Jorn Lyseggen founded Meltwater News in 2001 with only $15,000. Meltwater News has since grown into the Meltwater we know today as a global leader in online intelligence. Jorn also founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a non-profit designed to provide training and mentoring to young African entrepreneurs aspiring to launch new, Ghana-based software companies.
A Norwegian entrepreneur and patent holder with four start-ups, Jorn has two trade sales and one IPO to his credit. Jorn has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bergen Ingeniorhogskole in Norway, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with specialization in digital signal processing and artificial intelligence from Iowa State University, and training in entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School. An avid reader of ancient history and Viking sagas, Jorn enjoys fishing for salmon in the Norwegian fjords near the town of Grong and the peace and quiet of Trysil, his hometown in Norway. Jorn played clarinet in several orchestras and competed at various levels for more than 15 years, recently reigniting his interest in music with the purchase of a saxophone.
Katie’s role is largely focused on bringing in global and local strategic partnerships on behalf of the MEST program, as well as our incubated companies. She connects with organizations, corporates and individuals who share MEST’s impact goals and will work with us to support local entrepreneurs, as well as further catalyze growth in the African market. Katie formerly worked at the African startup incubator 88mph, where she advised startups in Cape Town and Nairobi in the areas of brand development, marketing and PR. Katie then joined 88mph's full time staff as head of Marketing and Communications, getting 88mph in front of journalists, investors and influencers in Africa and across the globe. She’s passionate about building community around tech in Africa on a global scale and creating scalable, sustainable pathways for technology entrepreneurship and venture capital in the region.
Todd joins MEST with almost 30 years’ experience in technology, starting as mainframe programmer andcapping off his career as the Senior Manager of the teams that build and deploy the code for all of Bank of America’s eCommerce systems and Credit Card Services. Some of Todd’s accomplishments are: Designed and implemented a process model called “Controlled Entry” Manage teams responsible for the operations of all build, stage, deploy and validate functions for the Credit Card and EcommerceSoftware Configuration Management Westfall Fellow. Guest speaker at the SEPG Conference in Seattle, WA in 2006. Presented a paper entitled "SCM: The red headed stepchild of the KPAs (Key Process Areas)".Six Sigma Green Belt Lean Project ChampionTodd has three grown children and a beautiful grandchild that he misses very much while in Africa. Todd has many interests outside of Technology, among them are swimming, playing music in a band and golfing. When he is not enjoying the gracious people of Ghana, he calls the SF Bay Area home, where he was born and raised. Todd says that he is honored to be welcomed into the MEST family and feels he got a seat at the cool kid’s table.
Amma's role involves working closely with the local tech community and entrepreneurs to identify the best talent to join the MEST program. Amma obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Ghana with majors in Information Studies. She's also worked with the University of East London & the British Council in talent management capacities. This led her on to a brief business training at the University of Manchester Business School in the UK. In her spare time, Amma enjoys seeing new places and catching up on international affairs.
From a unique experience as an EIT here at MEST, Kelechi joins the MEST team as a MarComms and Recruitment Manager.
Cofounder of Skrife, a platform that provides written content for brands and startups, Kelechi guest posts career advice targeted at university graduates and young adults, and articles on tech and startups in Africa in various online magazines and blogs.
She hosts Techies, a web series in collaboration with Pulse Ghana, and leads communications at Next Money, Accra chapter, a community focused on engaging the local FinTech ecosystem.
Her passions center around effective brand communications, digital management, and youth empowerment through education and mentoring. When not working, she loves spending time at the beach.
Yaw Boakye Yiadom is a MEST Alumni. He was an Entrepreneur in Training in the MEST Class of 2013. He went on to co-found DevCongress – the first organized developers community in Ghana; and build the REST API for the Fessup mobile and web applications using Scala. He returns to MEST as a Technology Fellow to further his passion to impact the evolving African tech scene and budding techpreneurs. A graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University, Yaw speaks English, Twi and Spanish.
Dziffa Akua Ametam is the founder of Dziffa.com, a social enterprise that increases the global reach of local businesses by providing them with branding, marketing, and distribution services. She is a strong believer in the potential of African entrepreneurs and is heavily involved in the Ghana startup community. Dziffa was awarded the 2014 Entrepreneur of the year by African Youth Excellence, named Top 30 Under 30 rising stars of Ghana by Future of Ghana and named Top 100 Visionary Women to Watch in 2016 by Innov8tiv. She holds a Bachelor in economics and political science, is a fellow of the Edward T. Rogowsky Program, the American Economic Summer Training Program, and Yale Global Pre-MBA Program. Dziffa is thrilled to be a member of the MEST community and cannot wait to see EITs grace the world with bright ideas.
Ashok is a Senior Advisor to the MEST Leadership Team, and a Director of Meltwater Holding.
Previously, Ashok was the CEO and later Chairman of Genkey. He also held senior executive and technical architecture roles at IBM for over 27 years in the UK, US, France, and the Netherlands. Ashok has served as an advisor, CEO, Chairman, and Board Member of companies around the world.
Brian Flynn is an investor and entrepreneur focused on the Internet, mobile and software sectors. He has over 20 years of investment, entrepreneurial and isnvestment banking experience with emerging growth companies. Brian has invested in and/or co-founded 16 companies. Of that group, 8 exited, 5 are private and 3 were shut down. Some of his private investments include IMsecure (sold to Checkpoint), Pixoart Design (sold to 51.com), Ultris (sold to Saba), Fotolog (sold to Hi-Media), Qpod (sold to Groupon) and other companies which are independent (Relevad, Wheelhouse, Mixbook, AdMovate).Earlier in his career, Brian served as Head of Corporate Development at Macromedia where he managed strategy, investments and acquisitions and facilitated the sale of the company to Adobe for $3.9 billion. He also was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley & Co. and Robertson Stephens where he closed more than 40 mergers, acquisitions and financings. Brian received his B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his M.B.A. from Harvard University.