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50 Leaders Shaping the Future of HR in Africa
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50 Leaders Shaping the Future of HR in Africa

Sharon Monteiro
February 22, 2024

Enterprises in Africa are fundamentally shifting with new technologies, business strategies, and changing expectations of the workforce. As a result, HR now has a previously unheard-of opportunity to play a crucial part in influencing how businesses compete, find talent, and give back to the communities in which they operate.

Meet the talented ad experienced HR professionals across the African region who are uncovering challenges and developing workable solutions to improve African enterprises and people processes. Where disruptive forces are sharply changing how we work, these HR leaders are taking the lead with agility, sustaining, and shaping the future of HR in Africa.

Disclaimer: The list is purely subjective and is created on the basis of relevant experience and the contribution of the selected professionals to the field of human resources. If you have any suggestions or recommendations of other names who deserve to be a part of the list, please reach out to us and nominate your choice who is shaping the future of HR in Africa.

50 Leaders Shaping the Future of HR in Africa

Omolara Yeku 

Omolara Yeku is the Divisional Director, Head of HR - Food Division at Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc. She has grown her expertise in Human Resources for over 16 years. Omolara is a seasoned Human Resources senior executive with local and global best practices spanning across various industries. She is also a certified coach passionate about helping professionals to discover their talents and unleash their potential to propels them for a brighter future.

Yemi Faseun

Yemi Faseun is the Chief Talent Officer at YF Talent Partners, Nigeria. He is a business leader with 30 years of multi-sector, multi-function experience. As an advocate of great workplaces, Yemi provides executive mentoring to mid-career and business leaders, who are looking to excel in their career journey and become pivotal in the transformation of their unit, department, function and/or organisation.

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Glory Edozien

Glory Edozien is the Lead Coach - Linkedin Visibility and Personal Branding Expert at Inspired by Glory Academy, Founder and President of 9to5Chick. Glory was also featured as LinkedIn Top Voices in Africa, 2022. As the Lead Coach and Head Branding Expert at the Inspired by Glory Academy, she provides group, personal and online coaching to mid-senior level executives seeking to build visibility and thought leadership in their sectors, on LinkedIn and beyond. 

Paul Kasimu

Paul Kasimu is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Safaricom PLC, Kenya. He has been practicing as an HR leader for over 20 years. Over the years, Paul has worked in the public sector as well as financial, airline, FMCG, and Fintech industries. He is currently working with Safaricom where he has championed the culture journey towards a vision of being a digital services provider.

Heba Ezzat

Heba Ezzat is the Head of Human Resources - Egypt at BAT. She has over 15 years of experience in the people management field, out of which 8 were in managerial and strategic roles. Heba has handled various HR areas and responsibilities in diverse fields along with working in complex metrics environments with great achievements.

Pretty Thogo

Pretty Thogo is the Head of Human Resources at Retail Group Botswana. With over 15 years in the field of Human Resource Management, Pretty is passionate about making a difference, and is a strong believer in adding value through her HR expertise. She is skilled at Employee relations, Performance Management, Job Evaluation, DE & I, Change Management, Recruitment and Selection, and other key HR areas. 

Yogendra Soobarah

Yogendra Soobarah is the Head Of People & Culture at Absa Group, and a Certified Trainer at The Ken Blanchard Companies, Mauritius. He has over 25 years at Senior Management in both local and international roles in Human Resources Management across retail trade, telecoms and FMCG industries. Yogendra has proven expertise in the areas of Strategic HR , OD, Performance Management, Reward Management, Talent Acquisition and Development and Leadership Development.

Toyin Lasaki

Toyin Lasaki is the Head of Human Resources at Knight Frank, Nigeria. She is a seasoned Human Resource Generalist with 15 years working experience, strong people management skills and a career objective to always leverage on global best practices by remaining a proactive strategic partner who positions businesses as employers of choice and aligns human resources to achieve business objectives without compromising standards. 

Gift Ebi

Gift Ebi is the Senior Talent Acquisition Partner at Nestlé, Nigeria. She is a multi-discipline talent management and full-cycle talent acquisition expert. Gift is highly skilled in identifying top talent using targeted social media platforms and applying unconventional efficient and cost-effective recruitment techniques in attracting and engaging these talents

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Lillian Ngala

Lillian Ngala is the Group Head of Human Resources at Diamond Trust Bank. With over 15 years in the field, Lillian is a Human Resource professional with considerable contribution in policy formulation, talent management, workforce planning, coaching and mentoring, culture management among other HR agenda in Kenya. 

Esraa Ali

Esraa Ali  is the Head of Human Resources at Sunny Pharmaceutical, Egypt. She has more than 10 years of experience in HR Project Management, HR Operations and also Training Coordination, Recruitment and Employee Relations. In addition to that, Esraa has general experience in Payroll, Personnel Administration, and Performance Management.

