Often referred to as the most powerful black man in Britain, Ken Olisa studied Natural Sciences and then Social, Political and Management Sciences at Fitzwilliam College (a library is named after him at the college). He is the first British born black man to serve on the board of a public company (Reuters) and has his own merchant bank (Restoration Partners). A philanthropist, he is a former governor of the Peabody Trust, a chair of two charities (Thames Reach, which deals with the homeless, and Shaw Trust, which helps the disabled). He he received an OBE in 2010 and was appointed Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London in 2015.
Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi
Another early Black Cantab from Ghana who studied at Fitzwilliam College in 1920. Justice Augustus Molade Akiwumi (father to Justice Akiwumi of the famous Akiwumi Commission in Kenya ) was born in Nigeria in 1891 but became a naturalised Ghanaian. In 1910 he was sent to school in England and was a pupil at Queen's College Taunton, Somerset. After leaving Queen's College, Molade Akiwumi went to FitzWilliam Hall, Cambridge University to read Law. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln's Inn in 1921. He trained as a banker at the Midland Bank, Ludgate Hill, London before returning to Ghana, where with Independence he became the Speaker of the Ghanaian National Assembly.
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Sharon White studied Economics at Fitzwilliam College and has since gone on to hold a number of senior roles in Whitehall.
She joined the Civil Service in 1989 and later became the first black woman to become Permanent Secretary at the Treasury in 2013.
In 2014 she was recognised as the 7th most influential black person in Britain and in 2015 Sharon became the chief executive of the British media regulator Ofcom.
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