May 31

May 2018 – Who’s out there?


Homecoming Revolution News
The Global Headhunting Firm for Africa

Before you make any hiring decisions, aren’t you curious to know what African talent is sitting outside of the country?

We’re sitting on a pile of globally based African talent that wants to return home. You can’t afford to ignore “Who’s out there”, so enquire about our Candidate Catalogues now.

May was a jam-packed month. Be sure to check out our In the News, Managers on the Move and Out & About features below.

If you’re an Employer, Get in Touch to find out about our Candidate Catalogues, Bespoke Events and Executive Search Offering.

Have a great month ahead.

Onwards & Upwards

The Homecoming Revolution Team

Who’s out there?
In today’s fiercely competitive talent landscape, you can’t stay ignorant of the African professionals living abroad who want to return home.

“It’s critical for employers to explore alternative talent pools and keep abreast of international African talent that want to return home,” comments Angel Jones CEO of Homecoming Revolution.

According to a Deloitte report on HR and Global Mobility Trends and Approaches in Africa, 56% of companies reported significant trends in hiring African nationals who are returning to Africa following a period of studying or working overseas.

Homecoming Revolution has a unique network of thousands of ready-to-return African candidates across several industries including Fintech, FMCG, Financial Services, TMT and Management Consulting.

Our Global Candidate Catalogues give employers a ‘big picture’ overview of available talent. Enquire now.

Faye Tessendorf appointed Managing Director of Homecoming Revolution

Executive Headhunting Firm Homecoming Revolution is delighted to announce the appointment of Faye Tessendorf as Managing Director.
Faye has been a key member of Homecoming Revolution’s leadership team since August 2015.

She previously worked as a Resourcing Manager in Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank for South Africa and the rest of Africa, recruiting candidates across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Mozambique and Angola.

Commenting on Faye’s appointment, Angel Jones, CEO of Homecoming Revolution says, “The timing is perfect as we are seeing a flood of top Africans wanting to return home. Faye’s unparalleled wealth of experience and recruitment expertise makes her an invaluable asset to our company.”

“In her new role as Managing Director, Faye will build on our core offerings of Executive Recruitment, Candidate Catalogues and Bespoke International Events. She will also focus on further expanding our global network of 37 000 Africans across the globe.” Read more.

Managers on the Move: Tiger Brands HR Business Partner

Kim Richards has joined Tiger Brands as HR Business Partner. She will contribute to the business strategy by working with business leaders to identify and build key capabilities, leadership, behaviours and appropriate structures to execute strategy.

A core part of her role will also be working with business leaders to translate business needs into HR requirements.

Kim says the opportunity to come in and effect change was what appealed most to her about the opportunity with Tiger Brands.

“I was drawn to the opportunity of implementing world class standards and systems across the organization as well as building relationships. Since joining, the most exciting thing about the role has been introduction to strategy as well as Tiger Brands’ innovative ways of working,” she continues. Read more.

Finnovation South Africa 2018
Uganda 2nd fastest growing economy in the world – Harvard
Uganda has come second in a Harvard University Report on the world’s fastest growing economies for the coming decade with a projected annual growth of 7.5%.

Two other East African countries, Kenya and Tanzania, join Uganda in the top 10.

At the same time, the report predicts that South Africa’s economy will grow at 4.9% annually until 2026.

The growth projections are based on Economic Complexity, a single measure of each country’s economy which captures the diversity and sophistication of the productive capabilities embedded in a country’s exports.

After a decade of growth driven by record oil and commodity prices, the researchers found the landscape has shifted in favour of more diversified economies.

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

Cameroonian Male – Director in Information & Communications Technology
Ugandan Male – Country Head of Global Markets in Banking
South African EE Female – Group HR Director in Financial Services
Kenyan Female – COO in a Non-Profit Organization
South African EE Female – Senior Marketing Manager in Consumer Goods
Nigerian Male – Head of Customer Experience in Electronic Banking
South African EE Female – Group Head Internal Communications in Financial Services
Kenyan Male – Supply Chain Lead in FMCG
South African EE Male – IT Operations Lead in Mining
Kenyan Female – IT Manager in FMCG
Nigerian Female – Vice President Strategic Partnerships in Information Technology
Kenyan Male – Sales Director in Telecommunications
South African Male – Regional Head of Fraud Risk in Banking
Ivorian Female – Business Development Manager in Consumer Goods
South African EE Female – HR Lead in Information Technology
Rwandan Female – Country Lead in Digital Banking
Kenyan Female – Chief Information Officer in Financial Services
Nigerian Male – Lead Management Consultant in Financial Services
Mozambican Male – Sales Head in Consumer Goods
Ugandan Male – Global Innovation Manager in Food & Beverage
Nigerian Female – Global Audit Manager in Banking
Kenyan Male – Chief Operating Officer in Transportation
Nigerian Male – Head of Risk Management in Banking
Kenyan Female – Sales Executive in Consumer Electronics
Ghanaian Male – Senior Business Analyst in Information Technology

