See profiles of speakers fo Ghana Fashion And Design Week 2013 speakers announced below.
Zandile Blay-Amihere is a style and culture journalist and entrepreneur, Fashion Journalism Professor at Syracuse University, USA, and has recently taken on the position of Editor-in-Chief of Hello! Nigeria. She is the Principal of Blay Digital Media in New York and founder of Africa Daily Groupe – A media network of twelve niche websites that publishes news and features about Africa. Blay-Amihere is a fashion columnist for the Internet’s largest newspaper, Huffington Post and is Africa Editor for noted fashion blog, Fashionista.com. Previously, Blay was Digital Fashion Editor for ESSENCE Magazine, Women’s Fashion Editor for Paper Magazine and Readers Editor at SEVENTEEN Magazines.
William is the managing director of Derban Consulting with expertise in financial inclusion, sustainability and community development. In the past 12 years, he has focused on providing sustainable; market based, financial services to the unbanked within the financial industry in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He has significant experience especially in Africa.
Dr William is an alumnus of Nottingham Business School in the UK with a doctorate in Microfinance and Development Finance. He provides lectures on sustainability and financial inclusion and is also a passionate speaker at various conferences on development across Africa, Middle East and Europe.
Dr. Derban has held the position as the Head of Community Relations with Barclays Africa and Emerging Markets where he managed the community investment strategy across14 countries in Africa, Middle East and Asia. He also held various senior positions in the global community investment and financial inclusion departments.
Richard has experience in working as a hybrid manager – the managerial/policy link between technology and the end-user in information technology projects in Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Togo, Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa, and USA.
In collaboration with other researchers, he has raised more than US$200,000 in competitive research grants since 2005. His research experience covers electronic governance, cyber crime, electronic business, technology curriculum development, ICT and development, green IT and ICT and health care at the national, industrial, organizational and community level. Since 2006, Richard has published 24 journal articles, 2 books, 6 book chapters, 26 conference papers, 6 conference proceedings, 11 technology magazine articles, and 2 journal editorials.
Yvonne Ntiamoah is the Head of Fashion and Design Department of Radford University in Accra, Ghana. An alumna of Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Yvonne has worked for Red or Dead and Vivienne Westwood at the early stages of her career development, as well establishing her own label Konadu. As a winner of “Professional Ghanaian Award” for Designer of the year, Yvonne worked with the UN, coordinating and organising the UN Fashion for food program (Catwalk the World) bringing together local and internationally renowned designers such Ozwald Boateng.
As a design director/consultant of la Mack London Ltd and Konadu, Yvonne has worked on several projects, creating the vision, planning and execution of the vision. As well as working with manufacturers and suppliers based across the world from Accra – Ghana, Beijing – China, Dubai – UAE to London – UK.