Karl Lokko is the Chairman at Black Seed; the first seed fund in Europe investing only in Black founders, led by Black investors. Rooted in Brixton, with global ambition.
Karl is a former gang leader turned activist, poet, influencer, public speaker and adventurer. Having grown up on a gang-ridden estate in South London, he has managed to harness his life experiences which has propelled and uniquely situated him as an activist/influencer within the U.K and globally.
Having grown up on the gang-ridden Myatts Field estate, Karl saw his first shooting at the age of 12 and went on to be shot at, stabbed, cut in the face and witness to his close friends’ murders. It wasn’t until the intervention of a Church-run anti-youth violence project that Karl was able to denounce his gang involvement and turn his life around.
Now a successful campaigner, Karl works to reform gang culture and fight for social justice. He volunteers with the charity Youth in Action and is the ambassador for Big Change where he plays a large and prominent role offering insights into the world of young people. Karl recently completed a two week charity climb up Mont Blanc with mentor and good friend, Sir Richard Branson, as part of the Virgin Strive Challenge 2018, and continues to support reformation and rehabilitation through his tireless community work and public speaking.
Karl is a gifted orator and poet and his exceptional ability to captivate and connect with an audience means he is regularly invited to speak at corporate, public and charity events including TEDx Talks. His speaking topics include: Bridging the gap between the haves and have nots; Resilience and the power of opportunity; How lived experiences shape who you are; Leading and leaving the London gang world.
Karl is also a talented musician, singer and rapper having supported the likes of Plan B and released a number of singles such as “Conflict” and “Emotionless”.
The story of his incredible transformation, combined with his unique ability to connect with people on a human level, makes Karl one of the most potent voices in the country, allowing him to bridge the gap between worlds and unite communities.