Rising Star alumni celebrated at The Black British Business Awards

The Black British Business Awards Rising Star alumni featured

Rising Star alumni Elizabeth Uviebinene, Abisola Barber and Dara Kirton have been celebrated at The Black British Business Awards.

Dara Kirton, who won a Rising Star Award in Consultancy in 2015, was awarded the Professional Services Rising Star accolade. Kirton is a Senior Manager at PwC, having started on the Consulting graduate scheme in 2011 and working her way up. She is also a champion for diversity and inclusion both within PwC and beyond and chairs the Multicultural Business Network and founded the Diversity Mentoring Scheme.

Elizabeth Uviebinene, who won a Rising Star in PR, Communications and Marketing in 2018, was awarded the Arts & Media Rising Star award, alongside her co-author, Yomi Adegoke. Uviebinene is the co-author of the 2018 book Slay in Your Lane, a tool book that gives voice to the next generation of young black women navigating life in Britain today.

Abisola Barber, who won a Rising Star Award in Banking & Capital Markets in 2018, received the Financial Services Rising Star Award. Graduating with an Upper Second Class in 2013, Abisola spent her summer on the Barclays Internship programme before commencing her MSc in International Public Policy at UCL. Completing her Master’s two months early and Passing with Merit, Abisola joined Barclays’ 2014 Graduate cohort. Holding two placements on the scheme in both the Corporate and Investment Bank, Abisola then made an impressive mark as a Project Manager whilst in Barclays’ Non-Core division, which truly escalated her career. Abisola currently works as a Trading Business Manager, supporting the division responsible for driving returns and managing Barclays International’s financial resources.

The BBBAwards provide a necessary platform for economic empowerment, it is the only premium award ceremony to shine a light on the contributions made by black business professionals to the UK economy. The BBBAwards celebrates the exceptional achievements of black business leaders, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of business game-changers.

Speaking about the awards, Melanie Eusebe, Chair and Co-Founder of the Black British Business Awards said, “Each year the Black British Business Awards unearths such an impressive pool of talent and this year is no different.”

“We are celebrating a stand-out range of business aptitude, from rising stars Elizabeth Uviebinene and Yomi Adegoke, authors of the empowering book ‘Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible’, Uzo Okwuosa, Designer at Frank Hornand, who’s collections have been shown at some of London’s most prestigious design and craft exhibitions and senior leader Born Barikor, sporting entrepreneur, Founder, and CEO of Our Parks.”

Find a full list of winners here.

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