Britain's most influential black people and black Europeans powerlist 2013

Photo: David Adjaye
The Powerlist 2013 featuring Britain’s most influential black people and a extra list of 30 most influential black people in Europe has been released. Architect David Adjaye is number one this year on the list of Britain's most influential black people.

Britain's prime minister David Cameron writes in the forward: "We should never underestimate the power of role models. When teenagers see high achievers who look like them, who have reached the top in law, business, politics, they're going to think, 'I can do that; I can go far too." And: "I'd like to thank those who made the list, for inspiring the next generation"

Michael Eboda, the founder of The Powerlist, writes in the Guardian: "I'd have been sceptical if someone had told me five years ago, when I first started work on the Powerlist: Britain's Most Influential Black People, that three of our launches would be attended by the prime minister of the day (Gordon Brown twice and David Cameron last Thursday). More so, to be told that it would lead to the setting up of a charity, the trustees of which are some of the country's leading lights in their respective fields."

You can read the digital version of the powerlist 2013 at

The black movers & shakers of 2013

Britain’s most influential black people

1 David Adjaye - Architect
2. Pat McGrath -  Global creative design director, Procter & Gamble
3. Mo Farah - Olympic double gold medallist
4. Ken Olisa -  Chairman, Restoration Partners, non-executive director, Thomson Reuters
5. Damon Buffini -  Philanthropist/private equity magnate
6. Sandie Okoro -  Global general counsel, Barings Asset Management
7 Karen Blackett - Chief executive, MediaCom
8. Chuka Umunna - Shadow business secretary
9. John Sentamu - Archbishop of York
10. Idris Elba - Actor/producer

The list of 30 Europeans of "African and Caribbean heritage who are part of the black movers and shakers shaping a new Europe"

Mercedes Lourdes Frias - Anti-racism campainer/Former MP (Italy)
Steffi Jones - UEFA woman's football Ambassador (Germany)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali - Former Dutch MP and Woman's Muslim right activist (Netherlands)
Krystian Legierski - Elected representative Warsaw City Counsil (Poland)
Nymko Ana Sabuni - Former Minister of Integration and Gender Equality (Sweden)
John Abraham Godson - MP (Poland)
Malamine Kone - CEO and founder, Airness Sport (France)
Laura Flessel-Colovic - Épée fencer (France)
Audrey Pulvar - Black TV anchor and journalist (France)
Yelena Khanga - Journalist and TV host (Russia)
Yvette Jarvis - Special Advisor to Mayor of Athens on Immigration (Greece)
Noemie Lenoir - Model and actress (France)
Lucía Asué Mbomio - TV Presenter (Spain)
Thabo Sefolosha - NBA player (Switzerland)
Omar Sy - Award-winning actor (France)
Dr. Hamadoun Touré - Secretary-General of Int. Telecommunication Union (Switzerland)
Cristiane Taubira - Minister of Justice (France)
Eusébio da Silva Ferreira - Ex-football striker and national sports icon (Portugal)
Christian Loubotin - Footwear designer (France)
Sait Sökmen - Co-founder of Gaye Sökmen Agency/danc Choreographer (Turkey)
Kofi Yamgnane - Advisor in Government, ex-Secretary of State (France)
Jean-Léonard Touadi - MP, Chamber of Deputies Foreign Affairs Committe (Italy)
Marcia Santacruz - Member of the African World Summit executive committee, ex-director of the High Council of Black Communities (Spain)
Hans J Massaquoi - Author and journalist (Germany)
Magdi Cristiano Allam - Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group MP (Italy)
Xavier Kurt Naidoo - Music artist (Germany)
Owen Alik Shahadah - Documentary maker and director (Germany)
Nelson Évora - Long jump and triple jump Olympian (Portugal)
Rougui Dia - Head chef, 144 Petrossian, Paris (France)
Rokhaya Diallo - Vice-President and founder of Les Indivisibles (France)

See also
Black Women In Europe™ Power List 2012


  1. This is so, so powerfully inspirational! It makes me feel very uplifted that so many African/African-descendant Europeans have been able to accomplish so much in only a few generations, and in some cases, one generation. Amazing.

    I was surprised that Afro-Spanish Flamenco singer, Concha Buika, was not included on the list. Born in Spain (island of Mallorca) 40 years ago to Ecuatorial Guinean refugee parents, although Black, she has come to be recognized as the "Queen of Flamenco," even though this artform is considered the cultural domain of Spanish Gypsies.

    Anyway, wonderful list to give our Afro-descended youth; role models who have excelled on the European continent in very diverse fields! And the Afro-British...."they're on fire!" We will undoubtedly see a Black or "mixed-race" British prime minister within a few short years, at the fantastic rate they're achieving!

  2. Thanks for sharing. Outstanding. I imagine that I will be spending the next few days familiarizing myself with these influential Africans throughout Europe (doing lots of Internet keyword searches, etc.). With your permission and full credit, I also look forward to posting this in one or more of my Decision Maker publications based here in the U.S. Keith Orlando Hilton, PhD

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