Seyi Akiwowo – Keynote Speaker

Digital Rights Activist, Founder and CEO of Glitch, 'Recovering Politician'

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Specialist Subjects

  • How to Stay Safe Online
  • High Compassion & Impact: Values-Driven Leadership
  • Lessons from a Recovering Politician


  • English


Seyi Akiwowo (She/her) is the founder and CEO of Glitch, an award-winning charity working to prevent online abuse, gender-based violence and hate speech. She is also the author of How to Stay Safe Online (Penguin, 2022), a comprehensive guide to spotting red flags, responding to, and proactively defending yourself in online spaces, and how to use the internet as a force for good.

Seyi’s journey to making the world a safer place began with her election as a Councillor in East London at 23, where she became the youngest Black woman to ever hold the position. Galvanised by her own experiences with online abuse, Seyi established and grew Glitch into Europe’s leading not-for-profit tackling the issue of online safety for marginalised people.

Throughout the journey of growing Glitch from a campaign to a medium-sized charity, Seyi has been recognised for her trail-blazing leadership, values driven change-making and passion for the future of inclusive leadership.

Alongside being appointed to TikTok and Twitter’s European Trust and Safety Council, Seyi was voted Digital Leader of The Year in 2019, has featured as one of WIRED’s Global Changemakers and sits on the Board of Multitudes Foundation to support changemakers across Europe to reimagine who holds political power. In 2019 she was appointed on to Yoti’s Guardian Council, the Ethical Board of the world-leading age verification app. Three years later Seyi was offered an MBE as recognition of her work but made the decision not to accept.

Popular Talks by Seyi Akiwowo

How to Stay Safe Online

Increasingly we are told that more and more of modern life will be taking place online, from working remotely to living virtually on Web 3.0, yet navigating these spaces seems more overwhelming than ever. This upbeat and hopeful keynote brings together the threads of global technology, racism, gender, and personal well-being to ensure we are moving towards a humane and egalitarian internet.

High Compassion & Impact: Values-Driven Leadership

Seyi has navigated through the ebbs and flows of creating, leading and sustaining a healthy, equitable, diverse, and impactful work culture at Glitch. By dealing with challenges of overcoming burnout, negotiating the growing pains of leading a young organisation and reimagining modern leadership, Seyi has developed a framework to energise leaders to embrace compassion and find true inclusivity both online and offline.

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