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Afua Hagan

TV & Radio Presenter, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker; Event Host, Moderator & Royal Commentator

TV & Radio Presenter, Diversity & Inclusion Speaker; Event Host, Moderator & Royal Commentator

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Afua Hagan Biography

Opinionated, charismatic and provocative – Afua Hagan is one of the leading voices on diversity in Britain.

A TV News Anchor, Commentator, Journalist and award-winning Broadcaster, Hagan is in high demand, regularly appearing on ITV’s This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Jeremy Vine on Channel 5, the BBC, Sky and CNN. She is a Presenter for TalkTV, appearing on The Talk and hosting The Royal Tea, part of her work as a distinguished Commentator on the British Royal Family, featuring on UK and international outlets.

Hagan also appears on STV, Yanga! TV, LBC, Times Radio and talkRADIO and has been honored for her work in Broadcasting by the Black Women in Business Awards. Hagan is an excellent Diversity and Inclusion Keynote Speaker and Moderator. In 2024 she delivered a hugely successful TEDx Talk on Diversity and Inclusion, titled “Too Dark for Daytime TV”.

A passionate and experienced journalist, Hagan hosted the TV show “Sustainable Energy” for CNBC, wrote a column for The Voice Newspaper and was Editor-in-Chief for Glam Africa Magazine.

She moved to London from Glasgow aged 17 to study journalism at City University. After specializing in broadcast and music, Hagan found herself working at T4 and PopWorld before moving on to the dizzy heights of 60 Minute Makeover on ITV. She grew bored of decorating strangers’ homes in an hour or under and made the leap to music publishing where she worked for Blue Mountain Music under the watchful and legendary eye of Chris Blackwell.

Following her passion as a writer, Hagan landed a job at Blackhair as Editorial Assistant, rising to be Editor after only a year. She became the Features Editor for Pride magazine and a Producer and Anchor for Arise News. After switching to ABN TV, she produced and presented the popular show Young & Rising and launched Entertainment Weekly. Hagan is a great supporter of the UK and international music scene, especially in the world of Afrobeats and was the host of The A-List on The Beat 103.6FM.

Hagan is a brilliant keynote speaker covering issues such as Diversity, Black Lives Matter and Equality for Women and continues to work as an Event Host and Moderator. Clients have included Retail Week, the NHS, Cambridgeshire Police, Compare the Market and Inmarsat.

Hagan lives and works in London. In her spare time she likes to make up dance routines with her daughter, have manicures and read crime novels.

Afua Hagan Speaking Topics

  • My Personal Journey

    In this talk I will let you into my personal journey as a broadcaster and journalist and the impact the events of 2020 had on my career. On a really personal level it was tough, being a Black woman living in a world that seemed to hate Black people. What happened afterwards, was also tough.   It was great to be offered platforms to speak about what happened and what I felt should happen next in terms of talking issues of diversity and inclusion in the UK. But I often felt like a token. And I often wondered to myself, am I on this channel because I am a Black, dark-skinned female journalist who can talk about race and ticks a box or am I on this channel simply because I am a good journalist? 

    I still have those questions today. Lots of companies came out to support the idea of Diversity and Inclusion in those days and weeks after the death of George Floyd. They rightly recognized the need for change. But it’s much more than – let’s hire more Black folks! It’s not just inviting Black people to have a seat at the table, but asking them to be part of the decision-making team on who’s at the table in the first place. That’s real inclusivity. 

    You might have a lovely working culture and a great office environment but are you truly inclusive? Do you have Black people in the upper echelons of the organization making decisions?

  • On Race, Ethnicity & Culture

    We sometimes use the words culture, ethnicity and race interchangeably, and whilst there is some overlap between the terms, it’s important to know the differences between them, and to use them correctly.  When you distinguish what separates race from culture and ethnicity, it becomes apparent that racism, apart from being hurtful, just doesn’t make sense. Both race and ethnicity, it's argued, are socially defined. Neither is biologically valid.

    But even more than that, when we examine the genetics of different racial groups, there’s more genetic difference within any one racial group compared to the average between them, and yet amongst all of us, we are so remarkably similar (99.9% alike in fact). Yes, there may be some value in grouping people into racial groups, but at the end of the day, we have much more in common with each other than we don’t.

  • Inclusivity in the Workplace

    The modern workplace considers workplace diversity a crucial element of success and happiness in the office and are advocates for social improvements. Building a diverse workforce can be a challenge for some businesses, but there are solutions to create a sense of harmony and unity among different people and teams.

    Organizations should aim for inherent and acquired diversity. Inherent diversity is biological traits such as race, gender, and sexual orientation, while acquired diversity is things you gain from experience like religion, cultural experiences, and situations that make an impact on your thought-process.

    The benefits of workplace diversity greatly outweigh the barriers you may have to cross to get there. There are many benefits to workplace diversity, and many studies that prove the positive impact that diversity will have on your office.

  • On Effective Communication to Bring about Real Change

    The journey towards communicating better starts with us honestly regarding ourselves. It’s easy to think that all the problems of the world, when it comes to bias are external but we can and must seek out the propensity of injustice that lurks inside us and work towards eradicating it. This is not about beating ourselves up over things we may have said or thought and then becoming stuck in a virtuous cycle of guilt. It’s about admitting that we have to make changes. We have to consider how our own prejudices prevent us from acting justly and fairly. We cannot address biases until we admit we have them ourselves.

  • On Social Mobility

    Social mobility is a concept that holds immense importance in today's society. In this talk I will talk about how social mobility promotes a fair and just society, where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed and improve their quality of life. It encourages individuals to work hard, acquire skills, and pursue education, as these factors play a crucial role in determining one's social mobility.

    In a society that values social mobility, individuals are motivated to strive for success and make positive changes in their lives. They are encouraged to dream big and believe in their potential, knowing that their efforts will be rewarded. The belief in upward social mobility instills a sense of hope and optimism among people, creating a society where everyone has a chance to achieve their goals and aspirations.

    Moreover, social mobility promotes diversity and equal representation in various sectors of society. When individuals from different backgrounds have the opportunity to move up the social ladder, it leads to a more inclusive society. Different perspectives and experiences contribute to innovation, creativity, and overall societal progress. Social mobility ensures that talent and potential are not limited by one's socioeconomic status or background but are recognized and nurtured.

    Furthermore, social mobility has a positive impact on the economy of a country. When individuals have access to opportunities for upward mobility, they are more likely to earn higher incomes and contribute to economic growth. Increased social mobility leads to a more productive workforce, as people are motivated to acquire skills and education that align with the demands of the labor market. This, in turn, fosters economic development and reduces income inequality.

Afua Hagan Videos

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Afua Hagan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as My Personal Journey, On Race, Ethnicity & Culture, Inclusivity in the Workplace, On Effective Communication to Bring about Real Change and On Social Mobility. The estimated speaking fee range to book Afua Hagan for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Afua Hagan generally travels from LondonUK and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nischelle Turner, Michelle Li, Wendy Osefo, PhD, Alex Wagner and Charlamagne Tha God. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Afua Hagan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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