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Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons

London, UK

Co-founder of digital education company, Decoded

Expert on the future of the digital economy, AI, cyber security, women in technology and entrepreneurship

Independent advisor to the UK government

Kathryn Parsons is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company founded in East London in 2012, which launched with the promise to teach anyone Code in a Day. By 2016 Decoded were teaching in over 85 cities worldwide.

The firm’s accelerated learning experiences have since expanded to include the worlds of code, data, innovation, cyber security and artificial intelligence. To date they have educated 500,000 leaders globally and have a unique insight into how the leaders are preparing for the future of work. In 2018 they launched the Decoded Data Academy with an ambition to fill the growing global data skills gap by 2025.
In addition to growing and scaling the business, Kathryn is a regular keynote speaker and campaigns globally for code on curriculums and gender diversity in technology.
Described by the Evening Standard as “a woman on a mission to teach us all to code”, Kathryn was part of the successful campaign to have code introduced as a mandatory subject to the UK national curriculum in September 2014. Following this, she received an MBE for services to education in the Queen’s Honours.

In 2017 Kathryn joined the non-executive board for the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. She also sits on the business advisory boards for the London Mayor and The UK Prime Minister.

She studied Latin and Ancient Greek at Cambridge University before discovering code and the languages of the future.

Speaking Topics:

  • the future is written in code: the importance of digital literacy in business
  • trends in the digital economy
  • women in technology
  • women in business
  • creating a startup culture in your business
  • cyber security

 

Our Comment

"Kathryn is at the forefront of a gender revolution in the technology sector. She is perfectly placed to talk about women in business, entrepreneurship and the future of the digital economy - from data and innovation to AI and cyber security."

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