Managing Director & Partner
African countries have massive potential for improving agricultural productivity. They could potentially be major global food suppliers in the future.
Takeshi Oikawa began his career with Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo in 2011, moved to Johannesburg in 2013, before moving to the Nairobi office in 2018. Takeshi has over a decade of experience in Africa, working with both public sector and private sector clients at BCG, and while previously working at the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He has supported African governments and private sector players on topics including investment promotion, market entry strategy, due diligence, strategy, and operating model.
Takeshi is a core member of BCG’s Global Advantage practice and has actively supported Asian companies with their business in Africa. Before he joined BCG, Takeshi worked for JICA for 11 years, where he specialized in social and economic development in Africa, including a three year stay in East Africa.
Although the pandemic has highlighted persistent gaps in Africa’s healthcare systems and their international dependencies, there are promising hints that healthcare entrepreneurship is beginning to find a serious footing on the continent. As AUDA-NEPAD driven Accelerator supporting these Home Grown Solutions, we find them facing barriers in accessing advice, partnerships and funding as well as having to navigate highly dynamic or obscure regulatory, procurement and trade environments. Recognition of the social and business opportunities presented by local healthcare entrepreneurship is growing, however, and here we share how a wide range of stakeholders can provide the maturing ecosystem required to fully unlock the power of African entrepreneurship for better African health outcomes.
The digital industrial revolution provides a golden opportunity for the continent to realize its immense potential for tech startups. Governments should take three basic steps.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency and BCG conducted a comprehensive study to understand how the pandemic impacted Southeast Asia along various dimensions.
The report shares key findings on COVID-19 impact and response on the ground in urban areas of Kenya and Uganda.
Africa and Europe can find common ground for growth and innovation through thematic initiatives - accelerating co-investment, forming new strategic trade alliances, and partnering for green growth - and through enabling initiatives such as institution building, education and culture, and the digital economy.
By embracing mobile payments and related services, African banks can build their competitive advantage and take a leadership role in revitalizing their economies.
It has been a tough few years in many parts of the continent. That hasn’t made a dent in Africans’ desire to buy new things.
Many of Africa’s 54 individual markets are growing fast. To serve them, multinationals need to plan carefully and tailor execution to distinct and complex circumstances.