Dr Miranda Brawn
Diversity expert, investment banker and lawyer Dr Miranda Brawn has worked for some of the world’s biggest companies and strives to use her success to bring about positive social change. An inspirational keynote and motivational speaker, she brims with confidence and passion as she articulates the importance of education and diversity to Britain and its economic growth.
A trusted diversity expert, investment banker and lawyer, Dr Miranda Brawn drives companies to achieve strong financial performance and public engagement, built upon her extensive experience working for some of the world’s biggest companies.
She is passionate about academia and diversity – specifically, ‘ALL types of diversity’ – and has made it her mission to demonstrate why this matters to Britain and its economic growth.
Her warm, upbeat personality is belied by a steely core that captures an audience’s attention. As an international keynote and motivational speaker (LAMDA trained), she has spoken and moderated at numerous industry events on a host of topics, such as business, finance, law, education, diversity, FinTech and RegTech innovation.
Her background in investment banking and work as a barrister, has meant Miranda has spent her career at some of the most prestigious global financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs International. Miranda’s primary role is to manage the company’s legal risk across Europe for the derivatives, regulatory and securities financing business for an investment bank.
She now uses her success, experience and knowledge to encourage positive social change and help others to achieve their dreams—an ambition that inspired the launch of an initiative in 2015 to help to close the racial diversity gap in the Corporate sector.
In 2016, she founded The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarship. This aims to provide young people in full time education from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds with incentives and opportunities to become future leaders. She has won a ‘Points of Light’ award from Theresa May for this ground-breaking scholarship, specifically for making history by launching the first diversity lecture aimed at schoolchildren.
Miranda is certainly a believer in doing your homework, positioning education and preparation as key to achieving her own success. Her portfolio career is testament to this determined penchant for learning. She was appointed the first Patron of the Black British Academics, and formerly the Vice Chair of the Black Cultural Archives. She now sits on the board of Breast Cancer Care, Vercida Diversity Jobs and Westminster Business School MBA programme. Miranda is also a writer, a brand ambassador, television and radio presenter, and has been quoted in the likes of the Financial Times and Guardian.
A force to be reckoned with, it is not surprising that she was voted by Brummel as one of the Top 30 most inspirational women in the City (Diversity Champions). She is featured in the CityAM Top 20 Women in the City Powerlist (Business and Finance), and the Top 100 Women in European Finance (Financial News). She is also featured in BE Mogul as one of the most influential and successful black business people in Britain.
In 2016, she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) in recognition of her outstanding contribution to community work and diversity in Britain and she has been coined at the ‘go-to’ person on race and diversity by the City of London press.
Miranda received an honorary Doctor of Letters in 2017 for services to Financial Services, Law and Diversity across the Globe.
Able to speak about why diversity matters, how to create positive change in society, finance, law and raising your profile amongst other important topics, Miranda is a powerful and influential keynote speaker.
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