A Selection of Job Opportunities
Group Chief Technology Officer – Retail Multinational – Johannesburg
Country Manager – Female, Pharmaceutical Multinational – Abidjan
Managing Director: Strategy – Multinational Consulting Firm – Johannesburg
.Net & Java Developers – Boutique Consulting Firm – Cape Town
Country Manager – Female, Pharmaceutical Multinational – Lagos
Managing Director: Digital – Multinational Consulting Firm – Johannesburg
Country Manager –  Pharmaceutical Multinational – Nairobi
Head of Foundation – NGO – Cape Town
Head of Sales – Educational Technology – Johannesburg
CFO –  Mid-Sized Retail Firm – Johannesburg
Marketing Director –  Fintech – Lagos
HR Director – Telecoms – Johannesburg
Engineering Principal – Blue Chip Advisory Firm – Addis Ababa
CEO –  Fintech – Nairobi
CFO – Information Technology – Nairobi
Consulting Lead – Advisory & Investment – Johannesburg
Head of Sales – Consumer Goods – Maputo
Chief Operations Officer – Non-Profit Organisation – Johannesburg/Cape Town
HR Lead – FMCG – Nairobi
Lead Software Architect – Information Technology – Lagos
Commercial Executive – Fintech – Kigali
Sales Head – Consumer Goods – Luanda
Supply Chain Director –  FMCG – Nairobi
Finance Lead – Hospitality – Maputo
Implementation Lead – Global Markets – Cape Town/Johannesburg
Investment Analyst – Financial Services – Nairobi
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.
Standard Bank Top Women Awards 2018
Out & About
Africa Shared Value Summit

The 2018 Africa Shared Value Summit, which took place at The Maslow Hotel in Sandton, focused on the implementation and impact of shared value on the continent. Some of the key topics tackled include building business for the future and shaping Africa’s future.

Lesego Phala Shift & Ann Githuku-Shongwe UN Women Representative for South Africa

Political Analyst & Broadcaster Eusebius McKaiser was the MC at the summit

Deprose Muchena Regional Director Southern Africa Amnesty International & Simbarashe Mhuriro Founder & MD Oxygen Africa

Faye Tessendorf & Eugene Boadu Head of Corporate Affairs at mPedigree

One of the keynotes Wendy Lucas-Bull Chairman Barclays Africa Group

Fatou Leigh Economic Advisor for the UNDP & Hlubi Mboya South African Actress

Sam Hirst Manager Nando’s Farming Initiative

Faye Tessendorf & Deprose Muchena Regional Director Southern Africa Amnesty International

Homecoming Revolution in the News

Angel Jones featured in Ruda Landman’s top selling book.

CEO Angel Jones was featured in South African journalist and television presenter Ruda Landman’s top selling book Tell me your story where she speaks to prominent South Africans about their life choices and how change has affected them.

Sawubona Magazine

Managing Director Faye Tessendorf was featured in Sawubona Magazine, South African Aiways’ award winning in-flight magazine where she commented on the importance of an MBA.

Sunday TribuneTake a look at our comment in this article which appeared in the Sunday Tribune on why experts believe Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as president might cause South Africans who exited the country over the past three decades in search of greener pastures, to reconsider and return home. Read more.
Homecomer Stories:

‘Returning home: The good, the bad & the ugly’

Andrew and Mikaela Donkersloot-Daniel and their family made the decision to return to South Africa. Andrew speaks about the highs and lows associated with their return – warts and all.

Its been two months since Mikaela and I jumped on that plane from Heathrow with our beautiful girls to Cape Town and what a rollercoaster of a journey it has been so far…Read more.

‘The challenges you face are opportunities to add value’

Jaffar Tonda walked away from a successful accounting career in the US and returned to Uganda.

From inception, the plan was never to settle in the USA. A similar feeling resonates with most diaspora immigrants – the typical plan is to achieve a target and return “home.” I staged a plan to graduate from University, work for one or two years to get international experience and return to my motherland. Being coined an immigrant/foreigner was never appealing…Read more.

“The returning diaspora is vital to Nigeria”

Ope Adeyemi, a Solutions Architect at Softcom Nigeria, returned home after an almost 2-year stay in the United Kingdom where he studied for a Master’s Degree in Control & Systems Engineering.

The returning diaspora is vital to Nigeria’s reconstruction and development efforts. This is backed by the reasoning that they can help to bridge the infrastructure gap with innovative ideas…Read more.

HR Goes Agile Conference 2018