The Famous Fiber Optics Inventor, Professor Dr. Thomas Kwame Owusu Mensah, Founder of Silicon Valley of Ghana, met with the Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Legon Dr. Mary Chinery – Hesse, at the end of year event for former United Nations experts, IMF and World Bank retired Officials in Ghana.
The event also marked the birthday of the chancellor whose friends and colleagues rallied to make the day memorable for her. Dr. Mensah was a participant thanks to the invitation extended to him by friend Andy Asamoah; owner of the A&C Mall.
Dr Mensah discussed with the Chancellor challenges facing the nation as it moves into the 21st Century, and how academic institutions in Ghana can play a role in the effort to modernize Ghana, just as Stanford University, MIT and Harvard University and other academic institutions have done in the US.
Google founders were from Stanford, Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder was at Harvard, so is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Silicon Valley of Ghana will have smaller Silicon Valley Labs at the various Universities in Ghana to promote industry University collaboration in research to solve problems in Ghana.
The two experts discussed specific areas of needs that the academic institutions face and the necessary support from the Government of Ghana just as various governments in advanced countries provide for their universities.
The Government of Rwanda has just invested $65 Million dollars to create a Silicon Valley of Rwanda which is a validation of Dr. Mensah’s effort as he continues to build and expand his Silicon Valley of Ghana.
Dr. Thomas Mensah who is scheduled to speak at the Engineering School in the Applied Sciences Department at Legon in February, followed by his invitation to speak at the NEXT EINSTEIN Forum in East Africa is pleased to collaborate with the University of Ghana in research that will move Ghana into the 21st Century.
Dr. Mensah has served on the Board of Advisors at MIT, and Georgia Institute of Technology. He has been appointed to the Premier’s Advisory Board for Innovation and Implementation of the 4th Industrial Revolution in South Africa. He is a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors, Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow of Ghana Institute of Engineers, and Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
He’s authored 5 books on Innovation, holds several US Patents in Nanotechnology and Fiber Optics as well as received numerous international Awards as well as the Black Star Guba Award for technological achievement in the USA and the Kwame Nkrumah Genius Award in Ghana.