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Quentin Roach

Quentin is continuously focused on ensuring an inclusive work environment, globally diverse organisational make-up, and he acts as a change agent and advocate for enterprise Global Diversity & Inclusion focus. He is currently co-sponsor of the company-wide Diversity in STEMM initiative, executive sponsor of enterprise-wide Millennial Employee Business Resource Group, and is responsible for Economic Inclusion & Supplier Diversity processes. In 2016 he led the delivery of the first Diversity in STEMM summit and he maintains a role as Male Advocate/Sponsor as part of the internal Women’s Leadership programme. Externally, he has been involved in a number of organisations and boards over the years including: National Black MBA Association, National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, Trumpet Foundation, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Executive Leadership Council, and Minority Business News. He has also been recognised as a “Top 10 Most Inspiring Leader” by Executive 50, “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” by Savoy (2012, 2014 and 2016).

Jerome Hamilton

For most of his professional career Jerome has mentored people in the workplace including BAME staff. As Senior Vice President of Global Operations for Stratasys, he developed critical team building exercises, to make the workplace a more welcoming and inclusive place for BAME staff. Previous to that, he was Vice President of Six Sigma Operations, Corporate Quality and Acquisition Integration for 3M, where he played a major role in devising strategy and operational plans for the company’s largest business group. In 2016, Jerome was invited by the founder of Open Theraputics to join the company as CEO where he leads a team of employees comprised of 40% ethnic minority and 40% women. In 2014, he was recognized in the Savoy Top 100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America and in 2016 was recognized by The Global Diversity List as one of the top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry. Externally, Jerome has supported a variety of organizations dedicated to helping young people and BAME people. For the past 10 years he has served on the Board of Directors of Real Life 101, a non-profit that provides college scholarships and equipment for selected inner city African American males graduating from high school.

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.

Bansi Nagji

In February 2015, Bansi joined McKesson Corporation as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Business Development. In addition to this role, he is also a member of the Executive Committee and a corporate officer. Bansi and his team are responsible for all of the company’s strategic planning activities globally, and also for all of the company’s mergers and acquisitions. Bansi has overseen a large number of acquisitions for the company and announced transactions that will deploy $4 billion of capital.

Bansi is the most senior BAME executive at McKesson, and a core member of McKesson’s Chairman’s Diversity Council, which is responsible for the enterprise’s diversity strategy. He makes himself available as a mentor to all employees, particularly BAME people and women, to help them understand the myriad, often opaque, ways in which their careers can be more challenging to navigate than others. Another way in which he helps BAME colleagues in the workplace is to go out of his way to make them aware of career opportunities, as his experience is that minorities are often less broadly networked in the workplace, and therefore less aware of potential new opportunities.

Edson Hato

Edson is Vice President, Human Resources Recruitment at AstraZeneca overseeing a team across three major hubs in the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States and has additional functional accountability for the recruitment function in AstraZeneca globally.
He has been a member of the internal diversity councils of several of his former employers not only representing Black, Asian and Minority talent but also the LGBT+ community.
Prior to moving to the UK in April 2015, Edson was an active member of ING’s global diversity council and a Board member of ING’s Cross Cultural Network promoting understanding, collaboration, business endeavours between white allies and ethnic minority talents within ING. He was also a member of ING’s Gay and Lesbian Association – which achieved the first time corporate sponsorship of the Amsterdam Gay Pride.

Derica Rice

As the Executive Vice President of Global Services and Chief Financial Officer at Eli Lilly and Company, Derica sits on the executive committee. There are approximately 4,000 employees in his organization, with a P&L of approximately $20 billion (USD).
Derica serves as an executive sponsor for Eli Lilly’s Organization of Latinos at Lilly (OLA), an employee resource group that supports the strengths and needs of Latino employees at Lilly. He also mentors minority Lilly colleagues at all levels of the organization and across all businesses.
Derica is on the Board of Directors for the Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, Indiana – an organization that prepares minority youth for academic and career success. This center helps minority students transition from high school to college, with the goal of completing college. He also started a college scholarship program in his home state of Alabama, each year awarding college scholarship to two minority students.

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.