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Investing in Africa: Interview with Amb. Prof. Nabhit Kapur, Founder Global Chamber of Business Leaders

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Amb. Prof. Nabhit Kapur is acclaimed as World most influential Psychologists by the FAAVM-Canada and Founder Global chamber of business leaders. He was nominated as the first non African Ambassador designate to the state of African diaspora (AU 6th region). Recently, he was appointed as the Social impact advisor to Vice President of Liberia. In this exclusive interview with Alaba Ayinuola of Business Africa Online, he shared his passion for Africa and current initiatives. Excerpts:

Could you briefly tell us about yourself?

I am the Founder Global chamber of business leaders and the President of PeacfulMind Foundation. Applauded for establishing one of the most successful Mental Health forums in the world called the global Youth Mental Health Forum, a platform for youths to train in psychological first aid. My passion to bring perception about mental health cross continents through my network or business collaborations has lead me to establish various successful ventures like PeacfulMind health innovations in Zimbabwe, PeacfulMind center of happiness, tolerance and leadership in UAE, PeacfulMind center of leadership excellence in Ghana etc with PeacfulMind Foundation as a success platform in Nigeria, Senegal, South Sudan, UK, Canada, South Africa etc.

Through my appointed ambassadors and directors passing a strict protocol, I work at the ground level to create the perception for mental health as a necessary aspect of daily life. My knowledge, skill, commitment, consistency and precision to get things done are one feature hard to find in people. I am privileged to sit on advisory board of many organisations like Reset global people, TAFFD, UCI investments etc.

Tell us more about Peacfulmind Foundation and its impact in Africa? 

PeacfulMind Foundation (PMF) is a global organization registered with United Nations (U.N.) Global Compact based in New Delhi, India. The foundation is present in more than 36 countries across the world. Embarking its vision i.e., “To make psychology a household term”. We have established a wide range of network in Africa and have appointed directors and coordinators who work in teams and conduct wide range of training programs on the vision of the foundation. 

What sparked your interest in Africa?

Moving into Africa was by chance and not circumstantial. I went to receive an award in Mauritius where I met few high profile dignitaries from Africa (Malawi and Kenya). We spoke and they understood my work profile from where I received my first invite to go to Malawi. From that moment onward my interest began into the continent and got connected to many people, professionally and personally. Africa as a continent and people have been really receptive to me, my organisations and my initiatives. 

Amb. Prof. Nabhit Kapur  with president of Zimbabwe

How does your foundation measure its impact?

The work on mental health or brining well-being and happiness through the global chamber of business leaders is measured by the quality and quantity of people who are joining us or willing to join us every month. More members want to represent the core values of Peacfulmind foundation in every area and region. Recently we received 537 applications who want to be a member or director of Peacfulmind. Also our impact is measured by the people’s willingness to work with us volunteering.

How do you feel as the first non African to be appointed the Roving Ambassador to the State of African Diaspora (AU-6th Region)?

Well, honestly at first I was really surprised and happy but then I realised the responsibility given to me with the trust from the prime minister and cabinet. I have started the activities relating to my job profile getting connected to the Diaspora and getting them involved in the continent. Various initiatives so far conducted by me were connecting business organisations that provide mentorship programs to students, nominating ambassadors to the Diaspora who could support its vision, etc. 

Amb. Prof. Nabhit Kapur

What are your achievements since your appointment?

As mentioned above working for the African Diaspora (AU 6th region) is like a huge responsibility. The major achievements since my appointment includes;

– Nomination of 3 ambassadors and advisors on board.

– Providing scholarships to African Diaspora for education.

– Creating a mentorship program for students and young entrepreneurs by connecting them with business houses. 

– Representing the African Diaspora state at various platforms. 

– Building up the Diaspora chamber of commerce and business. 

Kindly share your major projects in Africa?

I have been working on some initiatives through my organisation Peacfulmind Foundation and now through Global chamber of business leaders. We are also setting up a new project “Global Impact Africa”. 

The major projects which I had done and still continuing includes; 

– Mental health and wellness training programs. 

– Connecting various investors to the continent. For example various investment companies where I sit on the board.

– Initiated a project called “power life energy”. Giving way for solar energy in the continent 

– Distributes as many as 3000 scholarships to students willing to go for vocational trainings. 

– In process the project called “global impact Africa”. 

Amb. Prof. Nabhit Kapur speaking with Vice President of Liberia

What are the challenges and how are you overcoming them?

