Kojo Appiah, Ph.D.
Co-Founder and Chairman of the board
The African Network
Dr. Kojo Appiah is a Co-founder and Chairman of The African Network, Inc. (TAN), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based
in The San Francisco Bay Area that is dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship among all people of African descent
(www.theafricannetwork.org). Among other programs, TAN holds annual conferences in Silicon Valley and Africa (www.tanconf.org)
that bring various participants in the entrepreneurial ecosystem together to support the organization’s mission. As Chairman of
TAN, Dr. Appiah is responsible for leading the TAN Board in setting the strategic direction of the organization and in working
with the executive team to realize TANŐs strategic goals.
Outside of TAN, Kojo is an Engineering Advisor at Analog Devices in San Jose, CA. Previously, he held technical leadership positions
in new product development at Spansion, Inc, and prior to Spansion, he was with Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Inc., both in Sunnyvale, CA.
Kojo has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial and investment ventures in several areas. Currently, his entrepreneurial
activities and interests are in renewable energy development and energy management. Kojo is the founder and editor of RenewablesDigest
(www.renewablesdigest.com), an online collaboration platform for aggregating links to the most relevant content on renewable energy and clean tech.
Dr. Appiah holds a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering with a sub-specialty in Management of Technology from
the Georgia Institute of Technology.