Herman Chinery-Hesse

founder & CEO, SOFTtribe

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based
publication, Foreign Policy Magazine. He and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades
including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the “SMS App of the year” award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University, the first and currently only African recipient of the award.
In 1991, Herman co-founded theSOFTtribe Ltd, one of the earliest and the most prominent software houses in Africa.
He is the current commonwealth chairman for business and technology and initiatives for Africa.
In 2008, he also created innovative products relating to e-payments such as the “Sundiata” payment platform, on the novel MX Platform, pioneering e-payments to Africans.
His company has developed a number of award winning products such as the as Hei Julor!!! , a low cost, mobile phone based, mass market security alert system for Africa.
Herman and his company have created novel and innovative acclaimed products that have uniquely proved their pedigree in the African environment in areas such as national utility billing and national payroll.
Herman is currently working on his newest innovation, “Afrikan Echoes”, which is aimed at delivering raw African stories to Africa and the world via a phone APP.
Herman has been a speaker at many prestigious institutions including Oxford University, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Chatham House, CPH Conference, Tech4Africa etc.
He is a TED fellow and is featured regularly in the international media including CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. He has been featured in many magazines including Ghana Business and Finance Times, Forbes, IEEE and many more.
He was placed 17 on the list of 20 Notable Black Innovators in Technology. Herman has been listed as one of Africa’s Top 20 Tech Influences and also listed as one of 100 most influential Africans of our time by many international institutions and publications.
He is also an assessor for the Commercial Courts of Ghana.