Walter is the Director of Truvalu.startups, formerly iMPACT Booster, and the driving force behind this accelerator program. It is his personal mission to create impact through good business.
Walter is a strategist and doer and thinks in possibilities. He wants to design, develop and build companies that matter. At Enviu, a campany specialized in transforming ideas that can contribute to a better world into viable businesses, he has successfully built ten businesses from scratch in emerging economies. In Ghana, one of the companies he initiated and set up is People’s Pension Trust Ghana. Walter has many connections in the startup world in Africa –he is a member of VC4A- and in Ghana, where has close contacts with the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology and other accelerators. Walter is on the advisory board of the 15KM incubator and also co-founder and former board member of The Social Business Incubator.
Nelson has also joined us as a coach by bringing in his expertise and network as CEO of Innohub Limited, a business accelerator and impact investment platform that helps to grow sustainable social enterprises from the highly innovative ideas of young Africans.
Nelson is a believer in the potential of African startups and SMEs to drive enterprising solutions to poverty and underdevelopment, and is thus committed to helping such business to grow to their full potential.
Nelson is a specialist in Business Model Innovation and Business Pitch Coaching and served as a Partner-Coach in the 2015 African Entrepreneurship Award. He is a Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Fellow and also a part-time lecturer at the University of Applied Management, Ghana Campus and the BlueCrest University College, Accra.
Samuel is a Ghanaian who lived in the Netherlands for 22 years. He is a banker by profession and is the CEO of People’s Pension Trust, a pension company that provides pension to formal and informal sector workers. He has a master’s degree in Strategic Management from the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing.
Before returning to Ghana, Samuel worked for the Rabobank in the Netherlands for 7 years, in the position of Relationship Manager Corporate Client, responsible for medium-large companies and institutions. Samuel has broad experiences in the management of SME companies in various sectors, such as health care, financial service, production companies, transport, and high-tech companies. Samuel was an active member of African Young Professionals.
In 2011, Samuel returned to Ghana to set up the Diagnostic Centre (a health care company) in Accra and became general manager.
Samuel is an immediate board member of The Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC) and a board member of Maxim Nyansa. Samuel has an extensive network in Europe and Africa and is often sought out for his knowledge on Europe/Africa business-related issues.
Michiel is the director of EMSA Emerging Markets Africa and has dedicated his career to business development activities in Africa for over fifteen years. He firmly believes that private sector development is the key to the sustainable development of Africa’s economies.
Michiel helps and coaches both African and European companies to develop and enhance their business in Africa by exploring opportunities, connecting people and sharing his experience in the field of joint ventures, governance, foreign investment, financing and matchmaking. He has completed assignments in over 20 African countries. Michiel has held several board positions of Africa-based and Africa-oriented organizations, both in profit and not-for-profit. Currently, he is non-executive member of the Nairobi-based ICT firm Carrel Technologies Ltd. as well as member of the supervisory board of Sankofa Foundation in The Hague.
Anna is the senior partner at Lundin Foundation and CEO of MBC Africa. Anna has 19 years of experience in business development and SME financing (bank, microfinance and impact investment) in West Africa. Ténemba believes that rural entrepreneurship is the solution in creating jobs for African youth, reduce food insecurity and alleviate poverty on the continent. She has been CEO of MBC Africa since 2015 in addition to her position as Lundin Foundation’s Portfolio Director for West and Central Africa.
Anna has developed an extensive network of partners that support micro enterprises and SMEs in accessing financing through product development, funding schemes and network building. Ténemba is a pioneer in angel investment in Mali and Ghana as she was involved in the creation of two angel investors’ clubs, one in Mali and an all ladies angel network in Ghana (Africa Lady Angels).
John Armah is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, consultant and business strategist with a passion for startup developments and growth in Africa.
His many achievements and influences make him an outstanding young professional in Africa. Named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa (2016), and ranked as the 27th Most Influential Ghanaian by ETV Ghana (2012), John holds many more achievements to his name.
He consults for governments, the private sector, business development institutions, youth initiatives and more and addresses policies affecting youth on the African continent. He is also a regular panelist and speaker on entrepreneurship and policy related issues.
John’s vast experience in the developments of new markets, start-ups, business growth, strategy and innovations has made him a good consultant, trainer and advisor with expertise in many entrepreneurial fields.
David is a business consultant who also has a keen interest in IT and Human Rights. He is the founder of Global Tolerance Org (GTO) and has a MBA from the University of Greenwich, uck, BCs Admin at the University of Ghana, Legon and LL.M at Europa Universität Viadrina, Germany.
Robert Yakohene is a business development specialist with eighteen years business management experience in multiple sectors of the economy including agriculture, education, fashion, finance, hospitality, manufacturing and telecom.
