Road Map Ghana

18 October 2014, 09.30 - 17.30

DoubleTree Hotel - Tower of London,
7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF

About Kojo Abedi

Kojo Abedi

Kojo Abedi is CEO of ExplainerDC, Ghana’s leading web development and online solutions company. ExplainerDC has been helping clients such as Vodafone Ghana, Société Générale Ghana and Woodin Fashion with their web presences, hosting needs and digital marketing activities since 2001.

Kojo is a multi-disciplinary professional with a career covering digital marketing, business change, enterprise IT, investment management and financial data systems. He returned to Ghana four years ago after 20+ years of studying and working in the UK. He strongly believes that it is up to Ghanaians to develop Ghana.

He is also a founder of Uplife Honey, a former Star 100 member and an avid networker ever willing to share experiences and ideas about life and opportunities in Ghana.

About Tutu Agyare

Tutu Agyare

The first African to trade on the London Stock Exchange, in his early 20s, Tutu Agyare is currently the Managing Director of Nubuke Investment LLP, a company solely focused on African investment opportunities, which he founded in 2007. He previously pursued a successful career at UBS investment bank for two decades, where he became head of Europe, Middle East and African investment.

Tutu is a much sought-after business leader and investor, and one of a handful of Africans who sit on the board of a FTSE 100 company – Tullow Oil. He is a passionate advocate for investment into Africa.

Tutu holds a BSc. from the University of Ghana, and was most recently voted one of the 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine.

About Nicole Amarteifio

Nicole Amarteifio

Nicole Amarteifio is the creator of the current web series sensation, An African City. Whilst pursuing a career in international development, her love for film began to form. As a returnee to Ghana, she found male-female dynamics intriguing and began to write – first poetry, then short stories and, finally, screenplays. An African City was born out of a desire to create a positive, uplifting view of the African woman.

An African City

Nicole holds a BA in African Studies from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and received a Master of Professional Studies in Corporate Communications/Public Relations from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She began her communications career in international development at The Whitaker Group and at the age of 28 became the first-ever social media strategist for the Africa Region at the World Bank.

About Dr. Sylvia Anie-Akwetey

Dr. Sylvia Anie-Akwetey

Dr Sylvia J. Anie-Akwetey is a Ghanaian Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine UK, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry UK and a management professional. She holds a patent for research carried out at the University of Manchester in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and for further research performed at the Institute of Neurology, London.

Sylvia has worked in the area of sustainable development for several years at both international and national levels focussing largely on health, education and gender. She was Director of the Social Transformations Programmes Division at the Commonwealth Secretariat. Prior to that, she worked in the area of HIV and AIDS and was instrumental in establishing Ghana’s multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS.

She has also worked as a consulting expert in numerous countries including Namibia, Kenya, Uganda and Bangladesh. She is currently advising the Ministry of Health in Ghana.

About Matthew Boadu Adjei

Matthew Boadu Adjei

Matthew Boadu Adjei is the founder and CEO of Oasis Capital Ghana. He has eleven years’ experience in the private equity and growth capital industries. He leads the team on strategy, negotiations, fund raising, investor relations and support. Until the establishment of Oasis Capital Ghana, Matthew was the country general manager and a board member of GroFin Ghana. Prior to that, he worked with Fidelity Capital Partners.

He currently serves on the boards of a number of institutions including Chase Petroleum Ghana and Goldkey Properties. He is also the chairman of Asterix Brokers, an insurance brokerage firm he founded in 2007 that provides services to SMEs in Ghana.

Matthew holds a BSc. in Banking and Finance from the University of Ghana and an MBA from the Leicester Business School, De Montfort University, UK.

About Ernest Davids

Ernest Davids

Ernest Davids is a dynamic young Ghana-based social entrepreneur with more than eight years’ experience in youth leadership and entrepreneurship development. As the founder and CEO of WAVES International, a nonprofit mentoring organisation, Ernest sees himself as an ambassador for youth mentoring in Ghana and Africa.

Each year, Ernest and his team travel across Ghana training young people. So far, they have impacted the lives of more than 10,000 university students and have engaged 250 mentors including leaders such as Sir Sam Jonah – a WAVES International patron – Mr. Ahomka Lindsay and Dr. Joyce R. Aryee. Ernest's current focus is a programme which aims to take entrepreneurial training into Ghanaian schools.

Ernest Davids holds a Diploma in Theology from Dominion University College, a Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship from the Centre for Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development and a Certificate of Communication from the African University College of Communication. He is the author of Lessons from 10 Mentors.

About Ernest Hanson

Ernest Hanson

Ernest Hanson is the co-founder and director of Ghana-based property development company Beaufort Properties – a sponsor of Road Map Ghana.

