Founder of the trailblazing African Science Academy, Tom Ilube has been named as UK’s most influential black person.
The British Nigerian topped Powerlist 2017; the annual list of the 100 most powerful people of African and African Caribbean heritage in Britain.
Ilube claimed the number one spot for his outstanding work in education where he has impacted thousands of lives and for his success in launching several successful technology companies.
The philanthropist set up the charity, African Gifted Foundation, to help transform the lives of hundreds of children on the continent.
This year, he opened the African Science Academy (ASA), Africa’s first girls-only science and technology school, based in Ghana with young women scientists attending from six countries: Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
Reflecting on his achievements with ASA, Ilube said:
Launching the African Science Academy is the highlight of all my work in education over the past decade. I am convinced that we have brilliant young women in African who have the potential to be tomorrow’s world class scientists and engineers.
Ilube is also the Founder and CEO of Crossword Cybersecurity plc and was part of the founding team of pioneering internet bank Egg where he was Chief Information Officer.