About FosterEconomist, Educationist, Trainer, Speaker,
Foster Ofosu is an economist with over 25 years experience in researching, teaching and practicing International Business and Innovation Management. He is an innovation and technology driver with entrepreneurial instincts and training, supporting creative initiatives inside and outside organizations. Foster has an insatiable passion for developing the capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa especially among the youth.
As an educationist and trainer, Foster has an in-depth expertise and practice of eLearning both in corporate and academic institutions. He developed the Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business at the Turku University of Applied Sciences, where he also worked as a Senior Lecturer of International Business for 13 years. He was part of the team that developed the Master’s Program in Global Innovation Management at the the Turku School of Economics in Finland where he also lectured in International Business and Innovation Management. He was also Director, Africa and Northern Europe for WWEDU Worldwide Education, Austria. He was also a Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, as part of the team that managed the Distance Learning Center of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).
Foster is currently a Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Development Specialist at the African Development Bank, where he has led the integration of ICT and digital tools into capacity building for Africa. He was named among the top 100 Africa’s Movers and Shakers in Online Learning in 2018. Foster serves as a Board Member of the International Council on Badges and Credentials. Foster is passionate about the internationalisation of education, a role he played at the Turku University of applied sciences in Finland, forging project partnerships, as well as student and faculty exchange programs. In 2002, he served as an Expert Advisor in a research program on English-Language-Taught Degree Programmes in European Higher Education, undertaken by the Academic Cooperation of Europe (ACA). Foster was the founding member of 4 lecturers in Finland who established the Finnish Network of International Programs (FINNIPS), a network which still exists today and promotes the internationalisation of Finnish education.
In Finland, Foster led the first research into the commercialisation of Finnish Biotechnology industry, which led to the formation of SLP Innovations, a consulting firm providing internationalisation services to biotechnology firms. He also provided advisory services to several small and medium size companies in the ICT and Biotechnology industries.
Foster is also the founder of Idea2Market Africa, an initiative that helps develop, deploy and diffuse Africa-based innovations by enhancing the capacity of innovators and entrepreneurs to maximize the value of their technologies, products and services. Currently, Idea2Market, in collaboration with several strategic partners, is implementing InnovACTION, a post COVID-19 Innovation Readiness Program for Africa.
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The Innovation Imperative
Knowledge and experience only help us to understand the changing past. It is the power of imagination that inspires us to create the desired future