THE BME
POWER LIST
2018

BRISTOL'S 100

MOST INFLUENTIAL

BLACK & MINORITY

ETHNIC PEOPLE

 

In 2017 Bristol SU completed a piece of research around the BME Attainment Gap. The results highlighted that there is a lack of role models in the University community, and a lack of feelings of belonging and inclusion.

 

This is something that Chanté Joseph set out to change.

 

“The social discourse around inclusion and diversity is changing, it has gone beyond the tokenism and moved into a space of structural reform and meaningful actions. This list is the latter, we will be recognising community leaders and influencers that have gone above and beyond to shape and serve the communities around them.

 

This BME Powerlist is a way of creating hypervisibility for some of Bristol’s unsung BME heroes and giving them access to the university. I hope this list will be the start of a greater, mutually beneficial relationship

between students and the community and will provide students with a wider support network of inspiring individuals and opportunities.”

 

Chanté Joseph Project Founder

 

"THIS BME POWERLIST IS A WAY OF CREATING HYPERVISIBILITY FOR SOME OF BRISTOL'S UNSUNG BME HEROES"

ACTIVISM &

CAMPAIGNING

BUSHARAT ALI-KHAN

INTERNATIONAL CAMPAIGNER

 

Basharat has shown a lifelong

commitment to campaigning on critical social issues affecting minority communities. His dedication to raising awareness, and securing funds and help for the Rohingya Muslims in Burma is significant. He is President of the Human Rights Movement UK.

 

MENA FOMBO

ACTIVIST

 

Mena is a coach, facilitator, motivational speaker, consultant and activist. She

is described as one of Bristol’s biggest influencers and doers on issues of equality, representation and education. She is the driving force behind the international campaign No. You Cannot Touch My Hair

and is the creator of the South West’s Black Girl Convention.

LAYLA ISMAIL

FGM CAMPAIGNER

 

Layla is a champian for African/Somalian women fighting against female genital mutilation and a community leader linked with FORWARD UK. Layla organised one of the first marches of African women through the city advocating against FGM and her efforts have culminated in the training of champions, health advocates and the opening of the ROSE clinic in Bristol.

NURA AABE

AUTISM AWARENESS

 

Nura has built on her personal experience of having a child with autism to founding and helping to run the community organisation Autism Independence. The organisation supports marginalised families affected with autism. She has been pioneering raising awareness of autism in the Somali community. Nura is currently a PhD candidate and TEDx speaker.

MYA-ROSE CRAIG

BIRDGIRL

 

A naturalist, conservationist, environmentalist and activist, Mya-Rose writes the successful Birdgirl Blog and has appeared on both

TV and radio. She was recently on the panel for Bristol’s Future Cities conference on sustainable cities. She is working to increase the number of BME people accessing nature and the environment.

 

DESMOND BROWN

ACTIVIST

 

Desmond set up and chaired the Justice for Judah campaign and is a Race Equality Commissioner. He sits on the PCC Police use of Force and CPS Scrutiny panel, working to broker a relationship between BME communities and the police. He also founded Growing Futures UK.

CHRIS MILLS

MENTAL HEALTH

 

Chris has helped to lead a number of men’s mental health initiatives. He is chair of the 100 Black Men in the Room Bristol initiative, and was a member of Project Zazi which examined the mental wellbeing of BME people aged 11-25.

ROY HACKETT

CIVIL RIGHTS

 

Roy fought discrimination to become the first black employee and foreman at St Anne’s Board Mills. He was prominent in the 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott that heralded anti discrimination legislation and has been continually involved in BME community organisations. Roy also helped to initiate St Paul’s Festival (now Carnival).

 

JASMINE KETIBUAH-FOLEY

& ZAKIYA McKENZIE

SUSTAINABILITY

 

Jas & Zakiya led the Ujima Radio Green and Black Project which aims to dismantle stereotypical understandings of why BME communities weren’t engaging with Bristol’s ‘green scene’ during our year as European Green Capital 2015. Since then they have continued work on the project, delivering a monthly radio show and community workshops.

