Tonson is an academic, entrepreneur and public speaker who is passionate about education and international development, particularly Africa’s development. He is the co-founder and Director of Operations of Books2Africa, where he oversees the day-to-day operations of the charity, its Processing and Distribution Centres and the logistics of aid distribution across the UK and Africa. Tonson works closely with academic institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and corporate sponsors to deliver the charity’s aims and objectives and monitor its impact. He often promotes the work of Books2Africa via speaking engagements at United Nations events, the University of Oxford and the BBC amongst others.
Tonson has a PhD and an MA in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, and a BA in History and International Studies from Babcock University. He is a member of the Conflict Research Society and the Royal African Society. Tonson has lectured in Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent, Cambridge Arts and Science College, London Foundation Campus, Cusano University and Florida State University. He was also a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies; Campaigner at World Development Movement (Global Justice Now) and Reading Committee member at Chevening. He was awarded a bursary by the Institute for Historical Research to complete his PhD thesis on “The Role of Traditional Rulers in Protracted Communal Conflicts in Nigeria”.
Tonson is a Christian and enjoys playing football.