Farida Bedwei, a Ghanaian tech entrepreneur has been selected to be part of the 2016 class of Young Global Leaders.
Each year, the Young Global Leaders selects the most innovative, enterprising and socially minded men and women under the age of 40 who are pushing boundaries and rethinking the world around them.
They are invited to join a community and a five-year leadership journey that will help them break down silos, bridge cultures and use their collective skills to get things done for positive impact across private, public and civil society organisations.
She co-founded Logiciel, a tech company that delivers mobile banking and cash management software.
She spent most of childhood in Dominica, Grenada and the United Kingdom before relocating to Ghana with her family at age nine.
She was homeschooled by her mother until she was age 11 where she was enrolled in a government school. Her mother later discovered her passion for computers and enrolled her at St. Michael Information Technology center to pursue a course in computer studies.
“I’m sure most of my classmates were wondering what I was doing with them,” Bedwei said on CNN's African Voices.
“And that is how I started my career as a software engineer because through that course I realised what aspect of IT I was going to specialise in. I loved the idea of solving problems and creating things.”
Her software, gKudi, is being used by 130 banks across Ghana to administer loans to their customers by sending short codes to their phones through SMS.
She is the author of Definition of Miracles and was invited in 2011 by Writers Project of Ghana to read excerpts of her book.