Stanford Seed West Africa

Stanford Seed has welcomed its tenth and largest ever class of high potential private sector businesses into the Seed Transformation Program in Accra.

Selected through a rigorous process from countries in West and Southern Africa, the class of 2019 represents a major milestone for the West Africa office.

The Stanford Seed Transformation Program each year, admits leaders of private enterprise whose businesses have the potential to scale, impact individuals, communities and the continent through employment opportunities and transform economies.

Seventy (70) business leaders from across Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa will go through a yearlong business training to position them for scale.

Mr. Emmanuel Kitcher, Regional Director, West Africa officially welcomed the West and Southern Africa Class of 2019 on this journey of transformation on January 27th 2019. Citing examples of the transformation of South Korea, Mr. Kitcher highlighted the importance of having a mindset shift around possibilities and problem solving to address the needs of individuals and communities.

Highlights of the week included a leadership round table and business networking forum on Thursday 31 January, with Stanford Graduate School of Business Faculty Director. Professor Jesper B. Sørensen (The Robert A. and Elizabeth R. Jeffe Professor, and Professor of Organizational Behavior). Prof. Sørensen engaged the current class and members of the Seed Transformation Network in a leadership roundtable which addressed critical issues of leadership and scaling.

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Present at the program’s business networking forum were past participants of the program, industry specialists Mme Maidie Arkutu and recently elected executives of the Ghana Chapter of the Seed Transformation Network Miss Constance Swaniker (Accents and Arts), Linda Ampah (KAD Manufacturing), Mr.Samuel Appenteng (Joissam Ltd), Georgette Sakyi Addo (Georgette Barnes Ltd)  and Romeo Bugyei ( IT Consortium).


About Stanford Seed

Seed is a Stanford Graduate School of Business led initiative that’s working to end the cycle of global poverty.

We believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change to move developing and emerging economies to greater prosperity. To maximize our impact, we’re working on multiple fronts and across multiple time horizons. Seed is training business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally engaged leaders, and supporting critical research that can lead to breakthrough solutions.

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