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T e Under 40s


Nicholas ‘Pikki’ Fearon Film producer, 38


Aff ectionately known as ‘Pikki’, Nicholas Fearon was one of the most talented, semi-pro Muay T ai kickboxers that the UK had ever seen before he lost the use of his legs aſt er a horrifi c motorcycle accident in 2002. Aſt er defying medical odds Pikki was determined to follow his dreams of becoming a fi lmmaker so that he could inspire young people with the “where there is life, there is hope” philosophy. Pikki wrote and produced his fi rst fi lm, Rollin’ With the Nines, which starred Robbie Gee and Vas Blackwood and which won Best UK Feature at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival in 2005. Following from its success, Pikki’s second fi lm in 2009, Dead Man Running, featured 50 Cent and Danny Dyer; footballers Ashley Cole and Rio Ferdinand were among the movie’s executive producers. Currently working on his third production with actor and musician Ky-Mani Marley, the inspiring Rastafarian is now one of the faces of the spinal charity Aspire and is seen as a beacon of light for various other disability charities, including the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Trust. T e brainchild behind the Little Venice Gym located in London’s Maida Vale area, where he advised on equipment and facilities for disabled people, Pikki continuously celebrates life by fl ying the fl ag for wheelchair-bound people.


Uzo Oleh Photographer, 33


Fashion, beauty, reportage and portrait photographer Uzo Oleh, who ironically never shows his own face in photographs, is one of the most exciting talents to emerge in this fi eld in recent years. Uzo’s work is the result of perfectly balancing emotive minimalism. From clean, classic beauty to cinematic reportage he brings a fi ne art attitude to all of his projects. Dividing his time between Sydney, New York and his studio in east London, Uzo’s signature style has a universal appeal that is refl ected in his diverse clients – Nike, PepsiCo, Kenzo, Mark Fast, Atlantic Records and Sony Music – that have commissioned his work to date. Uzo has photographed renowned personalities from the worlds of entertainment and sport, such as singers Lady Gaga, Kelly Rowland and Ed Sheeran, boxer David Haye and actor Idris Elba. His personal projects have been exhibited internationally and, with a growing list of editorial clients, his images have been published in i-D and commissioned by Vogue.


Edwin Broni-Mensah Philanthropist and founder of GiveMeTap, 27


Edwin, who was voted into the number one spot of our sister publication Future Leaders magazine in 2010, was also named Most Outstanding Student Social Entrepreneur by the Higher Education Funding Council and UnLtd last year. He is the founder of GiveMeTap, a social enterprise committed to making clean drinking water accessible to everyone on the planet. Edwin launched his business in 2009 while doing his maths PhD. Billions of plastic bottles of water are consumed and discarded yearly, but 1bn people worldwide lack access to clean water. To address this Edwin has created a network of cafes and shops where people can get free tap-water refi lls if they have an GiveMeTap bottle. T e idea is to reduce the number of plastic bottles that end up in landfi ll sites, while making a profi t from the sale of the GiveMeTap bottles, 70% of which goes to fund sustainable water, sanitation and irrigation projects in Africa. Edwin’s company was named in the “Top 67 Most Innovative Companies in the World” by Trendwatching.


Vanessa Kingori


Publisher, British GQ Style and associate publisher (fashion) British GQ, 32


Vanessa holds dual roles at magazine powerhouse Conde Nast UK. She is the associate publisher (fashion) of men’s fashion bible GQ, and publisher of its biannual sibling GQ Style – the most successful publication in its sector – which essentially means she is in charge of driving the commercial side of the business. In what are universally acknowledged as being tough times for the publishing industry as a whole, Vanessa has led GQ Style to some of its best results. She is the youngest person to achieve the title of publisher at the company, and also the fi rst black person in the role in Conde Nast UK’s 95-year history. Before joining Conde Nast she was acting group head of magazines at the London Evening Standard. Outside of the magazine world, Vanessa supports the TG Foundation, a charitable group caring for victims of sexual violence in Congo. She also sits on the advisory committee for Design Africa – a body focused on the promotion of strong design talent related to Africa.


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