Edward Enninful’s remarkable journey from a fashion director at the age of 18 to becoming the editor-in-chief of British Vogue has not only broken barriers but also set an inspiring precedent for young people. As he prepares to transition into the role of Vogue’s global creative and cultural adviser, his legacy in the fashion industry will continue to shape and promote diversity at a global level.
The Powerlist, now in its 18th year, serves as a beacon of inspiration for young people of African, African Caribbean, and African American heritage, showcasing individuals who have made a positive impact on society over a substantial period. Enninful’s words resonate with the broader purpose of the Powerlist as he acknowledges the platform’s support in highlighting individuals who challenge the status quo and exemplify the essence of diversity in their respective fields.
While the Powerlist celebrates Black excellence, a recent survey has uncovered a disheartening reality—more than half of Britons cannot name a single Black British historical figure. This alarming lack of awareness underscores the importance of celebrating and recognizing Black role models who can inspire future generations and contribute to a more inclusive and informed society.
The Powerlist’s Chief Executive, Michael Eboda, emphasizes the enduring commitment to recognizing and celebrating Black achievement in the UK. The list’s legacy is one of celebrating remarkable and inspirational individuals, even in times when diversity may be facing challenges.
As we celebrate the accomplishments of the Top 10 figures on Powerlist 2024, it is clear that their influence will be felt for generations to come. These remarkable individuals, from various walks of life, are not only changing their respective fields but also contributing to the ongoing dialogue about diversity and excellence in the UK.
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In a world where diversity and representation are increasingly essential, these influential figures serve as role models for the younger generation, helping to shape a more inclusive and equitable future for all.
Here is this year’s Top 10 of Powerlist 2024:
1. Edward Enninful – Editor-in-chief, British Vogue, and European editorial director, Vogue
2. Dean Forbes – Chief executive, Forterro, and partner at Corten Capital
3. Afua Kyei – Chief financial officer of Bank of England
4. Marvin Rees – Mayor of Bristol
5. Tunde Olanrewaju – Senior partner and managing partner, McKinsey
6. Joshua Siaw – Partner at White & Case law firm
7. Syreeta Brown – Group chief people and communications officer, Virgin Money UK
8. Paulette Simpson – Executive, corporate affairs and public policy, Jamaica National bank and executive director, The Voice Media Group
9. Vanessa Kingori – Chief business officer, Condé Nast Britain, and Vogue European business adviser
10. Simon Woolley – Peer, co-founder of Operation Black Vote and principal, Homerton College, Cambridge University.