December 2014 Guest Lecturers: Samsung, Sagevest Holdings, Growth Mosaic

admin | Friday, December 5th, 2014

Four times a year, we invite some of the most accomplished entrepreneurs from around the world to come share their story with the entire MEST community as MEST Guest Lecturers.

Over the course of a weekend, our distinguished guests share the story of their personal journey, explore industry insights, and provide feedback on the capstone projects of our student teams.

Here’re the guest lecturers for October 2014.

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Kofi Kwakwa (CEO, Sagevest Holdings)

Before founding Sagevest, Kofi was Director of Strategic Invesments, Joint Ventures & Alliances at Standard Bank Group, the largest banking group in Africa and a leading emerging markets bank. Kofi represented Standard Bank on boards of companies he invested in, playing a critical, hands-on role in corporate governance, strategy development and execution, as well as performance monitoring and improvements.

At Sagevest, Kofi drives a talented team to building an Investment Holding Company established to invest shareholders’ and funding partners’ capital (and its time and talents) in select companies, for the purpose of achieving comprehensive, profitable and significant returns. Kofi holds a BA in Mathematics and Economics with a concentration in Public Policy from Swarthmore College (USA) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Charles Ojei (West Africa Director of Enterprise Solutions, Samsung Electronics)

Charles leads and builds Samsung Electronics’ business-to-business, business-to-government, and enterprise solutions organisation in West Africa focusing on high impact technology projects in education, healthcare, financial services, transportation, hospitality and retail.

Charles is a Judge/Mentor at IBM Smart Camp; he sits on the boards of Tunnel Lab (Rio & San Francisco). He holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at the University of Lagos, Nigeria; a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, San Francisco; and holds management certifications from the Imperial College London.

Wayne Miranda (CEO, Growth Mosaic)

Wayne leads a talented team to grow impact businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa focusing on sourcing early stage, high potential impact businesses; accelerating the businesses to become investment ready; and matchmaking the businesses with appropriate investors.

Before founding Growth Mosaic, Wayne drove the development of operational systems and processes to lay foundations for businesses to grow at M&B Seeds and Agricultural Services Ghana Ltd. Wayne possesses a broad array of skills in strategy, business development, program management and entrepreneurship.