Jude Kelly is the founder of the WOW Foundation - Women of the World Festival to celebrate the achievements of women and girls and confront gender injustice across the globe. Starting in London in 2010, the Festival now takes place in 25 countries across five continents.
Prior to this, she was the Artistic Director of Southbank Centre for 12 years. She has founded a range of arts institutions, has directed over 100 stage productions and has commissioned and supported the work of hundreds of female artists across all genres.
In 2019 she co-founded Smart Purse, a financial toolkit to support women to become confident about money and protect themselves from financial vulnerability. Jude is one of the world’s foremost commentators and thought leaders on gender, creativity, diversity and inclusion. Her TED talk, on why women must tell the stories of humanity, has been viewed over 1.5 million times.