In our upcoming Executive Roundtable Event on “Diversity and Inclusion: Empowering Young Women in Tech for Career Success”, we are privileged to welcome a panel of distinguished speakers, each a trailblazer in their respective fields.
These thought leaders bring a wealth of experience and insights, contributing to the collective dialogue on fostering diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.
1. Ing. Dr. Lucy Agyepong
Ing. Dr. Lucy Agyepong is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Academic City University College. She is the institution’s founding Dean of Engineering, providing strategic and intellectual leadership in Industrial & Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Biomedical, and Robotics Engineering.
Dr. Agyepong has over a decade of specialized experience conducting advanced academic and industrial research. She holds Master’s in Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering with an Aerospace Design focus.
Dr. Agyepong was the Technology Manager of the Design and Build Group at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), UK, where she was responsible for a strong team of 45 engineers with over 250years of combined experience. She has actively collaborated with numerous industrial partners, such as Airbus, GKN Aerospace, BAE, and Rolls-Royce.
As a strong advocate for Women IN Engineering, a professional member of the Ghana Institute of Engineering (GhIE), a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador, and was recently appointed as the first and only woman to sit on the African Asian Pacific Engineering Education Council.
2. Dr. Mercy Gardiner O. Tenkorang
Dr. Mercy Gardiner Tenkorang is a seasoned Information Technology (IT) professional with over 30 years of experience in developing, deploying, consulting, and supporting business applications and enterprise systems. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of DevApps Ltd, an IT company that develops, sells, implements, and supports a line of enterprise resource planning (ERP) application software for small, midsize, and large enterprises. Dr. Mercy is also the co-founder of ICT Farm Ltd.
She started her career in1993 as an IT Consultant with Deloitte & Touché Consulting, West Africa. After three years, she moved to Zimbabwe where she led companies like Burco Business Solutions Zimbabwe and Fintech International in establishing their Microsoft practices whilst managing their sales, marketing, and implementations of core banking and Microsoft Dynamics products across Southern Africa.
In 2006, Dr. Mercy Gardiner Tenkorang joined Microsoft as the Channel Manager for South East Africa. For a period of nine years, she held various leadership positions in Microsoft spanning across forty-nine African countries.
Dr. Mercy holds a Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the Swiss Business School. She also holds a Master of Applied Business Research from SBS Swiss Business School, a Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Business Management from Nobel International Business School, and an Executive Master of Business Administration Degree from, the China Europe International Business School.
3. Dr. Kwame Annor, SHRM – SCP, STMP, FCILG, MIoD
Dr. Annor is an accomplished HR practitioner with extensive experience in HR and Leadership. He is a Senior Certified Professional of the Society for Human Resource Management and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance in the United States of America.
Prior to his current role, Dr. Annor has held several key positions in different organizations. He was the Group Human Capital Director of Broadspectrum Limited, Head of Human Resources at CFAO PLC, Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO) with Jospong Group of Companies, and the Head of Human Resources for TAQA energy. He also played a pivotal role as the Chief Human Resource Officer at AirtelTigo.
Dr. Annor has also held key HR roles at various organizations, including Airtel Ghana, PZ Cussons, Vodafone Ghana, and American Towers (ATC). In addition, he led several high-impact projects such as the establishment of GNAT Cancer Foundation, the commercialization of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC), and the Sweden Ghana Medical Centre’s lead transition manager.
Dr. Annor holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Applied Management Research from Swiss Business School, Switzerland. He is also a certified Human Resource Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Senior Talent Management Partictioner (STMP).
4. Dr. King David Boison
Dr. David King Boison is a renowned consultant, academician, and former IT manager at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA). With a profound background in IT and corporate strategy, he has spearheaded significant process improvements and automation at GPHA over the past six years. Dr. Boison’s unparalleled contributions encompass crafting IT strategies, pioneering innovative systems, and harmoniously aligning business objectives with technological solutions.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Dr. Boison has a fervent academic interest rooted in research, with a distinct focus on optimization, simulation, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence. His consulting endeavors range from business restructuring and strategic blueprinting to digital transformation and IT-centric project deployments. He has collaborated with esteemed organizations such as the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders and the Vice President’s Committee on the Paperless Port Process. Beyond his IT expertise, Dr. Boison boasts proficiency in supply chain management, notably within the maritime sector. A highlight of his achievements includes propelling a 25% cost reduction on electronic port projects at GPHA.
At present, Dr. Boison has been the Director of the Knowledge Web Center for the past four years. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Maritime Affairs. He presides over both the Ethics Review Committee at the National Health Insurance Authority and the Research Ethics Board at the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders. He is also a significant figure in the Academy of African Business Development, as the head of Track 9.
5. Mrs. Juliana Ametorwogo
Mrs. Juliana Ametorwogo is a highly experienced Telecommunications Engineer specializing in Radio Access Network (RAN) operations, known for her analytical prowess, vast industry experience, and commitment to customer satisfaction. Over the course of her 13-year career, Juliana has held various key positions in RAN, VAS, IN, and CORE, both within Ghana and internationally. She is currently an RNO specialist at Vodafone Ghana.
Beyond her technical accomplishments, Juliana assumes leadership roles in championing women’s involvement in technology. She currently serves as the President of Women In Technology at Vodafone Ghana and holds the position of Director for the women’s wing at the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana. Her dedication to empowering women in the field of technology is a testament to her passion for promoting diversity and inclusion.
Due to her immense dedication to mentoring young girls and women in STEM fields and her strong advocacy for increasing female representation in STEM, she was selected as a Mentor in the 1000 Girls, 1000 Futures program organized by the New York Academy of Sciences.
6. Derrydean Dadzie
Derrydean Dadzie is a powerhouse in African technology, leading the charge in Science, Technology, Innovation, and Research (STIR). Renowned for his expertise in Fintech and Digital Transformation, his remarkable 15-year career positions him as an undisputed authority and visionary leader in these pivotal domains.
In 2007, fresh from Ashesi University, Derrydean co-founded DreamOval Limited, an emblematic Ghanaian tech startup. As its CEO, he steered DreamOval’s remarkable growth, expanding its influence beyond Ghana’s borders.
Transitioning from DreamOval, he assumed the CEO role at the Ghana Chamber of Technology. Here, his indomitable drive saw the development of robust tech markets and influential policy frameworks, setting the stage for Ghana’s tech resurgence.
In his latest endeavour, Derrydean founded The Heritors People (THP) LLC — an ethical consulting firm at the nexus of Ghana’s STIR Economy and Africa’s Digital transformation. He also set up Heritors Labs LLC, a hub dedicated to developing solutions and services that would drive innovation and research and shape the future of technology in Africa.
Derrydean’s vision is clear and powerful: to make Science, Technology, Innovation, and Research (STIR) the bedrock of Africa’s economic renaissance. His profound impact on technology, fintech, and digital transformation is a testament to his staunch dedication to Africa’s rise as a global tech leader.
About the project
The M-FIT Project is a collaboration between Jobberman Ghana and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) within the framework of Invest for Jobs to deliver the M-Fit Project – Matching of Females in Tech.
To bridge the gender gap in the technology sector, this project is designed to empower and equip young women with Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds with essential soft skills, making them employable in the tech space.
Currently, 100 young women with a STEM background have successfuly completed the soft skills training. 60 of these young women will be placed in tech and tech enabled roles by March 2024.
You can join the live broadcast via the Jobberman LinkedIn channel here.