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AfricaOnBoard About Us

What is our Inspiration?

Our reason for being is simply to source, elevate and enhance African board talent for African boards. We take our mission seriously: to play our part in cultivating the highest level of leadership excellence on these boards. African board talent is out there in abundance, and its ready to avail itself; this platform enhances and increases its exposure to where it’s needed the most: on the continent.

How do we do this?

We have revolutionized the way African Board talent connects with African-based companies/entities looking to build strong and effective boards, through leveraging the special combination of technology and genuine human connections.  In a much simpler, better and faster way than ever before!

The AfricaOnBoard Advantage

AoB caters for both executive leaders and corporates alike. By engaging with the platform, both users experience many benefits in their interactions, the more significant of which include:

Board Recruitment Expertise

Extensive experience of board level recruitment, across all industry and functional areas

African Market Insights & Awareness

Demonstrable wisdom through having worked within and across many African countries

Unrestricted Talent Pool Diversity

We understand the importance and significance of sourcing talent of a diverse nature, as per Client requirements and expectations

The Human Touch

Through combining online and personalised interaction, we strive to optimise the engagement experience at all times

Meet The Team

Simpson Nondo

Founder & CEO

Simpson Nondo boasts over 25 years’ top leadership recruiting experience in South Africa and in the African continent. His executive search experience started in 1999 when he first ran his own recruitment firm, Intellectual Resources Consulting; he then joined Woodburn Mann Executive Search in 2002, before co-founding the Stanton Chase Johannesburg office in 2006, and has been Managing Director there since. Prior to 1999, Simpson’s corporate management experience spanned the advertising, financial services and telecommunications industries in marketing and business development roles.

Simpson has executed numerous top-level search and leadership consulting assignments, both locally and across the African continent. His area of focus and passion is in the Pan-African space, in which he has become a sought-after consultant for top executive leadership and board-level placements for multinational entities and local indigenous blue-chip organisations, both listed and unlisted.

Simpson holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe; an MBA from Wits Business School, Johannesburg; a Marketing Management Diploma (SA); and he has completed the Advanced Program for Executive Search and Leadership Consulting from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (USA).

Tawanda Masimbe

Head of Business Development & Client Relations

Tawanda is a seasoned professional with a distinguished background in labour and employment law, coupled with experience in executive search and recruitment consulting. Beginning his career at a prominent law firm, Tawanda transitioned into an in-house counsel role before co-founding his own recruitment firm in 2022.

 

In his current role as Head of Business Development & Client Relations at AfricaOnBoard (AoB), Tawanda leverages his unique blend of legal knowledge and recruitment expertise to foster enduring client relationships and provide top-notch counsel to organizations seeking talent. With a meticulous attention to detail and a genuine desire to add value, Tawanda approaches client interactions with a proactive mindset, consistently exceeding expectations and anticipating evolving needs.

 

Tawanda holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations & Political Studies and Law (LLB), along with Masters degrees in Labour and Employment Law and Law. His diverse educational background, coupled with his hands-on experience in both legal and recruitment domains, positions him as a trusted advisor and resource for organizations seeking exceptional talent.

Nisha Pillay

Operations Director

Nisha Pillay brings nearly 20 years’ specific executive search experience to the table. During her two decades in the industry, she worked across various industries and functional areas, focusing on C-suite and non-executive director appointments. Her primary focus lies in the financial services, mining, and manufacturing/industrial sectors.

Nisha joined the Stanton Chase Johannesburg office in May of 2018 as a Principal. In June 2021, she stepped up to Partner level. Before joining Stanton Chase, she worked as a Senior Associate at Korn Ferry SA for a year. Between 2013 and 2017, she was a Consultant at Odgers Berndtson SA. Nisha also spent less than a year at Tuesday Consulting in 2012 in a project management capacity. Her earlier career started at Spencer Stuart SA where she worked in a research capacity. This position necessitated the development of a strong personal research and process methodology.

