Raphael Sofoluke has been unifying Black professionals and entrepreneurs in the UK through an impressive variety of channels. Learn more about him and his inspiring work in our latest feature.
For those who are unfamiliar, can you tell us a bit about yourself and the work that you do?
I’m an entrepreneur and the founder of the UK Black Business Show and the UK Black Business Week, the first dedicated week in the UK for Black entrepreneurs, professionals and allies of the Black community. I’m also the founder of Black Tech Achievement Awards, which was set-up to celebrate and acknowledge Black role models and innovators within the tech sector and help illuminate the pathways to greater Black representation within the industry. I’m also an international speaker and was highlighted in 2020 as one of Forbes “25 Leading Black British Business people to follow”.
Additionally, I’m the Co-Author of Twice as Hard book alongside my wife, Opeyemi Sofoluke. Twice as Hard shares valuable lessons from 40 Black trailblazers from across the UK and US and addresses the real challenges faced by Black people navigating predominantly white spaces while providing tried and tested recommendations on how to navigate these environments to create personal and professional success. The book includes interviews with Mathew Knowles (Father and former Manager of Beyoncé & Solange Knowles), Trevor Nelson MBE, Bianca Miller, Pamela Hutchinson, Munya Chawawa and many more.
What expertise are you bringing as a judge for The Lovie Awards?
As someone who runs large scale events, I’m someone who can spot talent. Having worked in the tech industry I’m familiar with all aspects of technology and having studied marketing I’m all too familiar with how important digital is to the world of business.
What are you most looking forward to about reviewing this year’s Lovie Awards entries?
Awards are so important, it’s great when people are recognised for the hard work they have put in for themselves and also it’s important to honour people for the work they have put in for the industry. I’m looking forward to seeing talented individuals’ journeys and how they are making an impact in today’s society.
What piece of creative work on the Internet has recently inspired you, and why? (A campaign, experience, film, social series, etc.)
Something which has recently inspired me is the film King Richard. The film was the story of how the father of Venus and Serena tirelessly pursued a career in tennis for his two daughters. The determination he showed to ensure that his daughters had the chance to pursue their dream was admirable. It was truly remarkable how dedicated he is and as father myself it made me think a lot about how i could inspire my children and others
What emerging trend or technology are you most excited about in your field of work?
My role requires me to speak to people all across the world, so I have to say that the rise of communication platforms like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams has allowed me and our team to connect with people across the globe and made it really easy for us to connect. As an events organisation, these platforms also allow us to have virtual events and have attendees from across the world.
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