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Ken Olisa

Ken is the first British-born black director of a FTSE100 company (Reuters). As a role model he willingly encourages the telling of his journey (single parent, back streets of Nottingham, Cambridge, IBM, USA, Queen’s Lord-Lieutenant ) to show that anything is possible even for those born without a silver spoon in their mouths.
Ken has spoken to numerous business conferences on the theory and practice of inclusion and serves on the Parker Committee (successor to the Davies Committee) examining how to increase the number of BAME directors on FTSE 100 Boards. He also designed and led the creation of the IoD’s Good Governance Index which has changed the UK’s discussion about how companies should be run and in 2016 he was re-elected to the Board of Thomson Reuters for the 9th year running.
Ken Led the AUDACity Talent Rising Conference for Lord Mayor, Fiona Woolf bringing together the City’s many affinity groups to design a unified manifesto promoting the interests of ¬all talented people irrespective of their particular lack of privilege. He has also mentored dozens of young BAME people to enhance their life chances and has adopted a pro-active approach as a role model within the various organisations with which I am associated.