An Initiative of German Industry for Future Leaders from Africa

The Companies

A Classical Win-Win Situation

They are among the leaders in their industry: in 2008, 19 companies inaugurated AFRIKA KOMMT!, a joint training initiative for young professionals and executives from Sub-Saharan Africa.  Impetus for their shared commitment was the PARTNERSHIP WITH AFRICA campaign of former German President Horst Köhler in cooperation with the ZEIT Foundation. Since 2019, the initiative is also open for young executives from Nothern Africa. The German companies now sustainably support this open dialogue between Africa and Germany with AFRIKA KOMMT!.

“AFRIKA KOMMT! has become its own brand”, said Tilman Todenhöfer, former Managing Director of Robert Bosch Industrial Trust KG and member of the Supervisory Board of Robert Bosch GmbH. As one of the originators, he is convinced of the effectiveness of the initiative for all involved partners. In addition, the initiative fosters diversity in the participating companies.

The young professionals expand their technical and management skills and complement them with a sound cross-cultural component. The companies, in turn, benefit from the technical expertise of the participants as well as the cultural knowledge of their home country; they thus acquire a more insightful access to Africa’s economy.

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The participating companies bear all costs of the programme, and the participants receive a scholarship that covers their living expenses for the duration of their stay.

“For companies like us, that want to grow considerably on the African market in the upcoming years, this programme is an excellent opportunity to build a network to young talents and to become visible as attractive employer in Africa,” explains Dr. Katharina Klinge, thyssenkrupp AG, Head of Human Resources Middle East and Africa. “In a former programme year of AFRIKA KOMMT! the concept has already worked: The former fellow Yusuf Tijani is nowadays working for thyssenkrupp as a Business Development Engineer in Nigeria.“

The participating companies are:

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