Let’s be honest: How many times have you found yourself anxiously looking for the nearest exit at one of these tired events?
That’s why we are not only delighted but also ecstatic, to create an event that offers you real value for money. Student Entrepreneurship Week Ghana is a power-packed event that will bring renowned entrepreneurs together for thought leadership on how to build and grow sustainable businesses.
As you learn how to create a real company and build a career, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, startup entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, diplomats, and community leaders who are ready to help you get started. This is where you belong — save your seat today!
Participate in multiple high-level, experiential events curated to serve the needs of different kinds of audience.
Participate in one-on-one mentoring sessions and learn the tricks and best practices of smart entrepreneurs and corporate executives.
This is a gathering of the best and brightest in Ghana’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Expand your social capital while having a good time.
Get actionable expert insights into the following subjects: business development, technology, growth hacking, financing, entrepreneurship.
Tony Robbins said that success depends more on psychology than strategy. Experience mind-bending programs that help you unleash your greatness.
Locate investors, participate in Young Money enterprise pitch competition and win amazing prizes. This is the time to make your ideas happen!
Are you a student at any Ghanaian University with a technology-based business or business idea?
Apply now for the chance to get funding and business support for your idea!
My experience with SFAN has been very enriching. SFAN events are ideal environments for great thinkers and for young people to learn skills that can help them reach their potentials.
I had the privilege of representing MEST Africa at SFAN’s Quantum Leap Career Fair in 2017. The event had a great lineup of speakers and inspiring conversations; it was time well spent!
I had the opportunity to participate in SFAN’s Business Breakfast Meeting in 2016. It was a very well-planned and informative session. The panellists on branding had really great insights and I left there thinking about some of the points raised. I don’t doubt other attendees took a lot from it as well. The pitches were great — A good way to know about other cool initiatives. The French Embassy opportunity was also great.
SFAN is exactly what the youth need. Their events always exceed their promises. The content of our last digital marketing event was exceptional. We talked about digital Now and what can be expected in the future. That should be the task of seminars, to push the envelope and help the attendees to grow. I love working with The SFAN team because they simply get it.
Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal is Ghana's Minister for Business Development. Until his appointment, he was the former Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited, Ghana's biggest media organization and Chase Petroleum. As an entrepreneur, Awal is the founder and owner of four companies; Marble Communications Group Limited, publishers of The Finder Group of Newspapers, HMW printers, Marble Consultants and Marble Developers.
Dr. Awal, was adjudged Ghana's Marketing Man of the year, '2009'. He holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and three master's degrees in various disciplines from different universities. He has Masters in Applied Business Research - Swiss Business School, Switzerland, Executive Masters in Business Administration (University of Ghana Business School, Legon), Masters in International Journalism (University of Wales, UK). Dr. Awal has also done courses in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School, USA and oil production and management at Oxford, UK.
He has worked as a consultant with many companies, where he offered consultancy services in the areas of business strategy, management, marketing and communications.
Dr. Awal has also consulted for diplomatic Missions, international development partners as well as state institutions. He is 56 years old married with four children.
Afua Osei is a co-founder of She Leads Africa, a media company for millennial African women. She is an expert in creating digital content and live experiences that impact and connect with a new generation of smart, ambitious African women.
Afua started SLA with Yasmin Belo-Osagie, a colleague from McKinsey & Company and the two have since been named by Forbes Africa as 2 of the youngest power women in Africa (2014). Afua was also named by Ventures Africa as one of the top 25 African innovators to watch (2016) and one of the 30 Quartz Africa innovators in 2017.
Afua has been all over the world with her career serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, working in the Office of First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House, and working on more than 6 different political campaigns as a communications consultant. She moved to Nigeria in 2013 to serve as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company, advising large corporations and multinationals across Africa.
Afua completed a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, studied international management at the London School of Economics, and graduated cum laude from Allegheny College.
Yofi Grant is a renowned Ghanaian investment banker with over 30 years of extensive work experience in banking and finance. Having served in various capacities in corporate finance, credits, marketing, and investment banking, Mr. Grant has broad knowledge and exposure in the African financial markets and has cultivated strong relationships with international private equity funds, portfolio investment managers and brokerage funds. He was responsible for the development and implementation of AAF SME Fund LLC, one of the largest agriculture funds in Sub-Saharan Africa, and helped them achieve their first close of US$30 million.
