Host & Judges
Noky Simbani (Miss Universe GB)
Noky graduated from the University of Birmingham with a master’s degree in chemical
engineering. The breadth of knowledge and skills that she gained from studying a STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) degree has widened her career
options significantly and she is now a commercial banker, leading enterprise growth across
Noky said: “With only eight FTSE100 companies headed by women, being a woman in a
man’s world can be hugely challenging. I strive to transform this statistic, not only by
empowering myself, but by empowering other women.”
Outside of her regular work, Noky speaks in panel events alongside senior leaders, raising
awareness for the impact of unconscious bias and how it can be combated through
inclusive cultures. She also volunteers as a careers ambassador, supporting young people
across Great Britain to develop the skills they need to succeed in their future careers.
Additionally, Noky chairs a council of graduates who organise events and campaigns to
support the smooth transition of students into graduate life. Travel has been an important
source of empowerment for her and in 2019, she took a two-month solo trip across Asia
Noky encourages all women to push themselves, seek adventure and be empowered in
the workplace – and will be proudly taking this message to Miss Universe 2022!
Christina Okorocha is a co-founder and director of entertainment of VAMP, A digital talent and entertainment PR agency. VAMP works with some of the biggest entertainment and film and TV companies such as Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal Music and Channel 4 to support in maximising reach by authentically diversifying content and approach. VAMP also manage and work with top black UK content creators.
Christina is also the founder of the Twice As Good Network, A Network for ambitious black professional, creative and entrepreneurial women which is supported by AllBright. She is passionate about career development and access especially for black women and young people from underprivileged backgrounds who may not think a particular career is in their reach.