international confex 2023

Raphael Sofoluke

Raphael Sofoluke

Founder & CEO, UK Black Business Show Limited

Raphael Sofoluke is an entrepreneur and the founder of the UK Black Business Show and the UK Black Business Week, the first dedicated week in the UK for Black entrepreneurs, professionals and allies of the Black community. He is also the founder of Black Tech Achievement Awards, which was set-up to celebrate and acknowledge Black role models and innovators within the tech sector and help illuminate the pathways to greater Black representation within the industry. Raphael is also an international speaker and was highlighted in 2020 as one of Forbes “25 Leading Black British Business people to follow”.

Additionally, Raphael is the Co-Author of Twice as Hard book alongside his wife, Opeyemi Sofoluke. Twice as Hard shares valuable lessons from 40 Black trailblazers from across the UK and US and addresses the real challenges faced by Black people navigating predominantly white spaces while providing tried and tested recommendations on how to navigate these environments to create personal and professional success. The book includes interviews with Mathew Knowles (Father and former Manager of Beyoncé & Solange Knowles), Trevor Nelson MBE, Bianca Miller, Pamela Hutchinson, Munya Chawawa and many more.