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Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons

speaker location icon London, UK

Co-founder of digital education company, Decoded

Named Digital Leader of the Year in the FT in 2018

Independent advisor to the UK government

“Parsons is considered internationally as one of the most influential people in technology today” Vogue Magazine

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 as “an economic force” Kathryn sits on the UK Prime Minister and London Mayors Business Advisory Boards and is a non-executive on the board of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The Evening Standard defined her as “a woman on a mission to teach us all to code”. She was part of the successful campaign to have code introduced as a mandatory to the UK national curriculum in September 2014 and in 2016 received an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

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

Speaking Topics:

  • Decoded. The founding story and our mission to create digital literacy and empowerment.
  • The Education Revolution. How to create a culture of life long learning in your business and society as a whole.
  • Skills Transformation. What are the skills of the future and what does it take to create the worker of the future.
  • The AI Renaissance. How to unlock human potential and what an be achieved when you do.


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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