The New York Times today featured one of the world’s most famous entrepreneurs, Ashifi Gogo from Ghana, and at 32, is the founder and CEO of Sproxil based inm Cambridge, Mass. Ashifi founded Sproxil® in 2008 and currently serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership, Sproxil developed its award-winning Mobile Product Authentication™ (MPA™) technology.
Former US President Bill Clinton described Sproxil as “a genuinely remarkable achievement… (it’s) empowering… putting people in charge of their own healthcare.” Sproxil’s MPA solution is now used on multiple continents and in many industries including automotive, garment and fast-moving consumer goods.
Ashifi’s work has been recognized through a variety of awards and fellowships. Most recently, Sproxil was named the world’s most innovative company in health care by Fast Company, and #7 most innovative worldwide, beating 99 of the Fortune 100 companies. Ashifi was also inducted into the 40 Under 40 Class of 2012 by the Boston Business Journal. He received a Clinton Foundation Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award, led Sproxil to win a grant from the United States Agency for International Development and attract venture funding from Acumen Fund in New York.
An expert in end-consumer authentication technologies, Ashifi is Six Sigma Black Belt certified in Good Manufacturing Practice and Continuous Process Improvement. Ashifi holds one US Patent and is also a named inventor on multiple published US and foreign patent applications, one of which has been recognized by the US Patent and Trademark Office, winning a Patents for Humanity award for its significant positive humanitarian impact. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College and a B.A. in mathematics and physics from Whitman College. He is Dartmouth’s first-ever Ph.D. Innovation Fellow. (Continue reading)