Hakeem S. Allen
Hakeem is a business designer, creative strategist, ethnographic researcher, and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Access (IDEA) architect. He is also the Founder & Executive Director of The Anti-Racist Social Club (ARSC), an anti-racism education and activism charity that creates spaces and resources for education and open dialogue with White people and non-Black POC about becoming anti-racist.
Hakeem started his career at Deloitte Consulting, developing corporate strategies for some of the largest organisations in the world, including Coca-Cola & Deutsche Bank, as well as advising on mergers & acquisitions. He has also worked in PR, advertising, and brand consulting, where he’s led the rebrand of both B2B and B2C clients, managed content strategies, and developed creative campaigns within new and existing markets.
Hakeem uses his strategy and research background in the corporate space to bridge the gap between IDEA and business. As Executive Director of ARSC, Hakeem leads interactive and engaging corporate workshops geared towards building anti-racist organisations, equipping senior leadership with IDEA best practices, improving recruitment and retention, developing long-term strategies, and reshaping corporate culture to be more inclusive of groups that have been marginalised. He is also a trained mediator and uses this skill set to advise on disputes and develop resolutions within organisations.
For nearly a decade, Hakeem has created strategies, facilitated client and team workshops, and developed strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders. He has consistently been recognised for his innovative thinking, creative research methods, ability to execute and deliver impact, collaborative leadership style, and ability to adapt to new environments. Outside of work, Hakeem is an avid tennis player, creative writer, and stand-up comedian. He is also a dual-citizen and can work throughout Europe and the USA.