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PATRON: Rt. Hon. Baroness Howells
Rt. Honourable Baroness Howells of St Davids OBE
Rt. Honourable Baroness Howells of St Davids OBE. Became a life Peer on July 22nd 1999. Her career background includes being the Director of the Greenwich Racial Equality Council as well as a Community and Equal Opportunities Worker. Baroness Howells is a trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, and served as the unofficial advisor to the Lawrence family. Howells was the first black woman to sit on the GLC’s Training Board; the first female member of the Court of Governors of the University of Greenwich and was the Vice Chair at the London Voluntary Services Council. She has worked with the Carnival Liaison Committee, and the Greater London Action in Race Equality and has been an active campaigner for justice in the field of race relations. Read More
PATRON: Rt. Hon. Baroness Verma
Rt Hon Baroness Verma of Leicester. Chairman of European External Affairs Committee
Rt Hon Baroness Verma of Leicester. Chairman of European External Affairs Committee (Former Minister of Energy. Climate Change & International Development). Influential, global facing business leader, with extensive Chair and Committee experience. Since entering the House of Lords in 2006, Baroness Verma has held several key Ministerial appointments, she has had an active and advisory role in policy formation and development. Baroness Verma is both strategic and where necessary hands on, adept at simplifying complex issues. She has significant experience of the need for and development of good governance within both large and small organisations. With her outstanding relationship management skills, her approach is both inclusive and pragmatic, with a vision to look forward. Her ability to transfer and use her skills and knowledge in multiple settings gives strength to her ability to understand detail and provide leadership in delivering the overall vision and direction an organisation wishes to take. A strong and committed advocate of diversity and inclusion, she is involved in initiatives to create a more inclusive working environment and society as a whole .
Professor Vicky Pryce
Professor Vicky Pryce
Professor Vicky Pryce board member of the Centre for Economics and Business Research. Sits on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce and on the advisory board of OMFIF, the central banking think tank. She was previously senior managing director at FTI Consulting, Director-General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Joint Head of the UK Government’s Economic Service. Before that, she was a Partner at KPMG and held senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She is also on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Society of Business Economists . She is a Freeman and a Liveryman of the City of London and co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote corporate social responsibility. Vicky is hot on “Womenonmics“ and holds a number of academic posts and her recent books include “Redesigning Manufacturing“ (Routledge 2015); “Why Women Need Quotas“ (Biteback 2015); “Greekonomics“ (Biteback 2013); It’s the Economy, Stupid: economics for voters (Biteback 2015);and “Prisonomics “(Biteback,
Carole Stone CBE
Carole Stone CBE
Carole Stone CBE – Director of YouGov the research and polling company specialising the in political arena. Ex Producer of the BBC’s Any Questions, Carole has the art of networking buttoned down. With a database of 50,000 “friends” and her personal big black book of Who’s Who including past and present Prime Ministers, Politician, Journalists, Celebrities, Entrepreneurs, and many more. Carole takes networking beyond networking for friends to networking for contracts. Know as the UK’s Queen of networking Carole will share with you her journey and how she turns negatives into positives.
Dr Anna Masłoń-Oracz
Dr Anna Masłoń-Oracz (PhD)
Dr Anna Masłoń-Oracz (PhD) is a lecturer at Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Economics. She is a political scientist, economist and an expert in the area of EU foreign policy, with particular focus on the global trade policy and transatlantic relations (EU, US, Africa). Dr Anna is and a member of the International Women’s Forum, and Vice-President of Polish European Community Study Association. As a business oriented researcher, Dr Anna has done analysis on how clusters influence regional development competitiveness from smart specialisation perspective. She is also involved in international projects in many countries in Africa concerning women empowerment, development of SME’s and regional innovation system to enhance the role and importance of regional innovation systems (RIS) in economic development and growth.
Tracy De Groose
Tracy De Groose
Tracy De Groose UK CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network in May 2014. Having previously held the position of UK CEO of Carat. At Carat, Tracy grew the agency into a £1billion billings business and one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For, which in 2013 was named the fastest growing network by RECMA. Her earlier career saw her tackle some of the UK’s biggest marketing and communications challenges, both agency and client side. From 1992-1998 at Whitbread, Tracy transformed Stella Artois into a top ten FMCG brand and FMCG brand of the year in 1998. Tracy went on to hold senior positions at Starcom and Naked Communications, before joining Dentsu Aegis in 2009. Tracy is also an executive member of WACL (Women in Advertising and Communications, London), and regularly volunteers her time to guide and nurture the next generation of talent as a Marketing Academy Mentor.
Pavita Cooper CBE
Pavita Coper is founder of More Difference
Pavita Coper is founder of More Difference, a talent and career insight business. Pavita is recognised as a leading talent and diversity expert; she has over 25 years’ experience as an executive talent leader across a range of multi-sector global blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Pavita has acted as an advisor to CEOs, executive teams and business leaders across multiple sectors and geographies. Pavita is a passionate about greater diversity across the C-Suite; she is a regular speaker on women in business and BAME diversity. Pavita is a Steering Committee member of the 30 Percent Club, she sits on the CMI Board of Companions and chairs CMI Race. Pavita is a Trustee of Kids Out.
George Pau-Langevin was appointed Junior Minister for Educational Success (ministre deleguee a la reussite educative) in July 2012 at the French Ministry in the Ayrault government under President François Hollande and become in 2014 the minister for French overseas territories (ministre de l’outre-mer) In recognition of her achievements and contributions Langevin received the French Legion of Honor medal in 2002. George Pau-Langevin is a French lawyer, politician, and author who was born in Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe. She worked as a lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal from 1971 through 1988 and from 1994 to 1997. In 1989 Langevin was elected a municipal counselor in the twentieth arrondissement [district] of Paris and in 1992 she was elected as regional counselor for Ile de France. When she was elected to the National Assembly in 2007 she became the first Caribbean-born deputy to represent a region in metropolitan France