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  • 13 June 2019 16:15

From gang leader to youth charity ambassador: Karl Lokko joins RISE

13th June 2019 – Community leader and activist Karl Lokko, who was a former gang leader, has been appointed as brand ambassador of Talent RISE, a not-for-profit foundation that offers education, training, work readiness and job placement programs to young people experiencing barriers to employment.

Talent RISE was founded in 2014 to help solve the global issue of youth unemployment. The RISE team work closely with potential employers to source job opportunities across the private and public tech sector. To date, Talent RISE has engaged more than 2,400 young people and placed over 170 into meaningful employment.

Commenting on the appointment, RISE Global CEO, Káti Gapaillard said:

“Karl is a wonderful representation of how your choices and environment can influence your life. He will be an inspiring role model for young people working to build their resilience and skills to enable them to gain and sustain work. At Talent RISE, we know that employment can change lives and give purpose, dignity, security and independence to a young person.” Karl Lokko grew up on a gang-ridden housing estate in South London. He witnessed his first shooting at the age of 12 and went on to be shot at, stabbed, and saw many of his friends murdered as he rose through the ranks to become one of London’s most high-profile gang leaders. It wasn’t until the intervention of an anti-youth violence project that Karl was able to denounce his gang involvement and turn his life around. Now a successful campaigner, poet, and public speaker, Karl works to reform gang culture and is passionate about helping all young people achieve their goals and find their purpose. Talking about his involvement with Talent RISE, Karl said he believes the traditional pathways to employment need to be changed.

“Most organisations aren’t aware of the barriers to employment young people in many communities are facing. I want to act as a bridge between these communities and organisations and help educate both sides to give young people more of a chance in the professional world,” Karl said.

“I was very impressed with the work Talent RISE have done globally, and I’ve been wanting to get involved with creating real employment opportunities for young people. I can’t wait to get started and work with the RISE team on this incredibly important project.”

Organisations interested in working with Talent RISE to provide opportunities for young people are encouraged to reach out to the team by visiting

About Talent RISE

Talent RISE is the charity foundation established by Talent, a leading tech and digital recruitment specialist working with thousands of contract and permanent tech and digital professionals across the globe.

Talent is passionate about shaping the future of work and embracing the exciting possibilities presented by the digital economy. We believe that the future success of all companies depends on their ability to unlock the full potential of their people. This is why we actively support and work with organisations who run their businesses based on a compassionate, equitable and ethical agenda.

As part of our commitment to this belief we established Talent RISE, a foundation that inspires young people with barriers to employment find purpose and independence through work.

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