Our partner group has worked with some of the most innovative companies in Africa and seen, first hand, the impact that strategic people leaders can have on performance.


Unfortunately, these leaders are the exception, rather than the norm. We observed that most HR leaders are not sufficiently equipped in a rapidly evolving workplace. The majority are undervalued and lack access to world-class programming to expand their leadership, analytics, and innovation skills.


In 2019, we formed an advisory taskforce to address these issues and see how we can bridge the gap between traditional HR practices and a more holistic approach. From this, RIKA was conceived with a singular mandate to nurture HR leaders, who will create deep and lasting value in their companies.


RIKA brings together some of the world’s leading HR practitioners as faculty and speakers. They are united in their passion for transforming fast-growth organisations in Africa and developing the next generation of human capital management leaders.

The future of work


RIKA Fellows will become the next generation of CHROs, using and managing the disruptive changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


  • Upskilling employees through innovative learning programmes
  • Coaching C-suite colleagues through volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity
  • Shaping work through diversity, benefits, culture, and engagement
  • Embracing disruption and epitomising agility
  • Championing design thinking and data analytics 


The RIKA Partners



Blue Haven Initiative: The lead investor and RIKA founding partner. Blue Haven is an innovative family office with a focus on positive social and environmental change. Blue Haven Ventures has invested in some of the most exciting mission-driven companies in Sub Saharan Africa.



EXELL Intelligence: Curriculum design and delivery partner. With world class human capital, communications, research and data science capabilities, the Exell Intelligence team has 25 years’ experience delivering change for some of the world's most admired companies. 



HPD Africa: The Africa delivery unit and RIKA founding partner. Human Performance Dynamics Africa is a leading human capital consulting group that helps forward-looking organisations to optimise their performance.

The name RIKA

RIKA is a name given to an age set during initiation ceremonies of Bantu tribes. Each group is bound as brothers and sisters for life. RIKA fellows are empowered to handle challenges posed by a changing world of work. They can always reach out to their RIKA for support and guidance along their career journey.

The RIKA Advisory Board

The Blue Haven HR Taskforce was formed in 2019 to serve as an Advisory Board to RIKA.

It is comprised of CEOs and CHROs in Africa. Current members are:

Dave Ssegawa

David Ssegawa

Living Goods, formerly Oxfam, AfDB, Airtel, Unilever

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Freddy West

CDC Group 

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Maria Shipiri

Prudential Africa, formerly Mastercard Foundation, Vodafone, Coca-Cola

Mary M’Mukindia

Mary M’Mukindia

Executive leadership coach, formerly, ExxonMobil

Maryanne Ochola

Maryanne Ochola

Endeavour, Formerly ANDE and Barclays

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Paul Kasimu

Safaricom, formerly, EABL, Kenya Airways, Barclays

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Susan Githuku

Human Performance Dynamics (HPD) Africa