He has been involved in the development of over a hundred businesses through training, coaching, mentoring and deal brokering relationships. His working life has so far been spent with organizations such as prudent export farms, tele-data, UT Financial Services, UT Holdings and UT Bank Working at the management level in different capacities for about eighteen years.
His Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) background acquired in 2004 from the University of Ghana has helped develop his competencies and skill over the years. He also holds a BSc Agricultural Economics and Farm Management degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.
He is passionate about developing skills of entrepreneurs, managers of businesses and the youth towards effective and efficient productivity and profitability. His aspiration is to see businesses in Africa transcend the first generation lifespan that pertains today. He does these through SparkSpikes Global, a consultancy and development organization he co-founded.
Anne Nutsuklo is co-founder of Nandimoble and mySMEPortal. She holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana and is a mentee of Fortune/U.S State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership. She enjoys empowering young women through mentorship.
Nandimobile is an award winning service directory app, which seeks to make relevant information from businesses and organizations easily accessible on mobile phones. Nandimobile received a Champions of the World Summit Awards in 2013 in the eBusiness and Commerce category.
Anne recently started MySMEPortal to equip SMEs to run sustainable and profitable businesses by matching them with the right tools, mentors and investors via easy-to-use cloud-based portals.
Sylvester Stephenson Abitty is an experienced Ghanaian strategist and an investor entrepreneur with a wide range of investment interest and support for start-ups and SMEs. With his diverse background in working in different multi-national businesses, he has built a network of stakeholders, particularly those involved in key decision-making positions from private and government institutions.
Sylvester until recently was the Executive Leadership Specialist and Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Unilever West Africa, supporting the general management function of 8 Unilever operating countries in West Africa.
Sylvester before then, worked as the Retail Project Support Manager and Personal Assistant to the Group Executive Retail Director, Vlisco Group, coordinating projects for the 4 Brands (Vlisco, Woodin, GTP and Uniwax) across the 13 African Countries where the firm operates.
He also once served as Executive Assistant in charge of Project, Business and Corporate Affairs with Ghana Japan Oil Co. Ltd, an Oil & Gas and Infrastructural development firm, where he facilitated projects of the firm with the Ghana Security Agencies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies, Government of Ghana, Volta River Authority, Aboadze Thermal Plant, Japan Radio Co. Ltd (JRC), Tokyo Electricity Power Company (TEPSCO), among others.
In his entrepreneurial drive, Sylvester serves as an Independent Consultant, as well as co-founder and partner at Quantum Research Ghana; a research, training and business advisory services firm; where he leads business operation and strategy management and working on risk management and business advisory projects for Start-ups and SMEs and has undertaken some projects under the auspices of Invest in Africa; Empretec Foundation, among others.
He holds a Master of Philosophy in Business Consulting and Enterprise Risk Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Gert van der Heijden (72 years) is a PUM expert for 10 years and has worked at XEROX as the manager of Technical & Quality Support. He is an expert in Electrotechnics/ Manufacturing and Recycling Operations. He is currently a coach at New Business Challenge 2016: The Netherlands-Ghana – Sustainable trade.
He has completed missions in South-Africa, Sri-Lanka, Ukraine and Ghana. In Ghana he has worked on projects for the North Upper region of Ghana, Bolgatanga specifically. He has also organized two business cases for Sri-Lanka and Ukraine in the Netherlands. His current PUM project is in Bolgatanga, Ghana consisting of approx. 80 car repair entrepreneurs.
Gert has been working for 7 years with Secondary Education schools/students as a coach supporting start-ups and new entrepreneurs for stichting Jong Ondernemen. He is also a coach for entrepreneurs for Making Africa Work in Utrecht.
Joost is an entrepreneur and provides companies with both on- and offline Marketing Consultancy Services. He has experience in various industries in both B2B and B2C environments and has worked for various international companies. He holds a Master Degree in Business Administration of the Vrije University in Amsterdam.
Furthermore Joost has great coaching and mentoring skills. He is a lecturer at a Business School in Amsterdam where he teaches the subjects: Commercial Skills, (International) Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He is also a Business Coach for Qredits, a bank that provides micro credit loans to entrepreneurs in The Netherlands.
Joost holds a special interest in international development projects. In 2006 he joined a rural development team of the Vrije University to conduct a micro credit research in South America. And in 2016 he joined a group of field hockey coaches that travelled to Tanzania, to teach local coaches new hockey tactics and skills.
Tjalling is the new General Manager of GNBCC who has started in February 2017. He has been in Ghana before in the period of 2001-2010 when he was involved in the set-up of a number of new companies, such as Explainer DC and SOFT Internet Solutions, he was also active for GHANECC (before GNBCC) as project manager and Board Member.
From 2006 until 2010 he was working in the shea industry for Loders Croklaan (now IOI Loders Croklaan). The past 6 years he has been living and working in Antwerp, Belgium active in real estate and consultancy.
