Karl Lokko


Poet, activist and influencer; former gang leader; speaker, philanthropist and adventurer

As a young gang member, Karl was shot at, stabbed, cut in the face and witnessed the murders of close friends. After the intervention of a Church-run anti-youth violence project, he turned 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. He is a gifted orator and poet – with a TEDx talk to his name – as well as a musician, singer and rapper.