Team

MEST Africa is made possible thanks to a passionate team of experienced global staff across our markets - from fellows to operational staff, to our management team and more. 

Jorn Lyseggen Founder & CEO

Jorn Lyseggen

Founder & CEO

Jorn is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater and MEST Africa. A Norwegian entrepreneur and philanthropist, he founded Meltwater in Oslo, Norway in 2001 with an investment of just $15,000. Built on the notion of Outside Insight, Meltwater is now a global leader in B2B online media intelligence, with over 60 offices across six continents, serving more than 30,000 clients. He founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in 2008, and launched SHACK15, a data science hub and members club in London and San Francisco, in 2016.

Ashwin Ravichandran Managing Director

Ashwin Ravichandran

Managing Director

Ashwin joined MEST in 2015 as a Technology Teaching Fellow and has since served as the Incubator Manager for MEST Accra and Director of Portfolio Support and Country Director of Ghana. With a background in Computer Science and Engineering and previous experience working in the innovation team at Honeywell and building startups in India, Ashwin brings extensive technical knowledge to his executive management experience at MEST.

In his role as Director of Portfolio Support, Ashwin has overseen the growth and development of highly successful MEST portfolio companies such as Complete Farmer, Asoriba, Leti Arts and Kudobuzz, working to maximize their growth and success in terms of business development, product management and raising further rounds of funding.

Due to his incredible value and support which was evident in his invaluable mentorship in the career paths of the Entrepreneurs-In-Training and fellows, he climbed up the ladder to become the Managing Director of MEST Africa. Ashwin is greatly inspired to nurture and guide the African entrepreneurship Space with a talented team so that these entrepreneurs can take on new challenges.

Phillippe Greinacher Director of Business Development

Phillippe Greinacher

Director of Business Development

Since 2012, Philippe has spent his life working in emerging industries in Africa, and has had gained unique insights into African enterprise and ventures from the very beginning. As the Business Development Director at Mest Africa, Philippe drives all projects and programs in a range of diverse industries such as Fintech, Aerospace, Agritech, Health Tech, aimed at improving the tech ecosystem on the continent. Looking forward, Philippe believes that there will be at least five African tech companies going global in the next five years.

Israel Agbeti Senior Operations Manager, MEST Training Program

Israel Agbeti

Senior Operations Manager, MEST Training Program

Israel is certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with over 10years of experience in an end-to-end Project & Program Management with wealth of experience within the telecommunication sector in Africa. He brings to MEST, his ability of managing complex projects without compromising on quality, time and cost and vast knowledge on operations efficiency. Israel holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management from the University of Roehampton, BSc Finance, the Central University and HND from Takoradi Technical University.

Tobi Lafinhan Recruitment Manager

Tobi Lafinhan

Recruitment Manager

Tobi is passionate about talent in Africa and designing processes & candidate experiences that aid that search.

He has 3 years of experience working in leading organisations in West Africa across a variety of industries, including tech. As the Head of Recruitment, he leads MEST Africa's regional search for the continent's most promising software entrepreneurs as well as support international marketing and recruitment efforts for fellows & mentors.

Tobi holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Kwesi Ammissah Logistics Manager

Kwesi Ammissah

Logistics Manager

Kwesi has been the operations manager at MEST nearly since the beginning. He is responsible for ensuring all EITs and staff are well cared-for and manages all MEST transport and drivers.

Veronica Mulhall Marketing Manager

Veronica Mulhall

Marketing Manager

Veronica's career has been guided by her mission to connect people. With 7+ years in marketing and communications for NGO and development organizations, she is drawn to the growth potential of emerging markets. She brings a diversity of experience to MEST, having worked as a creative strategist for governments, social enterprises, VCs, and UHNW individuals, and most recently leading NGO business development and communications at a West African startup.

Veronica holds a certificate in Community Development focused on Rural Sustainability from the University of Northern British Columbia and a BA in Adventure Education from Prescott College.

David Quartey Admin Coordinator, Training Program

David Quartey

Admin Coordinator, Training Program

Before joining MEST, David worked with Hope-Life institute as a teacher, departmental head, and later branch director and personal assistance to the country director, where he ran administration and operations for the institute in Ghana, Togo, Benin and Guinea.

He also worked as a private accountant for small business owners who cannot afford the services of an accountant. At MEST, David serves as an administrator for staff members and Entrepreneurs-In-Training (EITs).

Lundie Strom Community Manager

Lundie Strom

Community Manager

Having previously worked with various sectors of the United Nations, Lundie has spent the majority of her professional career in Africa. She moved to Cape Town in 2017 to work for the Nigerian social enterprise startup, She Leads Africa, and has been passionate about helping entrepreneurs in emerging markets make an impact ever since.

Today, Lundie manages MEST Africa’s community of tech entrepreneurs and startup founders across the continent. Working primarily between South Africa and Ghana, she connects the MEST Entrepreneurs-In-Training, Portfolio companies, Alumni network with growth opportunities through event and program management, ecosystem involvement coordination, and external communication support.

Originally from Los Angeles, Lundie graduated with an MA in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Nafiesah Abrahams Community Operations Manager

Nafiesah Abrahams

Community Operations Manager

Nafi is originally from Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town, and graduated with a Human Resources diploma from Northlink College in 2017. Nafi immediately took on an Office Administrator position with the Cape Town Club, handling their membership applications , assisting the accountant with finance and doing the admininstor. She later worked in the Call Centre as an inbound admin assist at Takealot, and later as a Research Analyst at RetailNext.

