Foluke Akinlose MBE is founder of PRECIOUS, the leading online network and resource for women of colour www.preciousonline.co.uk Foluke is a trained journalist and editor with a strong background in digital and traditional media.
Her career has taken in stints as Internet Europe Editor at Moreover.com; a Reuters backed technology start-up which provided business intelligence and news aggregation products for enterprises and consumers. She also served as editor of ATE Online, the world's leading provider of business information and services to the international gaming, coin-operated and electronic amusements and leisure industries.
She launched PRECIOUS magazine in 1999 when working in the New Media Department at ITN. It was the first digital publication aimed at women of colour to launch in the UK. PRECIOUS showcases the achievements of women of colour via the digital publication and a range of networking events throughout the year.
Foluke has a genuine passion for showcasing the achievements of women of colour, which in 2007 led her to launch The Precious Awards (www.preciousawards.com) a unique annual awards event that celebrates women of colour in business and leadership. Endorsed as ‘a wonderful opportunity’ by PM Theresa May, the awards celebrate the achievements of women across a range of industries.
In 2008 Foluke was named in the top 100 in Courvoisier's “The Future 500” a list of the country's top achievers across ten wide-ranging categories. She was honoured with an MBE in the 2010 New Year's Honours List for services to the Creative Industries and in 2012 was awarded a Media Pioneer Award at the Specialist Media Show awards.
In 2012, Foluke launched Precious Girls, a project that aims to stimulate the creation and growth of businesses by inspiring, mentoring and engaging with young girls and encouraging them to learn. enterprise skills from an early age.