News Archive

News Archive

Competing for Tech Talent in Africa by Nicki Halle, Client Partner

Competing for Tech Talent in Africa  In Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives.  From eCommerce platforms for the informal market sector to mobile money solutions for the unbanked, technology is helping to solve key development challenges in sub-Saharan Africa.  Over the last seven years, the continent has seen a staggering increase […]

Is the ‘Talent Crunch’ coming to Tech Roles across all Sectors? By Nicki Halle, Client Partner

In Africa, as nowhere else in the world, technology is improving people’s lives – especially through mobile services and applications.  With minimal fixed line phone infrastructure, the continent has embraced the opportunity to leapfrog existing technologies, becoming a world leader in the delivery of such services. From off-grid solar power to mobile money solutions for […]

SMEs: The Freedom Fighters of a New Frontier – Forging Futures without Fortunes by Yvette Kagoyire

Forget silver spoons and trust funds. Africa’s new breed of entrepreneurs, the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners, are fueled by a different fire. Ours is a lineage born not of inherited wealth, but of a burning desire to rewrite history, to carve a brighter path for generations to come. We rise from the ashes […]

Celebrating 10 years of AFSIC – Investing in Africa: An Interview with MD, Rupert McCammon

              What can I expect to experience when attending AFSIC? AFSIC, now in its 10th year, is believed to be the largest African investment event taking place annually outside Africa and has become one of the most important conduits of investment into Africa. Over the past ten years AFSIC […]

Incentive Compensation, Bitcoin and Beyond: same as always, just warp speed By Simon Patterson, MD Remuneration Associates

If you tear a bank note into two and hand the other half to someone else, you have a transaction.  Each half validates the other, and the whole banknote represents a promise to pay a specified sum.  Nobody has any value until those two halves come back together again. Bitcoin is like that, but what […]

Why Interview Feedback is Often Awful – by Paul Marsh, Client Trainer

As an ex-HR Director in another life I am all too aware of the reasons why we shy away from honest, constructive feedback (be it at the end of the interview or in a subsequent call or email): If the applicant doesn’t get the job we think they might not like what they hear and […]

How do you find the right leader to deliver sustainable growth in Africa?

Our greatest demand for talent over the last year has been for leaders who can scale businesses. We have worked with founders and companies at various fundraising stages to find leaders with experience in new country set-up, creating a blueprint for scaling, fundraising and investor relations as well as leveraging technology and working across all […]

SMART Objectives miss One Magic Ingredient – by Paul Marsh, Client Trainer & Founder at Lightbulb

Managing performance, and particularly when people are remote working, is tricky.  The practical use of objective-setting to help us focus on expectations and outcomes has never been more important. Managers have been advised to use SMART objective-setting for years.  Now, there is nothing wrong with this approach: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timebound – but does […]

AFSIC – How To Hire The Right Leader First Time By Richard Putley, co-Founder

Executives in Africa were delighted to be back at AFSIC this year, as Gold Sponsors of this leading Africa Investment Conference.  It was exciting to see so many new businesses there looking for investment to back their exciting new ventures, ranging from electric vehicles for cleaner logistics solutions, through to innovative media businesses and start […]

How can you run a truly Confidential Search? Where are the pitfalls and how can you mitigate against these?

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” ― Benjamin Franklin We all understand that the confidentiality of a candidate’s job search is at the heart of any Executive Search or hiring process. However, the most sensitive of Searches are when the position being recruited for must be kept a secret. Benjamin […]