Prior to moving back to Ghana, Ernest worked in investment banking in London. On returning to Ghana, Ernest had the vision to use family land to create new modern living units in the form of Asantewaa Gardens Townhouses. The success of Asantewaa Gardens, which saw Ernest take an initial investment of $80,000 and turn it into $1.2m, meant he was then able to attract further financing. Partnering with a friend he co-founded Clifton Homes, delivering five residential developments in Accra in three years, all of which sold out in less than a week.

A former Star 100 UK member, Ernest is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has a background in strategy consulting and investment banking. He is currently Vice President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union.

About Todd Holcombe

Todd Holcombe

Todd Holcombe is the senior faculty member of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) responsible for mentoring the Entrepreneurs in Training (EITs) and the teaching fellows that instruct them. He is responsible for driving the development of the curriculum and working with the teaching fellows to train a class of 30 to 35 graduates in business, technology and communications.

Todd joined MEST recently, bringing with him almost 30 years’ experience in technology, starting as a mainframe programmer and capping off his career as the senior manager of the teams that build and deploy the code for all of Bank of America’s ecommerce systems and credit card services.

For eleven years Todd ran a catering company with his wife and he has many interests outside of technology, including swimming, golfing and playing in a band.

About Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia

Elikem Nutifafa Kuenyehia is the Managing Partner of Oxford & Beaumont, the law firm he founded in 2006. Recognised as one of Ghana’s leading corporate law firms, with offices in Accra and London, Oxford & Beaumont has advised on over $12bn dollars’ worth of deals for clients such as Citibank, Coca-Cola, Shell International and Vodafone.

Elikem also serves on the boards of Beige Capital Savings & Loans, Metropolitan Insurance, Google Ghana and Chase Petroleum Ghana. In addition he is an adjunct lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration (GIMPA) where he teaches Entrepreneurship. In 2012, he published Kuenyehia on Entrepreneurship: A Textbook of Contemporary Ghanaian Entrepreneurship, the first textbook on Ghanaian entrepreneurship. Educated at the University of Oxford and Kellogg School of Management, Elikem was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

About Emma Orefuwa

Emma Orefuwa

Emma Orefuwa is the Engagement and Fundraising Manager at AFFORD. She oversees the UK end of the AFFORD Business Centre(ABC) project and manages the Africa-Gives initiative, which challenges young Africans in the diaspora to innovate and activate new ways of giving to Africa, including supporting youth entrepreneurship and job creation. As part of the programme, Emma has produced ground breaking research on the giving habits of second generation diaspora Africans.

She has a BSc. in Biochemical Sciences from the University of Salford, an MSc in the Biology and Control of Disease Vectors from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Public Health from Kings College, University of London. In previous roles, Emma has managed health development projects in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Sudan and has led on research projects for the Federal Ministries of Health in Nigeria and the Seychelles Islands.

About Jerry Parkes

Jerry Parkes

Jerry Parkes is CEO of Injaro Investments. HHis previous experience spans consulting and investment banking with firms such as Accenture, Merrill Lynch, UBS and Technoserve-Ghana, where he advised entrepreneurs on strategy and business development. As an investment banker he completed transactions ranging from $30m to $450m. He has co-authored a business case that formed part of the Private Equity in Emerging Markets curriculum at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Jerry holds an MEng. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering with French from the University of Manchester and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Injaro manages an SME fund, Injaro Agricultural Capital Holdings, a $50m vehicle which makes investments in promising businesses operating along the agricultural value chain that have a positive impact on the lives of its target class: rural smallholder farmers and low income persons.

About Ade Sawyerr

Ade Sawyerr

Ade Sawyerr is a partner in Equinox Consulting, a management consultancy that focuses on economic and social development issues.

He has spent the last 30 years working on African diaspora and minority issues in the UK. His deep knowledge of the black and minority communities combined with his expertise in enterprise strategies, employment initiatives and community development has enabled him to recommend practical solutions to often intractable problems relating to integration and economic and social advancement in Britain.

Ade’s recent interest is in promoting better management of migration by African countries – to encourage qualified persons to return home to work with the development effort.

About William Tewiah

William Tewiah

William Tewiah is Managing Director of Zen Petroleum, a business he founded in 2008, in an industry he had no prior experience of, which now has annual revenues in excess of $160m employing over 100 people.

He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and the Institute of Bankers (UK). He has been involved as a director of various UK companies for many years before re-locating to Ghana in 2006. He consulted for investment banks in London, Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Singapore on banking and financial application solutions. Some of the financial institutions he has worked for in the last 25 years include Lloyds Bank, The Bank of England, Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Börse, UBS Bank, ABN Amro, Nomura Investment Bank and Schroders.