Yofi is a council member of the Continental Business Network of the African Union which advises African governments on private sector finance and infrastructure and has served in many directorship roles in the following subsidiaries of the Databank Group. Databank Agrifund Manager Limited, Databank Financial Services Limited and Databank Brokerage Services Limited. In 2009, he was the Executive Director for Business Development for the entire Databank Group. Mr. Grant was a consultant on finance and business for the Africa Asia Business Forum (AABF) organized by the UNDP which run workshops in 12 African countries and six Asian countries in 2002.
He is partner and co-founder to a number of companies including Grant Dupuis Investment Limited, an investment advisory firm and Coldwell Banker Ghana a company which holds the master franchise license for Coldwell Banker (of the Realogy Group in New Jersey, USA, the world’s largest real estate organization) for Ghana and Nigeria. In addition to this, he recently co-founded Praxis Fortune Calibre, a firm that offers general business and investment advisory and consulting services across the continent.
He holds several supervisory board mandates in private sector companies in the telecommunications, commodities, and education sectors and has also played many policy advisory roles for government, particularly in private sector development. He was chairman of Ghana Telecom (One Touch), the Listing Committee of the Ghana Stock Exchange, and Venture Capital Association of Africa amongst other prestigious organizations.
Mr. Grant was also Special Advisor to the Minister for Private Sector Development between 2002 and 2006 where he advised and assisted the Minister with policy formulation and implementation and also on financing for private sector development projects.
As the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, it is Yofi's singular vision to make Ghana the 'Best place to do business in Africa'. He lives by the guiding principle of honesty, integrity and hard work. He also believes that everything is achievable and that it is only a question of faith in God, will, desire and focus.
Liz Grossman is a social entrepreneur passionate about promoting equitable collaboration between the United States and Africa. She has spent ten years studying, working and living in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly interested about the use of internet technology to improve access and quality of education, developing communications skills, and to prepare youth for entering the digital workforce, and has completed independent research studies on the topic in both Cameroon and Senegal. She is a strategic thinker with particular strengths in international communications, event planning, relationship building, strategic planning and social enterprise/organizational development. She develops relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders to ensure successful coordination of projects and campaigns.
Sammy is a Journalist, a Lawyer and an Academic. He is an associate at Cromwell Gray LLP.
He has over a decade of experience in journalism working for both foreign and local media organizations. Until December 2015, Sammy Darko was the BBC World Service correspondent for Ghana. He is now a freelancer for the BBC.
Sammy has worked across most media platforms including tv, radio and online for BBC World Service and BBC Domestic audience.
Sammy has also been a Lecturer at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) since November 2016, teaching and researching into media law, business communication and journalism.
Sammy holds a Masters in Gender, Peace and Security studies, an LL.B, degree in Communication studies (hons) and certificate in multimedia broadcasting from the BBC college of Journalism as well as a certificate in Merchandising.
He is also a media trainer/facilitator.
Some Consultancy Works:
(October, 2017): Facilitator-Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Media Training on fighting illicit drugs, Accra.
(September, 2017): Facilitator-Tiger Eye Foundation’ "Nigeria Investigates training”, Ibadan.
(October, 2017): Speaker- Editors Liaison Workshop on Oil and Gas Ghana. Topic; “Strategies for newsrooms to improve on quality of reporting key issues in the oil and gas sector”, Koforidua-Ghana.
(March, 2016):Member, editorial committee- Maiden UPSA Law Conference; “Ghana@60: Evolution of Law, Democratic Governance, Human Rights and Future Prospects.
(April, 2016): Facilitator- Oxfam hired me to do Media Spokesperson Training for seven of its top specialist staff in Ghana.
(June, 2016) Facilitator- Citi FM/Star Ghana Election reporting training for journalists with Citi fm, Accra.
Sammy has covered one of the biggest technology fairs-Mobile World Congress in Spain. I have also been to German and Sao Tome and Principe to cover activities of the United States Africa Command and US Naval Forces African Partnership Station Project. Sammy has been to the centre of the world on the high seas.
He was also in Kenya to cover Samsung African forum; in Liberia to cover the first flight of Virgin Nigeria to Liberia; in South Africa for the digital migration summit; and in Nigeria for training in Early Warning Systems of ECOWAS.
Sammy was also in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to cover the deadly Ebola outbreak.
Academic Works & Articles
The Under-Representation of African Women in Politics: a case study of the Ghana Parliament (2014).
Grave Task (BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, October-December Ed. 2012).
