George (Jorge) Appia
George (Jorge) Appiah is a Technoprenuer and Africa Tech-Policy Expert with a background in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (BSc), Business Administration (MBA) and Renewable energy (MSc).
He is passionate about youth employment and impact innovations which causes him to focus on accelerating the adoption of the 4th industrial age technologies in solving crucial challenges and creating jobs in Africa through Human Capacity building.
George is the Co-founder/CEO of Kumasi Hive; a Tech innovation Hub which through its Future Workforce for Africa Initiative trains undergraduate, unemployed and underemployed youth to acquire competent skills in emerging technologies for Problem-Solution-Startup or getting employment.
He is also the Executive Chairman of the Ghana Tech and Business Hubs Network (TBHNG) and a member of the Working Group for the formation of an Association of African Tech Hubs by Africa Union Commission Trade and Industry Department.
George has over 7 years’ experience in STEM as the founder of Creativity Group and has over the years being involved STEM promotion. Creativity Group (Cg) is an interdisciplinary community of student innovators, makers, entrepreneurs and changemakers who are using innovation and technology as a tool, to solve problems in our communities and in Ghana for social interventions and sustainable development. It has presence in 5 public universities, a current membership of 500 students and have trained a total of about 3000 students.
He is a member of the STI Policy group of the UN Major Group on Youth and Children advocating and advising the UN agencies and the UN Secretariat on the youth perspective on the advancement of Science and technology.
He is also a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, a member of IEEE since 2010, a member of International Design and Innovation Network (IDIN) of MIT D-Lab and a Research Fellow at The Energy Center, KNUST.