Nisha has been responsible for numerous executive level and board appointments over the years, in both local and multinational companies. Her experience includes working across the African continent on several key assignments for companies based in Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Vincent Aberi

Regional Business Development East Africa

Vincent Aberi is a Principal Consultant at Stanton Chase Johannesburg. He is a Kenyan national with extensive experience in the corporate world, having worked in Kenya and the USA for over 15 years. He joined the Pan-African office of Stanton Chase, having previously served as the Director of Business Development at the C & R Group based in Nairobi. During his time there, he was responsible for overseeing business growth in Kenya and Uganda.

Before joining the C & R Group, Vincent held the position of Head of International Banking at KCB Bank Group, where he managed assets locally and internationally, covering operations in various countries across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. Additionally, he previously worked for several Fortune 500 financial services companies in the USA, such as Citi Group, Western & Southern Financial Group, TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, and Comerica Bank.

Vincent is also involved in non-profit work, serving on the boards of Inable in Washington DC & Nairobi, which provides technology to the blind, and Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Texas and has professional license accreditations, including financial securities licenses, insurance licensing, and a license in certified financial analysis in North America. Vincent is a graduate of the Leadership Banking Management Program from Comerica Bank in Dallas, Texas.

In his role at Stanton Chase Pan-Africa, Vincent will focus on building the brand’s presence and recognition in the East African market, specifically in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.

Chams Diagne

Regional Business Development West Africa

Chams Diagne, holder of a degree from the Institute of Marketing and Distribution Management of Lille and the ICD Business School Paris (IGS Group), has established an outstanding professional trajectory, characterized by his entrepreneurial commitment and expertise in the fields of new technologies and human resources.

He also completed the Seed Transformation Program from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, further enhancing his strategic acumen and leadership skills.

His career commenced at Microsoft, where he acquired invaluable skills that became the cornerstone of his future success. Subsequently, he served as Marketing Manager within the E-services department of La Poste France, showcasing his adeptness in navigating diverse and demanding environments.

Chams Diagne’s entrepreneurial drive came to the forefront in the early 2000s when he co-founded the Parisian web agency, Passerelle Communication Interactive, alongside his associates. This experience marked the genesis of his entrepreneurial journey and played a pivotal role in shaping his innovative vision.

In 2006, Chams Diagne joined Viadeo, the leading French-speaking professional social network, as a founding member. He held various roles, from Business Development in France to expanding the professional network in Europe, before assuming responsibility for African development in 2011 from the Africa Hub based in Casablanca. His contributions to Viadeo’s growth and his engagement in the African market solidified his position as a seasoned professional and visionary.

Today, Chams Diagne has returned to entrepreneurship with the establishment of Talent2Africa, a pan-African executive employment platform. This initiative underscores his commitment to Africa’s economic development by uniting candidates from diverse backgrounds around career opportunities on the continent. In 2019, Talent2Africa made history by becoming the first Francophone West African start-up to secure $1 million in funding, a significant milestone reflecting the success and potential of the company under Chams Diagne’s leadership.

His entrepreneurial approach, as delineated in the supplementary text, underscores his determination, courage, and strategic acumen. As a “bootstrapper,” he is distinguished by his initiative, insight, and relentless focus on business growth. His long-term vision and ability to navigate complex environments with agility make him a steadfast leader and a catalyst for building prosperous enterprises.

About AfricaOnBoard

Simpson Nondo

Founder & CEO

Simpson Nondo boasts over 25 years’ top leadership recruiting experience in South Africa and in the African continent. His executive search experience started in 1999 when he first ran his own recruitment firm, Intellectual Resources Consulting; he then joined Woodburn Mann Executive Search in 2002, before co-founding the Stanton Chase Johannesburg office in 2006, and has been Managing Director there since. Prior to 1999, Simpson’s corporate management experience spanned the advertising, financial services and telecommunications industries in marketing and business development roles.