Obviously whatever new comes always has its hurdles and nothing comes easy in life. Even taking the first step is always a challenge but as soon you get in the process the path itself becomes clear. The challenges I faced was new continent entry and no guidance as to what to go for. I started exploring, researching and reaching out to people, building my own network and my own team. Communication and outreach has been a great help and as my network started to develop I moved deeper into Africa. 

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How are you telling the African story in the Diaspora?

As the recently appointed non African or not even from the African decent I have a view of the continent from a third angle. My visit to Africa started with Malawi and then from there it kept on growing. I must say it’s a continent that is underestimated, overly dominated and underutilisation of the youth’s energy. Africa has the largest number of youths and huge amount of potentials to invest in entrepreneurship, startups and youth resources. 

What is your view on governance in Africa? Any advice?

Any government sustain on the policies it frames upon which the people or a country is governed. It’s a very mixed view on the governance style in Africa. According to me as much as I have studied, the style should be changed and more young faces need to come forward as I mentioned Africa is the land of the young. Leaders should believe and focus more on nurturance of the continent and less of domination. 

Prof Nabhit Kapur felicitating the Prime minister of Uganda

As the President of the Global Chamber of Business Leaders, how are you connecting African business leader to the world?

Global Chamber of Business leaders is a platform we are creating to connect various business organisations and established business entities with young entrepreneurs. Through the chamber we are also engaging investors to serious business opportunities towards Africa and also giving them a different outlook towards Africa. The global chamber has a diverse and wide group of advisors on its board which gives a diversified and a global outlook to the chamber. 

What is your advice to African youths and entrepreneurs?

Entrepreneurship is not a one day game. We need to be more thick skin and think out of the box. Leadership skills and ability to survive on hope is another true feature of an entrepreneur.

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Rolake Rosiji, ex-Country Manager M-KOPA Solar Appointed As The New CEO Of Jobberman Nigeria

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Rolake Rosiji, CEO at Jobberman (Source: ROAM)

Jobberman, the single largest job placement platform in sub-Saharan Africa, has announced the appointment of Rolake Rosiji as the new CEO. Rolake takes over from Hilda Kragha, now Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs, and will continue the work of establishing Jobberman as the primary platform for job searching, talent acquisition and transforming workplace productivity across Nigeria.

Jobberman’s technology-driven platform, which uses tools such as application tracking, data science for skills and personality assessment, connects over 1 million job seekers to employers. With over a decade of experience in the recruitment industry, the company has built a reputation of trust and strong partnerships with the country’s most coveted employers; matching talented candidates with jobs according to their skillset.

Rolake joins Jobberman with a decade of global experience in strategic leadership and operational excellence. Most recently, she led the technology and sales operations for credit financed smartphones and solar power sets as Country Manager of M-KOPA Nigeria; a connected asset financing company that makes financing for everyday essentials accessible to everyone. Prior to that, she was Head of Strategy & Business Development for Arla Foods Africa, where she developed distribution and joint venture partnerships across West Africa to rapidly scale up sales and worked in Corporate Strategy roles in Denmark and the USA. Her proven track record of business expansion projects, digital and technical transformation and executing strategic partnerships will be key to her implementation for growth and development of the brand.

Commenting on her new role as CEO, Rolake Rosiji said “This is a very exciting chapter in my career and I am delighted to be joining such a passionate and innovative team. Jobberman has built a brand of excellence by using technology to revolutionise the recruitment sector. I look forward to steering the company vision to build a market of greater technology adoption, democratic access and transparency that will tackle dominant challenges, notably youth unemployment and underemployment.  It is a privilege for me to be at the helm of this dynamic team as we set out to empower job seekers with key skills and improve workplace productivity for employers in Nigeria.”

Hilda Kragha, Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs added “I am delighted that Rolake has taken on this position. Rolake’s expertise, understanding of different markets and high performance is what makes her the perfect person to anchor the next phase for Jobberman. I look forward to working with her to take Jobberman to even greater heights.”

Rolake took on her role as CEO on February 1st 2021. Her focus will be to broaden the impact beyond the white-collar space and continue to work closely with Jobberman’s impact partners in tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria.

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AVCA Board appoints Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as CEO

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AVCA CEO, Abi Mustapha-Maduakor (Source: AVCA)

AVCA: The Board of Directors of the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Abi Mustapha-Maduakor as Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Ms Mustapha-Maduakor joins AVCA from MedAccess, a subsidiary of CDC Group, where she was Head of Business Operations and Finance, overseeing financial and risk management, strategy implementation, and organisational development.

