Lisa Buchan – Head of European Entertainment Marketing at Puma – Fashion and Entertainment Masterclass – Thursday 26th February 2015

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Lisa Buchan

Head of European Entertainment Marketing at Puma

Fashion and entertainment Masterclass

Thursday 26th February 2015

Stephen Lawrence Centre


Lisa is a dynamic, strong individual, with a colourful past, and a bold future.

A rich tapestry of heritage, Lisa was found and taken in by a priest at the age of 2, after being found outside a devastated building after a bomb blast in downtown Beirut, at the height of the Lebanese civil war.

As if by divine intention, she was adopted by a loving and dedicated Swedish mother who made her focus in life to love and nurture Lisa giving her a solid foundation in life in the stable environment of Stockholm.

Looking for new adventures Lisa moved to London and was drawn to fashion business, marketing and advertising which were perfect bed-fellows for her natural love of socialising, music and entertainment which she found she had a natural flair for.

Lisa embraced the London club scene, concerts, VIP launches and weekly parties by top London DJ’s with her friends. She had a knack of getting to know all the right people and was a regular on guest list across the city.

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A chance call from a friend led to Lisa getting her first job in the music industry for an independent music PR company. It was not long before Lisa realised she had found her calling and quickly embraced her new role representing clients like Princess Superstar, Vikter Duplaix, Mark Morrison, Dionne Warwick, Suge Knight and DJ Jazzy Jeff. She had the opportunity to travel extensively and in the process built a strong network of industry contacts globally.

Lisa decided to start her own press company, she set up a press division within an already established promotions company. Here she worked with talent like StarBoy Nathan (V2 Records), BBE Records (Larry Gold, Will I Am, Dimitri From Paris, Vikter Duplaix), The Isley Brothers, CL Smooth & Pete Rock and Roy Ayers.

Lisa and Roy had an instant connection and worked very closely together for years. A chance intro meeting set up by Lisa between Roy and PUMA lead to Lisa being head hunted to join the team there.


Here she started off as Artist Liaison manager responsible for increasing the brands network of talent and exposure throughout Europe. She made strong relationships with bands like Kaiser Chiefs, Hard Fi, Basement Jaxx, Akon, Ludacris, Calvin Harris, Faithless and Paolo Nutini, It was not long before Lisa was promoted to manager and not long after that to run the department’s European Entertainment efforts.

Now 10 years into the job Lisa’s focus is on the overall global strategy for the brand.

She continues to work with talent and relationships include Rihanna, Idris Elba, Deadmau5, Chris Hemsworth, Djimon Hounsou, Tyson Beckford, Noel Clarke, Professor Green and Jamal Edwards. She has also been responsible for a list of high profile events throughout her career and has programmed events like PUMA’s celebrations around the World Cup 2006 Berlin (Akon, Faithless), European Championships Vienna (New Young Pony Clubs, Robyn, Calvin Harris) as well as the 2012 London Olympics where she programmed the PUMA Yard in East London.

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The event saw 12 nights of music and included performances from Usain Bolt, Professor Green, Gyptian, Groove Armada, Kissy Sell Out, Norman Jay and David Rodigan to name a few. The event was visited by Alexandra Burke, Misha B, Cover Drive, Zara Phillips, Lennox Lewis, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell amongst others.


Throughout her career Lisa has been fascinated with people, she continues to learn through the people she meets day to day. Also the way different people, deal with the fickle maiden, fame and celebrity continues to fascinate her.

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@FigaDJ (Speaker) – Get ahead in the media and entertainment industry – Wednesday 2nd July 2014

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Join Figa DJ on our ‘Get ahead in the media and entertainment’ industry panel at Nottingham Contemporary on 2nd July 2014.

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Figa DJ has become synonymous with quality, originality and the freshest and coolest vibes around. Figa DJ has become renowned for her amazing work rate, and using all tools available to her in order to ensure that revellers and music lovers alike “Figa It Out”. A business woman and entrepreneur she is never afraid to go where other Djs will not, and recognises the importance of the ‘corporate’ side of the industry and the value of her brand. She has carved a lane for herself in the mix-tape world, playing on an international level on radio and also on the club scene as a taste maker and a star in the making.