Tjalling has an MBA from the Henley School of Management and a MA in History from
The University of Antwerp.
Herald Overweg’s professional career, up to 20 years now, has been dedicated to retail in Food and FMCG. In the first ten years of his career he participated as a shareholder in his parents’ C1000-supermarkt.
After this period he went to work as Buyer and Category Manager at the head offices of retail chains: Coop, C1000 and Jumbo. He also has experience in Supplier Site as Marketing Manager and Consultant. During his career he also worked on gaining knowledge through continuous learning and studies.
At this moment he is studying MBA Food & Finance at the Nyenrode Business University. His vision is that: every one of us can bring his own value, qualities and contribution to create a better world and making progress. That is why our work is both highly systemic and deeply personal.
At this moment he is an entrepreneur holding his own consultancy practice HOnCompany.nl and he helps companies in Food and FMCG with Strategy, Innovation and Negotiation based on Creating Shared Value. His ‘Why’ according to Simon Sinek’s theory: “I help companies and people to find their uniqueness and strengthen their abilities so that we can make sustainable progress and create shared value together”.
Gert Breugem is a Dutch trained Urban Planner/Designer and has much experience in the Public sector and cooperation between cities. Furthermore he’s working now in an international
context aiming to establish projects that demonstrate sustainable urban planning (circular Urban Development, Renewable Energy, Services) in heavily struck areas in the world (because of natural
disasters, wars and conflicts
Bruno is a high performance coach & breakthrough catalyst. Through his unique approach to consulting, he facilitates personal and business transformation by assisting professionals, entrepreneurs and executives achieve peak performance through identifying and leveraging their gifts and passion.
Bruno’s signature model & coaching framework enables startups build concepts to business case; assists companies redesign strategies for corporate scaling and helps professionals in their business leadership. Bruno believes that high performance is achieved by leveraging the gifts, talents & natural aptitude of individuals & in that ensure organizational effectiveness and professional growth.
Bruno holds a BA in Integrated Communications with specializations in Marketing Communications & Public Relations as well as MA in Global Governance. His expertise is in concept development, business case analysis and organizational development.
David is a Private Equity Investment Professional for The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in growth markets, managing c.US$ 9.5 billion in assets. David has five years of experience in a diverse set of industries and across different countries in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. In addition, he has been involved in multiple transactions and value creation projects across Sub Sahara Africa, e.g. Fan Milk International and Ghana Home loans.
As a firm supporter of the private sector, David believes that it is the private sector that should play an important role to lift people out of poverty. In addition, he believes that companies that produce products or provide services for the consumer market will benefit the most from Sub Saharan Africa’s growth fundamentals like the increase urbanization, growing affluent middle class and a large young population.
David holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Bristol, UK, and a BSc in International Economics and Business from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In addition, he is a CFA Level II Candidate with international work and study experience in Africa, Latin America, Middle East and Europe.
During Bert’s career he has been involved in and responsible for starting new activities like Flexinet, Libertel (Vodafone NL), FMC in the Netherlands, R&D in China, V-Life service and Always Best Connected. His personal drive is to identify and implement new business models and services. His experience helps him to add value on all aspects of a business strategy like: marketing, distribution channels, sales, operation and technology.
During his 15 years working for Vodafone Group he experienced the change from technology driven innovation to business driven innovation and the impact this has on huge organizations, people, processes and culture.
Today owners of companies can benefit from his experience and through his company Your Business Expansion he joins entrepreneurs from outside the Netherlands in their adventure to be successful in the Dutch and European market.
Jan Peter Everhard – Jev is sustainability coordinator at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Jev started his own green company in 2006.
In 2008 and 2010 he organized Zeppelin cruises from the South of Europe to the Netherlands with sightseeing flights from Rotterdam Airport. Jev has also organized Zeppelin tours at the occasion of the World Harbor days in 2008, the Tour de France in Rotterdam and Brussels in 2010, Parkpop and Rock Werchter. Zeppelin cruises are clean and quiet. Helium as the carrier is preserved and all materials of the Zeppelin New Technology are reused in a circular way.
Marcel Jan Jacobs is born in Amsterdam on February 9, 1959. He studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Haarlem Polytechnic and Business Economics at the University of Amsterdam and Law at the University of Amsterdam.
Marcel started his career in Information Technology and worked for several US multinationals of which he worked for 11 years as Managing Director of the Benelux Region and Vice President for the Asia Pacific region based out of Singapore.
He retired from the corporate world in 2004 to pursue his dream of having his own company. Since 2004 that company, Jacob Lawren Ltd. (named after both fathers of Mr. Jacob Jacobs and Mr. Lawrence Owusu Ansah) has grown to a Ghanaian company with around 50 Ghanaian Employees. The company has its main activities in Haulage, Construction and Agriculture Development. It prides itself on its long lasting relationships with its customers and its staff.
