Managing Director – Program Leader at Zentralschweiz Innovativ – Central Switzerland Innovation
Central Switzerland Innovation (zentralschweiz innovativ) is the official joint innovation promotion program of six Central Swiss cantons to support SME’s in all questions of innovation from the initial idea to the final innovation. Main field of activities is to support innovators with consulting support on topics like idea management, network partnering, feasibility considerations and business case coaching.
World Innovation Forum Ambassador Switzerland since November 2017
Nguyen Trung Dung
CEO at BK Holdings Group
Lecturer at Hanoi University of Science and Technology
Nguyen Trung Dung is an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship certified by the Vietnam-Finland Innovation Partnership Program (IPP), Leadership Innovation Fellowship Program at Cambridge University (UK), Mashav Innovation Program (Israel). He is currently a lecturer at Hanoi University of Technology as well as the CEO of BK-Holding in charge of science and technology enterprises system, innovative and entrepreneurship of the university. Mr.Dung has over 15 years experience in investment, training, incubation and technology transfer in Vietnam.
Since 2001, he has been the founder and investor of more than 10 educational institutions, systems integration companies, science and technology enterprises. He is also consulting for government, organizations and enterprises in innovation as well as in the executive boards of organizations and associations in this field such as GEN (VCCI ), Vietnam Mentoring Initiative (VMI), iAngel Network. Chairman of Junior Achievement Vietnam (JA) … In 2017, he was selected as the Ambassador of Vietnam by the World Innovation Forum (WIF).
Chief Executive Officer at PowerPT
Felix has been helping companies with messaging and design for over 20 years.
He started his career at Samsung’s marketing and PR company, Cheil Worldwide, where he trained employees with design tools such as PowerPoint. He soon realized that other companies also needed support with their presentation designs, and PowerPT was born.
What started 20 years ago as a simple design agency has become a “Presentation Total Solution” company. PowerPT Studio designs presentations for the largest corporates in Korea, and even to the highest levels of government. PowerPT Consulting trains companies on everything from presentation skills to sales. And PowerPT Innovations helps startups grow and raise money through in-house programs.
Felix is the creator of Penta-Flow, a presentation method based on five principles: story, design, speech, relationship, and audience.
Chief Innovation Officer at PowerPT
Jonathan is a marketer, tech enthusiast, and entrepreneur who’s lived in Korea since 2006. He develops innovation programs and helps startups with global growth and investment opportunities. He is also the host of Podium Star, Seoul Pitch Day, and SaaStock Seoul.
At his first two startups, he raised $30M in VC funds and acquired millions of customers. So he decided to help other startups in their quest for global success. He manages and develops accelerator programs, pitch competitions, Open Innovation projects, and consult early-stage fintech, mobility, SaaS, AI, and biotech startups.
He is always open to discussing startups and innovation projects around the world.
Director of Founder Institute Tamale, Ghana
Serial Entrepreneur| Innovation Consultant | Policy Advocacy Specialist
MacCarthy is a young Entrepreneur who oversees 40 startups since 2013 and has founded HOPin Academy to serve the entrepreneurial and startup scene in Ghana, precisely Northern Ghana.
He serves on the executive council of the Ghana Hubs Network which has over 50 hubs network members in 10 regions of Ghana as the Communications Director. MacCarthy has left a footprint by providing direct employment and entrepreneurial training opportunities to hundreds of youths around the country. His strong will and commitment to seeing society a better place are evident in the numerous opportunities he has provided for himself and countless youths. He is also the founder of HOPin Tech Solutions, M&Mxpress Travel, and Tour, and Agri Transportas all of which provides unique solutions and employs innovative approaches towards identifying and solving pertinent societal problems He advises on Entrepreneurship policies to the Ghanaian government and other stakeholders and policy influencers in Ghana, Mostly working with the Ministry for Business Development in the country. He travels a lot to both African and European nations to network, dialogue, learn and advise on entrepreneurship, business, technological inclusion, and the growing innovation.
Operations Manager at Yego
Access to Finance Facilitator at Rwanda ICT Chamber
Christella Uwamahoro is currently a Operations Manager at Yego Innovision and access to Finance Manager at Rwanda ICT Chamber.
Over the last several years, she has been working in the Rwandan Innovation and Technology ecosystem, designing and implementing digital innovation projects and programs to support technology startups.
She holds a Bachelor’s of Information Science and a Master of Science in Project Management from Mount Kenya University and the University of Kigali.
Chief Executive Officer at DMM.HeHe Ltd
Member of Presidential Youth Advisory Group at African Development Bank
UNCTAD eTrade for Women Advocate
Clarisse Iribagiza is a computer scientist in Rwanda. She is the CEO and co-founder of the mobile technology company HeHe Limited and she is one of the UNCTAD’s seven “eTrade for Women Advocates from the developing world”.
Iribagiza attended the University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology and she attended a short Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) incubation program.
She founded her company whilst still an under graduate. Her company has grown to have two million customers. The company works with local suppliers and they get access to an on-line store for their goods, inventory maintenance and they receive digital payments from their end customers. HeHe Labs has partnered with GirlHub in an initiative that aims to inspire ambition in Rwandan girls. They teach them about not just ICT, but technology and design in general and in critical thinking.
Iribagiza was one of the “20 movers and shakers of Africa” named at the continent CEO Summit in 2012 and the following year Jeannette Kagame, the First Lady of Rwanda recognised her as one of the Imbuto Foundation’s “Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers”.
In 2017 she was named as one of OkayAfrica’s 100 Women. Irabagiza sits on the African Development Bank’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group.
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