Raymond Muthama 

Raymond Muthama is the Chief People & Culture Officer at Zamara Kenya, the largest Actuarial and largest Pension Administrator company in East Africa. He is a credible and results oriented HR Professional with over 19 years work experience. He has by his industry peers as “ridiculously efficient,” a diligent leader, great mentor, and a knowledgeable & innovative individual. 

Jimmy Leapetswe Namogang

Jimmy Leapetswe Namogang is the senior Human Resources Officer at Botswana Unified Revenue Services. He has over 14 years of experience as a Leader in Human Resource administration. He is a self-motivated and results –orientated individual who has his ears to the ground to Anticipated change. 

Farida Mohamed

Farida Mohamed is the Head of Human Resources, Africa, at Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Kenya. She has worked as an HR professional for nearly two decades, and has vast experience in Human Resource Management having worked in the Financial Services, Consultancy services, E-commerce and Legal sectors. She has been described as a rising star in Kenyan HR and a great influence in the country. 

Nouzada Hady

Nouzada Hady is the Head of Human Resources at Schindler Egypt. She has amassed more than a decade of experience as an HR professional. Nouzada is an experienced Talent And Development Manager skilled in People Management, Talent Acquisition and Retention skills, Corporate Communications, Employee Relations, Succession Planning, Business Development. and is an HR consultant to top management. 

Shadrack Joel Mbaiwa

Shadrack Joel Mbaiwa is the Human Resources Manager - Botswana at Lactalis Group. He is an experienced and self-motivated Human Resources Practitioner, driven by challenge and passion in human capital as highlighted in his 15 years of industry experience. As a Human Resources Manager, Shadrack has learned that his strengths are to be alert to possibilities, looking for better ways of doing things, and adapting to change quickly. His experience is drawn from leading high-performance teams, developing and building organizational cultures that are conducive to customer experience, increasing efficiency, productivity and Profitability.

Gérard Bouic

Gérard Bouic is the Director of Human Resources at BDO, Mauritius. He has been working in the HR Management field for more than 30 years. Gérard’s areas of expertise are Leadership Development, Change Management, Performance Management, Team Development, Job Evaluation and Remuneration Management.

Cathrine Kamau

Cathrine Kamau is a Human Resource Leader and Lead Consultant at Swift Hands Africa in Kenya. She is a  passionate and results-driven Human Resources Leader with over 10 years of corporate experience in the full spectrum of Human Resources Management. Cathrine offers highly creative and innovative people solutions to help build and grow/reorganise businesses, as well as ensuring that the HR operations/risk are managed effectively and efficiency. 

Caroline Karoki

Caroline Karoki is the Head of People & Culture at Anjarwalla & Khanna | ALN Kenya. She is a well-rounded, goal oriented and dependable People & Culture professional with over 12 years of experience working in leading professional services firms. Caroline is a People & Culture professional with a love and appreciation for numbers and has a unique mix of Human Resource and Accounting skills and experience.

Moe Mesbah

Moe Mesbah is the Group Head of HR (Levant Region) at Al-Futtaim, Egypt. He is a senior professional leader more than 20 years of experience in Management, leadership and HR. Moe is a dynamic facilitator of change and Millennial Expert recognized as a leader on generational diversity. 

Trinity Mphoeng

Trinity Mphoeng is the Human Resources Manager at RSM Botswana. He has over 14 years of experience in the field of Human Resources. Trinity directs a leading search firm to land new corporate accounts and expand existing customer relationships while managing recruiting projects for contracted engagements. He has collaborated with client hiring managers throughout the selection process to provide services including Recruitment, Selection, performance management and Reviews, Training and Development, Employee Relations, and more.

Laleni Nursimooloo

Laleni Nursimooloo is the Head Of Human Resources at Apex Group Ltd (Mauritius Branch). She is a Human Resources (HR) Professional with 20 years’ comprehensive experience in HR, both at local and international levels, and proven experience working in close collaboration with business leaders at Executive/Board level linking Human Capital to strategic business results. 

Adeshola Aliogo

Adeshola Aliogo is the Head of People Operations at Vendease, Nigeria. She has over 10 years of diversified exposure spanning the FMCG, Logistics and Management Consulting sectors. Delivering value across the HR service delivery, Adeshola possesses practical knowledge and experience in Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, HR Transaction Services, Performance Management as well as Learning and Development. 

Elvis Mayaka

Elvis Mayaka is the Human Resources Officer at Telonika IoT Group, Kenya. He is an accomplished Human Resource professional with over 7 years of experience in the field. Elvis has managed comprehensive HR responsibilities ranging from Recruitment and Selection, leadership development, process improvement, Compensation/Rewards, and employee relations. He has established success in leading high-performance teams.