The Impact of News Websites on the Sale of Newspapers in Ghana: a case study of patrons of Busy Internet cafe.( 2008).
Gina has over 30 years of international experience training, educating and coaching entrepreneurs, executives, and business teams through her high intensity live events, immersive online trainings and focused one on one mentoring. She takes you on transformational, unconventional, and immersive journeys to supercharge your performance. Her strategies and insights take you on a deep dive to breakthrough all that holds you back from the business, relationships and life you deserve and want. She has a keen ability to simplify complex issues and help you create the roadmap for your future. Known by those who work with her as the “Game Changer”, Gina has the natural ability to inspire her audience to action while creating energy, depth and new perspectives in their business. Her diverse background as a personal development expert, former business attorney and CFO for a financial firm, brings a wealth of wisdom and practical advice for getting you to the next level of success and joy in life!
Managing Partner & Co-founder of Development Perspectives, and CEO of Smarty & Savvy Women Ltd, a subsidiary of the former. Josephine is an entrepreneur, a TV Host, and an accomplished International Development Economist specialized in Trade, Private Sector Development, Regional Economic Integration and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Prior to her current position, Josephine worked as a Consultant for the African Development Bank between January 2011 to December 2015, where she undertook numerous multifaceted assignments. Typical assignment areas include: national trade competitiveness, intra-African Trade, international trade, regional trade & transport facilitation, international market access trade negotiations, trade finance, industrialisation and value addition, regional and global agricultural value chain analysis & development, spatial development for market intelligence, market platforms and logistics; access to input and output agricultural markets (soft and hard infrastructure), and gender mainstreaming, among others.
Christabel is a program management and evaluation specialist with over ten years’ experience. She has worked directly in the subject areas of economic development, education policy, gender, human rights, agriculture and trade; and is skilled in the areas of qualitative and quantitative monitoring and evaluation, project and policy design, and capacity building.
She currently works as a Program Specialist in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the Bank, she was the program manager for the USAID’s Learning, Evaluation and Analysis Project contract, where she led the implementation of cost-benefit analyses, and policy and program evaluations in several countries including Liberia, Uganda, Ethiopia Guatemala, Honduras, and Nepal, Philippines, and Peru. Her international development experience also includes working with UN Development, UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and UNWOMEN.
Christabel has a Masters in International Affairs degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Political Science from the College of Wooster. Outside work, she loves to swim, read, travel and take pictures. She is particularly passionate about mentoring and education.
Christabel founded Ahaspora in 2011, and is responsible for the overall success of the organization, providing oversight for its projects.
Samuel Mensah is a London based Creative, whose experience spans various design and creative disciplines. From Branding/Identity, UI/UX Design, Digital Marketing, Conception and Design, Production, Visual Design & Art Direction. Inspired with a passion for integrated Branding and visual marketing to create overall innovative user experiences.
Mensah has created and been credited with crafting Award-Winning Campaigns and artistic treatments globally for clients such as Nike, Google, MTV, Virgin, BBC, H&M & Barclays. His self-initiated work has also been featured on prestigious platforms and magazines such as Creative Review, Adobe.com, Abduzeedo, & DesignYouTrust to name a few.
He is also experienced in not only developing the physical creative of several products but capable to confidently and passionately pitch and communicate concepts to clients. He also understands the power of teamwork and harnessing potential within those around him.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic & Media Design for Advertising from University of Arts London. He maintains a process of creating Self-Initiated works and collaborating with established studios and creatives under the personal outfit/brand SMBStudios. Whose ethos is focused on exploring new ways of creating branding innovation and visual storytelling for various industries. Mensah is also a D&AD New Blood Ambassador working closely with the foundation to mentor next generation of creatives into finding their path and hone their creative skills.
Mensah is also the Founder and creative director of creative organization and platform, Youth Worldwide.
Andy is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). He has worked with many organizations spanning public services, manufacturing and IT sectors. He has over 16 years working experience with about 9 years in senior management. He started his career with the Coca Cola bottling plant in Kumasi in 2002, where he worked as a finance Assistant, before travelling to the UK, where he worked with the Birmingham City Council in several roles, leaving their employment after working as an Accountancy Assistant in 2007. He later joined Denise Mastersons International Ltd, also in the UK as the Finance and Administration manager, where he helped set up of a lot of the systems and operational procedures for the company.
