Meet the Young African Innovator, Foster Akugri curating change in Ghana

Foster Awintiti Akugri

Hackathon Specialist | Business Incubation | Digital Transformation |New Markets Expansion Specialist Africa

Foster Awintiti Akugri is the Founder & President of the Hacklab Foundation. He is currently the Incubator Manager for the Stanbic Bank Incubator Ghana (SBIncubator Ghana), an initiative of Stanbic

Bank Ghana Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group where he also serves as a Business Analyst on the Digital Transformation team. He was the youngest participant at the World Economic

Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland in 2018. He also serves as a member of the Malaika Coalition, a committee mandated by the Africa Regional Strategy Group of the World Economic Forum
to work on the Africa 4.0 Initiative. He was listed among 30 under 30 Future of Ghana Pioneers Class of 2019.

His keen interest in the digital transformation on Africa led him to currently pursuing an MBA in Business Process Management and certification in Six Sigma Black Belt. He graduated from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with a degree in Computer Science. He has over 7 years experience in entrepreneurship and business development. He has worked with tech startups for the last 4 years, helping them develop MVPs and Product-Market fit strategies.

He is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing STEM to advance development in Africa by ensuring greater participation by young people. His team emerged First Runner-up in the Stanbic Money App Challenge in 2016 with financial management and literacy App, ‘Sikapong’ meaning ‘Money School’. They later went on to win the Tertiary Category for the MTN Apps Challenge in 2016 with

TeleKare, telemedicine AI based mobile and web application for primary and advisory healthcare services.

He is a public speaker focusing on leadership, technology, entrepreneurship, smart industries, ecosystem development, digital transformation, education, youth engagement models and

Concept of the African Dream. He has been on platforms such as TEDxKNUST, National Volunteers Forum, International Mentorship & Volunteerism Summit.

Experience

Playmud Consult

Managing Partner

January 2019 – Present

Accra, Ghana

Playmud Consult is a growing management consulting firm established in Ghana with a global focus. Our primary objective is to understand, assess and help business through their challenges to achieve sustainable growth and increase revenue, leading the digital transformation journey. We do this by

helping businesses leverage emerging technologies and strategies to improve their products, services and most of all, customer experience We believe Africa will become the powerhouse of the global economy, however we can only achieve this faster if we catapult through the digital and

industrial revolution. Playmud Consult operates on the principles dynamism, local focus and global reach hence we morph to help grow generational  African businesses.  Lead your industry with insights, research through our service & Products bouquet to increase your business revenue, develop employee capacity and deliver an exceptional experience to your customers.

HACKLAB Foundation

President

September 2015 – Present

Country: Ghana

Stanbic Bank Ghana

Incubator Manager (SBIncubator Ghana)

September 2018 – Present

Accra, Ghana

– Plans, coordinates, organizes, and spearheads efforts to recruit and locate office, technology, and industrial users; ensures appropriate equipment and materials are available for the successful

operations related to these efforts

– Coordinates day-to-day operations related to the incubator and industrial

growth efforts

– Ensures project compliance with applicable internal and external

Requirements

– Coordinates the development, evaluation and implementation of program

goals, objectives, and activities related to the incubator, technology, and industrial business growth

– Serves as a liaison to university, college, and other third-party resources

– Prepares proposals to clients and responds to inquiries/requests

– Assists in developing and monitoring program budget; Works on programs which support the development strategy for entrepreneurial growth

– Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports related to assigned programs, including financial reports that summarize and/or outline incoming and outgoing funds.

– Conducts research to identify emerging needs, trends, and services related

to recruitment and location of incubator clients and affiliate members or other assigned areas of Responsibility

– Designs and implements marketing materials to ensure public exposure to program offerings

Certified Ghana

Instructor

August 2018 – Present

Accra, Ghana

Ministry of Sanitation & Water Resources

Lead Consultant (Sanitation Hackathon)

November 2018 – December 2018 (2 months)

Accra, Ghana

Kumasi Hub Shapers

Curator

July 2017 – June 2018 (1 year)

Ghana

Overseer of the Hub and correspondent to the Global Shapers Community HQ,

and World Economic Forum Stanbic Bank Ghana

Project Consultant (SBIncubator Ghana)

January 2017 – June 2017 (6 months)

Ghana

– Developed Business Case for the SBIncubator Ghana

– Strategic Partnership Development

– Co-Designing Curriculum

– Ecosystem Mapping & Integration

Internships Ghana Ltd

Co Founder, CEO

February 2015 – April 2017 (2 years 3 months)

Kumasi, Ghana

1. General Overseer

2. Business Strategist

3. Recruitment and employment of new staff

4. Project Management

Dreams Alive

Interior Design Consultant

August 2015 – January 2017 (1 year 6 months)

Ghana

KNUST SRC Parliamentary Council

Clerk of Parliament

August 2015 – May 2016 (10 months)

Kumasi, Ghana

KNUST Students Representative Council

Program Director

August 2014 – May 2015 (10 months)

Kumasi

Responsible for designing and coordinating all Programs organized by the

Students Representatives Council.

Liaise with other committees of the Students Representative Council in the

execution of their projects.

Oversight responsibility for all student related programs on the University

Campus.

Designed a framework to standardize all events organized by students or

external parties for the benefit of students.

QPQ Group

Systems Analyst

May 2014 – August 2014 (4 months)

Accra

Neiltin Institute of Technology

Student

2014 – 2014 (1 year)

Microsoft Certified Professional, Computer Security.

Education

International Six Sigma Institute

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSB) · (2018 – 2019)

National Institute of Business Management – India

Master of Business Administration – MBA, Business Process Management

· (2018 – 2019)

Kwame Nkrumah’ University of Science and Technology, Kumasi

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Computer Science · (2013 – 2017)

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Foster A. Akugri
President
Hacklab Foundation
www.hacklabgh.org
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