Jan 31

January 2018 – Want to meet top African talent in London?


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

Pick your day in May to host your Bespoke Talent Dinner in London.

Calling all employers on the African continent! Join us in London in the month of May for your bespoke London talent dinner. Let us know. More details below.

If you’re an African candidate interested in opportunities back home, make sure we’ve got your CV.

It’s been a wonderfully busy start to the year – the energy back home is shifting and things are looking up! The time to come home is NOW.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

London Talent Dinner Series
Are you an employer needing globally experienced talent? Request an event proposal here.

There is a renewed sense of optimism on the continent for 2018 buoyed by strong signs of an economic rebound in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa, and Africa’s tech revolution picking up speed.

This confidence has spurred an increase in the number of inquiries among Africans abroad interested in opportunities across the continent.

Which means that 13th – 17th May is the perfect time to be booking your own bespoke London Dinner event.

Each event is curated according to the employer’s needs, where the exclusive guestlist comprises of handpicked, pre-screened candidates who are interested in returning home. Contact us to find out more.

Things are Looking Up
At last week’s Deloitte Africa in 2018 Outlook Conference, Dr Martyn Davies (MD Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Africa) said 6 of the top 10 growth countries for 2018 are in Africa.

Rob Shuter (MTN Group President & CEO) spoke about how there is massive growth potential within the emerging markets on the continent. On the topic of returning home, he emphasised how the culture in Africa provides more space for innovation.

Raghu Malotra (Mastercard President Middle East & Africa) said there are currently more opportunities on the African continent than in the first world and reiterated how Africans are often too hard on themselves.

At the same time, Goldman Sachs has identified South Africa as the “big emerging market story” of 2018.

“We anticipate a substantial increase in the repatriation of diaspora professionals for 2018,” comments Homecoming Revolution Director Faye Tessendorf.

Globally experienced Africans are uniquely positioned in the market given their international exposure and training, and are in very high demand amongst our clients.

“Our clients are hungry for Fintech and FMCG skills across the continent” she continues.

Executives on the Move: Norval Foundation Director

Elana Brundyn has joined the Norval Foundation as Director. The new large-scale visual arts institute is scheduled to open in Cape Town in April.

She says the Norval Foundation’s aim to make art widely accessible to local and international visitors is what appealed to her most.

“I believe in the soft power of cultural institutions and know what a difference they can make and how culture became a partner in transformation and building bridges, providing means for connections and collaborations. The Norval Foundation will be an exciting addition to Cape Town and the region, adding another perspective to the cultural legacy of Africa and contemporary practices taking place both here and internationally,” she comments.

Louis Norval, Founder of the Norval Foundation says they were challenged to find a CEO for the Norval Foundation with a rare combination of skills.

“The right person needed to be an art specialist, have a very positive energy and attitude, the ability to raise significant funds for the Foundation as well as to take full responsibility for the operation of the museum. Homecoming Revolution assisted us greatly in finding the perfect candidate,” he comments.

Prior to joining the Norval Foundation, Elana was Director of Institutional Advancement and External Affairs at Zeitz MOCAA, in the lead up to the museum’s opening. This position included fundraising through partnerships, sponsorships, membership programmes and special events like auctions, the preview and public opening events. She also founded her own gallery in 2006, Brundyn Gallery in Cape Town. The gallery had a focus on art from Africa and the diaspora. Read more.

Africa’s leading payments, ecommerce & retail exhibition
How Alternative Data will impact Recruitment practices in 2018

Below is an article by TransUnion CEO Lee Naik on The Technology Trends Driving Digital Excellence in 2018. One of the key trends explored is “Knowing Me – The Rise of Alternative Data”. When we asked him how it relates to headhunting, this was his response:

“This trend is very applicable to Recruitment practices in 2018. Practitioners will start to increase their reliance on publicly available sources such as LinkedIn and Facebook to confirm the veracity of information provided by candidates as part of their talent mapping and screening processes.

Several services are also emerging for agencies to conduct real time machine-learning enabled personality and psychometric profiling which have shown high levels of correlation with traditional testing methodologies. These machine-learning techniques are able to simultaneously analyze a variety of social media and published content related to candidates to generate, without human input, more robust perspectives on recruiting candidates. Partnering with these new techniques will continue to improve the efficacy of recruiters.” Read more.

