Meet Didier Acouetey AfricSearch Group President and Founder


Didier Acouetey is the President and Founder since 1996 of the AfricSearch Group, first recruitment and Human Resources consulting firm specializing in Africa, based in Paris with branches in Abidjan, Cotonou, Dakar, Douala, Johannesburg, Lome and other African capitals.

Before founding the AfricSearch Group, Didier Acouetey had worked in the advertising and packaging industry as Strategic, Sales and Marketing Director.

From 1994 to 1997 he showed an early interest in Africa’s development and political issues, as President of Renaissance Africaine, an international association involved in promoting a new development strategy for the African continent.

When establishing AfricSearch, Acouetey was one of the first in Europe to participate actively in reversing the African brain drain.

As business advisor to several Managing Directors of Africa’s major companies and institutions, Didier Acouetey has built an extensive network of contacts in the African business and political community.

In 2008, he has been considered as one the 50 most active Africans in the world for those last 50 years by the magazine Africa International.

Acouetey has also received different others awards from African Institutions and Universities and is listed since 2006 in the French Who’s Who publication.

He has been regularly featured on television and radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and particularly on Radio France International, well known international radio in francophone African countries on which he provides on air analysis for radio program on education and skills in Africa.

Strongly committed in various organizations dedicated to the transformation of the African continent, Acouetey is Vice-President of Africa Agenda and Action Forum , a leadership organisation for Africa, gathering the African new generation decision makers, with the goal of making Africa, a world economic power.

He is also Vice-President of Groupe Initiative Afrique, a Think Tank that gathers top African economic and political decision makers. He is and also member of other active organizations such as Africa 2.0 or Aspen Institute. He is also the promoter of the Youth Excellency Program in different countries in Africa whose objective is to promote Young Africans Leaders.

He has co-founded in November 2010 the first Africa South East Asia Chamber of Commerce in Singapore whose objective is to promote business partnerships and best practices between African and South East Asian private sectors.

Didier Acouetey is a graduate from the Arts et Métiers school in Paris, and holds a Bachelor degree and a MBA from ESCP EAP, one of the top French business schools.


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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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