Emma Dabiri is a teaching fellow in the Africa Department at the School of Oriental and African Studies and is currently completing her PhD “Unravelling ‘mixed-race’ masculinities” at Goldsmiths University. She has been widely published in the national press, including The Guardian, i-D and Grazia, and is one of the BBC’s Expert Voices. Her work is truly interdisciplinary, drawing on and contributing to African Studies, sociology, history, film, literature, theatre and music. Emma has utilised her own background – which encompasses diverse class and racial intersections – to develop a voice that resonates with a large cross-section of people. She tweets @TheDiasporaDiva
Ariane Labed is a multiple award-nominated actor of both the big screen and stage. Since making her feature debut in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg (2010), winning the best actress prize at Venice Film Festival, she has appeared in such distinctive films as Yorgos Lanthimos’ Alps (2011) and The Lobster (2015), Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight (2013), Lucie Borleteau’s Fidelio: Alice’s Journey (2014), Guy Maddin’s The Forbidden Room (2015) and Philippe Grandrieux’s Malgré La Nuit (2015). She is currently shooting a live-action adaptation of video game Assassin’s Creed directed by Justin Kurzel. A trained dancer, Ariane studied theatre at the University of Provence and is a founding member of Vasistas Theatre Company.
Jenn Nkiru is an exciting and emerging director from London. A visually driven artist, her work focuses on stories of socially marginalised people through the vantage of music, race, gender and subculture. Exploring the now global voguing scene, Jenn’s debut feature En Vogue will follow up her Channel 4 short film of the same title – which was a highlight of both BFI Flare 2015 and the inaugural video strand of Art Toronto contemporary art fair. She is also the creative director of Braidbox, where art meets hair, showcasing braids on babes in all different ethnicities. A Howard University alumni, member of the Directors Guild of Great Britain and OG Peckham Girl, she tweets @NKIRUNKIRU