Andrew Odong is the Creator Communities Lead at YouTube, responsible for implementing strategic initiatives to accelerate the representation of historically marginalised communities. In this role, he manages the #YouTubeBlack Voices Fund, which empowers hundreds of creators to celebrate Black joy and elevate authentic stories on the platform.
Throughout his “non-traditional” career, Andrew has remained a staunch inclusion advocate, centering underrepresented voices throughout the fabric of his work. He was a Content Programmer for the BFI Flare 2018, Europe’s largest LGBTQ+ Film Festival collaborating on a series of events to enable discussion on the visibility of queer, trans, intersex people of colour in film. In 2019, he collaborated with the ShoutOut Network to produce Content Is Queen, the UK’s first women in podcasting festival.
Prior to YouTube, Andrew led external partnerships at Meta (FKA Facebook), designed to build a strong pipeline of senior talent from underrepresented communities across key offices in EMEA. Outside his professional endeavors, Andrew is an avid GIF user with an unhealthy addiction to beanie hats who simply loves to see people thriving as their most authentic selves – without apology.