Whilst working in the UK, he studied for the CIMA certification, finishing all examinations in May 2009. He returned to Ghana at the end of 2009, and after some months on the job market, he was employed by Ayum Forest Products Ltd, A timber manufacturing and exporting firm, as their Financial Accountant. Through hard work and dedication, he was promoted to become the 1st ever black Chief Accountant of the company after just a few months with the company.
He later left and joined IBM Ghana Limited as a Financial Analyst when IBM opened its office in Ghana in 2011. He occupied this role until he was later asked to start the HR practice for IBM in Ghana as there was no substantive HR person in Ghana. This was a totally new challenge as it was quite different from what he has known most of his working life, but having grabbed this opportunity, he exhibited the same work ethic and integrity, as he discharged his work and excelled in this new challenge, leading to him being given control of the HR responsibilities of Central Africa as well – a position he occupies till date.
Eric Osiakwan, Managing Partner of Chanzo Capital is an Entrepreneur and Investor with 15 years of ICT industry leadership across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs and high-tech startups. He Co-Founded Angel Africa List,Angel Fair Africa and currently serves on the board of Farmerline, SMS GH, Forhey, Teranga Solutions, SeeSayDo, Oasis Websoft, Siqueries, Amp.it, SameLogic, Bisa app, Wanjo Foods,Ghana Cyber City and WABco – some of which are his investments.
He was part of the team that built the TEAMS submarine cable in East Africa and an ICT Consultant for the WorldBank, Soros Foundations, UNDP, USAID, USDoJ, USDoS as well as African governments and private firms.
He authored “The KINGS of Africa’s Digital Economy”, co-authored the “Open Access Model”, adopted globally by the telecommunications industry, “Negotiating the Net” – the politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic Group. He was invited to contribute ideas to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa. Eric is a TED, Stanford, MIT and Harvard fellow.
Damilola Thompson is a corporate and commercial lawyer, with core expertise in venture capital transactions. She is involved in the entire value chain of venture investing from sourcing deals, analysis of pitch decks, the conduct of due diligence, drafting investment documentation including term sheets and transaction documents, etc. In addition to this, she is involved in providing portfolio company support and strategy formulation and maintaining investor relations, investor reports, and fund formation.
Damilola is also passionate about building the African startup ecosystem and she is actively involved in getting stakeholders to taking up active roles to drive this.
Leticia has had an exciting career spanning across a number of sectors and has over 10 years experience in people management, marketing and business development, identifying and developing new markets. She has a strong entrepreneurial spirit having set up her own recruitment business in the UK. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and is dedicated to effecting the necessary change
to develop ecosystems for African entrepreneurs.
Leticia managed the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN), the first and only Angel Investor Network in Ghana, connecting early stage businesses with capital from high net worth individuals. Leticia has served as an advisor to DFID, USAID and as part of investment and steering committee for SWAPP powered by Netherlands Embassy. In her current capacity she plays a role in bridging the funding gap for early stage businesses by providing a platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors.
Bertha Owusu is a former model and Miss Ghana 2000 finalist. She founded Lumiere Couture, a clothing line focusing on the everyday needs of women. The aim and focus of the label are to meet the needs of all ladies in Ghana, Africa and across the world.
Lumiere Couture is an exciting and fun label targeted at any lady who loves fashion. The brand cuts across the western world and Africa through sensational marketing strategies across social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Lumiere Couture won the Glitz Fashion Emerging Designer Award 2015 in Ghana.
Kelvin Name is Co-founder and CEO of MeQasa.com – arguably the biggest real estate site in Ghana with over 24K property listings across the country.
Kelvin’s entrepreneurial Journey started in his second year of university when he teamed up with two friends to start an internet cafe, and at the same time tried to start a remedial school for students who were looking to make a good grade to study in the University.
He completed his degree in 2010 and served the nation as a teacher at a vocational school for a year. During this period he applied to and was selected for the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST). He graduated from MEST in 2013 with a business idea that got a $90K seed funding. Today this idea is MeQasa.com, run by two co-founders and an 18-strong team after a follow-up $800K series A investment from Frontier Digital Ventures.
Dela A. Kumahor is a Product Designer and Researcher. He brings extensive experience practicing, advocating and mentoring user-centred design processes, and an ability to marry design-doing with big picture perspective and strategy. With well over a decade working for clients and contexts as diverse as luxury furniture makers in central Italy to Community Health Nurses in rural Ghana, his work includes the design and development of printed materials, Web, IPTV and smart meter interfaces, and mHealth and mAgri applications and services.
