Ghana eCommerce Expo

Nii Quaynor graduated from Dartmouth College in 1972 with B.A (Engineering Science) and received a Ph.D (Computer Science) in distributed systems in 1977 from S.U.N.Y at Stony Brook. He worked with DEC, U.S.A from 1977 till 1992 and returned to Ghana to establish the first ISP operated by Network Computer Systems in 1993.

Nii had earlier in 1977 established the Computer Science department at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Nii is the Convener of AfNOG, a network technology transfer institution since 2000 and founding Chairman of AFRINIC, the African numbers registry

Nii taught microprocessors with International Center for Theoretical Physics in several developing countries.

Nii served on several Boards including ICANN,  UN ICT Task Force,  IGF-MAG, NITA-Ghana.  He is a member of  GhiPPS and NIA Boards, Patron – ISOC Ghana Chapter, Chairman, ICANN Strategy Panel, Public Responsibility.

Nii remains the Chairman of GDC and a Professor of Computer Science at University of Cape-Coast, Ghana.

Nii received the Internet Society’s prestigious Jonathan  Postel Service Award for pioneering work to advance Internet in Africa,  December 2007. He was also inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in August 2013 for his pioneering role in the development of the Internet in Africa.

Kazeem Oladepo

General Counsel & Business Executive, West Africa, MainOne Cable

Prior to joining MainOne, he was the Director of Corporate Strategy and Development at Starcomms Plc, Nigeria, where he had also served as the Head of Legal/Regulatory Services and the Company Secretary. Mr. Oladepo has core expertise in legal, regulatory, commercial activities and strategic transactions and has extensively been involved in implementing strategic policies within the Nigerian telecommunications industry. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Licensed Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the industry body for all communication Companies in Nigeria.

Agastee Khante

General Manager, Ringier Ghana

Agastee Khante is the GM for the Ghana business of Ringier Africa. Ringier Ghana runs 2 market leading content platforms -  Pulse.com.gh and  Allsports.com.gh, a digital marketing agency RDM ( Ringier Digital Marketing ) and the leading e -commerce deals site - Tisu.com.gh

He has 12 years of experience in digital media across business development, product management and digital marketing and having worked in India, UK and for the past 6 years in Kenya and Ghana. He has previously worked at Nation Media Group, FT.com, Yahoo Jagran and The Times of India group in various capacities. 

Agastee holds a Masters Degree in Finance and a bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Carl Sackey

Product Development Manager, GC Net

Carl Sackey is widely connected in all the major Ghanaian enterprise or corporations and has a firm understanding of how business is conducted in Ghana. Carl is a real pleasure to work with. He is currently the Product Development Manager at Ghana Community Network Service Limited.

From January 2001  to August 2010, he was the systems and database manager at GCNet (Ghana Community Network Service Limited). He has also previously held managerial position at SGS Ghana Limited and Tara Systems Limited.

Akua Nyame-Mensah

Managing Director, Jumia Classifieds, Ghana and Nigeria

Akua works with teams that run Jumia's Car Classifieds, formerly Carmudi; Real Estate Marketplace, formerly Lamudi; and her team recently launched Jumia Deals. The mission of Jumia Classifieds is to be the ideal platform for people in Africa to search for a job, a house, a car and things to buy from individuals near them. Jumia Classifieds focuses on providing quality information so everyone can make better and faster decisions.

Akua Nyame-Mensah has a Masters in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College. 

Lionel Orishane

Chief Technology Officer, Spearhead Networks

Spearhead’s current Chief Technology Officer, started his working experience with Unilever in 2002 as a Production Operative, where he was privileged to gain exposure in all process of Inbound Logistics to Outbound Logistics (The Supply Chain Process - Planning, Manufacturing and Control perspective) while in Unilever Nigeria Plc and Studying in the university.

Unilever inculcated in him the virtues of a team player with leadership spirit, and applying several statistical and information technology book learning to his work while in Unilever and in the university made him successful at the start of his career path. The drive (collaboratively with teammates) to put any business on the road to win inch-by-inch has being inculcated in me through the years. Applying the acquired knowledge of Sales & Operation Planning process, Management Information Systems amid others like developing and maintaining organizational MIS (Management Information System).

