CEO, PMM Agency
Kimberly Blackwell is one of the most well-known executives in new media, marketing and advertising. She is a trusted advisor to the C-Suite of publicly and privately held companies in areas of brand, culture and change management, organizational effectiveness, digital transformation and inclusion through channels of media, high tech and experiential.
Kimberly is a founding member and serves as an advisory member to the recently listed Legacy Acquisition Corp (NYSE: LGC.U). She contributed to and led areas of the company’s $300M+ IPO and was one of eight female CEOs in the U.S, on the National Women’s Business Council which serves as a source of independent counsel to the President of the United States, Congress, and the SBA on economic issues related to access to capital, access to market and job creation for female-owned and led corporations. Kimberly served in both the Obama and Trump administrations.
A sought after speaker and thought leader, Kimberly has been featured in multiple mainstream publications and business trades. Her awards and recognition includes being a Business First C-Suite Award honoree, “Most Powerful Women in Business” by Black Enterprise, one of PR News’ “Top Women in PR”, and one of EBONY's POWER 100.
Kimberly is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association®. She holds a number of board and committee roles.
Kimberly holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a master’s degree from Xavier University (Ohio) and has completed professional certifications from Northwestern, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard.
Lisa Coker is the CEO of Infinite Management Solutions LLC, a woman veteran-owned certified, small business which primarily partners with middle-market and large organizations in both private and public sectors. Lisa is a proud United States Air Force veteran and as a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner, Lisa partners with C-Suite executives to develop their strategic plans and streamline operational processes resulting in reduced operational costs and improved mission effectiveness.
Lisa is a member of the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA); Women in Business Network (WIBN); Women in Defense (WID); and Rotary Club of Dayton. The Dayton Business Journal recognized Lisa as one of the region’s brightest young professionals and named her a 2018 “Forty Under 40” award winner. Lisa has a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Organizational Change Management.
CEO, Infinite Management Solutions
Former CEO, Goldman Sachs
Sub Saharan Africa
Senior Fellow & Lecturer
Johannesburg, South Africa
Colin Coleman is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
A former partner of Goldman Sachs, he was Chief Executive Officer, Sub Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs up until his retirement end 2019. He was head of the Goldman Sachs South Africa office from 2000. In 2008, he was named head of the Investment Banking Division for Sub-Saharan Africa. He was named managing director in 2002 and partner in 2010.
Colin was an anti-apartheid activist and deeply involved in South Africa’s constitutional transition from apartheid to democracy. He served in working groups of the multi-party talks, facilitated the International Mediation Forum and helped to negotiate the agreement to facilitate all parties’ participation in South Africa’s 1994 elections.
Colin was named one of the World Economic Forum’s "Global Leaders for Tomorrow". He was also a recipient of Harvard Business School’s “Business Statesman Award” on behalf of the Consultative Business Movement and was named one of Euromoney's World Top Ten “Financing leaders for the 21st Century."
Colin is a senior advisor to the Eurasia Group and an independent non-executive member of the Board of The Foschini Group. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the CEO Initiative, and is Co-Chairman of the Youth Employment Service (YES).
Philip Morris International
Steven D’Souza is the Head of Executive Development for the most senior global executives at Phillip Morris International.
Previously, Steven ran his own company, Deeper Learning Ltd, a global executive education consultancy. Steven was also an Associate Professor of IE Business School, an Associate Fellow of Said Business School at the University of Oxford, and Leadership Consulting and Coaching for INSEAD.
Steven has several years experience internationally as an executive education consultant, speaker and coach in the areas of leadership, organizational development, diversity, leading in complexity and uncertainty, networking and social capital. His past clients include Accenture, Barclays, BT, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and PwC.
Steven has also written four bestselling books, 'Made in Britain' with Patrick Clarke, and 'Brilliant Networking' published by Pearson, Prentice Hall. The book on networking was featured in the Independent's 'Success at Work' series and recommended by the Times and Telegraph. In addition, Steven co-authored 'Not Knowing-The Art of Turning Uncertainty into Opportunity,' with Diana Renner, which won the Chartered Management Institute for the 'Management and Leadership Book of the Year' in 2015 and 'Not Doing- The Art of Effortless Action' launch in 2018.
Steven has been recognized by www.Thinkers50.com on their 'Radar' and 'Thinker of the Month' for August 2015, which is dedicated to the leading management thinkers globally. HR Magazine named Steven one of the top 30 'Most Influential' thinkers in HR globally. Steven holds a Masters in Organizational Consulting from Ashridge Business School.
Farida Gibbs is CEO of Europe’s largest minority woman-owned business, Gibbs Hybrid. Gibbs Hybrid is an international people-powered business offering a "one-stop shop" helping clients with talent services, managed project solutions and outsourced solutions whilst driving customer success to mid-market and global businesses. The organization’s operations span across the UK, EMEA and the US, where they have supported clients for over 15 years.
