The panel of judges who will select the winners of Pitch AgriHack West Africa 2017 in Abidjan is composed of six highly qualified judges, coming from Ghana, Senegal, France, Canada, Côte d’Ivoire and Mali. They are collectively experts in agriculture, ICT, financial management and business management, and have been recognised at the international level. Some details about them below.
- Achille AGBE
Associate Director Ismarten Ltd & CEO EIC Corporation.
EIC Corporation is the financial platform of investment clubs and business angels, engaged in the development of the financial education, the promotion of popular shareholding and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Africa, while supporting SMEs and startups do their fundraising.
Member of the Center for Long-Term Strategic Studies|( www.ceps-oing.org), Achille supports its partners and customers in financial education, personal finance management, securities portfolio management, cash management, stock control mechanism, conducting market research, writing Business plan. Achille carries legal advice for entrepreneurs and investors in their different business transactions.
Winner of several awards and merits (Award of the President of the Republic in 2014, leadership Award in public speaking 2012, Semi-finalist in the Global Management Challenge 2012 , Ranked 3rd by Forbes Africa -Top 30 of Young Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2016 ,UNESCO & CEPS Award for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship 2016 ,Top 50 of best innovative Startups accross the continent (Africa) NYFA 2015 , Achille has been playing an important role as technical adviser of the Minister of National Entrepreneurship and SMEs. Indeed , he has been playing an important role for the promotion and popularization of the concept of Investment Clubs, and for stimulating the implementation of financial alternative markets.
M. ACHILLE AGBE is educated at the Abidjan University and EDHEC Business School with final degree in Private Business Law (Master) and an MBA.
- Issam Chleuh
Cofounder & Managing Director, SUGUBA
Issam Chleuh is Co-founder and Managing Director at Suguba. Issam is an Impact Investment Executive and Thought Leader who is pioneering impact investing in Africa. His work has been featured on The Economist, Forbes and CNN, among others. Among other awards, Issam has been named by Forbes as one of 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and by Take Part magazine as one of 10 Amazing Millennnials who are saving the world. Throughout his careers, he led on over US $500 Million of commitments to funds globally. His experience, spanning over 10 years, has been focused on launching successful entrepreneurial ventures, structuring funds, configuring financial reporting and ESG systems, leading transactions due diligence & valuations, managing stakeholders and building networks.Prior to starting Suguba, he was Regional Manager at the Islamic Development Bank. He invested in Private Equity funds across Africa and Southeast Asia, structured the first Venture Capital fund in Saudi Arabia and the first global Trade Finance fund of ITFC. He also structured Trade Finance deals for Governments in Africa and South America. Issam is also the Founder of Africa Impact Group, an award winning research and advisory firm focused on impact investing in West and Central Africa. At AIG, Issam advised both the Private and Public Sector on impact investing. His most notable clients include the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Dangote Group or the Republic of Congo. Prior to launching AIG, he spent over three years with EY (Ernst & Young) in Boston where he led various audit and due diligence missions of Private Equity clients. Issam started his career at HarbourVest Partners in Boston in charge of financial reporting and due diligence for dozens of Private Equity funds and their related porftolio companies. Issam holds a Bachelor in Finance and Accounting from Suffolk University Boston and a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame. Issam has an Executive Certificate in Private Equity and Venture Capital from Harvard Business School.
- Ethel Delali Cofie
Founder, Women in Tech Africa and of EDEL Technology Consulting
Ethel Delali is a Ghanaian IT professional, entrepreneur and consultant who is also considered as one of the top five women impacting IT in Africa.
She is CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting an IT consulting company in West Africa and Europe, and recently named IT consulting firm of the year by the Telecoms and IT Industry in Ghana. She is also founder of Women in Tech Africa, Africa’s largest women in tech group with members in over 30 Africa countries and in the diaspora and growing. She is the brain behind her organisations global event Women in Tech Week. She has been featured on BBC and has had her opinion pieces published on CNN on the topics of technology in emerging markets, and women leadership.
- Mr. Alemayehu Konde Koira
Senior Program Manager, Mastercard Foundation
Alemayehu Konde Koira is Senior Program Manager at The MasterCard Foundation. He manages a portfolio of the Foundation’s Youth Livelihoods Program with a focus on youth employment, entrepreneurship, skills development, social and financial education and agriculture. He has over 20 years of experience in a variety of non-governmental, donor and academic organizations within the international development field, with emphasis on youth development work and program management including living and working in four African countries. Before joining the Foundation, Alemayehu worked for Plan International as Program Support Manager in Tanzania, as Household Economic Security Advisor in Eastern and Southern Africa and at Plan International Headquarters in the UK. Alemayehu holds a Bachelor of Science from Alemaya University of Agriculture, Ethiopia and a Master’s in Agriculture Economics from Reading University, UK.
- Hervé Pillaud (France)
Farmer, Secretary general of the Chamber of Agriculture of Vendée (France)
Chairman of Tech’elevage: a fair devoted to high tech in breeding.
Designer and organizer of AgreenStartup : an agriculture start-up competition in France
Author of “Agronumericus: internet is in the meadow” (“Agronuméricus : internet est dans le pré” – released on September 16, 2015) and “AgroEconomicus: manifesto of collaborative agriculture” (February 2017).
Recognized speaker in the field of Agtech – Agricultural activist.
- Karim Sy
Founder and Catalyst, Jokkolabs
Pioneer in various digital projects, Karim is a serial entrepreneur and digital activist around innovation. Karim is the founder and chief catalyst of Jokkolabs, an open innovation ecosystem for a shared prosperity active in 12 countries including France. An active player of the emergence of the African innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem with the launch of one of the first innovation hub the 10/10/10 in Senegal, the organization of new format of event and meetup and supporting different communities.
FOSS activist, he was board member of FOSSFA (2012-2014) and is currently partner of the software company Maarch SAS (France).
Karim is also actively involved for the emergence of the FrenchTech communities of Senegal and Morocco.
In 2013, Jeune Afrique Magazine futures Karim SY as one of the 25 leaders of tomorrow for francophone Africa. He is Ashoka Fellow (2012) and Board Member of the African Chapter of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (http://za.gew.co/gen-africa). Karim has been recently named in August 2017 member of the French President Emmanuel Macron’s Council for African affairs (Conseil Présidentiel pour l’Afrique).