Herman Chinery-Hesse


Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based publication, Foreign Policy Magazine.

Chinery-Hesse and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the SMS App of the year award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University.

In 1991, Chinery-Hesse co-founded SOFTtribe Ltd, a software house in Africa.

In 2008, Chinery-Hesse co-founded Black Star Line SA, an e-commerce company behind the novel Sundiata payment platform, pioneering e-payments and e-commerce to millions of rural Africans.

Chinery-Hesse companies have collaborated to develop a number of award winning products such as Hei Julor, a low cost, mobile based, mass market security alert system for Africa.

Chinery-Hessehas been a speaker at many prestigious institutions including Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Chatham House and Tech4Africa.

Chinery-Hesseis a TED fellow and has been featured in the international media including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera.

Chinery-Hesse holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University and is considered a giant in African technology and innovation.

INC magazine and other international publications have referred to him as “The Bill Gates of Africa.”


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