 

 

Dr Stephenson helped to highlight the racism that black people faced everyday in the UK and led the victorious Bristol Bus Boycott in 1963. He campaigned against discrimination is the Bristol Omnibus Company and helped bring about the Race Relations Act three years later. He achieved national fame in 1964 when he refused to leave a public house until he was served. Paul’s dedication, resistance to discrimnation and challenge to the status quo has inspired much other work in Bristol. Paul was awarded a Pride of Britain Award in 2017.

DR PAUL STEPHENSON

CIVIL RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER

ARTS CULTURE & SPORT

KIRTIS CLARKE

GRAPHIC DESIGN

 

Kirtis is a pioneer of today’s design community and is paving the way for BME creatives in the city. Describing

himself as a ‘multidisciplinary creative-of-sorts’; he is a programme assistant at Arnolfini, has an ongoing freelance design practice and is in the process of creating an experimental studio.

JASMINE REAVENALL-NEUTE

DANCER

 

Jazz is a contributor and sub-editor of Bristol is the New Black and Gal-Dem. She was a dancer, model and choreographer for FUZE, the UK’s largest student run charity event and also a member of Sublime Dance Troupe.

JASMINE THOMPSON

ARTIST

 

Jasmine is a talented artist and illustrator who draws attention to social justice issues

through her work. She was recently commissioned to put together a mural in the RSC. Her content is inspiring and challenges people’s opinions and preconceptions of cultures and everyday life struggles.

 

MALAIKA KEGODE

POET

 

Malaika is a spoken word poet recently published by Burning Eye Books. She runs MILK Poetry at The Room Above and the Tobacco Factory Theatres, giving platforms to both established and aspiring artists. She is valued and respected by the community that she cultivates.

 

RAYAN WILSON

BACK 2 ACTION

 

Rayan is the founder and owner of Back 2 Action sports and rehabilitation firm as well as being a successful sports agent. His personal journey is inspiring in terms of overcoming adversity and he is a champion for sickle-cell sufferers around the world. The training centre is inclusive with a set of values to create a friendly and encouraging environment.

CHRISTELLE PELLECUER

MAKEUP ARTIST

 

A multi-talented creative professional, Christelle is a makeup artist and a creative

director who has run several fashion shows celebrating the

artistry of designers from diverse BME backgrounds. She has recently curated a photographic exhibition of African Queens.

MILES CHAMBERS

POET

 

Miles is Bristol’s first city poet laureate. He’s a performance poet, social commentator and chef. He shows dedication by appearing at important community events and helping to raise awareness of issues. He performed at Marvin Rees’ official swearing-in ceremony with a dramatic rendition of Bristol, Bristol.

 

DR. JOSE LINGNA NAFAFE

ACADEMINC

 

Jose has advanced the history on resistance to enslavement through groundbreaking research which African Voices Forum shared at the Afrika Eye Film Festival in 2017. This has provided the basis to bring African History told from the perspective of Africans into school curriculum and to develop a mainstream approach to advance learning for all across the year..

DR. EDSON BURTON

WRITER

 

Dr Edson Burton is a writer, historian and film programmer working across Bristol’s arts, education and third sectors. He is committed to bringing organisations and influencers together to disrupt the narratives of race, class and aspiration that have been a source of antagonism locally and globally.

BUSINESS &

TECHNOLOGY

CLAYTON PLANTER

STREET2BOARDROOM

 

Clayton is founder of Street2Boardroom, a community interest company which helps people use their sometimes illegal ‘street skills’ to get off the street and excel in the corporate world and wider society instead. In 2017 Clayton was one of the speakers at TEDx Bristol, with his talk ‘Challenging Damaging Assumptions About Men From ‘The Street’’.

GLYN BLAIZE

NORTHSTAR

 

Glyn runs NORTHSTAR, a rapidly expanding tech start-up. Glyn has been extremely

active in local community projects; mentoring young offenders and teaching communications to young people from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds. He is passionate about promoting positive change and helping people reach their potential.

MARTI BURGESS

LAWYER

 

In addition to leading the corporate team at Gregg Latchams, Marti takes on a range of responsibilities within the community. She is the Chair of St Paul’s Carnival, sits on the board on Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and is part-owner of Lakota Nightclub. She is a  tireless advocate for BME and business issues in the Bristol community.

