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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Series: Black History Month Reception

Royal Society of Chemistry
17 October 2023
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The BVCA’s latest DEI Report found that 12% of senior investment roles in the UK are held by women, while 3% of senior investment roles are held by women from ethnically diverse backgrounds, but that figure is zero for Black women. An integral part of the BVCA's mission is to increase participation and representation within our industry, and as Black History Month approaches this October, we are especially pleased to be able to support its theme this year, ‘Saluting Our Sisters’, which honours the achievements of Black women.

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08:30 - Registration and standing networking breakfast

09:10 - Welcome address

09:15 - Panel discussion 

09:45 - Further refreshments and networking

10:00 - Event close


Ladi Greenstreet, Diversity VC

Ladi is a visionary leader at the nexus of technology, business, and innovation. As the head of Accenture Ventures UKI, he specializes in investing in growth-stage companies and driving digital transformation for large enterprises. He's also the CEO of Diversity.VC, a non-profit committed to breaking down identity barriers in Venture Capital. With an extensive network connecting enterprises, entrepreneurs, and investors, he's poised to drive meaningful change.

Patricia Hamzahee, Founder, Integriti Capital, and Co-founder, Extend Ventures

After almost 20 years in banking and finance, Patricia now helps social enterprises attract private capital through her company Integriti Capital and advocates to increase funding for diverse founders of startups and small businesses through Extend Ventures. She also co-founded Black Funding Network, a community of individuals and institutions who intentionally support small, Black-led non-profit community organisations as well as co-founded GiveBLACK, where she commissioned an important examination of Black Philanthropy in Britain. Patricia is a Director of Social Enterprise UK and a member of Big Society Capital’s Investment Committee. She is a Trustee of Ballet Black, Theatre Royal Stratford East and the NFL UK Foundation as well as a member of Women in Social Finance.

Theodora Newman, Manager, Policy and Strategy (D&I), British Business Bank

In her capacity as Policy and Strategy Manager at the British Business Bank, Theodora plays a pivotal role in spearheading the Investing in Women Code and championing the adoption of best practices in fostering diversity and inclusion within both the private capital sector and the broader spectrum of the bank's operations.

Prior to her tenure at the British Business Bank, Theodora has a diverse career spanning multiple roles within the United Nations system and the charitable sector. Her responsibilities included the oversight of projects encompassing crucial domains such as entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, gender parity, and climate change. Moreover, her professional journey includes invaluable experience in private equity and corporate finance, gained during her time in Southern Africa.


Royal Society of Chemistry
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