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Program Director, MEST Africa

  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis
  • Accra

This is an incredible opportunity for a seasoned entrepreneur, mentor and product leader to shape the next generation of African technology entrepreneurs.

This person will lead and manage the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Training Program, in which Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) apply from across Africa to come to Ghana as a 60-person cohort. They dive deep into practical skills training in business, software development and communications, with an ultimate goal of launching successful software startups which are fundable and compelling.

The Director of the Training Program will be required to drive an unparalleled EIT experience, leveraging our tried and tested curriculum, mixed with hands-on practical experience and mentorship as EITs develop into business leaders. This person will manage, and be supported by, global Training Program Fellows who bring diverse experience, as well as a large on-the-ground operations team.

Representing the Training Program, you will play a leadership role and act a vital member of the MEST Leadership Team. You will be responsible for managing the Training Program budget, and work closely with the Recruitment lead to shape our understanding of what constitutes a successful program candidate.

This person will also represent MEST in the wider African startup community, with a presence at local events, and will work to bring in experts and guests from across various industries to continually expose EITs to new ideas, skills and ways of thinking.

Work with great people

Ashwin Ravichandran
Director, Ghana
Aaron Fu
Managing Director
Kamil Nabong
Senior Portfolio Fellow
Tobi Lafinhan
Recruitment Manager
Victoria Jackon
Director, South Africa
Felix Darko
Technology Fellow
Funke Makinwa
Communication Teaching Fellow
Kathrin Sühlsen
Business Teaching Fellow
Alexis Roman
Portfolio Fellow
Jakub Byc
Portfolio Fellow
Katjana Kammin
Portfolio Fellow

Skills & Requirements

Key Responsibilities

  • Evolve, develop and implement practical skills training curriculum for African entrepreneurs

  • Provide mentorship, guidance and feedback to EIT teams and individuals developing companies in Africa, particularly leveraging your areas of expertise

  • Provide leadership on a day to day basis for the Training Program and manage the performance of Training Program Fellows and operational staff to deliver on time and within budget

  • Promote and advocate for MEST externally and build a reputation to be best on the continent – specifically to contribute to a pipeline of potential funding sources, as well as guest lecturers and mentors, and engage in public speaking to promote the brand

  • Guide EITs in leadership, tech and business skills and act as a senior mentor throughout their time at MEST

  • Ensure KPIs are met, take corrective action where needed, update leadership team and propose changes which will continue to drive higher standards within the Training Program

  • Contribute to the MEST community by defining the EIT and Fellow experience, managing expectations and taking feedback on execution


  • 10+ years experience as an educator or mentor in the technology space and/or as an entrepreneurship practitioner

  • 10+ years as a business leader or startup founder, with significant experience working in major African markets

  • Experience leading and managing international teams, ideally within an educational/training space

  • Proven research ability and track record of thought leadership in the startup space and on the continent


  • Excellent speaker
  • Leadership across disciplines and geographies with diverse individuals
  • Teambuilding
  • Decision-making
  • Strong judgement
  • Innovative
  • Lifelong learner
  • Startup mindset

Great Place to Work

  • International Visa and Travel Expenses

  • Salary commensurate with experience

  • Healthcare

About the company

MEST is a Pan-African Training Program, seed fund, startup incubator and African tech community, headquartered in Accra, Ghana. We offer a 1-year training program for skilled, aspiring tech entrepreneurs, led by a staff of internationally experienced training program fellows. Each year, we look for Africa’s top talent looking to begin their journey toward becoming globally successful software entrepreneurs.

Since its inception in 2008, MEST has invested over $20million in training nearly 400 individual entrepreneurs from across the continent, and invested in nearly 60 early stage software companies.

MEST entrepreneurs have developed solutions addressing local & global markets, received outside follow-on funding from global investors, and have gained admittance to top accelerator programs such as Y-Combinator, 500 Startups and TechStars.

Aaron Fu | Hiring Manager

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