Foster Awintiti Akugri is a computer scientist and process engineer by education, an entrepreneur by training, and a volunteer by passion.
His 8 years of experience spans several fields including technology, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, innovation and policy design, community building, financial inclusion, business development, marketing, leadership, and more.
Foster is an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, where he obtained a Bachelors in Computer Science. He also holds an MBA in Business Process Management, as well as professional certificates in Computer Security from Microsoft, Six Sigma Black Belt, Global Governance, Sustainable Management, Financial Management, Business Storytelling, and Strategic Negotiations.
In 2015, he founded the Hacklab Foundation, an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Ghana with a focus on preparing the youth for future digital jobs through technology education and skills development.
Since 2016, Hacklab has partnered and worked closely with global firms including Twitter, IBM, Vodafone, Standard Bank, University of Johannesburg, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to host the largest annual Hackathon Africa event which convenes over 1,000 tech professionals annually.
Hacklab has also designed and implemented hackathons across 11 countries, namely: Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia. The Foundation has also directly impacted over 12,000 people.
Foster also doubles as Head of Youth Banking & Stanbic Business Incubator, driving financial inclusion for the youth and advising startups and SMEs to become sustainable.
In 2018, Foster was the youngest participant at the World Economic Forum’s 48th Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
In 2019, he was listed among 30 under 30 Future of Ghana Pioneers, named Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader by the Policy Center for the Global South, Morocco. He was also named amongst the Top 100 Most Influential Young Ghanaians and the Top 4 Most Influential Young Ghanaians in Science & Technology by Avance Media. He also received the President’s Outstanding Youth Prize in Science and Technology by the Millennium Excellence Foundation under the patronage of HRH Otumfour Osei Tutu II.
In 2020, He was listed amongst the Top 50 Young CEOs in Ghana by Avance Media, nominated for the 40 under 40 Awards in Ghana, honoured by the Humanitarian Awards Ghana, and nominated for the Women’s Choice Awards.
He also serves on several boards including the Digital Foundation Africa as Chairman, Roots Digital Limited, Traverse PropTech, and SETSI Social Finance Taskforce.
Foster has contributed to over 40 global conferences, given over 100 keynotes and is a 2x TEDx Speaker. He speaks on emerging technologies, tech public policy, corporate strategies, tech for development, financial inclusion for the youth, organization design and education.
Driven by his life’s purpose of helping people find their path, Foster launched GrowthWithTiti in January 2021. He started this initiative with the mission to break down the complexities of people finding their purpose, defining their mission, and navigating the grey to crush their goals. He hopes to leverage this platform to reach and impact one million people by 2025.
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