Folakemi Fapohunda

Folakemi Fapohunda is an employee, mum, wife and mentor, striving to live an impactful and purposeful life to inspire inclusion and compassionate leadership inside and outside the workplace.

Folakemi started her career in 2008 as a Software Engineer and has built her career with 12 years experience from Investment banking, Technology and public sectors leading a number of global high profile critical transformation, business driven projects and regulatory initiatives across Equities, Credit Risk, Reference Data and Cash & Securities, Payments and infrastructure in the UK. She is a Product Delivery Lead at Deutsche Bank AG London aligned to Client Connectivity and Digital Channels.

As an individual who is keen to provide safe spaces for professional women to thrive, feel supported and empowered, she founded Peacockscanfly in 2017 a not-for-profit network for senior professional women in London where she organises an annual dinner and workshops which has brought together more than 200 women in the last 3 years with great feedback on the impact of the connections, inspiring stories and shared tips. She is the author of a non-fiction book called Not just a Mum published in 2018 and a regular contributor to the Cityparents UK blog.

She is a STEMette mentor, a scheme aimed at inspiring more young women to explore STEM careers where she has shared her knowledge, skills and experiences with young girls aged 15-19. She is a Maternity Buddy at work where she provides supports and guidance for maternity returners. In 2020, she was the brain behind a well-received UKI anti-racism campaign in her workplace which was showcased to about 20,000 employees at the year end townhall. Folakemi has volunteered with Inspiring the Futures to speak to students at primary schools in Kent about their career aspirations and options. She believes strongly in diversity and inclusion particularly linked to the lack of female role models in male dominated environments and black representation in senior ranks within Financial Services and Technology and is always seeking to support results-oriented Diversity and Inclusion agendas.

As someone who is passionate about education, she graduated with a BSc in Computer Science (2.1) and MSc in Information Systems (Distinction) from University of Sheffield and has several professional qualifications under her belt.

Folakemi lives in Bexley borough of London with her husband and two sons aged 8 and 5. She enjoys cooking for her family, planning themed parties and days out with her kids.