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Hephzi Pemberton

CEO at Equality Group

About

Bio: Hephzi is a business founder and angel investor, who believes in the power of good business to transform society. After completing an undergraduate degree at Oxford University, Hephzi began her career in Investment Banking at Lehman Brothers. In 2009, she co-founded Kea Consultants, a financial headhunting firm that specialises in investment and high-growth organisations, which she quickly grew into a profitable and sustainable business. Hephzi helped multiple investment firms, including KKR, Blackstone, Och Ziff and Elliott hire and retain high performing investment professionals. At the end of 2015, Hephzi exited Kea Consultants to pursue her next ventures.

In 2016, Hephzi founded Kiteka to enable female entrepreneurs in Uganda and beyond to access digital opportunities through mobile technology. The vision for Kiteka is to create an all-female, all-mobile network across Africa that is connected to the digital economy and enabled through mobile technology.

In 2018, Hephzi founded Equality Group to harness the power of diverse leaders across the Finance, Technology and Social Impact sectors. The consultancy service helps companies attract, retain and develop diverse talent, which the Executive Search service headhunts. Equality change the business landscape by widening the range of exceptional candidates and offering them unique leadership opportunities.

Hephzi has been angel investing since 2010 and has invested in technology start-ups across AI, Logistics, Health and Beauty, E-Commerce and Education. She has also advised a number of businesses on their hiring practices, board composition, compensation structure, strategic and fundraising plans.

She says: "So many of the LGBTQ+ community face barriers, conscious and unconscious, in their professional career and development and it is not acceptable. Individuals and businesses alike need to come together to devise a sustainable way to tackle unconscious sexuality bias to ensure that new and present members of the workforce are not subjected to this treatment at work. As part of the framework of our very basic human rights, the ability to express ourselves honestly is of critical importance. The UK is a leading first world economy - we, therefore, are charged with a global responsibility to define the status-quo of diversity, quashing the presence of the workplace injustice."
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