During her tenure as AVCA’s Chief Operating Officer from 2016 to 2019, Abi played an integral role in driving the Association’s strategy, prioritising knowledge exchange and digitisation. Under her leadership, the Association strengthened focus on data and pioneering research, professional development support for private equity stakeholders, and strategic regional partnerships, all of which grew the membership to around 150 investors collectively managing US$1.5trn in assets.

The appointment follows an extensive global search led by the Board.

Abi will take up the position on 1 February 2021, and there will be a transition period with interim CEO, Dara Owoyemi, until her departure.

‘Tokunboh Ishmael, Chair of the Board, said: “After a rigorous process, it was clear to the selection committee that Abi is the right leader for this chapter in AVCA’s life. Her knowledge of the African investment landscape, advocacy, business strategy and risk management will be instrumental in her role leading the Association through its next phase and transformation, as investors and portfolio companies navigate various social, economic, political and institutional challenges. On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Dara Owoyemi for her immense support and guidance as we searched for a permanent CEO.”

Abi brings several years of finance and banking experience to the role. Previously, she was Special Adviser on private sector development to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment in Nigeria. She also held leadership positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Banking Group and EY.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Mustapha-Maduakor said: “It is an honour to be appointed as CEO during this time of tremendous change in the global economy. As the Association’s new leader, my priority will be to build on the success of the past 20 years and transform AVCA into a conduit for diverse and varied sources of private investment in Africa. I look forward to working with the Board and team to deliver first-class member services, putting digital transformation, smart data and collaboration at the heart of our work.”A

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talabat, MENA leading food and grocery delivery app appoints Hadeer Shalaby as Managing Director

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Hadeer Shalaby, new Managing Director talabat Egypt (Source: talabat)

talabat, the region’s leading food and grocery delivery app, has appointed Hadeer Shalaby as the new Managing Director of talabat Egypt. She will be replacing Sofiène Marzouki, who has been in the role of interim Managing Director since January 2020, who will be returning to talabat’s Dubai headquarters to take on a challenging new role at regional level. 

Shalaby will continue to drive talabat in the Egypt market, placing key emphasis on customer experience, supporting our restaurant partners, q-commerce, as well as working hand-in-hand with the government on many initiatives, including rider safety and the continued digitisation of the food and beverage sector.

Sofiène Marzouki, talabat Egypt’s outgoing MD said, “I’d like to take a moment to appreciate our whole ecosystem; our customers, restaurant partners, riders, our employees, and the Egyptian government. This past year has been challenging for everyone, with the COVID-19 pandemic, and I have been very privileged to steer an organisation which has helped to keep many families safe, who rely on talabat to make a living.” 

Shalaby brings a phenomenal record of leading tech companies in Egypt, founding Taxi El Sa7el, the first ride-hailing startup in Egypt back in 2014. In the same year, she then moved on to join Careem as the Founder & GM of Careem Egypt, when they acquired Taxi El Sa7el. Most recently, she had been leading Careem Bus regionally, leading teams in Egypt, UAE and Pakistan. 

Speaking about her appointment, Shalaby said, “Firstly, I would like to thank Sofiène for successfully steering the organisation through the COVID-19 pandemic, rebranding Otlob to talabat as well as collaborations with the government around digitisation of the F&B sector, and creating employment opportunities for Egyptian youth.

These are exciting times for talabat, and moving forward, I want to continue to focus on growth particularly with grocery and pharmacy essentials, as well as continue to create an overall seamless experience for our ecosystem – for our customers, riders, government, restaurant partners as well as the communities in which we operate.’

Toon Gyssels, talabat’s Chief Operating Officer is looking forward to seeing how the organisation will further evolve under Shalaby’s stewardship, and how she will continue to be a role model to aspiring female tech entrepreneurs.

‘We are very excited to continue to attract local top talent to talabat, and we’re proud to say that now, three out of our eight country heads are female. As part of the up-and-coming generation of amazingly talented female entrepreneurs in the private sector in Egypt, we’re looking forward to seeing Hadeer inspire not only our organisation, but continue to provide a guiding light to aspiring young women right throughout the country, and region.’

‘I would also like to thank Sofiène for his great work in Egypt in a year like no other, where he has worked with the team to develop a strong, stable presence for talabat, and we look forward to Hadeer continuing to grow our position in the market.’

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