Afua Hagan – Keynote Speaker

TV & Radio Presenter, TalkTV Presenter, also regularly appearing on ITV, BBC, LBC, Times Radio and talkRADIO, TEDx Speaker, Diversity and Inclusion Speaker, Event Host, Moderator, Royal Commentator

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Specialist Subjects

  • On social mobility
  • My personal journey
  • On race, ethnicity and culture
  • Inclusivity in the workplace
  • On effective communication to bring about real change


  • English


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, Afua 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.

Afua Hagan also appears on STV, Yanga! TV, LBC, Times Radio and talkRADIO and has been honoured for her work in Broadcasting by the Black Women in Business Awards. Afua 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, Afua 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 specialising in broadcast and music, Afua 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, Afua 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. Afua 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.

Afua 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.

Afua 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.

Popular Talks by Afua Hagan

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.

In conclusion, social mobility is a powerful concept that encourages individuals to strive for success and make positive changes in their lives. It promotes equality of opportunity, diversity, and economic growth. By valuing social mobility, we can create a society where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential and contribute to a better future.

My personal journey

In this talk Afua will let you into her 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 she felt should happen next in terms of talking issues of diversity and inclusion in the UK. But Afua often felt like a token. And she often wondered to herself, is she on this channel because she is a Black, dark-skinned female journalist who can talk about race and ticks a box or is she on this channel simply because she is a good journalist?

She still has 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 recognised 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 organisation making decisions?

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