Regina Agyare [CEO/Founder of Soronko Solutions]

Regina Agyare
[CEO/Founder of Soronko Solutions]

Regina is software developer and social entrepreneur with a passion for using technology to cause a social change. She started a social enterprise called Soronko Solutions – experts in using basic mass technology to drive human potential. The company also leverages on developing innovative technology solutions across different channels such as Web, Mobile, POS and ATM.
She is currently helping Small and medium Scale Enterprises in Ghana create visibility and grow their business with technology. She is also working on a program that will develop the next generation of innovators and problem solvers from the rural communities in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and mathematics in Ghana and Sub Saharan Africa. With a mobile phones, laptops, raspberry pi’s and tablets she is equipping rural Ghana children with the STEM and critical thinking skills to solve the problems they live with everyday and fight poverty. She is also working on how the disabled in Ghana can use technology to integrate better in their communities.
Regina has been in the technology industry for 8 years and has worked in varying positions as Product Manager for Internet Applications at Rancard Solutions, Product Manager for Ebusiness Applications at Zenith Bank and Management and Information Systems Supervisor at Fidelity Bank.
Regina represented Ghana on the Apprentice Africa program, was interviewed by Microsoft in Seattle, her story was featured in the Lean In page by Sheryl Sandberg COO of Facebook, Impatient Optimist by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, GOOD Fellow and a Global Shaper of the Accra hub of the World Economic Forum.
Regina is passionate about getting more women to find their voice and pursue their dreams and create technology. That is why she founded Tech Needs Girls Ghana a movement to get girls to code and create technology. She also believes in young people who have brilliant ideas, passion and drive. She loves to mentor and has been invited to speak and mentor at barcamps, Start-up weekend Accra, technology fairs, Ashesi Events and is an online mentor with the Women’s Tech Connect Global Mentoring program.
 
Sean Ndiho Obedih [Founding Principal at SFI Ventures]

Sean Ndiho Obedih
[Founding Principal at SFI Ventures]

Sean is a serial Afropreneur with a passion for innovation, writing, entrepreneurship and human excellence.
He is the founder of Ynotplast, Britain’s first and award winning multi-ethnic brand of first aid products tailored to the African skin tone.
He is also the founder of The Founders Hive, a business incubator and Advisory firm. His latest company is Search Funders International (SFI) Ventures.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Business Enterprise from the University of Birmingham. Sean won the Black Business Initiative Award 2009 for Innovation and Creativity and the Future Leaders 2010-2011 by Powerful Media.
 

Tebogo Lefifi
[Chairperson : Young African Professionals and Students (YAPS)]

Tebogo is an Overseas Business Development specialist with special focus on China-Africa. She is the owner of Africa At Work, a China-Africa company that conducts research and regularly advises Multinational, SME, government agencies and think tanks on investment, trade and relations between the two regions.

Tebogo is becoming a household name in China Africa exchanges. She has been featured and interviewed in South African media and China state accredited media such as CCTV Dialogue, Charitarian magazine, ChinAfrica magazine, Beijing Youth Daily and LensAfrique. She is dedicated to building Africa’s capacity in its engagement with China and promotes China Africa-exchanges through her work as: Founder and Chairperson of Young African Professionals and Students (YAPS), Director at South Africa China Business Association (SACBA), China Chapter Head for Africa 2Point0 and Affiliate with Harambe entrepreneur Endeavour. Lefifi was honored as 2012 New Generation Leader for Africa by Africa Leadership Network (ALN).

 
Eric Glustrom [Founder & President of Watson University/Co-founder of Educate!]

Eric Glustrom
[Founder & President of Watson University/Co-founder of Educate!]

Eric is the founder of Watson and Educate! – Two sister organizations transforming education worldwide.
Recognized as an Ashoka fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and one of Forbes 30 social entrepreneurs under 30, Eric’s work is driven by a simple belief: to solve the toughest challenges facing humanity, the place to start is within the hearts and minds of the next generation.

