YPO Announces the 2017 Global Innovation Award Winners

Honoring Global Innovators Initiating Breakthroughs  
that Inspire Positive Transformation

DALLAS – 17 May 2017YPO, the premier chief executive leadership organization in the world, concluded its second-annual YPO Innovation Week by announcing the winners of the Global Innovation Awards, which honors those YPO members who have created transformative innovations and nurture continued growth and opportunity for leaders around the world.

In addition to recognizing the top ten innovators from among more than 24,000 YPO members across 130 countries, the Global Innovation Awards also honors Asia’s top innovator and the top young adult innovator, who is a child of YPO member (ages 17-29).

“The Global Innovation Awards highlight those distinguished innovators who are leading the way in creating forward-thinking companies and significant opportunities for this and the next generation. These leaders are making an indelible mark in the world,” said Keith Alper, Chair of YPO Innovation Week.

During May, 2017 YPO Innovation Week connected influential entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to exchange ideas about inspiration, breakthroughs and transformation through more than 50 signature events, live two-way interactive video casts and livestream events around the world. At the conclusion of the week, YPO announced the top Asian innovator in Hong Kong and the Global Innovation Award winner in New York City.

2017 Global Innovation Award Winners

Global Innovation Award – Michael Golway, President and CEO of Advanced Solutions, Inc

Michael Golway is the inventor of the BioAssemblyBot®, the world’s first 3D human tissue printer that uses a six-axis robot. BioAssemblyBot® is a disruptive technology that allows researchers to complete their experiments faster, pharmaceutical companies to take cost and time out of the drug development process and a new approach to solve for diseased or failing organs.

In addition to selling the innovation to customers around the world, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences is using the BioAssemblyBot® technology platform in its own labs to help advance the science including developments to support the goal of 3D printing human organs.

Global Innovation Award – Asia Top Innovator – Tadahiro Kawada, President of Kawada Industries

Tadahiro Kawada is the President of Kawada Technologies, Inc, overseeing multiple businesses including construction, ICT, aviation, environmental, and robotics. With a background in mechanical and aerospace engineering, he led the research and development of humanoid robots at Kawada, collaborating with the University of Tokyo and Japanese government agencies. Since 2000, the Kawada Group has developed more than 10 variations of biped humanoid robots. Kawada’s newest robotics product, NEXTAGE, is an industrial-use collaborative robot (cobot) that empowers manufacturing companies, facilitating factory innovation and labor efficiencies.

Global Innovation Award – YPO Next Generation – Nicholas Ackerman

Nicholas Ackerman is the developer of bCODE technology, providing companies with a method of delivering tickets to all mobile users by utilizing SMS. bCODE technology has since evolved, now offering services for retailers and credit card companies, allowing for consistent consumer engagement and dynamic delivery of incentives to reward or encourage loyalty behavior.

“Congratulations to the 2017 Global Innovation Award honorees as they highlight the innovation and breadth of talent of the global YPO network,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “Acknowledging their originality and inventiveness is a perfect way to cap off the second-annual YPO Innovation Week.”


The top finalists for the YPO Global Innovation Awards include:

Rex Briggs, CEO of Marketing Evolution
Marketing Evolution is an independent SaaS platform for measuring and optimizing the entire marketing mix and creator of ROI BrainTM, which uses person-level analysis to deliver detailed message rotation, targeting and media mix optimization for every media.

Mark Hadland, CEO of Level11
Level 11, a user experience software development firm, has recently partnered with Carnival Cruise Corp. to develop the largest guest-facing, Iot platform designed to deliver personalized guest experiences at scale.

Gregg Hill of Frustum
Frustum is a pioneer in functional generative design and topology optimization software for industrial designers and engineers, recently introducing its proprietary geometry kernel designed to move the 3D Computer-Aided Design market to true generative design and optimization.

Samir Kulkarni, CEO of Showcase
Showcase is a 105-store national chain based in Canada and one of the most innovative retailers in North America, fueled by groundbreaking trend technology and a nimble supply chain.

George Kurtz, President, CEO and Co-Founder of CrowdStrike
CrowdStrike is a leading cybersecurity company focusing on next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and incident response through cloud-based endpoint protection.

