The Future of Black Governance Professionals



This event will focus on “The Future of Black Governance Professionals" and our panel will use this opportunity to bring awareness of the Black Governance Professionals Network, what the network plans to offer and also provide our 100+ members the opportunity to provide feedback on what they expect to see from the network and the corporate governance profession in relation to diversity and inclusion.

Networks promoting black/ethnic minority inclusion have been established in other industries where they have successfully advocated for diversity and provided great opportunities to their members to either advance in their respective careers, or enabled them to get their foot in the door. With Diversity and Inclusion being a hot topic of conversation, this network aims to actively contribute to these conversations.

We appreciate and support companies’ efforts in making their boards more ethnically diverse. We also believe that governance professionals being ethnically diverse plays an instrumental part in helping to achieve this. Governance professionals are commonly deemed as advisors to the Board, and we need to foster a culture that recognises and celebrates ethnic diversity amongst the corporate governance industry in order to be better advisors in this area.

We recognise that the process of boards and the corporate governance profession becoming ethnically diverse will not happen overnight, therefore, our starting point as a network in helping to achieve this goal is to create a sense of community, where black governance professionals share ideas and thoughts amongst each other, as well as with allies on how BGPN's mission can be supported.


Agenda Speaker Time slot


Welcome/Housekeeping rules Samira 5 mins


Introduction to the BGPN Samira/Dami/Zhanique 5 mins


The importance and need for representation in the industry Dr Karl George MBE 10 mins


Lived experiences - Strategy

Being a Black Governance Professional - lived experiences - The importance of networking

Juwon Osundina

Zhanique Benjamin
5 mins

5 mins


Panel discussion about the Network/Q&A - A focus on the ways we can help to make a positive impact Samira/Dami/Zhanique 20 mins


The webinar will be facilitated by Founder, Samira Chambas and Co-Founders, Dami Onotayo and Zhanique Benjamin.

The panel will include:

  • Dr Karl George MBE, Director, The Governance Forum Limited
  • Juwon Osundina, Deputy Company Secretary, Railpen Investments.

Zhanique Benjamin, Co-Founder of BGPN and Assistant Consultant, Company Matters - part of Link Group

Bio coming soon

Samira Chambas, Founder of BGPN and Assistant Company Secretary, Diageo plc

Samira qualified as a company secretary in 2018. While still a student, Samira was a board member of the ICSA UK Student Forum. Samira is currently an Assistant Company Secretary at Diageo plc. Her previous roles were at Equiniti David Venus (now Prism Cosec), Intertrust Group and Aviva plc. She was born in and also spent some of her upbringing in Ghana and is very in touch with her Ghanaian heritage. Samira now lives in London.

In 2018, Samira was nominated as “One to Watch“ in the ICSA Awards and in 2020, was recognised in the Social Impact Category of the annual Governance Hot 100. She has a YouTube channel ‘MiraaSpeaks’ where she talks all things governance, motivation and lifestyle.

Dr Karl George MBE, Director, Governance Forum Limited

Bio coming soon

Dami Onotayo, Co-Founder of BGPN and Company Secretarial Assistant, Network Rail

Bio coming soon

Juwon Osundina, Deputy Company Secretary, Railpen

Juwon Osundina is the Deputy Company Secretary of RPMI Railpen. Juwon/s previous experience included coporate governance, research, subsidiary management and regulatory compliance for UK listed entities across various organisations including Rio Tinto and Royal Dutch Shell.


Price: Free

Date: 3 December 2020

Timing: 6:00pm - 7:00pm GMT

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