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Many top African companies flying into London this weekend

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Weekend 15th & 16th March 2014, Olympia Conference Centre

Careers | Property | Advice | Business

Real Opportunities Back Home for African Diaspora Professionals


Homecoming Revolution Africa will be hosting over 26 top companies at their London Expo this weekend in an attempt to woo top diaspora professionals home.  These include Barclays Africa, Standard Bank Group, KPMG Africa, Diageo, Ecobank, Africa Health Placements, Chicken Republic, Globacom, Group Five and Deloitte.

Comments Angel Jones, CEO and Founder of Homecoming Revolution, “We’re seeing a demand for African professionals across all sectors: Financial Services, Management & Strategic Consulting, FMCG, ITC, Engineering & Construction, Healthcare, Education and Sales & Marketing.”

“What makes the Homecoming Revolution platform unique,” continues Jones, “is that employers are engaging candidates in an inspirational environment that includes motivating case studies, top speakers, workshops, relocation services, immigration advice, property and schools too.”

Homecoming Revolution has partnered with many professional diaspora networks to tap into the top African talent that’s interested in returning.  And there’s a significant pool of professionals who are very interested in engaging. Comments Clarissa Azkoul from the International Organisation for Migration, “I’ve noticed a change in the attitude of African diaspora in the UK, they are all aware of what’s going on back home and they want to be a part of it.”  In fact, the brain drain in South Africa has reversed, with 359 000 professionals returning in the past 5 years.  This is the vision for other African countries.

The speaker list line-up includes high profile Africans who have returned home themselves.  These include Dr Mabouba Diagne from Barclays, Aly-Khan Satchu of Rich Management, Akinwale Ojomo from Diaspora Innovation Institute, Isaac Fokuo of the African Leadership Network, Yusuf Abramjee co-founder of LeadSA, Professor Nick Binedell from GIBS, Betty Enyonam Kumahor from ThoughtWorks, Samuel Mensah from KISUA and Mizinga Melu, voted African Businesswoman of the Year.

However, Jones claims that the decision to return home is an emotional once. “We’ve found that successful returnees move home firstly to be closer to friends and family, second for a sense of belonging & purpose and only third for career. So if you find yourself haggling over your pay package as the deciding factor on if you’ll move home or not – then you simply aren’t ready to return and you should stay where you are”.

The Expo is the same format on both days – Saturday 15th March & Sunday 16th March at Olympia Conference Centre.




Featuring Barclays Africa, Standard Bank Group, KPMG Africa, Africa Health Placements, American Tower, AMSCO, Alvan Blanch, Aperture Group, Bain & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, Bridge International, Chicken Republic, CIMA, Diageo, Deloitte, Ecobank, The Foschini Group, Globacom, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Group Five, Gumboots Foundation, Intergate Immigration, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Thoughtworks, White & Co, 88 Agents and many more.


Why it’s okay to love & hate home – Angel Jones, Founder of Homecoming Revolution

A welcome from Dr Mabouba Diagne of Barclays Africa

My escape from the gilded box – Aly-Khan Satchu, CEO of Rich Management – The inspiring story of a Kenyan homecomer

The next generation of African leaders – Isaac Fokuo, CEO of African Leadership Network

Ordinary South Africans doing extraordinary things – Yusuf Abramjee, Head: News & Current Affairs of PRIMEDIA – The amazing phenomenon of Lead SA

I came home to live my digital dream – Betty Enyonam Kumahor, CEO of Thoughtworks Africa

Navigating Africa: The business perspective – Nick Binedell, Dean of Gordon Institute of Business Science

Lessons from my Nigerian homecoming – Tunde Ogunrinde, CEO of QSR Consult

The Facts vs. the Fiction – Steuart Pennington, CEO of Africa The Good News

The diaspora dialogue – Akinwale Ojomo, CEO of the Diaspora Innovation Institute

Africa Rising: A closer look at a new dawn – Mizinga Melu, Africa Businesswomen of the Year 2013 Forbes and CNBC

Nine Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs –  Allon Raiz, CEO of Raizcorp

The Homecomer’s Dilemma: Get a job or start a business? – Samuel Mensah, Founder of KISUA – An inspiring journey from venture capitalist to fashion commerce entrepreneur

Seven brand new insights on the African Start up – Alieu Fofanah, Founder of Go-Getters

What’s hot with Property – Douglas Oppong, MD of Property Investor Africa –  Laying the foundations for your return home. Introduction from Shnayer Shapiro of Beaufort Properties

 All aboard the Investment Safari – Eric Guichard, CEO of Homestrings –  How to do well and do good in Africa

Remarkable African Entrepreneurs – Okendo Lewis Gayle, Founder & Chairman of Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance The Ugandan Outlook – Willy Mutenza, Chairman of the Ugandan UK Convention

Three Career Insights for Africa – Paul Malherbe, CEO Amsco

CAREERS WORKSHOP: “I want to work in Africa” with Frances Mensah Williams of Reconnect Africa – How to move your career to the world’s most exciting continent

RELOCATION WORKSHOP: “Counting down to home” with Elvina Quaison – A practical step by step guide on how to move home to Africa


Homecoming Revolution is the one-stop platform that showcases opportunities in Africa for African Diaspora Professionals.  Originally established in South Africa as an NGO in 2003, Homecoming Revolution is now a commercial entity and has a footprint in the UK, USA, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya.  Activities include global expos, local networking events, e-marketing activities and tailored talent search.


Founding Partner FNB

1 million unique website visitors

359 000 professional South Africans have returned in past 5 years

SA Brain Drain Retention Ranking improved from 80th – 47th

32 000 active database

34 international events

Face-to-face contact with over 15 000 Africans abroad

Over 50 blue-chip client relationships

96% of exhibitors said it was effective platform to find skills

92% would exhibit again

Collaborations with Hilary Clinton Diaspora Foundation and World Bank Group

Mention by former President Thabo Mbeki in State of the Nation Address 2005

Partnerships & Affiliations include:

Afford, African Leadership Academy, Africa The Good News, African Leadership Network, Brand South Africa, Business Council for Africa, Cambridge & Oxford African Alumni and MBA’s, CANUK, Diaspora Innovation Institute, East African Chamber of Commerce, First National Bank, Go-Getters,

Homestrings, International Organisation for Migration, KISUA, Lead SA, London Business School African Alumni, LSE Africa, mba-connect,, MIT African Alumni, Move Back to Nigeria, mSurvey, Network for Diaspora Professionals, Nigerian Diaspora Direct Investment Summit (NDDIS), Nigerian Watch, Property Investor Africa, QSR Consult, Raizcorp, Reconnect Africa, Rich Management, Royal Africa Society, Silk Solutions, SmartKenya, Star 100 Ghanaian Professionals, The South African, Wharton Africa Business Forum, World Bank Africa Society


ANGEL JONES, CEO & FOUNDER Homecoming Revolution (and a homecomer herself)  |  +27 83 276 3084