School of Business

Black Excellence Symposium

Our inaugural Black Excellence Symposium 'Black Excellence: Shaping an Inclusive and Sustainable Future' will feature a line up of business and academic experts, tackling questions on equal access and opportunities for Black students, and provoke debate on shaping a future that protects our environment, economy and society.

Date: Wednesday 23 March 2022

Time: 12:00noon - 5:00pm

Where: Brookfield, School of Business, University of Leicester


We are delighted to welcome Eugene Nizeyimana, CEO of SSCG Consulting, Director - African Business Chamber (AfBC) and Director - One Africa Network (OAN) as our keynote speaker.

In addition other speakers and panellists include:

  • Dr Maureen Paul, Interim Chief Economist, Ofgem
  • Byron Dixon OBE, Founder and CEO, Micro-Fresh
  • Sandra Pollock OBE, Founder and CEO, The Women's Awards and SHINE magazine
  • Professor Clive Fraser, Professor of Economics, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Dr Paul Campbell, Director of the Leicester Institute for Inclusivity in Higher Education
  • Pierre Ngon A Mbarra, PhD student, University of Leicester School of Business


12:00noon - 12:30pm   Registration and coffee
12:30pm - 12:45pm


Dr Winifred Onyas and Dr Zovanga Kone

12:45pm - 12:55pm

Dean of the School of Business

Professor Dan Ladley

12:55pm - 1:10pm

President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester

Professor Nishan Canagarajah

1:10pm - 1:50pm

Keynote and Q&A

Eugene Nizeyimana

1:50pm - 2:40pm Lunch
2:40pm - 3:55pm Panel discussion
3:55pm - 4:15pm

Poster competition results


Dr Godfrey Charles-Cadogan, School of Business


Rajinder Bhuhi, Leicester Innovation Hub

Tobias Gould, Leicester Innovation Hub

Dr Adeolu Adesanya, National Grid

Nora Musyoka, School of Business

4:15pm - 5:25pm

Networking including post-symposium challenge

Councillor Dr Ashiedu Joel, Leicester City Council and Founder of Ashioma Consults

5:25pm Closing remarks

Student Poster Competition

The symposium will also involve a poster competition on a research project or enterprise challenge, open to all undergraduates at the University of Leicester.  The shortlisted 10 posters will be presented at the symposium and our expert panel of judges will select winners in the research project and enterprise challenge categories with six prizes available.

Find out more about the competition

Register for the symposium

Register online here


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