Shoku is a bilingual producer and journalist in the BBC World Service Radio Arts Unit with over 19 years’ experience across a wide range of BBC content, including flagship Radio 4 programmes such as Woman’s Hour, Last Word and Documentaries.
Alongside her programme making, she has developed a passion for diversity & inclusion, culture and employee resource groups (ERG) as agents of change. Since 2018 Shoku has led Embrace, the BBC’s award-winning BAME staff network which she has helped to rebrand and revitalise. Under her leadership, the network’s membership has doubled in size and increased its strategic impact on the organisation. She helped to shape industry-leading recommendations for BAME progression which are now being implemented as part of the BBC’s D&I strategy to accelerate BAME representation at leadership levels. Previously, she ran the GWIN (Global Women in News) employee network, which now has almost 2000 members.
Shoku has taken part in various external panels on D&I and served on the judging panel for the 2019 UK Diversity Legal Awards. She is one of the founding members of the Creative Industries Alliance which seeks to drive the representation of diverse talent at all levels of the creative industry.