Prof. Kweku Atuahene-Gima, President and Executive Dean of the Nobel International Business School (NIBS), has said with innovation at the centre of all decision-making in the private and public sectors, the dream of seeing a Ghana Beyond Aid can be realised within record time.
“The promotion of public and private sector innovation is the avenue to the increasingly high hopes of a better quality of life by empowered citizens and customers in Ghana. The Ghana Beyond Aid agenda is a call for all public and private sector organisations and companies to embark on the journey of innovation,” he said.
Speaking at the maiden NiBS Ghana Innovation Awards, which came off at the Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Accra, on the theme ‘Ghana Beyond Aid; the Innovation Imperative’, Professor Atuahene-Gima explained that the first step in the process of Ghana Beyond Aid is the promotion of a national dialogue among organisations, teams and individuals about the challenges, opportunities and best practices that would be involved.
To him, the ultimate objective of the NiBS Ghana Innovation Summit and Awards is to build a national initiative for innovation through recognition, knowledge-building and sharing. The awards ceremony honoured 48 outstanding innovators and innovations within the economy’s various industries.
The biggest award of the night, which is the Entrepreneur of the Year Award, went to James K Ahiadome – J. K Ahiadome Transport and Company Limited. He started his career as a drivers’ assistant (Mate) in the petroleum road haulage industry and learned the rudiments of the trade, and has grown his company into the enviable haulage enterprise it is today.
CEO of the Year (Private Sector), Joe Mensah- Snr VP Kosmos Energy LLC; CEO of the Year (Public Sector), Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa – Chief Executive, Volta River Authority; Entrepreneur of the Year – James K Ahiadome, J K Ahiadome Transport and Company; Ghana Outstanding Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) Award, Volta River Authority; and Ghana Outstanding Company Innovator (OCI) Award, Kosmos Energy.
Digital Innovation of the Year, Inlaks Limited; Media Organisation of the Year, Omni Media; Oil and Gas Company of the Year (Downstream), Fueltrade Ltd.; Oil and Gas Company of the Year (Upstream), Kosmos Energy; Promising CEO of the Year (Public Sector), David Boateng Asante – Ghana Publishing Company Limited (GPCL); Promising Entrepreneur of the Year (Under 40 years), Gertrude Kunde-Kwallinjam – Smocky World; and Promising CEO of the Year (Under 40years), Dr. Emmanuel Bortey Borketey – Charger Limited.
Agribusiness Company of the Year, Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited; Emerging Brand of the Year, iTrade Commercial Enterprise; Electronic Company of the Year, TCL Electronics Ghana; Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Wolo; Restaurant of the Year, Meet ‘n’ Eat; Importer of the Year, Nungua Warehouse Group of Companies; Health Insurance Company of Year, Cosmopolitan health Insurance; Logistics Service Provider of the Year, J K Ahiadome Transport and Company; and Beverage/Water Company of the Year, Kasapreko Company Limited.
IT Company of the Year, NIIT Ghana; Security Company of the Year, G7 Security Systems Limited; Mobile Innovation of the Year, ALEXpay Africa; Promising Company of the Year, MKCL Mining Limited; Manufacturing Company of the Year, Polytanks (Gh) Ltd.; Rural Bank of the Year, Odotobri Rural Bank; Environment Innovation of the Year, C & G Aleska Company; Mining Company of the Year, Gold Fields Ghana; Best Growing Company, Stallion Tiger; and Non-Banking Financial Company of the Year, Pan- African Savings and Loans.
Health Facility of the Year, Sunshine Healthcare Ltd.; Indigenous Company of the Year, Ashanti Foam Factory; Exporter of the Year, Kingdom Exim Ghana; SME of the Year, AsaaseGPS; Digital Technology & Software Company of the Year, West Blue Consulting; Product Innovation of the Year, TCL Andriod TV – TCL Electronics Ghana; Savings and Loans Company of the Year, Opportunity International Savings and Loans; Shipping Company of the Year, Global Cargo and Commodities Limited; and Pharmaceutical Company of the Year, M&G Pharmaceuticals.
Discovery of the Year, Anthony T. Poore – CEO of Agricaccess; Community Impact Award of the Year-Dr. Joshy Varkey, M.D Nyonkopa; Innovative Partnership of the Year– DNV GL BmS JV Limited; Excellence in Business Innovation Award of the Year– Jacob Gbati; Woman of Excellence Award of the Year, Valentina Mintah; Outstanding Contribution to the Economy, Anas Aremeyaw Anas; Innovative Personality of the Year (Public Sector) – Kwasi Agyeman Busia- DVLA; Innovative Personality of the Year (Private Sector)- Bernard Koku Avle, Citi FM; and Outstanding Innovation Leadership Award of the Year– Dr. George Donkor.
All the award winners
James K Ahiadome, second left, in a handshake with Professor Atuahene-Gima, left. With him are members from J. K Ahiadome Transport and Company