Stirling Management School MSc Investment Analysis student Bernard Tawiah gave the opening address and first speech at the third annual “What I Wish I Knew” (WIWIK) conference on 24 March, 2017 at his alma mater, the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Ghana. The conference is the brainchild of Bernard, who established it in the final year of his Bachelor degree studies at UCC, in spring 2015. Little did he know that it was to become an annual event that would attract 1,000 attendees and volunteers in 2017.
Bernard, a Karen Napier Scholar, was inspired to share his experiences of undergraduate study with students starting out at UCC, and so he decided to apply the WIWIK concept. The conference has grown rapidly from 80 attendees in the first year. Each year the conference has a theme: in 2017 it was “Gaining A Global Edge” and in the 2018 it will be “Attaining Mastery”.
Bernard has a vision to extend the WIWIK conference across the African continent, and beyond, to inspire students to learn from those who have a drive to share their knowledge and experiences.
Speaking of the conference, Bernard said: “I am very optimistic that the WIWIK conference will really inspire students and initiate change on various university campuses around the world. I am grateful for the International exposure I have gained while studying at Stirling University and I will always share my exhilarating experiences here during future WIWIK Conferences.”
Kevin Campbell, MSc Investment Analysis Programme Director, added: “Bernard is to be congratulated on his foresight in establishing such a valuable, philanthropic venture and in keeping it going, and finding international sponsors, during his Masters studies at the University of Stirling. I am confident that the conference will continue to thrive under Bernard ‘s leadership”.