This article marks the first in our new series, ALN Bridges; members of our network interview incoming African leaders from the Class of 2015, showcasing their achievements and vision in a peer-to-peer exchange. Special thanks to ALN member Sneha Shah for sitting down with Delphine to create this inaugural instalment in the Bridges series.
Within five minutes of speaking to Delphine Maïdou, I felt like I had known her for years. Once you meet her, it’s easy to understand why she is part of African Leadership Network’s Class of 2015.
Originally from Burkina Faso, Delphine today is the CEO for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Africa, and is passionate about being part of the transformation happening on the continent. For Delphine, joining ALN offers an opportunity to open her mind to new perspectives and experiences, and gain insight into the Africa story beyond her expertise in the area of insurance. She also feels she can be an active contributor, sharing her story with others as well as leveraging the global Allianz organization to drive key initiatives of the network.
What excites her about ALN? The fact that all industries across Africa are represented in the network, and that she will be working with other leaders who have the ability to make change happen. Delphine is an agent of change, having been a pivotal force in creating Allianz’s Africa strategy at group level. Just recently, she was named President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA). She is the first black woman to hold this role in the organization’s 117 year history, and I am sure her energy and drive is already being felt at the Institute.
Her passion is evoked when I ask what a prosperous Africa looks like and how we can get there. Delphine answers emphatically that there cannot be African prosperity without education, and that as well as bringing members of the African diaspora back home, we all need to do much more to up-skill people across the continent.
We concluded our interview by talking about Morocco and how much we are both looking forward to attending ALN’s Annual Gathering in Marrakech in November. Delphine has briefly visited this beautiful destination on business, but has not yet had the opportunity to explore the city. She is most looking forward to meeting other ALN members from across the continent, especially after encountering the dynamic South African members she has met in recent weeks. I venture to predict that my fellow ALN members are just as keen to meet and work with Delphine.
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