Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri

Emma Dabiri is an Irish-Nigerian author, academic, broadcaster and inspirational speaker, focussing predominately on race and why hair in the Black British population has become one of the most misunderstood, debated and celebrated aspects of the black experience.

Growing up in Dublin, Ireland, Emma admitted she was the only black person in her sphere of vision and experienced everyday racism growing up, something she aimed to change in her academic, professional and personal life.

Through her influential work, Emma aims to educate and enlighten audiences with her accounts of global racism, and by combining her experience with historical events, she supplies valuable context on discriminations still ride around the world. She is a social historian and academic and has contributed to a number of books and articles. Such a nationwide reputation makes her a powerful speaker or event host and allows her audiences to relate to her on a personal level.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book bestselling author, academic and broadcaster Emma Dabiri for your next event.

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The talk was really good, illuminating and the audience seemed really engaged.
Festival of Home 2021, Museum of Home 

The session went very well – naturally Emma’s insight and expertise was thought provoking, highly informative and led to invaluable discussions between herself and the lead interviewer. Her comprehensive description of the genesis of race codification was eye-opening.
Mail Metro Media, 2021, Q& on Race Relationships, Allyship, Coalition and Everyday Actions

The launch went very well, Emma was really great.
Launch of Arthur Cox Internal Network on Race and Ethnicity, 2021

We wanted to express out appreciation for having Emma on our Multicultural Leadership Programme this morning. It went phenomenally and having Emma as our guest speaker made it that much more impactful and inspiring to listen to her stories which resonated with our audience and even ourselves. We’ve had such positive feedback from everyone taking part.
Accelerate Multicultural Leadership Programme, 2021

Emma is such a charismatic and thoughtful speaker and we were definitely inspired by her journey and experience. The discussion flowed naturally among our panellists and the stories they shared with us were truly motivational. We’ve had an amazing response from everyone who attended. I could listen to her talk all day!
Guardian Black Women in Power Online Panel 2021

It went so well, so much engagement and positive feedback, Emma was an absolute star.
Nando’s Grocery 2020

Emma was wonderful! It was a great conversation and a lovely dynamic between her, the host and the other guests.
BT Pass The Mic – Diversity & Inclusion Employee Initiative 2021

We were privileged to hear Emma as she joined us on a panel to mark Black History month. The feedback we got back from our colleagues was hugely positive. Emma was extremely articulate and knowledgeable. She shared her own experiences which made her contribution very personal.
Lisa, PPB

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