Top 10 BAME Speakers on Racial Equality
Racial equality is one of the most important topics in the history of humankind, not just in the 21st century. Unrest further intensified following the global civil rights protests of 2020, marking the need for better awareness and understanding, especially within the workplace.
Our BAME speakers on racial injustice are regularly booked to share their powerful stories at events, where attendees are empowered to champion change. For senior corporate audiences, these speakers supply strategies for creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, where employees of all races can thrive.
Check out our top pick of BAME speakers for your racial equality-themed event below.
Founder and CEO of the MOBO Awards, Kanya King was listed as One of Britain’s Most Influential Black People on the Powerlist for her influence on the music industry. Bringing Black music into the limelight, her organisation recognises the achievements of hip hop, grime, jazz and soul artists. At events, Kanya teaches audiences the power of diverse talent.
“Kanya is an inspiration to women around the world! Listening to her journey really kicked off the launch of our diversity & inclusion program. Her endless energy and positivity shines through in her speaking. Our employees left feeling motivated, invigorated and compelled to follow their dreams.”
– AOL International
Maggie Alphonsi is an icon of British rugby. She was part of the 2014 World Cup-winning team and enjoyed success at the Six Nations for seven consecutive years, a testament to Maggie’s talent. As a speaker, this award-winning athlete discusses the importance of racial equality within sport, and how her experiences can be translated to a corporate environment.
“Maggie was our guest speaker at our inaugural International Women’s Day event, and it couldn’t have gone better. She was relatable to both the men and women in the room and her personal stories were both funny and inspiring. We were delighted with how the event went and we are very appreciative that she stayed behind to talk to our Associates.”
– Lockton LLP
Named Best Hip Hop Artist at the MOBO Awards, Akala is a versatile speaker specialising in music, poetry and equality activism. He was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK, a reflection of his nationwide impact, particularly during the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. Akala’s speeches educate corporate audiences, to ensure equality in the workplace.
“Completely engaging, and the breadth and depth of his knowledge was amazing. He was a resounding hit.”
– Oxford Brookes University
Before breaking into mainstream media, as a fitness instructor on GMTV, Mr Motivator faced devastating racism from producers and casting directors. He later shot to fame, widely loved for his high-energy personality and bright spandex outfits. At events, Mr Motivator shares this experience with audiences to reveal the discrimination he faced and the importance of racial representation on television.
Nicola Adams was the first female and openly LGBTQ+ boxer to win Olympic Gold, making her a valuable asset at events of all themes. She can discuss her experiences as both an LGBTQ+, Black and a female athlete, to offer her unique take on diversity and inclusion within sport. Audiences are captivated by Nicola’s bright personality and powerful stories.
“Fantastic! Nicola was open, honest and inspiring. It went amazingly well, and we can’t wait to have her back.”
– Macquarie Group Services
Named one of the Top 100 BAME Leaders in Business, Piers Linney is a leading authority on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. His initiatives and valuable insight help entrepreneurs get on the corporate ladder and scale up their businesses. As a former Dragons’ Den investor, he talks openly about the power of racial representation at events.
“We invited Piers to talk to our colleagues about diversity and its importance in business at our first ever digital internal conference. We’re at the start of our journey when it comes to talking about race and ethnic diversity in the workplace and Piers pitched his session perfectly for our colleagues.”
– The Very Group
Pauline Miller is the former Head of Diversity and Inclusion and the current Head of Culture at Lloyd’s of London. She has dedicated her career to transforming corporate workplaces into racially equal environments, the benefits of which are evident through increased productivity and performance. At events, Pauline’s audiences receive experience-driven guidance.
Champion of Diversity, Asif Sadiq is the Vice President of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Adidas. He has won several awards for his pioneering work on racial equality and was honoured with an MBE in 2017 for his influence. Asif resonates with corporate audiences at events, teaching them the importance of inclusion within a diverse workplace.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement with our Staff Conference. We have been receiving really positive feedback from our staff and it is certainly a great way to start the new academic year. Thank you once again for your support.”
– Wakefield College
An influential spokesperson on self-love and confidence, Harnaam Kaur is a Guinness World Record Holder as the youngest woman to have a full beard, caused by Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. At events, the model and activist raises awareness of the systematic racism in society and discusses the role that spiritualism played in her journey to self-acceptance.
June Sarpong is the Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC, a role in which she ensures racial equality in the media. She has hosted the MOBO Awards and published several books on diversity, a testament to her dedication and passion for equality. A role model to woman and Black professionals alike, June’s speeches empower all in attendance.