Thankfully, 2020 was a year of significant growth for Jack Hammer. With our US office in Los Angeles, and the extension of our on-the-ground presence to all the main markets in Africa, we were the fortunate (and delighted) recipients of a substantial increase in cross-continental executive search projects.

In particular, our Philanthropic, NPO and Social Impact practice had the great pleasure of partnering with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (with funding partners), on a continent-wide programme of work aimed at achieving financial inclusion and economic interoperabiltiy in Africa.

Our first set of critical hires were to be based in Nigeria – a massive and complex market – requiring engagement with experts in Financial Services, Telco, Fintech and the sovereign environment, with a focus on economics, regional cooperation, digital transformation and, in essence, the architecture required in order to meet global 2030 SDGs.

We’re exceptionally proud of the great outcomes of phase 1 of the project (read more about the leaders appointed to drive the program here); but even more so, about the impact that this programme will have on the continent – hundreds of millions of the ‘previously unbanked’ in Africa gaining access the basic financial services required to build an inclusive digital economy.