…Access Bank on board as Platinum Sponsor

Facilitators and delegates are gearing-up for the first annual Africa Innovation Forum which begins tomorrow and ends on Wednesday August 7, 2013 at the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra.

The event is being organised by the International Foundation for Africa Innovation (iFAI) and Business & Financial Times (B&FT), under the theme ?Unleashing Innovation Leadership in Africa?.

The event will provide a unique platform for CEOs and other corporate executives to acquire insights and knowledge on new trends in innovation and leadership from renowned practitioners at a time when innovation and leadership are said to be key determinants of the future for companies operating in Africa.

Facilitator for the programme include Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, Founder & President of iFAI and Professor of Marketing & Innovation Management, China Europe International Business School (CEIBS); Ms. Effeh Amoah (CEIBS EMBA), Head, Client Services Group, Technology and Operations, Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana; Bright Simmons, CEO, mPedigree; and Ms. Linda Larbi (CIEBS EMBA), Regional Marketing Manager, The Coca Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Ltd.

Others are Professor John Meewella, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Oulu Business School, Finland, and Dean, IPMI International Business School, Jakarta, Indonesia; Dr. Sam Asante, Senior Research Scientist and Lead Global Technology Scout, Amway; Captain (rtd.) Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO, UT Bank Ghana Ltd.; Dr. Glenn S. Armstrong, Vice President of Business Innovations, Amway; and Martyn Mensah, CEO of UT Holdings, Ghana.

The rest are Prof. Niclas Adler, former Dean, Jonkoping International Business School, Sweden; Dr. Talemoh Wycliffe Dah, Director-Soteria Afrique, Rural Healthcare Initiative, Nigeria.

The Africa Innovation Forum will enable participants to understand the special challenges of innovation in emerging economies; shift their focus from supply side to demand side to find new sources of value for customers; appreciate and use frameworks and tools for building innovation cultures in their organisations; learn how to lead innovation to help their organisations create new products, services and business models necessary for success; comprehend and use models and frameworks to meet today?s business performance while at the same time innovating for the future; and also learn from practical case-studies of how to innovate speedily and at lower cost.

The forum is recommended for leaders of private and public organisations — including CEOs, directors, senior managers, strategic planners, corporate advisors, IT, operations, marketing, sales, R&D, product development, and manufacturing managers — who want to develop the capability to lead and manage innovation in their organisations.

The event is sponsored by Access Bank Ghana Limited and Amway (Platinum); Meshan Ad Consult and Brandtulz (Silver); and PwC Ghana (Session).

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