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Chairman, Ghana Startup Awards

Ekow Mensah

He is a serial entrepreneur who has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in the MSME market, both as a practitioner and a multiple business owner. His responsibilities are far reaching and encompass public speaking, business consultancy, mentoring, training, coaching as well as informing policy within strategic organisations that are involved in the evolvement of entrepreneurial development, as a key contributor to economic growth. Ekow is not limited Ghana or the continent of Africa, his work and professional alliances extend to partnerships with UK and USA based associates who together create solutions for MSMEs in accessing global markets.

Director, GhanaThink Foundation

Ato Ulzen-Appiah

He is an entrepreneur, manager, social media champion and blogger. Ato studied at MIT and Stanford in civil engineering and management disciplines. He's the director at the GhanaThink Foundation which mobilizes and organizes talent for the primary benefit of Ghana. He's a member of the Global Shapers Accra Hub, part of the World Economic Forum community. He worked at Rancard as product manager building new revenue services off its platform. He worked at Google as a program manager building sustainable tech communities in Africa. He co-founded Museke.com -an African music website and blogs at mightyafrican.blogspot.com

CEO, Kumasi Hive

Jorge Appiah

He is a Kumasi-based techprenuer, founder and Executive Director of the student-focused innovative and solution-seeking community, Creativity Group. As an energy entrepreneur and renewable energy expert, he also co-founded two start-ups; Invent Energy Solutions and QuadSolar. He is also a research fellow at the world renowned energy research center; The Energy Center at KNUST. He is currently the CEO of Kumasi Hive an innovation, Tech & entrepreneurship-support community and space in Kumasi which provides needed support for the entrepreneurship ecosystem. He is a former Curator of the Global Shapers Kumasi Hub.

Director, MEST Incubator

Ashwin Ravichandran

Ashwin has worked in the startup ecosystem in India from 2011. His first stints were focused on his ability to code and be a part of the critical processes of the strategy teams. After working for startups for about 2 years which included sectors like recruitment, lifestyle, education and environment, Ashwin jumped to study Liberal Arts for a year whilst focusing on psychology as a major. He then continued to work in the startup ecosystem with the major focus on social impact. He started working on design on products and working on understanding consumer markets to make products more successful. He moved to Ghana in July, 2015 to work with entrepreneurs at MEST to teach design, scale/strategy and technology.

Director, MEST

Amma Baffoe

Amma's role at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology involves working closely with the local tech community and entrepreneurs to identify the best talent to join the MEST program. Amma obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana with majors in Information Studies. She's also worked with the University of East London & the British Council in talent management capacities. This led her on to a brief business training at the University of Manchester Business School in the UK. In her spare time, Amma enjoys seeing new places and catching up on international affairs.

Host, Joy Business Van

Daryl Kwawu

Daryl Kwawu is a Broadcast Journalist with the Business Desk of Joy FM, a leading radio station in Accra. He anchors the Joy Business Report at 1pm every weekday and is presenter of the award-winning Joy Business Van which features startups and discusses issues aimed at empowering startups. He joined Joy FM from Citi FM where he worked as a news anchor and reporter. Daryl previously worked as News Editor at Radio Univers 105.7fm, Ghana’s leading campus – based radio station where he started his career in broadcast journalism in 2007 serving as a student volunteer. In 2010, Daryl was promoted to the position of News Editor. Daryl graduated from the University of Ghana in 2011, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in French and Sociology.

CEO, Orios Group

John Armah

John Armah is an Award-winning Entrepreneur and Consultant. Ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), Winner 2012 Ideas Award by Legacy and Legacy (2012), Named as part of 20 under 40 Most Influential Business Leaders in Ghana by award-winning Business World Magazine (2015). John Armah is an Award-winning Entrepreneur and Consultant. Ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), Winner 2012 Ideas Award by Legacy and Legacy (2012), Named as part of 20 under 40 Most Influential Business Leaders in Ghana by award-winning Business World Magazine (2015). Recipient of the Global Young CEO’s Award for Entrepreneurship Development in Africa at the Young CEO’s Business Summit (2015), National Union of Ghana Students Vice Chancellor Young Achievers Award for Entrepreneurship Development (2015), JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons Award (2015), 12th Most Influential Young Ghanaian (2015) He has over 6 years of Experience in Business Development, Business Strategy and Consultancy in Entrepreneurship Development.

