After finishing high school at Prytanée Militaire (St-Louis , Senegal , 1974-1981) , Ababacar MBENGUE graduated from HEC Paris (1984-1987). He continued his education earning a Master of Science from University of Paris (Nanterre) in 1988 , a PhD in Management Science in 1992 followed by an HDR (accreditation to supervise research) in 1996 from the University of Paris Dauphine , and the Aggregation of French Universities in Management Science (1996 contest). He was the first Black African to be successful in the French National Aggregation Competition , in Management Sciences.
Ababacar served for ten years as a business trainer , lecturer and researcher in management (EDF-GDF: 1989-1993; CERAM / Sup de Co Nice: 1992-1995; ESSEC: 1995-1997; Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: 1996-1998) before serving since 1997 as Full Professor at the University of Rheims (France) , where he created and led / is leading , among other things , the REPONSE Research Team , the Management Department.
Before creating Knowdys LLC, Knowdys France SAS and Knowdys Cameroon SARL, Guy Gweth has worked for seven years as a risk management consultant and as international investigation officer for many Central African governments, renowned firms, NGOs, and think tanks. His references include: Caritas Internationalis, EDF R&D, Exxon Mobil, ENAM, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Sanofi Aventis, USAID.
As an economic intelligence consultant and expert in African markets, Guy Gweth manages the Doing Business in Africa programme within the Master of “Strategy and International Business Development” in Centrale Paris, and teaches international due diligence for the MBA of “Strategy and Consulting” in ESG Paris. He is also the head of economic intelligence of the financial news magazine Les Afriques.
DIRECTOR OF STRATEGY
An expert in artificial and financial intelligence, Michèle is best known for being a pioneer in the Lifestyle Management and Luxury Private Concierge industry in Europe.
She holds a degree in IT engineering, having specialised in artificial intelligence at SupInfo Paris and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Engineering from L’École Polytechnique Feminine de Sceaux.
Founder of LuxCierge®, a luxury boutique that specialises in the consulting and management of high-end real estate investments, Michele has found success by providing bespoke solutions for high net worth individuals as well as wealth managers.
Founder and President of the European Lifestyle Management and Concierge Association (ELMCA), she is also the director of ‘Culture FM’, a Cameroonian radio station which focuses on local development in Cameroon and in Africa more broadly.
In addition to overseeing the overall strategy of Knowdys Consulting Group, Michèle is the general manager of Knowdys Great Britain.
Knowdys was born out of the development of GwethMarshall Consulting (GMC), the first economic intelligence and public affairs consultancy firm specialising in countries of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). GMC was founded in France in November 2007 by Guy Gweth with the primary goal of contributing, on a practical basis, to the competitiveness of economic actors in Africa who are faced with the increasing international competition.
The creation of Knowdys LLC, Knowdys France SAS and Knowdys Cameroun SARL meets the growing need of enterprises and investors to be accompanied on the African continent (market survey, due diligence and screening of local partners), their installation (paperwork and installation support), and their growth (quest for new markets, intercultural risk management, competitive intelligence services).
To boost the competitiveness of its clients, Knowdys created a unique database on markets, main enterprises, and Sub-Saharan African leaders in 2007. Created some six years ago, and updated on a daily basis with information provided by primary and secondary researches, commercial databases, and internally-conducted decryptions, this tool is useful in generating high value reports in 10 key sectors : food industry, insurances, aeronautics industry, auto industry, energy, banks, construction and civil engineering, pharmaceutical industry, telecommunications, and minerals industry.
The Top Management of Knowdys Group is a member of SCIP (Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals).
OBLIGATION OF DE RESULTS
The vast majority of board actors put the contractualization under the obligation of means. This duty of due care is limited to the duty of making every effort to the implementation of a contract. Knowdys is one of the rare international consulting firms to be subjected to the obligation of results. Clearly, we don’t accept a mission that we aren’t able to conduct following the terms and modalities agreed with the client.
This unique positioning in consulting makes Knowdys a reference for more demanding clients and recourse for other consulting firms to whom we bring our support in order to help them keep the promises made to their clients.
Knowdys only accepts missions from organisations which are committed to shoulder their responsibility with regards to social, health, and environmental consequences of their activities, especially for stakeholders based in Africa.
This strong ethical requirement is part of our own commitment to be a socially responsible company. Knowdys thus bear its social responsibilities following the ISO 26000 standard in every country within which its consultants operate.
Knowdys ensures the confidentiality of information provided by each client. The observance of the professional secrecy is a duty for each Knowdys consultant and is guaranteed by our Code of Ethics.
The Top Management of Knowdys is part of the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professional (SCIP) since 2007. For this reason, ethical rules related to this organisation are applicable and guarantee to our clients the observance of the professional secrecy, the board independence, as well as protecting them against any risk of conflict of interests.
Knowdys Group undertakes to keep absolute secrecy on what has been mentioned in all discussions with its clients, and confidential information can never be transmitted to third parties. Our discussions are encrypted and secured with the Secure Socket Layer protocol.