Chair, Watobe (& others)
Henry's professional bio / interests
Henry is a multi-award winning innovation expert and entrepreneur specialising in Education Technology. He is the co-founder & Chairman of the African education company Watobe and sits on the boards of several other charities and companies – almost always around education and technology. He is also the co-founder of the #TurnOnTheSubtitles campaign which works with celebrities, policymakers and broadcasters to improve children's literacy by, quite simply, turning on the subtitles. It is currently helping 322 million children to improve their reading. He’s the former Director of Innovation for Pearson plc and the former Head of Innovation for GEMS as well as an advisor to His Highness The Aga Khan’s schools. Prior to that, he founded the school’s network Rafiki and the charity Gemin-i. He’s a dad of three and is the alter ego of Barry T Tooth Fairy. Henry holds one of the more stupid Guinness world records involving sumo wrestlers and has also rafted the Nile holding a London traffic cone for reasons best known to himself.
I’d like help with…
I have no discernable skills, but I have a good address book and I know a bit about edtech businesses
An interesting, or unusual fact(s) about me…
I struggle to use chopsticks when sober. No idea why.
A career highlight
I built the world's largest network of schools back in the day. I also got a hug from Desmond Tutu
Apr 26, 2021