Affectionately known as the “Bill Gates of Africa”, Herman is a software engineer by profession. He is a strong believer in the power of information technology and its capacity to transform Africa socially, politically and economically. He strongly believes IT is the best and most efficient “opportunity for rapid wealth creation on the continent.” The desire he has to see Africa develop, coupled with his determination to contribute to its growth that led him to co-found TheSOFTtribe limited. Nearly 21 years after its establishment, TheSOFTtribe (SOFT) has become the leading software house in West Africa.
Herman holds a number of directorships and is an Assessor of the Commercial Court, Ghana. He has won a number of personal awards including Outstanding Ghanaian Professional from the GPA Awards (UK), as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Texas State Alumni Association and Texas State University-San Marcos (USA)—the first and currently only African recipient of the award. Herman has also been a resource person and visiting speaker at the Wharton Business School, Harvard Business School, Cambridge University, and the University of Ghana, in addition to speaking at the TEDGlobal Conference in Arusha, Tanzania, amongst many others.
Tetteh is a Chemical Engineer by training. He holds an Executive Masters Degree in Business Administration (EMBA) with specialization in Project Management. He extensive work experience in the service and manufacturing sectors of the Ghanaian Economy. Prior to joining SOFT, Tetteh worked as an Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers, overseeing many financial audits servicing clients all across Ghana and the West African sub region. He was part of the team charged with the task of restructuring African Concrete Products Limited (ACP Ltd), the largest precast concrete manufacturer in the West African sub region.
Tetteh is an exceptionally hard worker and a natural leader. After only 4 years of service, he was promoted to the high office of General Manager, setting the record as the youngest General Manager in the Company’s fifty-four year old history.
Tetteh also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Black Star Line S.A., a Panamanian based trade mediation company, and its subsidiary Black Star Line Ghana. He holds several directorships and presently chairs the Information, Communication & Technology (ICT) sub sector of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). He doubles as a member of the AGI’s governing council.
At the age of 15, David founded ACE (UK), which specialized in development of bespoke software applications, eventually specializing in medical software systems for GP’s which were recommended by National Health Service (NHS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). This gave David huge international publicity due to his young age. He was dubbed in the UK press as the “Computer Whiz kid” and received an official letter of congratulations from the then British Prime Minister.
Upon the formal invitation from the Government of Ghana, David relocated to Ghana from the United Kingdom and founded a software development house, where he specialized in public sector computerization and undertaking projects such as the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Co-operative Bank. The company later specialized in software-development for Ghanaian banks. During this period he was appointed by the former president of Ghana, Jerry John Rawlings, as a board member of the Information Technology Planning Group (ITPG), a group tasked to advise the Ghanaian Government on Information Technology policy. He was also appointed a consultant to the State Enterprises Commission (SEC) as an IT analyst.
In the UK, David has worked as a consultant to Woolwich Bank in Kent as an IT Analyst. David is currently also involved in multimedia productions for radio and television.