About Cloud Africa

Changing the face of financial services in Africa, Cloud Africa’s technology platform links banks and other financial service providers. Our technology is used by banks and the telcos in Africa and Europe. Cloud Africa’s flagship payment service, FastCash Africa, enables a number of functions, from remittance to bill payments to sports betting.


The Board

Togbe Afede XIV

Chairman

Mr Togbe Afede, XIV founded Strategic African Securities Ltd., and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Afede served as a Lecturer at the Business school, University of Ghana and Executive Director of Databank financial. Services Ltd. Among his major professional accomplishments, he co-founded Databank Financial Services Ltd and founded Strategic Initiatives Ltd and SAS Investment Management Ltd., among others. He is an Investment Banker with experience spanning over twenty (20) years. He serves as Chairman of strategic initiatives Ltd in Accra. Mr. Afede has been a Director of Pioneer Kitchenware Ghana Limited (Alternatively, Pioneer Kitchenware Limited) since January 2002 and serves as its Chairman of the Board. He served as a Non-Executive Director at Bank of Ghana since April 16, 2009 until June 26, 2013. He serves as a Director of National Theatre of Ghana, Accra Hearts of Oak FC Ltd., SAS Investment Management Ltd and Strategic Initiatives Ltd. He has been a Non Executive Director of Aluworks Ltd. since February 2002. He is currently a member of the President's Economic Advisory Council. Mr. Afede holds an MBA degree in Finance from Yale University in USA and a BSc Administration (Accounting) degree from the University of Ghana. Togbe is also the President of the NHC (National House of Chiefs) and therefore the paramount King of traditional rulers across Ghana, he also was recently re-elected Chairman of the Ghana state bank (NIB) and now sits on the council of the State (serving with the President of Ghana and elected members for Ghana)

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Ishmael Yamson

Vice Chairman

Ishmael Yamson is an highly competent business leader and business development professional, with a total of 18 years experience. He combines strong business acumen with exceptional technical and process knowledge, and has a solid track record of delivering business and ICT solutions. Ishmael has a strong entrepreneurial spirit which has seen him build a number of private businesses during the last 17 years. In addition and prior to this, Ishmael worked with a number of sizeable ICT organisations, where he led his teams to deliver commendable results. Highlights include Negotiating and securing a €10m SAP franchise for Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Gambia to deploy hosted services, executing telecommunications contracts in excess of $1,300,000 in 2007 and secured contracts for a further $5,600,000 over three years and sitting as the current Chairman of WASPAG where he develops and maintains relationships with the NCA (the local regulator), MNOs and the Telecom Chamber.

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Paul Akwaboah

Director of Marketing

Paul has extensive experience in terms of marketing to the West African and specifically Ghanaian corridor and his activities support both offline and online public relations for technology companies include fintech, and sports based companies where he provides marketing support for groups such as the Essien Foundation. He has successfully implemented marketing strategies 360 to drive visibility for brands and user acquisition and as such recently was awarded opportunities to support the current President of Ghana. Paul brings high value, extreme drive and a network that will prove invaluable to any of Cloud Africa’s clients and partners. He is based in London.

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Troy Hector

Director of Technology

Based in South Africa he is a versatile, forthright and results-driven executive with documented record of managing multi-billion Rand revenue portfolios and business growth success in competitive markets. More than 15 years’ experience in a senior management / executive capacity. In-depth understanding of complex and varied public and private industry verticals including automotive, beverages, education, hospitality & the public sector. Undeniable ability to manage the complexity arising from leading a wide breadth of strategic, revenue facing business units. Develops, engages, and maintains highly effective and influential relationships with diverse senior stakeholders and customers. A strong reputation as a versatile executive who fosters positive work environments and a forward-thinking communicator who readily inspires the trust, confidence and respect of others. His recent history saw Troy lead Telkom Enterprise in South Africa as the Managing Executive for Diversified Commerce & Industry

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Henry Essilfie

Director of Finance & Compliance

A qualified accountant with over 15 years post qualification experience gained working in senior finance roles within the financial services and FMCG sectors with blue chip organisations such as Capita Registrars, RBS Insurance, Heinz Foods, Princess Foods, ADM UK Ltd and is currently Financial Controller for Kings Interventional Facilities Management LLP. Henry also acquired experience of working in Ghana in his role as Financial Controller of Pioneer Food Cannery (at the time a Heinz subsidiary). In this role as a result of a good grasp of the business model and industry, he recommended and presented key strategic changes which were adopted and implemented by the senior management team to improve the profitability of a business which was previously seen as the underperforming unit within the Group. This also has given him a good understanding of the Ghanaian business environment. Henry has a keen interest in managing businesses for growth and in his capacity as Associate Director (Finance) for EAIS, he has worked closely with the Board of the business from start up to build an award winning international school with an increasingly growing reputation. Most recently Henry was the led person in the setup and management of UT Financial Services Ltd a money transfer business within the UK.

