Full Name
Kelly Lovell
Job Title
Chief Executive Officer
BridgingTheGap Ventures
Speaker Bio
Kelly Lovell has a decade of experience as an expert in global strategy, youth engagement and social innovation programs. A 19-time award-winning entrepreneur, she is passionate about bridging opportunity gaps to prepare young people for the future and solve global challenges.
Kelly is CEO of BridgingTheGap Ventures, a social enterprise that produces digital media, events and experiences that unite leaders of today and tomorrow’s leaders together to inspire imagination, skills and innovation for the future. Kelly is also Founding Global Chair of YOUNGA®—the largest global festival for impact that annually connects young people with influential decision-makers to co-create solutions for a more inclusive, sustainable world during the United Nations' Decade of Action from 2020 to 2030. To date, YOUNGA has provided free leadership training and upskilling to nearly 4,000 young people across 158 countries and reached 330 million on social media.
Known for creating impact programs with measurable results, Kelly has worked with top global brands including World Bank Group, Coca-Cola, H&M, IBM, Toyota Tsusho, the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UN Women, and Disney. She frequently oversees the development of creative media and youth engagement programs for public-private stakeholders that empower young people to overcome skills gaps, prepare for the future of work and solve global challenges.
As a 3x TEDx speaker and global influencer, Kelly’s insights have been featured by the world's most respected platforms including the United Nations High-Level Political Forum, G7, G20 and W20 Consultations, Global Goals Week and the UN ECOSOC Forum. Her accolades include Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader, Canada's Most Powerful Women: WXN Top 100 and the Queen's Young Leader Award—a prestigious honour personally bestowed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that recognizes young leaders under 30 creating a legacy of impact. Currently, Kelly is focused on creating bridges of opportunity for underrepresented groups, particularly women, minorities and youth to participate in the digital economy and spearheading global strategy for stakeholders to leverage emerging technologies such as Web3, blockchain and metaverse.
Kelly Lovell