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Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Seed) is the Stanford Graduate School of Business-led initiative. Building on Stanford University's decades-long history of educating innovators in Silicon Valley, Stanford Seed are working to end the cycle of global poverty, by delivering their innovative mindset and practical business training to entrepreneurs in Africa and India. SEED believe that business is one of the most powerful engines of change through which developing economies can to move to greater prosperity. To maximise their impact, they operate on multiple fronts and across multiple time horizons. Seed trains business leaders in developing economies, inspiring Stanford students to become globally engaged leaders, and supports critical research that can lead to breakthrough solutions. Stanford University Global LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Seed Business Transformation Advisor in Accra, Ghana. The 12-month-long Seed Transformation Program (STP) curriculum is customized for founders and senior leaders of high-potential small and medium-sized companies in developing economies who have the potential to, and are committed to, growing and scaling their businesses.


During four curriculum cycles, leaders/founders will be exposed to, and deploy, tools and methodologies to help grow and transform their businesses. In seeking transformative growth of businesses, traditional and virtual classroom learning is not enough. That is why the STP program is built to be highly interactive, and to allow leaders to both discover and apply the tools and methodologies that will help them transform their businesses.


As part of each learning cycle, leaders/founders will share their learning with their management teams through Stanford Seed facilitated workshops. Leaders and their teams will also work on projects designed to plan for the growth and scale of their companies. By the end of the curriculum, each leader/founder will complete a Transformation Capstone: a plan for growth and scale of the leader’s business.



Role Responsibilties:

  • Translate the intensive curriculum of value chain operations, accounting, strategy/ organizational design, finance, marketing, governance and other related fields delivered during the Stanford Transformation program (STP) into practical insight for leaders and management teams of small to mid-sized companies in West Africa
  • Lead Stanford designed innovative workshops and integrate curriculum related to growth and scale on site and virtually with STP participant leaders and their team members
  • Organize and facilitate frequent Seed leader network meetings, approximately seven business leaders
  • Collaborate with Stanford Seed to maximize the impact of meetings over time and help assess program efficacy
  • Monitor productivity and progress of STP participants and evaluate performance
  • Provide strategic, and pragmatic advising related to assigned projects (curriculum-based) that business leaders and their teams complete and that build to a holistic plan for growth and scale of their business
  • Advise clients and provide feedback on projects to assigned company leaders
  • Manage relationship development with company leader participants
  • Utilize a tool box developed by Stanford faculty and Seed coaches, inspire and motivate company owners and leaders to develop a plan to transform their companies to the next level of success


Education and Experience:

  • Four-year college degree in management, business administration, economics, statistics or related field at an accredited university required
  • Master's degree in business, organizational design, leadership, or project management at an accredited university strongly preferred
  • Seven or more years of relevant business management experience in a small to mid-sized company, or within a division of a large company, preferably in West Africa

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • An advanced level of fluent English skills both oral and written, including active listening and interpersonal skills needed to work with a broad range of individuals
  • Must be passionate about transforming small to mid-sized companies in West Africa
  • Ability to inspire others to act boldly to succeed in their chosen business or industry
  • Must have strong facilitation skills
  • Advanced knowledge of West Africa culture, history and business etiquette
  • Ability to remain effective under extreme pressure with multiple priorities and tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, ability to influence and motivate communities across multiple organizational boundaries
  • Highly collaborative style that encourages others to work in partnership with staff, company leaders, and their teams


  • Globally competitive salary

About Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed)

The Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED) is housed at the Graduate School of Business, and focuses on driving growth through entrepreneurship and scaling established enterprises to create jobs and improve lives. SEED engages in research, teaching and especially on-the-ground training and mentoring for entrepreneurs. SEED, which seeks to alleviate poverty by stimulating the creation of economic opportunities through innovation, entrepreneurship and the growth of businesses, was established in 2011. The Seed Transformation Program is a comprehensive yearlong program that includes six months of immersive general-management training on the continent, led by Stanford GSB faculty and supported by trained local facilitators.