MD, Avance Media

Prince Akpah

Prince Akpah is an African brewed in Ghana, who is passionate about Making a Difference through Determination and Hard Work in order to live an eternal Legacy for this continent. He is a young change maker who wears so many hats as a blogger, volunteer, online publisher, documentary producer and a Social Entrepreneur. He launched his first award winning pet project, Be A Girl in 2013 and has continued to unroll others such as The Journey So Far, Ghana Social Media Rankings, Africa Youth Awards, Christmas Entrepreneurship Seminar etc His passion is to be a significant change agent, so he extends his experience to volunteer in supporting other young change makers across the globe. He is a member of the Accra Hub of Global Shaper Community of the World Economic Forum and was named by the British Council Ghana as an Active Citizen in 2016. He is the Founder and MD of Avance Media, a leading reputed media rating establishment in Ghana.

CEO, TentMaker

Henry Agyei Asare

Henry Agyei Asare is an entrepreneur and an investment banker with over 14-year experience in the banking and financial service industry. He is the CEO of Prime2Prime Ideas Limited, a solution driven consultancy which offer solutions in Research, Events and Training and Advisory – Investment and Accounting support. At Prime2Prime, Henry is responsible for strategic planning and direction. Prior to Prime2Prime, he worked as a head of branch, manager – business development and later as credit manager at Ideal Finance between June 2014 and July 2015, served as Branch Chief Executive of Beige Capital Savings and loans and Akuapem Rural Bank. His contribution to the companies he has been associated and worked with has been one that will promote long-term development of the business and is well vested in corporate governance issues, team building, and strategic planning. His entrepreneurial acumen has led him to many speaking engagement as a lay preacher, career coach and a motivational speaker. He has been involved in some corporate restructuring and strategic planning sessions in his career life. He has also spearheaded implementation plans and operational strategies for some start-ups and established companies.

CEO, Idea Factory Africa

Kwame A.A Opoku

Kwame A.A Opoku is a speaker, TV Host, Creative Writer, Young Entrepreneur and a Social Media/Digital Marketer.As an entrepreneur, he is the Managing Partner of Blaq Qode, a 360Degree creative service provider, a co-founder of Brand Interactive Group Africa (BIG Africa) a multi-faceted branding and marketing solutions firm and one of the leading content and integrated marketing firms in Africa. He is the Co-Founder of Idea Factory Africa, a global African Community and a Social Enterprise, welcoming young people from every discipline and culture who seek to influence the world through NOVEL IDEAS. He has lead and successfully launched campaigns with some of Africa’s finest entertainers including B.E.T Award Winner and arguably Africa’s greatest rap sensation currently Sarkodie, R2bees D Black, Davido,Wizkid,2Face, Ice Prince, M.I and International super stars like T Pain, Mario, Fabulous, Trey Songs and Amber Rose. He has also lead social media campaigns and event projects for multi-national companies such as Vodafone Ghana, RLG, MTN, Voltic and the likes.

Chairman, Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs

Alain Gbeasor

Alain Gbeasor is the Board Chairman of the Association of Young Entrepreneurs and the Director of External Affairs of the biggest ICT expo in Ghana dubbed Africa Mobile ICT Expo. He is an astute business entrepreneur, who runs the GESUS Group of Companies, a fully owned diversified industrial chemicals company in Ghana. He is also the chairman of the Millennium Investment Fund and Vice President of the Centre for Social Democracy. He is also a fellow of the African Good Governance Institute.

CEO, Edel Technology Consult

Ethel Cofie

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 who was recently named IT Consulting Firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry. She is also Founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and physical chapter in Ghana, Kenya, London and growing. She is Mandela Fellow for President Obama's Young African Leaders initiative (YALI) and a High caliber IT Professional  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 for organizations like Bill and Melinda Gates Mobile Technology for Health project, , the Ford Foundation's Election Monitoring project for Nigeria and as Head of Commercial Solutions for Vodafone conceptualizing, executing and working with teams to align Corporate strategy to IT strategy and to develop and manage creative  technology solutions, She has been featured in BBC and CNN for work in technology and women leadership She also sits on numerous boards of numerous companies in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa and has ambitions to grow EDEL Technology Consulting to the whole of Africa.

Director, British Council Skills Hub

Paul Payne

Paul Payne is currently Skills & Innovation Centre Manager at British Council, Ghana. The Skills & Innovation Centre is a Centre for training, skills development and networking which provides young people with access to the best training content as well as providing existing and aspiring entrepreneurs access to facilities and business support to develop their ideas and grow their businesses. Previously Paul worked as the General Manager at ‘The Key is E’, a social investment fund which identifies and invests African entrepreneurs and small businesses that will strongly benefit and impact the lives of children. Paul co-founded the Dunamis Network – a UK network focused on the development and character building of young men with aim to build and transform urban communities and promote societal leadership. Paul is also a dynamic public speaker and advocate for empowering the continent of Africa through sustainable innovation and entrepreneurship creating both economic prosperity and social wealth.