Gbenga Ogunjimi
[CEO at Landmark Development Initiative (LDI Africa)]

Gbenga is a social entrepreneur focusing on institutions strengthening. He currently serves as the Founder/CEO of LDI Africa, an award winning social enterprise working both in the U.S. and Africa. LDI Africa leverages volunteer service as a strategy for Africa’s development and global leadership. He most recently led the Non-profit Management Series of Atlas Corps, a leadership training program for global non-profit leaders serving top U.S. nonprofits like Ashoka, Habitat for Humanity and UN Foundation. As Atlas Corps Training Manager, Gbenga managed the program’s online learning platform reaching over 100 non-profit leaders from 40 counties in the U.S. He also strengthened Atlas Corps’ collaborations with U.S. governments, foundations and knowledge institutions. Gbenga has engaged technology for causes in Africa and the United States.
In Nigeria, he designed the social media strategy of United Nations’ Technology for Disadvantaged Communities, Millennium Villages and the International Year of Volunteers projects. In the U.S., through the Foundation Center, and Center for Non-profit Success trained over 100 social enterprises on the use of technology for development. Gbenga has received global recognition for his achievements and impact. He was invited to speak at the Social Enterprise World Forum in Scotland, and Global Peace Convention in Kenya. Gbenga is an Atlas Corps Fellow and Global Young Social Entrepreneur, GK3 Fellow.
 

Larry Cerri
[Founder at Sandbox Inc]

Larry Cerri is the Founder, CEO and President of Sandbox Interactive Inc. Sandbox is devoted to developing innovative interactive technologies for the Enterprise, Event and Training markets. Under Sandbox’s aegis, Captivator®, a mobile web communications application, has developed a broad range of features and functions, which support and apply to the communication needs of all industries and organizations. Captivator is a fully integrated communications tool, which is licensed, controlled and operated by Sandbox’s clients’ and their employees.

Larry’s road to developing Captivator is wide and varied. He left Motown after many years of international touring with some of the world’s top musical attractions and applied his live show experience to starting and heading up an event production company dedicated to serving corporations worldwide.  Larry and his team introduced show business techniques to create business meetings that contained compelling messages and designed to engage participation.  Among the many clients taking the bold and ultimately successful step into what Larry coined, “Business Theater,” were Deutsche Bank, Deloitte & Touche, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, JPMorgan Chase, Touche Ross, Schering Plough., Sepracor, Novartis, United Water and Wipro Technologies.

 
Dinah Hanson

Dinah Hanson
[Project Manager with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS)]

Dinah’s career spans international development, entrepreneurship development and education.
Her current role is as a Project Manager with the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) where she has led the development process of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Agribusiness Consortium of African Business Schools that will develop and deliver agribusiness management training programmes tailored to the needs of the African context, under the umbrella of an Agribusiness Network serving as a catalyst for unlocking value and wealth creation in the Agribusiness sector.
Previously, Dinah played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Entrepreneurship Department at the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, founding the Student-Run Business Programme, and also worked with TechnoServe.
Dinah is deeply passionate about education and skills development and is committed to a career that enables the development of core skills and relevant training interventions to enable value creation in sectors critical to Africa’s economic growth.
Dinah is a member of the inaugural class of the London School of Economics Programme for African Leadership, holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Pretoria, South Africa where she was a DANIDA Emerging Leaders Scholar and a B.A (1st) in Political Science & Psychology from the University of Ghana.
Dinah hails from Ghana, or as she prefers to put it, is Nigerian by birth, Ghanaian by blood and African by destiny.
 

Gayle Nosal
[Founder, Red Empress Foundation/Founder and Director of NeeNee Producations]

Gayle Nosal is the founder of the Red Empress Foundation; a private family foundation established in 2001. She is also the Founder and Director of NeeNee Productions. Before entering filmmaking in 2012, she worked in advertising, sales, writing, and teaching.

Gayle’s work in advertising in New York City spanned ten years and she understands the art of branding, publicity, and new product development. She later spent twelve years working and capacity building within local, national, and international non-profit organizations, where she guided grassroots non-profits to adopt capacity-building strategies and fundraising plans, and helped larger organizations build social enterprise designs. Gayle also has a long teaching career that spans from the secondary to university level.

 

 

Dr. Sheriff Alabi
[Consultant at African Development Bank]

Dr. Sheriff is an established EMEA marketing and business development specialist, operating out of the UK with frequent visits to the Americas, Africa and Southeast Asia.
He is an expert in delivering marketing and business development support to SMEs across sectors and at different life-cycle stages. Dr. Sheriff offers extensive managerial, marketing and general business experience spanning more than 30 years, from the private, public and CSO sectors. As an independent consultant, he has also worked with the African Development Bank agencies, advising on entrepreneurship and skills development in Africa. Dr. Sheriff has a real passion for helping women and young entrepreneurs, through mentoring, coaching, advisory, and training and consultancy support. He has an extensive and impeccable educational background from Lagos, London, Bristol, Kingston, Bournemouth and Newcastle; with qualifications in management, marketing, tourism, entrepreneurship, teaching, mentoring and coaching.