BAME Online Featured Talent

Here you’ll find the details of featured speakers and talent from this year’s BAME Fundraising Virtual Conference. We massively encourage you to follow, connect, and continue your work in creating inclusive networks by following, learning from, and working with these brilliant people.

We send huge thanks to each and every one of you for your time (we pay you too though because gratitude doesn’t pay the bills!)

You absolutely nailed it.

Martha Awojobi
Curator & Host

Martha is a consultant who has worked in the charity sector for almost a decade in fundraising roles, from face to face, individual giving, to crowdfunding, digital and corporate before starting her own consultancy in June 2020. She was chosen as one of Fundraising Magazines 25 most outstanding fundraisers under 35 this year for her contribution to the fundraising sector. Martha is one of the organisers of #CharitySoWhite, a campaign that roots out racism in the charity sector and has been putting pressure on foundations to distribute emergency Covid19 funding equitably. Martha is currently curating and hosting the first BAME Fundraising Conference and has consulted with BAME fundraisers and organisations across the UK to design a programme of content that was made by BAME fundraisers for BAME fundraisers.

Camille St-Omer Donaldson
Host, Organiser/Campaigner & Supporter Experience Project Lead

Camille is an organiser, campaigner and committee member at #CharitySoWhite. Most recently awarded a spot on Civil Society’s top 25 fundraisers under 35 list. She is a passionate and dynamic fundraiser for the last 8 years, currently using supporter insight to create experiences that bring our supporters closer to the causes the care about at British Red Cross where she is an active member of the charity’s BAME network committee and ex co-chair. Recently facilitating an anti racism workshop delivered to over 700 staff members, to drive forward the organisations Anti Racist Action plan. Camille is also programme chair of Beyond Suffrage committee, a project which helps elevate young women of colour to leadership, diversify boards and empower the future change makers. She’s a keen public speaker, facilitator & Beyoncé is her inspiration, #Slay. When not geeking out over supporters or Beyoncé, she spends her spare time completing Buzzfeed quizzes like ‘what type of bread are you?’, chatting to Martha about putting the world to rights, oh and rooting out racism in the sector! 

Derek Bardowell
Author and Philanthropy Adviser

DEREK A. BARDOWELL is a writer, philanthropy adviser, and former director of programmes at the Stephen Lawrence Trust and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. He has written for The Times, The Guardian, British GQ and The Source. In philanthropy, Derek has been responsible for distributing over £150 million to good causes in 34 countries. He is currently the host of the podcast JUST CAUSE, exploring the intersections of race, culture and social justice, a founding member of Future Foundations UK and a trustee of Thirty Percy Foundation. His first book, NO WIN RACE, was a Sunday Times and Financial Times Book of the Year, shortlisted for Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the Indie Book Awards and longlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award. Derek is a Churchill Fellow.

Kevin Amponsah
Philanthropy Officer

Kevin has been at The Children’s Society for over 2 years and has recently started a new role as a Philanthropy Officer. He has worked in the charity sector for over 3 years, within supporter care, whilst volunteering in various roles for many more years. He has recently set up a BAME network within TCS and has been liaising with the Diversity and Talent team. He is also upwards mentoring his CEO Mark Russell about being a black man in the UK and racial diversity. They both gave speeches in a virtual meeting to their organisation last month about Black Lives Matter and the resulting blog link is here.

Umar Malik
Communities & Events Officer – BAME Communities

Umar is part of the BAME Fundraising Team at Barnardo’s which aims to engage with and fundraise from new communities. Umar focuses on BAME community engagement and has led on developing and launching Barnardo’s first Zakat compliant project this Ramadan, the Fundraising Teams first Black History Month event, and developing relationships with grassroots BAME organisations.

Outside of work, Umar personally develops and launches education and empowerment projects in Ghana and is currently launching a young girl’s Vocational Training School and a girl’s dormitory for a school for those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Layal Marten

Speaker information coming soon.

