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Meet Joseph Ikhalia; An emerging thought leader in Cybersecurity and Blockchain Technology


Joseph Ikhalia is the mastermind behind the innovative security awareness platform -Social Network Criminal ( which he developed to educate and empower computer users worldwide. He left for the United Kingdom 6 years ago with little knowledge about Information Technology. With a strong drive and passion to learn, he spent 16 hours every day learning how to write codes in PHP, Java, JavaScript and MySQL database management systems. It was no surprise that he graduated top of his M.Sc. Information Technology Class with a strong recommendation to pursue his Doctorate degree.

Joseph recovered his M.Sc. tuition fees before completing the programme without having to go look for a job and got offered a PhD admission by three universities in the UK two weeks after his application. Joseph Ikhalia is a Nigerian who is blazing the trail in the UK through hard work, commitment and a passionate desire to change the narrative positively.

Joseph Ikhalia is the mastermind behind the innovative security awareness platform -Social Network Criminal ( which he developed to educate and empower computer users worldwide. He pushes boundaries in the field of cybersecurity through research and a strong desire to help others protect their assets and identities in a world evolving with endless technological innovation.

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Ambrose Ali University, Edo State, Nigeria; a Masters in Information Technology from the University of East London and a PhD in Information Systems and Computing Research from Brunel University London. His work has offered him the opportunity to present at International Scientific Conferences with his research featuring in various journals including a Paper that emerged the Best at the 15th International Conference on WWW/Internet in Mannheim Germany.

Dr Ikhalia is a passionate, skilled and an inspiring speaker. His solid experience, knowledge and research work has made him a relevant voice and an emerging thought leader in his field. He was one of the speakers at the Commonwealth Africa Initiative event held on the 31st January 2018 organized by the African Leadership Forum. The theme of the event was Nurturing the Next Generation and he spoke on ‘The Impact of Technology in the Advancement of African Leadership.

Speaking at the event, he said “How do we fix Nigeria/Africa? Beg the government to give us electricity and basic infrastructure? Of course not! We can learn from nations who have similar socio-economic challenges and defiled the odds to become an economic force. For example India, despite their various challenges, they have developed the new Silicon Valley with their strides in Bangalore – making them the third technology powerhouse in the world. How did they achieve such a remarkable feat? The answer is HUMAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT. It’s time for Nigerians to wake up from the sleep of sentiments and enjoy their share of the global technology pie. #JosephIkhaliaQuotes #AfricanForumLondon”

While encouraging young Africans to become more proactive in technology, Joseph said “If you can’t write the codes; develop the models, if you can’t develop the models, recruit the people who can. By all means, find a place within the tech space.”


To reach or know more about Dr. Joseph Ikhalia, who has carved a path for himself and done so excellently in the United Kingdom; visit his website.

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