Managing Director East Africa
Managing Director East Africa
Calling all visionary leaders! Norrsken Foundation is seeking a remarkable individual to join us as Managing Director East Africa to lead our Kigali team and spearhead the next big leap on our mission of helping entrepreneurs solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Since Norrsken opened its doors in Kigali in 2022, we've built a landmark hub hosting 1000+ entrepreneurs, working every day to bring new solutions to Rwanda, Africa and the world. From hosting Norrsken Africa Week to dynamic meetups and Founder Fridays, we've fostered a thriving community of founders, investors, and thought leaders. But here’s the exciting part: we're just getting started…
At Norrsken, our vision is to empower Africa's next-generation of impact unicorns, positively impacting a billion lives. Join us and be part of the solution!
You’ll be part of Norrsken Foundation’s global management team and reporting directly to the CEO. The role requires you to be based in Rwanda and traveling may require from time to time.
Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Lead Norrsken East Africa strategically and operationally. From ensuring operational excellence in the backbone to pushing the boundaries for innovation and positive impact. Operations include member recruitment, community management, house operation, events, partnerships, marketing and finance.
Elevate Norrsken House Kigali as the entrepreneurial epicenter of East Africa, launchpad for founders on a journey to build scalable businesses and platform to attract international investments for regional growth.
Be the thought leader and representative of Norrsken and our mission in the region. Be comfortable representing Norrsken on stage, in stakeholder meetings, in social- and traditional media.
Drive and initiate strategic partnerships with current and future partners across sectors.
Make sure we use our resources to create maximum positive impact. Which concretely means to set the budget and manage the P&L for Norrsken in East Africa in a way where great results are achieved while sustainably covering costs.
Lead and manage the Norrsken East Africa team, coaching them to growth and excel in their roles and as a team.
Collaborate with leaders in the global Norrsken management team and leaders of regional Norrsken Funds to accelerate each-others work towards a shared mission.
To thrive and succeed in the role, we believe that you’re:
Purpose driven and experienced leader (10+ years) with a genuine passion for making things better in the world.
A sharp mind with the ability to cut through complexity and simplify things.
A results oriented doer who doesn't mind rolling up your sleeves to get good sh*t done.
A strong people leader, with the ability to bring out the best of the team and inspire them to greatness.
Curious and quick learner, who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is not afraid to make decisions.
A relationship builder, with the strong ability to engage others to join forces with Norrsken on our mission. You’re able to connect on a peer level both with first time entrepreneurs and seasoned business leaders. You have an established network in Rwanda, East Africa and internationally.
Entrepreneurial and love making things happen. Track record of building something new, be it a startup, new initiatives within a company, social sector or public sector is highly meritorius.
Have experience from working both in Rwanda and internationally.
Joining Norrsken is like working at a startup. It's fast paced, where tasks and challenges may be demanding and responsibilities change over time, but we guarantee that in return we will fast-forward your personal and professional development. And, you’ll get to work with a team of brilliant people with shared goals and ambitions, driving initiatives to create positive change.
Norrsken is on a mission to build thriving impact ecosystems for entrepreneurs to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Norrsken is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious foundation. It was founded by Niklas Adalberth, co-founder of payment services unicorn Klarna.
We run award-winning Norrsken House hubs in Stockholm, Sweden, Kigali, Rwanda and Barcelona, Spain. Norrsken’s five funds are approaching 1 bnUSD in funds to back exceptional entrepreneurs who combine profit with positive global impact: Norrsken22 (African Growth Fund), Norrsken Africa Seed Fund, Norrsken VC, Norrsken Accelerator and Norrsken Launcher.
But we're only getting started. We're continuously growing our impact ecosystem and we’re looking for top-tier talent to join our mission of helping entrepreneurs solve the world's greatest challenges. Because if they win, we all win.
Who are we?
We are a mix of highly dedicated, top-performing entrepreneurs, analysts, investors, developers and creatives who all believe in making the world a better place.
We share the same down to earth values and ambitions that make us thrive in a dynamic and fast-paced environment where our efforts are directed towards making good things happen in efficient ways.
We believe that the highest impact come from mutual efforts, wherefore we only hire great team players who invest a lot of hard work and dedication into their practices.
Needless to say, Norrsken is an equal opportunity employer.
About Norrsken Foundation
Norrsken is an impact ecosystem where entrepreneurs can find everything they need to make saving the world their business. Our work stems from a belief in entrepreneurship and new technology as forces that can positively impact the world.
We run award-winning Norrsken House hubs in Stockholm, Sweden, Kigali, Rwanda and Barcelona, Spain. Norrsken’s five funds have raised >500mUSD to back exceptional entrepreneurs who combine profit with positive global impact: Norrsken VC, Norrsken22, Norrsken Accelerator, Norrsken Launcher and Norrsken Africa Seed Fund.
Norrsken is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious foundation. It was founded by Niklas Adalberth, co-founder of payment services unicorn Klarna.
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