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Seyi Akiwowo

Founder & Director



Founder & Director











What makes Seyi Akiwowo a Global Shaker?

Seyi Akiwowo (Shay-ee Aki-wo-wo) is a British-Nigerian women’s rights activist and campaigner and the founder and director of Glitch, a non-profit advocacy, campaigning and training organisation that aims to end online abuse.

Glitch does this through hosting workshops across the UK on Digital Citizenship and Digital Self-Care, working with other organisations to highlight the impact of online abuse and campaigning so that decision-makers implement policies to strengthen digital citizenship to end it for good.

Seyi has published several reports, spoken on various news outlets including BBC Radio London and Sky News. She has spoken all over the world including Washington DC, Istanbul and Geneva, where, she was invited back to present at the 38th United Nations Human Rights Council on online-gender based violence.


At the age of just 23, Seyi was elected as the youngest black female Councillor in East London. 

She has had nine successful years working in the charity, politics and policy sectors both in the UK and Brussels. She is also an expert facilitator in skills and inclusion and delivers workshops around the world including London, Kuwait and UAE. 

Passionate about inclusion and leadership, she has written several critical pieces including for the Guardian and gives talks on widening the participation and representation of diverse groups in public life. 

Seyi is a graduate of the London School of Economics, a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and recently became a Fellow of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. In August 2018, she was named Stylist Magazine’s Woman of the Week and her many achievements have been captured in books such as Slay in Your Lane and Misogynation. Seyi is Amnesty International’s 2018 Human Rights Defender 

Also in 2018, Seyi was selected as the Amnesty International Human Rights Defender in 2018 and the Digital Leader of the Year in 2019 and is part of the #ToxicTwitter campaign to end online abuse against women.

She is one of the Evening Standard’s 2019 list of most influential people and appeared in Marie Claire in September 2019 as a Future Shaper.

Tags: Entrepreneurs, internet safety, Mental Health, online education, social media

Last updated: April 21, 2020