Gi Fernando

Founder, Freeformers

Entrepreneurial engineer and active angel investor, Gi co-founded global social technology leader Techlightenment (sold to Experian plc), the first company to provide a tool on top of the Facebook Ads API.

He is passionate about using tech to create a level playing field through unlocking digital skills in young people, and enabling greater diversity and social inclusion.

Gi is Chairman of Freeformers, which he founded in 2012, with a mission to use accelerated learning techniques to help young people, from all backgrounds, to develop high impact digital skills. He created an innovative 1-for-1 model whereby for every person a corporate pays to train, Freeformers delivers the same training to a young person who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity.

He is a Trustee of Apps for Good, which works with nearly 100 schools across the UK to teach young people how to make apps that will change the world and give thousands of 11-18 year olds the chance to develop digital skills. He also sits on Nesta’s Digital Makers Panel and is a Trustee of Cage Cricket.