Agency Director, Rosie Davies. Since founding the agency in 2013 Rosie has worked with more than 60 brands, secured coverage in more than 200 publications and has just launched the UK’s first online PR and marketing resources shop. Rosie is reinventing the way small brands tackle PR and marketing.

After interning and then freelancing she realised brands in start-up phase with small budgets, weren’t being catered for by any PR agency in London. “I felt like PR agencies were becoming outdated in the emerging brand scene. Designers were coming to me saying they could sell their brand to the press better than an agency could but they didn’t have the contacts. That’s where I came in.”

Rosie prides herself on being able to position a brand very quickly, pointing them in the right direction in terms of bloggers and press and then support them along the way. In 2013 she started LFA. Despite the big name (The London Fashion Agency) she was determined to keep costs affordable. “I’ve never borrowed a penny to get the agency off the ground. I worked other jobs to keep my head above water in the beginning, We have never out sourced anything – We built the website, the office desks and the agency on our own. If I didn’t know how to do something, I Googled it…. It’s amazing what you can learn on the internet.

We have no investors or loans to pay which means I can keep costs affordable for our brands” . The now 28-year-old has moved studios twice to keep up with growth and has a great team of friendly freelancers.

In 2015, the agency was shortlisted for Creative Agency of the year and Rosie won a Great British Entrepreneur Award. The success and growth has never distracted Rosie from the original idea. She continues to work with small designers and brands, offering varying options of PR, marketing and graphic design. “ We love independent brands. The feeling you get when you are such an integral part of a start-up is irreplaceable. Our ‘Friendly Fashion Only’ policy means we work with the best designers from around the UK. In a few years LFA will be the go-to support for all emerging brands wanting to break into the UK market.”

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Ade Hassan CEO of @NubianSkin – Inspirational YOU – Thursday 25th February 2016

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Ade Hassan

CEO of Nubian Skin

Thursday 25th February 2016

Scale up your Career & Enterprise – LFW Masterclass

Impact Hub Brixton


A nude bra and skin tone hosiery are the basics of every woman’s wardrobe, at least in theory. For many women of colour, finding suitable skin-tone hosiery and lingerie has not been an option. Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.


Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.


Nubian Skin launched in October 2014 with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.

So for all you beautiful women, next time you need a nude pair of hold-ups or maybe a nude strapless bra to go under that stunning white halter dress, Nubian Skin is only a few clicks away.


Nubian Skincare is now available in uK department store House of Fraser.

Empowering Women. Embracing Our Colour.

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 Pics: @Nubianskin



Time to scale up! – @Inspirational_U London Fashion Week #LFW Masterclass – Thursday 25th February 2016

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Inspirational YOU, supported by Impact Hub Brixton, FunkyNChunky and Lambeth Council


Ready to scale up!

Fashion and technology industry masterclass


Thursday 25th February

7pm – 9.30pm

Impact Hub, Brixton

Inspirational YOU brings fashion and technology together, connecting retailers, investors, startups and industry influencers. For those who are involved and interested in the rapidly growing world of Fashion and Technology this is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired, network and get a better understanding as to why the fashion technology scene in London is so hot right now.

Come along and meet an award winning fashion photographer, Trademark Attorney, International Brand Specialist, Award Winning Entrepreneur and Product Specialist who will inspire you to grow your business within the fashion, digital and retail industry.


Speakers (Click on names for full bio)

Daren Dixon – CEO of Above & Beyond Creative Agency


Daren Dixon is founder of creative agency Above and Beyond and also serves as its Chief Executive Officer. With a strong focus on talent, brands, youth-markets and multi-cultural consumers both he and Above and Beyond have built campaigns for Nike, Levis, YouTube, Twitter, Reebok, Google, Samsung, BBH, H&M, ASOS among others.

He has worked with talent such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Rowland, Solange, Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z, Cheryl Cole and Gwen Stefani. Prior to founding Above and Beyond, Mr. Dixon worked with top music artists as an A&R Manager at RCA Records where he discovered and signed international rock band ‘Kasabian’. Mr. Dixon also served as Head Of International for Beyonce Knowles for 5 years handling a number of high profile brand alignments as well building strategic international plans for her.

He has a proven track record of identifying successful partnerships and has garnered significant recognition as one of the most influential brand marketers in Europe. His most recent work includes the Google Glass campaign featuring FKA Twigs.

He currently works on creative marketing and endorsement deals for a long list of talent clients including Pia Mia, Selena Gomez, Keri Hilson, Miguel, Solange and Lady Gaga alongside his role developing the stars of tomorrow whether it be photographers, bloggers, actors, models, artistsetc “Spending time with next generation talent is vitally important to me as they are the path and heartbeat to the future…understanding them gives me the advantage and helping them achieve their goals is a great feeling”.

Arieta Mujay – Head of PR and Communications at Boohoo.com









Arieta Mujay is a London based fashion creative that has been working in fashion at various capacities for 15 years across the UK and Africa.  Starting out as a window dresser for GAP which allowed her access to seeing how looks are pulled together as worldwide GAP is applauded or their fabulous and consistent windows, while working as a window dresser for GAP in Brighton she started to get involved in styling.

