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.

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