Martin is the Creative Director and founding member of ‘Pollen8’, one of the fastest growing and successful innovation companies in London. Pollen8 help large corporate and government organisations to create, develop and deliver breakthrough innovation ideas and transform these into sustainable new ventures, empowering their people by educating them on how to think, act and operate like entrepreneurs and emphasise user centric design and user experience.
Mele Broomes is a dancer and choreographer based in Glasgow. Her work experiments with the extremities of movement and voice whilst investigating her current contemporary practice of African and Caribbean diasporic movement. Mele is is co-founder of Project X and V/DA and has performed nationally and internationally at GREC Festival (Barcelona), OFTTA (Montreal), danceGATHERING (Lagos), The Centre For The Less Good Ideas (Johannesburg) to name a few.
Moyo trained at the prestigious Arts Educational Schools in London. She has an extensive list of television credits in particular for the BBC. Moyo has also worked in many theatre’s across Britain with Olivier and Tony award winning directors in companies including The Shakespeare’s Globe. Moyo recently completed filming with The Fast & The Furious director, Rob Cohen on the feature The Hurricane Heist where she will be playing one of the leading roles.
Mursal is an Economics graduate currently investigating and developing innovative solutions to social problems. A social change fellow at ‘Year Here’ for recognition of her work. She has extensive practical experience in research, interviewing experts, gathering first-hand insight, and presenting insightful analysis.
Mursal is now the Founder of ‘Chatterbox’ a social enterprise creating pathways to professional careers for refugees using their existing language skills.
Nadia has been working in the film industry for 13 years primarily as a Curator and Audience Development Specialist. In 2016 she presented a second edition of BEYOND NOLLYWOOD as part of the BLACK STAR season at the BFI Southbank. She has written two books which include and The Black British Filmmaker’s Guide to Success and The Nigerian Filmmaker’s Guide to Success: Beyond Nollywood. Currently, she is the UK Lead curator for the British Council Film Connections Programme.
My name is Nwamaka Ogboanna, a research analyst with an avid interest in development issues in Africa. Against this backdrop, it was with a high sense of pride and accomplishment that I received the news of being accepted into the Future Leaders Connect programme.
Odun is Co-founder and CEO at DIYlaw, Nigeria’s foremost legal technology startup, Odun is also Co-founder and Lead Counsel of The Longe Practice LP, (TLP), a law practice focused on providing legal solutions for entrepreneurship in Africa. She likes to refer to herself as a Lawver of entrepreneurs where Lawver = Lawyer + Lover. A natural progression of her background and experience is her recent foray into early stage investing. Odun loves all things technology.
Ojoma Ochai is Director, Arts, West Africa for British Council. In this role, Ojoma works with public and private sector partners in the UK and West Africa to develop and deliver programmes that build skills, international and local networks and other capacities that promote the growth and collaboration potential of the creative economy between the sub-region and the UK.