For diversifying the legal profession and inspiring the next generation, Olufunke Abimbola-Akindolie has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
Olufunke is a senior lawyer and leader for the world’s largest biotech. She is presently the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry and one of the most senior globally.
A multi award winning solicitor and diversity campaigner, she has received national and European recognition for her legal and diversity work.
In 2015, she won the Gender Role Model award (National Diversity Awards), Career Woman of the Year award (Women4Africa), Outstanding Woman in Professional Services award (Precious Awards) and Inspiring Member of the Year award (Inclusive Networks Awards).
She was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Diva and International Diva of Colour awards held in London.
Olufunke speaks regularly at conferences in the UK and abroad. She speaks to school students, offering free, inspiring talks to state school students and to University students as a Professional Ambassador of Aspiring Solicitors.
As a Senior Advisory Board Member of Aspiring Solicitors, she has committed to developing and supporting the next generation of BAME female lawyers by providing tailored mentoring, coaching and other assistance.
She is a regular media commentator, a keen fundraiser for various charities and has twice served as school governor and as a board director. She was recently admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, recognizing the positive impact and outstanding contributions that she has made to British society as a whole.
For years Olufunke Abimbola-Akindolie has worked to help diversify the legal profession. She regularly goes into schools & universities to help inspire the next generation.
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 7, 2017