Wayra Uk: Black Is The New Black

The UK's largest and most diverse open innovation hub, wayra UK, celebrates black history month with tech a-list event series. Some of the most influential black people in technology headline fireside chat agenda
LONDON - Sept. 19, 2019 - PRLog -- Over October the United Kingdom is celebrating Black History Month and Wayra UK – Telefónica (O2 in the UK)'s global innovation arm – will be hosting a series of trailblazers from some of the world's most admired and valuable companies, including Facebook, Barclays, Bloomberg and UBS. All events will be hosted by Gary Stewart, Director, Wayra UK.

The series begins Tuesday, 1st October at 6pm with Anna Bofa, Facebook's Global Head of Community Partnerships. Anna is responsible for building and scaling Facebook's initiatives around the world. Facebook is the world's largest social media network and it has set goals to increase its number of black employees after an internal report in the U.S showing they represented 3.5% in 2018.

Wayra's "Black is the New Black" continues on the 10th October with Pamela Hutchinson, Bloomberg's Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion. Pamela has been responsible for diversity in large enterprises for over 20 years, which made her the most respected thought leader for diversity within the private sector.

The third event will be on the 17th October with Kwasi Affum who is Vice President of Regulatory Impact Assessment for Barclays Investment Bank. Kwasi will share his experience working in the financial world as well as a property investor and an entrepreneur. He is the founder member of SlowMoneyClub, an online community which helps people to improve their financial literacy.

The 24th October is a highlight of Black is the New Black, as Gary Stewart will be hosting Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer of HM Revenue & Customs, where she is currently leading one of the largest digital transformations in Europe. In 2018 Jacky won Computer Weekly's UKtech50, which crowned her the most influential person in the UK's technology sector. She is a daughter of a Windrush immigrant and a native of North London and will share her successful life story with the audience.

The series finishes on 31st October with Darren Allaway, who is Managing Director and founder member of the UBS Global Family Office Group for almost 20 years. "Black is the New Black" aims to promote success stories and to reflect on building a more diverse technology world, as the latest research by Wayra showed London's technology startup ecosystem was 79% white people.

The entrance is free but due to limited capacity, pre-registration is required at the respective Eventbrite page.

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