Sir Nigel Broomfield

Non-executive Chairman

Sir Nigel Broomfield was educated at Haileybury College and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He served in the British Army from 1959 to 1968, after which, in 1969, he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and served in Bonn, Moscow, Berlin and New Delhi. He was Ambassador to the German Democratic Republic 1988-90 and saw at first hand the collapse of the Berlin Wall. Between 1990 and 1992 Sir Nigel was under secretary of state (defence) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He returned to Germany as Ambassador to the newly unified country from 1993-97.

After retiring from the Diplomatic Service, Sir Nigel was director of the Ditchley Foundation 1999-2004 and was a non-executive director of TI Group 1998-2000 and of Smiths Group 2000-2007. He has served as a nonexecutive director to other companies in the telecommunications and real estate fields and is honorary President of the German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce in the UK.

Ilyas Khan

Director and CEO

Ilyas Khan is the CEO and co-founder of Cambridge Quantum Computing.

A Fellow of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, Ilyas is also the Leader in Residence at the Judge Business School where he has been instrumental in the establishment of the highly regarded business accelerator programme that is focused on the technology sector. In addition to having founded two previous companies, Ilyas has also been an active hands-on investor in technology companies since 1998.

Ilyas is also currently the Chairman and a founding Trustee of The Stephen Hawking Foundation.

Ilyas is also the founding Chairman (non-executive) of The Stanhill Foundation. Amongst other things, the Stanhill Foundation supports research and scholarship in STEM and currently funds a number of doctoral and post doctoral students in mathematics, quantum mechanics and the philosophy of science.

Prof Béla Bollobás

Senior Advisor

A fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, Prof ​Bollobás also holds the Jabie Hardin Chair of Excellence in Combinatorics in the University of Memphis. His interest in Combinatoris originated from a very early age, and was heavily influenced by the work of Paul Erdos, who was also his first mentor in the field of Combinatorics. Professor ​Bollobás has an Erdos number of 1.

Prof Bollobás has published a large number of very highly regarded papers, and is largely responsible for the development of his area of mathematics in the past few decades. Aspects of his work include, but are not limited to, random graphs, percolation, extremal graphs and isoperimetric inequalities. Moreover, he is responsible for training a great number of mathematicians, with the majority of people working in these areas nowadays having been taught, supervised or mentored by him at one point of their careers.

Prof Imre Leader

Senior Advisor

Imre Leader is a Professor of Pure Mathematics and a Fellow of Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Having completed a PhD in Combinatorics under the supervision of Prof Béla Bollobás, he has published a number of significant works in the area. He is widely recognised as a leader in the field of discrete mathematics.

Prof Adrian Kent

Senior Advisor

Adrian Kent is Professor of Quantum Physics in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, and an Affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo, Ontario.

He was the first to show that relativistic signaling constraints have significant cryptographic uses, pioneering the field of relativistic quantum cryptography. With Jonathan Barrett and Lucien Hardy, he showed that quantum key distribution schemes can be proven secure based on the no-signaling principle alone, which initiated the development of device-independent quantum key distribution and quantum cryptography. Together with Roger Colbeck, he invented quantum randomness expansion. Among his other contributions is recent work, partly in collaboration with Emily Adlam, on summoning, a key task for designing quantum algorithms in space-time.

Prof Arthur Gibson

Special Advisor to the Board

After graduating at Cambridge University, Professor Gibson was for some years a member of the Jodrell Bank Radio-Astronomy laboratories' research colloquia, at the invitation of its founder. Upon his return to Cambridge, Arthur Gibson gave lecture courses on the foundations of physics and pursued a variety of researches. Professor Gibson's office is in the Faulkes Institute of Geometry, where he is resident in the Cambridge Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics. Professor Gibson was also the Provost's Guest at Columbia University, and was invited to the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study for Freeman's "Dyson Sphere", amongst other visits to research institutions.

Arthur Gibson continues with a number of specialised research projects in pure and applied mathematics and their relations to tackling how to resolve extremal and extreme conditions that these subjects involve. In this research Professor Gibson is especially concerned to advance blue skies' thinking, to isolate and prove the nature of its counter-intuitive quality, as a means to discover new identities. He frequently benefits from expansive collaboration with a number of specialists at the frontiers of these fields.

In addition to his special interests and publications (some on security, and therefore unpublished) Professor Gibson was invited to be founding Chair of the European Maritime Security Council (now absorbed into the ESC). He has been called on to advise on international and national issues by England's House of Lords, the USA, other governments, and a range of multinational corporations.

Arthur Gibson has been a Proctor of the University of Cambridge, and was as such an ex officio Member of its Council of the Senate, of various Senate sub-committees, including Societies' Syndicate Chairman, Cambridge Union Society.

Professor Gibson's other research interests and wide ranging publications outside of physics and mathematics include Mathematical Philosophy, the foundations - or lack thereof - of mathematics, the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and long standing positions as advisor on legal matters that has included a fellowship within the University of Cambridge Law Faculty.

Dr Simone Severini

Senior Advisor

Dr Simone Severini is a Reader in Physics of Information and a Royal Society University Research Fellow (2011-19) with the Department of Computer Science at University College London UCL, and a Visiting Chair Professor with the Institute of Natural Sciences at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

At UCL, Simone started the Computer Science Quantum Interest Group, and was a founding member of the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute. He previously conducted research in several world-class academic institutions, including the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at University of Waterloo, and at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, in Cambridge, during several thematic programs.

Simone is a Steering Committee Member of the Conference on the Theory of Quantum Computation, Communication and Cryptography (TQC), a Member of the Computer Science Evaluation Group (2014-16) at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and he serves in the editorial board of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (2016-18). His research is at the interplay of physics, information theory, and discrete mathematics.

Dr Takis Psarogiannakopolous

Head of Research and Development and co-founder of CQC

Takis is a mathematician, who studied in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Cambridge, and an expert computer programmer who has worked on several open source software projects (X11, GCC, GDB, Perl, Mozilla Firefox). His recent interests in Mathematics include M. Freedman and A. Kitaev work on quantum computing and combinatorics.

Dr Charles Poli

Head of Machine Learning

Charles received his doctorate in Theoretical Quantum Physics at Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, LPMC, France in 2009.

Following his PhD, Charles has held various postdoctoral fellowships at Benémerita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, IFUAP, Mexico, Universidad Autónoma de Mexico Campus Morelos, ICF, Mexico, in the group led by Professor Rafael Mendez-Sanchez and as a senior research assistant at Lancaster University, Physics department, UK, headed by Professor Henning Schomerus.

Dr Mattia Fiorentini


Dr Mattia Fiorentini has a PhD in theory and simulation of condensed matter from King's College London. He previously studied Physics at SISSA, Trieste and at the University of Milano. His field of expertise is the simulation of quantum physics by means of high performance computing.

Scott Young


Scott Young is an experienced investment banker with extensive cross-border transaction experience in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. Scott is founder and Managing Director of Gemini Capital in London, which is a consulting firm involved in providing strategic advice to a wide range of entities, including private businesses, multinational companies, family offices, private equity groups and sovereign wealth funds.

Scott has extensive relationships developed over 20 years with a wide range of international clients across a variety of industries. Key areas of focus include: pioneering healthcare technologies (stem cells for diabetes and drug delivery technologies); alternative energy, renewables and energy efficiency and mining & natural resources.

Scott was previously with Morgan Stanley & Company in New York in the International Capital Markets group. Earlier positions include Corporate Finance, Fixed Income and Equity Sales and Syndication with LF Rothschild in New York as well as the US offices of the OECD in New York.

Scott received his Doctorate in Law and MBA degrees with distinction at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz


Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz joined NASA Ames Research Center in 2012 as a research scientist, where his latest research involves the design of quantum algorithms to solve hard optimization problems and machine learning applications.

Alejandro received a master's degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in chemical physics from Harvard University. Before joining Harvard, he held research assistant positions at Clemson University, the University of Florida, and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Since 2012 and building on his years of prior experience programming the D-Wave quantum computer, Alejandro has worked in the implementation of several applications of interest to NASA's Quantum Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (QuAIL). He also developed a tuning strategy for quantum computing devices that achieved up to two orders of magnitude enhancement in the performance of the quantum algorithms for certain problem instances. Over the past nine years, he has worked on several foundational methods to implement robust quantum annealing algorithms; from physics-based approaches towards a better fundamental understanding of the device, to the validation and verification of these quantum technologies, and in the code development and implementation of several applications across a broad spectrum of application domains, with quantum machine learning and fault diagnosis being his current foci.