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Rebecca Enonchong

CEO
AppsTech
Bethesda, USA
Rebecca Enonchong
CEO
Bethesda, USA
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1) What does it mean to you to have been selected as a "Global Leader for Tomorrow"?

First and foremost, the fact that the projects and relationships developed through the organization help to ensure that the corporations that are leading the global economy are responsible citizens of the world, makes this nomination very significant for me on a personal and professional level. As an African, this nomination also serves to reinforce my ever-present goal, as well as personal commitment, in helping to ensure that Africa is not left out of this new economy.

2) You have been selected by the World Economic Forum for what you have already done in your life, "holding positions of considerable power, influence and responsibility". What are the 3-5 things you are most proud of?

I don't know that these are things that I am most proud of, as opposed to things for which I am most grateful. From a professional standpoint, I am certainly very grateful to be working with, as well as to have the support of, so many hardworking and extremely talented individuals who share my passion and commitment to ensuring that Africa is not left out of the technology revolution as it was for the industrial revolution. I am also grateful that AppsTech continues to stay afloat despite such trying and bleak economic times. I have seen so many people who started with me, or started before me, give up. There are so many things that I never imagined that I would face, especially in this industry so am I certainly grateful to still be here

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Finally, I am proud that I am able to contribute in some small way to the technological development of Africa and hope that through organizations such as Economic Forum and the Africa Technology Forum, all our efforts will continue to prove fruitful.

3) The World Economic Forum is "committed to improving the state of the world". You will participate in shaping tomorrow's world. What impact would you like to have?

At AppsTech, one of our ever present goals has always been to develop industry-specific software applications targeted towards smaller entities and companies in developing countries within Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, where the needs are not as extensive as those of major corporations. These areas of the world desperately need products that they can acquire at significantly lower cost, since most of those companies in these regions can not afford the expensive systems. I would certainly like to see us begin to accomplish this goal over the next couple of years.

4) The World Economic Forum is also a forum to discuss the present state of the world economy. What is the analysis you would give?

That is certainly a subject which one can discuss for a quite a while, and certainly one which require much more room than this space allows now. For now however, I would say simply that I am extremely optimistic about the future in terms of the current economic climate. I anticipate that we will all start to see things pick up in the third quarter of this year, perhaps a little sooner even. I believe there is already been a change for the better recently, compared to 5 months ago.


Rebecca Enonchong
CEO
AppsTech
Bethesda, USA

Nationality: Cameroon

Born: 1967

Professional Profile: Based in Bethesda, MD, AppsTech, is a leading global ASP (Application Service Provider) and supplier of full service e-business application solutions, offering complete application implementation services, outsourcing, hosting, support and training for top-tier enterprise systems. AppsTech is committed to helping organizations thrive by rapidly deploying cost-effective, flexible, robust and reliable enterprise software solutions that meet their customer-specific needs.

African Technology Forum (www.africatechforum.com). The Mission is to promote technology in Africa and foster the networking and growth of African technology professionals. Strategic Initiatives to close Africa's Digital Divide: A mass information/education campaign in Africa to transmit the AIDS message; campaign to increase the number of technology professionals through training programs; A project to define what environment is needed for technology to thrive in Africa and to communicate this to policy-makers (infrastructure and laws)

Personal Profile: She is partly African and partly American. Speaks 4 languages. She has very strong technical background: Bachelor at the American University, and masters at the Catholic University on economics, and was one of the first Oracle financial consultants in the world in her early 20s. Wrote a lot of books, papers on ERP (Entreprise Resources Planning - "SAP" type of software) implementation and has received numerous community based and technology service awards

She also founded the African Technology Forum in collaboration with IMF, WB, World Space Corporation and other Africa Led corporations. She is member of the Coporate Council on Africa

She is scheduled to appear on the cover of the Minority Business Entrepreneur magazine. On Oct. 11, she was nominated and selected for The African Entrepreneurship

Award, an initiative of EnterpriseAfrica, which seeks to recognize and celebrate African entrepreneurial excellence. They are going to feature her in Pinnacle Africa beginning early next year. She also recently volunteered to assist with GLT initiative on Software Development in Africa. As a matter of fact her company donated some of the pilot software for the project. She will make an excellent addition to the GLT community

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