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Funke Abimbola

Funke is the most senior black lawyer in pharmaceuticals, and a multi award-winning Roche UK diversity champion. She is a BAME role model mentoring, coaching and sponsoring BAME colleagues, and often presents on importance of D&I to all 2,000 UK staff, and the whole company through global transmissions. Funke established a summer work scheme for students, an annual paid school leaver internship, and created company-wide University bursary scheme to support BAME students at two UK Universities. She holds over 10 voluntary BAME diversity leadership roles and provides free inspirational talks and mentorship to over 2,000 school children, 100s of University students, 1,000s of professionals. Funke regularly speaks on diversity through the Law Society, 30% Club, TED, and the BBC, as well as meeting with the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and the Cabinet Office to drive change across the UK. In addition, Funke privately funds an annual BAME scholarship for UK medical students, fundraises for BAME charities, and was awarded the Point of Light by the Prime Minister for the outstanding impact of her voluntary diversity work.

Funke Abimbola

As the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry, Funke is a highly visible and senior BAME leader and a role model for BAME employees not only within Roche UK but within the UK business community as a whole. Within Roche UK, she mentors BAME colleagues extensively and is also the Diversity Champion for the Roche UK organisation.
Funke supports the Roche UK General Manager in achieving his personal diversity goals, having successfully established a summer placement scheme for students within her legal team (now in its 5th year), and created an annual, 12 month internship for school leavers, she is currently assisting and advising the company on an entry-level initiative to engage millennials, including those from the BAME community and other under-represented groups.
Funke is leading on the D&I content for Roche’s first ever sustainability report called “Roche in the UK” which will become an annual publication highlighting the impact that Roche has made in the UK and is also leading on all internal and external D&I messaging, a core component of which is around contributions made by their BAME employees and BAME talent that they are currently developing.