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Over the course of two days, Tech in Ghana Accra 2019 featured and highlighted some outstanding women making impact in Ghana’s diverse tech industry. Below, we’ve spotlighted just 10 of our top female speakers who graced the stage to deliver a keynote, presentation, breakout session, insightful discussion – and even hosting skills at our sixth successful event.
Rosy Fynn, CEO, Busy Internet
Rosy is an award-winning business and change leader with over a decade’s executive level experience building and transforming organisations across Africa and the United States. Having previously held the role of Chief Marketing Officer at three major telecommunications companies she is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Busy Internet, a leading internet service provider in Ghana.
Adoma Peprah, Country Manager: Ghana, Visa
Adoma is a Financial Services Professional with extensive payments and banking experience. She has been with Visa for over five years and currently manages the Visa franchise in Ghana. Prior to Visa, Adoma spent over seven years in banking with six of those at Standard Bank where (among other highlights) she managed the rollout of their strategic online banking solution in a number of African countries.
Miishe Addy, Co-founder & CEO, Jetstream Africa
Ghanaian by heritage and American by birth, Miishe was a top-ranked strategy analyst at Bain & Company and consultant for global development organizations, including Global Partnerships and TechnoServe. She is currently co-founder and CEO of Jetstream, a tech platform that is democratizing access to cross-border trade for businesses in emerging markets.
Georgina Wilson, Flight Operations Lead, Zipline International
Georgina began her career as a Projects Engineer for the building, installation and distribution of power for standalone photovoltaic systems in rural areas. Now, she is the Flight Operations Lead for Fly Zipline Ghana, the world’s only drone delivery system at national scale to send essential and life-saving medicines, such as blood and vaccines to those in need.
Monique Baars, Founder, Fineazy
Monique is a high-impact entrepreneur; resilient in her quest to have a positive impact on the world, and passionate about financial inclusion and the power of technology to enable education in developing countries. She is founder of Fineazy, an Africa-focused, innovative technology business teaching financial concepts in a simple, engaging and accessible way.
Izzy Obeng, Founding Director, Foundervine
Izzy is a business coach, entrepreneur and founder of Foundervine – a non-profit training consultancy connecting purpose-driven companies to impactful start-ups. In 2019, she was part of a discussion in the UK Prime Minister’s office, which led to the formation of the BME SME Roundtable and Future Founders Alliance (FFA), a collective of mission-driven organisations committed to building a pipeline of diverse tech talent.
Kokui Selormey Hanson, Broadcaster and Entrepreneur, KOKUI clothing
The lead co-host of Tech in Ghana Accra since its inception in 2017, Kokui currently hosts and co-produces the morning show, Head Start on Kwesé TV. In January 2018, she launched her eponymous, e-commerce fashion brand which caters to full-figured women. KOKUI clothing is committed to utilising locally manufactured fabrics, buttons, beads and brass details to support indigenous artisans and the local manufacturing industry.
Benewaah Boateng, Founder, Harmattan Rain
Benewaah Boateng is a music enthusiast with an ear for emerging new sounds from Africa. Her music agency Harmattan Rain curates the sounds and stories of African music creatives through playlisting, journalism and strategic collaborations with brands and companies. Benewaah also works with Apple Music curating playlists and acts as a marketing consultant for Universal Music.
Leticia Brown, Co-director, Intelligent Capital
In her current capacity, Leticia plays a role in bridging the funding gap for early stage businesses by providing a platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs to seasoned entrepreneurs and investors. Leticia has over 10 years’ experience in people management, marketing and business development, identifying and developing new markets. She managed the Ghana Angel Investor Network (GAIN), the first and only Angel Investor Network in Ghana, connecting early stage businesses with capital from high net worth individuals.
Sarah Juma, Founder & CEO, StyleID
Sarah Juma is a serial entrepreneur and champion for diversity and inclusion. While developing StyleID, a mobile app that identifies items worn and seen on screen, she discovered a severe lack of programs, mentors and support that took into account her unique perspective as a woman of color. She therefore launched Innovate Inclusion to advocate for the economic success of tech talent and entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities and was recently honored as one of Canada’s top 25 Women of Influence.