Stuart Lacey, Founder and CEO of Trunomi
Trunomi is reinventing the way in which financial institutions interact with customer data, securely connecting financial institutions to their customers with a consent-based data sharing platform. Its consent-based platform revolutionizes the way financial institutions interact with customer data, in full compliance with data privacy regulations.

Rao Mulpuri, CEO of View, Inc
View, Inc is the first company to successfully advance the large-scale commercialization of dynamic glass, a new generation of architectural glass that transitions through multiple tint states to control the sun’s energy.

Josh Siegel, Chairman and CEO of StoneCastle Financial Corp.
Siegel has created Cambr, a financial toolkit that enables brands and developers to easily build financial apps and features on StoneCastle’s network of more than 700 insured community banks, essentially the first Banking in the Cloud (BAAS) platform.

Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze
Tadi founded MindMaze in 2011 to develop technologies that help patients recover from brain injuries. The company recently has launched devices, which use virtual reality, brain imaging and gaming technologies to retrain the brain in stroke victims. MindMaze is now developing solutions for spinal cord injury and amputee patients.

About YPO Innovation Week

YPO Innovation Week offers global chief executives with learning events and networking opportunities designed to infuse innovation into their companies, form strategic partnerships, and positively affect their businesses and the communities in which they work. YPO leaders were able to leverage new partnerships in innovation, integrate innovation into their company culture, and convert ideas into actionable plans, through YPO Innovation Week.

YPO Innovation Week 2017 held events in more than 30 countries around the world, including Tel Aviv, Israel; New York, New York; Melbourne, Australia, Silicon Valley, California; Hong Kong, China and more, all dedicated to driving innovation across a diverse range of industries. The week featured idea jams, workshops, live-streamed panels, insider company tours, global conference calls, TED-style presentations and debates.

About YPO

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CIKOD, others implement project to improve water access

Lawra, (U/W), Feed Without Destroye (ANSD) and the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD) are jointly implementing a project to improve access to water and sanitation facilities among selected communities in Eastern Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana.

The project, dubbed Strengthening Resilience through Improving Access to Water in the Regions of Eastern Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana will also help promote agro-ecological practices among smallholder farmers in the area.

The $1,400,000 project was developed by HELVETAS Swiss Inter-cooperation (HSI) with Groundswell International (GSI) acting as project implementing partner.

Mr. Mathias Jatoe, Agro-ecology/Ecological Water and Sanitation Hygiene (EcoWASH) Manager for CIKOD made this known at a Regional Workshop for Media on Agro-ecology and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) held in Lawra in the Upper West Region.

He said the population of Eastern Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana was predominantly rural with 70 per cent of this population engaged in agriculture and livestock production.

Mr. Jatoe hinted that at some particular periods within a year, water resources were no longer sufficient to cover the different uses of water, whether for drinking or for production purposes.

He explained that women spend a lot of time at the water shore wasting productive hours, which contributed to the risk of food and nutrition insecurity.

The Agro-ecology/EcoWASH Manager noted that that a survey conducted in February 2015 by ACF Burkina Faso recorded 880 households in the province of Gnagna were in food crisis and needed emergency intervention to protect their livelihoods.

A World Food Programme (WFP) study in 2009, also revealed that out of Ghana’s 1.2 million food insecure people, 34 per cent lived in the Upper West region.

This, he said informed the implementation of the Strengthening Resilience through Improving Access to Water in the Regions of Eastern Burkina Faso and Northern Ghana with the overall objective of Contributing to improving food security and resilience in the areas by increasing the rate of water access.

Mr. Jatoe said that the project would see to the provision of 25 boreholes, 75 garden wells, Institutional latrines in schools, Hygiene equipment and Community as well as school gardens.

The project would also ensure the revitalisation of water users associations, strengthening women’s groups and associations including school stakeholders.

Equally, capacities of municipalities and districts would also be improved in the areas of WASH plans, accountability and provision of sustainable water and sanitation services among others.

In Burkina Faso, the project would cover 70 communities in across Bilanga, Thibga and Gayeri Communes (Districts) while in Ghana, 30 communities from the Lawra and Nandom Districts are also benefiting from the project.

