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Abidemi Ogunbowale-Thomas

Abidemi is a passionate people advocate focused on cultivating a society that cares and nurtures individuals as humans first; by representing the inclusivity and vibrancy of diverse perspectives. Abidemi is on Accenture UKI’s Technology People Committee, Afro-Caribbean Network Committee (AACN) and Technology Apprenticeship Committee. Additionally, he works closely with Accenture UKI’s Technology Analyst Group AACN, Human Capital & Diversity, and Recruitment teams. Through these networks, he mentors, interviews, has spoken on numerous panels, designed workshops and initiatives, and also presented at Accenture’s 2019 Black History month Flagship event. Externally, Abidemi is a member of techUK Skills and Diversity Council and has spoken on numerous panels at Bright Network, Powerlist Foundation, BYP Network, Makers Academy and presented at SkillsMatter. Furthermore, Abidemi, as part of the Tech Partnership Degrees program, is contributing to the BSc Digital and Technology Solutions Degree Apprenticeship rewrite to ensure definition and applicability to a wide talent pool.

Ugo Ojike

Ugo is the Co-Executive Sponsor of Accenture’s African Caribbean Network, where she sponsors annual events and spearheads conversations around BAME development activities. She is working with leadership to further the retention, progression and development of black talent. She also sits on Accenture’s Ethnicity Council for the UK and Ireland. She has co-sponsored the ethnicity I&D workstream in the legal function, where she led discussions in workshops on the challenges and opportunities for BAME legal professionals, which have been extended to Accenture’s LatinX legal community in North America. Ugo is a mentor for the Minority Supplier Development UK Diverse Supplier Development Mentoring Programme, and is particularly proud of the Innovation Hub, which supports innovative ethnic minority-owned businesses and an impressive talent pool of entrepreneurs. Her YouTube ‘Colour Brave’ speech continue to be a catalyst for driving conversations about race in the work place.

Andrew Pearce

Andrew is one of Accenture’s global cross-cultural leads, with responsibility for educating colleagues about working across cultures and ethnicities. He is an Executive Sponsor of the Accenture African Caribbean Network and works with Accenture’s global leadership on the broader D&I agenda to further the retention, progression and development of black talent. He is UK Chair of the Executive Leadership Council, and Vice Chair of their International Presence Committee an organization that is committed to advancing the role and contributions of Black executives and preparing the next generation of corporate leaders through a  series of initiatives, events  and philanthropic endeavors. Andrew also mentors BAME professionals across sectors, encouraging his mentees to support discussions on race, and regularly speaks to BAME students at inner-city schools on aspiration and inclusion.

Ugo Ojike

Ugo is the co-executive sponsor of Accenture’s African Caribbean Network where she actively represents the interests of the 360+ employee members at UK Board level. She has been an active member of the network, sponsoring annual events and spearheading conversation around BAME development activities. She has worked with leadership on the broader diversity & inclusion agenda to further the retention, progression and development of Black talent, co-sponsoring the ethnicity D&I workstream in the legal function. Ugo spearheaded a series of workshops for colleagues, where she led discussions around the challenges and opportunities for BAME legal professionals in the work place. She also lends her time to the D&I agenda by passionately sharing her ‘Colour Brave’ story (available on YouTube), and speaking regularly at Accenture events. Ugo works with a number of schemes to mentor ethnically diverse small business owners, including the joint Accenture MSDUK Innovation Hub. She has spoken about D&I issues for HuffPost and the House of Commons, and has co-hosted roundtable discussions with law firms and clients about why it is necessary to make an impactful change in the ethnicity and gender space, how we can achieve this and why it makes good moral, social and business sense.

Andrew Pearce

Globally Andrew is one of Accenture’s cross-cultural leads, tasked with educating and setting best practice examples for working across cultures and ethnicities. With most Accenture operations colleagues based in India, Andrew’s role is integral to ensuring the success of cross-cultural business relationships that are built on mutual respect and understanding. He has been the executive sponsor for Accenture’s African-Caribbean Network for the last five years, representing the interests of its 360+ employee members at UK Board Level and working with global leadership on the broader D&I agenda. He is accountable for all annual network events, including a series of prominent Black History Month events, and oversees several ethnic minority recruitment, development, progression and retention activities. Under his leadership, they also won Network of the Year for their internal inclusion efforts. Externally, Andrew mentors three ethnic minority individuals from various industries, providing them with career guidance and helping to maximise their potential. He regularly speaks at inner-city schools on race, authenticity and aspiration and collaborates on a number of school role model schemes. He co-founded and chairs the UK Executive Leadership Council, and co-leads the global expansion committee. He also co-founded the inside track series of events, which offer the opportunity for senior Black leaders to spend time and discuss current events and challenges with political figures and the media, and is an advisory board member of CareerEar, a social mobility platform. Andrew has been recognised as a diversity champion at the Global Accenture Inclusion & Diversity Excellence Awards.

