Welcome Address

Welcome to London Tech Week 2023 from Carolyn Dawson OBE.

Carolyn Dawson OBE

CEO

Founders Forum Group

Carolyn Dawson is Chief Executive of Founders Forum Group, a global community and group of businesses supporting entrepreneurs at every stage of their journeys. Founders Forum events are designed to empower today’s entrepreneurs to drive positive change through technology, while fostering collaboration amongst the world’s most inspiring founders, investors, corporate and government leaders.

Alongside Founders Forum’s event portfolio, Carolyn’s remit includes the broader Founders Forum business network, supporting today’s founders and disruptors with businesses in education, investment, charitable giving and professional services.

Prior to Founders Forum, Carolyn was President at Informa Tech, a FTSE 100 UK company championing specialists in their core markets. Carolyn led a global portfolio of Digital Media, Research, Events and Training across a variety of technology sectors. Carolyn also presided over the joint venture between Founders Forum and Informa Tech, creating new media and event opportunities for the premier community of global entrepreneurs, CEOs and investors.

Carolyn also serves on the board of 01 Founders, a free-to-access coding school; Grip, AI-powered networking solution; and is a member of the UK Government’s Digital Economy Council.

Carolyn is passionate about growing the tech community and ensuring it is open to all, to truly realise the positive impact of technology on our world and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. She has led London Tech Week for seven years, building its global profile and driving its mission to showcase the very best of technology across the UK. She also spearheaded the global expansion of Tech Festivals to Africa and Asia.