Faye Tessendorf, Homecoming Revolution Director, shares her thoughts of her experience at the African Leadership Network Gathering in Mauritius from 2nd – 5th November 2016.
On the first day of ALN all sitting under a marquee with the blue ocean shimmering in front of us, we had the privilege of listening to jazz icon, Kirk Whalum opening up the theme for the conference which was the ‘Art of Leading’. Having come from a corporate environment, I had never associated Leading with Art – but over the next few days I learned very powerful tools for identifying and nurturing leadership traits.
The networking opportunities were endless and I built & cemented many great relationships with global Africans. This makes our job as the brain gain company SO much easier, as there is very strong talent out there across many different sectors, who have a yearning to be home.
The authenticity and vulnerability of the hundreds of top executives from across the continent astounded me. The environment was so relaxed and non-competitive. Everyone was so warm and down-to-earth and really all there for the same reason: to build an innovative, prosperous and sustainable Africa.
|Wendy Luhabe (left), Founder and Chair of Women Private Equity Fund, Social Development & Community Services, Founder of Wendy Luhabe Foundation, Social Development & Community Services. Mbazima Shilowa (right), Co-founder of Congress of the People, Politician, Member of the communist Party.|
|Jo-Anne Strauss, Miss South Africa & media personality.|
|Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman and founder of Econet.|
|Ngozi Okongo-Iweala, is an Igbo Nigerian & a highly
respected & influential global leader, economist, policy maker & thinker on Finance & Economic Development. She has been listed 5 years consecutively as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the World by Forbes Magazine.
|Veda Sunassee, Director Student Life at ALU, Fred Swaniker, Founder & Executive Chairman, African Leadership Academy, Steve Boelke, Leadership Developer, Isaac Kwaku Foku, Founder of Botho Limited, a Nairobi-based investment advisory company. Acha Leke, Senior partner (Director) in McKinsey’s Johannesburg office.|
|Kirk Whalum, an American smooth jazz saxophonist and songwriter.|
|Khanyi Dlhomo (left), South African TV Host and the founder & CEO of Ndalo Media & Ndalo Luxury Ventures, founder of DestinyConnect & the founding editor of Destiny Magazine. Moliehi Molekoa (right), is the Buiness Unit Head: Africa at Magna Carta.|
|Kris Senanu, Managing Director of Access Kenya Group, one of Kenya’s largest Internet service providers. Marcia Ashton, Co Founder and CEO of the Brace Energy Group.|
|Ani Kharajian, Senior Director New Markets Harvard Business School. Moliehi Molekoa is the Buiness Unit Head: Africa at Magna Carta. Nglan Niat, Group HR Manager (West Africa) Schlumberger. Pepukaye Bardouille, Senior Operations Officer IFC.|
|Faye Tessendorf, Director at Homecoming Revolution. Sunil Hassamal CEO Shibani Finance. Angel Jones, CEO Homecoming Revolution.|
|Brett and Brad Magrath of Zoona. Winners of the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.|
|Naadiya Moosajee, Co-founder WomEng. Selma Shimutwikeni, MD of Rich Africa. Hema Vallabh, Co-founder WomEng.|