Ugo Ikokwu
Independent Consultant

Ugo has over a decade experience working within the social sector. Most recently he was programme director at The Fore, where he led a team of (14) overseeing the distribution of grants into small charities, research, learning and evaluation, pro-bono and corporate partnerships. Helping to grow the organisation’s grant giving budget and co-producing the first impact report to substantiate the org’s approach to grant giving. Prior to that he worked for Social Investment Business (SIB) across the business development and investment team, where he was involved in deal origination, capital raising, investment and portfolio management of charities and social enterprises. He is an expert at designing programmes, and funds addressing a range of social needs. Ugo sits on several board and committees and is a director for YSYS and DINN (Both female-led enterprises seeking to address the under-representation of women in tech)

Patricia Hamzahee

After some 20 years in investment banking and financial communications, Patricia now helps social enterprises attract private capital and advises companies on their responsible investment strategies through her consultancy Integriti Capital. She is also working to diversify access to funding as co-founder of Extend Ventures. She is a Trustee of Ballet Black and Areté Network. She has been a Trustee and Chair of the Development Board of Black Cultural Archives. She is President of Friends of International House New York UK, Associate Director of The Finance Foundation, a member of Women in Social Finance and of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation.

Dana Segal
International Fundraisinig & Management Consultant

Dana Kohava Segal is a strategist, fundraiser, decision scientist and management consultant supporting people and projects that make the world a better place. She is currently Senior Parnter Consultant with =mc consulting, Director of Adapt for Arts and Deputy Director of the National Arts Fundraising School. She has worked with organisations across the UK, Europe & Africa for a wide range of arts organiastions, charities, NGOs and not-for-profits including UNICEF, Afrobarometer, World Animal Protection & MSF. As an Irish-Israeli immigrant currently based in the UK, she’s way too used to people mispronouncing her name and managing difficult conversations about what does and doesn’t constitute as anti-semitic. Like all of her fellow speakers, she is striving to make the charity sector more meaningfully representative.

Priya Changela
Direct Marketing and Fundraising Officer

Priya works on Direct Marketing at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and is a member of the Institute of Fundraising’s (IOF) EDI Committee, working to make fundraising more inclusive. Her fundraising journey began at The British Asian Trust, having previously worked for a start-up helping migrants settle in the UK and Europe as their South Asian Communities Manager.

Kristie Lockhart

For more than fifteen years Kristie has been working at the intersection of philanthropy, social impact, and private sector engagement to contribute to building robust, resource independent and locally rooted civil society organizations across the globe. Kristie’s career spans across 7 continents and includes launching fundraising programs in new markets, brokering strategic partnerships with corporate donors and managing relationships with bi- and multilateral organizations. These experiences have greatly informed her current work and commitment to advancing more ethical, sustainable and community-led development initiatives. Currently serving as a strategic advisor and fundraising consultant Kristie is partnering with high impact organizations in the Global South to diversify and grow their funding resources and explore innovative financing models.

Kishshana Palmer
Founder & CEO

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE is a uni-mom, trainer, educator, author and professional speaker. She is the founder of Kishshana & Co. author of “Hey, I’m New Here” ,and founder of “The Rooted Collaborative” – a global learning community for WOC fundraising professionals. When she is not starring in the Life of My Queenager (okay it’s not a real show, but it could be), she is dropping knowledge about leadership and life. Kishshana is the epitome of your classic 90’s Queens homegirl and quintessential corner office executive. She is your daily dose of Claire Huxtable with a side of Blanche Devereaux.

Darshan Sanghrajka

Darshan is the founder of social innovation studio, Super Being Labs. He has 14 years of experience using design and tech for good to help tackle complex social problems, working with clients like the Breast Cancer Now, Action for Children, The Brilliant Club, NCVO, UnLtd, the Cabinet Office, Apps for Good, Turn2Us, CAST, Telefonica, and many more. Through working on multiple impact areas that all come together, Super Being Labs is on a mission to design a world that truly enables the best of human potential.