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

Nigerian Male – Head of Equity Research in Investment Banking

Kenyan Female – Strategy & Planning Senior Manager in Consumer Goods, wants to return from London

South African EE Female – Management Consultant with top tier experience, strong FMCG exposure

Tanzanian Male – Head of Retail Banking, Financial Services

Kenyan Male – Expansion and Growth Executive in the FMCG industry

South African EE Male – Senior IT Consultant, wants to return from New Zealand

Nigerian Female – Highly experienced Investment Banker

Kenyan Male – Senior Financial Analyst in Automation Solutions, wants to return from Dubai

Rwandan Female – Chief Operating Officer in IT Solutions

South African EE Female – HR & Technology Executive with expertise in diverse industries

Zimbabwean Male – Seasoned Wall Street Portfolio Manager, wants to return

South African Male – Digital Executive in Retail, wants to return from Dubai

Nigerian Male – Investment Analyst in the Fintech space

South African Male – CIO in Consumer Electronics, wants to return from Germany

Kenyan Male – Management Consultant with top tier experience, recent homecomer

South African EE Male – Senior Finance Business Partner in the IT space

Nigerian Male – Financial Analyst in Banking

A Selection of Job Opportunities
Regional Country Manager, Financial Services – Kigali
Chief Financial Officer, Aviation – Lagos
Head of Insights & Analytics, Food & Beverage – Johannesburg
Country Manager, Consumer Electronics – Maputo
Business Development Lead, Fintech – Nairobi
Digital Executive, Consumer Electronics – Johannesburg
Head of Sales, Consumer Electronics – Nairobi
Senior Business Analyst, Fintech – Cape Town
Managing Director, Commercial Property Development – Nairobi
Country Manager, Consumer Electronics – Luanda
Commercial Director, Pharmaceutical – Port Louis
Marketing Director, Food & Beverages – Durban
Chief Financial Officer, Banking – Johannesburg
Commercial Director, FMCG – Addis Ababa
Sales Director, FMCG – Lagos
Customer Development Director, FMCG – Abidjan
Finance Director Supply Chain, Retail – Accra
Regional Head of Sales, Tourism – Johannesburg
CIO, e-commerce – Johannesburg or Nairobi
Chief Financial Officer, Insurance – Johannesburg
We are continually working on many roles in addition to the ones above. So if you’re in the market, please make sure we have your CV so we can match you to opportunities as they arise.
Out & About
Deloitte Africa in 2018 Outlook

Deloitte’s annual Africa in 2018 Outlook Conference focused on the forecast for economies in Sub-Saharan Africa for 2018.

Angel Jones & Lwazi Bam (Deloitte South Africa CEO)

Ben Kodisang (CEO Alternatives, Sanlam Investments) & Nelisiwe Fente (Deloitte)

Bernadette Ziegler (JCCI) & Dr Martyn Davies (MD Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte Africa)

Rob Shuter (MTN Group President & CEO) & Angel Jones (Homecoming CEO )

Hardy Pemhiwa (CEO Econet Wireless)

Raghu Malotra (Mastercard President Middle East & Africa) & Angel Jones

A day at the Nando’s Headquarters

The Homecoming team spent a day at Nando’s Central Kitchen, the international chain’s incredible Johannesburg Head Offices.

Faye Tessendorf & Linda Reddy (Nandos Director Supply Chain Africa, Middle East & India)

78 former US Ambassadors to 48 African Countries write letter to President Trump
US President Donald Trump’s disparaging comments on Africa and Haitian countries earlier this month has sparked a strong reaction from African leaders across the continent. The statement has also spurred 78 former US ambassadors to 48 countries across the continent to write him a letter. Take a look.
Spike in number of South Africans interested in returning
At Homecoming Revolution, we have seen a marked increase in the number of people expressing an interest in returning to South Africa over the past month. Read more.

Our comments were featured on Biznews. Be sure to take a look.

Homecomer Stories:

“Our hearts are singing, we are home”

We arrived in Johannesburg in September. The last four months have been wonderful, frustrating, hectic and on the whole and oh so very GOOD. South Africa is one rather special place. We are getting used to being greeted by strangers again, bantering with the ladies at the till, chatting to a stranger in a queue and people wanting to help. Smiles are generally open and genuine…Read more.


“I haven’t been happier since returning”

In 2016, Nigerian Olatorera Oniru left a corporate career spanning years of experience at the Fortune 500 companies Bank of America (Merrill Lynch) and General Electric, as well as Ericsson, the Central Bank of Nigeria and MTN to head home…Read more.


“The best part about being back home has got to be the food!”

Denis Odera returned to Kenya after studying at Portsmouth University in the United States… Here is his homecoming story.

Africa Tech Summit Kigali