The DSAA Talkshop Series Rwanda Country Presentation

Discover Rwanda by joining DSAA in this online event on the 19th of January!

Rwanda offers many opportunities for companies looking to expand their business. The country belongs to one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa with modernized higher education and improved ease of doing business.

Given this context, we at DSAA would like to share more information about Rwanda, open possible collaboration within DSAA, and set the platform for networking with our partners as well as stakeholders. On the 19th of January from 13:00 to 15:00 (CET), we would like to warmly invite all our member companies, stakeholders, and partners, specifically their C-level executives, department heads (recruitment, marketing & communications, business development, etc.), trainers, and other relevant staff who might be interested to discover Rwanda and connect with relevant individuals and companies. We place high value to really get to know everyone, share what we are doing and how we can create impact together!

Elevator Pitch

The importance of the saying “no man is an Island” has proven to be the reason why many of us strive for collaboration, co-creation, networked knowledge and impactful synergies, to achieve professional success. Therefore, we will start the DSAA Talkshop with energizing elevator pitches, so everybody knows who is at the table.

Showing up approachable, authentic, and open is important for this one. The pitch should be no more than 1.5 minutes and you want to aim at creating synergies. That means the more open and inviting your pitch is, the more surface the participants will have to approach you. Go in with questions, potentials, and opportunities. Share what you are looking for and topics you would like to talk about. Layout a lot of little red threads, that people can follow up on.

Your mini-pitch might include your name and the name of the company, your job position, your product or service, and why you are part of the DSAA. Share both your expectations for the session and the DSAA Talkshop series as well as current challenges and/or questions you are facing. What and whom you are looking for? What keeps you up at night and what makes your creative energies flow? We are certainly curious!

Main Highlight of the Program: Speakers’ Presentation

In order to put a spotlight on DSAA member company benefits such as: funding for studies, assessments, and outsourcing guides, support with the development and financing of training programs, and access to the DSAA company network even for non-member companies who would like to have pilot projects with us. We invited Stephan Fricke, who conceptualized and produced the Outsourcing Destination Guides for Ghana, Rwanda and soon to be released- Senegal and Ivory Coast. He will provide some expert opinion regarding relevant facts & figures about Rwanda, as presented in the publication. Anja Schlösser, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the DSAA member company Code of Africa, will share her insights on how to run a DSAA funded training program in Rwanda and the key challenges and accomplishments that come along the way. Last but not least, Hans-Mathias Boos from Rohde & Schwarz will provide relevant information about his experience in collaborating with the DSAA from a non-member perspective. The training program hosted by Rohde & Schwarz in 2021 was a first collaboration attempt with the DSAA and proved to be a success. Hans and his team were able to acquire a range of impressions on the Rwandan business context and learned about local culture and potential opportunities as well as barriers when it comes to putting Rwandan IT talent on complex international projects.

Stephan Fricke: DSAA funding for studies, assessments and outsourcing guides

Stephan Fricke is CEO of the German Outsourcing Association and the German Process Automation Association. In these functions he is greatly embedded in the European and international ICT services and Global Business Services sector and has built platforms and services that reach and connect today several hundred thousand people. He is leading the editorial for the Outsourcing Journal and the RPA Journal and is organizing annual international conferences to exchange and build connections between the German and the international ICT, GBS and Process Automation community. He is using his insights to develop strategies and tactics for sustainable market expansion and ICT sector growth. Stephan has been working in several marketing and market development management roles in software, ICT research and business services companies and thus brings a hands-on mentality to his work.

Anja Schlösser: DSAA support for the development and financing of training programs 

Anja Schlösser is a buying expert with more than 15 years of management background in the Apparel Industry. During this time, she established successful international business partnerships and set up strategic supplier portfolios.

Anja is used to creating robust performing networks and negotiating complex partner agreements with a distinct cross-cultural sense due to her extensive experience with partners in Asia, Eastern Europe and Northern/Eastern Africa. She brings intuition and excellent feeling for consumer requirements & market trends.

After many years in the corporate world, she decided to step out and set up her own boutique advisory firm – focusing on business enablement in emerging countries. During that time, she was lucky to discover the innovative and creative spirit in East Africa, especially when it comes to Software Development.

Hans Mathias Boos: Access to the DSAA company network

Hans Mathias Boos graduated with a degree in Engineering within the areas of Economics and Aerospace. He has been employed at Rohde & Schwarz for more than 25 years. Since 2004, he started working in different countries like Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Johannesburg and Cape Town. He became a General Manager in Rohde & Schwarz Asia & Rwanda Branch Office. Currently, he is the Business Development Director in Africa and has launched projects with the DSAA in Africa, especially, in the area of cyber security and high-end software development. 

Networking & Discussion

After the presentations, our moderators have prepared collaborative online activities which will enable everyone to talk to each other, share their perspectives, and encourage synergies within DSAA. 

The relevant ambition and creativity exist in Rwanda – showing a positive trajectory for future collaboration and training engagements. Discover the country, collaborate with the DSAA and let us create impact together! Register for free & we are looking forward to e-meeting you on the 19th of January!

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