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Loide Mudanisse

Management Expert

“My goal is to be an active player in the development of a business network between Mozambique and Germany. This international experience is the required tool.”

Name: Loide Mudanisse
Country of Origin: Mozambique
Language Skills: Portuguese, English, German
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique
Company/Institution: Mozal Aluminium Smelter, Maputo, Mozambique
Sector of Industry: Aluminium
Professional Position: Financial Accountant
Company Profile: Mozal, an aluminium smelter, is the largest aluminium producer in Mozambique and the second-largest in Africa. The company based in Maputo was founded in 1998 and is owned by BHP Billiton, Mitsubishi Corporation, IDC and the Government of Mozambique.
Partner Company in
Volkswagen AG

Im Rahmen des Programms Afrika Kommt! ist Frau Loide Mudanisse bei der Volkswagen AG Wolfsburg in der ersten Phase in der Abteilung Finanz Controlling tätig. Anschließend wird Sie Ihre Kenntnisse in der Abteilung Accounts receivable/payable einbringen und erweitern.

The story of Loide Mudanisse
Maputo / Mozambique, Financial Consultant, PMO Projects

“AFRIKA KOMMT! has made me realise my potential!”

It was rather scary,” says Loide Mudanisse as she remembers the challenging circumstances when she resigned from her employment in her home-town of Maputo. The management expert had worked as an accountant for a large aluminium producer and loved her profession. “It was simply a dream job. It was secure and we had a great team. It was very difficult to resign.“ However, she stood by her decision to take part in the AFRIKA KOMMT! programme and not only left her job, but also her home and her family. “It was an opportunity to come to Germany and benefit from an international experience.“ During her internship, Loide Mudanisse worked in the controlling department at Volkswagen AG, based in Wolfsburg. As a trainee who supported the controlling of financial calculations, she found herself in a new business culture facing the challenges of new tasks, new colleagues and new intercultural aspects of communication. “But I got a lot of support there,” adds Loide “and one of my colleagues, who came originally from South Africa, helped me communicating in English, too.”

Loide came back to Germany in July 2013 to take part in the refresher-course for AFRIKA KOMMT! alumni that took place in Bonn. A year after the programme had ended, she looked back, saying: “The main benefit I gained from the programme is that I became more objective in many areas.” In Africa, she explains, communicating about professional matters is often accompanied by a lot of discussion, whereas in Germany, working colleagues like to get straight to the point. The proverbial ‘efficient’ German communication-style might be appropriate in a professional environment. However, patience is more appreciated in the social sphere, where colleagues need a little more time to cultivate an amicable relationship, especially when a new language is involved.

Loide became friends with her colleagues at Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, and had the opportunity to visit them during her stay in July 2013. To this day, she keeps in close contact with them via e-mail. Since Volkswagen has no branch office in Mozambique, Loide’s professional contribution to the German automobile manufacturer was limited to her internship in Wolfsburg.

After her programme participation, and back in Maputo, Loide first stayed with her family. She had known the owner of the company, PMO Projects, before she went to Germany and now, one month after her return to Mozambique’s capital city, he made her a promising offer. Even though it is a relatively small company, the professional position she was offered came with generous financial benefits. Now, as she looks back, Loide says she has improved her professional position by way of her international experience. As a member of a team of three, Loide helps manage a challenging project for one of the company’s clients, a railway line. “We deal with a huge amount of information and responsibility. But the objectivity I gained in Germany is helping me to deliver on the task and to execute the project for the client in a professional manner.”

One of her professional objectives is to play a key role in the economic relationship between Mozambique and Germany. “I gained more self-confidence in my professional position. My stay in Germany and the experience there serve me as a ‘senior consultant’. The programme participation made me realise my potential.” Cooperation between the two countries began in 1985. The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ, currently has around 260 national and international staff members working in Mozambique and has a country office in Maputo. Loide contacted the office and offered her support to maintain a close exchange on the spot. “It would be very helpful to provide mentoring for the new AFRIKA KOMMT! groups, in particular, before their departure to Germany.” From her own experience, she knows there are a lot of questions and she is able to help solve them. ”In this regard, an online-platform would also be supportive.” The number of German companies in Mozambique is still very limited, but with Loide Mudanisse they can count on a comprehensive mentoring on the ground.