About

Mission

Mission

As a commercial service provider, EMSA assists companies to develop and use the potential of the private sector in Africa. Driven by our ambition to make a positive impact, we provide tailor-made advice with regard to strategy and business development, project and business implementation and acquisition of financing. Our clients range from multinational to small and medium-sized enterprises, both in- and outside Africa, who are interested in trade, investment projects or other forms of international cooperation.

EMSA's focus is exclusively on Africa, more specifically the sub-Saharan region. We were one of the first Dutch consulting firms that specialised in business development in Africa's emerging markets. Our pursuit of quality, interest in other cultures, and genuine disposition have yielded us a strong network and reputation among African and European entrepreneurs. Through our interventions, we have helped to create and develop successful and profitable businesses in Africa in numerous industries, ranging from logistics and energy to agriculture and manufacturing.

Our added value lies in our ability to help clients solve challenging and complex issues in a creative and flexible manner. We are willing to go the extra mile to produce exciting results. To achieve this, commitment and ownership on the part of our partners and clients are essential. We believe that private sector development is an important condition for improving living standards. That is what EMSA is all about.

What we do

What we do

EMSA Emerging Markets Africa is a consultancy firm that assists companies to establish and develop private business in Africa’s emerging economies. Our main areas of specialisation are strategy and business development, project and business implementation and acquisition of financing. EMSA’s involvement stretches all stages of the business cycle from beginning to end.

Our team has carried out assignments in over twenty African countries. Clients include European as well as African companies, ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to large, multinational corporations. We have experience in various industries: agribusiness, construction and real estate, health, energy and water, ICT, knowledge and education, production and manufacturing, services and transport and logistics.

Our interventions have helped African private businesses increase their competitiveness. We have facilitated more than twenty-five cross-border joint ventures. Private venture projects, where EMSA was involved, delivered a total investment above €25 million and generated more than 1,000 jobs.

Management

Management

EMSA Emerging Markets Africa employs some ten motivated, hardworking and highly qualified experts. Some of them work as employee, others as freelancer. The full EMSA team (full timers and part timers combined) equals about 4 FTE. Apart from our team of employees and freelancers we also work with subcontractors and partners (see the partners section).

EMSA is managed by its founder and owner, Michiel Hillen.

Michiel Hillen

Director




Michiel Hillen (1966) is the director of EMSA Emerging Markets Africa. Since 2006, he has helped over fifty African and European companies develop and enhance their business in Africa. 
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