Raw materials, innovation, culture … Africa is an inexhaustible source of wealth. From north to south and from west to east, foreign investors are working hand in hand with local entrepreneurs. This alliance is a safe bet for a continent that is counting heavily on the new generation to create the Africa of tomorrow.

Africa

Raw materials, innovation, culture … Africa is an inexhaustible source of wealth. From north to south and from west to east, foreign investors are working hand in hand with local entrepreneurs. This alliance is a safe bet for a continent that is counting heavily on the new generation to create the Africa of tomorrow.

Swiss group Novartis is one of the foremost names in the pharmaceutical sector – It was the sector’s largest group in terms of turnover in 2012 and ranked seventh most innovative global company in 2013. Rebecca Stevens, a native of Sierra Leone, is particularly passionate about healthcare issues. She spoke to Leaders League about the group's initiatives on the continent.

Rebecca Stevens (Novartis): "Health education is of paramount importance to the overall development of Africa"

Swiss group Novartis is one of the foremost names in the pharmaceutical sector – It was the sector’s largest group in terms of turnover in 2012 and ranked seventh most innovative global company in 2013. Rebecca Stevens, a native of Sierra Leone, is p...

Colas is a major player in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure. Its Colas Rail division specializes in rail projects. In recent years the firm has passed a number of milestones, from building the first African high-speed line in Morocco, to the construction of the Cairo metro. Colas Rail’s director of Africa development, Frédéric Priest, took us through the company’s recent projects on the continent.

Frédéric Priest (Colas Rail): “Facilitating access to sustainable transport solutions for Africans is essential”

Colas is a major player in the construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure. Its Colas Rail division specializes in rail projects. In recent years the firm has passed a number of milestones, from building the first African high-speed line...

Orange’s CEO for Africa and the Middle East, Alioune Ndiaye, spent a decade as Sonatel’s CFO before the company was acquired by the French telecoms giant in 2006. He spoke to Leaders league about the current state of the telecoms industry in Africa.

Alioune Ndiaye (Orange): "The new generation in Africa are extremely interested in new technology"

Orange’s CEO for Africa and the Middle East, Alioune Ndiaye, spent a decade as Sonatel’s CFO before the company was acquired by the French telecoms giant in 2006. He spoke to Leaders league about the current state of the telecoms industry in Africa.

SOMDIAA, an organization dedicated to the management and development of the food and agricultural industries, is a French group that has been operating exclusively on the African continent for fifty years. At its head, Alexandre Vilgrain, who took over the reins of the family business in 1995 from his father. He currently manages the production of sugar, flour, animal feed and eggs of the organization's eleven subsidiaries as well as all aspects of their marketing in sub-Saharan Africa. Leaders League got his thoughts on the current state of agriculture in Africa.

Alexandre Vilgrain (SOMDIAA) “The primary objective? For Africa to feed itself”

SOMDIAA, an organization dedicated to the management and development of the food and agricultural industries, is a French group that has been operating exclusively on the African continent for fifty years. At its head, Alexandre Vilgrain, who took ov...

A French industrial group with a strong international dimension, Schneider Electric is a world-leader in energy management, industrial automation and services related to the energy transition. The group is following a sustainable development strategy, and intends to become carbon neutral across its entire ecosystem by 2030. Gilles Desroches, its head of sustainable development, spoke to Leader’s League about the company’s renewable energy activity in Europe.

Gilles Desroches (Schneider Electric): “Renewables provide cleaner, digital and decentralized forms of energy”

A French industrial group with a strong international dimension, Schneider Electric is a world-leader in energy management, industrial automation and services related to the energy transition. The group is following a sustainable development strategy...