Members of the general public are cordially invited to the 6th Public Lecture in Commemoration of Regent’s 10th Anniversary, to be delivered by Mr. Jacob Osei Yeboah, 2016 Independent Presidential Candidate.
Topic: “Industrialization of Ghana”
Date: Today, Friday, 4th November, 2016
Venue: Multi-Purpose Hall, Regent Campus, McCarthy Hill
The lecture is free.
Be a part of this insightful and relevant discussion.
Profile of Speaker:
Jacob Osei Yeboah is an engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social thinker.
Jacob has had 20 years’ experience introducing new technologies that creatively improve systems in the areas of energy conservation, process control and instrumentation, especially within the mining industry in West Africa.
As a trained electrical engineer, he began his career with the then Ashanti Goldfields Company, Obuasi between 1994 and 2002. During this period, he worked as an Instrumentation Superintendent and then as a Special Projects Coordinator. One of his significant achievements was a review of the company’s operations that led to a very significant transformation and cost reduction from USD320/ounce to USD78/ounce (Jan 2001-June 2002). Ultimately, he became a board member of AGA Obuasi Mine Divisional Board during his time as the Senior Staff Representative Director.
Jacob later joined Sherwood International, South Africa (a division of Super Group Company, South Africa) as the West Africa Director from 2002 to 2006. From 2006, Jacob’s entrepreneurial acumen was honed fully when he founded his own businesses including VitalSource Ltd (VSL) – a procurement and logistics Company set up in 2006 to provide consulting services for engineering, oil contamination and filtration, logistics and supply chain management for companies in the mining and oil sectors in West Africa.
VSL in partnership with Bottcher Hydraulics GmbH, a German company, design tailored hydraulic systems, consulting and training for mining companies in Africa. Jacob also founded Mpontuo Mining Ltd to provide consultancy services and technological and financial solutions to small scale mining industry.
In recent times, he has founded new companies such as HSH Global Ghana Ltd – a vision borne out of his passion to see African countries transform into modern states.
In 2014, he partnered a German Company, HSH Soft-und Hardware Vertriebs Gmbh, to develop, AFRIDAB, a bio-identity database for Africa. The Database software can track the life cycle of persons and businesses for scientific socio-economic development of African countries.
Jacob also partnered with Fokus Franhofer, a technology research institute in Germany, to improve the use of ICT in rural communities in Africa. Fokus has developed the WIBACK solution which is the latest economically affordable and technologically self-maintainable rural telephony and data connectivity for towns and rural Africa. The WIBACK technology seeks to bridge the Rural-Urban Digital Gap.
His project research in 1994, on energy conservation in halls of residence at KNUST, led to the recommendation on how energy could be saved in Ghana if compact florescence bulbs were to replace incandescent bulbs. The Government of Ghana in 2007 undertook this project and saved about 124 MW of power nationwide.
Following the successful collaboration with the Energy Commission on the “switch off your fridge” campaign during the 2014 World Cup, Jacob led a team of engineers from America and Ghana in 2014, to develop a Synchronised Energy Conservation device for fridges/freezers dubbed VITASAFE, with smart grid technology options for countries in Africa. VITASAFE can also protect electrical appliances and reduce electricity bills of consumers without any form of inconvenience.
Jacob has been married to Hilda Osei Yeboah since 1996 and has been blessed with four children – Jacobel, Janice, Jeremy and Jeffrey.
He earned a BSc. in Electric/Electronic Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST). He also holds an MBA from Warwick University, UK as well as a Master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from Mannheim University, Germany.
Jacob is currently a lay preacher of the Methodist Church Ghana. In 2009, he was recognized by the Lay Movement of the Methodist Church Ghana during the Laity’s 60th Anniversary for his sterling leadership to the youth.
Additionally, he received an award from the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church in the same year during the Diocese’s 60th Anniversary for exceptional leadership and contribution to the Diocese. He is a former National President of the Ghana Methodist Students Union (GHAMSU) (1991/93). He is also a staunch Scripture Union (SU) member and contributes immensely to the Bible Society of Ghana.
Jacob’s ultimate recognition for his transformational leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurial acumen was in August 2015 when he was appointed a Governing Council Member of Eastern Polytechnic, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
Jacob believes Africa’s potential can be unlocked through technology, leadership and strength of character. He has a record of almost always being the first youngest to occupy several leadership positions wherever he has found himself.