Charly Lester

Charly Lester is the co-founder and CMO of Lumen, the leading dating app for over 50s.

Lumen is Charly’s third business. Previously she established international awards for the dating industry, and a learning platform for female entrepreneurs. Charly is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on dating apps and websites, having run the Dating Awards for four years, and judged and tested almost every mainstream app on the market.

Charly is the author of two business books. Charly has spoken at the Oxford Union, and was a judge on the final of The Apprentice. She regularly appears on TV, radio and in the press. Charly teaches classes in marketing and entrepreneurship for The Guardian. She is the former Global Head of Dating for Time Out.

Outside of work, Charly regularly competes in Ironman triathlons, runs marathons, and she recently ran Marathon des Sables – six marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert.