Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent, made up of fifty-five countries, and over 1 billion people. It also has the youngest population in the world with 50% of it's people being under 20 years old. With this said, this section aims to share Mama Africa's rich culture, passionate people, and amazing cities, so that you too can see what the continent has to offer.
mi-Fone: The FIRST AFRICAN Mobile Devices Brand, has been reinventing the mobile market in Africa since 2008. We believe that it is a necessity, and not a privilege that our continent’s people have access to education and technology, so that’s why we set out to create “Aspiration…Within Reach”™
Making over 1.3 billion Africans “Mobile” is too large for one company to accomplish, but we believe we will empower over 100 million people with our affordable, yet innovative mobile devices.
mi-Fone currently has a footprint in over 15 countries throughout Africa, and will rapidly continue to grow over the next five years.
mi-Fone was founded in 2008 by Alpesh Patel. Our management team & advisory board brings an extensive knowledge base of Africa, Mobile Telecoms, and Technology. Our team members have worked with various companies such as Motorola, Coca-Cola, Razorfish, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Phillips. With a team presence spanning over 5 countries, we have Africa covered.
About: Alpesh Patel, Chief Executive Officer / Founder
Born in the Ugandan jungle while his parents were there on safari, Mi-Fone's CEO and Founder is the true meaning of "Indian Blood...African Heart". This original African Indian Entrepreneur made a name for himself selling large volumes of Mobile devices to the Chinese back in the 90s.
Alpesh founded Mi-Fone in 2008, after leaving Motorola where he was their Director of Sales in Africa where he placed more than 5m devices into the continent. Whilst there, he realized that the big brands were missing the point and that ultimately Africa was best served by Africans themselves. His 20 years of experience in the mobile business is not to be taken lightly, and he is well respected on the continent for his knowledge. Alpesh has a deep palate for Nigerian delicacies and is ALWAYS the last man standing at Mi-Fone events. After living in 5 continents around the world, he now maintains residences in Mauritius, Dubai and South Africa... and of course has a resident seat on most Emirates flights!
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About: Nikhil N. Patel, Chief Operating Officer
Nik is the Ultra-Generalist keeping all our global daily operations in sync. Procurement, Logistics, and Sales, Social Media, Creative, and Geeky technical stuff, Nikhil likes to get down & dirty!
Born to East African Indian parents, raised & educated in England, starting his career in Germany, and currently living in the USA, Nik considers the world his home.
Nik's collection of tailored suits in his wardrobe is vast, just like his experience in the Hospitality, Pharmaceutical & Telecoms industries, having worked with companies such as Deutsche Bank, IHG, Choice Hotels, Aurobindo, and McKesson.
In Mi-World we work hard and play hard, so Nik enjoys spending time with family & friends, cooking a mean spicy curry, watching Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club, listening to R&B, House, and of course some good Afro-beats!
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About: Nicolas Regisford, Chief Marketing Officer
Standing six feet tall, married to an African beauty queen, and living in Joziwood (aka Johannesburg), South Africa, Nicolas loves everything that takes Africa forward and would not trade being in Africa for anything right now.
A child of the globe, he was born to Jamaican parents, and has been traveling the world since the age of 3. After graduating with a degree in Media & Communications (BA Hons) from university in England, Nic began his career working in radio in South Africa, from where he went on to executive produce television across the African continent in the music and entertainment industry.
The art of being multi-skilled is the name of Nic's game. He makes a mean Jamaican jerk chicken & rum punch, negotiates absolutely everything, and lives by the philosophy that "Work is life and life must be fun".
His idea of a good time is great company, good food, reggae music, the beach in the background, rum punch on tap, and his beloved Liverpool Football Club on the telly."
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About: Dimple Hirani, General Manager
Driving all operational, logistics and financial aspects of Mi-Fone in East Africa, Dimple is strategically based in Nairobi, Kenya.
As General Manager for East Africa, Dimple’s operational experience within the mi-Fone group and as an Accountant at Nakumatt Holdings Group - supporting both CEO and CFO with financial reports forecasting and stock allocations. Logistics and freight, collections and payments add to her porfolio of responsiblities.
