FUNKE ABIMBOLA FRSA
SENIOR LAWYER, LEADER AND DIVERSITY CAMPAIGNER
Funke Abimbola is a senior lawyer and leader for the world’s largest biotech. She is currently the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry and one of the most senior globally.
A multi award winning solicitor and diversity campaigner, she has received national and European recognition for her legal and diversity work. In 2015 alone, she won the Gender Role Model award (National Diversity Awards), Career Woman of the Year award (Women4Africa), Outstanding Woman in Professional Services award (Precious Awards) and Inspiring Member of the Year award (Inclusive Networks Awards). More recently she was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Diva and International Diva of Colour awards held in London.
Having risen to the top of her field, Funke is active in giving back and she shares how she is working to for Aspiring Solicitors from BAME communities.
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Funke speaks regularly at conferences in the UK and abroad. In addition, she speaks to school students as part of Speakers4Schools (offering free, inspiring talks to state school students) and to University students as a Professional Ambassador of Aspiring Solicitors (an organisation established to break down all entry-level barriers into the legal profession). As a Senior Advisory Board Member of Aspiring Solicitors, she has committed to developing and supporting the next generation of BAME female lawyers by providing tailored mentoring, coaching and other assistance.
She is a Champion and Advisory Board Member for WILL, Women in Law London (a network of over 1,800 women lawyers, supporting the pipeline of female lawyers) and is also a Project Champion for the First 100 Years Project (creating a digital library that will be archived by the British Library in 2019, a year that marks 100 years of women lawyers in the UK). In 2015, she founded the Women Leaders in Life Sciences Law network to support the international pipeline of female legal talent within the life sciences sector. She is also a Steering Committee member for DRIVE, a House of Lords-based diversity recruitment initiative chaired by Baroness Jan Royall, former Labour leader of the House.
An expert mentor and sponsor, Funke is a proud mother of a 13 year old son and juggles the demands of career and home, regularly advising working mothers on achieving life balance. Passionate about the law, diversity, education and healthcare, she is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities (including Cancer Research UK) and has twice served as school governor and as a board director.
She was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recognizing the positive impact and outstanding contributions that she has made to British society as a whole.