Ama Ocansey is UK Head of Diversity & Inclusion for BNP Paribas, a leading bank in Europe with a presence in 71 countries. Ama is responsible for the bank’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy across 10 business lines in the UK, employing over 9,000 people. Ama is also a qualified Solicitor of England & Wales and began her career at the international law firm Linklaters LLP, where she practised in their London and Tokyo offices. Ama then joined BNP Paribas and went on to become a senior capital markets lawyer for their Corporate and Institutional Banking business, focusing and developing its emerging markets business across EMEA. Ama was Brummells’s Top 30 Inspirational Women in 2017. Outside of work, Ama has an interest in studying and developing access to finance for individuals and entrepreneurs in developing economies, and is a NED for the Financial Inclusion Forum and BNP Prime Brokerage International Limited. She also mentors junior City lawyers and students.

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