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Kathryn Parsons - Keynote Speaker

Book Kathryn Parsons as a keynote speaker with VBQ Speakers. Kathryn Parsons is Founder of Decoded, champion for diversity in technology and a visionary thinker on how technology is re-shaping business, politics and society. For more information on technology speaker Kathryn Parsons, contact VBQ Speakers founding agent Leo von Bülow-Quirk on leo@vbqspeakers.com or 0044 7833 727090.



kathryn parsons

co-founder, decoded

Speaker Themes

  • How digital technology is re-shaping the economy, from cyber security and blockchain to data, AI and the workplace

  • Surviving and thriving in the 4th industrial revolution

  • Digital literacy and education

  • Disruptive innovation

  • Diversity in technology

  • The future of work

  • Entrepreneurship and leadership


London, UK



Kathryn is co-founder and CEO of Decoded, a technology education company up-skilling and re-skilling professionals in code, data, AI and machine learning. Their methodology of no jargon, fun, fast, hands-on, technology-enabled learning has resonated with a generation grappling with the impacts of AI and Automation. 

Started in East London with a credit card and a belief that they could teach anyone Code in a Day, Decoded now teaches in over 85 cities worldwide. In 2018, Decoded launched its Data Academies with an ambition to fill the data skills gap and generate over half a million data science experiments within the world of business.

Kathryn has been described as "an economic force". She sits on the UK Prime Minister and London Mayor's Business Advisory Boards and is a non-executive to the board of The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. In 2016 she received an MBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

She campaigned for Code on the UK National Curriculum, which was successfully introduced in 2014. She is currently campaigning for an unlimited visa for tech talent and A Future Skills Fund to empower everyone at any age to realise their potential through learning. 

Kathryn believes that the Education Revolution is the answer to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


With infectious passion and great intellectual clarity, Kathryn throws light on some of the most pressing issues of our times:

  • How is digital technology transforming our world?

  • What are the risks and opportunities presented by these changes?

  • What skills and mindsets do we need to make ourselves and our businesses fit for purpose in the 21st century?

  • How can we make sure everyone - not just a tiny elite - is empowered by technology?


Kathryn on why we all need to give ourselves permission to learn, the importance of digital literacy in the experience economy and what is stopping us from learning in today's education systems (2019)

From big data and blockchain to AI and cyber security, digital technology is transforming all areas of the economy. To survive and thrive in the "4th industrial revolution", Kathryn argues we need to radically transform our education systems and ensure digital literacy is for everyone (TNW, Amsterdam, June 2017).

What technology could kill your business? What technology could kill your job? Kathryn explains why we all need to ask ourselves these questions (Telstra Summit, November 2015).


“You have inspired our community, and have helped make the festival an unforgettable experience.” —- Sharjah Entrepreneurship Festival

“Kathryn was great. She was a pleasure to work with and everyone thought she was fantastic.” —- Leading global software company


Media links

Video interview - CeBit Australia, May 2016

#ThisIsASmartWoman - Red Magazine, January 2016

My year of living curiously - October 2013