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Annalisa Toccara

Marketing & Communications Professional, Founder of Our Mel, EDI Consultant, TEDx Speaker

Annalisa Toccara is an award-winning cultural producer, 2 x TEDx speaker, journalist and freelance marketer. 

She has 11 years of industry experience (B2B, B2C & non-profit) in event management, marketing communications, and brand identity and is an International Public and Political postgraduate at the University of Sheffield and an affiliate member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

In 2011, she wrote and self-published her first book and in 2016, she founded a leading social enterprise, Our Mel, dedicated to exploring cultural identity, and what it means to be a person of colour in Britain today. 

Our Mel was born out of a need for society to develop its understanding of racism, and the way the nuances of racism impact our communities. Annalisa organises community events, empowering & inspiring people to make positive sustainable change as well as workshops for businesses around equality, specifically supporting businesses to combat structural racism & bias embedded in their working cultures.

In 2017, Annalisa launched Sheffield’s first Black History Month Festival, an arts and cultural celebration & became the Vice-Chair of the BAMER hub, Sheffield Equality Hub Network.

Annalisa was honoured to receive a Women’s Centenary Award by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 2018 and is one of the Northern Power Women 2019 Future List which recognises those who have contributed and are making a difference in their communities, raising awareness of gender equality across the North of England. In 2019, Annalisa joined the Board of Directors at Bloc Projects, a visual and contemporary arts organisation based in Sheffield.

Annalisa is passionate about equality, inclusion, and representation and fascinated with the link between creative mediums, social cohesion, and social justice