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Social enterprises in Ghana are facing greater external competition, increasing the need to strengthen their market share to become globally competitive. Expanding internationally is difficult, as there is limited international marketing experience in Ghana, and little access to international partners. Further issues that affect such expansion are poor quality control and a lack of product standardization, lack of access to international investment as well as an overall lack of knowledge of international markets.

Going global is often one of the ways for successful companies to keep growing. However, many successful businesses and social enterprises are unable to translate their successes globally. This is largely due to the differences in national and international standards and guidelines. What may be acceptable nationally may not cut it globally. These differences account for the inability of businesses to break into global markets, amongst other issues businesses in Ghana face in making a breakthrough in the global market.

What are the other challenges enterprises face in going global?

Join us at the British Council as we delve deeper into the factors behind these findings and more.

Date: Thursday, 24 January 2019
Time: 6pm GMT
Venue: British Council, Accra Ghana
Theme: Breaking into Global Markets; The How.
Hashtags: #SocialThursday

Moderator: Sydney Sam – Founder, Workspace

Sydney Sam is the founder of Workspace, a leading branding company (agency) in Ghana, West Africa, that specializes in graphic design, website design & development, print & branded materials, advertising, digital marketing (social media), photography & videography.

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  • Selorm Dake – Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade (DIT), British High Commission Ghana

Selorm Dake is currently the Trade Adviser on Future Opportunities at the Department for International Trade (DIT), British High Commission in Ghana. He also oversees the Infrastructure, Digital and Agritech sectors in Ghana for the UK within DIT and actively promotes bilateral trade between the two countries for these sectors. Selorm previously worked at the Kwaku Group as an Associate Consultant to provide high level trade and investment advisory consultancy for ECOWAS, COMESA and ACP in Brussels. He also provided advisory services to a select number of foreign companies seeking to establish in Ghana through FDI and assisted a number of Ghanaian businesses to export to international markets, especially on entry strategies, packaging and standards He holds Masters in International Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Essex, UK.

  • Kow Essuman – Counsel at the Office of the President

Kow Essuman is an international lawyer qualified to practise law in three different jurisdictions – England and Wales, New York State and Ghana. Kow is currently the Counsel at the Office of the President, where he advises on legal matters and manages the President’s personal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Kow attended Prempeh College, and then subsequently, Holborn College in London, where he was awarded the Best Student Prize. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B. Hons) from the University of Westminster in 2007, and was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales on 24 July 2008. In 2009, Kow obtained a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) with Honors in International Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Institutions, from Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League institutions in the United States of America. He then took the New York Bar Exam in July 2009 and passed on a first attempt – a feat rarely chalked by foreign lawyers. He took the Ghana Bar Exam and was admitted to the Ghana Bar in October 2011. He joined Ghana’s leading and largest law firm, Bentsi-Enchill, Letsa & Ankomah (“BELA”), after his admission to the Ghana Bar. He was led in representing a billion-dollar hedge fund in New York to detain an Argentine Warship in Ghana because Argentina had defaulted on sovereign bonds. In June 2015, he was selected as one of 80 Africans to represent the Global Shapers Community at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa. In May 2015, Kow was featured in the Future of Ghana’s 30 Under 30 Maiden Edition and was described as “Internationally Known And Locally Accepted. In June 2015, he was featured on the front page of the widely read Business and Financial Times under a story titled “Smart Suits, Fine Legal Brains.” Kow was voted the Most Influential Young Ghanaian in 2017 and has recently been nominated as part of the Class of 2018, 100 Most Influential Young Persons of African Descent under the auspices of the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent.

  • Stacey Enyame – Founder, Snacks of Africa

Stacey Enyame is the founder of Snacks of Africa, an agro-processing company that transforms superfoods sourced from across the African continent into nutritious, mouthwatering snacks. Prior to this journey, Stacey held an international banking career in areas of Product Management, Sales, and Venture Capital which shifted her across NYC, Miami, London, and South Africa. Her career experience equipped her with the tools, exposure and confidence needed to leap into entrepreneurship with Snacks of Africa in 2017

  • Shari-Julianne Hammond – National Coordinator, Ghana, SheTrades in the Commonwealth Project

Shari Hammond is an international development professional with over seven years of experience in international organisations, ranging from UNESCO to the Jamaican Broadcasting Commission, the Australian High Commission in Ghana, and Libraries without Borders in France. She has developed cross-sectoral expertise in areas including government affairs, women's empowerment, strategic communications, stakeholder engagement and project management. In her current role with the International Trade Centre, she advocates for stronger access for women to international markets; connecting Ghanaian women to opportunities through the SheTrades project in partnership with local business support institutions. Shari holds a Masters in Public and Private Administration in Africa (Reims University, France), a Masters in International Law (La Sorbonne, France) and a LLB in Civil and Common Law (Nanterre University, France).

  • Valentina Sam – Industrial Promotion Officer (I.P.O.) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry

Valentina Sam is an Industrial Promotion Officer (I.P.O.) at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Accra, Ghana. She has over seven (7) years working experience with the SME Development Team. Valentina is into SMEs capacity building with an in-depth understanding of Ghana’s SME sector through various levels of engagement. She is a trained Economist and also holds a Master’s Degree in Global Development and Entrepreneurship. She has a broad knowledge on growth-oriented entrepreneurship initiatives and deploys such strategic skills and practical tools with learnings from a global perspective for the sustainability of local SMEs.

  • Dr. Kadri Alfah – CEO, Ghana Commodity Exchange

Dr. Kadri Alfah is a Structured Trading, Commodity Exchange and Financial services expert with over 15 years of experience expanding in Africa and Europe. He has served as the Country Director of the East Africa Commodity Exchange based in Rwanda, where he presided over an unprecedented re-structuring of the Rwanda based commodity exchange to be functional and sustainable, introducing new commodities and trading products and facilitating agricultural producers, particularly smallholder farmers cooperatives to participate in the trading platform. At EAX he was also in charge of the Kenya, Uganda and Burundi Country operations to set up an East Africa common platform for trading soft and hard commodities. Dr Alfah was the CEO and technical director of the Ghana Grains Council where he oversaw the implementation of Ghana’s private sector first warehouse receipt system, and inventory financing system for Agricultural products. He also worked for the famous Ethiopia Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ECX) in various capacities during the starting up phase, including United Nation Technical Advisor, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Central Depository officer and Trade.

Social Thursdays are dedicated days at the British Council to promote social enterprise in Ghana.

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