Dr. Patrick Awuah

Founder & President, Ashesi University, Ghana

Dr. Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University College, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. Before founding Ashesi, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion.

Joyce Ababio

Founder & President, Creative Design College of Ghana

Multiple Award-Winning Fashion Entrepreneur and renowned fashion designer Joyce Ababio is the President of the leading Creative Design College in Ghana with a focus on Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Textile Design and Jewelry Design. Over the past 23 years she has channeled her efforts in building a first class world renowned College that promotes game changing ideas for her students.

Azumah Nelson

Boxing Icon and Founder, Azumah Nelson Foundation

Azumah Nelson was born on 19th July 1958. His first experience with boxing happened when his father took him to watch a match at the age of 6. He immediately took keen interest in the profession. He had a stellar amateur career, competing at the 1978 Commonwealth Games where he won a gold medal in the Featherweight class, and compiling an Amateur Record of 50-2.

Prof. Edward S. Ayensu

International Development Advisor on Science, Technology and Economic Development

EDWARD S. AYENSU, an international development advisor on science, technology and economic development, is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana. He was former Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Ghana and also was formerly the Chairman of the Inspection Panel of the World Bank. He was in charge of ensuring that the World Bank follows its own rules and regulations in the conduct of doing business with its client-countries.

Essie Bartels

Founder, Essie Spice (Future Award)

For one little girl, the journey started in her mother's tiny kitchen in Ghana where her love affair with spice was ignited. Her flavorful journey continued all over the globe, spurred by her insatiable appetite for travel.

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