Sonya Barlow
Founder & CEO

Sonya Barlow is an award-winning business coach and motivational speaker delivering key notes to empower all those around her. Focusing on empowering young professionals in Tech; she has delivered two TEDX Talks; 6 European keynotes; 110+ workshops, had her business-based articles published in Metro newspaper and Sifted EU and partnered with global companies such as; Google, Santander, Vodafone, Oxford University and PWC. “Strategically Winging It” is her famous tagline as a result of three successful chapters of @LMFnetwork – LMF Network in 18 months – extending all the way from the UK to Toronto and Madrid. Utilising social media, she has engaged an audience as far as ~30K. All the while carrying her Pakistani heritage proudly, she has drawn attention to the social stigmas faced by the under-represented community of BAME. She discusses BAME topics and business on her podcast Strategically Winging It.

Amicky Carol Akiwumi
Founder & CEO

Carol is a social entrepreneur, strategic consultant and an inspirational speaker, with a passion for Stewardship and Justice. She is Managing Consultant of RAA Solutions, a creative business development agency. Carol is also the Founder & CEO of Money4YOU, an international organisation that tackles inequality through financial education, entrepreneurship and capacity building interventions. Carol is a Fellow and Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CIoF). She was Chair of CIoF’s Black Fundraisers UK from 2012 – 2017 and currently serves as Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She hosts the weekly podcast: Four minutes in Fundraising.

Jon Cornejo
Campaign Manager – Protecting Children in Conflict

Jon Cornejo is a campaigner and activist. He works at Save the Children UK leading campaigning and organising work on the Protecting Children in Conflict campaign. He has worked at Amnesty International UK leading work on reactive campaigns in response to human rights crises. He is also an organiser at Charity So White, a campaigning collective of POC working in the UK charity sector working to tackle systemic racism within the charity sector, grounding their work in the lived experience of POC working in the sector and doing narrative shifting work on racism in the sector.

Sabah Choudrey
Freelance Public Speaker, Writer, Educator

Reluctant activist on most things trans, brown and hairy. Public speaker, shy writer and psychotherapist in training. Proud trans youth worker since 2014, current Head of Youth Service at Gendered Intelligence, trustee of Inclusive Mosque Initiative and co-founder of Colours Youth Network supporting LGBT+ BPOC young people in UK. Top three passions right now: carving out spaces for queer Muslim family, making friends with cats and taking selfies from bad angles.

Sophie Yates Lu
Programme Manager

Sophie Yates Lu is an activist who’s been involved in grassroots organising in London and East Kent for 10 years. She currently runs trainings for grassroots campaigners and activists with Campaign Bootcamp. As a survivor of domestic and sexual violence, she uses her experiences and story to campaign. She is also passionate about working with LGBTQ+ and POC survivors to support them to use storytelling in campaigning, in a way which centres survivor’s boundaries and wellbeing. Sophie has also worked with organisations including Women’s Aid, 38 Degrees, Positive Money, Esmee Fairbairn, On Road Media, and more.

Director of the Free Black University

Melz is a queer Black non-binary person. They are an activist that has worked in a number of spaces such as; Black Lives Matter UK, decolonising education, and trans visibility. They are a multifaceted artist and academic, their work explores the radical Black imagination and building transformative worlds.

Tanya Compas
Founder of Exist Loudly

Tanya Compas is an award winning youth worker and founder of Exist Loudly and Queer Black Christmas. Exist Loudly is committed to creating spaces of joy and community for queer Black young people from London and across the UK through both in person and online engagement. Exist Loudly is built on a frame work that fosters community, distribution of wealth and resources and working towards a collective good, with a particular focus on the queer and Black communities.

