Betty Enyonam Kumahor

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Founder of The Cobalt Partners, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
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Betty Enyonam Kumahor is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Cobalt Partners and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of Civic Society Organisations and technology-led enterprises.

As a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader with an impressive background in the consulting and technology industries, Enyo now invests in and mentors technology-driven companies committed to sustainable business in Africa. The Cobalt Partners, founded by Enyo, is a catalyst for African businesses bringing best practice and results with core competencies such as productivity, high growth strategy consulting, design thinking, technology enablement and software development, as well as expertise in research and analytics.

Enyo’s previous experience spans a variety of roles with well recognized companies in the industry. She has worked as the Regional Managing Director of Pan-Africa for ThoughtWorks, a global IT consulting firm. Nominated as Best African Company of the Year 2013 by African Business Awards, ThoughtWorks has already made a marked impact on the continent with a diverse portfolio of clients including some of the largest, most innovative, and socially impactful organizations on the continent. Enyo joined Thoughtworks from Ernst & Young where she led the Ernst & Young’s Service Delivery Technology function for their Global Advisory practice deploying technology solutions across the 140+ countries where Ernst & Young operates. Enyo also expanded their IT and Program Advisory Services practices for Ernst & Young in West Africa, building a multi-million dollar practice providing program advisory, IT audit, IT risk management, IT transformation and outsourcing advisory services to clients spanning multiple industries including telecommunications, financial services, as well as government and public sector. Enyo has served on several committees including the Ministerial Select Committee of Ghana’s National Broadband Policy and Special Advisor to the Ghana Associations of Software and Information Technology Services Companies (GASSCOM). Enyo has spoken, and continues to speak, on technology and telecommunications in Africa in several venues including the University of Ghana 2013 Convocation Speaker, Agile Australia 2014, Agile Africa 2014, Q-Con London 2015, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) Connecting Rural Communities (CRC), Chatham House, ISACA, Outsourcing Summits, Ernst & Young Global NextGen Kickoff program, Zonta Women’s Career Advice Fair for 400+ young secondary school girls, WOWe , and more. Enyo chairs the Woman 2.1 Summit Advisory Board and the Ghana Women in IT organization. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Mookh – an ecommerce platform. She has been profiled in numerous programs such as on Ghana Broadcasting Corporation’s UniqFM StandOut program, and in Ernst & Young’s next generation leadership program (Global NextGen).

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Even when located in one of the largest cities on the continent of Africa, we still face many challenges when building software: lack of electricity, little to no connectivity particularly in rural areas, cash-based transactions, lack of an address system, and more. But out of these constraints come creative and innovative ways to address these unique challenges … and with it some frugal software innovation you might want to hear about.