Tom Ilube is Founder and Chairman of the African Gifted Foundation, a new African Academy for gifted and talented young people. He was founding Chairman of Hammersmith Academy, a secondary school in London, UK that opened in September 2011 and one of the UK’s most innovative new technology schools.
Tom is Chief Executive of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, a European 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 and is an international expert in cyber-security. He served the International Telecoms Union, a Geneva-based UN-agency, as a member of the High Level Expert Group on Cybercrime and was Chairman of the UK Technology Strategy Board’s Network Security Innovation Platform. Tom comments regularly in the media and at conferences on identity theft and cyber-security issues.
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, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in 2005 Tom was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Technology for his contribution to the field of technology in the UK.