Jaco started his career at South African media company Media24, working on the online offerings of some of the country's most well-known newspapers, including Die Burger, Beeld, CityPress, Sake24 and Volksblad. He went on to become editor of a Nigerian business publication, after which he founded Maritz Africa, the publisher of How we made it in Africa. He is a regular speaker on various issues relating to business on the continent. He holds a BA in Information Science from the University of Stellenbosch.
Kate is a business journalist at How we made it in Africa – covering everything from economic trends to consumer insights to Africa-specific business strategies. She holds a degree in journalism and media from Rhodes University and has travelled to countries in East, West, South and Central Africa. A huge fan of Cameroon’s ndolé with fried plantain and Zambia’s Mosi lager.
As well as writing articles, Justin manages How we made it in Africa's social media, SEO and all advertiser material. He also assists with the day-to-day maintenance of the website. He holds a diploma in journalism from Varsity College and has a keen interest in tech and start-ups across the continent.
Head of Business Development and Sales
Stanley joined How we made it in Africa’s as Head of Business Development and Sales in 2015. He brings seven years of industry experience to the team, having worked for some of the country’s leading multi-media companies covering print, digital and events platforms. Stanley plays an integral role in the company’s sustained growth and is committed to identifying and aligning clients' evolving needs with our digital media solutions in order to achieve their specific objectives, build long-term relationships and form strategic partnerships.
Senior Copy Editor
Helen is How we made it in Africa’s senior copy editor. In addition to this, she commissions and occasionally writes pieces for the website. Before joining How we made it in Africa she worked at the United Nations and Conde Nast, and co-founded Prufrock, a South African literary magazine.
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Dinfin has a keen interest in financial and economic matters in Africa and knack for technology. Her articles have been published both on print and online media in the US, UK, South Africa, Italy, Nigeria and Kenya. She has interviewed top business leaders in varied sectors in East Africa. She was shortlisted for the 2011 Reuters Fitzgerald Prize for Young African Journalists. She holds a degree in Journalism and Media Studies (First-Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi.
Nelly started contributing to How we made it in Africa to document business trends and tell stories of business people she came across every day. Her curiosity and has led to great conversations with some of Africa’s leading business people in a bid to understand how they have made it in business. She previously worked for Sub-Saharan Africa’s largest market communications company Scangroup, managing marketing communication for global and local brands before finally rekindling her love for writing. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, a Professional Certificate in Marketing and a Professional Diploma in Marketing both from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She was awarded top student in Kenya year 2010/2011 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).