In 2014, Dela co-founded The Cobalt Partners, a Design and Technology consulting firm in Accra. He served as Partner, Design Lead and lead of several cross-disciplinary project teams, until 2017. Some of his clients at Cobalt included Vodafone Ghana, TV3, Barclays Ghana, Petra Trust and the Chocolonely Foundation. He has also lectured in Design, Human-Computer Interaction and e-Commerce at Ashesi University, espousing the idea of Design – treated holistically and technically – as the ultimate problem-solving pursuit. He also speaks and runs workshops on Design Thinking and design for inclusion.
Dela has a Bachelor’s in Computer Science (concentration in Digital Media Design) from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Product-Service Systems Design from the Politecnico di Milano.
Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in T&A, Negotiation, Business Planning, Integrated Systems, and Card Security and Technologies.
Edem is a Software Engineer with over 10 years of experience and a track record in web and mobile applications development, integration and service delivery. He has extensive experience in globally distributed software development, solution design and implementation of complex technical projects.
His specialty domains include: E-Commerce, Investment Banking, FinTech, Nutrition Tech, Publishing, Real Estate, etc.
Databases: Postgres, MySQL, MS SQL, Firebase, Redis
Infrastructure: AWS, Heroku, Digital Ocean
Continuous Integration: CircleCI, Semaphore, Bitbucket Pipelines, TeamCity
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Lakeshia Marie is a Jamaican- American who is passionate about business in Africa and intercultural relations. She is the founder of Ford Communications, a 360 boutique strategic communications agency that provides public relations, customer service, and brand management services. The organization seeks to bridge the gap between Africa and the western world.
Ms. Ford attended Spelman College, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Studies and M.A. International Communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
Named one of the Top 5 Women impacting IT in Africa, Ethel Cofie is CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting, an IT Consulting and Digital Products Company in West Africa and Europe. She’s also the founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora and growing.
Ethel created of women in tech week, a global event which started in 2016 to bring together women in technology. The First events brought together over 10,000 women virtually with physical events in Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Canada, Germany, Belgium and China
In recent times she has been shortlisted for the UN GEMTech Awards, with her thoughts and opinions on innovation and technology in emerging markets featured in prestigious publications like Wired UK, New Africa Woman, European Business Review and Business Africa amongst others
Cofie is a Mandela Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) with a wealth of technical and commercial skills acquired across a wide range of demanding roles and over 12 years’ experience working in the UK ,Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone on projects like Bill and Melinda Gates-funded Mobile Technology for Health project, the Ford Foundation’s Election Monitoring project for Nigeria, etc
She has been featured on BBC and opinion pieces are published on CNN on the topics of technology in emerging markets, and women leadership.
When Ethel is not running EDEL or Women in Tech Africa, she enjoys advising and consulting on technology growth in emerging markets and bringing more women into technology careers across Africa.
Darlington Ahiale Akogo is a Deep Learning/Machine Learning Engineer & Researcher who founded minoHealth in order to democratize Quality Healthcare in Africa. minoHealth develops Artificial Intelligence systems for medical diagnoses and prognoses. They also use Data Science and Cloud Computing to collect, analyze and visualize health data.
Darlington Ahiale Akogo also heads minoHealth AI Labs where he and his team research and apply Artificial Intelligence to fields like Biotechnology, Regenerative Medicine/Tissue Engineering, Optometry, Epidemiology, Dietetics/Nutrition and Agriculture. And with Gudra AI Studio, they explore Artificial Intelligence applied to general domains like Energy, Art, Education, and Linguistics.
Gloria Shekoni is a Technology Product Manager, with over 12 years of experience in Technology. She has an undergrad in Management Information Systems and Finance from the University of Oklahoma, and an MBA from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her background spans from software quality assurance, software development, implementation of technical projects to coaching and mentoring. Born and raised in Nigeria, she is a proponent of Women in Tech and hopes to use Technology to make the world a better place.
George (Jorge) Appiah is a Technoprenuer and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (BSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Renewable energy (MSc).
He is passionate about youth employment and impact innovations which causes him to focus on accelerating the adoption of the 4th industrial age technologies in solving crucial challenges and creating jobs in Africa through Human Capacity building.
George is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; a Tech innovation Hub which through its Future Workforce for Africa Initiative trains undergraduate, unemployed and underemployed youth to acquire competent skills in emerging technologies for Problem-Solution-Startup or getting employment.
