What is Kakehashi Africa?

Kakehashi Africa is a professional network for current or former participants in the “ABE Initiative” programme and other African or Japanese entrepreneurs, researchers, companies, non-profit, academic and governmental organisations.


Our vision is to be a bridge between Japan and African markets for the sustainable development of our societies.


  • Exchange of reliable knowledge,
  • Matching of needs and resources and
  • Building of trust

Board Members

Sati ArthurEastern Africa Chapter
Abdon KokoWestern Africa Chapter
Junior TambikiCentral Africa Chapter
Waleed MahrousNorthern Africa Chapter
Thabiso SenoSouthern Africa Chapter
Eric NoutchaJapan Chapter

Executive Management

Nico de WetChief Executive Officer
Mo. FaridDeputy President
Weldon SieleChief Financial Officer
Ahmed SakrChief Operations Officer
Ahmed OsmanDeputy Operations Officer

Regional Coordinators

Daniel KwantwiKanto Region
Biya HirpoChubu Region
Joshua OlabamijiKansai Region
Achieng JacintaKyushu Region
Jonpaul Opara N.Shikoku Region
Herminio MassingueOkinawa Region
Felix EshunChugoku Region
Fayadh AbdounourouHokkaido Region

Deputy Regional Coordinators

Landry KassaKanto Region
Enora Le BorgneChubu Region
John ChimfwembeKansai Region
Kyushu Region
Shikoku Region
Okinawa Region
Chugoku Region
Kelvin ObokparoHokkaido Region


Africa is currently the second most populated continent and, according to the UN, will provide more than half of global population growth between now and 2050. Furthermore, many of the fastest growing economies in the world are located in Africa. The African continent has the potential to become one of the most important consumer markets and providers of human resources, goods and ideas in the world.

For these reasons, the Japanese government has launched the ABE Initiative in 2013, a programme by which more than 1,000 young Africans with prior academic and work experience are selected to do a 2-years masters degree in Japan followed by a long-term internship at a Japanese company. The objective of these participants is to help Japanese companies gain access reliable knowledge and local partners for expansion into African markets.

In order to take co-ownership and support the fulfilment of this objective, Kakehashi Africa was started by ABE Initiative participants in 2017.