Herman Chinery Hesse

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Herman Chinery-Hesse

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Dublin, Ireland

Herman Chinery-Hesse is a Ghanaian technology entrepreneur and the founder of SOFTtribe, the largest software company in Ghana. He is popularly known as the Bill Gates of Ghana.

He was born in 1963 Dublin, Ireland to Lebrecht James Nii Tettey Chinery-Hesse and Mary Chinery-Hesse. He attended the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast Ghana, Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, and Texas State University for a Bachelors's degree in Industrial Technology.

Herman Chinery-Hesse's co-founded the software company, theSOFTtribe which has pioneered a number of groundbreaking projects including;

Point of sale systems

ERP systems

Hei Julor!!! a low-cost, mobile-based, mass-market community security alert system for Africa

Electronic payment systems

Nationwide utility billing systems

Government payroll systems

Awards and recognition

Herman Chinery-Hesse made it to the 15 Black STEM Innovators.

He was the Commonwealth Chair for Business and Technology initiatives in Africa in March 2019.

His company won the GUBA award in the UK for Exceptional Achievement.

Ghana Millennium Excellence Award for IT.

Ghana Club 100 Award for the Most Innovative Company

He won the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University, the first and currently only African recipient of the award

He was named one of 20 Notable Black Innovators in Technology

He was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Africans of our Time

He is one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influencers

He is a TED Fellow and has featured on CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera, as well as as the Ghana Business & Finance Times, The Financial Times, IEEE Magazine, The Guardian, Forbes Africa

Chinery-Hesse has been a speaker at many prestigious institutions including the University of Oxford, Harvard Business School, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Chatham House, and Tech4Africa.