Lily Lewis

Lily Lewis is the founder and Director of The Pocressi Initiative, a philanthropic platform that works in the prevention and treatment of Abstinence Addiction Treatment and Criminal Justice. Previously to TPI, Lewis worked as Director of Social Cohesion for The Bernard Lewis Family Charitable Trust. Lily commits to prioritising racial equity and inclusion in all partnerships. This lens is also at the forefront of her decisions in both impact investments and board commitments. She is on the board of RG UK, Project 507, the Addiction Unit for The Centre for Social Justice and is a Patron for BAC O’Connor. Outside of TPI, Lily is passionate about exploring unhelpful aspects of some philanthropy through a psychoanalytic lens that can take away focus from impact, such as money shame and codependency.

Mitali Sen
Portfolio Officer

Speaker information coming soon.

Fozia Irfan

Fozia is Chief Executive at the Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, a grantmaking organisation which provides over £5m funding to local communities. She is a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations and the Funders Alliance for Race Equality, advocating for a deeper understanding of inequality and how to effectively address it through funding. Fozia is currently leading the Diversity Equity and inclusion Coalition of 17 foundations, implementing DEI frameworks in their work. She was awarded the Charity Times ‘Rising CEO Star’ in 2018 and one of the ’25 most influential Charity Leaders’ .

Fudia Smartt

Fudia Smartt is a Partner at Spencer West LLP who specialises in employment law. Covering every stage of the employment life cycle, Fudia advises on non-contentious and contentious matters for both employers and employees on topics such as bullying, harassment (including sexual harassment), unfair and wrongful dismissal, restrictive covenants, discrimination, whistleblowing, maternity and other family-friendly matters. She has experience across a wide range of sectors, with particular expertise in technology, media, financial services and professional services. Fudia is also an MBTI and DISC certified practitioner and uses these skills alongside her high social and emotional intelligence to provide tailored advice for her clients. A sought-after speaker, Fudia also regularly speaks on topics such as: (i) diversity; (ii) employee engagement; (iii) MBTI and DISC; and (iv) futurism and the world of work.

Claudia Iton

Claudia is an HR consultant and coach, focused on diversity & inclusion. More than 25 years of her corporate career were spent at Unilever, much of that time as business partner and trusted advisor to leaders of successful, global, multi-cultural teams with multi-€bn businesses. She is an external governor at the University of Portsmouth where she heads the HR and the Remuneration Committees.

Daniel Newman
HR and Volunteer Manager

Daniel is the HR and Volunteer Manager at JDRF, The Type 1 Diabetes Medical Research charity. He has been working in HR for over 10 years with nearly 7 of those years spent in the charity sector. Outside of life in HR, Daniel is a lifelong Arsenal fan, a diabetes advocate and hosts and produces The Talking Type 1 Podcast where he interviews people living with type 1 diabetes.

Fezzan Ahmed
Philanthropy Officer BAME Communities

Fezzan is an independent and creative manager with over a decade of diverse experience across the private and voluntary sectors. As a Halpin Partnership Consulting Fellow in Strategy and Race Equality in particular, Fezzan has worked on a number of different Higher Education projects in EDI as well as Fundraising. Prior to working with Barnardo’s and founding Jigsaw House, Fezzan managed several multi-million pound change projects for organisations such as HSBC, the University of Westminster and the Battersea Arts Centre. With an educational background in science and a career in banking and philanthropy, Fezzan has gained a number of accreditation’s, as well as receiving his Masters in Community Organising in 2014. Fezzan is dedicated to social change, sustainability and diversity.

Kemar Walford
Fundraising Consultant/ Project Manager

Founder of KN Walford Consultancy Ltd and Chair of Black Fundraisers UK, Kemar Walford is a keen supporter of charities and a Fundraising consultant, in that order. My passion is helping organisations to continue doing great things for their community for many years to come. I have over 13 years’ experience in fundraising and the Voluntary Sector. I’ve spent the majority of it working for the UK’s biggest funder (the Big Lottery Fund, now NLCF). Whilst there I sharpened my skills in assessment, grant management, programme development, and within the last 2 years directly supporting charities in London to secure over £2m in funding. For the past three years, I have been a voice for change in the BAME and wider fundraising community as the chair of Black Fundraisers UK, a special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Saba Shafi
Managing Director / Founding Organiser

Saba is the Managing Director of The Advocacy Academy, a youth movement working to unleash the power of young people to create a more fair, just, and equal world. She has eight years of experience as a management consultant, including four years at the aviation and aerospace consulting firm – Seabury Group. Saba is also one of the founding organisers of #CharitySoWhite, founder of a network for WOC in Impact Leadership, Treasurer of CitizensUK, and Governor of the Belham. She has an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a MSci in Mathematics from Imperial College London.

