December 2014 Guest Lecture Weekend

MEST | Saturday, December 6th, 2014

Every quarter at MEST, we host business and technology leaders from around the world as guest speakers. They come to share their professional experiences and lessons learned with our entrepreneurs and students.

Here’s a peek at December’s Guest Lecture speakers’ profiles.

Speaker Profiles

Kofi Kwakwa

Kofi Kwakwa, CEO at 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 and hands-on role in corporate governance, strategy development and execution, as well as performance monitoring and improvement.

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

Charles Ojei, Director at Samsung Electronics

Charles leads and builds Samsung Electronics’ business-to-business, business-to-government and enterprise solutions in West Africa. He focuses 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 board of Tunnel Lab (Rio & San Francisco). He holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the University of Lagos, a Masters degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Hult International Business School, San Francisco, and holds management certifications from the Imperial College London.


Wayne Miranda, Founder & CEO at Growth Mosaic

Wayne leads a talented team to grow impact businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. Growth Mosiac focuses on sourcing early-stage, high-potential impact businesses, and accelerating the businesses to become investment-ready, and then match-making these 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.