Tom Ilube

Tom Ilube

Tom Ilube CBE is Founder and Chair of the African Gifted Foundation, which has opened the African Science Academy for gifted and talented young women.  He was founding Chair of  Hammersmith Academy, a secondary school in London, UK and was Chair of ADA College, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills. Tom is a Non Executive Director of the BBC and an Advisory Fellow of St Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

Tom is Chief Executive of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, a stock market quoted technology company. Previously he was Managing Director of Callcredit Consumer Markets, a private equity backed information business. He was founder of Garlik, the online identity protection company with offices in London and New York. Garlik was selected as a World Economic Forum, Davos 2008 Technology Pioneer. Tom has been an innovator in the technology industry for over 20 years.

Tom was educated in the UK, Nigeria and Uganda. He read Applied Physics at the University of Benin, Nigeria and obtained an MBA (Finance) at Cass Business School, London. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by City, University of London and an Honorary Doctorate in Technology by Wolverhampton University. He was ranked as the most powerful British person of African-Caribbean heritage by the Powerlist 2017 and New African magazine listed Ilube as one of Africa’s most influential people for 2017. Tom was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours List for services to technology and philanthropy.