MOHAMMED SADIQ

GENECO

 

Mohammed is Managing Director of GENeco, the company known for the world’s first poo-powered bus. In 2016 Mohammed was appointed the Chair of Bristol Green Capital Partnership. He advocates for diversity in the environmental sector, challenging members to provide work experience for young people from disadvantaged areas.

ANNIE BUDD

OPUS TALENT SOLUTIONS

 

Annie is Head of Internal Recruitment for Opus Talent Solutions and inspires other women and minorities in the recruitment business. She is a promoter of change and inspires many with her ability to balance a high-powered career with being a single mother.

DR. SOLOMON FUBARA MBE

CEED CHARITY LTD

 

Solomon is Managing Director of CEED Charity Ltd, a consultancy firm which offers help and advice to small businesses. He is commended for his contributions to employment, training and business development within BME communities.

 

KARL BROWN

SOLICITOR

 

Karl’s career is an example of what hard work, dedication and determination can achieve by pursuing and achieving a career in a top law firm. Karl champions social mobility to the business and wider Bristol community. He also devotes time and expertise in mentoring young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

MELISSA TONEY

SOLICITOR

 

Melissa is described as an unsung hero, one of the country’s leading female black criminal defence lawyers. She fearlessly represents suspects who would otherwise be written off by the criminal justice system because of negative assumptions about diasporic communities. She routinely supports and mentors budding law students.

POKU OSEI

BABBASA

 

Poku is the Founder and CEO of social enterprise Babbasa, set up to respond to high levels of youth unemployment in Bristol’s ethnically diverse inner city communities. The enterprise supports predominantly BME young people to develop soft skills, build social capital and access employment/ enterprise opportunities.

VANESSA KISUULE

 

 

Vanessa has performed at an array of renowned poetry events and venues, as well as festivals. She has won over 10 slam titles and representing the UK in two European Slam Championships.

 

She has been appointed Bristol City Poet 2018-2020. Vanessa also occasionally does rap battles under the moniker of Shonda Rhymez and graces burlesque stages as Nunchucks.

 

She has worked with numerous prestigious organisations and had her work featured extensively. Her one woman show SEXY is currently on tour.

Whilst still an undergraduate student at UWE Bristol, Silas took robotics classes into schools before setting up Reach Robotics.

 

He became the youngest recipient of an Arts Council REACT Grant. Silas has since raised over $10m of investment and moved Reach into new premises, growing a business that employs over 30 people.

 

He supported HRH the Duke of York’s launch of a pitching competition in Saudi Arabia, features in 2018’s Forbes 30 under 30 in Europe list and was nominated for ‘The Future Awards Africa: Young Person of the Year.’

SILAS ADEKUNLE

WRITER, PERFORMER & ARTIST

FOUNDER OF REACH ROBOTICS

COMMUNITY LEADERS, CHARITY & VOLUNTEERING

LYNN MARENO

RISE AWARDS

 

Lynn is a cornerstone of Bristol and has faced challenges as a dual heritage woman fighting systematic racism through the 60s to today. Her development of the RISE Awards has raised awareness of the important contribution that the AfroCaribbean community makes to the city.

KHALIL ABDI

BRISTOL HORN YOUTH CONCERN

 

Khalil is a dedicated community leader and strives to bring better community cohesion, reduced anti-social behaviours and empowering young people. He actively works with the wider community and agencies such as Bristol City Council and multi-faith network groups. Khalil is the founder and chair of Bristol Horn Youth Concern.

ANNDELORIS CHACON

BRISTOL BLACK CARERS

 

Anndeloris is working, developing and rebuilding Bristol Black Carers charity. She provides important support for young people who face enormous challenges as young carers. She is a highly experienced nurse who has worked in diff erent countries and has overcome much adversity whilst training and caring for others around the world.

SHADDAI TEMBO

EARLY YEARS

 

Shaddai is a hugely influential role model in the community. He oversees the Bristol Men in Early Years Network working to challenge gender inequality. Shaddai is Learning Ambassador for Bristol Learning Cities and works as a Community Ambassador for the University of Bristol. He regularly writes on gender in EY and has delivered talks and workshops on this.

ORVILLE LYNCH

TEACHER

 

Orville is a maths teacher who works as one of two behaviour managers at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School. He is always upbeat, positive and wants to see everyone achieve. With a colleague he has run the ‘Going for Gold’ programme for year 10 BME students to help them celebrate their heritage and develop different skills.

JEAN SMITH MBE

NILAARI

 

Jean is CEO of Nilaari, a charity which offers culturally appropriate services to people with mental health issues, (re)offending behaviour and problematic substance use. She has overcome large funding cuts to ensure people in St Paul’s and Easton are supported.

RUTH PITTER

VOLUNTEER

 

Ruth always goes the extra mile for any topic related to race equality in Bristol. Through the strategic work undertaken with Voscur; her creative directorship with Breathing Fire - Black Women’s Theatre Company, and the many volunteer roles she commits to, she shows a tireless commitment to social inclusion. Ruth also acts as a mentor for young people of BME heritage.

YASMIN OLAAD

SUPER LEARNER CLUB

 

Yasmin is the founder of Super Learner Club, a social enterprise that aims to provide inspirational teaching and life coaching to students from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, especially among the Somali immigrant community. She’s described as a charismatic and supportive leader.

ZEHRA HAQ

DHEK BHAL

 

Zehra founded Dhek Bhal as a women’s group in 1986. Since then the group has grown into an organisation promoting the health and social wellbeing of South Asian people living in Bristol & South Gloucestershire. It is a unique, culturally sensitive organisation which provides a space for community socialising and inter-generational communication.

 

Abdul has been at the forefront of the community for many years.

 

He is an award winning business person and the first Muslim city council member in recent years from South Asia. He currently chairs Easton Mosque, the largest mosque in Bristol, where his leadership and passion has made it one of Bristol’s most inspiring.

 

Abdul has worked extensively in Whitehall Primary School as a governor and has been involved in many more things that have transformed Easton and Bristol.

 

He has been person of the year for the last three years at the MTM Awards.

ABDUL RAOOF MALIK

CHAIR OF EASTON MOSQUE

LOCAL GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SECTOR

AMANDA CHAPPELL

PUBLIC HEALTH

 

Amanda works for Public Health and never stops championing the rights and

needs of those most affected by health inequalities. She recently ran the London Marathon to support much needed HIV specialist services.

 

AFZAL SHAH

COUNCILLOR

 

Afzal’s work as city councillor for the Easton ward since 2013 has helped bring about greater community cohesion. He organised a number of initiatives including the UK’s

largest Street Grand Iftar. Afzal has been a member of the Constabulary’s Police and Crime Panel for five years and is the Mayor’s Champion for Small Business.

HIBAQ JAMA

COUNCILLOR

 

Hibaq is the city’s first Somali councillor, representing the Lawrence Hill neighbour-hood. Hibaq has been working as Bristol’s international trade and investment ambassador since 2016 to represent the city in a range of international and national platforms, and helping to broker relationships with investors and multinational organisations both in Bristol and around the world.

SAIDA BELLO

SOLICITOR

 

Saida is a Housing Law Solicitor and currently Chair of Bristol City Council’s BME Employees Group. She is an ambassador for the council and has helped to shape a new role for the group which will ensure decisions are informed by diverse and representative points of views. Saida is also a participant on the Mayor of Bristol’s Stepping Up Programme.

THANGHAM DEBBONAIRE

BRISTOL WEST MP

 

Thangam became MP for Bristol West in 2015 and has worked hard for her constituency. She is working to tackle the effects of the housing crisis in the city, to preserve and strengthen its cultural scene, and to promote its environmental sustainability. Thangham is a staunch champion for equality and has campaigned against domestic violence.

CLEO LAKE

LORD MAYOR

 

Cleo has demonstrated over a decade of outstanding community work and race relations for the University of Bristol. In May 2018 she was appointed the Lord Mayor of Bristol. Cleo is also chair of the Justice for Judah campaign and a key player in the Countering Colston campaign. She organised the first BME Green Party gathering.

CAROLE JOHNSON

MAGISTRATE

 

Carole is elected local councillor for the Ashley Ward. She was appointed Deputy

Chair of Avon & Somerset Magistracy, the first black female in the South West to

hold this esteemed position. Carole is working to attract more magistrates from BME backgrounds to join the bench.

