Yaw Owusu

Yaw Owusu founded Gateway Innovations Ltd. to develop and manage the first technology park in Ghana. Mr. Owusu co-authored the book Modernizing Commonwealth Governments (publisher: Commonwealth Business Publications, London, England, 2004). The book, available on, outlines the role of startup incubation and technology parks in transforming Africa's IT economy.

 Mr. Owusu has appeared on SABC TV (South Africa), CCTV (China), Bloomberg TV (United Kingdom) and CNN iReport (USA) to discuss developing smart cities in Africa. He worked for General Electric and IBM Global Services as project manager before joining the technology group of the Investment Banking unit at Goldman Sachs in New York. Mr. Owusu served as the Country Manager of Xalles in Ghana between 2007 and 2011. He studied in the Executive MBA program at Columbia Business School in 2001-2002 and majored in Mathematics and Economics at Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania. He earned a certificate in Planning, Developing and Managing Technology Parks in 2007 from the Shanghai International Business Incubator.


Jennifer Yador

Jennifer is a driven finance leader with over 7 years of progressive experience in financial reporting and quantitative analysis. She designed a financial model on the threat of CableCos offering wireless service, forecasting the impact of the iPhone on T-Mobile's market share, and measuring the impact of Office 365 on enterprise revenue growth which was shared with the Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Sales. Ms. Yador’s specialties include: (i) Budgeting, quarterly forecasting, business cases, business partnering, revenue forecasting, valuation, scenario analysis (ii) SaaS: financial impact, annual planning process, revenue reporting (iii) Wireless telecommunication: industry & policy analysis and (iv) Marketing: social media marketing and web analytics. Jennifer is an alumna of Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University and an MBA Finance degree from Columbia University.


Anni Boiro

Anni Boiro joined Gateway Innovations as Director of Operations of Ghana Cyber City at the beginning of 2019. Anni has worked, studied, and lived in 8 countries across 3 continents, namely Australia, Estonia, Finland, Gambia, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and the United Kingdom - where she has learned 7 languages. She has designed and conducted investigative research projects and consulted for the African Center for Economic Transformation, Transparency International, and West African Rice Company. Anni served as a team leader at Amnesty International before earning a Master of Science degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. Ms. Boiro studied Development Economics and International Development at Australian Catholic University and holds a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree in International Relations from Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia.


Thomas W. Nash

Thomas Nash is an accomplished business strategist and project director for systems implementation ventures, and a business strategist. Nash founded and has led the Xalles family of companies since 1996.  Xalles is a group that provides Fintech (financial services technology) to consumer, business and government solutions globally.  Nash is an experienced executive of firms in the financial supply chain and electronic payments industries. Nash has provided strategic business advice to more than 200 firms worldwide from small firms to large organizations such as U.S. Bank, MasterCard, and Citibank.  He also led the implementation of financial systems deployment within the U.S. Government’s Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security. Nash has also advised the Governments of Brazil, China, Ghana, Romania, and others. Nash has helped launch successful start up ventures in the payment, eCommerce and IT fields. He has also helped firms expand into new international markets and his international marketing seminars have been presented in many countries across 5 continents to thousands of entrepreneurs and executives.


Eric Osiakwan

Eric M.K Osiakwan has fifteen years of ICT industry across Africa and the world. He has worked in 32 African countries setting up ISPs, ISPAs, IXPs. He has also established IT startups in Europe and North America. As technology entrepreneur, he founded and built companies and organizations like GNVC, GISPA, AfrISPA Internet Research, InHand, PenPlusBytes, African Elections Portal, FOSSFA, Ghana Connect, Ghana Cyber City, WABco and serves on the board of Good Morning Africa, Kuzima, SMSGH, VC4Africa, Seed Engine and Appfrica.

Eric is part of the consortium that built the TEAMS submarine cable in East Africa and is an ICT Consultant for the WorldBank, Soros Foundations, UNDP, USAID, USDoJ, USDoS as well as African governments and private firms. He co-authored the “Open Access Model” which has become a global model for the communication industry, “Negotiating the Net” – the politics of Internet Diffusion in Africa and “The Internet in Ghana” with the Mosaic Group. Eric was invited to contribute ideas to Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa. He is an ex-TED, Poptech, University of Maryland and Stanford University fellow. He is currently an affiliate of CBA at the Media Lab, MIT as well as visiting fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University.