Meet Mel


Melanie graduated from University of Toronto with majors in Philosophy, Political Science and French and the recipient of the Gordon Cressy Leadership Award. She moved to London to complete her Masters Degree in Philosophy from Birkbeck, University of London and is now a professor of Leadership & Management, and Business Strategy.


Melanie Eusebe is an award winning business strategist, working with clients to identify strategic priorities and initiatives for revenue generation and sustainable growth.

Fresh out of university, Melanie worked at Canada’s largest financial service institution, progressing quickly from Business Analyst to Manager of the Internet Channels. She moved to London and became a Big 4 Management Consultant and business advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as running strategic commercial initiatives and projects for global brands. In 2014, she launched The Black British Business Awards – the largest awards programme of its kind, endorsed by Prime Minister May, the Mayor of London and esteemed business leaders.

Alongside being the Chair of the Black British Business Awards, Melanie was also the Executive Producer for the Women of the World Festival (WoW) a global gender equality festival occurring with over 2 million women in 50 cities over 5 continents. Melanie now has her own strategic consultancy, working with businesses on strategic initiatives and she also runs an online biz school for aspiring leaders.


Melanie has been recognised by several publications for her work across UK industry. She has featured in the lists of 200 women influencers in the creative industry, 100 Black Leaders in Media, and 50 top women speakers in the UK. A champion of business, the creative industries, and diversity, Melanie is a board member of the Creative Industries Federation and has been a member of the judging panel for the Start Up Awards, Red Woman of the Year Awards, The National Inclusion Standard and the We Are the City awards. Melanie has been featured in The Evening Standard, Management Today, Red Magazine, the Telegraph and she has featured on Sky News, BBC News, CBC News, and many more. Recognised by the Queen for her work, Melanie has been profiled as one of the most influential women in Business and the Creative Industries in the UK.

The BBBAwards

Passionate about equal access and opportunity, Melanie started the Black British Business Awards to reflect the outstanding achievements and contributions of black business people to the UK economy. For her, these awards are a collaborative, wholly inclusive set of programmes that highlights inspiring role models, challenges out-dated stereotypes, and most importantly, is a vehicle for economic empowerment, equality and change.

Sponsors of the BBBAwards include Accenture, Baker & McKenzie, Barclays, BET, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, BP, Cisco, EDF Energy, EY, Facebook, JP Morgan, KPMG, Mediacom, Microsoft, National Grid, Pearsons, Rolls Royce, RBS, Thomson Reuters, UBS, Virgin Money, and the Evening Standard and the Telegraph as media sponsors.


"Melanie’s ability to engage the audience with insightful questions and keeping the conversation interesting and humorous at the same time ensured the evening was a huge success. We hope to work with her again"

Dartmouth Films

"Many thanks for delivering such a worthwhile and tailored course – it was great to see how valuable the attendees found the workshops over the course of the programme and having a more intimate group really allowed for personal development."

Creative England

"Melanie represents an unapologetic voice for inclusion and diversity across all industries. As a panellist at BNY Mellon’s Diversity Matters event, Melanie was a powerful and compelling speaker and played a pivotal role in inspiring our attendees to engage in open and honest discussions, and take the inspiring thoughts of the panel, to their firms. "

Charlene Brown

"Melanie is a powerful and dynamic speaker with the natural ability to bring a fresh perspective to each conversation and to make everyone feel like a part of the conversation. Whether on a panel, or as a keynote speaker, Melanie Eusebe is a true professional and a pleasure to work with."

Naivasha Mwanji
Elevation Networks

"Melanie is passionate, empathic and insightful leader who always leaves everyone feeling empowered and ready to take the next step."

Sonia Meggie

"Melanie was absolutely amazing last night and we’re so grateful she stayed for the whole thing considering she has totally lost her voice!"

Alice Prescott

"Melanie's energy and high drive had me magnetized straight away. She has a presence that brings along confidence, strength and the passion that runs inside of her is seen from afar. She delivered a wonderful talk, which inspired many and I hope to have a chance to work with her again soon."

Yana Binaev
Creative Director

"I am really grateful that you took the time to give me some constructive feedback on my Linked In profile, as well as, some tough love around self promotion and owning my accomplishments.  I know this is an area I need to work on getting  more comfortable with and I'm looking for someone to help me with this as I speak.  It meant a lot that you cared enough to help a sister up her game."

Anne Marie

"To have some of the other speakers and retail leaders come up to me and tell me their key takeaways from the conference came from your session really says it all. I could not have asked for more from your session."

Retail Week

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