Tom Ilube in 2016
Thomas Segun Ilube
July 1963 (age 55)
Richmond, Surrey, England
|Alma mater||University of Benin|
Cass Business School
|Occupation||Entrepreneur and educational philanthropist|
Thomas Segun Ilube CBE (born July 1963) is a British entrepreneur and educational philanthropist. He is ranked first in the Powerlist 2017, an annual listing of the UK's 100 most powerful people with African or Afro-Caribbean heritage.
Ilube was educated at Edo College in Benin City, Nigeria, followed by a bachelor's degree in physics from the University of Benin. He later received a master's degree in Business Administration from London's Cass Business School.
He created and launched Noddle.co.uk, a credit reference service, in his time as MD of consumer markets at CallCredit Information Group. In 2005 Ilube co-founded Garlik, the online identity company sold to Experian in 2011 He founded and is the current CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity plc, which was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the London Stock Exchange in December 2018.
Ilube is the chair and founder of the African Gifted Foundation, a UK education charity focused on science and technology in Africa. They recently launched the African Science Academy, Africa's first all-girls science and maths academy. He was chair of Ada, the National College for Digital Skills. which opened in 2016 as the first brand new UK further education college in 23 years.
Ilube provided the prize money for the Nommo Awards for African science fiction and speculative fiction, announced at the Ake Book Festival in 2016.
He was the first recipient of the City Livery Club centenary "Root and Branch" Award in 2014, presented by HRH The Princess Royal. Ilube was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Wolverhampton in 2005.
Ilube received the 2017 Beacon Award for innovation in philanthropy.
On 25th October, 2016, Tom Ilube was named the most influential black person in the UK after topping the annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage in Britain.
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