We are proud to announce the ten individuals shortlisted for the Rising Star Champions category, sponsored by Oliver Wyman

These individuals will now be invited to celebrate their shortlisting alongside our sponsors, judges and guests at a celebratory reception sponsored by Bloomberg on 8 June 2017.   

Judging will now begin to identify the final five winners for this category. Winners will be notified by 19 June 2017 and invited to celebrate at the winners party sponsored by The Times and The Sunday Times on 12 July 2017.

Please note there is no public vote of support for the champions category.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our shortlisted nominees the very best of luck in the final stages of judging.

Rising Star Champion's Shortlist

Amali de Alwis | Code First: Girls

Amali de Alwis is CEO of Code First: Girls, a  multi-award winning​ social enterprise ​that works​ with companies and women ​directly ​to increase the proportions of women in tech and entrepreneurship. ​They do this by running free ​and paid ​coding courses for men and women, by advising companies on tech talent, and by running a community of 5500+ women who are interested in tech. Over the past 3 years they’ve provided £2.5 million+ worth of...
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Brigid North | Reed Smith

Brigid trained and qualified at Richards Butler before the merger with Reed Smith, and has spent her whole career to date at the firm.  She is a real estate lawyer with a broad practice including acting for developers of mixed-use and residential development projects;  transacting for investment clients, particularly in the office and logistics spaces; and acting for occupiers of real estate space, notably in the leisure and luxury retail sectors.  Brigid was listed as...
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Chuck Stephens | Google

Chuck is a recognized leader in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). Leveraging more than a fifteen years’ of experience building, deploying, and managing D&I practices, Chuck delivers measurable, business-focused solutions that meet the demands of complex organizations. He has guided some of the world’s largest companies in addressing their D&I challenges while increasing their eminence as diversity leaders. He has deep experience establishing and governing broad-based D&I practices that are tailored to the needs of individual business...
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Dana Denis-Smith | First 100 Years

In 2014 I founded the First 100 Year project (, my business, funded initially and has helped coordinated since 2014. It all began with an image from 1982 – that of one woman surrounded by a group of 50 or so male partners marking the 100th anniversary of one of the City of London’s best known law firms. I was fascinated to understand how it felt to be the only woman and what her journey...
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Liz Dimmock | Women Ahead & Moving Ahead Group

I am founder and CEO of Women Ahead and Moving Ahead Group, set up in 2014. Before then I  worked in the fields of consultancy, coaching and mentoring for 16 years in businesses ranging from 30 employees to 330,000. I have held commercial, coaching and leadership roles at IMG, KPMG, HSBC (Global Head of Coaching), and GP Strategies (Managing Partner). In 2012 I cycled the entire route of the Tour de France, one week ahead of the...
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Mohammed Zafran BEM | All 4 Youth & Community

Mohammed Zafran known as Zaf in the Uk is a Community Liaison Officer at South and City College and the Founder of a Non Profit Organisation All 4 Youth & Community. As highlighted on a national scale, the inspiration for Zaf to do the brilliant work in the community was two tragedies which occured in his life. Seven years ago, Zaf lost his blind sister to cancer at the age of 30. After that he...
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Ruth Grant | Hogan Lovells

Ruth Grant is a Board member and lead diversity Partner at Hogan Lovells. Over the last ten years, her global diversity agenda has created a cultural shift within the firm and transformed its reputation as a diversity pioneer. Ruth is the founder and chair of the firm’s Global Diversity and Inclusion and London Diversity Committees. She was the London Managing Partner from 2005-2009 and sole woman on the firm’s International Executive Committee. She was previously...
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Ruth Oshikanlu | Goal Mind Limited

Ruth Oshikanlu – Award-winning Queen’s Nurse, midwife and health visitor and parenting expert.  She is the founding director of Goal Mind Limited, and has over 22 years track record in delivering secondary and primary health care services in the independent, statutory and voluntary sectors.  She is an inspirational professional who is passionate about women and children having supported a vast amount of women from conception, birth and beyond. Ruth is a published author of Tune...
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Sally Clark | Barclays

Currently Chief Internal Auditor at Barclays where I have worked for the past four and a half years.  In charge of a team of 700 auditors globally and passionate about what we do in audit and in making sure we continue to improve and innovate the function.  Big supporter as well of the diversity initiatives that we have in the firm surrounding gender and also millenials.  Currently the Executive Sponsor for the Emerge Network which...
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Shay Doran | Barclaycard

Shay is the Vice President for Channel Strategy at Barclaycard and he also leads the Male Allies initiative, set up in June 2016, aimed at involving more men in the gender agenda. Shay joined Barclays in 2007, starting his career in retail banking having just turned 17 and quickly became one of the youngest Branch Managers for Barclays at the age of 19. Since then, he has held various roles across multiple parts of the...
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