He loves researching, system analysis and participate in high level consulting to optimize business processes, secure IT enterprise or proffer lean business process for improved business services. His actively worked in the IT industry from 2005 from being an IT support technician, to a network associate and then a Software Developer (Java platform) and even as a Trainer in the World recognized IT training Institute – New Horizons as a Software Engineering Lead & Trainer.

Stephen Boadi

Head of Digital Marketing, PZ Cussons

Stephen Boadi is a digital marketing expert with over 13 years’ experience working for businesses and agencies such as Sony (UK), HSBC, Abbey National, Bradford & Bingley, Investec, uniBank, CHRISAACH and Wembley (London). He is presently the Head of Digital Marketing for PZ Cussons, Africa Region. His areas of expertise include social media, websites and mobile marketing.

Stephen is also a public speaker and trainer on various aspects of digital marketing. }Stephen holds, among other qualifications, an MA in Mass Communications from University of Leicester (Business & Political Communication); MA in ELT; PgDip in Direct Marketing; and a BA (Hon) English & Law. He is a member of and contributor to such industry organisations and newsgroups as IAB (UK), eConsultancy, HubSpot, CIM UK, DMI UK, eDialogue, Inside Facebook, and the Content Marketing Institute.

Henry Osborn Quarshie

ICT Security,E-Commerce & Business Consultant,SpearHead Networks Limited

Henry was involved in the Computerisation and re-engineering of a number of state and private institutions from 2000- 2008.Namely-Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Justice, Ghana Standard Authority, Registrar's General Department, and a number of District Assemblies.

Between the years 2003-2008, Henry was a Resource person at the National Banking College, Accra. Where he trained ICT managers and staff of Banks in Ghana in detecting, protecting and removing malicious programs in a computer Network and Computer forensics. In 2013 he had the opportunity to train the investigation staff of EOCO in computer forensics, a World Bank project. Henry Lectures at the following institutions, Regent University and GIMPA, He lectures the following courses, Computer Forensics, Computer Security, Cyber Law, E-Commerce & Business.

Henry has published over ten scholarly research papers which has received over 15,000 readings and citations worldwide. Some of the research papers that have received worldwide readings are, ' Fighting cyber Crime in Africa, Using ICT to Fight Crime and Ethical Challenges in a Computerized Society'. Henry is a committee member, ISO/IEC, in I.T. security techniques and Council member of Information Technology Association of Ghana (ITAG)

Claire Staal

Managing Director, Jumia Travel

Africa’s No1 Hotel Booking Portal, backed by Rocket Internet, MTN and Milicom. Jovago.com launched operations in 2013 in Nigeria and since then has also opened offices in 12 Sub-Saharan Countries. Currently, company offers more then 200,000 hotels in 211 countries around the world including over 20,000 hotels in Africa.

Claire Staal worked for big hotel chains like Starwood and Hilton Worldwide before she started as Head of Business Development with Jovago Nigeria. Because of her hard work and successes she was promoted as Country Manager in Ghana and launched the brand in the beginning of July 2015. Claire is an example of somebody who works hard and enjoys her live the fullest. In her free time she loves to dance Salsa and Kizomba.

Albert Antwi-Bosiako

CEO and Founder, eCrime Bureau

Albert is the Founder & Principal e-Crime Consultant of e-Crime Bureau Inc., a cyber security and digital forensics firm specializing in cyber security and cyber forensics services in West Africa. e-Crime Bureau supports both public and private sector organizations with cyber security consulting services, cyber investigations assistance, cyber security technology support and training among others.

Albert, through the operations of e-Crime Bureau consults for the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Cybercrimes and has also conducted research on cyber evolution in West Africa with The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), United Kingdom. Albert has also coordinated projects for major international organizations including the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) of the Commonwealth Secretariat and Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).Albert has presented at major international conferences including Council of Europe Conference on Cybercrimes in Strasbourg, France and the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development (UNCTAD) conference on Cybercrime and e-Commerce in Geneva, Switzerland.