KERMAL SINGH

POLICE

 

Kermal has done a lot of outreach work  with young people of BME backgrounds to ensure they understand and trust the police. He has also done dedicated work with the BME Police Association of Avon & Somerset Constabulary, particularly to mentor, encourage and practically support young BME people to consider the police as a career option.

CHYE LIM

PCSO

 

Chye is a former PCSO for Avon & Somerset Police. He has provided significant support to the Chinese community in Bristol and given them a voice (in particular Bristol Overseas Chinese Association). He also works closely with the Bristol Central Cadets and provides Tai Chi classes to them every week as a behaviour management routine.

 

Marvin is the first directly elected black mayor in Europe and has pledged to make Bristol a fairer city for all.

 

He has developed the City Office for Bristol, bringing together the organisations and groups with the largest footprInts in the city to better work together and coordinate solutions to the problems facing the city as a whole, such as homelessness.

 

His passion for tackling inequality knows no bounds. Marvin is also the founder and programme lead at The Bristol Leadership Programme, which helps people from impoverished backgrounds to attain what they aspire to.

 

MARVIN REES

MAYOR OF BRISTOL

MEDIA & JOURNALISM

ALEX LATHBRIDGE

COMEDIAN

 

A rapper, scientist, podcast producer, community organiser and voice for change, Alex uses his many talents to make science

and technology approachable to the BME community. He was one of the fi rst black men to guest on the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.

BEULAH AIDOO

BLOGGER

 

Beulah is the creator and curator of ‘The Creamy Crack Rehab’ - a popular natural hair blog. Drawing on her own experience, countless black women (and men) have hailed the blog’s appreciation of others who have embraced their natural hair as inspiration for them to do the same.

MICHAEL YONG

JOURNALIST

 

Michael is the education and

news reporter for Bristol Live.

He contributes to journalism in

Bristol by covering some of the

most important social issues in the city; particularly homelessness, the housing crisis and education. He is described as inspiring in his desire to make the city a better place.

DAVID OLUSOGA

BROADCASTER

 

David is a historian and broadcaster, as well as presenter of the BBC Two documentary, Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners. Most recently he has been informing people on the (rarely told) history of black people in Britain. David also writes for The Guardian.

MIKE JENKINS

FILM

 

Mike works on film projects across the whole of Bristol and

creates content which touches on a number of important issues and topics. He engages with a wide audience and uses his work to make a positive change. In his nomination he was described as “talented” and “a great teacher”.

SHAWN SOBERS

FILMMAKER

 

Shawn is the cofounder of TV production company Firstborn Creatives, Associate Professor at UWE Bristol and the convener of the Bristol Photography Research Group. He makes work that  challenges our perceptions of and celebrates Britain’s black heritage, telling powerful personal narratives and hidden histories.

 

PRIMROSE GRANVILLE

BROADCASTER

 

An award winning broadcast journalist with shows on three

stations (BBC South West, BCFM and Ujima), Primrose is an advocate for young people, volunteers for various UK and International NGOs and promotes Bristol at every opportunity she gets. Primrose also organised the Afro/Caribbean Expo.

 

DAVID ELLINGTON

DEAF TRANSLATOR

 

From his groundbreaking sign

language performance for C4’s Rio Paralympic trailer to his pioneering work with Watershed’s Deaf Conversations about Cinema programme, David’s talents have enriched the nation. He

is a BSL presenter and in-vision signer, actor and member of a circus.

 

ROB MITCHELL

PRODUCER

 

Rob is a hugely creative and innovative multimedia producer who has been the leading force behind some inspirational media productions, particularly within the community sector. He was producer of the film The Mayor’s Race. Rob is described as bringing

some “much needed colour, style and humour to the creative sector of Bristol.

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

DARCIE HOWELL

SINGER & DJ

 

The front woman of Drunken

Butterfly, Darcie is one of the few women of colour on the punk scene nationally. Darcie was co-organiser of Bristol LaDIYfest in 2016 and 2017, and ensured both festivals had intersectionality at their

heart. Darcie is also one of the DJ’s and creators of Bad Reputation.