Since its establishment in 2005, Gibbs Hybrid has grown year on year with a 400-person team. The organization is headquartered in the UK with offices in Ireland, Poland, Luxembourg and the US.
Farida has been named Business Woman of the Year (MSDUK Awards), Top 50 International Women in Services, SIA Top 100 European Influencer in Staffing, Winner of Leadership Team of the Year at The Toast of Surrey Awards, Finalist in Director of the Year at The Toast of Surrey Awards, Global Power 100 Women in Staffing, E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, International Top 50 Women in Staffing, Business Woman of the Year (Lloyds), European Business Awards.
Farida is a corporate member of MSDUK and WEConnect International, and a member of WBE Advisory Council.
Global Head of Diversity Inclusion
Pamela Hutchinson is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Bloomberg. In this role, Pamela leads the company’s global diversity and inclusion initiatives around the world.
Pamela is cited as one of the most visible and vocal thought leaders and advocates for diversity across the private sector and has more than 20 years’ experience in managing diversity across engineering, financial services, technology and media. She has worked at firms including Barclay’s, Bechtel Ltd, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Northern Trust and has been instrumental in firmly establishing ethnic diversity as an imperative whilst being a visible and vocal campaigner for equality.
Pamela was recognised in the Top 50 Part Time Power List 2014, was a finalist in the Financial Services Leader category at the inaugural Black British Business Awards 2014, and was a finalist in the European Diversity Awards 2013 in the “Inspirational Role Model of the Year” category.
In addition, Pamela featured in the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Powerlist of Britain’s most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage, awarded Head of Diversity of the Year in the 2016 European Diversity Awards, and was featured in the 2016 & 2017 Global Diversity List Top 50 Diversity Professionals. More recently, Pamela was honored as “Gender Equality/Diversity Professional of the Year” in Waters Technology’s Women in Technology and Data Awards in March 2020.
Pamela is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and was also appointed to the Employers’ Board at The Global Institute for Women's Leadership (GIWL) at Kings College London. Pamela is a member of the Board of Advisors at Catalyst and a Trustee at The Inspiring Leadership Trust. Pamela also previously held board positions at Kingston Women’s Aid Ltd, the London Bubble Theatre and was a school governor at Malden Parochial School in Surrey for two years.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Colin Iles has 20 years of experience working for some of the top global consultancies and financial institutions in London, Frankfurt, Singapore and most recently South Africa. Throughout his career, Colin has focused on designing and implementing solutions that bring positive benefits to the communities and stakeholders the organizations serve.
Colin is the Global Ambassador for OpenExo, a global transformation playground where 200+ exponential thought leaders, innovation coaches, disruption specialists, startup founders and tech industry gurus gather to solve strategic transformation challenges.
Prior to this, Colin served as Chief Executive Officer at the Equinox Leadership and Innovation Center, specifically developed for facilitated strategy, innovation and collaboration sessions primarily for the corporate sector.
Colin was also Deputy Chair of the African Institute of Financial Markets Risk Management at the University of Cape Town and Managing Director of the ABSA Group. Colin holds a Bachelors in Accounting and Law from the University of Southampton.
Global Head of CSR
Arlene Isaacs‐Lowe is the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Moody’s Corporation and President of the Moody’s Foundation. Arlene champions the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations across Moody’s as drivers of long-term value. She also oversees the company’s philanthropic giving and employee engagement programs. Assuming her role in 2017, Arlene led Moody’s development and implementation of a global, comprehensive CSR strategy rooted in the strengths of its businesses. Her leadership continues to enhance and differentiate Moody’s brand and reputation through authentic societal engagement that reflects the company’s culture, expertise and priorities of its stakeholders.
Previously, Arlene was head of Moody’s Investors Service Relationship Management Team responsible for driving revenue and market coverage across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Over the past two decades, she has held analytical and business roles of increasing importance at Moody’s Investors Service.
Arlene has multi‐faceted experience in developing and successfully executing enterprise wide strategic plans, and is a skilled leader, adept at productive collaboration; and building and motivating multi‐disciplinary teams. Arlene has melded her professional expertise with her philanthropic interest by serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Arlene holds an MBA, Finance from Fordham University and a BA from Howard University.
Jude Kelly CBE
Founder & Director
Jude Kelly, CBE, is a British theatre director and producer. She is the founder and director of the WOW Foundation, which organizes the annual Women of the World Festival, founded in 2010. From 2006 to 2018, she was artistic director of the Southbank Centre in London, a role that oversaw the Hayward Gallery, the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Saison Poetry Library, and the Arts Council Collection.
