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As the most senior black lawyer working within the UK pharmaceutical industry, Funke is a highly visible and senior BAME leader and a role model for BAME employees not only within Roche UK but within the UK business community as a whole. Within Roche UK, she mentors BAME colleagues extensively and is also the Diversity Champion for the Roche UK organisation.
Funke supports the Roche UK General Manager in achieving his personal diversity goals, having successfully established a summer placement scheme for students within her legal team (now in its 5th year), and created an annual, 12 month internship for school leavers, she is currently assisting and advising the company on an entry-level initiative to engage millennials, including those from the BAME community and other under-represented groups.
Funke is leading on the D&I content for Roche’s first ever sustainability report called “Roche in the UK” which will become an annual publication highlighting the impact that Roche has made in the UK and is also leading on all internal and external D&I messaging, a core component of which is around contributions made by their BAME employees and BAME talent that they are currently developing.

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