WHAT APHROPEAN IS ABOUT
This is the part where we’re meant to make bold claims about how we’re revolutionising the business information industry. But everyone says that, right?
Quite simply, as the name conveys, Aphropean Partners sets out to help people prepare for developing their business in Africa.
We are a diverse team of passionate and curious people, independently owned, based in Vienna and we work globally.
In 2016, our founder Rita Isiba created a solution to unite information, knowledge and expertise from Africa and Europe. Since then we are in a continuous move to create global partnerships by facilitating information and networking events, producing insights and analysis reports and promoting business linkages.
WHO IT’S FOR
Aphropean Partners is for enterprises and consultants – both private and public sector with a vested interest in strengthening business and social relations between Europe and Africa.
As a specialised Africa Information Provider, we collaborate with strategic partners who want to learn about new market trends and ethical practices, gain knowledge on the consumer market, market access strategies, and cross-cultural communication and sales skills.
Among the growing list of Aphropean Partners are:
UNIDO United Nations Industrialization Development Organization
UNIVERSITÄT WIEN Global African Diaspora Studies Research Platform
IEEE TEMS Technology and Engineering Management Society
KMA Knowledge Management Associates
BLUE CUBE Sustainability Marketing Agency
SOLVED Cleantech Advisory Service
ÖSTERREICHISCHER GEWERBEVEREIN Frau im ÖGV
VIDN Vienna International Development Network
IIP International Institute for Peace
NIGERIA EMBASSY Permanent Mission Vienna
CCME Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad
KIDA Kenyans In Diaspora Austria
NIDOE Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation Europe
ADEPT PLATFORM Africa-Europe Diaspora Development Platform
WHO WE ARE
Meet the Aphropean Partners team. We’re made up of dedicated individuals from around the globe all based in Vienna. We’re always on the lookout for inspiring people devoted to forging trade and social relations between Europe, Africa and its Diaspora. So, if you believe you can join our mission, come join us and be part of shaping the narrative.
Rita Isiba is an International Cooperation Consultant and Founding Director of Aphropean Partners.
She is in charge of leading and coordinating the communication and engagement programme. Much of Rita’s work is devoted to helping small-medium enterprises improve performance and productivity through marketing, knowledge and information management. She is board director member of Frau im Österreichische Gewerbe Verein, former general secretary of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation Europe, consultant to the Diaspora Innovation Institute, member of the Impact Hub Vienna, Austrian Federal Chamber of Commerce, and the UK Public Affairs Network.
Rita Isiba has an international background loaded with marketing and knowledge management projects, centred around improving performance and social relationships. She 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.
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.
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 of Health Insurance in Africa.
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.
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.
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.