Source: Ghana News Agency

China describes Ghana as an important development partner

Accra, Ghana has been described as an important development partner of China on the African continent.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ghana and China 57 years ago, the two countries have enjoyed fruitful cooperation in the economic and trade fields, bringing tangible benefits to people of the two countries.

Sun Baohung, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said this at the opening ceremony of the China Trade week in Accra on Wednesday.

She said last year, trade between Ghana and China reached US$5.976 billion, making Ghana the seventh largest trading partner of China in Africa.

China’s imports from Ghana for the same year, was US$ 1.305 billion, and export to Ghana, US$4.671 billion, the Chinese Ambassador said, adding that China’s non-financial direct investment inflows into Ghana, also hit US$2.511 billion.

She said the encouraging figures, held proof of the great potential that the two countries had in their future economic relations.

Good stories will continue as now, both sides are actively exploring diversified forms of cooperation, Ambassador Sun said.

She said with the NPP government’s pledge to Ghanaians to implement concrete measures to achieve industrialisation and economic restructuring, there will be great room for China-Ghana cooperation.

Ambassador Sun said the two countries needed to work more closely than ever to score new achievements and keep forging ahead in win- win cooperation.

She said it was important for the two countries to focus on the major projects that had a significant bearing on Ghana’s development as a nation.

China is willing to study in a serious manner, the cooperation in energy, infrastructure, construction, manufacturing, agricultural modernisation and ecological protection, to enhance Ghana’s capacity for sustainable development, the Chinese Ambassador said.

Mr Yoofi Grant, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council, said Ghana would position itself to be a key business partner of China.

We will make conditions conducive for you to bring your factories here and create jobs. Ghana is ready and serious, he said.

In a speech read on his behalf, Dr Alan Kyeremanteng, Minister of Trade and Industry, said whilst Ghanaians businesses would be protected at all cost by the laws of the land, they also needed to be strengthened and promoted.

To do that, he said it was necessary to collaborate with partners including China.

The Minister stressed, that the focus was to enhance and promote businesses within the country, and ultimately, socio-economic growth.

Organised by MIE Events, the two-day programme would receive reputable manufacturers travelling to Ghana from China to showcase their products and build trade relations with the Ghanaian business community across a range of sectors including construction, machinery, auto-parts.

The event would also present feature seminars on how to do business with China.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Declaration of AU Day as a public holiday

Accra, The Ministry of Interior has declared Thursday 25 which marks African Union Day a statutory public holiday.

A statement signed by Mr Ambrose Dery, the Minister of Interior and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said the day should be observed as such throughout the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We need to leave Akuffo-Addo’s legacy – Senior Minister

Accra, Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo has called for regular policy dialogue at all levels of the Ghanaian economy on concrete ways to build formidable public institutions that were irreversible.

We need strong institutions as a country that will make that kind of reversibility impossible or difficult, he told participants at the end of Ghana’s maiden national policy summit on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Information launched the National Policy Summit last April aimed at regularly informing the public on detailed government strategies on ways to revamp the economy for sustained growth.

It was aimed at building strong partnerships between the government machinery and private sector to spark an inclusive policy discourse and action that would help managers put the economy on a sustainable growth path.

Let’s all focus our attention on that one, so that when the Minister of Finance is talking about making fiscal discipline council we should look at it or we should give him the support, he said.

We can’t look at the situation where we change certain personnel and the whole things flatten, but you can only replace them through strong institutions.

Mr Osafo-Maafo cited examples in the US when state a court magistrate turned down a Presidential degree this year.

Mr Osafo-Maafo said: It shows you the strength of institutions we have in the US, which type of President we have in the US and no matter the President they have, they can’t do what they want, the institutions will correct them.

He said the Ghanaian economy needed to go through that direction, stressing that: I feel very strongly about it that we can talk about all things all what we need is to leave a legacy, Akuffo Addo’s legacy, institutions that make it impossible to reverse because those things are good for the country.

He however said the government would not be bound by the country’s 40-year development plan that is being prepared by the National Planning Development Commission.

Source: Ghana News Agency