Developing her style on the MIC through her residencies and Radio shows she plays music that is eclectic under a huge repertoire of genres. It’s the fusion of these styles, alongside her technical ability that makes her stand out from the crowd.

Figa has also become well known for her Mixtapes, which feature her own remixes, dubs & jingles from A List celebrities Such as Chipmunk, Mark Ronson to Sizzla, and also local up and coming artistes. Having just returned from a successful summer season in Cyprus Figa is looking forward to creating new opportunities across the UK.

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Charlene L. Nyantekyi (Speaker) – Hospitality Director at AEG Europe – Women Who Inspire – Wednesday 28th May 2014

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Charlene L. Nyantekyi will be joining the Inspirational YOU ‘Women Who Inspire’ panel at the Impact Hub in Brixton on Wednesday 28th March 2014.  

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Prior to obtaining her position with AEG Europe, Ms. Nyantekyi was the Premium Memberships Manager for Arsenal Football, where she spent 13 years. Something people may not be aware of is that Charlene actually started her time at Arsenal as their match day receptionist, but very quickly worked her way into a full time position, eventually becoming a key member of the team taking the Arsenal Hospitality proposition from Highbury to Emirates Stadium.

Drawing on many years of practiced experience in her field, Ms. Nyantekyi parlays her knowledge into her position with AEG Europe, providing engaging hospitality experiences across the entertainment industry. In her capacity as Hospitality Director, she oversees the strategic planning of European Live tour proposals as well as sales and hospitality delivery services for Artists ranging from Justin Bieber, Alicia Keys to Bon Jovi and the Rolling Stones.

She has also been recognised by Worldwide Branding for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in entertainment services.

Tickets: http://www.womenwhoinspireldn.eventbrite.co.uk

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@BabyJBiz – MD of Baby People (Speaker) – Get ahead in the media industry – Inspire YOUth, Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014

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Baby J, Managing Director of Baby People will be joining the ‘Get ahead in media and entertainment industry’ panel at The Quad in Derby on Thursday 24th April 2014.


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Baby People’s managing director Baby J is an experienced music producer who has worked internationally for the last sixteen years. Since been discovered in 1995 by a Wu-Tang Records A&R in New York, Baby J has carried out production work for Plan B, Gravediggaz, Jamelia, Wretch 32, Amy Winehouse, Dead Prez, Skinnyman, India Aire, Sway, Mark Ronson and Estelle.

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His music has been daytime playlisted on BBC Radio 1, 1xtra, Galaxy, Choice, BBC Radio 6 and Kiss FM. Baby J has performed two renowned BBC Maida Vale sessions (for Huw Stephens and Ras Kwame) and Record of the Week for Zane Lowe, Trevor Nelson and Edith Bowman. He has received awards from BBC 1xtra and UMA and has toured with Jay Z, Mark Ronson and Gravediggaz.

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Baby J’s remix of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Valerie’ was no.2 in the national charts and stayed in the top ten for 11 weeks earning him his first gold disc. Other businesses include recording studios in Birmingham and Derby, Baby Knotted Films, which at its peak was the UK’s leading urban music video supplier to Channel AKA and MTV Base, Big Promo, a radio promo company and work as a national organiser for Love Music Hate Racism promoting national events including festivals for 20,000 people.

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Inspirational YOU speaker – Christina Armstrong – Saturday 12th January 2013

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Christina Armstrong will be speaking on our Inspirational YOU ‘Leading Women’s’ panel on the Saturday 12th January 2013.




Christina has 16 years marketing specializing in brand engagement, sponsorship and media planning. She is currently working as a freelance marketing consultant.




