Sophie provides connectivity between strategic initiatives affecting the multicultural talent agenda across geographies internally and externally. In 2019, as an Ambassador for Everywoman, she negotiated sponsorship of the inaugural Everywoman in India career development forum involving 50 companies, including Morgan Stanley. She is Co-founder of The Black British Business Awards (BBBAwards), endorsed by the three Prime Ministers. The BBBAwards runs a mid-career ethnic minority Talent Accelerator hosted by Morgan Stanley. Over 50 high-potential professionals from 20 top tier corporations have taken part, with exceptional results in terms of career progression. The BBBAwards spearheaded the award winning Boardroom programme with Deloitte which has trained more than 50 aspiring ethnic minority non-executive directors since 2017. Sophie Chairs The Network of Networks – Multicultural (TNON), which trains employee network leaders from over 85 corporations to be strategically relevant and impactful. Sophie serves as Strategic Advisor to Morgan Stanley’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance.
Sophie serves on the International Presence Committee of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC), chairs the Advisory Panel of The Network of Networks (TNON) BAME/Multicultural Chapter and mentors six EMpower Ethnic Minority Future Leaders. She is co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, which continues to support British business in increasing ethnic diversity and has been endorsed by the Prime Minister amongst others. In 2018 the BBBAwards launched the Talent Accelerator programme which was hosted by Morgan Stanley. The cohort consisted of 27 BAME professionals who had been identified as high-potential candidates for senior leadership roles from 15 Tier I corporations operating in the UK. Each participant has reported substantial progress in career development in the last year, and each of the original participating companies and new businesses have signed back up for the second year or bespoke in-house programmes leveraging the design of the BBBAwards Talent Accelerator. At Morgan Stanley, between July 2017 and January 2019, Sophie served as Co-chair of the African and Caribbean Business Alliance (ACBA) and now serves as Strategic Advisor to the network. As Co-chair, she led a variety of impactful initiatives to contribute to talent attraction, retention and promotion of Black talent at the firm. During her tenure, she drove the evolution of ACBA from affinity network to career advancement platform, with a substantial number of senior allies in London. Membership of the ACBA in EMEA significantly under her leadership, and she has fostered Impactful partnerships with BBBAwards, Elevation Networks and Success Talks. Sophie has been featured on a large number of prestigious lists for her diversity work and has been recognised by HM Queen Elizabeth for her contribution to the Commonwealth diaspora.
Sophie was appointed Co-chair of the African and Caribbean Business Alliance (ACBA) in London in 2017. Through this, she has led a variety of initiatives to diversify hiring and engagement at all levels in Morgan Stanley. She is currently driving the evolution of ACBA from affinity network to career advancement platform, with a 23 strong ally base across the firm. Membership of the ACBA has increased 65% under her leadership, and she has introduced three BAME talent development experts to provide executive coaching and talent development programs. Externally, Sophie mentors five BAME future leaders, is a member of the Advisory Panel of The Network of Networks (TNON) BAME/Multicultural Chapter, and sits on the Global Expansion Committee of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). She is co-founder of the Black British Business Awards, which last year published an acclaimed piece of research: The Middle Research Report, and continues to support British business in increasing ethnic diversity. Sophie is an Honorary Fellow of University College London, and has been featured on a large number of lists for her diversity work, including the Female FTSE Board Report – 100 Women to Watch and BAME 100 Board Talent Index.
Sophie is the EMEA CAO of the Legal and Compliance Division and is involved with Morgan Stanley’s recruitment and talent attraction strategy, including BAME targeted events. This year she has been involved in planning the summer internship program and the launch of a talent development program factoring in the core principles of inclusion. Sophie mentors and sponsors a number of BAME employees and provides strategic advice to the African and Caribbean Business Alliance. Sophie is a co-founder of The Black British Business Awards through which she co-lead the establishment of a collaboration with Deloitte known as “BAME in the Boardroom”. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel of The Networks of Networks, BAME Chapter.
Sophie joined Morgan Stanley this year in January 2016 and has recently been confirmed as leading the charge for D&I for the Legal and Compliance Division in EMEA (in addition to her day job). She will be reviewing the strategy and has begun to mentor two BAME rising stars internally.
She is one of the highest ranking senior Executive Directors in Morgan Stanley’s Legal and Compliance Division (LCD) with significant delegated authorities for LCD operational matters as the Chief Administrative Officer of EMEA.
She supervises a core team of six direct reports and co-manages 25 others and has served on the Board of Trustees of Sentebale and Protimos. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, and provides psycho-social supports for children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Protimos is an associate member of the Clinton Global Initiative which provides access to law and legal education for indigenous and marginalised communities in resource rich emerging economies, with a specific emphasis on Southern Africa.