CEO of Codetrain, Richard Brandt has been selected as part of the Top 50 Most Influential Young
Ghanaians 2019. The list curated and released by leading PR and Rating firm, Avance Media, has
helped highlight the works of young Ghanaians across the world. Richard Brandt is also
shortlisted in the Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the Science and Technology category.
Richard Brandt is the founder and CEO of Codetrain. Codetrain empowers young Africans to rise
digitally by transforming them into professional software developers and matches them to job
opportunities so that they can realize their dreams.
Richard has always been passionate about using STEM to solve society’s problems; while doing his
national service, he volunteered to teach math as a way of assisting junior high school
students in Danfa village (an hour and a half away from the city of Accra) and in that year,
there was a significant improvement in their BECE math grades. Richard joined Meltwater
Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) program where he studied software development and
entrepreneurship. While at MEST, his team won the World Youth Summit Award with an innovative
solution that aimed at reducing maternal mortality in developing countries.
Richard was selected among the 100 best innovators in the world to join ‘Startup Chile”, one of
the biggest startup accelerators globally. While in Chile, he presented guest lectures at local
universities such as the Universidad de Mayor. Upon his return to Ghana, he decided to
contribute to Ghana’s national development with digital skills and entrepreneurship training,
mentoring and coding bootcamps in universities and high schools across Ghana, impacting over
Codetrain has two locations in Ghana, Accra and Kumasi, where students get in-person training
in mobile and web app development in the training program. With students flying in from several
African countries to join their Ghanaian counterparts to become software developers, Codetrain
is set to be a Pan-African leader in tech skills training and recruitment.
Public Voting has been opened via gh.avancemedia.org for the public to decide who become the
Top Most Influential Young Person 2019.
Currently, in its fifth year, the annual ranking by Avance Media has helped highlight the works
of young Ghanaians across the world and has seen notable personalities such Anas Aremeyaw Anas
(2015 & 2016), Kow Essuman (2017) and Prophet Daniel Amoateng (2018) voted as the Most
Influential Young Ghanaians in the previous years.
Honourees cut across diverse sectors with these inspiring young change-makers and leaders
making great strides as entrepreneurs, musicians, activists, media personalities, social
entrepreneurs, public servants and politicians.