Dee Poku Spalding

Social entrepreneur, champion for women; founder WIE, The Other Festival

Dee Poku-Spalding is the Founder and CEO of WIE, an influential women’s leadership network. WIE connects emerging and established women leaders, and works to equip the next generation with the tools to succeed. She is also the founder of The Other Festival, launched in June 2016, a first of its kind all female festival. The Other Festival showcases the talented makers who are breaking the rules and redefining how business is done. The event showcases musicians, designers, artists, chefs, photographers, entrepreneurs, inventors and storytellers A former Hollywood studio executive, Dee’s background includes senior marketing roles at Paramount Pictures and Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures). Dee was named a CUP Catalyst Changemaker and one of TRUE Africa’s 100 Top Innovators. She is often asked to speak on women’s leadership issues at conferences and events around the world, and has shared her insights at the UN, the Black Girls Rock Summit, the Women’s Urban Economic Forum; CUP Women’s Leadership Forum; the Acumen Fund’s New Leadership For Tomorrow; Influencer Con, Women Werk, BAFTA and Her Agenda amongst others. She serves on the Board of Directors of the British Academy of Film & Television (BAFTA) and is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and CUP. Follow Dee on Twitter and Instagram via @deepoku.