Payal Vasudeva

Payal sits on the Accenture UKI Board with singular accountability for Inclusion & Diversity, and leads the Talent & Organisation UKI practice. She is an active sponsor of the South Asian Network, and a mentor to the African-Caribbean Network Leadership team. She is an Executive Sponsor for Accenture’s African-Caribbean ‘Accelerate’, which sees ethnic minority employees attend a range of learning, community and networking events annually. She mentors ethnic minority CEOs as part of the Accenture Diverse Supplier Development Program, and sponsored an initiative where Accenture hosted 60 undergraduates for a two-day mentoring programme with The PowerList Foundation. Externally, Payal is a Trustee on the Board of East London Business Alliance, and she is part of the Business in The Community Gender Equality Leadership Team, with a focus on ethnic minority women. She has personally founded a scholarship program in Mumbai for under-privileged girls, and is co-founding a ‘not for profit’ to help youth from disadvantaged backgrounds build life and leadership skills. Payal also speaks regularly at external forums and in the media, and has been recognised as a ‘Top 10 Global Diversity Champion’ by Global Diversity List, as well as in other prominent ethnic minority and gender rankings.

Andrew Pearce

Globally Andrew is one of Accenture’s cross-cultural leads, tasked with educating and setting best practice examples for working across cultures and ethnicities. With most Accenture Operations colleagues based in India, this is an important role, ensuring that cross-cultural business relationships are based on mutual respect and understanding. He has been the executive sponsor for Accenture’s African-Caribbean Network for the last four years, representing the interests of its 360 employee members at UK Board Level, and working with global leadership on the broader I&D agenda. He is accountable for all annual network events, including a series of prominent Black History Month events, and oversees several ethnic minority recruitment, development, progression and retention activities. Under his leadership, they also won Network of the Year for their internal inclusion efforts. Externally, Andrew mentors three ethnic minority individuals from various industries, providing them with career guidance and helping to maximise their potential. He is a founder member of the UK Executive Leadership Council, and has recently been asked to become the UK Chair and co-lead of the global expansion committee.

Lola Olaore

Lola was selected out of 447,000 employees to represent Accenture at the prestigious One Young World summit, which attracts future world leader to discuss how to make an impact in the local and wider community. Additionally, Lola represents Accenture at university, networking events, panel discussion to attract BAME graduates. She  was a panellist at WCAN Annual Conference at Goldman Sachs which attracted 100 young black females, panelist for Women in Engineering at Sheffield university, spoken at events at LSE, Accenture Tech Visionaries boot camp which aims to attract more females and BAME candidates .She was was part of an internal team that created a mentoring programme for black employees called, Go and Be Great, with the aim of connecting junior black employees to black senior members of employee to tackle the retainment of black employees within Accenture which has been backed by senior leadership within Accenture. Outside of work, she set up an initiative called thinkHER, which aims to exist to inform, educate and connect young women (14-19-year olds), particularly from a BAME background, with opportunities that will make a life-changing impact. Lola also sits on the LifeSkills by Barclays Youth Advisory Council.

Gavin Young

Gavin is the co-lead of Accenture’s African-Caribbean Network of 400 members, which delivers a range of community engagement activities and drives initiatives to increase the effectiveness of recruitment, development, progression and retention for this community. He led Accenture’s ‘Accelerate’ week in 2017, where 240+ African-Caribbean employees received formal face-to-face training from senior managing directors, equipping them with the confidence and capability to fulfil their potential at Accenture. Gavin also shows his passion for furthering opportunities for BAME individuals by being an active mentor and coach both inside and outside the workplace. At work, his reverse mentoring has resulted in four black colleagues being promoted to Managing Director positions. In April 2017, Gavin was voted Accenture UK’s ‘Most Inspirational Leader’ by peers in their annual recognition programme.

Payal Vasudeva

Payal is a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy, and also sits on the Accenture UKI Board with singular accountability for Inclusion & Diversity. BAME representation is a priority focus for her in this role, and she champions a coordinated programme to place additional rigour on how Accenture recruits, develops, progresses and retains BAME employees. She is a sponsor of the South Asian Network, is an active coach to the African-Caribbean Network Leadership team and mentors BAME CEOs as part of the Accenture Diverse Supplier Development Program. Externally, Payal is a Trustee on the Board of East London Business Alliance (ELBA) which actively supports BAME youth, and she is part of the Business in The Community (BITC) Leadership team for Gender. Additionally, she has set up a scholarship fund in India for underprivileged girls.