Freddie Quek

Chair/Chief Technology Officer, Digital Poverty Alliance/Times Higher Education

About this speaker

Freddie Quek is CTO at Times Higher Education, responsible for data-driven products and solutions such as the World Universities Rankings and SDG Impact Dashboard which provides insights into universities’ impact in delivering the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. He is a disruptive, networked and agile leader who thrives in challenging environments and focuses on achieving and celebrating team successes. He is highly experienced and a multiple award-winning global technology leader who has worked in Singapore, US and UK, across automotive, higher education, publishing, loyalty, insurance, travel and financial services industries. He started the #joiningthedots initiative to address #digitalinclusion, becoming special advisor and Community Board member of the Digital Poverty Alliance representing 13 #uktechleaders communities and Chair of the BCS Digital Divide Specialist Group. He also serves on the boards at University of Bristol, BCS Influence Board and eLife, and a member of the Technology Advisory Group at the Royal Society of Chemistry. He co-founded TechLinkUkraine to help displaced Ukrainian tech professionals which has now joined forces with in supporting all displaced refugees regardless of conflict or country. 

He has worked for RELX, Wiley and Solera as well as various startups. He helped transformed the publishing industry to digital pioneering the use of NoSQL technologies and achieving large scale agile implementations. He took on an additional dimension to his role to “deal with the unexpected” to execute strategic yet unplanned initiatives to handle merger integrations, partnerships and competitive threats. His team received the IT Project Team of the Year award at the UK IT Industry Awards. He received three Wiley President's Award in 4 years, a Pacesetter Award for delivering a ground-breaking multi-million licensing deal, and MarkLogic’s Customer Excellence award for achieving "Mission Impossible" with its NoSQL technology. He is recognised as one of UK's top tech leaders by Computing and CIO100.

Freddie is a BCS Fellow and judge for the UK IT Industry Awards. He has Masters degrees from the London School of Economics and Henley Business School, and is an alumnus of Oxford University. In his spare time, he is a Research Associate at Henley Business School pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration degree in studying how technology leadership can help organisations run and change the business at the same time, and also a member of the London Multimedia Lab headed by Professor Patrick Humphreys, LSE.


BCS Digital Skills Network - Reading

21 June 2023, 10:00 AM
Annette Allmark Freddie Quek Somayeh Aghnia