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Joel Blake OBE

Founder, GFA Exchange

Entrepreneur, business leader and public speaker, Joel is sought for his ability to make inclusion actionable to transform business and organisations. He has developed an international reputation for leading inclusive innovation across the banking, professional services, and technology sectors. 

He is the Founder of GFA Exchange, an award-winning portfolio risk technology platform, designed to reduce risk and cost for finance providers who want to be more financially inclusive.   

With over 20 years experience of advising blue-chip corporates and consulting with government-led and business growth bodies, Joel has amassed award-winning expertise in developing inclusive business growth models and technological solutions that balance commercial impact and positive social change. 

He is also the current President of the Commonwealth Chamber of Commerce, and a Non-Executive Director. In 2019, he was chosen as one of the Top 50 Most Influential Black Voices in UK tech and was awarded an OBE for Services to Business Support and Enterprise in 2016.

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