For the past 3 years Emmanuel Noah has been heavily immersed in the African Innovation scene. He is the cofounder & C.E.O of Benben, a Blockchain Powered Land Services Platform that integrates with the Ghanaian Government (Lands Commission) to digitally enable secure and risk free land transactions between property owners and financial institutions.
Prior to the conception of Benben, Emmanuel was under an LSA Academic Scholarship, at the University of Michigan where he studied Economics. During his sophomore year in 2014 he was appointed onto the Advisory Board of the College CryptoCurrency Network (now Blockchain Education Network) ,a global blockchain education network with over 100 chapters and a presence in every continent except Antartica.
Having been raised in Ghana, Emmanuel has witnessed first hand the bottlenecks present in the country’s land administration system. At the end of his sophomore year in 2015, Emmanuel returned to Ghana where he interned as a Land Economist at the Ghana Lands Commission. He was mentored by Alhaji Sulemana Mahama, a renowned Ghanaian Land Administration Expert and then Technical Advisor of the first phase of the World Bank funded Land Administration Project (LAP) in Ghana. It was during this time that Emmanuel was able to foster strong government relations at the Commission and build a team of fellow innovators to tackle the problems the LAP was unable to address, and hence, Benben was born.
At the end of the first quarter of 2016, Emmanuel and his team were selected to participate in the 2016 Barclays Accelerator in South Africa. After graduating from the accelerator in July 2016, Emmanuel and his team have had amazing traction and have since signed a Letter of Intent to collaborate with the Ghanaian Government (Lands Commission) as well as a commercial pilot agreement with Barclays Bank Ghana to implement and scale Benben.
In September, Emmanuel was selected by the United Nations Foundation as a Solution Maker to particpate in the 2016 United Nations Solutions Summit at the UN Headquarters in New York, where he gave a lightning talk to a juxtaposed audience of members of the UN General Assembly, Industry Experts, and Policy Makers amongst others.
As of today, Emmanuel continues to guide Benben and currently oversees it’s current pilot projects and government relationships. He also manages a Sustainable Quail Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary in Accra, Ghana.