He is also the Executive Chairman of the Ghana Tech and Business Hubs Network (TBHNG) and a member of the Working Group for the formation of an Association of African Tech Hubs by Africa Union Commission Trade and Industry Department.
George has over 7 years’ experience in STEM as the founder of Creativity Group and has over the years being involved STEM promotion. Creativity Group (Cg) is an interdisciplinary community of student innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are using innovation and technology as a tool, to solve problems in our communities and in Ghana for social interventions and sustainable development. It has presence in 5 public universities, a current membership of 500 students and have trained a total of about 3000 students.
He is a member of the STI Policy group of the UN Major Group on Youth and Children advocating and advising the UN agencies and the UN Secretariat on the youth perspective on the advancement of Science and technology.
He is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, a member of IEEE since 2010, a member of International Design and Innovation Network (IDIN) of MIT D-Lab and a Research Fellow at The Energy Center, KNUST.
Sydney Sam is an expert in branding and business management. Sam develops and executes brand engagement strategies for both start-ups and large corporate organizations both in the African market and beyond.
He has also mentored numerous young entrepreneurs and business professionals on how to use even the most basic marketing principles to increase their personal and organizational potential. At Workspace Global, his aim is to create, nurture and propel home-grown African brands to ready them for the bigger picture, that is, international business. They also serve as a true liaison & catalyst for global brands entering Ghana, West Africa, and other African markets.
Founded in 2011, The Workspace has made monumental strides in corporate Ghana. Through brand identity development, graphic design, digital marketing (social media), web design and development, photography, videography, print, advertising and other marketing tools they keep transforming one business after the other. The brand has serviced high profile organizations like The World Bank, Unicef, Tullow, Nespresso, Mobus, Lord of the Wings and so on.
Selorm is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, educator, marketing strategist and widely consulted technologist, especially in the areas of user experience design in Africa, a field that he virtually pioneered in West Africa's fast-expanding technology space. Selorm serves as Strategy Director for mPedigree, the global leader in the use of mobile and web technologies in securing products against faking, counterfeiting and diversion. MPedigree sells software that manufacturers use to label individual packs of medication with a random 12-digit code hidden under a scratch-off panel on the packaging. Currently, as the Global Strategy Director, he oversees the execution of a marketing plan for mPedigree's fascinating, and intricate, the strategy of interweaving enterprise and consumer mobile + web technologies to completely transform the global practice and market for "supply chain transformation" technologies. Selorm is also a founding member of the multi-award-winning think-tank, IMANI, he was responsible for the organization's early foray into online advocacy, an approach then unique in much of Africa.
Cedric is a skillful media executive with a strong acumen in project management and business development. He successfully launched 6 linear TV channels, mostly benefiting from a Pan-African footprint. He always demonstrated a very high level of work ethic, inclusive leadership and delivered outstanding results in the most challenging situations, especially under tight deadlines.
After succeeding at top managerial positions in leading African media groups, Cedric acquired an extensive experience in East and West Africa, collaborated with various big players from Asia (StarTimes), Africa (Multichoice, Econet Media) and Europe (Canal+) and contributed to various projects (Rwanda's digital migration process), publications and initiatives fostering new growth opportunities for the continent.
Passionate about ICT, mass media and content development, he is resolutely embracing the shift from linear broadcasting to digital on-demand services. He strongly believes in the enabling potential of technology when it comes to boosting the growth of emerging economies.
Cedric is proficient in developing and implementing innovative strategies that create profitable business models, increase reach, viewership and brand awareness while carefully assessing risks and opportunities. He considers the capacity building as a very rewarding process and he has a vivid passion for localization and local content development.
Proven track record in building and managing multicultural teams, team development, and inspiring inclusive corporate culture, because he believes that "If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." -- Henry Ford
Carl Manlan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic implementation of the foundation’s strategy across Africa.He is an economist with over ten years of experience in health, finance and project implementation. He has worked with communities across Africa and developed systems to improve public health financing while at UNDP and at the Global Fund. As a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow at the Economic Commission for Africa, he focused on industrial and agricultural policies aimed at accelerating the transformation of the African continent. Prior to joining Ecobank, he was the Executive Secretary of the public-private partnership between the African Union and the African private sector to assist Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the fight Ebola in West Africa.Carl Manlan holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He is a 2016 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. He writes on African economic transformation.
Ibrahim Misto is a highly competent technology business leader, with 17 years of experience as an executive with large corporations in the Telecom & ICT business, specializing in Infrastructure, applications, and services.
