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The Changing Face of Finance: Making IT an Integral Part of Finance

On Thursday March 31st at 4pm in Lecture Hall 3, Mr. George Katako, Senior Partner of SCG will be speaking generally on the topic of Information Technology (IT) and finance and specifically on how his firm is striving to integrate IT in finance. Mr. Katako has over 20 years experience in accounting, financial management and audit and has held positions with Pricewater Coopers, Cal Merchant Bank and Merchant Bank Ghana Ltd.

SCG Consulting is a Chartered Accounting firm specializing in applying IT to providing accounting, finance and assurance solutions. The firm is dedicated to bridging the gap between accountants and information technology experts. Additionally SCG is committed to helping clients use financial applications effectively and also helping them identify and address risks associated with implementing technology. Some of the services they provide include: accounting software selection and implementation, software sales, support and training, specialized internal audit and accounting services among others.

All are invited but the Classs of 2005 and 2006 are especially encouraged to attend to learn about SCG Consulting.


Date: March 30, 2005
Time and Place : 4.30pm at Building 3 Lecture Hall
Speaker:  Professor Patrick Twumasi.

About the Speaker 
Professor Patrick Twumasi was formerly head of Department of Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ghana. He studied at the University of Ghana, McGill University and the University of Alberta, Canada where he obtained his BA, M.Sc. and PhD in Sociology. Prof. Twumasi is the first qualified Ghanaian medical sociologist .He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, USA, the University of Zambia, Cambridge University England, and Brown University, USA, as a visiting professor. He has worked for the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Brazzaville and Accra offices from 1990-94.Thereafter he was Ghana’s ambassador to Zimbabwe up to 2000. Currently he is WHO member on African Advisory Committee on Poverty and Health and an adjunct professor at Ashesi.

Ghana for Us (gh4us) and Students in Software Development (SISD), along with the rest of the student organizations on campus are organizing an intensive three day seminar on entrepreneurship.  The seminar is aimed at providing a sound foundation for young emerging entrepreneurs, and it will feature a host of absolutely brilliant speakers and resource persons who have walked the path and succeeded.

Date: Tuesday, March 1st, 5  - 7 PM
Thursday, March 3rd, 5 - 7 PM
Saturday, March 5th, 9 - 10:30 AM
Location: Ashesi University, Building 2

Tuesday, March 1st  5 – 7 PM

Who is an Entrepreneur? The motivation to get Started



  • Dr. Clement Hammer, Associate Director, Association for Certified Entrepreneurs

Sourcing Capital for your Business



  • Mr. Yoofi Grant, Executive Director, Databank Financial Group
  • Mr. Frank Etu-Menson, Executive Principal, Mayfair Portfolio Management
  • Mr. Matthew Boadu Adjei, Investment Officer, Fidelity Capital Partners Limited

Invited Entrepreneurs / Guests:

  • Ms. Adelaide Ahwireng, Managing Director, FIO Enterprise
  • Mrs. Thompson, Managing Director, Odo Rice
  • Ms. Lydia Bedwei, Managing Director, Books for Less
  • Mr. Kwame Bamson, Managing Director, Bamson Gh. Ltd
  • Dr. Patrick Awuah, Founder & President, Ashesi University
  • Prof. Sitsofe Anku, Lecturer, Ashesi University & Founder, MEGASA

Thursday, March 3rd  5 – 7 PM

Corporate Legislation in Ghana and forms of Incorporation


  • Mr. Ace Ankomah, Lawyer Bentsi - Enchill & Letsa
  • Mr. Kofi Asmah, Partner, Gyandoh Asmah & Co
  • Mr. Nii Ayi Aryeetey, Assistant Commissioner, Research, Monitoring & Planning

Corporate Leadership & the Political Dimension to the Ghanaian



  • Rev Fred Deegbe, Executive Secretary, Ghana Christian Council
  • Mr. Komla Dumor, Operations Manager, JOY FM

Invited Entrepreneurs / Guests:

  • Mr. Ernest Bediako, Managing Director, Ernest Chemists
  • Mr. Kofi Dadzie, Managing Director, Rancard Solutions
  • Mr. Adzedu, Managing Director, Adzedu of Shapes
  • Mr. Fouad Chalabi, Commercial Director, Spacefon
  • Ms. Theresa Ojo, Managing Director, IKENNY LTD.
  • Mr. Ian Morris, Managing Director, Trassaco Valley Estates

Saturday, March 5th  9 – 10:30 AM

Roundtable Seminar: Global Business Opportunities for the Third World Entrepreneur


  • Ms. Dorothy Gordon, Director, AITI - KACE
  • Ms. Eva Lokko, Director, GBC
  • Mr. Kujo Bekor, Operations Manager, HourGlass Group
  • Mr. Herman Chinery – Hesse, CEO, The SoftTribe

Round Table Discussion for Mature, Peaking & Emerging Entrepreneurs

Time: 11:00 am - 2pm

Moderator: Dr. Awoonor Williams, Lecturer, Ashesi University



  • Mr. Haysam Fahkry, Managing Director, Interplast Ltd.
  • Mr. Kwame Nyamekye, Blue Skies Ltd.
  • Ms. Constance Swaniker, Managing Directo, Accents & Arts
  • Ms. Sheilly Botchwey, MP, Weija and Deputy Minister Designate, Ministry of Information
  • Ms. Adelaide Ahwireng, Managing Director, FIO Enterprise
  • Mrs. Thompson, Managing Director, Odo Rice
  • Ms. Lydia Bedwei, Managing Director, Books for Less
  • Mr. Kwame Bamson, Managing Director, Bamson Gh. Ltd
  • Dr. Patrick Awuah, Founder & President, University
  • Ms. Eva Lokko, Director, GBC
  • Mr. Kujo Bekor, Operations Manager, HourGlass Group
  • Mr. Herman Chinery – Hesse, CEO, The SoftTribe

Ashesi University Foundation, the World Affairs Council Young Professional International Network and Seattle Art Museum are proud to present the documentary film, "A Great Wonder," about the "Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan" - orphans from the longest running civil war in Africa who have recently settled in America.  Kim Shelton, the film's director, will join us for a panel discussion following the film.

When: Thursday, January 6th, 6:15pm
Location: Seattle Art Museum
100 University Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Cost Free (World Affairs Council members); $5 (non-members)
Schedule: 6:15: Doors Open
7:00: Film Showing
8:00: Panel Discussion
9:00: Post-screening reception at a bar/restaurant (Location TBD)

NOTE: Attendance for this event is limited to 100 people due to the size of the screening room.

A Great Wonder traces the extraordinary journey of three young Sudanese orphans who have spent the majority of their lives either in flight from war or in a refugee camp. Having navigated the hazards of warfare, disease and starvation, and having survived a children's exodus of Biblical proportions, their arrival and settlement in America is not your average immigration story. The film follows two boys and one girl for 18 months as they struggle to not only assimilate into the American culture but cope with the memories of a life of war.

Kim Shelton, director/producer, has independently produced four and directed three hour-long documentaries, including THE HIGHLY EXALTED (1985); COWBOY POETS (1988), TUSCARORA (1992) and LOST BORDERS (1998). They have been broadcast both nationally and internationally on PBS, POV, National Geographic Explorer, Discovery, La Sept, the BBC and other stations in Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa.

More information about this film can be found at:

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