The Company’s philosophy is based on taking very good care of its staff and expecting the staff to take very good care of our customers. Combined with a solid financial management it has proven a formula for success.
Being a grandson of Dutch 1930’s migrant workers, I’m used to go out for (financial) challenges.
Combined with my fascination for Africa from childhood, I’ve visited Ghana in 2003 for the first time.
Travelling from Accra to Bawku, I developed a relationship with Ghana on both personal- and business levels.
In collaboration with IntEnt, I’ve started a feasibility study in Ghana for my professional activities in 2011, bringing 20 years of versatile knowlegde, experience and a broad network in Dutch industrial- and educational (wood)sectors.
From 2013 until 2015 I worked through my sole proprietorship Woodware Companion on wood related consultancy, product- and project development in The Netherlands and Ghana.
Beside working as a freelancer from 2016, I’m developing small-scale, product-based Training WorkShops (TWS): Research & Development, Products and Services of prefabricated quality products developed by an appropriate mix of materials, equipment and labor, preferably with locally available resources.
Is a friendly open-minded entrepreneur who started as structural engineer in the Netherlands. Pieter was mainly employed as project manager supervising the construction of large buildings.
After a while he felt doing more with the human behind the techniques. Pieter became a self-employed change-manager improving communication, motivation and effectiveness for all stakeholders in any building process. Being self-employed, he felt free doing it his way instead of being busy with unproductive internal office politics. After the financial crisis, he saw an opportunity in the field of solar business especially in Ghana, West Africa with its everlasting dumsor-crisis.
In 2015 Pieter founded Städler Renewable Energy, focused on sustainability and specialized in power-storage. Now Pieter is still working for SRE and expanding his market by contracting installers as dealer’s for SRE BV and their products.
Keerthi is a sr. Program manager at Amsterdam health and technology Institute (ahti). Where he leads the innovation and entrepreneurship efforts of the Amsterdam Living Lab.
His mission is to improve the urban health worldwide and to achieve a better quality of healthcare at a lower cost through education, innovative research and by fostering entrepreneurship across a global network of ‘living labs’ that are centered in Amsterdam.
Keerthi has a background in biomedical engineering and product design. Through his prior experience working with healthcare Innovation firms and in the field of Intellectual property, he helps entrepreneurs develop unique business models and accelerate their Innovation cycles. Keerthi also delivered entrepreneurship workshops and lectures at the VU on Health technology and technology diffusion in the market.
Rukayata Sanusi is the Executive Director of the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, a pioneering clean tech and green economy business incubator housed at Ashesi University College and funded through a grant from the World Bank’s InfoDev Climate Technology program.
A management consultant with expertise in providing advisory services in the areas of business strategy, business operations and business transformation, Ruka’s career to date has been built around her abilities to both provide advice on matters of business strategy and business operations, and organizing resources and facilities to implement recommendations – she has strategic and operational ability.
She is a skillful professional with over 20 years of international consulting experience; Ruka conveys a deep knowledge of matters pertinent to business management, strategy development and organizational transformation.
Prior to joining GCIC, Ruka served as the Founder and Principal of Alldens Lane a boutique business strategy consulting firm which has a unique focus on providing business advisory services and executive business coaching to women-owned and women-led businesses in Africa’s small and growing business sector. Before founding Alldens Lane, Ruka worked at PwC Ghana, where she led the Strategy & Operations consulting unit, advising clients within a multiplicity of sectors in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia as well as Nigeria.
Maarten Kleijn is a senior energy advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in Ghana. He is leading SNV’s role in the Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, an incubator for Ghanaian cleantech businesses with a focus on solar among other sectors. He is also SNV’s Energy Focal Point for Ghana.
Prior to joining SNV Ghana, Maarten setup and implemented the successful DFID funded Results-Based Financing for Pico-Solar program with SNV Tanzania, supporting suppliers of Lighting Global approved solar systems.
During this period, he gained a wealth of experience in designing scalable business models – among which pay-as-you-go solar – for providing affordable and quality off-grid solar products to customers at the bottom of the pyramid.
He holds a Masters in Environment and Resource Management. For his Master’s thesis he did research about energy access in Mozambique and since then he has lived and worked in Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ghana.
Dirk de Bruin has been working close to fourteen years in the cocoa industry of which twelve in Ghana.
He started in Amsterdam for Sitos Commodities as a planner and joined Sitos Ghana as an operational Manager in 2005. He joined the CWT group from Singapore in 2008 and the company changed the name to CWT Commodities Ghana in 2012. He took over as Managing Director in 2015.
CWT Commodities currently operates 15.000 m2 of warehouse space in Tema and handles close to 120.000 mt per year. Beside the storage and handling we also offer quality control and load survey. For the cocoa crop year 2016/2016 this will be around 150.000 mt.