Isaac Sesi: Ghanaian Engineer Included In 50 Next’s Inaugural Class

Isaac Sesi is the CEO of Sesi Technologies

Isaac Sesi, an entrepreneur, engineer and innovator, has been included in the inaugural class of 50 Next – a global list of young innovators shaping the future of gastronomy.

As CEO and Head of Product Development at Sesi Technologies, he leads a team of young innovators who develop affordable technologies to solve problems in the world’s food systems with a focus on Africa.

Isaac, himself, is very passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of Africa’s most pressing problems.

When he was 11 years old and his father lost his job, Isaac Sesi developed an entrepreneurial spirit to keep his family from facing hunger.

Isaac Sesi

He hawked homemade snacks and resold flash drives and hard discs to his friends in school to pay for food, books and other essentials.

Just over a decade later, after completing a degree in electrical and electronic engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), he led a team as a research engineer at the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering to assemble a grain moisture metre. The project set the foundations for the creation of Sesi Technologies.

A natural-born thinker with a passion for electronics, Isaac used his skills to empower African farmers with affordable technologies, hoping they would never find themselves in the same predicament he faced as a child.

Sesi Technologies’ main product, GrainMate, is a grain moisture metre that makes it easy to accurately determine the moisture content of harvested grains before storage to help reduce post-harvest losses. It sells for $85, a fraction of the cost of comparable devices and, as his company begins to produce at scale, Isaac hopes to further reduce the price.

Using the hardship he endured to help others, Isaac has also created a non-profit foundation to equip young people with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sesi Technologies product, GrainMate

“Through Sesi Technologies, I am working to create and live in a world where poverty and hunger do not exist,” he says.

In 2019, he was listed as a MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 along with the founders of Google and PayPal.

His work has been featured in several prestigious publications and has also had the opportunity to showcase his work to several heads of states including the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and Prince Charles of Wales.

Isaac’s passion for STEM led me to co-found Nsesa Foundation, a non-profit whose vision is to inspire an Innovation revolution in Africa and get young Africans solving problems using science and technology.

source: 50 Next

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