The following individuals were identified as future leaders by the EMpower judging panel. They are high-performing and high-potential individuals at various levels in their careers. A stronger emphasis was placed on their work towards promoting inclusion rather than their seniority in the business.

Future Leader: Claudine Adeyemi

26/02/2018  Claudine Adeyemi, lawyer at Mischon de Reya. For mentoring story in special reports.

Starting out in law as a state-school educated black woman commuting from a council flat, Claudine Adeyemi felt she did not fit in. The associate lawyer at Mishcon de Reya recalls meeting two bright students at a law career event, who were considering high street firms only because they could not see themselves in the City. “It broke my heart a bit . . . if you can’t see people who look like you in your dream job, it seems that much more unattainable,” says Ms Adeyemi who wears her hair in braids to dispel some people’s fear this might look unprofessional. She mentors young people in her firm’s client lounge to help them visualise a future there and to ensure clients and staff see more non-white faces. In 2014 she set up a Student Development Company to support underprivileged 16-24 year-olds: “Where you start out in life shouldn’t affect where you end up.”

EMpower future leaders
Rank Full Name Company Job Title
1 Claudine Adeyemi Mishcon de Reya Associate
2 Gurjeet Moore Santander Financial crime compliance manager 
3 Khalia Newell Barclays Vice-president
4 Dara Kirton PwC Senior manager, chief of staff experience centre
5 Kim Vu Bank of America Seattle market executive
6 Andrew Monu LinkedIn Director, field and product marketing, Emea
7 Chinwe Odimba-Chapman Clifford Chance Partner
8 Bijal Majithia EY Assistant director
9 Kuran Williams SAP Customer operations adviser
10 Martin Pong Oliver Wyman Management consultant
11 Anjeli Patel EY Senior consultant, people advisory services
12 Justin Onuekwusi Legal & General Investment Management Fund manager
13 Mary Agbesanwa PwC Management consultant
14 MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto Allen & Overy Senior associate
15 Shuhena Bhanu Financial Conduct Authority Senior associate
16 Gavin Young Accenture Senior manager, communications, media and technology
17 Dominique Walker AIG Europe Underwriting assistant
18 Ken Osivwemu Barclays Corporate Banking VP liquidity product management
19 Kian Bakhtiari Dentsu Aegis Network Head of strategy
20 Mirra Sondhi Schroders Global head of technology risk
21 Noemie Djossou HSBC Graduate management trainee
22 Vanessa Sanyauke Girl Talk London Chief executive and founder
23 Anthony Francis Lloyds Banking Group Agile delivery lead
24 Rangan Ravindran TSB Head of liquidity and market risk
25 Imran Sheikh BP Supply & Trading Head of global Financial services
26 Arbinderpal Rai Lloyds Banking Group Senior manager, emerging talent recruitment
27 Jennie Koo RBS Risk performance oversight
28 Bianca Miller-Cole The Be Group Chief executive
29 Rahul Gumber Aviva Senior manager, risk
30 Rupal Kantaria Oliver Wyman Strategic adviser, social impact and inclusion
31 Faith Locken Jones Lang LaSalle Surveyor
32 Richard Saenz BP Human Resources VP, developments and technologies
33 Melinda Espiritu HSBC Vice-president / senior audit manager, credit risk
34 Dewole Aradeon Fujitsu Head of sales Effectiveness
35 Khawar Malik AIG Senior underwriter, emerging markets M&A
36 Ainsworth A. Clarke First Data Vice-president Payment Relations
37 Sajna Rahman Sodexo UK & I Business development manager, Healthcare
38 Rashmi Ghai Citi VP
39 Rodney Williams National Grid Project engineer
40 Katie Mantwa George Amazon Emea tech campus lead
41 Ugo Eboh Virgin Money Credit risk strategy analyst
42 Gary Izunwa LinkedIn Senior talent solutions consultant
43 Minal Mehta IBM Senior Strategy consultant - interactive experience
44 Lola Olaore Accenture Technology analyst
45 Nadine Dyer Deloitte Clients & markets
46 Rakhee Rajani Stand Agency Account director
47 Harpreet Cheema Sodexo UK & Ireland Head of promotions, digital and insight, service operations
48 Ngozie Azu Slaughter and May Head of international relations
49 Narcisse Tshimanga Mastercard Director, customer compliance and fraud
50 Shilpa Shah Deloitte Director, consulting
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