Personality Profile: Roland Agambire

Roland Agambire is a Ghanaian entrepreneur best known as CEO of Agams Holdings and Chairman and CEO of the ICT company Rlg Communications.
Agambire was born in Sirigu in northern Ghana. He trained as a teacher and later studied at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).
He set up Roagam Links in March 2001, then as a mobile phone repair outlet which expanded later to become the first indigenous ICT manufacturing, assembling and training firm in Ghana, Rlg Communications Limited now Rlg Communications (Ghana) Limited, a member of the Rlg Group of Companies Limited (Rlg Group). The Rlg Group currently has presence in China, Dubai, UAE, Angola, Nigeria, Kenya and the Gambia, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda.
In Ghana, Agambire’s company Rlg Communications (Ghana) Limited employs about 500 permanent staff, 1,000 others and has created jobs for over 30,000 youth over the last decade through collaboration with the various key stakeholders and government. His company’s training subsidiary, the Rlg Institute of technology Limited implements similar scheme in Nigeria and the Gambia, working with the respective governments.
Agambire is also the executive chairman of the AGAMS Holdings Limited and is responsible for the overall strategic planning and management of the eleven integrated companies making up the Holdings. He has won several local and international recognitions and awards for innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment to growth and philanthropy.
In September 2012, he became the youngest person to be awarded the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Marketing Man of the Year for 2011. One of his products, a Rlg phone, was also adjudged product of the year 2011.
In the 2012 rankings of the Ghana Club 100, Agambire’s Rlg was ranked the second best company in Ghana by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. The company was also adjudged the Fastest Growing Company in Ghana, the Leader in Ghana’s ICT Sector and the Best Entrant to the Club 100. The South Africa-based African Leadership Network named Roland among 12 finalists in the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship same as Ernst and Young West Africa who named him among Finalists in the 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In January 2013, the Pan African Television Network, E-TV voted him the Most Influential Ghanaian for the year 2012 in a poll it conducted among its viewers, and later emerged as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 in a competition organised by the Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana.
Agambire has addressed a number of high-profile international and local events including university congregations, business summits, awards ceremonies and conferences. He has been the guest of the World Bank Group as Resource Person for a Regional Workshop on Youth Employment in West Africa in the Nigerian capital, Abuja as well as the US Embassy in Ghana on Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program in Northern Ghana. He had previously addressed the 1st Africa Entrepreneurship Conference at the Robert Gordon University in Scotland, United Kingdom as well as the Africa Global Business Forum in Dubai.
He serves on the boards of a number of organisations including the University of Development Studies Alumni Endowment Fund Board.
Rlg currently has its Global Office in Dubai, making it one of few African companies to site its global hub in that part of the world. In 2013 he announced he was investing in Hope City, a US$10bn project for an IT hub near Accra, intended to contain Africa’s tallest building.

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