The ETK Team
Maintaining our reputation as the leading African specialist consultancy firm is more important that the size of our business or short-term revenue growth.
We are committed to innovation, staying agile and empowering our clients.
Our management board and leadership team are responsible for developing and implementing the policies and strategy of ETK, and for its direction and management.
Kevin is Co-Founder / Managing Director of ETK Group, leading a team of highly experienced executives, consultants and trainers helping businesses develop their strategies and providing market-specific training solutions to ensure they achieve operational excellence, whether going into or coming out of Africa. He has experience in the ‘retail’ Oil & Gas sector in Nigeria, and has worked in Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. Kevin is a public speaker and university guest lecturer, lending his knowledge and experience at various educational, business and entrepreneurship development panels including regular speaking engagements at UK Department for International Trade workshops on Africa. He holds a BA (Hons) Business Administration from the University of East London, an MSc Global Banking & Finance from the European Business School London (Regent’s University) and an MBA from Webster Graduate School, London (Webster University, St. Louis, USA). Kevin is also on the Board of the Business Council for Africa (BCA).
Director, Business Development & Strategy, ETK Group
With sixteen years of expertise and experience in Africa and the UK, Bolaji has a proven track record of strategically positioning businesses—from start-ups to established corporates—to thrive within complex African markets. Her focus has been helping these companies overcome the challenges of the unique business landscape of the continent; achieving scale while developing mutually beneficial relationships. In over ten years as a management consultant, she has worked with more than 400 businesses, covering diverse sectors including Aviation, Financial Services, IT, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Beauty and Fashion. As co-founder of the Enterprise, Training & Knowledge Group, Bolaji has led ETK’s consultants to help global companies make connections in 11 African countries to date. Her previous jobs include working for the Central Bank of Nigeria, Halifax Bank of Scotland as a Senior Supervisor, Secured Collections, and The Business Factory Management Consultancy as a Director, Business Consulting; roles that have taken her to Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire and Nigeria. An Africa SME Advocate, Bolaji is a creative and engaging conference speaker, a business mentor with a B.A in Languages and Linguistics. She is also fluent in French.
Nel van Zanten
Director, Training ETK Group / Centre Director CABE
Nel is a dynamic, highly qualified trainer with over 20 years’ experience in, training & development and has worked for some of the leading training companies in the UK including the Centre for African Business Education (an ETK Group Subsidiary) where she is currently the Centre Director. She also has extensive experience within the Agribusiness sector having grown up on a farm and managed the family agribusiness business in Holland. After leaving home and starting her own family, Nel gained further knowledge and experience running her own family agribusiness in England and Northern Ireland. She has spent time in Kenya teaching local women project management skills, and has also lived in South Africa working as a member of the Board of Committee and Community Centre Manager in the local community where she developed and ran skills training courses and programs. She also set up a fully functioning day care centre for 110 children, ran rehabilitation and training programs while also helping the communities set up drip-irrigation systems for their local farms. As well as being a qualified paediatric nurse, Nel holds a BSc (Hons) in Social Science and Diplomas in Management, Childcare and Education & Training (DTLL).
Country Manager, ETK Nigeria
Olamipo is a self-motivated individual who is dedicated to excellent and professional service delivery. In 2007, she joined Oceanic Bank International Plc. as a customer service officer. Her 8 year experience in the banking industry afforded her the opportunity to function in various capacities across different departments ranging from customer service, banking operations to regulatory compliance. Olamipo firmly believes that education and implementation of sound business practices can unlock the potential of the African continent thereby alleviating poverty and eradicating under-development. She holds a BA Hons. European Studies (French) from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MA International Development and Education from Newcastle University, United Kingdom.
The Advisory Board
Chairman, Advisory Board
Robin was Founder Partner and Managing Director of Deloitte Emerging Markets Group (EMG), a leader in expanding the role of the private sector in economic development. Starting in 1982, he directed EMG’s business in over 70 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Middle East, Central Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean. The focus was on the private sector as a driver of growth and development, including the financial sector as well as small and microenterprise, privatisation and overall governance. Results demonstrate that much of the work he has led has had deep and lasting impact on the development of the individual countries and regions. He has deep expertise in sustainable economic development and business risk management and now provides high level, independent advice to organizations operating, or seeking to operate, in emerging markets. Robin is also Chair, UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) Advisory Board (SAAC), Independent Panel Member of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Ombudsman office (CAO), Adviser to BG Group, Non-executive director of Vietnamese private sector company VI Corporation, and Member of arbitration panel in financial dispute between two international organizations. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds an LLB and an M.A. Economics and German from the University Of Aberdeen, UK.
Advisory Board Member
Rolake is an Oil & Gas specialist with extensive knowledge and experience of African as well as global markets. Her specialist areas include global energy, upstream petroleum economics, African oil and gas markets, oil and gas financing trends and infrastructure challenges sustainable energy solutions, Africa’s power sector and natural resource policy. She is a regular media commentator and presenter on global and African energy and natural resources, and has been a regular reviewer of global newspaper headlines on BBC World News since 2012. Fluent in French, and Yoruba, her mother tongue, Rolake has lived in Senegal and travelled extensively across Africa. She holds a Bachelors and a Master’s degree from the London School of economics and is currently Head of Energy and Natural Resources Origination at FBN Capital, Nigeria.
Advisory Board Member
British citizen, born and raised in East Africa, Sam is a seasoned professional with 33 years of extensive experience in over 20 countries in Africa geared to resolving weaknesses, and creating sustained growth and standing in the host country. He achieved this by focusing on gaining an intimate understanding of the host country culture and protocols, and building sound relationships. Sam has helped several companies deploy flexibility and discipline to the business of reducing risk, ensuring business continuity and redefining capacity building in the volatile African environment. He started out in the Security & Risk Mitigation business and evolved from this to designing and directing commercial and social sustainability, crisis prevention and business recovery in areas of conflict or challenging environments in Africa. He has developed a broad, selective and enduring network among the professional, government and other circles in Africa, cultivated over many years. Sam's experience spans across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Somalia, Sudan (North and South), DRC/Zaire, Congo Brazaville, Rwanda, Burundi, Ghana, Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Togo, Benin, Cote D'Ivoire and Angola. Sam joined the ETK team to develop strategic operations in Africa, which is central to the ‘global-local’ theme to the business. He is fluent in English, French, Kiswahili and speaks some Arabic.
Advisory Board Member
Bill Conner has spent more than 30 years transforming the fundraising results of the organisations with whom he has worked in both the UK and the US. His expertise is in leading organisations through institutional strategic planning for large fundraising campaigns, building high value relationships leading to successful fundraising, and crafting institutional visions and associated narratives to support fundraising initiatives. Bill is a founding partner of Conner & Associates and a Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford where he is the Development Director. He has held board roles with the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving and EU Consult. Bill began his consulting career in 1999 and in 2001 became a Director of Brakeley Ltd where he served a wide range of clients in the UK, Continental Europe and the USA. He has also served as Director of Development at New College, University of Oxford. Prior experience includes senior management and fundraising roles with the London Business School, the San Francisco and Miami Operas, the Castle Hill Foundation, the Boston University School for the Arts and Director of Development at Ashridge Business School.
First Colleagues. Now Friends.
"ETK has afforded me the opportunity to develop my leadership skills and positively affect the lives of people and businesses across the East Africa region."
Malele Ngalu; Country manager, ETK Kenya