Chairman, Dr Lord Michael Hastings CBE
Lord Hastings CBE is the former Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International; he was previously the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs and is the Chancellor of Regents University London and Professor of Leadership at the Stephen R Covey Institute, Utah State University.
Lord Hastings was a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation for 11 years and served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business at British Telecom and as a Commissioner of the Commission for Racial Equality for 9 years. He serves as a Governor of the Vodafone/Safaricom MPESA Academy in Nairobi, Kenya and is Chairman of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Black Business Association and is currently Chair of Trustees for SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies).
Dr Mathias Hink Trustee
Dr Mathias Hink, is the treasurer and a trustee for the Childhood Trust, a charity who’s purpose is to alleviate childhood poverty. He is also CEO Kingsbridge Capital Advisors, from 2004 – Present, focusing mainly on distressed mid-sized company investments. Previously he worked for 5 years at Kleinwort Benson in London and for 4 years at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt. He is a qualified lawyer by training and holds a PhD in Law from the University of Berlin. In addition, Mathias is a trustee of the Kingsbridge Foundation in Lausanne, supporting early stage technologies and education as well as being a trustee of the Norbert Braining Foundation in London and the Camerata Asolo, fostering musical education. Previously, Mathias was a trustee of the Awareness Foundation in London, supporting the dialogue between different religions.
Ruby Aryiku Trustee
Ruby Aryiku, Co-Founder of VAMP, a leading Digital Talent and PR Agency Established in 2017 as the first agency solely focussed on the representation and development of Black digital talent in the UK, a group regarded as pioneers of the industry.
Vamp also manages influencers uplifting and growing engagement across their social platforms.
Clients include Disney, Universal Pictures, E-One, Warner Bros., BBC, Missguided, Benefit Cosmetics, Sony Music, Warner Music, Channel 4, Boohoo and more.
Founder and interim CEO of Black British Initiative and a fervent believer in the intrinsic benefits of a fair and equitable society with a focus on racial justice.
A pioneering entrepreneur, renowned innovator and brand, building specialist with over 20 years’ experience, spanning the luxury interior sectors to, prestige and ground breaking seminal events, such as Functional Art at the Saatchi Gallery, in association with Yamaha, Wallpaper Magazine and Luxury Cave, a multidisciplinary exhibition held at the Design Museum, showing the finest curated items from brands such as Aston Martin, Dyson, Thomas Heatherwick and Fabergé.
Darren is also founder of multi-award nominated podcast series ‘BBI You’re On Mute’ a platform featuring world class leaders with national and global influence using their status as a force for good.
In addition, Darren also conceived BBI’s Mini MBA in partnership with SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London), a qualification designed to empower early stage Black entrepreneurs, ensuring they understand business best practice.