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MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto included in EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List

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31 May 2018

Allen & Overy senior associate MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto has been included in the EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Leaders List​, presented by the FT. The future leaders are high performing and high potential individuals who have been recognised for their contribution to ethnic minority inclusion in the workplace.

​MaameYaa has been recognised for her work in establishing a networking group for junior black lawyers at A&O and was instrumental in founding A&O's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) committee. In recognition of the importance of encouraging diverse young lawyers to join the firm MaameYaa is on the panel of interviewers for future trainee solicitors and has also hosted career insight days at A&O for young black girls interested in a career as a City lawyer.

MaameYaa helped introduce A&O to AfriKids, the charity based in Ghana, which went on to become a hugely popular choice as the staff selected charity partner. Over the course of two year relationship with AfriKids, A&O staff and partners contributed GBP1.37 million and delivered 35 pro bono projects.

MaameYaa commented: “It’s a great to be included in the EMpower 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders ranking and I’d like to congratulate all of the others on the list but what’s more exciting is what this list represents. Above all it is recognition of how important it is that we continue push the issue of under representation of ethnic minorities in professional environments, and all the excellent work that is being done to support this objective. Here at A&O, the launch of our BAME network is a big step in the right direction, I look forward to helping the group to grow within the BAME community and beyond.”

CEO and founder of EMpower, Suki Sandhu: “Our lists exist to drive the empowerment of ethnic minorities within business. Role modelling is fundamental to ensuring equality of opportunity and more inclusive workplace cultures. Those who have achieved personal success have a responsibility to inspire the next generation of ethnic minority leaders, and those featured on our lists are more than living up to it. Through these lists we hope to encourage individuals and businesses to stand up and work together to drive change in our society and workplaces - doing so will inspire the diverse leaders of tomorrow.

For further information, please contact Antoinette Willcocks,, on +44 (0)20 3088 4638

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