Son of a Kenyan diplomat, he has grown to know the world as his home and become a true African marketer from the ground to online. He made his mark as the editor of East Africa’s first entertainment magazine, PHAT! He later managed the African wide music development platform; WAPI for the British Council that saw him establishing links in Nigeria, Ghana and other parts of West Africa. He has managed talent for various advertising campaigns for corporates such as Coca-Cola, Safaricom, Unilever, Proctor and Gamble, Benson & Hedges, Nivea and Beiersdorf just to name a few. In 2012 he joined East Africa’s biggest marketing firm Scanad where he was successfully involved in digital marketing campaigns for East African Breweries, Safaricom and NOKIA. He then embarked on the formation of Africa’s biggest music TV show Coke Studio Africa bringing over 30 African stars to the homes of over 100 million viewers across Africa.
About: Angela Harty, Program Manager
Adding to the team collaboration and co-ordination, Angela holds diplomas in Office Management and Project Management (Damelin, South Africa)
With over 10 years experience in the Telecommunications industry, having experience within the Administration, Forecasting, Sales and Services and PMO fields at Harris Communications, later Aviat Networks.
Having reported directly to the Vice President of MEA for Harris Communications, assisting both Sales and Service global team and management reporting was a positive contributor to successful target achievements.
During her Project Management Office (PMO) position at Aviat Networks she assisted Project Managers throughout Africa and the Middle East to ensure Projects where accurately reported and administered. Other experience includes Health and Safty Implementation and ISO 9001 Procedures and Internal Quality Audits.
Angela is as mother of three, optimist by nature and based in Johannesburg South Africa.
Team co-ordination, customer service and internal processes are her main focus.
About: Deji Akinyanju, Board Advisor
In 2001 Deji founded the Food Concepts Group and has since been its CEO. His journey began with Food Concepts pioneering the food court concept in Nigeria, with the import of two established QSR franchises from South Africa. Deji soon realised that developing his own brands would be more profitable and would enable more flexibility in terms of tailoring both brand and product to suit local market taste profiles.
In 2004 Chicken Republic was born. Just seven years later, Chicken Republic already has 65 stores across Nigeria and in Ghana and is proud of its hard earned reputation as the fastest growing chicken QSR brand in West Africa.
In addition, Food Concepts also comprises Butterfield Bakery Nigeria (includes 9 plant bakeries in 8 Nigerian states), Pizza Republic (a new Pizza chain in upscale Lagos) and Reeds (a fine-dining Thai fusion restaurant).
Deji also serves as Director on the board of several companies and associations including the Nigerian International Franchise Association and Xerox Limited.
Deji has a BA Information Systems (UK) and an MBA from Cardiff (Wales).
Rene is a Founding member and Director of Mi-fone South Africa Pty Ltd, She is an Established businesswoman and well known for the work she has done touplift and empower women.
Rene started out her career as a manager of Topco Agency in Johannesburg, where she fostered education to young female students. She went onto gather more than 20+ years experience in the field of media, Fashion, Entertainment and Health and Fitness.
She has worked extensively with the likes of Miss Universe South Africa, paramount Films, International Actor Tom Cruise, Gladiators International, SABC, and the PowerPlate Fitness Corporation, Rene is South African Born and holds a Diploma in Local Government Management.
Nelly brings in to the table over 20 years of solid Entrepreneurship experience coupled with a solid background in Marketing and Sales in sectors such as Advertising, Skills training and Property Brokerage.
As a budding entrepreneur, she ran a Franchise business for a period of five years, in the area of Business communications with government departments and various private businesses as clientele.
She is an accomplished academic with a Bachelor’s and Honor’s Degree in Information Sciences from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from The City University of New York, NY.
Currently running her own successful enterprise trading in petroleum and petrochemical in partnership with a leading manufacture and supplier in China.
Joined Mi-Fone South Africa in early 2013 a division of a Mi- Fone Group International as one of the two Directors and Shareholder.
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