Noha Tarek Fahmy

Noha Tarek Fahmy is the Head of HR & Admin at geidea, Egypt. She is an experienced Regional Human Resources Manager with a demonstrated history of working in ISP, Real Estate & Fintech Industries. Noha oversees the execution of a comprehensive HR strategy in support of the overall business objectives & provides support at both strategic and operational levels through interpreting business with the alignment of the executive team.

Matlhogonolo Mponang

Matlhogonolo Mponang is the Head of Human Resources - Midstream at the De Beers Group of Companies, Botswana. An experienced and solutions driven thought leader in organisational development with a successful background in strategy development and implementation, performance management, change management, facilities and procurement management and leadership best practice. Matlhogonolo has worked extensively in the area of Organisational Effectiveness where policies and strategies that will enhance organisational efficiency, productivity and the utilisation of key resources are developed.

Ridhima Boojihawon

Ridhima Boojihawon is the Human Resource Business Partner at Rogers Capital, Mauritius. With a wealth of experience and an MSc in Human Resource Development & Consultancy (CIPD Level 7), Ridhima is a strong people professional and has a proven record in implementing recruitment solution , talent management and developing functional skills in people.

Nnene Nnoli

Nnene Nnoli is the Group Head Human Resources at Dreamworks Direct, and Lead Partner Human Resource Operations at Vuzela Limited. She is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria, and a certificated ISO 9001 Auditor. Nnene has over 19 years of cumulative experience in HR Information Management Systems, Human Resource Generalist function, Change Management, Quality Management Systems, Sales / Distribution Management and Customer Experience Management.

Priscah Musaya

Priscah Musaya is the Talent Acquisition & Development Manager at Naivas Limited, Kenya. She has over 13 years of experience in the professional HR space. Priscah is a self-driven professional with communication proficiency and extensive Human Resources experience. She possesses expertise in compliance and an aptitude for optimizing performance and motivating colleagues. She has also artfully balanced workplace objectives and productive relationships, inspiring strategies and insightful suggestions to achieve a competitive business edge. 

Amr Ismail

Amr Ismail is the Head of Human Resources at Gazala Steel Fabrication, Egypt. He is an experienced Human Resources Professional with an MBA in HR and 12 years of experience in all major HR functions; Air has served in various industries, including, Oil & Gas, Drilling, FMCG, IT, Healthcare, and Constructions. 

Tshenolo Wame Rathshosa 

Tshenolo Wame Rathshosa is the Head of Labour Inspection - Human Resource Specialist at Botswana Government Department of Labour, a position he has held for close to 14 years. He has over 20 years experience in labour laws and performance management. Having worked at all levels of courts in Botswana namely Magistrate Court, High Court, Industrial Court and Department of Labour. Tshenolo is an accredited Botswana Qualification Authority trainer in Performance Management, Industrial Relations, Labour Laws, Work Ethics and Customer Service.

Varoun Jeewooth

Varoun Jeewooth is the Head of Leadership, Learning & Talent at Absa Group, Mauritius. As a seasoned professional with over 14 years of comprehensive experience and solid foundation, he derives my energy and passion from making employees successful. Varoun has exposure in global companies ranging from Tourism & hospitality to FMCG, Banking, and Financial Services. He thrives in environments that are results-driven, dynamic, and where employee success, collaboration, achievement, and agility are highly valued.

Finbar Asoegwu

Finbar Asoegwu is the Team Lead of Recruitment (High Volume Recruitment) at Workforce Group, Nigeria. He is a dynamic Recruiter and HR generalist, with proven experience in recruiting highly skilled Nigerians and expatriates for various positions ranging from middle to top management levels, successfully helping multinational and local organizations meet their recruitment needs.

Dorcas Wainaina

Dorcas Wainaina is the Global HR Transformation Project Advisor at The World Bank, Senior Regional Director, International HR Operations - Consulting at Feed the Children, and Chief HR Consultant/Trainer - East Africa at the American Academy of Project Management. She is an accomplished HR professional with a vast range of demonstrable skills and delivery spanning 20 years. Dorcas is a certified SPHRi, CHRA, CHRP, MBA among other HR qualifications. Her experience focuses on people management, HR strategy, employee capacity building, organizational review and restructuring and change management.  

Ayman Zaki

Ayman Zaki is the Head of Human Resources - Egypt at Marico Limited. He is an HR professional with more than 10 years of in-depth professional experience in all HR Functions. With the perfect blend of academic knowledge and strong hands on experience, Ayman partners with leaders and ensures that people and systems support the organizational strategy. 

Thabile Moipolai

Thabile Moipolai is the Head of Human Capital at Botswana Development Corporation. She has over 16 years of professional Human Resource experience under her belt. Her notable HR skills include employee engagement, performance management, labor relations, succession planning, talent management, and other key HR areas.

