Tobias Masterton - Executive Director - Tutudesk UK


As Executive Director, Toby leads on international business development and strategic partnerships for Tutudesk. He is founder/CEO of the Adenium Group, a social impact consultancy specialising in mitigating the effects of conflict, transnational crime, violent extremism, socio-economic exclusion and climate change with an emphasis on Commonwealth countries. Thematic areas include modern slavery, human trafficking, refugees, fair labour, mental health, wildlife poaching, marine conservation, food/water security and renewable energy. He works with grass roots organisations, diaspora communities, multinationals, philanthropists and traditional donors to achieve changes in behavior through education, mentoring and outreach in a social enterprise context. He is an ambassador of the Tutu Foundation UK, a member of King’s College London’s Conflict & Health Research Group, a consultant with IHS Global Risk, a UN ‘Gender in Conflict’ specialist, and an ambassador of E2E which champions and connects entrepreneurs, creates communities, invests equity capital and recruits non-executive directors for SMEs.

Toby spent many years in the British Army, including NATO and UN operations in the Balkans, Middle East, Asia and Africa. He has been an expert adviser to the European Union/African Union on peacekeeping, child soldiers, and sexual violence against women and children in conflict. He has provided information to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. He served in the strategic communications, stabilisation and influence organisation of the UK Ministry of Defence, and as a regional adviser in a specialist cultural unit. Previously, he was a senior adviser to the CEO of Homestrings (now Movement Capital) – a diaspora remittances-based investment platform, and a Senior Associate Fellow in the Advanced Research and Assessment Group at the Defence Academy of the UK. He has postgraduate qualifications from King’s College, London; Institut Francais des Alpes, Annecy; and Columbia University in New York.