Seyi Akiwowo

Lisa is an authentic East Ender of Polish and Irish descent. Lisa cares deeply about the community and making Tower Hamlets safe and inclusive for everyone, having always lived and worked locally. She started her career as a market trader and from an early age was honing her entrepreneurial skills. Lisa went on to support at-risk young people with legal issues and appeals. As a community volunteer, Lisa has raised substantial funds for education and charitable organisations and has strategically supported many more.

Lisa is a fellow of The School of Social Entrepreneurs, graduating in 2013.

She was also recognised in 2021 by being a winner of the Social Innovation Prize. This is is awarded annually by Trinity Hall College Cambridge, and the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation based at  University of Cambridge Judge Business School. It is given to a few chosen individuals for their achievement to date and for their ambitious plans for the future.

As the founder of Social Ark, Lisa helps grassroots social entrepreneurs, whom she describes as ‘hidden gems’, to use their lived experience to develop social businesses and to create a better life for themselves and the community around them.

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Restorative | Individualization | Activator | Ideation | Relator

Seyi Akiwowo is a multi award-winning founder and CEO of Glitch, a charity that’s been on a mission to end online abuse by making digital citizens of us all since 2017.

In true millennial style, Seyi is also a former TED speaker, respected consultant and writer within the political and tech space, and now an author. Before setting up Glitch, Seyi was elected as the youngest Black female Councillor in East London at age 23.

The tech and gender expert co-designs policy and practical solutions with Governments, NGOs and tech companies to make the online space safer for all. All this is what makes Seyi Akiwowo an expert facilitator, delivering masterclass workshops around the world including Ghana, Jordan and New York. Not forgetting a prolific tweeter who covers an expansive range of topics from online abuse and legislation to real opinions on the latest Netflix dating shows, because… balance.

On a real note, Seyi is also a huge advocate for self care, sabbaticals, sleep and a good old shimmy.

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