About Me

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BIO: G. Kofi Annan is a strategist, and technologist with a passion for innovation, new/emerging markets, and global digital cultures. He leads global brands like Puma and Pfizer in translating cultural technology trends, identifying new business opportunities, and defining connected on and off-line growth strategies. Kofi has deep digital & marketing industry knowledge having held creative technology, and strategic marketing roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann, Ogilvy, and Grey Group among others.

When he’s not tapping his entrepreneurial and intrapreneural mindset to make big ideas happen, Kofi is presenting his insights on media, social innovation, and consumer trends to audiences at Harvard University, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art, and the SXSW Interactive among others. A futurist and strategic thinker, Kofi shares his ideas liberally on-line through blogs and social media, and has been a frequent contributor to numerous news channels such as The Global Post, and BusinessInsider.com.
Kofi’s work and insights have been featured and cited in publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine, Reuters, and the LA Times.
Some Topics I Speak About:
  • The sociology of technology
  • Digital storytelling and transmedia
  • Digital culture and innovation in emerging markets
  • Digital health and mobile health trends
  • Youth and the African brand
  • The global digital revolution
  • Rise of creative class and innovation hubs in the developing world
  • Cross-cultural product/service design
  • Technology trends and innovation in the enterprise
  • Digital retail and the fashion industry
  • Technology and social change

Speaking Experience:

  • TransmediaNYC (2011) – “Transmedia and social innovation”
  • The Africa Brand Conference (2010) – “Youth and brand Africa”
  • Harvard University (2010) – “Re-branding Africa through the Youth”
  • SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival (2009) – “Breaking Boundaries: Mobile Web Access in Emerging Economies”
  • Smithsonian Museum of African Art (2008) – “African Chic: Inspiring Global Fashion”
  • SXSW Interactive Conference and Festival (2008) – “Africa 2.0: Affecting Change Using Technology”
  • Google.org (2008) – “Who are African Consumers?”
My Writing Has Appeared In:
  • BusinessInsider.com (contributor)
  • GlobalPost.com (contributor)
  • Reuters.com (syndicated)
  • AllAfrica.com (syndicated)
  • “The Youth and Brand Africa” (presentation)
  • NewAssignment.org (article)
  • The Age of Conversation (book; co-author)
  • The Age of Conversation 2: Why Don’t They Get It? (book; co-author)
  • Why Africa aid campaigns FAIL (ebook; editor)
  • Exploring ChinAfrica: Trends in China’s 21st century push into Africa (trend brief)
Some Press/Media Appearances:
  • Entrepreneur Magazine (feature article: Brand New)
  • Jamati.com (feature article: Interview with Socially Conscious and Innovative Designer/Writer G. Kofi Annan)
  • Secrets of Social Media Marketing by Paul Gillin (book feature)
  • LA Times (article: Called back to Africa by DNA)
  • The Africa Report (article)
  • Veoh Live at SXSW (interview)
  • EvanCarmichael.com (listed: The Top 50 Social Entrepreneur Blogs To Watch In 2009)
  • Unstrung, the 4G Authority (article: Culture Moves Mobile Services)
  • Reuters (various articles)

Some video of my recent conversations:

SXSW LIVE: Viral interviews G. Kofi Annan about Africa 2.0 from Annansi on Vimeo.

Watch live streaming video from transmedianewyorkcity at livestream.com

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