Dr. Miranda Brawn: Diversity Leader & Financial Executive
Portrait of Professor Miranda Brawn

Dr Miranda Brawn

Non-Executive Director for global boards, Founder and President of The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation

Professor Miranda Brawn holds numerous awards, titles and honorary degrees including Dr Esq MBA PgDip MCSI FRSA while being named the “Woman of the Year” in the 2019’s Women in Finance Awards for her ‘extraordinary and sustained achievement…within Finance‘ and ‘voice for change’. She is also ranked as one of the leading global diversity, inclusion and sustainability champions for over twenty years with a focus on ESG+H(ealth).

Her extensive expertise and experience spans across multiple fields within the private, public and third sectors. She serves on a number of global boards as a highly sought after non-executive director, advisory board member, ambassador and consultant advisor including in healthcare, finance, technology and charity: UK’s largest NHS Foundation Trust (Guys and St Thomas), FTSE 100’s Schroder and Cazenove Capital’s Impact Investing Fund, X0PA AI, as well as, the Tessa Jowell (Brain Cancer) Foundation to name but a few.

As a pre-eminent thinker, Professor Brawn is recognised for her innovative ideas often being called a ‘breath of fresh air’ which influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is highly respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas with her positive and inspiring energy.

Until recently, she was also a senior visiting fellow at Oxford University where she is deeply engaged in researching, lecturing and mentoring on ‘The Brawn Review,’ an independent report on boardroom sustainability, inclusion, and corporate governance while completing her first published book. She is also a Professor (Hon) of Business and Law at London’s University of Roehampton.

Previous roles as a British financial executive, investment banker, hedge fund derivatives sales trader and senior lawyer have spanned across three decades at top global financial firms like Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan etc were where she developed relationships with funds and ultra-high net worth individuals — across UK, EMEAA, US, LATAM and APAC regions. She has negotiated and advised clients on thousands of transactions across a range of investment activities in a wide variety of asset classes representing over $1 trillion of deal value while working in global offices.

Professor Brawn’s background also includes being an international public speaker on a range of topics including motivational, career success and diversity across over 35 countries at various conferences, global organisations, universities and schools. As a philanthropist, she is well known for founding The Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation, a registered UK Charity, which made history in 2016 by launching the UK’s first diversity lecture and tailored scholarships of its kind aimed at diverse students and the UK’s first Black Women on Boards initiative in 2020. This has helped thousands of next generation leaders to succeed in their education and future careers through over 400+ scholarships, funding, mentoring, work experience and new podcast called ‘D.A.R.E.’ while giving them the confidence to become diversity leaders themselves. In 2016, she received an award from the Prime Minister and in person commendation from King Charles III when he was HRH The Prince of Wales. Her previous collaborations with The Prince’s Trust further exemplifies her dedication to nurturing future leaders.

Her inspiring leadership has earned top recognition from Financial Times, Forbes, Yahoo Finance, and Financial News, naming her one of the 100 most influential business executives globally and women in European finance which started as a teenager when she was one of the first women of colour on the City of London’s trading floor. She is also a media expert contributor for various global media platforms including primetime’s BBC Breakfast, BET and Bloomberg Media’s ‘New Voices’ from 2021 for their television and radio platforms with an audience of approximately 310 million households worldwide.