Vanessa Strong

Partner: Kenya

Vanessa is the Founder of By Appointment Africa, a Jack Hammer Africa partner. Raised in Kenya and educated in the UK, her varied experience includes a stint in the Insurance department at Save the Children, building the team of a start-up low-cost airline in Kenya and, in her youth, pretending she could cook to get on a boat to cross the Atlantic – she tells us it was too late to turn back by the time the crew realised that she could not, in fact, feed them well!

But her greatest achievement has been in setting up BAA, a bespoke firm based in Nairobi, dedicated to executive and management recruitment in Kenya.  They focus on ensuring a cultural and technical fit for all roles and delivering bespoke quality to their clients.

Vanessa deems relationship building the most important aspect of her business. Communication is key and her ultimate aim is to forge long-term relationships with both clients and candidates. Her intense process ensures her extremely high success rate. She is avid researcher of best practices, psychological and technical assessments and technology.

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