Leadership Announcement - RIKA Welcomes new Programme Director Natalie Manga

16th January 2023

Press Release | Monday 16th January 2023

Natalie Manga Programme Director RIKA

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Natalie Manga as the incoming Programme Director at the Blue Haven Initiative funded leadership programme RIKA, which seeks to build the next generation of human capital management leaders across the African continent.


In this new capacity, Natalie’s role will be to scale our offering across the continent and broaden our communication strategy to unlock tangible multiplier value to the realization of organizational and economic growth on the continent.


Natalie joins us from the Mastercard Foundation, one of the world’s largest private foundations, where she led the Culture and Leadership global workstream. Prior to that, she worked at Living Goods as the Global Senior Manager for Talent and Capability and at Deloitte East Africa as their Senior Consultant focused on Human Capital Advisory and Organisational Transformation services. She brings with her extensive expertise across the People and Culture (Human Resources) value chain including Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and Development, Culture transformation, Change Management, and collective Employee Experience design and execution.


Natalie is a trained Development Economist, with a Master of Science in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics (LSE), a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Nottingham, and an Executive Management Program Certification with the Yale School of Management (SOM). She is a member of the Global Shapers, Nairobi Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum (WEF), and an impassioned believer of the growth story of Africa.  


“I am appreciative of the vision and investment of Blue Haven Initiative and excited to join this new venture. I look forward  to meeting  the next Cohort of RIKA Fellows as our second cohort kicks off in a few weeks and to working with the team including the renowned  Prof Dave Ulrich, Faculty Lead Deborah Excel and HR Executive and Leader David Ssegawa. Africa’s growth trajectory will only be fully realized if we transform people into talent and talent into productive assets that are empowered and engaged”

- Natalie Manga