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Akosua Annobil, promoter of technological innovation in Ghana

In just a few years, Akosua Annobil has become a promoter of the Ghanaian technological ecosystem. In 2017, this communication and PR specialist founded « Tech in Ghana », a platform that connects the different players of Ghana’s technological ecosystem. As a result, she was ranked in 2018 by the Financial Times as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the UK tech industry.

Born and raised in London to Ghanaian parents, Akosua Annobil is a public relations specialist and entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in the media industry.

She graduated in journalism from the University of the Arts in London in 2001 and began her professional career in the media world before moving into public relations. For seven years, she was the News and Entertainment Editor of the New Nation Newspaper, one of the best selling magazines in England at the time, aimed at people of African and Caribbean descent. She had a number of experiences in digital media, and also sat on the Steering Committee of the Africa Group of Tech London Advocates, a platform that brings together leaders, experts and investors in the technology sector. 

She also worked in public relations, organising and participating in numerous events on Africa in London. She managed, among others, the public relations of the Africa Technology Business Forum in London and multiplied experiences with other platforms such as the Global African Investment Summit, Angel Fair Africa, the Ghana Fashion and Design Week.

Promoting investment in Africa and technology in Ghana

Based on these experiences, in 2015 she founded « Africa Business 2020 » (AB2020), a communication and events company that connects the business and investment community in Africa. Among its missions, the company connects investors in the diaspora with business opportunities in Ghana. It also connects Ghana-based entrepreneurs with international partners for funding and mentoring and organises business missions to the country for investors, professionals in the diaspora, business leaders and others.

In 2017, she embarked on a new project and created « Tech in Ghana » to promote the country’s technological sector. « I attended a lot of Africa events in London and noticed that the focus of conversation was on technology in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria. I was fully aware of what was happening in technology in Ghana and was determined to provide a platform to show that there are places in Africa where fantastic work is being done in technology », she says in a video on her website. Held twice a year, once in Accra, Ghana and once in London, England, the platform brings together the Ghanaian tech ecosystem to facilitate knowledge sharing, networking and showcasing of innovative ideas. Since its inception in 2017, the event has brought together over 300 speakers and technology companies. 

As a result of her commitment to promoting the technology sector in Ghana, Akosua Annobil was ranked in 2018 by the Financial Times as one of the 100 most influential leaders in the UK technology industry.