We are delighted to share that Shalom Ijeoma Lloyd has been recognised in The King’s New Year Honours List 2024 and awarded an MBE for services to International Trade and Women in Business.
Shalom Lloyd is an inspirational leader, colleague, parent, and entrepreneur who drives diversity and engagement in all she does. Born in Nigeria, with secondary education in Ukraine for Pharmacy, she has lived in the UK since graduation. For nearly 30 years, Shalom has worked in the pharmaceutical industry supporting the research that brings new medicines to patients across the world, transforming the work of her teams to deliver excellence. In recent years, she has become a true entrepreneur, establishing new businesses across two sectors to increase diversity, inclusion and ‘Trade Not Aid’, especially for sub-Saharan Africa.
Built on her drug development expertise she co-founded Emerging Markets Quality Trials (eMQT) as a service provider to the drug development industry to drive the inclusion of African people into development programmes, alongside establishing a skincare company,
Naturally Tiwa Skincare, as a result of her son’s eczema. By building a Shea Butter factory in rural Nigeria, the Kingdom of Essan-based facility and with the establishment of JE Oils in Abuja, Nigeria, she has brought ‘Trade and Not Aid’ to life in communities, empowering and employing the local women. Her inclusive approach has seen her actively support the drive for greater exporting and importing to a wide list of countries. As a result, Shalom has been a Department for Business and Trade Export Champion since 2018 and sits on the Made in Britain International Trade Panel, as well as a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders.
Alongside this, Shalom creates opportunities to give back – SMILE a charitable meeting place for local cancer patients, using MK Snap whose workers with learning disabilities fulfil product orders, and fundraising and delivering women’s cancer screening in Africa. Shalom provides mentoring, both here in the UK and to women in Africa, driving opportunity and growth. Her impact on those around her is immeasurable and leaves a legacy beyond her own efforts.
Achieving all this while being an amazing parent to 5 children. We are incredibly proud of all of Shalom’s outstanding achievements thus far and this well-deserved recognition.