Captains of Industry

Captains of Industry: Cimerwa CEO outlines future plans for the company amid COVID-19 shocks

Rwanda’s leading cement manufacturer Cimerwa PPC has set ambitious targets for the next financial year and with that came a new CEO to lead the ship. But with the coming of the COVID-19 pandemic, is this a setback in the company’s ambitious plans? CNBC Africa’s Arnold Kwizera sat down with the new CEO Albert Sigei for more....

Tristan De Boysson: A man with a passion for getting people to invest in Africa’s health sector

He was born in Paris moved to Asia. Now in Dubai he is trying to hook people up with deals in Middle East and Africa in the health game. This is the story of Tristan De Boysson, CEO of Amanat....

How this Gabon-born entrepreneur gave up his tennis dream to become Africa’s Mark Zuckerberg

Dubai-based Mark Doumba wanted to be the next Roger Federer but he had to settle with being the next Mark Zuckerberg. This is the story of the Gabon-born entrepreneur who saw an opportunity for a technology company to bridge the digital divide and address Sub-Saharan Africa’s development challenges through innovation and policy as a result he started CLIKAFRIK and CLIKPAY....

Captains of Industry: Andrew Key: From officer to a payment supremo

Andrew Key wanted to be an officer and gentleman but a rugby accident put paid to his army ambitions. Now he sits in the middle of a payments empire straddling Africa and the Middle East. This is the story of Key, Managing Director,Head of Processing Business at Network International....

DMCC’s Feryal Ahmadi’s big plans for Africa

In her position as Chief Operating Officer of one of the biggest free trade areas in the world, Feryal Ahmadi has big plans for Africa. Ahmadi from the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) shares her story....

Captains of Industry: How the Dubai-spirit is landing in Africa

He grew up as Dubai flourished, now he is looking to Africa. Omar Khan, Director International Offices at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry says it won’t just support business people in Africa they will also set up shop....

How this African technology giant plans to unlock the potential of Africa

In this episode of Captains of Industry, CNBC Africa sits down with the Grant Bodley, the chief executive of IT conglomerate, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. With 21 years of experience at the company, Bodley has seen the company grow from strength to strength and has been at the helm as it expands into the Middle East....

Captains of Industry: From dream cars through disappointment to design

Everyone in business has setbacks. Dream ventures that didn’t work. Nadim Habr, Founder and CEO of Designhubz wanted to have a super car business, the economy disagreed so he ended up making a fortune in Dubai....

Captains of Industry: Bob Willen – a life of engineering, management and Pelé

His father was a physicist, mother a maths teacher and Bob Willen wanted to be an astronaut, instead he went on a journey of business around the world ending up as the head of the Middle East and Africa operations of one of the world’s biggest management consultancies - A.T. Kearney. This is his story....

Captains of Industry: Why software company SAP’s Steve Tzikakis is an African believer

Captains of Industry: How a man who started at the bottom pounding the streets for his father ended up heading one of the biggest companies in the world. This is the story of Dubai-based Steve Tzikakis, Afro-optimist and regional president of SAP South Europe, the Middle East and Africa....

Captains of Industry: The secret behind Altron’s success with CEO Mteto Nyati

Technology group Altron has more than doubled its market value since 2017 when businessman Mteto Nyati took to the helm as CEO. His success of transforming the company from a family run business to a global independent entity has not gone unnoticed. In 2019 he was named businessman of the year by the All Africa Business Leader Awards. In this episode of Captains of Industry, Mteto speaks about his journey to the upper echelons of South Africa’s boardrooms and Altron’s future in the rapidly changing digital economy....

How this equity crowdfunding platform is helping entrepreneurs raise money through angel investors

Chris Bishop chats to seasoned entrepreneur and former investment banker, Christopher Thomas. He is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Eureeca, a Dubai based equity crowdfunding platform that connects online investors to businesses raising funds through crowdfunding with equity....

Robert Bapfakurer on his entrepreneurial journey, funding SMEs in Africa

Access to funding is one of the biggest challenges facing SMEs in Africa. Get some tips on how to best position yourself to secure bank financing from self-made tycoon Robert Bapfakurer, as he discusses his compelling entrepreneurial journey. He is in conversation with CNBC Africa’s Makeda Mahadeo....

Rwanda commits to total electrification by 2024

The Government of Rwanda targets to achieve universal access to electricity by 2024 in bid to transform the country into a middle-income economy. CNBC Africa’s Fiona Muthoni is in conversation with Ron Weiss, CEO of Rwanda Energy Group....

Why IBM’s GM believes Africa is streets ahead of the world when it comes to technology

Technology in Africa and its growing young population put it streets ahead of the rest of the world that’s according to Takreem El-Tohamy, General Manager of the Middle East and Africa at IBM. He was speaking from Dubai....

Captains of Industry: Why this Dubai-based asset manager is taking a closer look at Africa

The tale of a businesswoman who grew up with Dubai - Jyoti Keshavan, Founder and CEO of Xanara Investment Management has seen Dubai go from sand and space to skyscrapers and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. She believes the climate for investment in Africa is improving....

Captains of Industry: How this new idea could stop small African businesses from closing down

In this week’s Captains of Industry, Dubai-based property man Thierry Delvaux, CEO of JLL Middle East & Africa discusses his journey through the world that began with learning Japanese and a few more languages along the way. Now he has an interesting new idea that is currently being implemented in Dubai and could stop small African businesses from closing down....

Captains of Industry: How this company is using satellites to beam the internet across Africa

Farhad Khan - the journey of YahClick CEO from watching his father fix radios in an African village to heading up one of the biggest broadband satellite service companies on the continent that is beaming the internet to countries across Africa and in the UAE.

Captains of Industry: In conversation with the world’s first ever AI minister Omar Bin Sultan Olama

CNBC Africa talks to the world’s first ever Artificial Intelligence minister Omar Bin Sultan Olama about how new technology can increase knowledge and help prevent car accidents.

How this software giant plans to move Africa & Dubai entrepreneurs to an admin-free world by 2020

Software giant Sage hopes to move entrepreneurs based in Africa and the Middle East to an admin-free world by 2020. The man in charge of executing that strategy is Pieter Bensch, a former boss at global technology group Hewlett Packard Enterprise and now Executive Vice President of Sage Africa & Middle East....

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A2X CEO reflects on the last three years, COVID-19 & outlook on company listings

Three years after launching, South African stock exchange A2X now has 37 securities listed. The alternative stock exchange has five of the country’s top six brokers trading on the exchange, and a combined market cap of over R2.1 trillion. Joining CNBC Africa to unpack the journey and latest developments is Kevin Brady, CEO of A2X.

Tshokolo Nchocho on how the IDC is responding to COVID-19 crisis

The IDC and its financing subsidiaries recorded a loss of R3 billion for the year ended March, compared to a profit of R226 million in the previous financial year. A large contributor was a drop in the value of the IDC’s listed share portfolio. Sasol alone set the IDC back R22 billion, as the share price plummeted due to the Lake Charles Project challenges and the oil price war. Joining us to review those numbers is Tshokolo Nchocho, CEO of the Industrial Development Corporation.

Ugandan court suspends ruling banning cross-border lending

A ruling that that banned foreign banks from participating in syndicated loans in the Ugandan banking sector was suspended last week by the country's High Court. Rama Omonya, Advocate and Political Analyst in Uganda joins CNBC Africa for more.

How the Start-up Bill impacts Kenya’s SME ecosystem

Last month, Kenya published a start-up bill that aims to improve the start-up ecosystem by facilitating access to capital, lowering barriers to entry into market, among others. Victor Otieno, Managing Director at Viffa Consult shares updates and further insights into how it’ll shape the SME ecosystem.