WHO WE ARE

CEO

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.

THE FOUNDER

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.

OUR HISTORY

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).

THE TEAM

  • The Knowdys team is currently made up of 37 consultants from 13 countries working on 4 continents: Africa, America, Asia, and Europe. They are all experts on African issues.
  • Our consulting Partners are international experts in economic intelligence, lobbying, due diligence, financial investigation and private equity.
  • Knowdys also benefits from the invaluable collaboration of its Honourable Correspondents working in the domains of high finance, the bar, the diplomatic corps, security and defence services

KEY FIGURES

OUR VALUES