His topic at the Ghana eCommerce conference: "The Growing Impact of Cyber Crime on Ecommerce in Ghana"

Albert Biga

CEO, Zoobashop

Albert Biag is currently the Founder & CEO of zoobashop.com ,an online retail store. Albert is an a technology evangelist and ICT Business entrepreneur. He has over 18 years of professional practice spanning software design & implementation & business process automation.

Albert’s experience includes business development and project lead roles for many successful ventures he has founded in the ICT, Real Estate and retail industries. His international experience across the sub-region was with Intel Corporation, USAID/WATH ,Ford Foundation-West Africa, the SOFTtribe, TBS Limited among others.

Samer Hajjar

Regional Manager West Africa, Aramex

A charismatic Regional Manager with profound expertise in international trade and transportationgained with Aramex International. In-depth knowledge of customs transit procedures in the Middle East and Africa coupled withan aggressive record of increasing sales, achieving market leadership and restructuring operations.Known for active participation in developing industry-wide standards for reducing smuggling and under-valuingshipments.

Possesses a determination to capitalise on international business exposure, broad cross-industry experience with leading multinational corporations and an effective network of executive relations across the Middle East and Africa.A strong communicator and negotiator, politically aware, with the credibility and integrity to influence at the very highest level. Energetic and motivational, leads by example, drives performance and directs multi-disciplined and multi-national teams to achieve success.

Abayomi Oniku

Assistant General Manager, the Head, Remita Business Development and Special Projects, Clydestone

Abayomi  directly supervises the Treasury Single Account (TSA) project in Nigeria.

He is an adaptable and enthusiastic person who takes great pride in his work and relishes challenges.He has worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Accenture.

His work experience spans Human Resources Management, Compensation Management, Business Process Analysis & Design, Solution Delivery & Support, Project Management, Payroll& Payment Management, RelationshipManagement across various sectors of the economy. He has also worked in 9 countries in Africa and Europe, managing solution delivery projects.

Abayomi is a graduate of Economics and obtained a master’s degree in Finance. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), and an alumnus of the Accenture Learning Centre, Chicago.


Mr. Angelo Govina

General Manager (Sales) for Ghana & Francophone West Africa,MainOne

Angelo has responsibility for the implementation of sales and marketing initiatives specific to MainOne Ghana. Angelo is also accountable for developing sales across the west Africa Region and building the MainOne brand into a leading global enterprise. Before MainOne, he worked with a number of global brands in Ghana, including DHL, Vodafone and Microsoft, where he served as Corporate Sales Manager and Head of Sales.

At Vodafone Ghana, Govina was the first Ghanaian Country Manager of Vodafone Global Enterprise, and headed the local operations of the global unit within Vodafone Group.Mr. Govina is an astute sales and business professional with over fifteen (15) years commercial and sales management experience across shipping, logistics and telecommunications sectors. His expertise spans the areas of B2B Sales, Business Strategy Development and Implementation and General Management. Govina holds an MBA (Marketing) from the University of Ghana.

Adebola Sanni

Swifta Systems

Bola as an Innovative and executive leader brings over 6 years of extensive sales, marketing and business development into her role Business Development/Sales Manager for Swifta. She has strong expertise in enterprise solutions and businesses such as e-commerce, payment solutions, Google products and services which is credited with success in B2B and B2C, startups and emerging new media.

Bola is currently the Business Development/Sales Manager for Swifta who oversees the sales teams and its activities across our business channels and industry. She recently led the ecommerce implementation for one of the biggest banks in Nigeria and her focus has been to build awareness about Swifta’s unique capabilities while developing and maintaining relationships with current and past clients.

As an advocate of the company's vision to enrich the spirit and performance of organizations, and its purpose to positively impact the world by creating thriving organizational cultures, Bola finds her work rewarding and fulfilling. Prior to joining Swifta, Bola spent five years running her                                                              e-commerce store where she directed all e-business activities and incorporated best practices in same to design effective strategies, assisted                                                            internet team to execute department strategy and analyzed all the information to recommend improvement.

                                                           Bola graduated from Covenant University where she studied Computer Science and she also holds an M.Sc in Information Technology. She                                                              is currently a member of the institute of strategic management and Young Africans Leaders Initiative (YALI Network).

