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Justine Manning

Janine Manning

Janine Manning is an award-winning angel investor with experience in helping to guide, build and grow early stage businesses with a hands-on approach. Janine is originally from New Zealand where she is a prolific angel investor and has now brought her investment experience to the UK where she actively backs local entrepreneurs. Janine is currently the Director of Crimson Education, Stitched, Beany and the founding investor of Rebecca Page Ltd. Janine recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a MSt in Social Innovation.

Meghan Sheehan

Meghan Sheehan

Meghan Sheehan is a director on the Business & Society team at Brunswick, helping companies to articulate their corporate purpose and their role in society. Previously, Meghan worked at Barclays as the Head of Investing and Programmes, Citizenship for UK and Europe over a number of years. During her time at Barclays, she developed and launched two signature employability programmes for the bank, running across the UK, US and Asia markets.

Meghan started out at Barclays in their Credit Risk division covering multiple industries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to that, she worked in Barclays International Retail product team as well as with Barclays Dubai offices consulting on the Islamic Finance market in the Gulf states and Africa.

Meghan began her career in the field of international development, working with UNICEF in Niger, West Africa, and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

 Mr Rahul Bansal

Rahul Bansal, Partner Engagement, United Nations Climate Change

Rahul started his professional career as a young entrepreneur and led global multimillion-dollar innovation strategies.

He is an active player in the public-sector innovation agenda for climate change, currently working with the United Nations Climate Change secretariat. In addition, Rahul maintains a keen interest in healthcare where he has founded a number of healthcare businesses and held Board positions.

Outside work, he serves as a mentor and volunteer for social enterprises, especially supporting rehabilitation of trafficked women through entrepreneurship. Rahul is a Gandhi Scholar for Innovation Entrepreneurship, with an MBA from Imperial College London.

Simone Koo Ishikawa

Simone Koo Ishikawa

Simone Koo Ishikawa is an angel investor and an advisor to a number of impact start-ups globally. She has a wide network across angels, VCs, investment banks, asset management, family offices, private banks, institutional investorys and corporates through years of experience in financial services. She is passionate about changing the world through education, diversity and creativity and look for founders who can deliver this mission.

Most recently she was Director of Customer Success at OakNorth – NextGen credit platform for SME lenders globally. OakNorth had a number of investors including Softbank and was the only profitable fintech unicorn in Europe in 2019. Her job was to delight customers through product innovation and to keep them happy and engaged so they come back for more.

Before this, she spent 15 years in asset management and investment banking trading floors at JPMorgan, Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. She worked as an ETF Sales Strategist, Chief Operating Officer in charge of divisions with over 2000+ people and +$10bn of revenues, Head of Strategy, Structurer and Trader.

She is a frequent speaker in fintech, banking, and women’s circles in London.

Yi Luo

Yi Luo

Yi Luo was the founding Chief Strategy Officer of FreeUp, a Fintech startup that was acquired by Greensill in 2019. Yi is also an angel investor and business mentor focusing on Fintech. 

Christina Blacklaws

Christina Blacklaws

Christina studied Jurisprudence at Oxford and qualified as a solicitor in 1991. She has developed and managed law firms including a virtual law firm and set up the first ABS with the Co-op. More recently, she was Director of Innovation at a top 100 firm.

She now runs her own consultancy business providing strategic advice particularly in the area of transformational change, technological developments and diversity and inclusion. Christina holds a range of non- executive board positions for international law firms and legal businesses, is on the advisory boards of several companies including Elevate and 20-First and was the Legal Services Ambassador for KPMG. She is regular international speaker and works across North America, Europe and the Middle East.

She holds a range of public appointments including chair of the LawTech Delivery Panel, chair of the Next Generation Services Advisory Group, part of Innovate UK and member of the Legal Support Advisory Group.

Christina chaired the Commission which reviewed the use of algorithms in the justice system and was a Commissioner for the Oxtec Commission which advised as to the use of social and digital media in elections.

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion, technology and access to justice and uses every opportunity to advocate and progress positive change in these areas.

Christina is a multi-award-winning published author, lecturer and frequent media commentator.


Hephzi Pemberton

Hephzi is an entrepreneur, angel investor and founder of Equality Group a specialist inclusion and diversity-focused consulting and search firm.

In partnership with leading Finance and Technology firms, they help source diverse executive leadership talent and consult on how to create a more inclusive culture to nurture and develop executives through to their full potential.

Equality Group also regularly publishes research and insights across the inclusion and diversity space. Recent reports include ethnic minority representation at board level, the problems of bias, authenticity at work and a wide range of diversity-related topics.

Vivienne Artz

Vivienne Artz, Chief Privacy Officer

Vivienne is the Chief Privacy Officer at Refinitiv, leading the global Privacy Office and overseeing global privacy strategy and practice.

Vivienne chairs the International Regulatory Strategy Group Data Working Group and is on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), having previously served on IAPP European Advisory Board and been co-chair of the IAPP Knowledge Net for the UK.  Vivienne was recognised in the 2019 PrivSec200 list of privacy and security professionals across Europe.

Vivienne is the President of Women in Banking and Finance, and is a recognized gender champion and leader having been awarded the “Champion for Women” Award at the Women in Banking and Finance Awards for Achievement 2016, and received the 2019 WeAreTheCity Rising Star “Editor’s Choice” Award in recognition of her tireless efforts in the diversity space, and as an individual who is pushing for change within her industry.  Vivienne has many years of experience leading a broad range of diversity initiatives and groups both within firms and across sectors.

Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble

Former Indian cricketer, captain, coach and commentator, Anil Kumble played Test cricket and One Day Internationals (ODIs) for 18 years. With 619 wickets, he holds the record of the most test Wickets by an Indian and third highest wicket taker of all time. Kumble holds the record for getting 10 wickets in a single innings of a test match after Jim Laker.

Following retirement from playing, Kumble became head coach for the Indian Cricket Team, and in October 2019 he was appointed Head Coach and Director of Cricket Operations for the Kings XI Punjab Indian Premier League (IPL) team.

Kumble was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2005. In October 2012, he was appointed the chairman of International Cricket Council (ICC)'s cricket committee and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of fame in 2015.

Ovais Sarmad

Ovais Sarmad

Mr. Ovais Sarmad joined the United Nations Climate Change secretariat (UNFCCC) on 1 September 2017.

Mr. Sarmad supports the Executive Secretary in managing the operations of UNFCCC secretariat and its staff and organizational development, advising on a range of issues relating to the inter-governmental affairs and strategic planning.

Previously he served as Chief of Staff/Chef de Cabinet at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Geneva. Mr. Sarmad worked in several management and policy capacities in IOM over a period of 27 years. Prior to IOM, he worked in the private and public sectors in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (GCMA). He graduated from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, as a Bachelor of Commerce.

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