Vanessa Kingori MBE
SpecialityPublishing Director, British Vogue
Vanessa Kingori MBE is a multi award-winning, British based, businesswoman, youth advocate, diversity proponent and mother. Vanessa has over 15 years experience in the media industry and she has a special focus on business transformation, digitalisation and change management. In her role as Publishing Director, British Vogue she is responsible for all elements of the brand’s revenue and brand strength. This includes advertising, branded content, partnerships, circulation revenues, events, marketing and editorial alignment. Vanessa’s appointment to this role in 2017 made history. She is British Vogue’s first female business lead in its 105 year history. She is also Conde Nast’s first and only Black Publisher. Vanessa’s role at British Vogue has involved a significant shift in the brand’s purpose and business strategy with an emphasis on diversity of perspective, social responsibility and female empowerment. This has led to multiple business awards and revenue growth. Prior to British Vogue, Vanessa was Publisher of British GQ, also signaling many firsts for the company. Before her decade at Conde Nast she worked at Hearst magazines and the Evening Standard. In her work as youth advocate Vanessa enjoys a long standing role as Visiting Fellow at the University of the Arts London where she supports and mentors students. She also sits on UAL’s Board of Directors as a Governor and Trustee and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in 2018. Her work as diversity proponent includes the judging panel of the Black British Business Awards since 2015. She also judges the Veuve Clicquot Business Women of The Year Award for the last three years and The Mayor of London’s TFL’s advertising competition aimed at challenging a lack of diversity in advertising for two years. Vanessa is a member of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Race Equality Taskforce. Vanessa formed the leadership of the project #SHARETHEMICUK to highlight the accomplishments and contribution of Black women, using the allyship of successful White women in 2020. Vanessa brought women together with a combined audience of 175 million including Bernadine Evaristo, June Sarpong, Emma Dabiri, Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. Vanessa has topped Campaign’s Top 10 Trailblazers for 2020, Vanessa has been credited amongst the 100 Most Influential Black Britons every year for the past 7 years. Her body of work and services to British Media led her to be awarded an MBE on the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours Lists, 2016.