Tom Ilube

Beacon Award for Innovation

Tech entrepreneur and cyber security wizard Tom Ilube is unlike most philanthropists. He set out in 2004 with a clear 20-year vision and a strategy to leverage education to bring about change.

“When I have an idea I find some way of making it happen,” says the man voted number one in the 2017 Power list of 100 influential black Britons, and who helped co-found Egg, the first major internet bank, and Garlik, an identity protection company.

Tom is now looking for Africa’s female Einstein through the African Gifted Foundation he set up and funds, to help transform the lives of girls in the continent. In 2016 he opened Africa’s first girls’ science and technology school – the African Science Academy.

“I’d like to see them apply their skills to solve problems on the African continent. And I hope the Academy becomes a Beacon of excellence with spin-offs on the continent and across the world.”