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Business in Africa Pays: Ghana – Speakers

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Business in Africa Pays is planning a highly practical conference to demonstrate how to safely and profitably conduct business in Ghana. Here are a list of the speakers you can expect to see at the conference, along with a description as to why we hand-picked them.

Our podcasts of these presentations are available here. Not got the password yet? Order your tickets from our eventbrite page.

ADE STONE – Financial Engineer, Emirates & Sung

Ade Stone, Emirates & Sung

Mr Stone’s extensive work in Africa gives him ground-level knowledge of the ins and outs doing business in a many sub-Saharan countries.

He has been involved in small and large-scale projects in many sectors such as: communications, construction, commodities and infrastructure.

We at Business in Africa Pays believe that Mr Stone is a thought leader within this subject and will make a for a informed and enlightened chair of our Nigeria focused event.

Read our interview with Mr Stone to find out why E&S is backing “Business in Africa Pays”.

Business in Africa Pays is a conduit to doing business in African countries that anybody looking to expand would find ideal.


 

SAMANTHA CLARKE – Founder & Chief Connector, Meet Your Niche

Samantha Clarke

Samantha is an extremely unique individual that straddles that funny sweet zone between creative minx, intuitive connector and strategic thinker.

She has worked as a brand and insight strategist consulting brands on inspiration and insight for NPD, Brand Development and Target market understanding; through concept focus groups, trend ideation workshops and producing intelligence & market research reports.

These brands have been small fashion labels all the way to big corporate FMCG brands and research agencies such as Procter & Gamble, LVMH, GSK, M&S, Phillips, State of Play and Unilever to name a few. She has a passion for connecting contacts, ideas and individuals.

Meet Your Niche was created with a view to connect businesses with knowledge, insights and innovation in emerging markets. Meet Your Niche creates a landscape to facilitate and leverage the skills transfer both ways and to help businesses embed themselves better in key regions for success.


 

HERMAN CHINERY-HESSE – Founder, theSOFTtribe

Herman Chinery-Hesse

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based publication, Foreign Policy Magazine. He and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the “SMS App of the year” award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University.

In 1991, Herman co-founded theSOFTtribe Ltd, one of the leading software houses in Africa. In 2008, he also co-founded Black Star Line S.A. an e-commerce company behind the novel “Sundiata” payment platform, pioneering e-payments and e-commerce to millions of rural Africans. His newest innovation is the forthcoming e-commerce platform shopafrica53.com web mall. His companies have collaborated to develop a number of award winning products such as Hei Julor!!!, a low cost, mobile based, mass market security alert system for Africa.

Herman has been a speaker at many prestigious institutions including Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Chatham House, Innovation and Technology in Africa, Africa Innovation Summit,Tech4Africa etc. He is a TED fellow and has been featured in the international media including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University and is considered a giant in African technology and innovation. INC magazine and other international publications have referred to him as “The Bill Gates of Africa.”


 

JODI BARIMA – Creative Director, Jodi B Fashion & Accessories

Jodi Barima

Jodi Barima’s climb to fashion’s most wanted list has been a remarkably short one. After graduating in women’s wear design at London College of Fashion, she was offered the opportunity to work with renowned footwear designer Olivia Morris.

With her talent in high demand, this astute designer launched her own luxury accessory brand, Jodi Barima, in 2009, producing bags, belts and body pieces from exquisite Italian leathers.

She has graced the pages of OK magazine, Sunday times Style and FAB magazine just to name a few. With pieces sought after by fashion connoisseurs Little Boots and Lady Gaga…..

After a brief trip to Ghana in 2011, she was head hunted to produce a womenswear collection for renowned textile company Vlisco, later producing accessories for their sister company Woodin as well as F.A.R.A. She has since set up a factory in Ghana where she continues to produce her african inspired label “Jodi B”, an affordable luxury.

She has styled for music reality TV shows, Icons Africa, The one show under her consultancy JJRocks as well as featuring in USAID documentary (A portrait of Ghana) promoting Ghanaian Business and development.

Her aim is to establish a consultancy for creative enterprise in Ghana as well as becoming an international success.

Africa is a developing continent but in order for it to flourish successfully and our people to benefit, we need to ensure that we contribute to this growth and development. Business in Africa pays is a great platform to help spread awareness of the benefits of business and development of our burgeoning continent.


NEIL WILLIAMSON – Director, Emerging Law

Neil Williamson

Neil is a director at Emerging Law, a London-based law firm regulated by the SRA. He has spent the last 9 years travelling in Africa, South East Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe to help clients win and deliver projects to governments in these regions.

Neil has also helped clients deliver donor-funded consultancy and IT projects in some of the most challenging parts of the world. Neil’s expertise is broad based with an emphasis on strategic alliances (including joint ventures) and commercial contracts (in particular cross border supply of services agreements and IT contracts). Neil also has extensive experience in dealing with the acquisition and disposal of companies.


 

ELVINA QUAISON – Director, Silk Solutions

Elvina Quaison

Elvina Quaison is the Director of Silk Solutions a company that makes moving into Ghana easier and opens the market to the small company wanting to expand into a new exciting sphere. Reaching this point has followed a path of working with and in African countries for over 11 years in various capacities.

Elvina has worked with social organisations and private companies organising large scale conferences to intimate networking events, carrying out research studies, sourcing business partners and sources of funding among other things for organisations and individual clients.

In her position with AFFORD Elvina’s role included assisting those within the African Diaspora develop their business concepts and bring them into fruition in Ghana.

Elvina recognises the vast opportunities available to the open minded entrepreneur and is harnessing her years of experience and knowledge to help make these opportunities available and attainable.

Elvina enjoys travel and developing knowledge of other cultures in her spare time; she also writes and enjoys the arts.

Being based in Ghana and being able to see on the ground the vast opportunities available to people I am excited to be part of an event which provides the platform to share this knowledge. With the right advice, guidance and assistance doing business in Africa particularly Ghana can be an excellent way forward!


 

JENNIFER WILLIAMS-BAFFOE – Director, Willbaforce

Jennifer Williams-Baffoe

Our seventh podcast for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana 2014 focuses on Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, Director of Willbaforce.

Willbaforce is a consultancy that helps other companies to plan new business ideas and assists in transferring these ideas into a rational and reliable business plan. Additionally Willbaforce can help with the presentation techniques required to promote and publicise business concepts ensuring goals, targets and objectives are articulated effectively.

Jennifer has helped develop creative industries both in the UK and in Ghana and has worked on projects from the small to the large, including some for the the British Fashion Council and the UN.

In this podcast Jennifer discusses the gaps that exist in the Ghanaian market and how these are constantly being created as the country develops. Her enthusiasm for Ghana is infectious and we’re sure you will pick up some useful tips amongst her funny anecdotes.