Chupa Phiri, MInstF

Chupa Phiri is a fundraising strategist and trainer with 20 years’ experience in institutional fundraising (trusts, foundations, corporates and statutory) in Africa, Europe and the US. She has worked for a broad range of causes including international development, human rights, gender issues, global health and education. Chupa has combined her passion for community development and African philanthropy by establishing Oko Consultancy – a fundraising training and consultancy service that works in partnership with charities in the UK and Africa to help them raise vital funding for their work. Oko Consultancy is a social enterprise with all profits ploughed into the Twikatane Community Foundation in Zambia which seeks to inspire local philanthropy and enable community-based organisations to improve the lives of members of their communities.

Louise Lai
Transformation Director

Louise has worked in the not-for-profit sector for twelve years. Working both client side at Barnardo’s within their Fundraising team and agency side. She leads the Change and Growth team at Manifesto, helping transform organisations; from their culture and organisational design to their technology and digital capabilities to drive sustainable change. Louise has extensive experience working across UK and International Charity programmes at a strategic level spanning a multitude of areas including fundraising, brand, innovation, advocacy and campaigning. Nurturing talent has always been a focus, and she mentors two women working in international development organisations, and recently launched FemMentored network.

Collette Philip Keen
Founder and Managing Director

Collette Philip runs award-winning brand and strategy consultancy, Brand By Me, building brands that drive social change and positive business impact.Collette has 20 experience building great commercial and charity brands like Starburst, McDonald’s, Always, Clearasil, Barnardo’s, T-Mobile, EE and World Animal Protection. It was her love of brand and strategy and her passion for social justice that led her to set up Brand by Me in 2016. Their clients cover a breadth of great causes – from animal welfare to peace-building, to women’s rights and healthy eating for kids!Right now, Brand by Me is helping charities, corporates and changemakers build brands and lead through turbulence and tackle systemic racism head on. To find out more visit

Cyronica Lackey
Development Manager

Cyronica is a Nonprofit professional, relationship builder with a passion for connecting others to causes they are passionate about. She lives in Texas with her husband and blended family of four boys. Cyronica is a Sooner, alumni of the University of Oklahoma with an aim to help other nonprofit fundraisers achieve their goals. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals serving on the local IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Committee. She is currently working towards two certifications: A Master’s Certificate in Nonprofit Management and the CFRE credential to be completed next year.

Angie Turner
Head of Philanthropy

I am passionate fundraiser who has worked in the charitable sector in the UK for over 25 years for charities including British Red Cross and Crisis. Angie is Head of Philanthropy at The Children’s Trust and currently raising £500,000 each year. I am also the Chair of the Major Donor Special Interest Group for the Institute of Fundraising. I am proud to be a BAME Fundraiser.

Jerrel D Jackson
Chief Creative Changemaker

Mr Jerrel D Jackson FRSA, entrepreneur from the Midlands (UK). Founding Chief Creative Changemaker (CEO) of Creative Academies Network (CAN) a multi-layered organisation that supports the development of children & young people in the Black Country to accelerate their full potential through Cultural Education, Creative Practice & Civic Leadership. Jerrel is currently working on his research publication ‘D.I.C.E’ (Diversity Integrity Cultural Equality). He currently is the Chair of Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership, Board Member of West Midland’s Combined Authority Cultural Leadership Board, Cultural Education Leadership Advisor for Arts Council England, Board Member for Sandwell and West Birmingham (NHS) Midlands Metropolitan University Hospital, Advisory Board for SIPS Music, Board member for Shape Sandwell and incoming Board of Director at Windsor Academy Trust.

