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, the first and currently only African recipient of the award.
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, CPH Conference, Tech4Africa etc.
He is a TED fellow and has been featured in the international media including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.
He has been featured in many magazines including Ghana Business and Finance Times, Forbes and many more.
He was placed 17 on the list of 20 Notable Black Innovators in Technology. Herman has been listed as one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influences and also listed as one of 100 most influential Africans of our time.
He is also an assessor for the Commercial Courts of Ghana.
Herman has received numerous awards including the “Outstanding Ghanaian Professional” Award Winner, the GPA awards, UK, “Distinguished Alumnus Award” Winner, the Texas State Alumni Association and Texas State University-San Marcos, Texas (alma mater).
The first and currently only African recipient of the award.
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.”