Jude grew up in Liverpool, one of four daughters, and studied drama at Birmingham University. At 22 she became artistic director of Solent People’s Theatre in Portsmouth. In 1981, she moved to Battersea Arts Centre, then in its infancy; and in 1990 she became founding director of West Yorkshire Playhouse, where she spent 12 years. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE, and in 2015 she was made a CBE for services to the Arts.
Grace Mellis is the founder and managing director of IGA Capital and serves as Board Chair of a NASDAQ listed company, HyreCar. With professional experience spanning across Europe, Asia and US for various financial services, media and entertainment and management consulting firms, Grace serves as an advisor and investor for start-up and early stage firms.
Prior to her current role, Grace served as the Chief Financial Officer at Green Dot, the top provider of prepaid debit card products and prepaid card reloading services in the United States. Grace also worked at J.P. Morgan as CFO of Investor Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa and Head of International Strategy and Business Development for Treasury and Security Services.
Grace began her professional career in management consulting working for A.T. Kearney, and later Booz, where she focused on financial services, telecomm, media, and technology companies. Grace holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard University.
Betsy Miller is Co-Chair of Cohen Milstein’s Public Client practice, where she represents state Attorneys General in enforcement investigations and litigation that protect government interests and vulnerable communities against consumer and health care fraud. Recognized for her expertise in multiparty negotiations and complex litigation, Betsy occupies a prominent position in the national opioid litigation against manufacturers and distributors of prescription narcotics.
The National Law Journal honored Betsy as one of nine women across the country selected as “Elite Women of the Plaintiff’s Bar,” which celebrates women lawyers who have consistently excelled in high-stakes matters over the course of their careers. The National Law Journal and Trial Lawyer Magazine selected Betsy as one of America’s “50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers.” In 2019 and 2020, Betsy was awarded a spot on the Lawdragon 500, which recognizes “the best of the best” of the U.S. legal profession.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Betsy had a distinguished career in public service as the Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and as Nominations Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.
Betsy has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School since 2001 and has been a contributing author to the American Arbitration Association’s Handbook on Mediation and to the Dispute Resolution Journal.
Betsy earned her A.B. in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College in 1996, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1999, where she was an editor on the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Harvard Latino Law Review. Betsy is a recipient of Harvard Law School’s post-graduate Heyman Fellowship for government service and academic excellence and Harvard Law School’s Kaufman Fellowship for public service.
Partner & Co-Chair
Public Client Practice
Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll
Mike O’Brien is founder and CEO of Opencast Software. With over 30 years of experience in enterprise technology, Mike has worked in a variety of software development and senior executiveroles across the public and private sector.
After spending 10 years working in software development for the UK Government (NHS), Mike joined a 30-person startup focused on Investment Banking Technology. As a member of the senior management team and board, Mike helped grow the firm to an 800-person organization with 14 offices in the UK, US, China, Philippines and Singapore. In 2010, with a client base featuring 8 of the top 10 global investment banks, the firm was acquired by the global consultancy, Capgemini.
In 2012, Mike started Opencast Software as a modern, forward thinking and independent alternative to the large, corporate consulting models focused on enterprise clients in the banking and government domains. The organization now has over 100 permanent staff working primarily fromthe Newcastle and Edinburgh offices with a global client base featuring firms such as Barclays, Morgan Stanley, Defra, JPMorgan, Sage, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, NHS, HMRC and DWP.
Opencast was an early stage investor in the challenger bank Atom, founding member of the Dynamo group (growing the North Eastern tech economy) and Digital Agenda (technology for good).
Managing Director & GM
Microsoft Capital Markets
New York, N.Y.
Sháka Rasheed currently leads the Capital Markets sub-vertical as Managing Director, General Manager at Microsoft’s Financial Services US organization. Sháka is responsible for leading all sales and strategic customer engagement functions within capital markets.
Sháka leverages over 25 years of financial services industry experience devising and implementing the strategic business objectives of customers/clients with a collaborative, impactful and results-oriented leadership style. Sháka joined Microsoft in 2019 from Bridgewater where he was Head of Sales, responsible for new business development and client service for the largest, most sophisticated institutional investors and consultant relationships around the globe.
Prior to joining Bridgewater, Sháka was Managing Director, Head of Alternative Investments-Americas at Lazard Asset Management, where he led the team responsible for raising capital for Lazard‘s hedge fund strategies. Previously, he was Director (and Acting Americas Head of) Global Distribution, for Citadel Asset Management. With a focus on Citadel‘s distribution efforts, Sháka played a crucial leadership role positioning the firm’s flagship multi-strategy fund, and the successful launch of its equity long/short, global macro, and relative-value fixed income single-strategy hedge funds to meet the needs of institutional investors throughout the U.S., Canada, and Latin-America.
Sháka was also Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor with J.P.Morgan Asset Management. where he delivered U.S. institutional investors solutions across the spectrum of alternatives (hedge funds, private equity, real assets) and traditional (equities, fixed income) asset classes, culminating with Sháka leading J.P. Morgan to securing its first-ever $1 billion alternatives, strategic partnership mandate with a large public pension.
