Edouard comes with 25 years track record as a Senior Executive from the consumer goods sector with a strong background in emerging markets.
Edouard has worked with organizations such as Nestle as Business Executive Manager and FanMilk as CEO across different markets.
In his role as CEO for Africa Improved Foods, Edouard will further develop AIF’s strategy, creating the needed internal and external conditions to secure resources allowing it to achieve its objectives. This includes formulating and executing the joint business venture’s plan, stakeholder management and creating a high performing local team.
Josephine NGO MAWOH is the Marketing and Sales Director for Africa Improved Foods (Holding) since November 2021.
She has extensive years of experience in F&B as Regional Marketing Director, in General Management as well as Commercial Management roles.
She has an unconditional passion for the African consumers throughout her career, with multi-countries experiences in North and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to settle in F&B, she spent five years in B2B sales (electronic, telecommunication and IT).
In her various roles with Nestlé, Coca-Cola, Danone and FrieslandCampina, she has consistently led business and brands performances turn-arounds, designed and executed successful portfolio innovations as well as impactful commercial products launches.
Josephine will focus on the redesign, relaunch, and acceleration of Africa Improved Foods B2C business (Business to Consumers) by driving the Marketing, Sales, Distribution, RTM strategy and execution, with a strong focus in developing the right product portfolio and brand management. She will also strive to lead a strong performing team through capacity building and promoting growth.
Ahmed Sylla is the Country Manager of Africa Improved Foods since 01st December 2021 after his tenure as the CEO of PepsiCo Ivory Coast Division.
Ahmed is a Commercial Engineer by profession with over 23 years of experience and expertise working in the food manufacturing industry. He has held various positions with top-tier manufacturing organizations including Nestle Central and West Africa as well as Danone (Fan Milk Cote d’Ivoire).
He has amassed extensive knowledge in overseeing and managing large, complex, multi-million-dollar operations where he has been instrumental in driving business growth by guiding organizations to realize an improvement in their processes that ultimately improved their operational and business efficiencies.
Jurgen Paulis is Africa Improved Foods’ Chief Finance Officer, he assumed this role in 2017 after a six-year tenure in a similar role for DSM’s North America Division.
Jurgen is a result-oriented professional with a high business acumen and hands-on experience in finance and operations management. Over the course of his 30-year career, he amassed extensive knowledge in key disciplines including Business Restructuring, Business Integration, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Partnering, Project Management, Financial Shared Services and Large Global Organizations.
He holds a Masters Degree in Business Economics obtained from Erasmus University of Rotterdam and underwent several professional training programs from prestigious institutions such as Duke Corporate Education, IMD Business School and Controllers Instituut.
He’s been recognized for his special achievements with awards such as “The New Jersey Technology Council’s CFO ‘Deal of the year’ Award” and “The CFO Studio Innovation Awards ‘CFO Success Award: Finance Department’”
Jan Vriens is an experienced international executive with experience in fine chemicals, resins, pharmaceuticals and food operations. A Master’s Degree holder in Chemical Engineering from the University of Technology of Eindhoven, he joined Royal DSM, a global science based company active in health, nutrition and materials in 1985 where he occupied several senior positions such as Director of Exports, Business Director- DSM Special products, Director- Strategic Projects and New Business Development and many more key roles all in three countries namely the Netherlands, China and Japan. Jan joined Africa Improved Foods (Holding), a joint venture of the Government of Rwanda and a consortium of Royal DSM, IFC, CDC and FMO in 2015. He currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer overseeing and leading all of the Company’s operations in Rwanda and later on in other Sub-Saharan countries where AIF will actively continue addressing malnutrition and stunting through manufacturing high quality nutritious foods. He has hands on know-how in Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects, Development and Strategic Planning and is passionate about inspirational leadership, people development and cultures.