Leadership Team

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Elaine Bannerman

Founder

Elaine Bannerman is an entrepreneur and the founder of Pan-African Tech Foundation. Elaine has a passion for technology and innovation in Africa, and mentors and advises African technology start-ups (including Fintech and Agrictech start-ups) on strategy and capital raising. Elaine  maintains a keen focus on socio-economic development in Africa. Elaine is thorough in implementing and achieving strategic and tactical goals and maintains an environment built on integrity, quality, operational excellence and uncompromising ethics. Elaine has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer in capital markets and she  is a barrister of England and Wales. Elaine is also the founder of Infini Digital Consulting (InfiniDNA), a platform where start-up entrepreneurs are matched with start-up service providers to achieve mutual enrichment and empowerment in the business relationship as they “Start-up to Succeed”. Elaine is a member of the board of the Comprehensive and Interactive Platform of the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), a specialised organisation of the African Union. She is also a member of the International Advisory Board of African Women in Business.

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Tet Kofi

Communications & PR

Tetteh “Tet” Kofi has a career background in market analysis, print and broadcast Journalism and is co-founder of the online PR firm JournoLink. He has presented Network Africa on the BBC World service along with other programmes in BBC Radio, and independent Radio Networks in the UK, and was publisher of the Ethnic Media Group with 4 titles in Britain including the market Leading New Nation Newspaper.  He is currently involved in the establishment of the African Renaissance network, an agency that seeks to redefine the African way of being and re-imagine its future.  He is Executive Consultant to Yanga TV, voted the favourite African Diaspora TV channel in the UK. As a PR consultant Tetteh has advised and trained senior executives and officials of The UK Cabinet Office, The British Army, L'Oréal Worldwide, Société Générale, British Aerospace, The EC Social Services Directorate, Logica and BP.

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Baron Armah-Kwantreng

Strategy and Reputation Management

Baron is an experienced communications and strategy professional. He worked as a project manager on international development projects in the former Soviet Union, south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. He was head of research at the leading global directory of commercial lawyers, research editor of a quarterly industry magazine and is a long-standing consultant to global commercial law firms on communications strategy . He was a founder of a wearable technology digital health start up and is currently a senior policy adviser at The Brain Tumour Charity. His voluntary roles include being the founder of independent broadcasting start-up The Hub, a presenter on Epsom Hospital Radio and previously being chair of trustees of London-focused education charity ELATT.

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Melvyn Quartey

Digital Education and External Relations

Melvyn has over 20 years experience in digital education working with a wide variety of subject matter experts, including blockchain and cryptocurrency experts. Melvyn is focused on keeping Africa driving forward with emerging technologies and the need to support the education, legal & regulatory and technological sectors. Outside digital learning, Melvyn is also a director for DWIB Leukemia Trust and a member of the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA), which is the coordinating voice for BAME transplant donation. He has a staunch interest in cars, motorsports, athletics, boxing, football and nature. Melvyn believes you cannot move forward by looking in your rear-view mirror.

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Cazzie Wiliams

Strategic Development, Partnerships and Fundraising

Cazzie is a Sourcing Executive within IBM’s Procurement Consulting Services practice leading external global clients. Mr. Williams has extensive experience in sourcing and leading supply chain projects for a broad range of global industries including, but not limited to consumer goods, industrial, aerospace, medical, and military. Mr. Williams is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a diverse background in global sourcing, project management, engineering, operations, and international business development within various global industries. He has proven experience managing on-site and remote global teams delivering sourcing savings and operational efficiencies. In addition, as a global transformation leader, he has transformed organizational structures, re-engineered roles, developed and mentored staff to improve and standardize processes. Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from Western Michigan University, MBA in Organizational Leadership from the University of Michigan. His passion and expertise have afforded him to serve on various universities and private sector advisory boards.

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Vanessa Abankwah

Start-ups and Innovation

Vanessa Abankwah is the founder and designer of the luxury African-inspired Fashion and Home Interior brand Vanessa Akos Ltd. It’s more than just brand it's a movement as it seeks to educate others on the vibrant African cultural history and also economically empower the women around Africa. She is also the Founder of To Thrive, an organization that hosts a series of personal development events to motivate and educate those from marginalized societies to become their best selves. Vanessa recently started The Black Wall Street UK, to raise fundsto assist black-owned small businesses and grassroots projects in the UK. She has utilized graduating at the top of her class in Law and in her MSc International Development to build a career as a Project Management Consultant for INGOs and NGOs for UN-funded projects in Human Rights, Edtech, Economic Development, Gender Equality, and Global Value Chain. On top of all her accolades, she sits on the board for a few charitable organizations and she continues to champion Africa’s empowerment via economic and technological developments.

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John Lombela

Africa Subregional Hubs

John Lombela is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, and is currently focused on building Africa's largest digital investment bank with an emphasis on democratising access to the world's best investment opportunities. John is an expert on the topics of entrepreneurship, leadership, alternative investments and has engaged with other great entrepreneurs around the world to advance his agenda of Entrepreneurship in the great continent of Africa. He currently is focused on raising capital to manage a fund targeted to reach USD 100 Million and deploy the capital to service the needs of various industry sectors such as the healthcare system in the DRC, the Entrepreneurial Sector in South Africa and the DRC and other countries in Africa; as well as has the philanthropic goal of mentoring, creating and investing in 100 entrepreneurs over the next 5 years in countries such as South Africa, DRC, Nigeria, Kenya, just to name a few.

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Modupe Ativie

Training Coordinator

Modupe Ativie is a certified learning & development consultant, and trainer, with over 14 years’ cross sector experience, in facilitation, content creation and management and has spent most of her career in the education and knowledge space. She is the Lead Consultant at Eudora & Aegle Consulting, a Continuous Professional development and Learning & Development organization. As a trainer and educator, she was certified in 2016 by Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance with an International award in Delivering training, in 2012 by Philanthropy University for Girl Centered Design, and in 2020 by Havard Graduate School of Education as a Leader of Learning. To be able to perform Quality Assurance audits in schools and educational systems, she was also certified in 2019 by CQI/IRCA as an ISO 9001: 2015 QMS Lead Auditor. She is the African Lead for the Global Blockchain Women Alliance, also a certified trainer and training consultant. She sits on the board of the Global Womanity Initiative and is a member of the African Business Integrity Network. She is passionate about educating Africans especially women in technology especially Blockchain.