Archive for the ‘Meet the Boss’ category

Meet the Boss: Hatem Hariri, MD for Africa, Avaya

Seriously, you can’t learn leadership from books. You have to live it.

Meet the Boss: JJ van Dongen, senior vice president, Philips Africa

“If you are going to do something, do it properly, and you actually need to win at it.”

Meet the Boss: Vimal Shah, CEO, Bidco Group

“You can call me a workaholic because I work from 5am to midnight… It is not work for me. It’s fun.”

Meet the Boss: Ram Ottapathu, CEO, Choppies Group

“Have a purpose and dream in your life and pursue that dream relentlessly.”

Meet the Boss: Eric Andre, co-founder, Om Nom Nom

“I think the reason some entrepreneurs fail is because they have an idea and it looks ‘sexy’, but they don’t study the market.”

Meet the Boss: Ed Barrow, MD, Hellofood East Africa

“Instincts and gut decisions should never be overlooked.”

Meet the Boss: Alex Nyaga, founder, Parapet Cleaning Services

“I think I am visionary, and I have a passion to do things that will have a greater impact in our society.”

Meet the Boss: Peng Chen, MD, Easy Taxi Kenya

“Neither business nor life is ever a straight shot to the goal. You have to be ready to adjust.”

Meet the Boss: Sue Fox, MD for sub-Saharan Africa, Estée Lauder

“I am pretty good at separating work and home.”

Meet the Boss: Charl Cronje, managing director, Pepkor Africa

“I guess what really keeps me awake is whether we are moving fast enough to catch this ‘African wave’ in its full capacity.”

Meet the Boss: Manoj Shanker, CEO, Techno Brain Group

“A lot of young people take a job, then when offered $100 more by another company they jump there. That is not a good way to grow your career.”

Meet the Boss: Amr Shady, CEO, TA Telecom

“The world is becoming smaller and smaller, and we need to make sure African companies have the tools to compete.”

Meet the Boss: Charles Igwe, CEO, Nollywood Global

“A friend of mine described Nollywood as someone performing heart surgery using forks and knives. But the genius of it is that the patient survives.”

Meet the Boss: Farhana Hassanali-Hashmani, CEO, Hass Consult

“Growth takes time. If you try and rush you will stumble and fall.”

Meet the Boss: Herman Singh, head of m-commerce, Vodacom

“We will look back at this time as the golden age for Africa; the time to have started businesses. The time to have been born and to be young.”