 

YAME AIBANGBEE

CO- FOUNDER EGO ENTERTAINMENT

 

Yame is an Aerospace Engineer and also co-founder of Ego Entertainment. The group hosts niche events in the South West such as White

Lies, Life Style and No Sleep.

 

LUKE TAYLOR

RAPPER & PRODUCER

 

A former rapper with regular rotations on BBC Radio 1Xtra,

Luke is now the CEO behind independent record label Out

The Box Music and artist management company Proud Lion Management.

 

BENTLEIGH BURGESS

LAKOTA

 

Bentleigh Burgess has been one the key driving forces behind a family owned business. Lakota is one of the most well known nightclubs in the country and was one of the original 90s superclubs. He took over the family business in the late 1980s and one of the first decisions he took was to enter into a joint venture with the owners of the Moon Club and launch Lakota. In 1994 he and his sister, Marti purchased Lakota from the receivers and it fast became the institution it is now.

 

CHAD EDWARDS

MUSICIAN & PRODUCER

 

Chad helps Bristol artists create amazing music and has toured with Bristol based

talent as well as performing

internationally. His most recent tour supported Coldplay. He is described as an inspirational musician.

DIONNE DRAPER

SINGER & PERFORMER

 

Dionne set up and runs ‘Sing with Soul’, delivering pop-up

choirs, community choirs, confidence building workshops and more. She

wrote the song We Rise for the Bristol Women’s Voice celebrations for the centenary celebration of women’s suffrage.

 

ELANZO BURGESS

ROCKET ENTERTAINMENT

 

Elanzo is General Counsel, Head of Legal for Rocket Entertainment, three groups of companies owned by Sir Elton John and his husband. Rocket Music manages some of the UK’s leading artists including Elton John, Rag’N’Bone Man and Anne Marie. Elanzo is also one of the owners of Lakota nightclub and helps run the Burgess family’s property portfolio.

YEWANDE ADENIRAJ

DJ

 

Yewande is a talented DJ and also an activist against sexism,

rape culture, mental health stigma, racism and gender-based violence. She also started Intervention which is a project aimed at bringing all self-defining women together who want to learn how to DJ.

GRANT MARSHALL

MUSICIAN

 

As founder member of Massive Attack, ‘Daddy G’ has redefined music. Without Massive Attack the so-called Bristol sound wouldn’t exist and his influence is still felt in the majority of new bands to this day. Grant has also been at the forefront of debates around the place

of refugees in our society and austerity.

 

 

Nikesh is a Bristol based writer who promotes unrepresented voices.

 

He was editor of the essay collection, The Good Immigrant, where 21 British writers of colour discuss race and immigration in the UK. He is also editor of the quarterly literary journal, The Good Journal, which showcases the best work by writers and illustrators of colour.

 

Nikesh is changing the face of publishing and pushing down barriers for BME writers and creatives.

 

Nikesh is also editor of Rife Magazine, a Watershed project and online platform for 13-19 year olds in Bristol.

Laura is the Founder and Creative Director of an alternative record label in Bristol, Saffron Records, which focuses specifically on female musicians.

 

Saffron creates a space and platform for new talent to be heard and opens its doors to artists from all walks of life.

 

The company also challenges the music tech climate by supporting women into music production, sound engineering and DJing.

 

Laura is described as an incredibly kind and generous person, and works very hard.

NIKESH SHUKLA

WRITER & EDITOR

PRODUCER

LAURA LEWIS-PAUL

STUDENTS

AISHA RANA-DESHMUKH

UNIVERISTY OF BRISTOL

 

Aisha helps keep BME culture alive and relevant with her involvement in organisations such as Bollywood Dance Society and the Islamophobia Awareness Month campaign. She was Co-Chair of the BME

Network. Aisha is a vocal and passionate member of the BME community.

AJLAA MOKHTAR

UWE BRISTOL

 

Ajlaa is considered a female infl uencer in Malaysia. She inspires her followers with her

determination and ability to pursue her PhD with three

young children. Her Phd research is on Women in Senior Management.