Sháka earned an MBA from Harvard Business School as a Robert Toigo Fellow; and a BA with honors from Morehouse College.
Sneha Shah is a Managing Director at Refinitiv's global headquarters in New York and is responsible for it's new launched Business Accelerator. Sneha is a global business leader/CEO with deep commercial acumen and a passion for business as a force for good. She is a multi-faceted growth leader with proven P&L, product innovation and sales leadership experience at global scale.
Prior to her current position, Sneha held a number of leadership positions at Thomson Reuters spanning 17 years, her final role being the Managing director of Thomson Reuters Africa where she was responsible for driving profitable short- and long-term growth through cross-continent development of the company’s business units, which include Financial & Risk, Legal and Tax & Accounting. Sneha started her career as an FX dealer for CFC Bank in Kenya moving to South Africa to take on a role as a commodities trader at Cargill.
Sneha is a sought after speaker on the intersection of people, purpose and technology. A member of both the African Leadership Network (ALN) and the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Governance, Sneha is committed to ensuring that she positively contributes towards economic empowerment. in Africa. Sneha has spoken at events for the United Nations, World Economic Forum and Harambe.
Sneha holds a Bachelors in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.
Refinitiv Business Accelerator
New York, N.Y.
Reggie Stevens is the CEO and Board Member of IRIS Solutions. IRIS is the leading provider of technology solutions for healthcare providers throughout the southeast U.S. For nearly 25 years, IRIS has acted as a thought leader in dental and medical IT systems.
Reggie is a certified Amazon Web Services Cloud Practitioner and an active member of InfraGuard, an FBI-affiliate focused on securing the nation's critical infrastructure. Reggie holds a B.S. Engineering from Clemson, an MBA and a Masters in Finance from DePaul University's Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Mave Houston is the Head of UX Research at Disney Streaming Services (DSS). She is a highly experienced design leader, with over 14 years of experience creating & leading Human Centered Design and Design Research teams. Dr. Houston has deep experience in sparking, leading and maintaining innovation at a corporate scale and extensive knowledge of design across mobile, web, and other connected device channels. She is an expert in multiple Human Centered Design approaches, including Design Thinking, Lean, and Agile UX.
Before joining (DSS) Mave led the transformation of User Research at Amazon Audible. She was also the founder of Capital One USERLabs, Capital One's first User Experience Research Program. Created and led an expansive User Research Program that made design research easy and accessible for everyone at Capital One via a strong curriculum program, technical and operations support, and creation of new design and design research methodologies. Our goal as a team was to drive design innovation at Capital One by removing barriers to getting insights from our customers and designing in a collaborative way. Managed experience design research teams that led user centered design innovation across Bank, Card, Card Partnerships, Small Business, Financial Services and Enterprise.
Dr. Mave Houston
Head of UX Research
Disney Streaming Services
New York, NY
C-Suite Coach & Advisor
Leadership For Life
Washington D.C. & London
India Martin has held a number of global C-Suite roles including expatriate assignments in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In her final role at JPMorgan In London, India was Managing Director & Global COO for Investment Banking Technology and Operations with multi-billion dollar management for 15,000 staff in 40+ global locations.
India is a globally recognized leadership expert and coach with a clientele of C-Suite executives from around the world. Aside from traditional individual coaching, India’s practice is focused on delivering dynamic leadership curriculum and facilitating for groups. She helps clients to build profile locally, regionally and globally through her sought after business delegations and summits. She is a masterful strategist who provides expert counsel on an array of issues like crisis, transition, succession, positioning, promotion, bus. dev, and navigation.
India is a moderator, keynote and panel speaker on the global stage. She has been featured in media outlets like: CNBC, BBC, TVOne, Harper's Bazaar, The Times (London), Forbes, Bloomberg Televison and Marketing Week. She is a former adjunct professor of Corporate Education at Temple University in Japan and is on the current coaching faculty at Georgetown University for the Exec Master's in Leadership. India also sits on the President's round table of Notre Dame of Maryland University and is on the coaching faculty for the NYC Bar Association’s Associate Leadership Institute.
American by birth, she was named one of the top 50 businesswomen in Europe and Top 100 Black executives in the UK while she was an expatriate there. A proponent of pay equity and women on boards, India is the President Emeritus of London based City Women's Network, a professional body for senior women in corporate, and third sector industries where she spearheaded the "Corporate Board Readiness Program". She is a global Ambassador for WOW (Women of The World Foundation) and Executive Producer and Co-Chair of the WOW/United Nations Special Sessions. India was awarded ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the National Association of Female Executives in 2019.
India is a writer, speaks fluent French and functional Japanese. She lives between London and Washington D.C.