Kathryn Parsons is co-Founder and CEO of technology education company Decoded.
Decoded are running Data Academies for global organisations spanning Nike, Citi and Unilever, rapidly up-skilling talent in emerging technologies such as machine learning.
They are on a mission to bridge the data skills gap, decode the world’s most complex technologies and put powerful new tools in the hands of future leaders and learners worldwide.
Kathryn is an ardent techno-optimist, a believer in the promise of innovation and discovery to improve human life around the world. But she insists that as we witness the disruptive impact of technology on traditional economies and social systems around the world, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” in our midst, that we are called upon to launch an “Education Revolution.” Kathryn is leading the campaign for an education which is adaptive, expansive, and lifelong, to ensure that the great benefits of technology flow to all of us.
Kathryn is a regular keynote speaker sharing what she believes governments, CEOs and individuals can do to adapt to and thrive within a machine learning age.
Kathryn graduated in 2003 from Downing College, Cambridge University with a degree in Classics and started her first business at 26 years old. She campaigned successfully for Code as a mandatory subject on the UK National curriculum and received an MBE for services to Education in 2014. She sits on the non-executive advisory board of the Department for Business. Her other advisory roles include supporting The Alison Rose Review into Female Entrepreneurship, which revealed that less than 1% of VC funding is received by businesses with a female founder, and Women Supporting Women – enabling disadvantaged women to find confidence and financial freedom.