Simpson has executed numerous top-level search and leadership consulting assignments, both locally and across the African continent. His area of focus and passion is in the Pan-African space, in which he has become a sought-after consultant for top executive leadership and board-level placements for multinational entities and local indigenous blue-chip organisations, both listed and unlisted.

Simpson holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (Honours) degree from the University of Zimbabwe; an MBA from Wits Business School, Johannesburg; a Marketing Management Diploma (SA); and he has completed the Advanced Program for Executive Search and Leadership Consulting from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations (USA).

Tawanda Masimbe

Head of Business Development & Client Relations

Tawanda is a seasoned professional with a distinguished background in labour and employment law, coupled with experience in executive search and recruitment consulting. Beginning his career at a prominent law firm, Tawanda transitioned into an in-house counsel role before co-founding his own recruitment firm in 2022.

 

In his current role as Head of Business Development & Client Relations at AfricaOnBoard (AoB), Tawanda leverages his unique blend of legal knowledge and recruitment expertise to foster enduring client relationships and provide top-notch counsel to organizations seeking talent. With a meticulous attention to detail and a genuine desire to add value, Tawanda approaches client interactions with a proactive mindset, consistently exceeding expectations and anticipating evolving needs.

 

Tawanda holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations & Political Studies and Law (LLB), along with Masters degrees in Labour and Employment Law and Law. His diverse educational background, coupled with his hands-on experience in both legal and recruitment domains, positions him as a trusted advisor and resource for organizations seeking exceptional talent.

Nisha Pillay

Operations Director

Nisha Pillay brings nearly 20 years’ specific executive search experience to the table. During her two decades in the industry, she worked across various industries and functional areas, focusing on C-suite and non-executive director appointments. Her primary focus lies in the financial services, mining, and manufacturing/industrial sectors.

Nisha joined the Stanton Chase Johannesburg office in May of 2018 as a Principal. In June 2021, she stepped up to Partner level. Before joining Stanton Chase, she worked as a Senior Associate at Korn Ferry SA for a year. Between 2013 and 2017, she was a Consultant at Odgers Berndtson SA. Nisha also spent less than a year at Tuesday Consulting in 2012 in a project management capacity. Her earlier career started at Spencer Stuart SA where she worked in a research capacity. This position necessitated the development of a strong personal research and process methodology.

Nisha has been responsible for numerous executive level and board appointments over the years, in both local and multinational companies. Her experience includes working across the African continent on several key assignments for companies based in Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Zambia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

Vincent Aberi

Regional Business Development East Africa

Vincent Aberi is a Principal Consultant at Stanton Chase Johannesburg. He is a Kenyan national with extensive experience in the corporate world, having worked in Kenya and the USA for over 15 years. He joined the Pan-African office of Stanton Chase, having previously served as the Director of Business Development at the C & R Group based in Nairobi. During his time there, he was responsible for overseeing business growth in Kenya and Uganda.

Before joining the C & R Group, Vincent held the position of Head of International Banking at KCB Bank Group, where he managed assets locally and internationally, covering operations in various countries across Europe, North America, Africa, and the Middle East. Additionally, he previously worked for several Fortune 500 financial services companies in the USA, such as Citi Group, Western & Southern Financial Group, TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, and Comerica Bank.

Vincent is also involved in non-profit work, serving on the boards of Inable in Washington DC & Nairobi, which provides technology to the blind, and Fine Arts Chamber Players in Dallas, Texas. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and finance from the University of Texas and has professional license accreditations, including financial securities licenses, insurance licensing, and a license in certified financial analysis in North America. Vincent is a graduate of the Leadership Banking Management Program from Comerica Bank in Dallas, Texas.

In his role at Stanton Chase Pan-Africa, Vincent will focus on building the brand’s presence and recognition in the East African market, specifically in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and Ethiopia.

Chams Diagne

Regional Business Development West Africa

Chams Diagne, holder of a degree from the Institute of Marketing and Distribution Management of Lille and the ICD Business School Paris (IGS Group), has established an outstanding professional trajectory, characterized by his entrepreneurial commitment and expertise in the fields of new technologies and human resources.