Rini Jones
Policy & Advocacy Officer

Rini is a London-based policy adviser who is passionate about health inclusion, equity at all intersections, and rooting out racism in the charity sector. In her spare time, she is an organiser for the anti-racism campaign, #CharitySoWhite. She has recently been appointed Representation & Inclusion Trustee for Bi Pride UK, having been part of the inaugural cohort of Beyond Suffrage, an initiative aiming to increase the number of young women of colour on trustee boards.

Sufina Ahmad

Sufina is Director of the John Ellerman Foundation, a grant-maker in the arts, environment and social action. She is currently completing an Executive MBA course at Warwick Business School.Before joining the Foundation, Sufina worked in corporate strategy and performance at the City of London Corporation. She has previously worked for the National Lottery Community Fund and City Bridge Trust, in strategy, policy and stakeholder relations roles. Sufina has also held service delivery and development roles working in charities supporting adults with learning disabilities and older people mainly.Sufina holds trusteeships with Just for Kids Law, We Belong and The Charterhouse. She previously volunteered with the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, as Chair of their Expert Panel on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – and is an honorary Fellow of the Institute.

Paul Amadi
Chief Supporter Officer

Paul joined the British Red Cross in July as its new Chief Supporter Officer. Before that he was Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement at the MS Society. He has also held Director of Fundraising roles at Diabetes UK where he increased income by 25% and NSPCC where he raised in excess of £130m. Paul is a keen advocator and supporter of Diversity and Inclusion and sits on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Panel at the Institute of Fundraising.

Shani Newbold

Shani is a founding partner and director of Cadence Partners, an executive recruitment firm whose mission is to inspire, challenge and support organisations to build workplaces that are diverse, inclusive and genuinely committed to driving positive social change.

Shani is passionate about equality and social justice and committed to reducing barriers, eliminating unfair bias and re-addressing the balance of diversity in Leadership roles.

She has over 20 years’ experience in executive search and selection in the UK and US. Her experience has focused on recruiting non-executive, Trustee and executive officer teams for large national social purpose organisations and public sector bodies.

She sits on the Race Advisory Group for ACEVO and has recently been invited to join the advisory Board of The Fore, a seed funder for the non-profit sector.

Precious Sithole
Chief Executive

Precious Sithole Ieads two not-for-profit social enterprises – Social Practice ENT, which focuses on providing accounting and consultancy services to charities/social organisations, and the Social Practice Academy, which supports young women of colour by providing them with leadership and enterprise development opportunities. The Social Practice Academy is home to the Beyond Suffrage Programme – the aim of which is to recruit and train young women of colour to serve on charity boards.

Mac Alonge

Mac is the Founder and CEO of data-driven, equality, diversity and inclusion tech company, The Equal Group. Mac and The Equal Group are focused on providing forward thinking organisations with the tools and support that they need to optimise their equality, diversity and inclusion efforts. Over the last 10 years as a regulatory focused consultant within the energy and utilities industries, Mac has worked with and for some of the world’s largest private and public sector organisations, including the likes of KPMG, National Grid, Scottish Power, Capita and the Scottish and UK governments.

Fatima Iftikhar
#CharitySoWhite Founding Organiser

Fatima Iftikhar builds innovative campaigns, coalitions and communities to bring about transformative and structural change across employment, education and civil society. She is a campaigner and activist on issues of race and structural inequality with her work currently focusing on three areas. Firstly, exploring systems change through #CharitySoWhite, a campaign rooting out institutional racism across the charity sector. Secondly, community building through #POCIMPACT, a community recognising, connecting and supporting People of Colour in the social impact sector. Finally, promoting inclusive innovation as a Non-Executive Director of Doing Social, a social enterprise improving inclusion of communities in social innovation. She is also an Aziz Foundation Scholar, currently studying a Masters in Social Policy and Social Research at UCL.

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