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Simon Vaughan

Investor & Non-Executive Director

Simon is a majority shareholder and investor into Cloud Africa Ltd. He has significant experience working for one of the leading investment banks. Simon is an entrepreneur and angel investor into a number of successful businesses and with brings a strong entrepreneurial know how and network to the table. .

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Akwasi Agyeman

Non-Executive Director

Akwasi Agyeman is currently the CEO of the Ghana Tourism Authority. He has diverse knowledge in Business and Organizational Management, especially in the private sector.He holds an MBA in Marketing and Information Systems, MPA and BA (Hons) in Social Sciences.
Mr Agyeman was also the MD founding partner for GMA (Global Media Alliance) a much coveted communications agency in Ghana. He has also worked in various senior level capacities with Ecobank, Merchant Bank and Stanbic Bank in South Africa. Mr. Agyeman has several years experience in Project Management, Crisis Communications, PR and Media Relations across the African continent.
His involvement in several projects including event management, corporate positioning, corporate communications, media relations, image building and public relations across Africa, provides him a great opportunity as he heads Ghana’s buoyant tourism sector. Akwasi Agyeman, who is the President of the Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA), also serves on several boards including Graphic Communications Group Ltd, and Silverbird Entertainment Ghana Ltd.
In 2016, he was awarded for his outstanding contribution to Media Excellence in Ghana at the Radio and TV Personality (RTP) Awards

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Management Team

Rajesh Parmar

Co-Founder & Group CEO

Rajesh is the co-founder of Cloud Africa Ltd. He brings a wealth of hands on experience having previously worked for Reuters and Investis in London for 10 years (Investis the leading corporate communications and investor relations company in the UK for web and mobile services providing online innovations to the London Stock Exchange which works for over 70% of the FTSE 100 companies) before moving to Barcelona to head up business development for NFC and beacon technology company Futurlink, a startup backed by La Caixa, the second largest bank in Spain. Under his guidance Cloud Africa has built up a very strong market reputation in Africa. A mobile and technology visionary and one of the early movers into the African region where he commands great respect from his peers in Africa and innovators looking to enter the market. He brings credibility and most importantly trust and gravitas both at the highest level in the African continent and with vendors and partners across the globe looking to successfully deploy products and services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Fiona Laryea

General Manager Ghana

Fiona is a seasoned and highly successful professional bringing several years’ experience in senior management roles. She has held several roles in Corporate and Retail Banking, working in Treasury and Operations, with Standard Chartered Bank, Standard Life in the UK and Access Bank. Her versatile skills in Sales and Operations across Banking, Insurance and Technology industries make her an invaluable asset to the Cloud Africa operations and future growth in the West and Central African regions. She has strong leadership skills and is well respected within the industry.

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Nana Yeboah

General Manager Zambia

Nana is a highly successful digital professional bringing many years’ experience in the mobile and particularly VAS space across Africa, having successful launched an international content platform with a particular focus on the Southern African region, for one of the major digital content companies in the continent. Nana brings exceptional business acumen and the ability to establish new businesses in some of the most challenging yet lucrative markets across Africa.

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Ghana Team

Stephen Abormegah

Business Development Manager (Ghana)

Experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrable history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Skilled in Omni-channel marketing and advertising. Strong business development professional with a MBA focused in Marketing from University of Ghana Business School. Stephen is an ever willing and enthusiastic champion for innovation in Ghana and a connector.

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Ayisi Boafo-Addo

IT Manager (Ghana)

With over 7 years’ experience, he combines strong business acumen with exceptional technical and process knowledge, and has a solid track record of delivering business and ICT solutions. Ayisi worked with Investment Banks and ICT organizations, where he led his teams to deliver laudable results. Ayisi drives the technical implementation of Cloud Africa Ghana's FinTech initiative as the local interface between the banks, telcos and technology vendors.

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