Priya Lakhani – Keynote Speaker

Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech and BBC AI Decoded correspondent

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Specialist Subjects

  • What is Artificial Intelligence? An AI 101 for Non Techies
  • How to leverage Artificial Intelligence in your organisation
  • The Story of Purpose and Entrepreneurial Journey
  • It leaves the audience feeling motivated and inspired
  • Entrepreneurship


  • English


Priya Lakhani OBE is a distinguished serial entrepreneur and a leading figure in the fields of AI and education, renowned for her dynamic transition from libel barrister to a leading innovator in the technology sector. On TV, Priya is part of the AIDecoded team on the BBCs flagship programme The Context and appears regularly across global media commentating on AI and business. As the Founder CEO of CENTURY Tech, an award-winning company specialising in AI-powered learning tools, Priya has revolutionised the approach to personalised technology in schools, colleges, universities, and workplaces globally.

Her entrepreneurial spirit first manifested in 2008 when she transitioned from her legal career to establish a successful FMCG business, Masala Masala. This venture not only achieved commercial success but also demonstrated her commitment to social impact, as its charitable foundation significantly contributed to providing meals and vaccinations in India and Africa.

Priya’s work has earned her recognition as a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer and numerous other accolades, including the MIT SOLVE award and National Economic Innovator of the Year by The Spectator. A prominent figure in AI policy, Priya has held several influential roles, including serving on the UK government’s AI Council, co-founding the Institute for Ethical AI and contributing as a Non-Executive Board Member at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Priya has also formally advised governments on AI regulation policy (including the Vallance Review of AI regulation 2023) and business policy.

Awarded an OBE for her contributions and an honorary doctorate from Coventry University’s engineering faculty, Priya is also a respected author, with works such as “Inadequate: The System Failing our Teachers and Your Children,” and an upcoming book on artificial intelligence. Her speaking engagements, covering business, entrepreneurship, AI, and innovation, are highly sought after, and she frequently appears as a commentator on global news outlets.

Priya publishes articles across many renowned publications, is an accomplished keynote speaker on AI, education, innovation culture and finding one’s purpose. Priya also actively engages in hosting business awards, chairing panels, and leading fireside chats. Her work exemplifies the power of aligning entrepreneurial success with social responsibility and technological advancement.

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