PROFILE - FOSTER AWINTITI AKUGRI - Science & Technology Nominee
Foster picked up a prize for Mentorship Excellence
He is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. In 2018, Foster was the youngest to participate in the summit of World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Foster Awintiti Akugri (born 24 November 1994) is the Founder & President of the Hacklab Foundation, a non-profit organisation, established since September 2015 in Ghana, focused on promoting and empowering young entrepreneurs using technology in Ghana to solve local issues and create jobs. The Foundation has impacted over 3000 youth since its inception and through its partnership with IBM, hopes to reach over 100,000 youth by 2021.
Foster is currently the Incubator Manager for the Stanbic Bank Incubator Ghana (SBIncubator Ghana), an initiative of Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited, a member of the Standard Bank Group. Before then, he served as a Business Analyst for the Digital Transformation team where he was responsible for People Transformation and implementing change management initiatives.
Highlights of Foster Excellence Achievement
He led the development of the Stanbic Digital Academy, a LinkedIn Learning based program curated to help over 1200 employees repurpose themselves for the Digital Transformation.
As Incubator Manager, he is responsible for curating and managing implementation of learning and development programs for entrepreneurs and SMEs. He has curated over 30 learning initiatives for the Stanbic Business Incubator including the SB 101 Masterclass series, a 4-module crash course which impacts over 960 entrepreneurs annually. He served as a Digital Marketing Instructor at Certified Ghana Learning Centre where he developed and delivered content and facilitated practical sessions for marketing professionals of corporate organizations.
Foster was the youngest participant at the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland in 2018. He also serves as a member of the Malaika Coalition, a committee mandated by the Africa Regional Strategy Group of the World Economic Forum to work on the Africa 4.0 Initiative. He also serves on the Expert Network for the Africa Growth Platform launched by the World Economic Forum during the 2019 Africa Meeting in Cape Town. He was listed among 30 under 30 Future of Ghana Pioneers Class of 2019. He was also listed among 40 young people globally out of 2000 applicants for the ADEL Fellowship 2019 (Emerging Leaders Atlantic Dialogues Program) by the Policy for Centre for New South, Morocco.
His keen interest in the digital transformation on Africa led him to currently pursuing an MBA in Business Process Management and certification in Six Sigma Black Belt. He is a passionate advocate who believes in harnessing STEM to advance development in Africa by ensuring greater participation by young people.