Funke Abimbola MBE

Funke is the most senior black lawyer in pharma, and the only such leader in Roche globally. She is a multi-award-winning, global Roche race diversity champion, and mentors a number of ethnic minority colleagues. She is committed to eliminating race career barriers across 100K staff globally, and regularly presents internally on the importance of D&I. Her support of Roche’s diversity initiatives includes sponsorship of their work experience scheme, internship scheme, legal hackathon and university bursary scheme, positively changing trajectories of 100s of BAME students. Externally Funke holds several voluntary diversity roles. These include patronage at University College London, and leadership roles with the InterLaw Diversity Forum, the Precious Awards and Power Up. She has a true grassroots approach to removing barriers, providing free inspirational talks and mentoring to over 2,000 schoolchildren and 100s of university students. She is a regular contributor to BBC News, and the wider media community, on the importance of ethnic minority inclusion, and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on inclusive leadership. Funke has also been honoured with several prestigious awards, including receiving an MBE in 2017 for services to diversity and young people.

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