Dean, Kellogg School of Management
Sally Blount was named dean of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2010, where she is also the Michael L. Nemmers Professor of Management and Organizations.
During her tenure at Kellogg, Dean Blount has restructured the school’s administrative operations; introduced the dynamic “Think Bravely” advertising campaign; broken ground on a 410,000-square-foot global education center and worked to map a bold, new strategy for the school.
Prior to Kellogg, Dean Blount served New York University’s Stern School of Business as the dean of the undergraduate college and vice dean of the school. She was also special advisor for global academic integration.
From 1992 to 2001 she was on the faculty of the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group.
Dean Blount received her Ph.D. in management and organizations from Kellogg in 1992 and earned a joint bachelor’s degree from Princeton University’s engineering and Woodrow Wilson schools in 1983.
She is a director of Abbott Laboratories and a member of the Commercial and Economic Clubs of Chicago and The Chicago Network. She serves on advisory boards for the Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, the Chicago Innovation Awards, the Indian School of Business, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Business School, and Fundação Dom Cabral in Brazil.
CEO, Access Mobile
Kaakpema is the founder and CEO of access.mobile, a global business that enables real-time mobile data collection linked to web-based business intelligence and communications tools, currently in healthcare and agribusiness industries. With headquarters in Denver, Colorado, access.mobile operates in East Africa through its regional office in Kampala, Uganda. access.mobile’s holistic, context appropriate software solutions replace paper-based, ad hoc processes with data solutions that enable small and medium enterprises to lower costs, improve profits and manage risk. Microsoft recently recognized access.mobile with a prestigious seed grant for its unique and scalable solutions.
Kaakpema is a social entrepreneur with a breadth of experience in health and economic development, living and working in many African and Caribbean countries. He has worked on the design, launch, and implementation of national-scale health and agriculture initiatives in East Africa as one of the early employees with the Clinton Foundation. Kaakpema previously founded an international health nonprofit organization that worked alongside government led initiatives in Ghana and Tanzania to expand access to healthcare. He has international management and strategy consulting experience with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Kaakpema holds a BA in Economic Development and Global Health from Brown University and an MPH from the Yale School of Public Health. Kaakpema is an Adjunct Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at Denver University.
Associate Director, Kellogg Innovation Network
Stephanie Wolcott is Associate Director of the Kellogg Innovation Network, fostering global prosperity through innovation. Prior to KIN, she was CSR Director for Alcoa Foundation, developing their global signature programming with an emphasis on environmental sustainability and global entrepreneurship, partnering with such organizations as WRI: New Ventures, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs and Ashoka.
Previously, Ms. Wolcott served as Global Manager, Corporate Citizenship for Tyco International where she created public/private partnerships in the areas of healthcare, reforestation and water security. Earlier in her career, Wolcott held positions with brand strategy and design firms, including Edelman Public Relations, and VSA Partners.
She has spoken at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Harvard University and Net Impact National Conference. She writes for Stanford Social Innovation Review, has co-authored two social impact case studies for Kellogg and is an advisor for the Social Innovation Summit at the United Nations. Ms. Wolcott was a YWCA woman of the year in 2006 and currently volunteers with veterans.
Managing Partner, Oxford & Beaumont
Elikem is an entrepreneur, lawyer, academic and business facilitator focused on FDI into Africa. Oxford & Beaumont, the firm he founded in 2006 is internationally recognised as one of Ghana’s top law firms and was shortlisted as ‘Africa Law Firm of the Year’ in the 2013 Africa Legal Awards, having advised on deals in excess of thirteen billion US dollars ($13b) for some of the leading international corporations and financial institutions.
Prior to Oxford & Beaumont, Elikem was part of the start-up team that set up United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited, He also previously worked for Diageo and Linklaters LLP. In the early 1990s, Elikem created, developed and co-hosted ‘Second Generation’, an award winning prime-time youth television show.
Elikem teaches entrepreneurship at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and is author of the first ever textbook on Ghanaian entrepreneurship (‘Kuenyehia On Entrepreneurship’).
Founder, PlanIt Events
A transformational leader and social entrepreneur, Gloria Buckman Yankson is Founding Partner of PlanIt Ghana - which is recognised internationally as one of the most sought after Event Planning & Brand Communications Firms in Ghana today. Before joining PlanIt Ghana full time, Gloria worked as Director of Corporate Affairs and Marketing with DEVTRACO, a real estate firm in Ghana - where she spearheaded all marketing initiatives and campaigns in support of the business. Prior to this, she worked with multi-national brands in the UK including Hilton Plc and more recently Morgan Stanley, where she worked on the company’s Marketing Communications Team for close to four  years.
Always ambitious, Gloria has [backed by a formidable team] built PlanIt Ghana from scratch to become one of the reference points for Brand Communications and Event Planning in Ghana and beyond. Today, PlanIt Ghana, the company she co-founded and which officially launched in Ghana three  years ago, has an enviable track record and a portfolio of clients in the United Kingdom, USA, Switzerland, South Africa, Nigeria, as well as Ghana. A strong advocate for women empowerment and for driving change in Africa through entrepreneurship, she has since been featured on several local and international media platforms as an industry leader.
In 2013, Gloria was named one of Africa’s 40 under 40 Achievers by The Network Journal. In 2012, she received a Ghana UK Based Achievement [GUBA] Award in London to spotlight her entrepreneurial achievements. In 2011, she was awarded for her contribution to the creative industry at the 10th Annual Global Professional Achievers’ Awards. Gloria is a graduate of the Ghana Institute of Journalism and the London School of Public Relations and holds an MSc in Public Relations from the University of Stirling.
Casablanca Finance City
Said Ibrahimi was appointed CEO of Casablanca Finance City Authority (CFCA) in April 2010 by HM King Mohammed VI.
Casablanca Finance City was created by the Moroccan Government to position the kingdom’s economic centre, Casablanca, as a leading regional hub for international financial institutions and multinational corporations wishing to access the fast-growing markets of Africa.
Said has 30 years of global experience. Before joining CFC, he was General Treasurer of the Kingdom, appointed by HM King Mohammed VI in 2003. Previously, he was CEO of the bank Caisse Nationale du Crédit Agricole (now Crédit du Maroc), appointed by HM the late King Hassan II.
International Development Specialist, MCC Overseas LTD.
CEO/Founder, New Force Africa (Africa/China Consulting Group)
Adama Gaye is a veteran Senegalese journalist who has extensively written for various leading African media organisations, including Jeune Afrique, New African, for Newsweek, and appeared on various Tv channels, such as CNN, Aljazeera, France 24. A former Editor of West Africa Magazine, he has worked for Ecowas, Ecobank. Currently a business Consultant for many multinational companies, he is also an expert on China-Africa ties. He was one of the first to have published a book on the topic. Gaye is a graduate from the Universities of Dakar, Sorbonne, Oxford. He is a former Visiting Scholar at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University and Beijing University. He lives in Dakar, Senegal.
Clinical Professor of Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management