Aug 31

August 2017 – Take a peek at this month’s talent hot list


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

We’ve been interacting with some strong African talent across the globe this month. If you’re an employer, be sure to take a look at our Talent Hot List below and get in touch to know more. And if you’re a candidate looking for that next move, scroll down to view great career opportunities.

It’s been an exciting and busy August. We hosted an exclusive event for PepsiCo in London, received some great PR, and made many top senior placements.

Don’t miss our featured placement in our Executives on the Move feature below.

Onwards & Upwards
The Homecoming Revolution Team

Executives on the Move: Visa Cluster Country Manager West Africa

Kemi Okusanya has joined Visa as Cluster Country Manager West Africa.

With an MBA from Warwick Business School UK, Kemi has over 17 years’ experience in Global Payments, Money Transfer and Banking.

Prior to joining Visa, Kemi worked as Head of Anglophone Africa for MoneyGram.

“I’m really looking forward to driving Visa’s digital commerce growth across West Africa”, says Kemi, “there are exciting opportunities ahead for business success and financial inclusion.”

Visa’s VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks.

For Employers – Talent Hot List
Please get in touch if you are interested in recruiting any of the following candidates:

Kenyan Male – Operations Executive with Strong NGO exposure

Nigerian Female – Finance Director Consumer Goods

South African EE Female – Finance & HR Executive in Construction

Ugandan Female – Marketing, Sales & Innovation Manager in Consumer Goods

Ghanaian Male – Managing Director in Pharmaceuticals

South African EE Female – Strategic Marketing & Communications Executive

Nigerian Male – Marketing Manager Telecommunications

Kenyan Male – Senior Finance Manager in FMCG

Nigerian Female – Lead Strategy Analyst in Financial Services

South African EE Female – Financial Manager in FMCG CA (SA)

Nigerian Male – Business Development & Sales Director

South African EE Female – Senior HR Manager in Media & Broadcasting

Ethiopian Male – Finance Manager in Healthcare

Kenyan Female – Head of Consumer Innovation in FMCG wanting to return to Kenya from the UK

Nigerian Female – Seasoned HR Executive with strong FMCG experience

South African EE Male – Private Equity Dealmaker working in CIB

Nigerian Male – Business Development & Sales Manager in TMT

South African EE Male – South African, Masters from Oxford University, specialising in Advocacy & Strategic Communications

Kenyan Male – IT & Operations Manager in Consumer Goods

South African EE Female – Seasoned HR Executive with strong technology exposure

PepsiCo Talent Attraction Event London 2017

Ted Willcox (CFO SSA PepsiCo), Miguel Premoli (VP Talent Management PepsiCo), Bruno Gruwez (SR Director Bus Dev SSA PepsiCo), Dan Fitzpatrick (Talent Acquisition Lead PepsiCo Global Concentrate Solutions), Angel Jones (CEO Homecoming Revolution) & Sarah-Anne Orphanides (GM VP SSA PepsiCo)

Homecoming Revolution hosted a bespoke talent attraction event for PepsiCo in London on 27 July.

The Executive Dinner, which took place at the Grosvenor Hotel, was attended by top FMCG West and East African executives who were interested in hearing about career opportunities back home.

Sarah-Anne Orphanides (Vice President General Manager
for PepsiCo Sub Saharan Africa) spoke about exciting opportunities across PepsiCo’s strategic growth platforms within beverages, snacks and nutrition. She further highlighted their Performance with Purpose vision through the integration of product, planet and people.

It was an honour for Homecoming Revolution to work with PepsiCo, especially to receive positive feedback on the event.

“Great venue, really well organized, intimate but professional and just the right balance between engagement and recruitment. The candidates you recruited were all of highest quality and allowed us to touch a number of competencies and cultures in one evening,” comments Sarah-Anne.

Candidates in attendance had great feedback after the event:

“I felt that the quality of participants was great, the presentations were enlightening and the conversations in the room were rich. Thank you for the opportunity to interact with likeminded colleagues, it was great to meet PepsiCo’s leadership team and I do appreciate that they found time to engage with us.”

“Thank you for the wonderful dinner and the networking opportunities. I enjoyed PepsiCo’s candid answers and straight ‘out of the heart’ opinions.”

“I do see huge opportunity for PepsiCo and their plans in Africa and feel that they are a good fit from an organisational and operating culture.“

“I absolutely loved the presentation on what coming home entails. I had a great time and met some wonderful people!”

Attendees networking at PepsiCo’s bespoke talent attraction event hosted by Homecoming Revolution

Some of PepsiCo’s key product offerings in Africa

PepsiCo’s London talent attraction event took place at the Grosvenor Hotel

Lead SA Changemakers Conference 2017
People from various spheres of influence came together for the 2017 Lead SA Changemakers Conference. Held at the Gordon Institute for Business Science, on 26 August, the conference invited people to listen to discussions about change, as speakers shared their experiences of working to transform communities around them.

Motla Galetuki (Homecoming Revolution), Dumisa Ntsebeza (Chancellor University of Fort Hare) & Thuto Nkoana (Homecoming Revolution)

Motla Galetuki & Jay Naidoo (Political & Social Activist)

Motla Galetuki, Kiara Nirghin (Winner of Google’s Science Fair Prize) & Thuto Nkoana

Lesego Finger (Lead SA Youth Hero) & Thuto Nkoana

Omar Essack (Primedia CEO), Thuto Nkoana  & Abdullah Verachia (Global Future Strategist)

Future World of Work
Dr Eric Albertini hosted a Master Class at Regenesys Business School. The Homecoming Revolution team deepened their knowledge about disruptive forces and the new skills, knowledge and behaviours required for effective leadership into the future.

Khosi Mtetwa (Homecoming Recruitment Consultant) & Regenesys Team Member

The Homecoming Revolution team deepened their knowledge about disruptive forces and the new skills, knowledge and behaviours required for effective leadership into the future

Dr Eric Albertini (MD Learning Innovation Africa) & Gia Kalk (Homecoming Manager Talent & Brand)

A Selection of Job Opportunities
We are recruiting for top roles across a variety of sectors across the continent. Ensure we have your details by uploading your CV & please spread the word to your friends & family.

The psychological impact of emigration
“Mobility is one of the most significant characteristics of our globalized world. This has had a deep impact on families and relationships all over the world and especially in many countries in Africa. Nonetheless even when only one person leaves his or her country emigration is never just an individual event. Both those leaving and those staying behind are deeply impacted by the act of migration.”…Read more.
Homecomer Stories:

Kenyan homecomer Edwin Dande has achieved global recognition after starting an investment management company that currently manages assets worth about $800 million…Read more.


I have no regrets for coming back to Ghana after some 12 years abroad, studying to acquire a few advanced degrees and working unthinkable hours to boost the bottom line of supermarkets and factories…Read more.


Afua Osei moved to Lagos after her MBA, to launch a social enterprise called She Leads Africa. She says there are challenges associated with living and working in Lagos. The first challenge is what she calls ‘the perception gap’. ‘When you look at the tech standouts or stars, nine out of ten of these companies are going to be run by men. And when we start talking about empowering women, the assumption is that it’s going to be small-scale businesses, lifestyle-focused companies…Read more.

Some great PR for Homecoming Revolution