ALMAS TALIB

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Almas has always been at the forefront of the fight against

Islamophobia in Bristol, and with the BME network committee she led the Islamophobia awareness month campaign. She is also the interfaith representative of the Islamic society. Almas has also regularly challenged white-washed curriculum content on her course.

 

ASHA MOHAMMED

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Asha has worked relentlessly as an outreach worker with IntegrateUK fighting against

FGM. Alongside her medical degree she dedicates most of her time raising awareness on FGM. She gave a safeguarding talk to over 200 third year medical students and has won a Wonderful Women 2018 award from Bristol Women’s Voice.

 

CASSANDRA LEK

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Cassandra started the project ‘The Streets of Singapore’ to raise awareness and funds for homeless people. Her work caught the attention of Channel News Asia and she has since collaborated with them on a video and article. Cassandra is now working with the Minister of Social and Family Development in Singapore to tackle Singapore’s homeless situation.

DAVID CHARLES

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

David is the President of the Association of Veterinary Students representing all vet

students in the UK and Ireland. He is a past executive committee member for The National Student Fundraising Association implementing a new committee structure and has spoken at the last three national RAG conferences. He also received the Highly Commended for Outstanding Contribution to Student Fundraising Award.

JOSHUA GREENIDGE

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Joshua started at the University through a Foundation Year with no prior qualifications. Since starting at Bristol he has worked to create a vibrant community on campus and has multiple achievements to his name from reforming the Bristol Entrepreneurs Society to winning an Alumni Association Student Award.

MAHEERA ZUBAIR

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Maheera plays a very active role in the student community. She has been the Treasurer for Islamic society and Secretary for the BME Network, helping with events like Islamophobia Awareness Month. Maheera has also been a course rep, international ambassador and Microsoft ambassador. She volunteered in Bahrain for a Women’s Empowerment Project.

ARIAN ALI GHANBARI

UWE BRISTOL

 

Arian is one of the founders of Solarnest, a social enterprise developing a housing platform with the aim of tackling cost and environmental effects. Arian has driven Solarnest’s success in developing cross-faculty links, negotiations with the university to Vice Chancellor level, and engagement with business sponsors and suppliers.

STUDENTS

NOHA ABU EL MAGD

UNIVERISTY OF BRISTOL

 

Noha sits on the NUS National Executive Committee championing the rights of postgrads against casualisation, enforcement of the Prevent Duty and erosion of civil liberties, combating Institutional Racism & Islamophobia and more. Noha has written and spoken extensively on whiteness in the curriculum and combating inequality.

ZAIN CHOUDHRY

UWE BRISTOL

 

Zain was elected President for The Students’ Union at UWE and had a role to represent almost 30,000 students. He led the UK’s largest student campaign against Islamophobia across the city entitled #IAMBristol. Zain also set up a brand new BME Students Network platform and remains active in the Bristol community

SHEILA NAMUKOSE BAMUGEMEREIRE

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

In 2016, as Vice President of the university’s chapter of the Howard League for Penal Reform, Sheila co-hosted an event on Race and the UK Legal System which subsequently helped give rise to a new module in the Law School, ‘Race and Law’. Sheila was also on the organising committee for the university’s first Pan-African Conference.

TASIAN JOSEPH

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Tasian prides herself on attending a prestigious university despite having encountered hardship as a child. Tasian wants to positively contribute to the wider community at Bristol in her upcoming second year.

NEHA MAQSOOD

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Neha hosted award winning radio show ‘Will I ever be a doctor?’ and won the Equality and Diversity Award at the Bristol SU Awards. She starred in ‘Sister in Arms’ which has been shown at fi lm festivals internationally. Neha has also taken on multiple society committee roles to contribute to the BME community.

PRATIK POPAT

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Pratik has dedicated much of his free time in order to assist other students with gaining internships or jobs in finance through his involvement with Bristol University Trading Society. He also regularly organises volunteering activities and prayer sessions for the Hindu Society

 

RADHIKA JANI

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Radhika has fought for rights, liberation and celebration of people of colour. From her work as a course rep, to becoming a BME officer and being president of Bollywood Dance Society, she has been successful in bringing minorities together. Radhika’s work  on the Why Is My Curriculum White campaign has particularly been noted.

