“Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: A Case Study of Ghana, Globalization and Cocoa”
Founder and President
The Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company
Wallace will address globalization, the entrepreneur’s journey, cross-cultural issues, the cocoa value chain and the potential for wealth creation in Ghana and other African emerging economies, social enterprises, and the challenges of starting a business in Africa. He looks forward to a lively Q and A. Afterwards, Steve will be happy to sign copies of his recent book which has been called, “a rare glimpse into the mind of an unusually literate and articulate entrepreneur.”
Wallace founded Omanhene, and in 1994 it became the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely (bean-to-bar) in Africa.
He is also one of three partners in NuMedika, LLC whose flagship product, Teledokta, is a telemedicine primary healthcare delivery platform providing continuity of care using Ghanaian medical providers (doctors, laboratories and pharmacies). Teledokta also creates an electronic health record for each patient. Teledokta, recently completed a successful pilot with MTN, the largest mobile network provider in Africa.
Steve was selected as an inaugural TED Fellow in 2007, delivered a TEDx talk in Accra, and authored the recent book “Obroni and the Chocolate Factory: An Unlikely Story of Globalization and Ghana’s First Gourmet Chocolate Bar.”
Wallace first came to Ghana as a 16-year old exchange student and lived with a traditional Ghanaian family of 21 children, 3 mothers and 1 father.
Wallace holds degrees from Brown and the University of Chicago Law School and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.