He also completed the Seed Transformation Program from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, further enhancing his strategic acumen and leadership skills.

His career commenced at Microsoft, where he acquired invaluable skills that became the cornerstone of his future success. Subsequently, he served as Marketing Manager within the E-services department of La Poste France, showcasing his adeptness in navigating diverse and demanding environments.

Chams Diagne’s entrepreneurial drive came to the forefront in the early 2000s when he co-founded the Parisian web agency, Passerelle Communication Interactive, alongside his associates. This experience marked the genesis of his entrepreneurial journey and played a pivotal role in shaping his innovative vision.

In 2006, Chams Diagne joined Viadeo, the leading French-speaking professional social network, as a founding member. He held various roles, from Business Development in France to expanding the professional network in Europe, before assuming responsibility for African development in 2011 from the Africa Hub based in Casablanca. His contributions to Viadeo’s growth and his engagement in the African market solidified his position as a seasoned professional and visionary.

Today, Chams Diagne has returned to entrepreneurship with the establishment of Talent2Africa, a pan-African executive employment platform. This initiative underscores his commitment to Africa’s economic development by uniting candidates from diverse backgrounds around career opportunities on the continent. In 2019, Talent2Africa made history by becoming the first Francophone West African start-up to secure $1 million in funding, a significant milestone reflecting the success and potential of the company under Chams Diagne’s leadership.

His entrepreneurial approach, as delineated in the supplementary text, underscores his determination, courage, and strategic acumen. As a “bootstrapper,” he is distinguished by his initiative, insight, and relentless focus on business growth. His long-term vision and ability to navigate complex environments with agility make him a steadfast leader and a catalyst for building prosperous enterprises.

How It Works

Our platform operates on two fronts, catering to both Applicants seeking Board positions and Corporates searching for accomplished Board Members.

If you are an Applicant:

FIRST, GET ON BOARD AND SIGN UP FOR FREE!

You are free to browse through the listings first if you so wish, which will only provide you with a very brief synopsis of the current vacancies. However, you can only seek fuller details on the vacancies and thereafter apply if you have registered. Please take care to provide all the requested information, including attaching a copy of your CV, and any supporting documentation you would like to provide.

BROWSE THROUGH THE LISTINGS

Brief details provided on many current individual vacancies, across multiple industries, across many African countries. If interested in any vacancy, press “More info” to get fuller details. Note that the identity of the advertiser is NOT disclosed at this stage

APPLY – FOR FREE!

Submit your application for the vacancy you are interested in. AoB will send you an email confirmation of receipt of your application, and any advice regarding future interactions with you. The advertiser’s identity will only be disclosed to candidates who the advertiser selects to engage further from hereon.

RESULTS NOTIFICATION

Each listing will indicate timing around the recruitment process. Once the listing is closed (ref: application deadline date), all applicants will be notified whether the advertiser is interested or not interested in engaging further; if interested, applicants will be informed of next steps in the process.

If you are a Corporate:

First, sign up for free!

This will enable further interaction between you and the administrators on the portal, ensuring that you receive the best attention possible for your listing requirements.

Book an initial, free 30-minute consultation

Brief AoB on spec requirements; AoB to revert with engagement proposal and cost estimate.

Review Proposal & sign off on engagement

Make payment against pro-forma invoice provided

Assignment Execution

Payment Confirmation triggers start of engagement. AoB provides assignment project plan & assignment execution starts

If you are a Recruiter:

FIRST, SELECT YOUR VACANCY LISTING OPTION

Choose between the 1, 2 or 3 listing options, and submit order.

THEN, GET ON BOARD & SIGN UP FOR A FREE ACCOUNT!

This will enable further interaction between you and the administrators on the portal on a continual basis, ensuring that you receive the best attention possible for your listing requirements

BOOK AN INITIAL FREE ONLINE SIGN-OFF CONSULTATION

A Project Manager is assigned to your booking request, and will contact you to discuss payment, ad development and flighting.

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