Samuel Kasumu

SAMUEL KASUMU

Samuel has extensive experience at board level having first served as trustee for the Union of Brunel Students at the age of 19. He has also been a member of the Brunel University Council, and was part of the group that developed, scrutinized, and passed the £165 million strategic plan for the institution. The plan saw the rationalisation of the various university campuses into one single site, and the selling off of land in order to invest in a more sustainable and streamlined future.

Other board membership includes currently being a trustee of the Ovo Energy Foundation and of Elevation Networks, a charity focused on helping to tackle gender and race inequality within the workplace. He founded the charity at the age of 19, and today the organisation has over 30,000 members, trained over 6000 young people, worked with over 50 corporate organisations, and is currently delivering over £5million of contract value nationally. The organisation has won awards including the best partnership award at the Business in the Community (BITC) Race for Opportunity Awards. Elevation Networks currently has over 100 staff and active volunteers. Samuel is also a trustee for the Peace Alliance, an organisations set up for the promotion of peace across London. The Peace Alliance is based in Tottenham, and worked closely with those affected by the riots of 2011. Up until 2012, Samuel served on the Olympics BME Community Engagement Board. Samuel also chaired the Spirit of London Awards committee in 2012, and has been involved with a number of other board positions.

Business & Enterprise

Samuel has been involved in setting up and growing businesses over the last 10 years. Between 2012 and 2016 he ran a nationwide campaign that supported over 8000 start-up businesses. The campaign grew from a small start-up to being one of only 2 delivery organisations of the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) in London, supporting 1652 people in the first year into self-employment through the NEA.

The campaign was also previously the fourth largest provider of business Start-Up Loans in the UK, working with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills. Samuel’s passion for social mobility meant that 80% of the loan recipients were classified as underrepresented (72% from an ethnic minority background, with close to 40% being female). The provision was delivered on multiple sites primarily in London, Sussex, and the Midlands. Samuel also supported Richard Fuller MP in setting up the £500,000 Bedford Small Business Fund.

Voluntary Sector

The voluntary sector is also an area where Samuel has had a strong involvement, both as a charity founder, an active volunteer, and a business stakeholder. He was previously a shareholder and non-executive director of an organisation that worked with the Red Cross, World Vision, National Deaf Children’s Society, Plan UK, and other leading charities, helping to raise £millions for causes that change the lives of many people in the UK and abroad. He previously spent time as a consultant for the National Youth Agency charity, where he delivered training on youth participation to middle managers during the period of Integrated Youth Support Services under the previous government. The work centred around the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child.

Awards

  • In 2008 Samuel was the youngest person to feature in the Power List of most influential Black people within the UK, and went on to be identified as one of the top 5 future leaders.

  • Selected as one of the top 25 young entrepreneurs in the UK by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation in 2009.

  • Recognised as one of the top 3 role models in the UK by Amway International in the same year.

  • Won the Barclays Business Enterprise Award at the Spirit of London Awards (SOLA) in 2011.

  • Received the Young Star of Enterprise Award at the prestigious UK Growing Business Awards (CBI) following a public vote by fellow entrepreneurs.

  • In 2013 won the Entrepreneur Champion of the Year award at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards for work championing enterprise amongst underrepresented communities. Other nominees for the award that year included entrepreneur James Caan CBE.

  • In 2014 was invited to become a judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, a role he continues to do.

  • Awarded the 2016 Entrepreneur Champion of the Year by the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurship (SFEDI) at the House of Lords


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