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Mr. Behzad Soltani

Mr. Behzad Soltani is an entrepreneur from Iran who is creating waves in the business world with his debut venture “Jahrom Diamond”. Talking about his life, Mr. Soltani recalled his childhood days and the difficulties that came in his life, growing up in a war-torn country like Iran.

Mr. Soltani’s father was a carpet merchant and carpet is one of the most sought after handicrafts in Iran and is a luxury for most people. And it also comes with a hefty price tag. His father exported carpets all over the world. The family’s financial situation was very good until his father went bankrupt and this resulted in a major setback for the family’s financial position. Mr. Soltani was in school at that time and was 10 years old.

The company’s main USP is that they provide clean and high quality products which will create a monopoly position for them in the market. Talking about the challenges faced while setting up the company. Mr. Aboboyaya said that the beginnings were not easy as he faced two successive failures which almost sank the company.

The company says that it is always in search of clients to create a sustainable partnership. They also plan to explore the American and Asian markets sometime in the future. Talking about life philosophies that he personally follows in life, he says that work is the only liberator and it is also the only door to achieving financial freedom, so his only message to everyone is to work hard and always try again when they fall.

The financial situation was so poor that the family slept hungry on some nights. Mr. Soltani learnt to multitask at an early age as he went to school and worked to create a better future for his family. He tried different kinds of jobs, went to school from morning to noon, and then worked in fruit shops in the evenings; though the situation was difficult, he felt that this difficult period was coming to an end when his father took a loan from the bank and started several ventures catering to building materials. But after two years, his father’s financial condition went downhill and he went bankrupt again. Due to US sanctions against Iran, the economic situation had deteriorated and it was difficult time for Mr. Soltani and his family.

The family went through a painful period of poor financial condition once again. Mr. Soltani eventually joined the army at the age of 15. He was very young, but because he was skilled in computer systems and cyber encryption, he signed a 5-year contract with them and worked in support and ICT. Things were going well; however, Mr. Soltani was fired 3 years later for special reasons. Mr. Soltani was in favour of his termination from the armed forces because he had disobeyed orders because he was still a child. At the age of 18, he decided to go to university and took the entrance exam. He was then accepted for an MBA program. He went to university and one year later, he decided to start his own business.

He started off with writing justifications for building thoroughfares and shopping malls and sold them to capitalists. After a while, the economic situation of the country worsened and no one was willing to invest in such projects, because it was very expensive and could cause damage. At the age of 19, Mr. Soltani realized that many neighboring countries were facing power shortages, so he researched on the matter and found that Iran’s conditions were the best for building solar power plants.


Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi

Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi is the CEO of his company ABAC SARL. He is also a sociologist and a former employee of Plan International Togo. His company ABAC Sarl was established in 2017 by bringing different producers together to establish a producer base. The company was incorporated in 2018 and also signed its first contract with a French company called SOYCAIN.

ABAC SARL stands for Africa Bio Agricultural Company. The company mainly exports organic soybeans, cashews, sesame, Shea and other tropical products. ABAC SARL aims to establish fair trade between the company and the producers for overall innovation.

Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi is the CEO of his company ABAC SARL. He is also a sociologist and a former employee of Plan International Togo. His company ABAC Sarl was established in 2017 by bringing different producers together to establish a producer base. The company was incorporated in 2018 and also signed its first contract with a French company called SOYCAIN.

ABAC SARL stands for Africa Bio Agricultural Company. The company mainly exports organic soybeans, cashews, sesame, Shea and other tropical products. ABAC SARL aims to establish fair trade between the company and the producers for overall innovation.

The company’s main USP is that they provide clean and high quality products which will create a monopoly position for them in the market. Talking about the challenges faced while setting up the company. Mr. Aboboyaya said that the beginnings were not easy as he faced two successive failures which almost sank the company.