Dev Sewgobind

Dev Sewgobind is the Group Head of Human Resources at CIEL Group, Mauritius. He has more than 18 years of experience in human capital management in leading global organisations in the FMCG and Financial Sector. Dev has held roles in various countries such as Egypt, Mozambique and Kenya as well as led on strategic human resources projects in the African Region.

Darlington Anyanwu

Darlington Anyanwu is the Global Tech Recruiter - EMEA (Lead) at Doheney Services Ltd., Nigeria. Darlington is a seasoned Talent Specialist skilled in building up and executing Talent Acquisition plans, handling all end-to-end phase of recruitment, from initial sourcing to screening through offer negotiations, placement and on boarding.

James Rapala

James Rapala is the Human Resources Consultant at Workforce Asia, Kenya. He is a multi-skilled hands-on Human Resource Professional with over 6 years of experience on HR Advisory, staff management, policy formulation & implementation, talent sourcing, and other key HR areas. James has a demonstrated history of working in various industries, including cosmetics, building materials and concrete manufacturing, transport and logistics, steel manufacturing, hospitality, water and services.

Amany Mahmoud

Amany Mahmoud is the Head of Human Resources at Raya Auto, Egypt. She has over 16 years of experience as an HR professional and has a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing field. Amany is a strong human resources professional skilled in Negotiation, Operations Management, Analytical Skills, Team Building, and HR Policies.

Motsile Sibanda

Motsile Sibanda is the Director of Human Resources at Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is a human resource consultant with over 20 years of experience. Motsile is an Executive and Management Business Coach. He consults to diverse industries in organisational design and development, remuneration, performance and change management, leadership development , investment management (pensions).

Shamita Joynathsing

Shamita Joynathsing is the Head of Human Resources at KPMG Mauritius. She has over a decade of experience in the HR management field. Shamita is skilled in HR Consulting, Strategy, Change Management, HR Policies, Peformance Management, Training, Assessment Centre, and Sourcing.

Chika Okoro

Chika Okoro is the Recruitment Specialist - Engineering at Flutterwave, Nigeria. She is a globally certified Talent Acquisition Specialist with over 6 years of hands-on experience and a Bachelor degree in Economics who started out in the “numbers” department but made the switch to Talent Acquisition primarily to change the narrative of how businesses approach Talent Acquisition and Management.

Mooketsi Maphane

Mooketsi Maphane is the Managing Consultant at MYHRSPACE (PTY) LTD., Botswana, Mooketsi brings over 15 years of executive-level expertise in human resource management. He is an experienced Human Resources Director with a demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry and financial services. Mooketsi is a strong human resources professional skilled in Negotiation, HR Consulting, Coaching, Executive Coaching, and HR Policies. He is a registered Industrial Psychologist and HR Consultant in private practice.

Olivier Moutou

Olivier Moutou is the Head of Human Resources at DHL Finance and Procurement - Shared Services Centers - Sub Saharan African Countries in Mauritius. He is an experienced HR professional with over 13 years of Human Resources practice. Olivier has held HR roles in a variety of sectors including medical device manufacturing, hospitality and aerospace/aviation. In these roles he has effectively developed workforce capability, promoted staff engagement, championed best practice people management and driven performance improvement.

Mohamed Hany

Mohamed Hany is the Head of Human Resources and Admin at El Kadesia Engineering Industries, Egypt. A skilled HR Professional with a decade of experience, he has worked in multi-national companies in the Energy, Pharmaceutical, Industrial and Telecomm sectors. Through the past experiences, Mohamed has gained deep technical knowledge in Organizational designs, HR policies and procedures, Compensation & Rewards designs, HR operations, Recruitment, Labor law and payroll operations

Duduetsang Moilwa 

Duduetsang Moilwa is the Co-founder and Vice-President of People at Duhqa, Botswana. She is an experienced People Professional with a demonstrated history of working in mining, logistics and recruitment consulting. Duduetsang is skilled in people strategy development, talent attraction & acquisition, talent management and employee relations, with a strong passion for people development and optimizing employee experience.

Joelle Baillache

Joelle Baillache is the Head Of Human Resources at C-CARE, Mauritius. With over 15 year in the field of Human Resources, she is skilled in Coaching , Leadership development, Talent Management, Designing HR Policies, Frameworks and Leading HR projects. 

Annie Nankou

Annie Nankou is the Group Head of Human Resources at MUA Mauritius & East Africa. She has over 14 years of Human Resources experiences under her belt. Annie is particularly skilled at Performance Management, Employee Relations, Change Management, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, and other key HR areas. 

Mostafa El Mahdy

Mostafa El Mahdy is the Head of Human Resources at ETCOMed For Trading, Egypt, where he works as an effective liaison between senior management and the employees to maintain and improve company-employee relations. 

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