London 2015

20th & 21st March 2015 at the Olympia Conference Centre Kensington.

The interactive two-day event was attended by 800 guests, of which, 300 were quality African candidates wanting to return home. Keynote speakers included Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and DA Parliamentary Leader Mmusi Maimane.


  • 87% of exhibitors fulfilled their ROI of immediate resourcing, pipeline & employer branding
  • 91% of exhibitors would recommend the expo to others
  • Average of 6-10 candidates per employer being pursued post event


Employer Brand Presentations followed by VIP Speed Meet, Keynote Addresses and an Expo.

Pre-matched Employers:

KPMG, Deloitte, Accenture, Safaricom, Mace Group, Jacobs Matasis, Etisalat, Partners in Performance, AfricaPractice, GlaxoSmithKline, Prodigy Finance, Ipreo, The Foschini Group, Accenture, CSIR.

Other Employers:

Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg, Dimension Data, Alexander Forbes.

Other Exhibitors:

Pam Golding, Brand SA, Beyond, Africa Extracts, Africa Health Placements, Appletiser, Doree Bonner, ISASA, Jengaweb, Kisua, Lelapafund, SAA, SNP, Teach for All, White & Co.

Breakdown of Pre-Matched Candidates, by Nationality:



Suggestions from clients at the event:

  • Longer Speed Meet
  • Better co-ordination
  • More companies outside of South Africa
  • More speakers
  • Longer networking
  • More candidates


A few words from our Clients:

“Excellent initiative to bring employers together with prospective homecomers.” – Deloitte

“Repatriation of Africans in the diaspora has gathered momentum with HCR.” – Etisalat

“Great initiative. Market more widely for more diaspora.” – GlaxoSmithKline

“Incredible platform to get the brands seen by many.” – ISASA

“A good event that will attract more than active jobseekers.” – Safaricom

“Speed Meet Africa London was an excellent opportunity for us to meet talented individuals with passion and determination to succeed as well as real desire to return home to Africa. Mace is a dynamic, fast-paced and challenging work environment with career opportunities to suit all levels and we think that the event succeeded in putting us in contact with such individuals.” – Mace Group

“The event provided really good exposure. I met great people. What HCR is doing is incredible. Fantastic event.” – Teach for All

It was good being part of the conference in 2015!” – The Foschini Group

“Broad exposure across Africa to possible candidates. Excellent keynote speakers.” – CSIR

“Grant had a great time and in addition reported that the Alexander Forbes brand was well represented.” – Alexander Forbes

“Such a pleasure,” Partners in Performance

“Well done for putting on this great event.” – LelapaFund

Attendee Feedback:

Willingness to return?


When will you return?

60% ASAP – 6 Months


42% Opportunities
47% Friends & Family

A few words from Attendees:

“Please bring SME to event for investment & alternative options”

“Liked it, commit to sharing and encouraging more to come home. Speed meet too late/early for those travelling to London. Well thought out but might be a good idea to move it later am/early pm”

“Well done! Very constructive and productive”

“African food and drink stalls, more varied stalls”

“Fascinating. Speed meet okay – 5 mins”

“Good, very good”

“Very good”

“Need to be more specific about my own needs”

“Advertise in Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana media”

“Invite more companies interested in Uganda”

Event Programme: