Our team members

Rosa Kisuva, CPA
Associate Consultant
“Africa has a massive untapped potential. With the right positioning, the growth prospects are unmatched''

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Prof. Dr. Eyden Samunderu
Managing Partner
“Delivering innovative and 'bespoke solutions' to the African aviation sector is my passion.  Providing 'home-grown' solutions to Africa's biggest challenges is what we do at AMENA

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Holger Vogt
Managing Director
"Many people talk about Africa's potential, not many know about the true scale and even less know how to tap into it; this is why we founded AMENA Africa"

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Paa Kofi Osei-Owusu, MBA
Country Director - Ghana
''If we all just talk about what is possible, we will never change. Africa is my home continent, I want to change the way the continent is perceived in the world''

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Catherine Kittony
Associate Consultant
''The greatest contribution to Africa's development is through driving business to, and within the continent''

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David Karanja
Head of Client Sales - East Africa
''The best time to roll out your business in Africa was 5 years ago! The next best time is today! Tomorrow is simply too late, act now!''

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Samuel Tetteh Tei
Junior Associate Consultant
''Africa is the world's next business frontier. With the world's largest free trade area and a 1.3billion-person market, the continent is replete with business opportunities. I am proud to be part of a team that proactively accelerates Africa's potential''

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Ugochukwu Onyeka
Acting Country Manager - Nigeria
''My home country Nigeria is the biggest yet most challenging country on the continent. Contributing to the economic development of my country is the greatest honour''

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Mkhonzeni Nqayi
Digital Content Manager
''The power of digitial content is what our generation can use to change the world. Working at AMENA Africa allows me to change the perceptions a lot of people have about my country and the African continent.''

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Wambui Wambugu
Junior Associate Consultant
"Africa has some of the fastest growing economies in the world and as such the opportunities for further development are endless"

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Adeyemi Hassan, MBA
Senior Consultant
"Africa is the world's vista because of its fast-growing economies, youthful population, talents, cultures, tourisms, and diversities. Africa will continue to be a goldmine for new businesses because of its resources, and it is the springboard for new billionaires"

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Joyce Apoera, MBA
Regional Manager - West Africa
“Become the next business success story on how to make it in Africa. Let Ghana become your gateway to navigate the African market with AMENA Africa's bespoke solutions!''

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Brian Shem
Digital Strategist
“The consumer is not a moron, she is your wife'' - David Ogilvy

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Christina Pearl Wiese
Director Business Development
“I am passionate about enterpreneurshiop and to be part of the team at AMENA Africa helping to create and sustain economic development on the African continent''

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Janet Cloete 
Senior Consultant - Aviation
''Because airlines play a pivotal role in economies through trade and commerce, aviation is crucial to Africa's economic recovery, being part of a team that can contribute towards this vision of a sustainable, world-class African aviation sector is my passion.''

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Rosa Kisuva, CPA

Associate Consultant
Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

University of Nairobi:

Bachelor of Commerce, Finance Major 

KASNEB:

CPA-K

What you don't know about me

I work hand in hand with the entire team to develop ultimate market entry strategies for different African markets and sectors. 

I oversee  various projects through the entire lifecycle and ensure all key milestones are met in time, ensuring the project scope is delivered within and exceeding the expected quality and depth.

My area of focus
Agriculture, Construction, Food & Beverage, FMCG ​​​

Prof. Dr. Eyden Samunderu

Managing Partner

Dortmund, Germany

Harare, Zimbabwe

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Education

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain:

Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD) Strategic Management 

London South Bank University, UK:

Master of Science International Marketing

What you don't know about me

As a passionate aviation professional, I bring a wealth of industry expertise and experience spanning over 20 years as a Management Consultant with leading firms like Merill Lynch and Oliver Wyman. Having been involved in major international projects involving airline restructuring, airport infrastructure financing (PPP), strategy development and commercial operations, I believe that I can deliver bespoke solutions to the African aviation sector.

My area of focus
Aviation, Infrastructure, Logistics and strategy development

Holger Vogt

Managing Director
Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

University of Warwick, UK:

Master of Arts in International Political Economy

University of East Anglia, UK:

Bachelor of Arts in International Development

What you don't know about me

My 'Africa Journey' began in South Africa back in 2005. Little did I know that my first year working and living on the African continent would change my life for good. As a young man, driven by idealism and the desire to 'make a difference', I quickly realised that real change does not come from outside, it comes from within. Keeping that in mind I spent more and more time on the continent and started my first ventures. Some succeeded and paid for my tuition fees, some failed and taught me life lessons. The most important lesson I learnt during that time though is that networks, information and a clear vision are key to success. Which got me into consulting...

Ever since, I founded AMENA Africa with the clear vision to become Africa's leading market advisory firm by accelerating Africa's potential!

My area of focus

Building a great team that delivers cutting edge results

Paa Kofi Osei-Owusu, MBA

Country Director, Ghana
Accra, Ghana

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Education

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration

Master of Business Administration

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Bachelor of Arts Social Sciences (Economics and Sociology)

What you don't know about me:

I have over 10 years’ experience working in varies fields of business and the development sector. I managed multiple projects funded by donors including the European Union, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank and the World Cocoa Foundation.

I have worked in multiple value chains including mango, cocoa, shea, oil palm, maize and horticulture. Paa’s experience in the agricultural sector dates back to the year 2008, with the introduction of the farmer field school (FFS) model, and subsequent certification schemes in the cocoa, mango and oil palm value chains. 

My area of focus:
Agriculture, Fisheries, Renewable Energy, Inclusive Finance

Catherine Kittony

Associate Consultant
Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

SOAS University of London, UK:

Master of Science in Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice

The University of Edinburgh, UK:

Bachelor's Degree in Law (Hons.)

What you don't know about me

I manage client projects and ensure our deliverables are met in line with each client's needs, from deal origination to delivery. I direct the company's digital marketing efforts to enhance our visibility across the globe. My role also involves active business development efforts and general oversight of our company's operations in West Africa.

My area of focus

Market Entry, Capital Investments, Business Development, Digital Marketing & B2B Concierge Services

David Karanja

Head of Client Sales - East Africa
Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

Strathmore University, Kenya:

Bachelor of Commerce, Finance & Business Administration

What you don't know about me:

I have been working with international companies for over ten years. One thing I learnt over the years is that no matter how advanced, cheap or excellent your products are if you have no clear strategy and if you are not willing to commit the resources needed to enter a foreign market; you will never be successful. 

My area of focus:
I am working closely with international machinery and equipment manufacturers and ensure that they gain market share in most sustainable way

Samuel Tetteh Tei

Junior Associate Consultant
Accra, Ghana

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Education

The University of Ghana:

Bachelor of Art in Economics with Geography and Resource Development

Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration:

Bachelor of Law

What you don't know about me

Well, my role is simple. Push! Push! Push! ...till something happens. I work on social media marketing and Business Development (EU and UK), helping companies access and penetrate African markets.

At the same time I am a strong believer in the power of social networks for businesses particularily in Africa.

My area of focus

Assisting senior staff, Social Media, Business Development

Ugochukwu Onyeka

Acting Country Manager - Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria

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Education
Education

University of Hertfordshire, UK:

Bachelor of Business Administration

What you don't know about me

I am a true Lagosian. The city I live and grew up in isn't just another African city. It is the economic capital of Africa! If you haven't done business in Lagos it is fair to say that you haven't done business in Africa. 

I am passionate about the opportunities my country has to offer, but I also know that there is still a lot to be done to really unveil our full potential. Working with AMENA Africa is my contribution to the economic development of my country. 

One piece of adivce, don't believe you know it all before you have touched ground in Lagos. I am looking forward to working with you!

My area of focus
I am overseeing the development of AMENA Africa in Nigeria and ensure that we grow the company to one of the leading advisory firms in the country

Mkhonzeni Nqayi

Digital Content Manager
Cape Town, South Africa

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Education

ICESA City Campus Durban, South Africa:

Business Management & Marketing

What you don't know about me
Growing up during Apartheid in South Africa has changed the way I look at information. During that time a lot of people were ill informed on what was really going on. My role as a digital content creator provides me with the opportunity to tell true stories. At AMENA Africa I am in charge of producing digital content that isn't just appealing to the eye of the reader, but that speaks the truth about what our continent has to offer.
My area of focus
I am in charge of the company's public appearance 

Wambui Wambugu

Junior Associate Consultant
Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

Loughborough University, UK:

Bachelor of Science in Banking, Finance & Management

What you don't know about me

Consulting has always been an area of interest for me because of the vast experience and industries I will be able to learn about and gain expertise in. Furthermore doing so within an organisation that aims to build on and develop the African continent is exciting and is a team I am looking forward to grow in.

My area of focus:

As a junior, I am currently diving into all areas of operation of the company so I don't have a particular focus area at the moment. But one thing is for sure, my learning curve could not be more steep

Adeyemi Hassan, MBA

Senior Consultant
Lagos, Nigeria

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Education

University of Lagos, Nigeria:

Master of Business Administration in Marketing

University of Ibadan, Nigeria:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Electronics & Computing Engineering

What you don't know about me

I have over 5 years' experience in B2B matchmaking services, market research, business development, and trade exhibition representation across different sectors for leading institutions and companies from Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, UK, to mention a few.   

Well, there is no project we can not execute. Just put me on it and relax :)

My area of focus:

International Education Advisory, B2B Matchmaking Services, Market Entry & Research, Due Dilligence, Business Development, Trade Events & Exhibitions

Joyce Apoera, MBA

Regional Manager - West Africa
Accra, Ghana

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Education

University of Ghana:

Master of Business Administration, Marketing

Ghana Institute of Journalism:

Bachelor of Arts, Journalism

What you don't know about me

I am a Trade & Market Entry professional with over 8 years of experience providing consultancy services to European companies looking to enter the African market. I have worked with world-class organizations such as the Catalonia Trade & Investment and the Albright-Stonebridge Group. Having been involved in organising B-2-B trade missions, providing business and investor advisory services, business development services, and general marketing services, I believe I am the right professional to partner with concerning your business success on the ground.

My area of focus:

International Trade & Market Entry, Business Development and General Management Consulting

Brian Shem

Digital Strategist

Nairobi, Kenya

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Education

Kabarak University, Kenya:

BSc Computer Science

University of Virginia, USA

Strategic Planning & Execution

What you don't know about me

T-Shaped Marketer & a lover of technology, art, stories, trends, and culture with a keen approach as to how influence affects consumer behavior, purchase intent, and ability to create social collective change through digital platforms.

My area of focus:

Digital Campaign & Content Strategy

Ideation, Concept & Multi-platform Execution

Storytelling & Use of Words, Voice & Image, Copywriting & Long-form Research & Curation

Brand & Reputation Management via PR & Social listening Tools

Campaign & Digital Brand Reporting & 360 Sentiment Analysis

Christina Pearl Wiese

Director Business Development

Durban, South Africa

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Education

UNISA, South Africa:

BCom Marketing degree

What you don't know about me

My experience includes working in a variety of sectors and companies in South Africa and Germany.

My expertise and relationships bring a unique and well-rounded skill set in Business Development, Marketing, Sales, Leadership, Strategy, Concept & Idea Development, Project Management, Events & Exhibitions Management, Writing and Concierge Services.

Sector experience and knowledge includes: Food, Wine, Art, Beauty, Information Technology, Financial Services, Luxury Appliances, Events & Exhibitions, Mining, Biodiversity and Property.

My area of focus:

Building and managing the development of AMENA Africa in South Africa as a leading market advisory company in the country and in Africa.

Janet Cloete ​​​​​

Senior Consultant
Johannesburg, South Africa

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Education

Stanford University Centre for Professional Development

IATA Training & Development Institute

Certified Aviation Management Professional

What you don't know about me

''Born and raised in aviation, it has always been in my blood and a part of my life.'' 

I am a highly established passionate professional with 20+ years of experience within the commercial aviation industry.

My area of focus
Researching and identifying new business opportunities. Assisting the Managing Partner and other Senior Advisors in key areas of commercial, operations and strategy development for our clients.
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