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Freddie Quek is CTO at Times Higher Education, responsible for data-driven products and solutions such as the 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 in publishing and has worked for FTSE 100 companies like Reed Elsevier, and Fortune 500 companies like Wiley. He helped transformed the industry from print to digital, pioneered the use of NoSQL technologies, and achieved large scale agile implementations. His career took on an additional dimension when he was given the 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 was also recognised as UK’s top 50 data leaders.
Freddie is a Fellow of BCS, judge for the UK IT Industry Awards, and Ambassador for ConTech, a series of conferences that are transforming content through data science, AI and emerging technologies. He has Master of Science degrees from the London School of Economics and Henley Business School, and is an alumni 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.
Freddie's Career History
Freddie Quek is CTO at established and private equity owned Times Higher Education, responsible for data-driven products and solutions such as the THE World Universities Ranking, and most recently, SDG Impact Dashboard which provides insights into universities’ impact in delivering the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Private equity owned start-up business in financial services, providing solutions for Know Your Customer (KYC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Enhanced Due Diligence (EDD). Created tech strategy to build and migrate to next generation of products and technology solutions. Prepared tech team and entire organisation to move from start-up to scale-up company
Private equity owned business in automotive (Audatex), property (Enservio) and digital identity (Digidentity) with £1.2b revenue. One of the world’s largest automotive software provider. Role as partner to country managing directors and heads of global tech teams. Drove harmonisation of EMEA team of 300+ engineers, BA, QA, DBA, DevOps, Data specialists. Established tech strategy (API-First) to drive convergence of products and technology solutions. Promoted data strategy to make data an asset to make it secure, accessible and accurate
Privately owned business in loyalty, travel, insurance and financial services with £600m revenue. World’s largest independent airport lounge operator (Priority Pass), insurance (Columbus Direct), loyalty programmes (Dell, Cathay Pacific, Accor), financial services (Mastercard, MBNA)
Global Fortune 500 company in higher education and scholarly publishing with US$1.8bn revenue. Responsible for delivering large new customer, corporate acquisitions and partnership integrations across 3 business verticals: Scientific Publishing, Professional Development and Global Education.
New role as senior technology leader to partner business colleagues to “deal with the unexpected”. Established new organizational capability to lead execution of strategic yet unplanned initiatives such as acquisition due diligence, large high profile customer engagement, partner with third party with a large technology integration component, and responding to urgent competitive threats.