George Appiah: This KNUST Alum Is Now A Techpreneur Who’s Passionate About Youth Employment And Impact Innovations

George (Jorge) Appiah

George (Jorge) Appiah is a Technopreneur and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering, Business Administration and Renewable energy.

He is passionate about youth employment and impact innovations which causes him to focus on accelerating the adoption of the 4th industrial age technologies in solving crucial challenges and creating jobs in Africa through Human Capacity building.

George (Jorge) Appiah [image via GIZ]

He is an alumnus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering in 2012 and a Master of Science degree in Renewable Energy Technologies in 2016. He also holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University.

George took a keen interest in science-based courses when he attended Pope John SHS and later at KNUST because he wanted to make an impact in his community by providing electricity.

“I didn’t get the best of privileges in terms of access to necessities like electricity. I had to grow up without electricity. Had to learn with candles and lanterns to study. My first encounter with a computer was at Pope Johns and it was quite an experience,” he said on 21 minutes with KKB.

“I was committed to being an electrical engineer because of my experience. I was committed to finding a sustainable solution that one day I will be providing electricity to my grandmum, because of that I felt like the field of engineering would give me that better opportunity to do so,” he added.

George (Jorge) Appiah

In 2015, George is co-founded Kumasi Hive, a Tech innovation Hub that exists to support entrepreneurs and innovators of all types, particularly to encourage social impact businesses to develop innovative physical products and processing methods. The Hive focuses on bridging the existing Digital and tech skills gap in the African digital entrepreneurship ecosystem and seeks to address it through integrated innovation.

He is also the Executive Chairman of the Ghana Tech and Business Hubs Network (TBHNG) and a member of the Working Group for the formation of an Association of African Tech Hubs by the Africa Union Commission Trade and Industry Department.

George has over 10 years of experience in STEM as the founder of Creativity Group and has over the years been involved in STEM promotion. Creativity Group is an interdisciplinary community of student innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are using innovation and technology as a tool, to solve problems in our communities and in Ghana for social interventions and sustainable development.

George (Jorge) Appiah (image via commons.wikimedia/re:public)

In 2018, George founded SolarTaxi Ghana which is championing affordable clean transportation to facilitate free movement of Africans through the local assembling and manufacturing of Solar vehicles.

He is a member of the STI Policy group of the UN Major Group on Youth and Children advocating and advising the UN agencies and the UN Secretariat on the youth perspective on the advancement of science and technology.

He is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, a member of IEEE since 2010, a member of International Design and Innovation Network (IDIN) of MIT D-Lab and a Research Fellow at The Energy Center, KNUST.


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