Dr. Chris Imafidon is from Edo State, Nigeria. He is an ophthalmologist based in London. He is a renowned scholar who has taught at Oxford, Harvard and Cambridge Universities at various times and consults for the United Kingdom, United States and other governments presents new evidence to support his theory that there is a genius in every child, and asks society to do all it can to develop each child’s talent even if the child is from the poorest background.
Chris is a multi-award winning researcher, and member of the Information Age Executive Round-table forum - which is made up of the top 15 IT experts, decision-makers, CIOs, and executives in the UK. He is a consultant to governments and industry leaders. As a former University lecturer in Cambridge he also has been a guest lecturer at the University of Oxford (Keble College) and a visiting Professor to US Universities, including Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, SUNY, Georgetown, Miami, LSU, and has collaborated with scientists at Yale University. He continues to mentor, supervise and examine both internal and external Ph.D, and undergraduate students at Imperial College, Cambridge, UCL and for Queen Mary University of London, where he was a former Head of the Management Technology Unit. Chris served on the Board of Governors, Woodford' one of the nation's most successful schools he currently serves on the board of Excellence in Education program.
He was initially saddled with the responsibility the theory that EVERYONE IS A GENIUS. Thereafter, he led a study of leadership and training. And if everyone has leadership traits, so what are the optimum conditions for realization of the genius/leader in every student even those students from disadvantaged communities. Social Media seem to be a powerful tool for learning.
Chris is an Honorary Board Member/Director of Research, therefore, he mentors and supports young Leaders, Teachers/tutors, Teaching assistants/Researchers from University of Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Kings College, UCL and Queen Mary University of London. He also collaborates with and consult for Ohio State University (USA); London and Oxford Colleges that are keen on mutual areas collaboration.
He has been quoted in, contributed to, and featured in over 1,500 major media outlets world-wide, including the BBC, CNN, ITV, Fox-News, Time Magazine, Sky News, Wall Street Journal, USA-Today, Newsweek, New York Times, TV5, Times, Guardian, Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Mirror, Sun, Voice, Express, Daily Star, Vancouver Sun, China Today, NTA TV, Pretoria Times, India Today and many more. Chris received invitations to appear on the Oprah Winfrey TV Show two times (USA). His students have been featured in major media outfits around the world after breaking various world records.
He has often said that every child has an estimated 100 billion brain cells and one cell computes faster than the world’s fastest NASA super computer. “Any baby learns and absorbs information sixty times more than teenagers. Therefore, it is self-evident that my widely quoted assertion that every kid is a whizzkid is an absolute truism”.
Dr. Chris’s children broke academic records in Britain to become the youngest persons ever to pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam and also the youngest ever to enter high school says every child is a genius. His eldest child became the youngest ever Masters graduate in the twin specialisms of Mathematics and Computer Science from Oxford University.
His daughter, Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE is a British computing, mathematics and language child prodigy. She is one of the youngest to pass two GCSEs in two different subjects while in primary school. She passed two GCSE Examinations (in Mathematics and Information technology) at the age of 11. Imafidon founded and became CEO of Stemettes in 2013, a social enterprise promoting women in STEM careers, and was honoured with an MBE in 2016.
Dr. Chris says that “the appropriate use of innovative computer tools and techniques is a bigger factor than parent’s genes, postcode, gender, or any other factor in student academic achievement.