The Digital Revolution: How to come out of the "Black Digital Hole"
25 May 2022, 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
The second event in the Cultural Justice Lecture Series will be presented by Keith Magee who will be joined in conversation by Ijeoma Okoli a finance, securities, and regulatory lawyer. This talk will examine approaches and strategies to ensure equal access into the digital sector for Black talent, addressing issues from education and training opportunities to entrepreneurship to understanding cryptocurrency.
This event is free.
UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose11 Montague StreetLondonWC1B 5BPUnited Kingdom
Today’s emergent technologies, such as IoT, robotics and AI, will be huge drivers of value in the future. According to PWC, “the UK GDP will be up to 10.3% higher in 2030 as a result of AI – the equivalent of an additional £232 billion.”
Black Britons have long faced barriers that often prevent them from effectively being able to start and scale companies, including in the digital sector. Given the disproportionate value that will be generated by these technologies, it is crucial that we find ways to avoid the widening of the existing racial wealth gap. Reverend Professor Keith Magee in conversation with Ijeoma Okoli will examine approaches and strategies to ensure equal access into the digital sector for Black talent, addressing issues from education and training opportunities to entrepreneurship to understanding cryptocurrency.
About the Speakers
The Reverend Professor Keith Magee Th.D., FRHistS, FRSA
Public Intellectual | Public Theologian | Public Speaker at Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor of Practice in Cultural Justice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
The Reverend Professor Keith Magee Th.D., FRHistS, FRSA is Senior Fellow and Visiting Professor of Practice in Cultural Justice at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), where he’s the principal investigator on Black Britain and Beyond a social platform and think-tank. He is also a Fellow at UCL Centre on U.S. Politics (CUSP). Equally essential, he is Professor of Practice in Social Justice at Newcastle University. Noted a public intellectual, Magee has a professional career of over three decades in public theology, public policy, and political affairs all leading to social justice. The Biden-Harris Administration’s US Ambassador to the Court of St James’s has appointed him to the U.S. - U.K. Fulbright Commission, having served on the Biden 2020 President Campaign’s African American Kitchen Cabinet. Previously, he served as a Senior Religious Affairs Advisor with the Obama-Biden for America in 2008 and 2012.
He serves as the Co-Chair of the Endowment Committee on the Board of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Trustee of Facing History and Ourselves. He is an elected Councillor of Democrats Abroad U.K. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan appointed him as a Commissioner on Diversity in the Public Realm. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collegiums of Scholars. He is a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity.
As a dyslexic, one of his most significant accomplishments is a co-creator of the Multicultural Initiative at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity. He has secured over $15 millions to develop programs and initiatives that advocate and support dyslexia globally. One of the efforts led to the co-founding the St. Joseph’s University Urban Teachers Masters of Education Residency Training Program.
Magee is a CNN, NBC, BBC and LSE contributor—on issues of social justice, politics, race, and religion. He is also the author of Prophetic Justice: Race, Religion and Politics, January 2021.More about The Reverend Professor Keith Magee Th.D., FRHistS, FRSA
Finance, securities, and regulatory lawyer
Ijeoma is a co-Director of The Digital Economy Institute, a digital currency think tank, and Limited Partner of Impact X Capital Partners, an ESG focused venture capital fund. Until recently, she was Executive Director and Digital Currency Risk Management Lead at JPMorgan focused on developing the firm’s digital currency risk management framework and advising on crypto related business proposals. She was also the Co-chair of JPMorgan’s EMEA Black Leadership Forum which advised the business on the recruitment, retention and advancement of Black employees, and a member of the Board of Directors of Aldermanbury Investments Limited, a JPMorgan subsidiary. Ijeoma sits on the Global Advisory Board of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, an organization focused on promoting female lawyers into the most senior leadership positions in global law firms, and has been a judge for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Power List of Britain’s Most Influential People of African, African Caribbean and African American heritage. She was listed on the 2020 FTSE Board Report’s 100 Women to Watch list, was named Investment Woman of the Year at the 2020 Woman in Investment Awards and won the Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award at the 2021 Women in Finance Awards.
Ijeoma holds a B.A. and M.P.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Cornell University.