Uzo Iwobi OBE


Uzo Iwobi is a Nigerian born Lawyer, who has made significant contributions for Welsh BAME communities.

Establishing the very first African Community Centre in the country and founding Race Council Cymru, an umbrella body challenging racial inequalities in Wales, Uzo was awarded an OBE for her contributions to community race relations and South Wales Communities.

She has had many positions of leadership on race, including serving as a Commissioner for Racial Equality UK. She worked as a strategic adviser to Police National Diversity Team, Home Office and the Police Authority (APA) and has been a board member for British Red Cross, United World Atlantic College and other charities such as BAWSO.

More recently, Uzo has been appointed International Chair of Diversity at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and a coordinator for the Royal Commonwealth Society of Wales.

Uzo has received awards from the First Minister, Women’s National Commission, Swansea Bay’s Woman of the Year (2006), Lifetime Achievement Award from The National Association of Nigerian Communities (NANC –UK); recognition of outstanding achievement in community work in Wales has recognised as the Swansea Bay Woman of the Year (Community Achievement) Award 2006; is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity St David (UWTSD). Uzo was named on the 100 list of Black, Brilliant and Welsh Africans by Wales Online and a Commissioner to the Centenary Commission.

Uzo is currently serving as the first black African woman to be appointed a Specialist Policy Adviser on Equalities to Welsh Government.

Category: Politics & Social Reform / Education
Location: Swansea