The most recent professional engagement Ibrahim had worked for in West Africa leading the implementation of network managed services transformation, Customer experience Management strategies, and 4G Advanced network rollout.
Ibrahim has an insatiable appetite for knowledge and this is evident from his qualifications gained at top business schools & management institutes with exposure to latest business trends. Ibrahim holds Executive MBA from CEIBS, and is certified from Harvard as well as George Washington University.
Kow Essuman is an international lawyer in every sense, who specializes in corporate and commercial litigation and arbitration. He is qualified to practise law in three different jurisdictions – England and Wales, New York State and Ghana.
Kow is currently the Counsel at the Office of the President, where he advises on legal matters that come to the Office of the President, for the attention of the President as well as matters that are related to the Office of the President. He is also the President’s Social Media Manager, and manages the President’s personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
Kow attended Prempeh College, and then subsequently, Holborn College in London, where he was awarded the Best Student Prize. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B. Hons) from the University of Westminster in 2007, and whilst at university, he made the decision to become a barrister instead of a solicitor because there were fewer black barristers in England. He applied and was accepted into the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court. Every barrister trained in England and Wales was required to be a member of an Inn of Court. He then accepted an offer from BPP Law School, which was the top Bar School in England at the time. He completed BPP Law School with a certification of Very Competent and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales on 24 July 2008.
In 2009, Kow obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) with Honors in International Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Institutions, from Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League institutions in the United States of America. He then took the New York Bar Exam in July 2009 and passed on a first attempt – a feat rarely
chalked by foreign lawyers. According to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, the passing rate for all foreign educated candidates who took the examination was 38.5% while foreign educated first time takers was 46.2%. Kow was then admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2010 as an attorney and counselor-at-law.
Kow has significant international legal experience. Before he returned to Ghana, Kow worked as a lawyer in New York and London representing clients in various matters. He returned to Ghana in October 2010 and joined the DLA Piper firm, Reindorf Chambers as a Foreign Associate. While at Reindorf, Kow undertook various corporate and commercial work, and conducted a major due diligence on a telecommunications company. He took the Ghana Bar Exam and was admitted to the Ghana Bar in October 2011.
He joined Ghana’s leading and largest law firm, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”), after his admission to the Ghana Bar. He was a member of the firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice group, rising to Senior Associate in his fourth year at the BELA. He gained a wealth of experience at BELA and represented a number of prestigious corporate clients including mining firms, telecommunication companies and real estate companies. He was led in representing a billion-dollar hedge fund in New York to detain an Argentine Warship in Ghana because Argentina had defaulted on sovereign bonds.
In addition to practising law, Kow worked with Web Legal Education to prepare students studying for their law degree in England; and with the New York Bar Company to prepare candidates around the world to take the New York Bar Exam. Kow also lectured the Law of Trusts at Zenith University College in Accra. He is currently a part-time lecturer at the Ghana School of Law, tutoring students in Advocacy and
Professional Ethics. He is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in England and since 2017, serves as a Conciliator on the Panel of Conciliators for the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes of the World Bank.
In 2013, Kow was selected as a Global Shaper and is currently a member of the Accra Hub of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum. In June 2015, he was selected as one of 80 Africans to represent the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.
In May 2015, Kow was featured in the Future of Ghana’s 30 Under 30 Maiden Edition and was described as “Internationally Known And Locally Accepted.” In June 2015, he was featured on the front page of the widely read Business and Financial Times under a story titled “Smart Suits, Fine Legal Brains.” He has appeared on various radio and television shows including Speak Up, an anti-corruption advocacy show on ETV Ghana, and Just The Law, a show that educates the public about the law on Viasat One.
Kow was voted the Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2017 and has recently been nominated as part of the Class of 2018, 100 Most Influential Young Persons of African Descent under the auspices of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent.
Award-winning communications professional, global tech ecosystem builder and creator of AB2020, a communications and events company that globally promotes and connects the Africa business and investment community.
AB2020 curates events lead multi-sector investment tours and diaspora business missions to Ghana and distribute a monthly digital newsletter to 10,000+ investors, business owners and entrepreneurs globally.
Akosua is also the founder of the Tech in Ghana Conference -a high-level industry platform in London and Accra, and a co-leader of TLA Africa (Tech London Advocates: Africa), a network of individuals and organizations working together to develop stronger links between the tech ecosystems in London and key African markets.