She then moved on to fashion PR and worked as press officer for New look on the UK high street but still styled part time, Arieta rose to the position of PR Manager before leaving the company for another High street Brand River Island where her duties included running the PR Department, being the fashion Editor of the River Island In store Magazine as well as shoot director and stylist for some of the online e-commerce content. As head of PR UK for River Island, Arieta worked closely on the Rihanna for River Island collaboration and was part of the 777 tour.  She also worked with the British Fashion Council to bring the collection to be shown at the SS13/AW13 shows.

In 2013, Arieta launched African creative collective a PR and brand consultancy with the sole aim of nurturing African creative talent in the UK and as an advisor to brand and retailers who are interested in activations across the continent.

Arieta is a reviewer and contributor for Cosmopolitan Magazine’s online platform, a mentor to young businesses and an avid supporter of female empowerment.

Arieta has always been sought after and is now heading up PR and Communications at boohoo.com.

Mette Andersen – Product Lead at Ustwo


Mette is a Product Lead at ustwo. She specialises in innovation, proposition discovery & development, and has 8+ years of experience in designing valuable and engaging customer experiences.

Mette takes a keen interest in emerging technologies and in that capacity she has recently published a thought piece on the future of retail https://ustwo.com/blog/rethinking-retail, offering a fresh perspective on how tech-enabled services can play an integral role in shaping forward-thinking product experiences that can further customer loyalty and drive conversion.

Ade Hassan – CEO of Nubian Skin


Frustrated by the lack of skin-tone choices to go with her ever-expanding wardrobe, Nubian Skin founder, Ade Hassan, decided it was time for ‘a different kind of nude’.

Inspired by trail blazing women, Eunice W. Johnson and super model Iman, who created Fashion Fair and Iman cosmetics, Ade took the leap and created Nubian Skin. It’s been an uphill battle, but every revolution starts somewhere.

Nubian Skin launched in October 2014 with a carefully edited collection of lingerie and hosiery to provide the essential underwear needs of women of colour. Headquartered in London, Nubian Skin delivers worldwide and looks forward to growing the company’s offering and expanding its reach.
So for all you beautiful women, next time you need a nude pair of hold-ups or maybe a nude strapless bra to go under that stunning white halter dress, Nubian Skin is only a few clicks away.

Jacqueline Pang – Trademark Attorney at Mewburn Ellis LLP

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Jacqueline specialises in trade mark work and deals with a wide range of issues in the UK and before OHIM, including prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings. She also advises on large international filing strategies and has experience in domain name dispute resolution proceedings.

She has experience working in a wide range of sectors including Cleantech, consumer products, food & beverage, computer software, mechanical & structural engineering and retail.
She has an LLB from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

Jacqueline joined Mewburn Ellis LLP in 2011. She qualified as a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 2014 and is a representative authorised to act before OHIM.

Oliver Morris – Creative Director & Award winning photographer


Oliver Morris, renowned as a creative leader within the Arts and Fashion elite and industries and who, for many years has infused his cutting edge signature and avant guard style of direction globally for prestigious magazines.

Oliver Morris has received countless accolades across the globe, awarded fashion photographer of the year and described by critics as one of London’s finest exports. Oliver’s love of people, dance and cinema permeate through his work, combined with his inexhaustible stamina to create. A true master in captivating and engaging with his audience, he has an unfailing track record of producing exquisite pieces of work across a range of disciplines – producing, art directing, photography, videography and events.

His extensive portfolio is wide and varied, featuring a vast array of brands, from talented independent designers, such as Love Makya, Jennifer Klein, Pocket London, Billionaires Menswear, and Rio Ferdinand; To fashion powerhouses such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen, DVF, Saks Fifth Avenue, Jaeger, Karen Millen, and Reiss. Also including endorsements from Lamborghini, BMW, Audi and Jeep. Oliver Morris’s editorial work is frequently published in Vogue Italia, as well as producing & art directing for Tramp and Obscure magazine. He has also art directed for the world’s first International supermodel Janice Dickinson, collaborated with the supermodel Sophie Anderson and the innovative charity Models of Diversity.


The Panel will focus on:

  • The impact of technical revolutions on the fashion industry
  • Digital innovation and the retail industry
  • Increasing your brand profile
  • Protecting your brand – Understand IP and Copyright
  • Tips for selling successfully via online stores and platforms
  • Securing brand partnerships, media coverage and celebrity endorsements
  • Selling globally, are you ready?

Attendees will have the option to automatically join the South London Fashion and Creative Industries Network (SLFCN) and get a day pass to the Impact Hub in Brixton.

Who should attend?

  • SME’s trading 1 year wanting to learn the latest trends in tech, PR, branding and IP+
  • Those who are starting up in the fashion and creative industry
  • Those who want to network and connect with those in their field and senior industry leaders
  • Business owners who live or work in Lambeth


6.45 – 7.00 Guests seated for discussion

7.00 – 8.00 Welcome, intro and panel discussion

8.00 – 9.00 Q & A

9.00 – 9.30 Networking, Close and depart


Impact Hub Brixton

Pop Brixton, Brixton, London SW9
Nearest mainline station: Brixton

Supported by Impact Hub and Lambeth Business


07545 156 111 | info@inspirationalyou.co.uk

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