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.”