WHAT WE ARE ABOUT
As the name conveys, Aphropean Partners sets out to inspire and enable people for better understanding, improved decision making, and public engagement between Africa, its Diaspora, and Europe:
Strategic Social Outreach
Information, insights, and commentary on sustainable business, technology, and Africa-EU affairs.
Frontiers of Dialogue
Engagement Event Series
Engage sustainability agents, development professionals and enterprises to connect, discuss, learn and remain relevant on current business affairs in the emerging markets of Africa.
Business linkage promotion
Marketing, training and technical assistance.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Rita Isiba is founding director at Aphropean Partners, an Austrian event company forging the private-public sector and servicing enterprises of all sizes with a vested interest in Africa-Europe business relations.
Her most significant contribution comes from partnering with experts to exchange knowledge, facilitate networking, develop international sales skills and facilitate the cooperation of trading sustainable products between Africa and Europe.
Rita appears with Austria’s leading leaders of thought and action on New Market Development at the Business Talk hosted by CorporAid and the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce.
She is board director member of Forum Frau im Österreichische Gewerbe Verein, former general secretary of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe, consultant to the Diaspora Innovation Institute, member of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce, member of the Public Affairs Network, and Board member of ConscienceMatter.org.
Rita holds a BSc in Business and European Studies from the University of Hertfordshire, Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration and an MBA degree from Edinburgh Business School. In addition to her degrees, Rita is certified in Business Consulting, Knowledge Management, Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution, Equality & Diversity.
She speaks fluent English and German and understands Yoruba fluently.
THE APHROPEAN PARTNERS TEAM
Eva Westhauser is a business consultant and International project manager based in Vienna, Austria. In the past, she applied her expertise in executing marketing and sales strategy for the pharmaceutical industry.
As a partner and consultant of the Institute of Entrepreneurship (IoE), Eva brings valuable knowledge and contributes to the business development activities of Aphropean Partners. Her wealth of management experience will help forge partnerships with stakeholders to carry out our mission.
Eva has a Bachelor degree in Commercial Sciences from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and is certified to trade pharmaceutical goods on wholesale. She speaks fluent German and English.
Samuel Ogunfojuri is Austrian of Nigerian origin currently based in London, UK. He is an aspiring international marketing communication specialist with demonstrable skills in negotiating and influencing.
In tune with the latest trends of the Millennials and Generation Z market, he volunteers his talents in partnership development and marketing strategy to Aphropean Partners. Particularly keen of the entertainment industry, Samuel supports numerous artists with their marketing strategy and is an advertisement model in his spare time.
Samuel Ogunfojuri is working towards a bachelors degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications at the University of Greenwich. He is trilingual in German, English, and Yoruba.
Sebastian Florczyk is Austrian of Polish origin based in Vienna. He is an experienced multi-media marketing specialist with a penchant for strategy, monitoring, and evaluation.
Working on some projects involving photography, graphic design, film production and direction, Sebastian channels his creative spirit in event management.
Sebastian’s greatest contribution comes from supervising the events operation and managing the marketing plan to help promote sustainable solutions. Certified in Video Production, Sebastian Florczyk studies Business Administration at the University of Economics and Business in Vienna.
He speaks fluent German, English, and Polish.
Edith is Kenyan and based in Vienna, Austria. She has held a variety of different Human Resources positions across Africa, the Middle East, and in Europe. Her global expertise enables her to understand how people run businesses in different countries.
Edith earned an MBA degree from the London School of Business and Finance; she also holds a BA degree in International Business Management from Coventry University, UK and a degree in Business Commerce from Africa Nazarene University.
She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and a Certified Professional in Human Resources. She enjoys being a teacher, a learner, and an explorer.
Anneleen is a talented linguist speaking seven (!) languages including German, English, French, Italian, Dutch, Russian and Spanish.
She is a creative thinker and is volunteering her talents to Aphropean Partners on diverse projects involving partnership and business development. Also, Anneleen is part of the Regional Academy of the United Nations program (RAUN). Passionate about women empowerment, Anneleen supports the RAUN program for the UNODC about the role of women in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism.
Anneleen van Uffelen obtained a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages, culture, media studies, linguistics, and literature.
Julius Timgum is of Cameroonian origin and based in Vienna. He comes from a market research and consulting background with extensive experience on market entry strategies in Africa.
Julius has an MBA in International Health Care Management from the Management Center Innsbruck (MCI) and is currently working on his PhD research at the Leopold University Innsbruck focused on challenges and opportunities for Micro Health Insurance organisations in Sub Saharan Africa.
Julius will lead the programme management team by focusing on business trends and opportunities in key African markets and oversees the smooth running and execution of Aphropean project cycle.
Julius is multilingual, speaks 3 African languages, English, French and German and is passionate about the future for Health Insurance in Africa.
THE APHROPEAN PARTNERS ADVISORY COUNCIL
Together with strategic partners, we produce engagement programs to increase awareness and encourage sustainability orientated agents to relate with Austria, Africa, and its Diaspora.
Our business is to enhance understanding, to improve the performance of reputation, to position brands, engage stakeholders and carry out interactive learning programs.
In the interest of internationalisation and its effects, we facilitate the exchange of information and insights for business & development.
We strive for unity of interests through online and offline engagements to promote insights for inspiration on sustainable business, technology, and current affairs.
One of the important ways we stay relevant on current affairs, fast-evolving industry and cutting edge technology is through our Advisory Council.
THE APHROPEAN PARTNERS ALLIANCE
Aphropean Partners is a member of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce and African diaspora organisations. Among our cooperation partners and alliances are the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE Austria), Knowledge Management Associates (KMA), the University of Vienna and its Global African Diaspora Diaspora (GADS) Research Platform and Kenyan In Diaspora Austria Organisation, and Nigerian In Diaspora Organisation.