SIMMONE AHIAKU

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Simmone is part of the UK Youth Climate Change Coalition and went to the COP climate change talks in Bonn. She is currently working on an online platform to raise awareness about climate change in an intersectional way. Simmone has also won a Gold Change Maker award for her contribution to environmental, social and cultural work in Bristol.

PRAVANYA PILLAY

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Pravanya has dedicated her time as a student to widening access to performing arts and comedy for BME people. From

creating all BME improv troupe, What’s Your Flavour?, to creating the all BME youth empowerment arts group Stomping Ground, Pravanya has strived to diversify the arts industry.

 

 

Lara has consistently strived to improve the student experience for BME, LGBT+ and QTIPOC students at the University.

 

She put on the first BME LGBT+ event at the Students’ Union and was the BME LGBT+ rep for the BME network. Lara was also president of the Chemistry society and organised a new Diversity in STEM event to platform speakers from minority groups in science.

 

Lara aspires to increase diversity and inclusion in the chemistry field, as well as STEM overall. Lara is described as a pillar of the QTIPOC community and is a true asset to the wider Bristol community.

 

Vanessa is the current Student Living Officer at Bristol SU.

 

As a student, Vanessa hosted G-R-O-W-N on Burst Radio, a space she used to explore her own views regarding sexuality, identity, race, gender, politics and mental health, serving it all up together with a great mix of music.

 

She has also hosted a show with Ujima Radio. Vanessa is described as a social activist within her heart and soul, and the issues which impact other people affect her the most.

VANESSA WILSON

LARA LALEMI

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

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ALEX MORMORIS

UWE BRISTOL

 

Alex is the Race Equality Programmes Officer at UWE Bristol. He has helped to drive a major new race equality

programme ‘Equity’ which is designed to improve graduate employment rates amongst BME students. He is passionate about delivering diversity for students.

ALISHA AIREY

UWE BRISTOL

 

Amy is BME Project Officer for the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. She supports BME students who work on the front lines of the NHS, particularly with issues of institutional racism. She worked for PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) and is described as a great mentor.

DR EMMANUEL ADUKWU

UWE BRISTOL

 

Emmanuel is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science. He is co-founder of the Aspiring

Professional Hub, creating the platform to help BME students with their career. Emmanuel was also creator and director

of UWE Bristol Africa Week which was a celebration of African culture, talent, cuisine

and entertainment.

MICHELLE ALEXIS

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Passionate about equality, Michelle is co-chair of the BAME Staff Advisory Group as

well as co-chair of the Women’s Equality Network Wales. Working internally and externally she uses her communication skills to devise and implement engagement

workshops.

DR FOLUKE ADEBISI

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Foluke is a teaching fellow in the Law School, specialising in Race, decolonisation and African studies. She pioneered the creation of the first Pan-African Conference at Bristol engaging students with inter-disciplinary discussions on topics surrounding Africa.

 

PROFESSOR PAUL OLOMOLAIYE

UWE BRISTOL

 

As Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Technology, Paul is renowned amongst his colleagues as an inspirational leader. He lays a huge emphasis on a world class education and cross functional subject collaborations.

MUBARAK MOHAMUD

UWE BRISTOL

 

As a Somali refugee, Mohamud comes from one of the largest BME communities in Bristol and uses his background in creative ways as a lecturer at UWE. He has helped and inspired countless BME students to achieve their potential. He also works tirelessly in his own community to promote higher education.

PROFESSOR NISHAN CANAGARAJAH

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Nishan is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise and Chair of the University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. He is a champion for positive change and has become the most influential BME staff member in the university’s history.

AMY LAURENT

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

 

Amy is a university teacher who does work on the boundaries between university

and city. She has co-created taster courses since 2009 for the university with local community organisations including the Black Development Agency.

 

 

Zainab is also Faculty Representative on the University’s Race Equality Task Force.

 

She has been at the forefront of the newly launched Equity talent management programme which aims to improve BME graduate employability.

 

Zainab is also the curator of The Link, Bristol’s largest BME professional networking event which takes place at the university during Black History Month. She embodies authentic leadership and uses her sharp intelligence, impressive network and empathy to empower and inspire many BME individuals.

 

DR ZAINAB KHAN

Faculty Academic Director Student Experience

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