GDI London Conference 2021

September 22, 2021 until September 23, 2021


Global Dating Insights is excited to return to London on Thursday, 23rd September 2021, in association with Dating Group, Besedo, Sendbird, Irisnet, Women In Dating, UrSafe and Scamalytics!

The event will be hosted at the stunning Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge hotel, just around the corner from one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. 

The hotel has received recognition from ‘VisitBritain’ and the ‘World Travel & Tourism Council’ because it has adopted all of the reopening guidance put forward by ‘Public Health England’ and global standardised protocols. Global Dating Insights also wants to reassure attendees that masks are welcome for people who want to wear them.

Speaker sessions will run all day, with free lunch and refreshments provided throughout. The conference is followed by an evening of drinks, giving guests an informal networking opportunity to make professional connections.

The night before the conference, Wednesday, 22nd September, we are also hosting an exclusive networking session in the hotel’s glamorous bar. The drinks event starts at 7pm.

Event Agenda

Time Speaker
10:00 - 10:15 Shahzad Younas, Co-founder & CEO, muzmatch, The Impact of Photo Privacy on a Halal Dating App
10:15 - 10:30 Michael Blakeley, Founder, Global Dating Accelerator, Introducing GDA: The Independent Dating Accelerator
10:30 - 10:45 Edmond Vassallo, Head of Customer Success, Besedo, Partner Talk: Creating a Safe Space, Without Killing the Mood
10:45 - 11:00 Masha Kodden, Managing Director, Inner Circle, How to Differentiate in Dating
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 11:45 Walter Benzing, Founder,, Partner Talk: AI Image Moderation
11:45 - 12:15 Women In Dating Panel - Hosted by Charly Lester, Clémentine Lalande, Karima Ben Abdelmalek & Masha Kodden
12:15 - 12:30 Mark Brooks, Founder, Courtland Brooks, State of the Industry 2021
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 - 13:45 Daniel Cheaib, Co-founder & CEO, Feels, Generation Too Cool to Match
13:45 - 14:00 Bill Alena, Chief Investment Officer, Dating Group, Fireside Chat: Acquisitions and Investments in the Online Dating Industry
14:00 - 14:15 John Kim, CEO, Sendbird, Partner Talk: There's an API for that: How APIs Accelerate Modern Development
14:15 - 14:30 Karima Ben Abdelmalek, CEO & President, happn, Regain Trust
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 15:15 Geoff Cook, Co-CEO, ParshipMeet Group, Creator Economy & Dating
15:15 - 15:30 Anthony Oyogoa, Co-founder & CEO, UrSafe, Partner Talk: Bringing Technology & Safety to Offline User Interaction, with UrSafe
15:30 - 15:45 Working With Startups Panel, Michael O'Sullivan and Bruno Mustone
15:45 - 16:00 Luke Connolly, Co-founder, Isodate, Lights, Camera, Dating: Why Video Plays a Vital Role in the Next 10 Years
  • 2021 Partner: Dating Group
    As one of the biggest dating and social discovery holding companies, it currently owns several major brands. Dating Group is ramping up its investment strategy in early- and late-stage companies across the social markets.
  • 2021 Partner: Besedo
    Besedo uses a combination of AI moderation, automated filters and human moderation to grow trust among their community. This empowers them to grow by curating a space for singles to interact effectively and fearlessly. Besedo also provides clients with extensive insights, allowing them to adapt their product and stay competitive.
  • 2021 Partner: Sendbird
    Sendbird is the leading interactions platform trusted by modern digital apps like Hinge, Reddit, Headspace and Delivery Hero. It allows any app to quickly and easily embed rich real-time chat, voice, and video experiences into their app to build connections.
  • 2021 Partner: Irisnet
    Irisnet specialises in the development of artificial intelligence based on neutral networks. It has developed an AI photo screening product that enhances dating platforms with the capability to control the upload of profile photos in real time with focus on youth protection.
  • 2021 Partner: Women In Dating
    Women in Dating is a movement to empower women and forge a path for greater equity in the online dating industry. As an organisation, Women in Dating brings influential industry thought leaders together to create an inclusive platform for women and women-led initiatives to be recognised and celebrated.
  • 2021 Partner: UrSafe
    UrSafe is a personal safety app that can give daters and their families peace of mind when they’re out meeting someone for the first time. Its unique arsenal of features, such as fake phone calls, hands-free SOS alerts and live GPS trackers, can help people quickly leave a bad date or call for help if they feel threatened.
  • 2021 Partner: Scamalytics
    Scamalytics maintain the largest shared anti-fraud database dedicated to the online dating industry. They use cutting edge machine learning techniques to allow moderation of scammers in real time, helping sites to remove bad actors and improve their reputation.
  • ParshipMeet Group
    ParshipMeet Group was launched last year following a merger between Parship Group and The Meet Group. The portfolio, which includes markets-leaders eharmony and MeetMe, offers a mixture of matchmaking and livestreaming platforms.
  • Once
    Once is one of the most popular dating apps in Europe, offering users a high quality slow dating experience with just a handful of potential matches each day. It recently released a new matching algorithm, designed exclusively by women, that pairs users based on their most compatible personality traits.
  • happn
    happn utilises real-time geolocation to help singles users to find the people they have crossed paths with in real life. happn acts as a meeting facilitator at a time when the pace of life and social new habits can make it difficult to approach strangers and meet new people.
  • Inner Circle
    Inner Circle wants each and every user to be serious about finding a relationship. Its new marketing message of 'Meet Your Match' shows off the commitment to setting up long-term connections, whether that's on the app or at one of its eclectic offline events.
  • muzmatch
    As one of the biggest dating apps for Muslims, muzmatch has millions of users around the world. It offers a modern dating solution for singles who want to take control of their own dating lives, without interference from their loved ones.
  • Feels
    Named as a 'GDI One To Watch' in August, Feels removed swiping and matching completely to create an open, social environment. Its branding can only be referred to as unique and eye-catching, calling all of its users ‘too cool to match’.
  • CLiKD and Global Dating Accelerator
    The team behind CLiKD, the London based dating app driven by personality and passions, will be speaking at the conference. They will also talk about their latest venture, Global Dating Accelerator, which was set up to help dating entrepreneurs bring their innovative ideas to life.
  • HubStars
    HubStars has been providing both ready to promote dating brands and bespoke white label online dating solutions since 2005. Last year it launched an investment fund to help new startups to scale by fine-tuning their technology and marketing strategies.
  • Mark Brooks
    Industry expert Mark Brooks has decades of experience in the online dating space and is always on top of the latest trends. Her has previously offered his consultancy talents to some of the biggest players.

  • Isodate is a speed dating platform that allows singles to replicate the excitement of meeting new people in an organic way from the comfort and safety of their home. It was launched in March 2020 when the virtual dating trend was just about to take off.