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Douala, Cameroon
Speaks English, French

An expert in digital economy & innovation in Africa

Candace Nkoth Bisseck is an expert in digital economy & innovation in Africa. She has over 10 years of work experience on different positions across Technology, Telecommunications, Consulting, Education and Cosmetic sector. She is currently a Transformation Facilitator at Stanford Seed, helping SMEs in Africa to scale-up their business using innovation. She is also a recurrent speaker and full-time advocate for eCommerce and entrepreneurship as a lever for economic empowerment in the developing world
Questions I can answer:
I would like to start an e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa. What is the best strategy?
What are the main challenges you face with e-commerce in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how do you work to address them?


Experience
Stanford University • West Africa

Innovation & Business Transformation Facilitator

2017 - Present (1 year, 1 month)
Helped SME leaders in Africa to scale-up their business using innovation;
Stanford University is one of the world's leading research universities, Stanford is known for its entrepreneurial character, drawn from the legacy of its founders, Jane and Leland Stanford, and its relationship to Silicon Valley; Research and teaching stresses interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving;
Areas of excellence range from the humanities to social sciences to engineering and the sciences;
Stanford is located in California's Bay Area, one of the most intellectually dynamic and culturally diverse areas of the nation
Women In Africa

Ambassador

2017 - Present (1 year, 3 months)
Women In Africa initiative is the first international platform for economic development and support for African women leaders and high potential. It was created in 2017;
Officially launched in 2017, Women In Africa (WIA) supports, supports and contributes to the positive promotion and future of the continent;
The objectives of the WIA Initiative: reveal the potential of African women, at all levels of responsibility of civil society and states, network African and international women leaders to serve an innovative and inclusive Africa
Jumia Group (ex-Africa Internet Group) • Cameroon

Jumia Market Country Manager

2014 - 2017 (2 years, 8 months)
Grew the startup to become Cameroon's largest online marketplace with an assortment up to 50,000 products references across various categories;
Recruited and managed the local team, in particular (sales, customer service, marketing, communications, IT/content management and operations);
Defined and drive action plans to create strong relationships with local stakeholders such as MTN, government representatives, local influential associations (women, youth, traders, etc.), International Organisations (UNCTAD) and media;
Coordinated the commercial team with the other services such as marketing, partnerships, finance and logistics
Polyconseil • France

Market Intelligence Project Leader

2013 - 2014 (11 months)
Coordinated Digital Economy Market Intelligence for a French public financial institution by managing and training a team of 12 consultants dedicated to the project;
Supervised the production of thematic reports on Digital Economy (country reports, EU regulation, digital identity, Internet of Things etc.);
Optimized the rate of production of monthly syntheses by improving the iteration process with the client;
Ensured client satisfaction by setting high standards for deliverable and by soliciting regular feedback
L'Oréal • France

Business Analyst, Africa and Middle East Area

2012 - 2012 (5 months)
Collaborated with local retailers to coordinate and optimize product launching on their markets;
Collaborated with local subsidiaries for market data collection and consolidation;
Produced area analyses and syntheses on a monthly basis, and prepared internal presentation;
Produced reports and initiated the optimization and the automation of the Excel reporting
Capgemini Consulting • Singapore

Junior Strategy Consultant

2011 - 2012 (4 months)
Recommended and co-developed an innovative Business Model aiming to improve the outcomes of research and development operations;
Collected and analyzed data from the Global and Chinese Healthcare markets;
Conducted Primary research by performing interviews with key stakeholders in the Industry;
Produced a written report including detail of the business model;
Reviewed findings with the client and an academic jury during a formal presentation
Capgemini Consulting • France

Innovation Consultant for La Poste

2009 - 2010 (7 months)
Created a portfolio of innovative services which allows French postal services to secure Return On Investment on postal mail services and won the CPI Contest organized by ESSEC, Centrale (Engineering School), Strate College (Design School) and Capgemini;
Collaborated with a cross functional team of marketing, engineering and design students;
Analyzed the postal services sector, competitors and consumers usages;
Designed a Business Plan for a portfolio of services and presented the business plan to executive management and student body