The company says that it is always in search of clients to create a sustainable partnership. They also plan to explore the American and Asian markets sometime in the future. Talking about life philosophies that he personally follows in life, he says that work is the only liberator and it is also the only door to achieving financial freedom, so his only message to everyone is to work hard and always try again when they fall.

Another important dream that the company has is that it is trying to make itself known as the pillar of Togolese agriculture. It wants the Togolese produce to be well known across the globe as it deeply believes that it can provide the best quality agricultural produce to its domestic and international clients. When it comes to balancing his work and personal life, Mr. Aboboyaya admits that he works quite a lot which leaves him with very little time for his family. For now, he is solely focussing on building his company and taking it to greater heights. Regarding his personal ideologies that he lives by, he has only one thing to say, “I CAN AND I WILL, WATCH ME.”


Mr. Kareem Lateef Babatunde

Mr. Kareem Lateef Babatunde dreamt of becoming an entrepreneur since his high school days. After completing his high school education, Mr. Kareem decided to work for some time before opting for higher studies. His uncle, who was into logistics, introduced me to the Logistics business. Mr. Kareem was greatly inspired by his uncle’s ‘get-it-done’ attitude because logistics has a lot to do with a person’s state of mind and coming up with a strategy for being proactive and innovative at all times.

After working under his uncle as an apprentice for over a decade, Mr. Kareem decided to establish his own company named “First Expert Logistics Limited”. The company was incorporated on December 5, 2012 under Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria.

The company’s vision is to become a leading and monopoly player in the logistics and supply chain industry in Nigeria, Africa and around the world. While their mission is to be a role model in the area of providing unique, excellent and quality services that satisfy their clients at all times, abiding by ethical and professional standards to help First Expert Logistics Limited become a global symbol.

Kareem Lateef Babatunde is a Nigerian citizen from Egbado north local Government of Ogun State, Nigeria. He was born on June 13, 1979 in Ikeja local government Lagos. He attended the district primary school Agege and then he went to St. Joseph Secondary School, Agege. He did his higher education from University of Lagos where he completed his BSc in Public Administration.

His logistics career started with an organization called Confidence Cargo Limited in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was employed as an office clerk in the year 2000. And from there, he rose to the position of Head of Documentation Department of the organization before he resigned and started his own organization in 2012.


Mr. Mayoro Ndao

Mr. Mayoro Ndao is a young entrepreneur and businessman and a Senegalese specialist in the field of transport, equipment logistics and distribution. He also works in the field of communication and events.

He started his entrepreneurship at the age of 21 when he was in university pursuing higher studies. He had a lifelong dream of being a free and independent man. When he first started out with his first venture he had just 150 Euros. Cut to today, he now owns two companies which are Lamp Companies, which deals with logistics, transport, equipment and distribution and Belcom International which is primarily into communication and event management.

In the beginning, it was very hard to start his own business due to lack of means to do so. Coming from a poor family he worked for another company to earn enough money to finance his business project. Today he has not only made a name for himself but his venture is quite prominent in the sub-region.

He works day and night in order to gain the trust of my clients. And that has truly paid off as he now has partners all over the world. He has got to work with companies known worldwide on certain projects in Senegal.

His only philosophy in life is to work, work and work! He is primarily focused on his professional life, and he wants to take advantage of his determination to make it big to earn his living with dignity, because he dreams of becoming the most trusted brand in his country. He has a small family of two children and loves to spend his weekends with them. His hobbies include playing sports, with his favourite form of sports being gymnastics.


Mr. Okante D. Parbey

Mr. Okante believed in being independent since childhood. And this idea of independence and its implementation were carried out following his experiences in the field of firstly being the manager of a packaging center and subsequently being the operations manager, until he left to start his own business named Yalen Multiservices.

Mr. Okante has been an entrepreneur at heart since childhood. At the age of five, with the help of his mother, he would sell powdered milk to school children at the Quranic School in the neighborhood. So in short, he grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. Mr. Okante always wanted to do things by himself but tradition in the French speaking system required him to go to school first and despite all these safeguards he spent his time learning shoemaking and doing other craft activities during holidays and vacations.

