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 Arthur Eastern Africa Chapter
Abdon Koko Western Africa Chapter
Junior Tambiki Central Africa Chapter
Waleed Mahrous Northern Africa Chapter
Thabiso Seno Southern Africa Chapter
Eric Noutcha Japan Chapter

Executive Management

Mo. Farid Chief Executive Officer
Weldon Siele Chief Financial Officer
Ashley Chaplin Marketing Manager
Mohamed Muse Innovation Manager

Regional Coordinators

Daniel Kwantwi Kanto Region
Biya Hirpo Chubu Region
Joshua Olabamiji Kansai Region
Achieng Jacinta Kyushu Region
Jonpaul Opara N. Shikoku Region
Herminio Massingue Okinawa Region
Felix Eshun Chugoku Region
Fayadh Abdounourou Hokkaido Region

Deputy Regional Coordinators

Landry Kassa Kanto Region
Enora Le Borgne Chubu Region
John Chimfwembe Kansai Region
Kyushu Region
Shikoku Region
Okinawa Region
Chugoku Region
Kelvin Obokparo Hokkaido 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.