Austin Okere is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CWG PLC, one of the fastest growing Information and Communication Technology companies in Africa today with operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon, with a turnover of about US$130 million, and staff strength of about 650 professionals.
In 2012 Austin was named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network, and CWG was named Conglomerate of the Year. In 2011 he was also named the ICT Personality of the year by Technology Africa, and the most outstanding ICT Personality of the Decade in 2010 by ICT Watch Africa. CWG was recently ranked among the top 50 Technology Companies in Africa.
The journey to these achievements has been documented in a Case Study by the Columbia Business School, New York, and has been used in various Entrepreneurship Development Centers and Business Schools in the U.S.A., Nigeria, Tanzania, and Kenya. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, has also just recently published a case study on the company’s steady strides towards becoming a foremost Pan African Multinational Systems Integrator.
Okere’s ardent interest in inspiring young entrepreneurs has been globally recognized through his appointment as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Columbia Business School, where he facilitated the Lean LaunchPad course with serial entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, co-authors of the globally acclaimed ‘Start-up Owner’s Manual’.
On November 15, 2013, CWG Plc became the first company to be listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange following the launch of the new trading engine, X-Gen. The listing of the shares boosted the market capitalisation of the NSE by about N14 billion, while CWG became the highest capitalised security in the ICT sector of the exchange. Most recently, World Economic Forum (WEF) named CWG a Global Growth Company.