Ugo is a fashion activist, celebrity stylist and creative entrepreneur. At 27 years old, Ugo is the embodiment of a young creative that is taking over the fashion and entertainment world. Ugo is known for his cultural and classic style as he is constantly pushing past conventional boundaries to redefine the industry.
Oxford University recently appointed him the, ‘Head of Fashion and Cultural Diversity’ as he is changing the narrative of how fashion is perceived globally. In this role, Ugo teaches workshops every quarter to students.
From the runway and red carpet to television and print, Ugo’s clientele includes international superstars, JUSTIN BIEBER, TRAVIS SCOTT, BEYONCE, CELINE DION, CHRIS BROWN, LARRY KING and those alike.
He is currently living in Los Angeles with a focus on developing talent and creating sustainable living.
Naledi is a corporate strategy leader with over 20 years experience within Operations, Marketing & Technology. Having developed and implemented countless of global innovative multimedia brand initiatives, she possesses a rare combination of exceptional business and technology acumen and the ability to translate complex technical concepts for practical business and marketing applications. A graduate of Stanford University, Naledi began her career at Accenture and later served as Executive Vice President for ICED Media, a global digital marketing firm, before taking the helm of ATA. ATA is a global trade association promoting travel to and within Africa and strengthening intra-Africa partnerships.
Sharrianna will always be a California girl at heart but considers the world her home. Having achieved degrees in both Theatre (BA) and Education (MEd), she was surprised to discover her passion and talent for business. Whether designing early databases for Tiffany & Co or facilitating the implementation of statewide government agency projects Sharrianna thrives on solution delivery. After nearly two decades of serving the public and private sectors around the world, Sharrianna opened her own international social advocacy and business consultancy that now works with projects in multiple countries on three continents.
Originally from Belfast in Northern Ireland, Nick has spent 23 years in communications and marketing working with & reshaping many of the world’s biggest brands and Fortune 500 organisations. A renowned business leader and entrepreneur, Nick is now based in Los Angeles running the international Vernon Francois Hair Care Collection. Hairstylist to Lupita Nyong’o, Serena Williams, Danai Gurira, Cynthia Erivo. Solange Knowles, Willow Smith & more….
Nick has worked and lived across all continents, activating local and global brand campaigns. He was one of the original team members when Project (red) was introduced in 2006 and he is currently serving as the Chairman of Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation; a charity founded by the visionary fashion designer to support and develop creative talent.
Kamal is widely recognized as a thought-leader in Africa’s entertainment capital, Nigeria. He is founder and CEO of Twenty20 Media, a prominent talent management, communications and A&R company with clients including Seyi Shay, DJ Neptune, Toke Makinwa and Kizz Daniel.
Kamal is a leading expert in understanding how to amplify and guide up-and-coming creative talent having been responsible for structuring and defining one of Africa’s most revered contemporary musical forces, Davido.
Ann is an international marketing consultant with 18 years’ experience working for iconic brands in the US, UK, and Nigeria. Her previous work includes marketing strategy, event production, strategic partnerships, as well as brand & business development. After 8 years as Brand Manager & Marketing Director for LVMH brands, Ann moved to Nigeria to pursue opportunities with International and local organisations focused on the African market such as Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and Arise Fashion Week. She currently consults and freelances for a range of companies who seek her expertise for implementing their brand activities. She is a passionate advocate and supporter of the growing creative community across Africa.
Bolanle is a communications strategist and African media specialist with experience ranging from small niche campaigns to multi million dollar projects and events. She left a career in journalism and moved to Nigeria in 2014 to manage public relations and Strategic Communications for billionaire investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu’s investment vehicle, Heirs Holdings, which counts the Tony Elumelu Foundation as a charitable arm.
Before joining the foundation, she was a US-based journalist, contributing to a number of global news outlets – from National Geographic to NPR, where she specialized in international energy and hot button cultural issues on the African continent. She is a 2013 Mccloy fellow and a 2011 international reporting fellow for the international center for journalists. Before attending graduate journalism school at New York University, she worked with both BET and ABC News.