A Panel on Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa Higher Education

Join us at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, for a panel discussion on innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa Higher Education and lessons from the US. Panelists include Ashesi President Patrick Awuah, and representatives from the IFC, World Bank, Olin College and Laureate Education, Inc.


Thursday, May 18, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
*Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served


To confirm your attendance and receive directions, email us at events@ashesi.org or call us at 206.545.6988.

Panelists include…

Patrick Awuah
President, Ashesi University College
Patrick is the Founder and President of Ashesi University College in Ghana. Now in its 16th year, Ashesi aims to contribute to a renaissance in Africa by educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.



Ronke Amoni-Ogunslire
Country Manager, Ghana, IFC
As the Country Manager for Ghana at the IFC, Ronke has supported many initiatives aimed at powering Ghana’s development.




Douglas L. Becker
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Laureate Education, Inc.
Douglas is Chairman and CEO of Laureate Education, Inc., the world’s leading network of higher education institutions. Laureate provides high-quality education to nearly 1,000,000 students at more than 70 campus-based and online institutions in 25 countries.



Xiaoyan Liang
Lead Education Economist, World Bank
Xioyan is a Lead Education Specialist and the World Bank’s Education Global practice covering Africa. She has also been Team Leader for China, Malaysia, Mongolia and the Republic of Korea. 



Dr. Vincent Manno
Provost and Dean of Faculty, Olin School of Engineering
Dr. Manno joined the Olin College of Engineering as Provost and Dean of Faculty in July 2011. His areas of interest include Computational thermal-fluid dynamics, Power generation systems, Electronics thermal energy management, and Engineering curriculum development.


Anandhi Rajakumaran
Chief Credit Officer, IFC
Anandhi is a Chief Credit Officer in the Investment and Credit Risk Department and is currently responsible for reviewing transactions in the Health & Education sector globally as well as in Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services in Africa.




Alejandro Caballero
Principal Education Specialist, IFC
Alejandro is a Principal Education Specialist at Health & Education team of the IFC, where he evaluates investments in private education companies. Prior to joining IFC, Alejandro was a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank, working with governments in Higher Education and Science, Technology and Innovation in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, with a strong focus on student lending, higher education quality assurance, graduate education and university-industry linkages in research and development, among other areas.


Michael Ehst
Senior Private Sector Specialist, World Bank
Ashesi Climate Innovation Center Project
Mike is a Business Incubation Specialist focusing on Private Sector Development. He has also worked with infoDev’s Climate Technology Program, focusing on launching the Kenya Climate Innovation Center.



Ethiopis Tafara
General Counsel and VP for Environmental, Social, and Governance Sustainability and Compliance Risk, IFC
Ethiopis is responsible for IFC’s non-financial risk, including the legal and compliance functions and its environmental, social, and governance operations. Ethiopis has practiced as a regulatory lawyer for close to 20 years, focusing on international securities regulation and cross-border law enforcement and litigation. He is a recognized thought leader on regulatory and governance standards underpinning securities markets.