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Tunji Akintokun

Tunji co-founded the EMEAR chapter of Cisco’s Black employee group, Cisco Black Professionals (CBP) and chaired the organisation for 3 years helping it deliver on its 3 key strategic pillars of connecting with external BAME organisations to leverage best practices, engaging with communities/schools to attract more BAME talent and expansion of CBP across Europe. Representing Cisco he was an active member of TNON, sitting on the executive committee. Externally, Tunji is active and involved in a number of initiatives including speaking on several panels such as the recent Channel 4 DiverseTV event looking at increasing diversity in the media sector. He has just founded his second social enterprise ‘Aspire2Achieve’, which looks to connect talent across the UK, Africa and USA by connecting more diverse talent with opportunities in the Tech sector, building upon the success of the first social enterprise he founded, the multi-award winning ‘Your Future, Your Ambition’. He is also the co-chair of Raise Tech a professional network that encourage race diversity and inclusion in the UK Digital and Tech sectors.

Tunji Akintokun

Tunji is a Director and senior leader within Cisco covering the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS. With over 180 staff operating from offices in Moscow, Cairo, South Africa, Nigeria, Morocco, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Turkey he oversees a leadership team that engages with Cisco’s customer and partners to build successful business solution and outcomes.
In addition, Tunji’s organisation also has responsibility for the Early In Career sales talent pipeline for Cisco and he oversees a Graduate Sales Academy based in Amsterdam which recruits approximately 25 graduates per year who receive one year of intensive training before returning to their countries across the Middle East, Africa, Russia and CIS.
In 2010 Tunji co-founded the Europe, Middle & Africa chapter of Cisco’s Connected Black Professionals (CBP) Employee Organisation from his belief that diversity matters. The vision was to “impact Cisco’s culture such that the highest levels of business excellence and employee satisfaction are achieved”. CBP is one of Cisco’s employee affinity groups, which focuses on promoting inclusive leadership, inspiring and empowering its members to achieve their potential. Tunji has made a powerful impact to Cisco, his staff/members and the communities CBP have served.