Kwabena Okyire Appianing

Head of Digital Media and Innovations, Global Media Alliance

Prior to his current appointment, he was the Digital Strategist for Groupe Ndoum, Jobberman Ghana, the National Lottery Authority 590 Mobile and Web Projects Manager Techcom Visions, where he managed Web solutions for Jospong group of companies.

Kwabena Appianing is an MBA Digital Marketing Candidates at the CASS Europe Business School and hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Ghana. He also holds a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Shaw Academy and a certified Social Media Marketer with Hootsuite University.

He was recently the guest speaker at the Executive Women’s Network seminar on the topic “Social media for today’s business woman” and the Guest of honour for AITE and the Chartered institute of marketing orientation program in Digital Marketing.

 

Vivian Kai Lokko

Head of the Business News Desk,Citi FM

She manages all the company’s business news units; Radio-Citi Business news, Online – www.citibusinews.com

She is also a business news anchor and host of Business Today, a consumer focused show on the network and Business Weekly.

She is the business voice on the business news bulletins on Citi FM.

In 2013, Vivian was adjudged the overall Business Journalist of the year for radio in Ghana.

Citi FM was adjudged best business radio station in 2012 and 2013 under her leadership.

She was also nominated for the radio newscaster of the year category in the 2014 Radio and Television Personality Awards (RTP).

                                                            Vivian was the only Ghanaian journalist nominated by the American Embassy to cover US President Barack Obama’s hosting of 50 young                                                                   African leaders and subsequently African heads of state in Washington.

                                                            She was also nominated to cover the Global African Investment Forum in the UK in October 2014 which was hosted by Prime Minister David                                                               Cameroon and the Daily Mail.

                                                            Multinational companies like Standard Bank in South Africa, MultiChoice Africa etc have invited her to cover their annual general meetings                                                                 and other important gatherings in South Africa, Mauritius among others.

Daniel Abunu

Co-Founder & MD of Viotech

Viotech is a company that provides value added services to advertisers and brands to build meaningful mobile engagement, increase click-through rates and conversions. He has over 17 years of experience in media, broadcasting, marketing, telecoms, and digital distribution.

He has worked in senior management roles for leading brands, like BBC and News International. Daniel has in-depth knowledge of mobile content production and distribution, 3G/4G networks and vast experience in working with operators, handset manufacturers and content providers.

His topic at the Ghana e-Commerce conference is "Increasing Your eCommerce Market Share and Revenue with Sponsored Data”

Daniel Asare-Kyei

MD, Esoko Ghana

Daniel has unique mix of professional experience, from international development to entrepreneurship to rich scientific career. Daniel has been active in promoting the use of ICT in Africa’s agricultural sector. He was the chief facilitator for Ghana’s first Spatial Data Infrastructure for agribusiness (www.gis4ghagric.net) and has spent the last 10 years developing and deploying technologies for Africa’s agricultural sector.

Daniel bridges the gap between the BoP realities and technological innovations and has unique ability to translate technological solutions to solve real-life problems affecting smallholders. As the managing director for Esoko, he manages Africa’s largest Market Information System (MIS) and e-extension services in Ghana and has been at the forefront of developing new technologies set to drive Africa’s green revolution.

Daniel has a double master’s degree in Geo-information Science from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, and first Class bachelors in Agricultural Economics from Ghana’s KNUST. He is also a fellow of the United Nations University-EHS, Bonn-Germany since 2012 and now                                                               completing a doctorate degree in assessing the risk to natural hazards induced by climate change.

Maximus Ametorgoh

Managing Director, PopOut

Maximus is a digital marketing strategist, social media coach, technology consultant, and technology columnist. He has practical experience in advertising, digital marketing, social media, web/app development and events. He has worked for both local and multinational companies and brands over the years. He speaks on topical technology-industry issues with special focus on the business of technology at technology and business events.

His latest app, BoxBuzz, was selected among the Top 40 Innovative Startups in Africa by VC4Africa; which he pitched at DEMO Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, in October 2013.

He is a weekly business-technology columnist for Graphic Business, the largest business newspaper in Ghana published by Graphic Communications Group. He believes technology is the new business tool as well as a profitable business on its own and believes "technology will format every business and industry globally". He is the Managing Director of PopOut, a company based in Accra.