Currently, his company deals in raising chickens, rabbits and small-scale agriculture, and is also into selling chickens, providing assistance in breeding, setting up agro-pastoral projects and creating partnerships in the agro-pastoral sector according to their means. Mr. Okante, along with his team, is working on the Yalen brand and its visibility. This project is underway.

The company’s vision is to become a benchmark in the agro-pastoral and employment sectors in Africa in order to alleviate hunger, malnutrition and poverty in Africa. To make this vision a reality, the company is putting in all of its energy and efforts into training and searching for investors in infrastructure and equipment for large-scale production to meet the needs of the national and international markets.

Mr. Okante D. Parbey is an accounts manager of Ivorian nationality. He started his career in the associative field as an administrative manager of an NGO in 2011, then he became the manager of a company from 2013-2016. The year 2016 saw him use all his experiences in the poultry sector to become the packaging center manager and operations manager thereafter. In 2018, he decided to start his own business with his own means. In addition to the establishment of Yalen Multiservices, he is also preparing for his master's degree in Agronomy in the years to come.

When it comes to challenges, the company is facing many. These challenges are in terms of finance, infrastructure, equipment and logistics. And with regards to expansion, he would benefit over the next 3 years from an investment that could help him set up an agro-pastoral farm of 200,000 layers with 7 hectares of land which will be used for gardening. Then he would go on to open a large supermarket of organic and fresh food products in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa supported by an e-commerce site for remote deliveries.

Mr. Okante’s philosophy and culture in relation to work is summed up in the fact of proceeding with instructions instead of orders, because orders are imposed, but instructions allow the people he works with to love what they do. He also follows a three-step success mantra which is: Reflection - Action – Result.


Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi

Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi is the CEO of his company ABAC SARL. He is also a sociologist and a former employee of Plan International Togo. His company ABAC Sarl was established in 2017 by bringing different producers together to establish a producer base. The company was incorporated in 2018 and also signed its first contract with a French company called SOYCAIN.

ABAC SARL stands for Africa Bio Agricultural Company. The company mainly exports organic soybeans, cashews, sesame, Shea and other tropical products. ABAC SARL aims to establish fair trade between the company and the producers for overall innovation.

Mr. Aboboyaya Kokokouvi is the CEO of his company ABAC SARL. He is also a sociologist and a former employee of Plan International Togo. His company ABAC Sarl was established in 2017 by bringing different producers together to establish a producer base. The company was incorporated in 2018 and also signed its first contract with a French company called SOYCAIN.

ABAC SARL stands for Africa Bio Agricultural Company. The company mainly exports organic soybeans, cashews, sesame, Shea and other tropical products. ABAC SARL aims to establish fair trade between the company and the producers for overall innovation.

The company’s main USP is that they provide clean and high quality products which will create a monopoly position for them in the market. Talking about the challenges faced while setting up the company. Mr. Aboboyaya said that the beginnings were not easy as he faced two successive failures which almost sank the company.

The company says that it is always in search of clients to create a sustainable partnership. They also plan to explore the American and Asian markets sometime in the future. Talking about life philosophies that he personally follows in life, he says that work is the only liberator and it is also the only door to achieving financial freedom, so his only message to everyone is to work hard and always try again when they fall.

Another important dream that the company has is that it is trying to make itself known as the pillar of Togolese agriculture. It wants the Togolese produce to be well known across the globe as it deeply believes that it can provide the best quality agricultural produce to its domestic and international clients. When it comes to balancing his work and personal life, Mr. Aboboyaya admits that he works quite a lot which leaves him with very little time for his family. For now, he is solely focussing on building his company and taking it to greater heights. Regarding his personal ideologies that he lives by, he has only one thing to say, “I CAN AND I WILL, WATCH ME.”