Speaker's Profile

David A. Ofori

Head of Operations at the Ghana Digital Centers Limited (GDCL)

David A. Ofori

Head of Operations at the Ghana Digital Centers Limited (GDCL)
David is an accomplished Executive Manager with multifaceted experience and proven ability to re-energize and restructure organizations, develop strategic initiatives and capture emerging business opportunities. He is a results-oriented and decisive leader, adept at forging lucrative relationships with key partners, vendors and clients, and recognized for turning around struggling company operations to achieve sustained growth. He is also adept at identifying potential risks and suggesting recommendations for improvements to achieve business objectives. Until recently, David served as the Head of Operations at the Ghana Digital Centers Limited (GDCL); Ghana’s foremost Science and Technology Park, which has provided Entrepreneurship and Innovation support to over 200 technology start-ups and SMEs. During his tenure, he led the roll out of the “Digital Skills Development for Youth from disadvantaged backgrounds” initiative and oversaw the on-boarding of over 40 Technology Companies including anchor tenants like Docupro, World Vision, VFS Global, and MTN Ayo Intermediaries. David also served as the Executive Director of the Ghana Oracle Digital Enterprise Program (GODEP), an initiative focused on mentoring and nurturing startup companies in Technology and Innovation. He is currently the Director of Innovation of the National Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programme (NEIP) of the Government of Ghana. Here, David supervises the innovation directorate of the NEIP, and is accountable for the leadership, strategic direction and oversight of the operation, management, and delivery of the institution’s innovation function. David is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation, and has facilitated, participated in, and supported the organization of several events and conferences in that space. Notable among them include:
  • Member of the Expert Panel of Judges for innovation at the International Telecoms Union (ITU) based in Geneva, Switzerland,
  • Permanent guest speaker at the bi-annual Tech-in-Ghana conference since its inception in 2017,
  • Guest speaker at the United Nations conference on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) in May 2020,
  • Member of the Expert Panel of Judges for the North Africa Region, as part of the Annual Digital Innovation Competition for African Startups, facilitated by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
  • Guest speaker (opening panel) at the Ghana Digital Innovation Week,
  • Guest Speaker, RAIL (Responsible AI LAB) Inception Workshop, KNUST, Ghana.
  • Permanent Speaker, TechGulf Annual Digital Forum,
  • Participated in the “AI for Good Global Summit” in Geneva, Switzerland – 2018
  • Participated in the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain – 2019
  • Participated in the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda – 2019
  • Spoke at ITU Telecoms World Conference in Budapest, Hungary – 2019
  • Participated in the Oracle Open World Festival in San Francisco, California – 2019
  • Spoke at the African Startups Summit in Tunis, Tunisia – 2019
  • Led a delegation of Startups and Innovators to New York City at the invitation of the Mayor, New York – 2019,
  • Participated in the Consumer Electronics Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2020,
  • Regular speaker at the Ghana Digital Innovation Week since its inception in 2021,
  • Led a delegation of GIPC to meet with Silicon Valley Partners in San Francisco and San Ramon, California – 2022
  • Attended the Oracle Cloud World Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada – 2022.
David holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation, a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, and a Certificate in Innovation for Development from the MASHAV Carmel Training Center, Israel.