Keli Gadzekpo is a towering presence in the Ghanaian corporate landscape. Undoubtedly, he is one of the finest business leaders in Ghana today. Keli is noted for co-founding Databank but now heads the Enterprise Group Limited (EGL).
Keli’s calm, diplomatic and down-to-earth approach to life and his career is easily reflected in the way he relates with his peers, employees, and anybody he comes into contact with. He is widely respected for his professionalism and demeanour.
His persona makes him the perfect front man for the Enterprise Group with its array of accomplished companies and leaders. For someone so accomplished, he is quick to dispel any suggestions of extraordinary achievement.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bond Savings and Loans Limited, Mr George Ofosuhene, did not grow up wanting to become a banker. His childhood aspirations included possibly becoming a doctor, lawyer or pursuing a career in any of the other so-called elite professions.
Banking, in which he now has over 30 years of practical experience, was an afterthought largely inspired by his admiration of a particular banker.
For many people unaware of the life history of Mr Seth Yeboah Ocran, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the multimillion dollar business, YOKS Investments Limited, it is apt to quickly conclude that the current aura of success, entrepreneurial acumen and foresight around him are the fruits of a wealthy family legacy bestowed him.
At his early 40s, the car rental subsidiary of his business, YOKS Rent a Car, owns a large fleet of luxurious vehicles, which it uses to operate car rental, fleet management and travel and tour services, among others, to various institutions and organisations.
"A good name is better than riches" is the adage that admonishes humanity to preserve integrity above material gain.
But in a society where some believe that every good service deserves a bribe or reward, keeping to the demands of that adage is nearly impossible. Things become even more complex when business leaders or institutions operate in highly competitive environments where the stakes are higher and every step of progress counts. Some therefore draw the conclusion that considerations other than competence and value for money determine success and opportunity in business.
The 8th edition of the annual Festival of Ideas came off recently under the theme "Strategic Repositioning." The one-day gathering of influential business leaders and CEOs sought to generate ideas on the chosen theme to provide direction for leaders and organisations in the pursuit of their strategic plans.
Speakers on various topics under the conference theme were Dr. Vikram Mansharamani and Prof. Ian Shapiro, both of Yale University, Dr. Mensa Otabil of the International Central Gospel Church, Ghanaian venture capitalist Mr. Sangu Delle, Mr. Charles Mensah of Trust Consult and Prof. Bob Hinson of the University of Ghana.