Investissement : quand la plate-forme mauricienne séduit
Les chiffres parlent d’eux-mêmes : les investisseurs étrangers sont nombreux à faire confiance à Maurice comme passerelle vers l’Afrique. Outre les avantages offerts par l’État, l’expertise disponible sur place attire.
La vocation de Maurice comme plate-forme d’investissement vers l’Afrique se confirme. Grâce à la stratégie gouvernementale adoptée en ce sens, les sociétés multinationales ou transnationales souhaitant mener des opérations sur le continent bénéficient, de fait, d’un certain nombre d’avantages en établissant leur siège à Maurice.
Interview with Ajong Mbapndah L – Pan African Visions
For Lindi Gillespie, connecting the right people to opportunities in the market place and creating viable and strategic partnerships is her passion. Leveraging her vast networks and experience garnered over a twenty year period in diverse marketing and business roles, Lindi Gillespie founded Atlas Africa, an investment and brokerage company with operational base from South Africa. The firm offers clients the opportunity to expand business prospects on a broad range of sectors across Africa and on the global stage.
Interview with Lameez Omarjee – Fin24
Johannesburg- The damage of the credit downgrade extends beyond foreign direct investment inflows and will also impact potential mergers and acquisitions going forward.
Kevin Cron, head of corporate mergers and acquisitions at Norton Rose Fulbright, explained to Fin24 that this may be because foreign investors are likely to be more cautious now that the country is rated at sub-investment grade.
Ratings agencies Standard & Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch downgraded South Africa’s sovereign rating to junk following the Cabinet reshuffle, which saw President Jacob Zuma replacing former finance minister Pravin Gordhan with former home affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.
Humbled to be in top 3 winners of The Amazons African Leadership Award for distinguished leaders. This nomination is one of the best things that ever happened to me . Held in Durban on 4th May as part of the World Economic Forum
An exclusive interview with Lindi Gillespie of Atlas Africa by Noah Ajare Editor in Chief of African Peace Magazine Ltd.
Passionate about People, Business, Prosperity and Africa
An interview with Lindi Gillespie of Atlas Africa by Mzukona Mantshontsho
The political and economic landscape of the African continent has been a matter of great interest to domestic& foreign investors, business, political & institutional communities, decision-makers and thought leaders.
South Africa’s structural problems hold back growth and job creation, leaving it increasingly vulnerable to emerging risks. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicted that South Africa was destined to continued sluggish economic growth and higher current account deficits, leaving the economy exposed to both internal and external shocks.
It came as no surprise when in January 2016 Lindi Gillespie established Atlas Africa from a passion for Africa to assist with bringing finance into Africa to support economic growth on the continent. Atlas Africa is an investment brokerage company offering clients the opportunity to expand their business prospects and build strong networks of associates across a broad range of sectors, within Africa as well as on a global scale.
What does the role of being the CEO mean to you?
Having worked in London in the banking sector, owned my own marketing company in Port Elizabeth, got involved in charity work for years, I like autonomy when making decisions. Being a leader gives me the freedom to work in my own time. I am a hard worker and work is my priority so the hours I put in are extensive, but I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
With several professional achievements, which one stands out for you and why?
My biggest achievement was in the charity industry. I successfully kept a home for HIV children open. Today the home is operational in Port Elizabeth and has given many children a home since 1998 when we raised funds and awareness to keep the home open when it was closing due to financial constraints. I was nominated for the Citizen of the Year Award in Port Elizabeth and received accolades and recognition from the Mayor.
Have you had any particular challenges as a woman business leader?
Around 85% of my dealings are with men. I find support and stand strong in my high work ethic and if I feel I am taken advantage of I make it clear what my vision is and how I expect to be treated.
What advice do you have for younger professionals in the different sectors?
Take the leap and follow your dreams no matter what the circumstances are. Study as much as possible as knowledge is power. Look into all the options of financial support as government has support programmes for entrepreneurs and foreign funding. Be positive and spend time with influential, successful people as they will support your ideas. A successful entrepreneur needs to spend time with successful people who have reached success as they will inspire you through knowledge, to supporting your vision and stimulate your thinking.
