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September 26th, 2013

INNOVATIVE FASHION BUSINESS SEMINARS at GHANA FASHION & DESIGN WEEK 2013

The GFDW® Seminars provides a dynamic platform for Knowledge Transfer and Education on the business of Fashion, Innovation, technology in Creativity, Ethical Fashion and Sustainability and related business matter.

The Seminars offers a rare and valuable opportunity for an open dialogue led by dynamic Industry Experts of various backgrounds with extensive knowledge and skills in their field of practice.

Seminar-Panelist-gfdw-2013-profiles

Date: 11-12 OCT 2013 | TIME: 10:30 – 15:00

VENUE: MOVENPICK HOTEL ACCRA

A Business Dialogue on Fashion, Innovation, Technology and Media.

GFDW 2013 SEMINARS PANELISTS//

PANELIST PROFILES//

Zandile Blay GFDW 2013 profileZANDILE BLAY
PRINCIPAL OF BLAY DIGITAL MEDIA & FASHION JOURNALIAM PROFESSOR SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (USA).

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.

Her work has appeared in New York Magazine online, InStyleTeen PeopleThe New York SunThe Daily News and America Online, Complex Magazine, People magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine,amongst others. In addition she launched the British Vogue recognized fashion news blog,TheBlayReport.com.
Blay is a 2012-2013 Finalist for the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard University and was named to Ebony Magazine’s Power List.

Dr William Derban GFDW 2013 profile

DR. WILLIAM DERBAN
MANAGING DIRECTOR, DERBAN CONSULTING.

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.

William’s main expertise is in helping organizations’ think creatively about how they impact their communities. At Barclays, he developed the financial inclusion strategy in Africa, which led to the first linkage between a global bank and informal financial groups in Ghana (susu collectors). Subsequently, he led the strategy of downscaling to informal groups with a £10m project working with savings groups across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In addition to financial inclusion, he has established successful projects, on youth entrepreneurship, preventative health, clean energy solutions, women empowerment and integrated rural development programmes.

Dr. William Derban holds many awards in recognition of his work, including the Clinton Global Initiative and the Business in the Community market place Awards, The prestigious Coffey award for excellence in corporate responsibility. His projects have been highlighted in the Financial Times, New African, The BBC, and have been used as case studies by the Harvard Kennedy School, UNDP growing inclusive markets and various academic reports. He is on the Africa regional board of Junior Achievement, an NGO promoting youth entrepreneurship, and was a member of the Investment Panel of experts for the UK Department of International Development (DFID) Financial Education Fund.

He was one of the founding members of the Microfinance Club UK and a member of the UK All Parliamentary Group on Microfinance.

Dr Richard Boateng GFdw 2013DR. RICHARD BOATENG, Ph.D.
FOUNDER PEARL RICHARD FOUNDATION & VIVA AFRICA MULTIMEDIA (Ghana).

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.

Journal outlets include Internet ResearchJournal of Information Technology Impact, Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations, and Third World Quarterly. Richard is the associate editor of the Information Technologies & International Development Journal (http://itidjournal.org) and theInternational editor, PC Tech Magazine (www.pctechmagazine.com).

Dr. Richard coordinates and leads programmes such as; Africa Digital Week… VIVA Africa MultimediaInternational Editor, PC Tech Magazine… Ewuraba… http://www.awuraba.com, and also a Lecturer at the University of Ghana Business School.

Yvonne Ntiamoah_2013 profile

YVONNE NTIAMOAH
HEAD OF FASHION & DESIGN DEPARTMENT–RADFORD UNIVERISTY COLLEGE (GHANA)

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.

As the Head of Fashion and Design at Radford University College, Yvonne aims to help mould the fashion industry in Ghana through young creative minds. Implementing events such as “The Graduates Fashion Show” to help establish commercial markets for Ghanaian designers all over the world.

SEMINAR SCHEDULE//

INNOVATIVE FASHION BUSINESS SEMINARS

11-12 | OCT  | 2013

VENUE: The Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra – Ghana

A Business Dialogue on Fashion, Innovation, Technology and Media.

DAY 1 – SEMINAR SCHEDULE | GFDW 2013

[DAY ONE] – FRIDAY 11TH OCT 2013

TIME: 10:30 – 15:00 


PANELISTS HEADLINE TOPICS

YVONNE NTIAMOAH |Head of Fashion & Design – Radford University College (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC: The importance of Fashion and Design Education – How, where, and what to do.

DR. WILLIAM DERBAN, Ph.D | William Derban Consulting, (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC: Turning your Passion for Fashion into a Business – Business Start-up and Financing.

ZANDILE BLAY | Principal of Blay Digital Media (BDM)& Africa Daily Groupe (ADG), (USA).

FOCUS TOPIC: From Journalist to Entrepreneur: Building your Writing Portfolio.

DR. RICHARD BOATENG | Founder of Pearl Richard Foundation & Viva Africa Multimedia, (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC:  The Power of Technology and Social Media  for Business – Developing Engaging Content for Social Media for your business.

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DAY 2 – SEMINAR SCHEDULE | GFDW 2013

[DAY TWO] – SATURDAY 12TH OCT 2013

TIME: 10:30 – 15:00

PANELISTS HEADLINE TOPICS

DR. RICHARD BOATENG | Founder of Pearl Richard Foundation & Viva Africa Multimedia, (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC: The Power of Technology and Social Media for Business – Developing Engaging Content for Social Media.

ZANDILE BLAY | Principal of Blay Digital Media (BDM) & Africa Daily Groupe (ADG), (USA).

FOCUS TOPIC: From Journalist to Entrepreneur: Transitioning from Writer to Consultant/Entrepreneur.

DR. WILLIAM DERBAN, Ph.D | William Derban Consulting, (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC: Internationalization of African Fashion – Producing fashion goods for the international Market.

YVONNE NTIAMOAH |Head of Fashion & Design – Radford University College (Ghana).

FOCUS TOPIC: The importance of Fashion and Design Education – How, where and what to do.

WHO CAN ATTEND//
* Fashion Designer Entrepreneurs
* Graphic Designers
* Creative Industry Personnels
* Boutique / Shop Owners
* Students
* Lecturers / Tutors
* Fashion Photographers
* Fashion Media Publicists
* Bloggers/Vloggers
* Creative Practitioners
* Public Relation Personnels
* Fashion Stylists & Art Directors
* Social & Creative Enterprises
* Ethical Fashion Practitioners
* Textile Designers
* Accessories Designers
* Millinery Designers
* Jewellery Designers
* Shoe Designers
* Prospective Designer Entrepreneurs
* Models with professional interests.
* Clothing Manufactures
* Creative Make-Up Artist
* Hair Stylists & Technicians
* Web Designers & Developers
** And Anyone who seeks to gain professional Knowledge on the Fashion
and Creative Business Industry.

SEMINAR REGISTRATION

TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE PLEASE COMPLETE THE  SEMINAR REGISTRATION FORM at http://ghanafashionweek.wordpress.com/seminars/

(Offered on First Come First Served)

or EMAIL ENQUIRY TO: seminars@ghanafashiondesignweek.com







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