Festival of Ideas is widely regarded as Ghana’s Flagship Business Conference. Over the past ten years, it has contributed immensely towards shaping the business landscape in Ghana through value-based content. In August every year, the Festival brings together CEOs, corporate executives, business leaders and professionals from different industries for insightful presentations, corporate training, brainstorming and networking. Since its inception, the conference has also brought a number of international resource persons to share their thoughts in Succession Planning, Strategy, Leadership and Governance.

Festival of Ideas 2017

Theme: Succession Planning

Date: Thursday, 17th August, 2017  Venue: Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra


Morning Session (8.00am-1.00pm)

Focus: Grooming The Next CEOs

Executive Coaching Session for middle management, emerging leaders and prospective CEOs  |  Rate: GHc1,000.00

The executive coaching session will open with plenary presentations from four top CEOs. Thereafter, participants will go into breakout coaching sessions focusing on special needs in twelve thematic areas and close with a networking lunch.


Twelve Executive Coaching Breakout Sessions

coaching sessions 01

The Pursuit of World-Class Standards

Mrs. Patience Akyianu
coaching sessions 03

A Culture of Performance & Execution

Mr. William Ato Essien
coaching sessions 02

Corporate Governance & Board Relations

Mr. Keli Gadzekpo
coaching sessions 04

Succession Planning Guide For Professional Practices

Mr. Ace Ankomah
coaching sessions 06

Developing The Leader In You

Rev. Fitzgerald Odonkor
coaching sessions 05

Corporate Communications & Media Relations

Mrs. Lucy Quist


coaching sessions 06

Corporate Communications & Media Relations

Mrs. Cynthia Lumor
coaching sessions 07

Leadership Decision Making & Risk Management

Mr. Moses K. Baiden
coaching sessions 09

Leveraging Technology and Smart Solutions

Mr. Kofi Dadzie
coaching sessions 10

Ideas & Innovation as Growth Pillars

Mr. Jim R. Baiden
coaching sessions 09

Leveraging Technology and Smart Solutions

Mr. Andrew Akoto
coaching sessions 08

Versatility & Adaptability As Assets In A Leader

Mrs. Kate Quartey-Papafio

Evening Session (6.00pm-9.00pm)

Night With Great Minds

Focus: Building Trans-Generational Entities  |  Target: CEOs, Directors and Senior Managers |  Rate: GHc2,000.00

The conference plenary, Night With Great Minds, is a thought-leadership dinner, networking and brainstorming session reserved for CEOs, Directors and heads of organisations. Under the sub-theme Succession Planning, the programme will feature thought-provoking presentations by two successful Ghanaian business leaders who will share their practical experiences on the theme and a keynote presentation by Dr. Mensa Otabil. The evening will be interspersed with classical music by Lumina & Accra Symphony Orchestra to create a serene and inspirational ambience for participating leaders to interact and generate ideas for business growth.


Special Feature: A Video Documentary on Succession Planning In Ghana


Hon. Ken Ofori Atta

Special Guest Speaker

Hon. Ken Ofori-Atta

(Minister of Finance)
Dr. Mensa Otabil

Keynote Address

Dr. Mensa Otabil

(Keynote Speaker)




Grace Amey-Obeng

(CEO, FC Group of Companies)

Dr. Francis Akuamoah-Boateng

(Chairman, 3SiL Technologies)

Rev. Albert Ocran

(Lead Consultant, Legacy & Legacy) 

Comfort Ocran

(CEO, Legacy & Legacy)

*In attendance:  Lumina and Accra Symphony Orchestra

**VVIP reservations available at GHc3,000.00

Selected List of Previous Speakers



Dr. Mensa Otabil

(General Overseer, I.C.G.C)

Dr. Joyce R. Aryee

(ED, Salt & Light Ministries)

Grace Amey-Obeng

(CEO, FC Group of Companies)

Kojo Ohene-Kyei

(CEO, IFS Financial Services)

Keli Gadzekpo

(CEO, Enterprise Group)

Lucy Quist

(MD, Airtel Ghana)


Kweku Bedu-Addo

Kweku Bedu-Addo

(MD, Standard Chartered Bank, Ghana)

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani

(Lecturer, Yale University)

Sangu Delle

(CEO, Golden Palm Investments)

Prof. Bob Hinson

(University of Ghana Business School)

Prof. Ian Shapiro

(Sterling Professor, Yale University)

Prof. Pikay Richardson

(Manchester Business School)