During five years at BlackBerry Christina managed $100 million media and sponsorship campaigns across the UK, Italy and South Africa. She negotiated Brand Ambassador deals with two of the biggest acts in the UK (Tinie TempahJessie J), expanded the brands reach by successfully targeting the youth market for the first time via the award-winning Kiss Breakfast show sponsorship, and took BlackBerry to the no. 1 youth brand in South Africa knocking Coca Cola off the top spot for the first time ever.


She also led the award winning ‘Live and Lost with BlackBerry’, the UK’s first interactive music tour that brought fresh UK talent (including Professor Green, Rizzle Kicks,

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Speakers – March 2012

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Inspirational YOU – Educate. Connect. Empower.


 Birkbeck College, University of London, Torrington Square,

London, WC1E 7HX             

Inspirational YOU returns on Saturday 31st March, 11am-6pm with another powerful line up of speakers who will inspire, support and give industry tips.

Workshops and seminars

The ART of being black(History of art seminar
  • David Neita (Barrister and Poet)


Seven seconds to make the right impression (Be confidently YOU) 
I am young and I am winning
  • Kanja Sesay (NUS black student’s officer)
  • Anne-Marie Imafidon  (Director at Avisami, Eldest child of Britain’s brainiest family & Business Analyst at international investment iank)
  • Celeste Houlker  (Editor of Live Magazine)
  • Camara Fearon (Singer and Musician)
  • Tobi aka Triple O  (Gospel artist and Mobo award winner)
The benefits of higher education and tips to get a 1st Class degree
  • Annette McCone (Acting Head of Widening Access and Retention at Birkbeck)
  • Ly Ossenyou (Birkbeck 1st class law graduate)
  • Nathan Ghann (Founder of First Class Graduate Network and Analyst at Ariadne Capital and Entrepreneur Country)
Emerging markets – Entrepreneurship and economic development in Africa
  • Julian Bongo, MIF, MSc (Risk &Investment Analyst)
  • Kofi Fosu (head of Business Development at Express Funds Ltd)
  • William Wonga (Founder of Pier Noir, an International soft drink production & distribution company)
YOUr impact in the mediaMeet and hear from media professionals who will give tips and insights into the industry.Learn how to influence and rise to the top.


Succeeding in Law
  • Stephen Akinsanya (Barrister at Old Bailey Chambers),
  • Brendon Christian (Director at Christian. The Law Firm),
  • Jonathan Deverill (Partner at DMH Stallard LLP)
  • Janet Latinwo (Local government Lawyer)
  • Donna Hopkins (Solicitor and US Attorney)
There is a business in everyone
  • Denise Rawls (PR specialist and MD of Strange Fruit Greeting Cards)
  • Darkwah Kyei-Darkwah (Stylist, Designer & Writer)
  • Hakeem Stevens (Marketing Consultant)
The Business of sport
  • Rodney Hinds (Sports & Features Editor at The Voice newspaper),
  • Carina White (Sports Consultant)
  • Christopher De’Haney (Head of Sports Sponsorship at Trinity Mirror Group PLC)
  • Ifeanyi Odogwu (Sports Barrister)
Leading ladies(Senior professionals inspire and share their journey as part of International Women’s Month) 
  • Marielle Legair (Corporate Finance PR Manager at Deloitte)
  • Matilda MacAttram (Director – Black Mental Health UK)
  • Dr Eyman Osman (Science Education and Research Consultant- Molecular biology and Genetics Specialist)
  • Hannah Musisi (Business Development Manager, CNN International, Turner Broadcasting)
Leading men(Successful and senior men give hints and tips on breaking the glass ceiling) 
  • Tyrone Edward (Director at Ernst & Young)
  • Andy Woodfield (Partner, Leadership Coach, Head of International Aid Development Consulting and UK Partner Lead for GLEE @ PwC)
  • Jason Bernard (Award winning Director and Producer of recent documentary on Nic Hamilton, brother of Lewis Hamilton)
The power and influence of Science 
  • Dr Eyman Osman (Science Education and Research Consultant- Molecular biology and Genetics Specialist)