|Ernest Osei-Wusu (GM-RSL, VP Finance & Administration)||Kwaku Addo Ofori (VP, Business Operations)|
|Naa Croffie (VP, Corporate Services)|
Ernest leads the Rancard team to deliver strategic and operational corporate goals. He has built professional experience in strategic management, risk management, financial management, taxation and corporate governance enabling him to bring clarity, structure and discipline to his current role. He demonstrates a high degree of innovative thinking and risk taking to achieve exceptional business performance.
Ernest previously worked at SCG Consulting, Chartered Accountants, where he managed the accounting services business to provide outsourced accounting system solutions and business consulting to clients in various industry sectors.
He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), holds an Executive MBA from the University of Ghana Business School and a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Kwaku is responsible for business operations and platform engineering at Rancard, leading the platform engineering team to ensure the Rancard platform consistently maintains robustness and state of the art features and coordinating business operations to ensure the
achievement of corporate goals.
He started his professional career at Rancard as a Platform Engineer, rose through the ranks to manage the Platform and Client Solutions Engineering and Service Delivery for over seventy (70) mobile network connections in 24 countries across four (4) continents. He was also a Senior Manager of Engineering, overseeing new product development and delivering custom client solutions in Telecoms, Financial Services, FMCG, Media, and Advertising. His span of customers served include Google, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Diageo, AB InBev, Friesland Campina, MTN (Ghana, Nigeria), Airtel (Ghana, Nigeria), Vodafone Ghana, Globacom, Etisalat, Firstbank/YBR and many others. Kwaku has a Computer Science degree from the University of Ghana and has interest in Youth Leadership Training and Skills Development.
Kingston is responsible for product development and management at Rancard, leading the product development team to innovate and present cutting-edge technology products to the market.
He is a product manager with 5+ years experience working on product design & development in value remittances, communications, health, governance, insurance, social media and legal for multinational firms. A tech-savvy fast- learner with innate communications abilities and a natural curiosity for the many nuances of product development. Previously Head of Product Design at Flare Labs where his work within the cross-functional consulting firm was focused on helping clients make products and services valuable, user- friendly and sticky for different markets.
He holds a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering from KNUST and a Dip Software Entrepreneurship from MEST.
She is a CIPD qualified Human Resource Executive with over 14 years post-qualification experience and a Senior Corporate Lawyer with ten years post-call experience. Prior to moving to Rancard, she worked with the Margins Group and NHS UK.
An avid reader, she is constantly on the search for best practice to embed in the business to deliver a seamless excellent customer/employee experience throughout the business.
She has a BA from Cape Coast University, MA in HRM from Middlesex University and a BL from the Ghana School of Law.
|Folabi Esan (Chair)||Robert Mayberry|
|Ehizogie Binitie||Kofi Dadzie|
Folabi has been a Partner at Adlevo Capital, the African technology private equity fund, since its inception in 2008. Prior to Adlevo, he had over 20 years of diversified business experience holding positions at SAP, Bain & Company and Andersen Consulting in Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. He currently serves as President of the Nigerian-German Business Association and the Stanford Alumni Club of Nigeria.
Kofi has led the company in its evolution to conversational discovery with AI & social recommendations, following success in mobile content distribution technology with developers and brands including Google, BBC, VOA, MTV, ESPN and global carriers in more than 25 countries and 3 continents. Prior to co-founding Rancard, Kofi was a senior analyst in the BIOS technology team at Dell in the US, where he filed a patent. A fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network/African Leadership Initiative, he has also served on Ashesi University’s Corporate Advisory Council, and currently serves on the board of Genius Hive, a music school and conservatory. He has a computer engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, TN, USA.
A passionate problem solver and entrepreneur, Ehi led Rancard’s original efforts in defining discovery with social recommendations for enabling brands engage with relevant audiences.
In his previous role as CTO, he provided vision and leadership in product research, innovation and development based on sound market insights. Ehi’s past work experience includes network software systems and applications engineering with Intercom Data Networks (IDN), and consulting with AQ Solutions for General Electric Corporation (Danbury, US) and Lincoln Financials (Bloomfield, NJ, US). Ehi has a B.Sc., Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology in Ghana and is on extended leave from a research masters at Oxford University.
Robert Mayberry is a Managing Director with Cybertize Business Systems, since 2010 – a high technology consulting firm in the San Francisco Bay area. He has over 35 years of experience in general management and has been a managing director with P&L responsibilities at multinational high technology companies offering computer software, hardware and professional services. He has developed and led high performance globally distributed teams. Robert is a retired IBM Senior Executive with 22 years experience. Robert led IBM’s multi-million dollar technology innovation initiative for sub-Saharan Africa – 2007 to 2009. Robert holds ME in Mathematics/Computer Science from Stanford University and BS in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Pomona Polytechnic University.
About Adlevo Capital
Adlevo Capital, the technology-focused African private equity firm, is the first firm formed to make investments into technology-enabled companies across multiple African countries. The firm was founded by seasoned professionals to capitalize on growing investment opportunities in the technology-enabled service segments of multiple industry sectors in sub-Saharan Africa. The Adlevo Capital team’s operating experience, technology expertise and extensive network of relationships enable it to add significant value to portfolio companies. Its portfolio includes InterSwitch Limited, the largest provider of electronic payment processing services in West Africa, Paga, Nigeria’s most-used money transfer service, and Rancard Solutions, the leading provider of mobile content discovery solutions across Africa. For more information, visit www.adlevocapital.com
Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment and M&A organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11 billion in over 1,322 companies in 54 countries. In that timeframe, 204 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world and 336 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2012, Intel Capital invested US$352 million in 150 investments with approximately 57 percent of funds invested outside North America. For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit www.intelcapital.com or follow @Intelcapital.
About Peninsula Capital LLC
Peninsula Capital was founded by Robert King, a business and philanthropic entrepreneur, also founder of R. Eliot King & Associates, Inc., an investment management company. Bob through his firm Peninsula Capital is an active venture investor in U.S. and international companies. Together with his wife Dottie, he helped launch the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (also known as SEED) with an aim to stimulate research and innovations to alleviate poverty in developing economies and is focused on helping promising businesses scale.