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 Amazon.com, 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 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.
Will Guyster is the manager of the MIT Global Startup Labs (GSL) program. He is responsible for developing Boot Camp training sessions in ICT and entrepreneurship and for fostering innovation and ecosystems for university students and aspiring entrepreneurs across the world and in conjunction with MIT faculty, students, and institutional partners. Considered a subject matter expert in emerging market and youth entrepreneurship by the US State Department, Mr. Guyster has spent the previous 8 years helping develop ventures in developing countries, both at MIT – as Fellowship Program Manager for the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship – and while living in Ghana where he founded an NGO to pioneer new methods in fighting poverty through the support of socially-responsible, small and medium-sized businesses.
During these 8 years, Will has also been asked to guest lecture at MIT and elsewhere on topics in international development and regularly judge global business competitions, affording him the opportunity to have advised nearly 700 different startups. In his previous life, Will had worked for the World Bank and Credit Agricole in New York, and managed a large portfolio of USAID education grants in Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Mr. Guyster received his BA from Columbia University where he conducted research in areas of International Political Economy, Political Psychology, and African Development.
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 Xalles Limited since 1996. Xalles consults and provides technology and management services to firms in the IT, financial services and supply chain industries globally. Nash is an experienced executive of firms in the financial supply chain and electronic payments industries. Nash is currently on the Board of Directors of 6 companies across 4 continents and is the advisor to multiple investment funds. He 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 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.