What are you currently working on and what can we expect from you going forward?
My focus is renewable energy development in Africa. I am currently working on a number of solar, wind and hydro projects. They are in South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco. We are solidifying financiers for these projects and the suitable companies.
As a prominent African business leader, what issues or challenges are you confronted with?
Africa is still not seen as a continent to invest in. The focus is often more on Asia and Latin America. My role is to find and work with those investors and institutions that believe in Africa’s potential as an emerging continent full of opportunity.
What initiative (if implemented) would leave the greatest impact for you and for Africa as a whole?
Women support foundations. I am involved with a new organisation that forms networks for entrepreneurial women in Africa. We at the registration stages of the organisation and we will have our own networking summits to support a lot of women in entrepreneurial positions across the continent.
What would you change if you had all the powers in the world?
If I had all the powers in the world, I would eradicate poverty. I think there is nothing worse than financial poverty and not being able to access basic health care, education, water and food.
What principles and values do you think are important for any professional and why?
In my profession you will not survive without the spirit of hard work. It takes a long time to put a project together and there are many obstacles along the way. You need tenacity and vision to see your projects finally working and sustainable.
What are the most critical resources for your successful leadership? How would people describe you as a Leader?
A successful leader needs to learn how to see obstacles as opportunities. If there is a stumbling block, you need to navigate your way around it and be creative in finding solutions. Don’t see obstacles as problems but rather as a chance to grow and improve. People say they admire my being able to visualise the success of my business and never giving up!
What legacy would you want to leave by the time you retire?
My legacy would be to enable my children and young people to have opportunities. I want them to be able to have the best exposure to the world and the best opportunities to study and achieve their own success. My legacy would be my honest dealings and integrity which I hope to impart to the people I work with.
How do you strike the balance of career, business and interpersonal skills?
I have a lot of help. I live in Port Elizabeth which is a wonderful city for raising children. My family is great with my children and they support me in every way possible. We holiday a lot at St Francis Bay which is my place for switching off completely. I also include exercise and a healthy lifestyle so that I have the energy I need to run my business and my family in a balanced manner.
How do you maintain ethics, integrity and professionalism?
I work with people I can trust where possible. I strongly believe that you need to figure out who is in your corner before you start dealings. People can develop 100 reasons to support you and stick by you or 100 reasons to take advantage of you. If I know someone does not have integrity, I don’t begin any form of dealings from the onset. I have a strong network of people I trust and we share ideas openly without any non-disclosure agreements.
How do you participate in mentorship, if you do?
I assist associates by pointing out where they are making mistakes. I’m very honest when I see someone making mistakes as I have learnt from similar mistakes earlier in my career.
How is the company doing in terms of Transformation objectives?
I support many projects that do not have finance to come to fruition. For instance, in Zimbabwe where funding is a challenge in developing renewable energy projects, Atlas Africa engages with development fund providers and institutions to support these entrepreneurs.
How do you ensure the company is delivering quality customer service?
I am always available for my clients. Being the business leader means working on weekends and late in the evening at times. If a client needs our support we give them our full attention. I treat my clients the same way I would expect to be treated.
What keeps you awake at night?
I mull over projects sometimes at night. I sometimes wake up and clearly see the documents at hand at that point in a project! I enjoy dealing with people who have the same passion for Africa’s progress as I do. They are normally as hard working as I am.
How does the organisation take part in developing the profession you belong to?
I am very supportive of people and associates we work with in projects and always the first to be inclusive. This motivates others to carry on even when things are tough.
When you not at work, what do you get up to, including family life?
I spend all my time with my two boys who are 8 and 9 years old. They are my inspiration and my greatest loves. I also enjoy travelling; spending time with close friends and take every opportunity to go on holiday.
Where can people follow you online?
I am very active on LinkedIn.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is a South African Journalist who is currently a Publishing Executive at The African Professional Magazine. He is also the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions, a non-profit making organisation established to help high schools in Cosmo City.