David Olusoga is a pioneering historian, who has committed his career to bring racial issues to prominence and improving awareness of Black history. From award-winning books to critically acclaimed television series, David’s truthful and insightful analysis of such issues as slavery, imperialism and the continued plight of ethnic minority communities has seen him named in the 100 Most Influential Black Britons on numerous occasions. Drawing on his personal experiences of racism, and his historical education, as a speaker, David empowers audience with the knowledge to bring about progressive change with regards to diversity and inclusion.
Best known for his role as a presenter, David has fronted the likes of A House Through Time, The World’s War and The Unwanted: The Secret Windrush Files. His series titled Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners was equally harrowing and educational for viewers, which saw him awarded the Specialist Factual BAFTA in 2016. Additionally, David’s publications have also received global acclaim, most famously he authored Black and British: A Forgotten History, which explored the past of Black British people, and was awarded PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize. The book remains a sought-after academic guide.
Moving to the UK as a young boy, David had spent his early years in Jamaica, where his father was from, before immigrating to Newcastle. However, the move was a turbulent one, with David being marginalised for his race in a predominantly white community and experiencing home attacks from the National Front. With racism rife in the early 80s, David’s family required police protection. Such experiences of division and discrimination drive David’s speaking engagements, as he discusses the importance of inclusion and acceptance of diversity in wellbeing. His personal anecdotes are deeply thought-provoking for audiences and support his teaching on the need for greater racial equality.
Currently, David is a Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester and he was awarded an OBE in 2019 for his services to history and community integration. A popular speaker, David is booked for his ability to transform the diversity policies and inclusion culture of corporate clients armed with his first-hand experience.
“I just thought I would extend my thanks to David for giving us his time and energy yesterday, speaking at the IWFM Conference 2021. The event was a huge success and the feedback from delegates and sponsors has been exceptional! Everyone is commenting on the speaker line up and the quality of the content….Golden Nuggets has been mentioned a few times. In particular, having David close the event was a very important role and even though we ran over, everyone was still incredibly engaged and clearly wanted the conversation to go on longer! So once again, thank you to David for helping us make the 2021 event such a memorable success!”
“David was great, very inspirational and the staff was really buzzing. The keynote sparked great conversations and hopefully we can continue those in the months to come.”
“David was amazing. Everyone loved the session, people felt it was relevant, insightful, current with the world around us today and gave us food for thought. Please pass along our gratitude to David.”
“AMAZING! We were absolutely blown away, I’ve had amazing feedback already!… Just some of the feedback I have had: ‘An educational, interesting and thought-provoking start to Black History Month… it’s made me want to educate myself and find out more’, ‘it was really impactful, I’ve seen David Olusoga on a few programmes and he was just as engaging today, it felt special to have someone with recent facts and so much experience of study in this area to explain it all so eloquently’ and ‘one of the greatest speakers we have had in!’… some immediate snippets!”
“I wanted to follow up with you following David’s talk yesterday, the event was very successful and David was an absolutely brilliant speaker. Myself and Oli would like to thank you for your support in getting him booked in for our event and please extend our thanks to David also.”
“David is such a wonderful speaker and of course very professional (which made all of the practical/tech stuff very easy!). We had great engagement as well with over 100 people on the live stream and about 50 more joining to watch on the big screen in our office. Please do pass on our sincere thanks to David for giving up his time for such a compelling, insightful talk”
“Thank you, David, it was a privilege to have you and hear your personal story. It was our most anticipated and well-attended event as part of our Black History Month initiative at UBS and for good reason! We have received some great feedback from viewers, many citing it as one of the most insightful and impactful sessions they have watched at UBS. So many left the session having learnt something new about Black British history and gained an understanding of the depth of ideas behind racism in society. We’d love to have you back again!”
“Please pass on my thanks to David and our team for setting up today’s session. Having these opportunities to listen and discuss such important subjects and ones outside of our ‘core’ business is truly valuable and enriches us as a group”
“Yes, all went really well. David was brilliant, and we had a very engaged session and lots of positive feedback and thoughts for the future. I’m sure we’d love to perhaps follow up with him again in the future. Please pass on our thanks”
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