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Event Date

23 October 2020

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Diversity Seminar - Reflection on the Black Lives Matter movement


The Black Lives Matter movement and protests around the world have been a reminder that the private equity and venture capital industry still has a long way to go to increase the representation and inclusion of people from an ethnic minority background, especially in senior roles. Our Diversity Seminar will explore this lack of diversity and what can be done to change it. 

If you wish to view a recording of this webinar, please email Please note that all recordings are only available to BVCA members or past attendees. 


13:00 Welcome by Gurpreet Manku, Deputy Director General and Director of Policy, BVCA

13:05 Panel discussion

13:45 Interactive Q&A

14:00 Webinar close 


Anu Adebajo, Investment Manager, British Patient Capital 

Anu is an Investment Manager at British Patient Capital focusing on investments into growth and venture capital funds and sitting on fund Advisory Boards. 

Prior to this Anu spent 5 years at the Angel CoFund, a £100m equity fund that made co-investments alongside business angels into high growth companies. 

Anu is an advocate for the representation of minorities in the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry. She previously ran an award winning online beauty ecommerce startup and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Nottingham.

Dele Akinyemi, Investment Manager, MMC Ventures 

Dele is an Investment Manager at MMC Ventures. He is particularly interested in product-first companies that enhance the way we live, play and work. This takes him across the world of innovative B2C products & services, as well as the underlying infrastructure that makes their existence possible. He is fixated on the positive role technology can play in empowering individuals and improving quality of life. After starting his career in medicine, Dele went on to lead early-stage teams in emerging markets and supported FTSE 100 clients as a strategy consultant at BCG London.

Jacqueline Taiwo, Principal, TowerBrook 

Jacqueline Taiwo is a Principal at TowerBrook and is Associate General Counsel Europe. Prior to joining TowerBrook, Jackie was a senior associate in the London offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP where she advised European private equity clients. She is a member of TowerBrook’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee whose remit is to develop, implement and assess TowerBrook’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. 

In 2019, Jackie co-founded Black Women in Asset Management (BWAM), a non-profit organisation that seeks to connect and empower Black women working in the industry. BWAM’s mission is to champion the positive impact of the talented black women who work in asset management and provide the tools that will enable them to thrive. The organisation’s 250+ members are provided with opportunities to network, develop peer mentors and cultivate new relationships across the industry. BWAM also hosts an ongoing programme of events, including panels on industry topics and workshops to build leadership skills. 

Jackie holds a B.S. from Columbia University, an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management, and a J.D. from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She is also admitted to the New York Bar.


Date and time

Friday, 23 October - 1:00-2:00


Complimentary and exclusive to BVCA members 

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