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Kofi Addo

Kofi Addo has had a considerable experience in public sector policy, procurement and management for a period of over fifteen years. His core expertise includes Trade Analysis, Business Development, Policy Analysis and Planning, Project and Investment Appraisal and Investment Promotion.

He began his duty tour of the United Kingdom as a Minister Counsellor for Trade and Investment in October, 2013. His primary responsibility is to advise the High Commissioner on matters relating to Trade and Investment Promotion and to aggressively promote and protect Ghana’s commercial interest in United Kingdom and the Ireland, and where possible, the world at large.
Prior to this assignment, he had been a Deputy Director at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana, serving in various capacities. These included counter-part Coordinator for Government of Ghana and the International Development Association of the World Bank Group’s Micro Small Medium Enterprise Project, the Ministry’s Coordinator in charge of the Programmme for Sustainable Energy Development (PSED), a programme in collaboration with GIZ to enhance the Productive Use of Energy in Light Industrial Zones in Ghana.

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Sonia Maggie

Sonia Meggie is an award winner and founder of Inspirational YOU; a London based social enterprise launched in March 2010. Their mission is to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and ethnic minorities who want to make professional changes to their lives.

Prior to founding Inspirational YOU, Sonia worked for a leading management consultancy in city of London. She was head hunted to become the Director of a well-known promotions company who worked alongside UK and international artists. After five years of organising large scale live shows she felt compelled to do more to bring together inspirational personalities and influencers to empower others and make a difference. With Inspirational YOU, she has been networking and connecting with senior leaders who all participate in their programs and events, debates, conferences, shows and training. They are focused on enterprise, self-development and well-being workshops.
Sonia is also a mentor and football coach who is driven by making a difference and seeing those around her reaching their full potential. Her objective is to leave a legacy that will see the progression of women, ethnic minorities and young people. Her mantra is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world”.
Sonia was selected from over 21,000 nominees to win the Positive Role Model Award at the National Diversity Awards in September 2014 and also an Inspirational award at BAFTA’s Back to Black Awards in October 2014. She was featured in the Powerlist 2013, which profiles the most influential people of African and African Caribbean heritage in the United Kingdom and is listed on Blackenterprise.com as one of London’s most powerful black women, Sonia has a BA in Business Studies and Social Policy, and an MSc in E Commerce. She has recently completed an MA in Digital Media and has been selected as an RSA Diaspora Changemaker as a leader who wants to see change in Africa.
Inspirational YOU has partnered and been supported by global corporations such as Google, Deloitte, Heidi Alexander MP, Garden Court Chambers, You Tube, PwC, Pearsons, ITV, Sky, London Youth, Daily Mail, BBC, Channel 4, GoThinkBig, Metropolitan Housing, Lewisham Homes, University of London and the UK Supreme Court.

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Akua Gyamfi

Akua Gyamfi has over 15 years of experience in the entertainment industry with a career that spans fashion, film, television, theatre, print and online media.

Starting out as a hairdresser in London’s infamous Portobello Road was Akua’s introduction into the entertainment industry. With a career in hairstyling spanning over 20 years, Akua has styled for magazines Touch, Mahogany, Noir, RWD, Disorder and I.D. Assisted at London and Paris fashion weeks for designers including Matthew Williamson, Top Shop, Jonathan Saunders, Giles and more. Worked on editorial campaigns for Aquascutum, Jaeger, Hugo Boss, UniQlo and on videos for various artists including, Miss Dynamite, Shystie, Tracey K, Clare Evers, and on British gangster film ‘Rollin’ with the Nines’. Akua has also been part of the Paul Hanlon hair team during all London Fashion week events since 2010.
After leaving a full time career in Hairstyling to study Multimedia and then Journalism at LCC (formerly London College of Printing), Akua’s career in journalism took off at French British magazine Bolz. She subsequently shadowed and interviewed Ken Livingstone during his 2004 mayoral campaign for Antiapathy.com and wrote articles for Ealing local newspaper.
Upon graduating from LCC (formerly London College of Printing) Akua joined renowned underground digital satellite channel Channel AKA (formerly known as Channel U). It was at Channel AKA that Akua worked closely with a dedicated team who turned the channel around during the years 2004 – 2206. Elevating the channel’s output to rival the major black music channels at the time from raising the bar for quality video submissions to refining the channel’s flagship magazine show ‘The Illout Show’ hosted by Radio 1xtra DJ’s Ace & Vis. Akua was also content producer for the Channel AKA website.
After leaving Channel AKA Akua worked at the BBC Performing Arts Fund and then joined BBC Writersroom where she gained valuable insight into the machinations of script writing. Akua currently works in BBC’s Internet & Future Services Team, in the R&D department.
It was during the early years of her career at the BBC that she worked with director Mark 1 to write, direct and produce anti-knife & gun crime short film After Effects. Akua is currently a script consultant whose work is evident in award winning works by Julius Amedume.
Continuing her journalism Akua oversaw personal blogs Ace & Vis, and launched her own blog the Soul Pages. Akua was also former editor of Candy online and print magazine.
In 2011 Akua was asked to oversee the production of the Screen Nation Awards blog ‘Screen Insider’ in the 8 week run up to the awards show.
In 2012 Akua launched The British Blacklist described as ‘the IMDB for the UK’s British African and Caribbean market’, The British Blacklist serves as an online portal chronicling the careers of professionals from film, television, theatre, literature and music.
A year in the making The British Blacklist is the first of its kind. It services both industry and general users alike and strives to be the first port of call for those wanting concrete, researched information about creative & entertainment industry professionals from the British African Caribbean community.

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Charles Thompson

Chief Charles Thompson, the son of one the UK’s first African barristers, resides in London via Accra, Ghana and is a graduate of Film & TV Production Techniques, Arts and Media. His 20+ years experience in the international film & TV industry includes 3 years as an editor before commencing a career as a Film Producer with a commitment to new drama by black writers and directors.

He has produced many multiple award winning narrative films in Europe, Africa and USA, with a number gaining long term distribution and has worked in producing on important black British dramas & TV magazine shows.
In 1996 Charles helped found Off the Grove, London’s first ever live screenplay reading event, a forerunner to the BFI’s highly rated Script Factory. Between 1999-2002 Charles co-founded and served as Festival Director for one of Europe’s premier black film showcases the annual bfm International Film Festival. In 2003 he created the Screen Nation Film & TV Awards (aka ‘the UK Black Oscars’) and takes the brand to Africa very soon. He is currently developing screen nation into an innovative web based media rights company. Future plans include a series of heritage events recognising the contribution black British film & TV practitioners have made to the UK industries since the early 1900’s.