In October 2017, Nafi joined MEST Africa as an Operations Associate, and was recently promoted to Operations Manager. She currently administers all finances and business operations for the MEST incubator in Cape Town, which has only furthered her passion for numbers, problem solving and people.

Jeffrey Agbo Operations Manager

Jeffrey Agbo

Operations Manager

Prior to joining MEST, Jeffrey served as a marketing and project supervisor for Global Arc (GH) Ltd., a construction and engineering consultancy firm. He’s responsible for supporting the day to day operations of all facilities including repairs and maintenance, procurement, security, tenant relationship management, and corporate service provision.

Dayo Osikoya Training Program Fellow

Dayo Osikoya

Training Program Fellow

Dayo believes in the power of the individual to effect positive change in society and is super-passionate about solving Africa's problems with innovation and technology. This belief has been the driving force of his 17-year career spanning two countries - from teaching primary school kids to building and supporting large-scale software systems in multinationals in various sectors - from oil and gas to telecommunications to consulting and startups in Nigeria and Ghana.

With a stint in Computer Science and the National Open University of Nigeria and another degree attempt in Applied Accounting at the Oxford Brookes' University in the UK, Dayo has a certificate of achievement from ACCA, the global accounting body, for achieving one of the best scores in the Management Accounting exam in June 2010. He also has a certificate in Oracle 9i Database Administration from NIIT, and basic and advanced certificates in leadership from the Daystar Leadership Academy.

Kathrin Sühlsen Training Program Fellow

Kathrin Sühlsen

Training Program Fellow

Having previously worked in Africa and Europe, Kathrin came to MEST to connect both worlds. For her, entrepreneurship and technology can offer great solutions for people’s lives and she is passionate about creating impact together with others. Kathrin brings in several years of marketing and business experience in fintech, insurtech, consulting, and sustainability management. Her work is focused on startups and entrepreneurs, helping them to reach their strategic business goals, particularly in marketing, customer acquisition & development as well as go-to-market strategies.

Kathrin holds an MSc. in Environment and Resource Management, a BA in International Affairs and several certificates in Digital Marketing.

Gerhard Malah Portfolio Venture Partner

Gerhard Malah

Portfolio Venture Partner

Gerhard is a media, marketing and technology enthusiast, having worked in sales, account management and product management roles spanning verticals in advertising, digital publishing, digital marketing and e-commerce.

An alumnus of the University of Ghana, he graduated with a combined major in French and Political Science. His drive sees him contribute immensely in nearly all circles he finds himself from coordinating the small beginnings of a church-owned cooperative into a thriving beverage enterprise, to dreaming and building what is now a pan-African branded content studio. His current mandate as a Venture Partner at the MEST Consultancy brings to bear an understanding of the role of digital in building a holistic experience, managing and implementing strategy and relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Renato Rossi Portfolio Venture Partner

Renato Rossi

Portfolio Venture Partner

Since studying abroad in Ethiopia with his senior International Political Economy class at Western University, Canada, Renato has been interested in finance in Africa. Shortly after completing his undergraduate degree, he took a leap of faith, travelling to Uganda with hopes of finding his way once on the ground. He joined a fintech startup in Kampala to help develop sales strategy, which only furthered his passion. Returning to Canada, he joined the Canada Africa chamber of business in efforts to bridge the international business ecosystem with the continent. In 2019, Renato joined MEST Africa to learn from the future’s brightest minds in tech and innovation. As a Venture Partner, he builds capacity in the MEST Portfolio companies by strategically positioning them for success through effective communication and assessment of client needs.

Katjana Kammin Portfolio Venture Partner

Katjana Kammin

Portfolio Venture Partner

Katjana joined MEST as a Venture Partner to guide young entrepreneurs in the areas of business growth strategy, fundraising, and finance. Before she joined MEST, Katjana was based in New York and Boston, where she worked with several startups and did portfolio management for an angel investor. Furthermore, Katjana is part of the mentor network of a US-based startup which one that provides education financing for students in different education programs, and also a member of the Global Shapers. Katjana holds a German-American Double Degree in International Management and Business with a focus on Finance and Investment from ESB Business School and Northeastern University Boston.

Felix Darko Training Program Fellow

Felix Darko

Training Program Fellow

Felix is driven by his passion for innovation and impact. He strongly believes that technology, married with sustainable business practices, will serve as the launchpad that propels the African continent into a new era. He joined the MEST family knowing it is a dynamic environment that would challenge him to be better and evolve. “At MEST, we all work together towards a goal larger than ourselves; to create a sustainable tech-driven future for Africa.”

An aspiring entrepreneur and tech enthusiast, he co-founded and served as CTO of a tech-driven logistics startup, The Grocers, in 2014 in the food and consumables space in Ghana. This experience taught invaluable lessons about how to build a tech business in an emerging African market and all the challenges that follow. More recently, he has worked with various startups in Accra, managing the development of their tech platforms as well as consulting for a few larger companies. This work encompasses several sectors including Energy, AgriTech, FinTech, IoT and others.

Felix is an Electrical and Computer Engineer by training with a BSc. from Bucknell University. His skill set ranges from software development and product design to embedded systems (IoT), power generation and distribution with a focus on renewable technologies.

Anjola Okunade Marketing Associate

Anjola Okunade

Marketing Associate

Passionate about development and innovation through tech, Anjola uses her expertise at storytelling to tie all these together in multicultural spaces. She previously led communications at a MEST Portfolio company in Lagos, Nigeria and is now committed to sharing more PanAfrican Stories with global audiences.

Whilst getting her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Anjola was involved in various student organisations where she coordinated social activities, handled communication and led women groups.

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