Background as a national newspaper journalist, digital content producer, and PR professional includes interviewing African Heads of State; dynamic international experience in media (print, broadcasting, TV), youth project development, celebrity launches, live music events and prestigious award ceremonies. Current and previous working partners and clients include the South African High Commission (UK), Ministry of Communications (Ghana), UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, Department for International Trade, the Africa Technology Business Network, the Mayor of London’s office, BBC, Prince’s Trust, the Observer newspaper and others.
With a deep interest in the design of business, my abilities in finance, entrepreneurship, and strategy are geared toward developing businesses that will scale the rank of the normal. His aim is to build and help businesses create substantial and sustainable ventures that will make an impact.
British born, Ghanaian Molded, and American raised Nana Osei is undergraduate from a Carleton University with vast experience in the marketing and advertising industry. His entrepreneurial journey started with the organization of expedition trips & limousine nights from Ottawa to Montreal.
Nana built strong leadership and networking skills through the launching and organizing shows that exposed people to new innovative, sustainable and stylish brands. His growth and discovery taught him how to incorporate sustainability into every aspect of his business including the product development, high tech and fashion consumer merchandise. He is the CEO & Founder of Bohten
Specialties: Social Entrepreneurship, Brand development, Market development, Market intelligence, Open Innovation, Sustainable Design, Community Development and Environment.
Allen Jubin is a Finance, Business Transformation and Technology leader, a Corporate Strategist, an Agribusiness Enthusiast and an Entrepreneur who has diverse experience across varied industry sectors. He is an expert in driving business value in fast paced advanced markets and unstructured emerging markets and in managing cross functional, multi-cultural global teams and strategic partnerships.
Allen is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Bayport Savings & Loans PLC and is responsible for business operations, business transformation, digital business growth, information technology and cost optimisation.
Allen’s rich work experience started with ING Baring Asset Management in finance technology. He then moved to Barclays Capital as Global Head of Architecture, ABN Amro Asset Management in the same capacity. He also worked with UK Customs and Excise, which later merged with the UK Inland Revenue to become HMRC, BT Global Services’,TSystems UK a subsidiary of Deutsche Telecom, and Bayport Financial Services.
In the various capacities that Allen worked he had many accomplishments.
He was instrumental in driving ‘private sector oriented change’ through a UK civil service institution. He led the architecture effort during the merger which resulted in the staff savings of around £300M per annum, the closure of 200 offices and the consolidation of 13,000 servers. He also had technical oversight responsibility for the assuring value for a £2.6BN outsourcing contract awarded to CapGemini, BT and Fujitsu.
He set up and managed the technology office (CTO) responsible for technology strategy, innovation, planning and expenditure for BT Global Services £620M UK government flagship healthcare contract realising total cost of ownership savings across the programme.
At Bayport Financial Services he led a team to generate a 300% increase in loan sales over a period of six months and collaborated with Airtel Ghana to pioneer the nationwide deployment of MPLS connectivity throughout the entire branch network of the company
In other areas of interest, Allen led the origination and establishment of the first ever world class fruit juicing plant in Ghana, West Africa to help farmers reduce post-harvest losses in oranges and later pineapples. In partnership with the Hain Daniels Group UK, Allen led the origination and establishment of a soft commodities trading entity to support West African farmers to gain access to
European Markets. In recent times he has collaborated with agronomist from Spain to introduce dam irrigation-based melon farming in Ghana for export to European markets.
Allen holds a first class BSc (Hons) in Business and Information Systems from the University of East London, UK. He is a member of the British Computer Society, Certified Architect and holds certificates in Investment Management. He enjoys current affairs, classical music and jazz and is passionate about Ghana.
Richard M. Darkey is the CEO of N.Con, a service-oriented limited liability company whose purpose is to be an advocate of positive change; to inculcate in the mindset of the youth and other future leaders, traits of integrity, responsibility and accountability towards the community, nation, individuals and most importantly towards themselves. (www.n-con.org)
Richard worked with the customer marketing department (Credit Card Services) of Bank of America for three and a half years before transitioning to the Private Wealth & Investment Management division of the bank, US Trust, in Manhattan/NY for four and a half years.
Richard aka Dick holds a BSc. in Marketing and also pursued a postgraduate diploma course (CIM) at Kensington College of Business, London.
Dick is extremely passionate about youth development and is enthusiastic about re-branding the continent of Africa. With love and acceptance of all human race irrespective of age, gender, religion, or sexual preference/orientation, Dick believes this world is big enough to accommodate all mankind.
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