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Meet the Leadership team


Didier Acouetey is the President and Founder of the AfricSearch group since 1996 Before founding the AfricSearch Group, Acouetey had worked in the advertising and packaging industry as a Strategic, Sales and Marketing Director. As part of its activities, with Mr. Acouetey recruited several hundreds of executives and managers operating on the African continent and directed several corporate reorganization missions and accompanied the privatization processes of enterprises. In parallel, he formulates proposals for African states and international institutions for the improvement of education structures and capacity building. He is a business Advisor to several managing directors of Africs major companies and institutions. In addition, Acouetey is a columnist for Radio France International (RFI) on the issues of employment, training and creation in Africa.
In parallel to his activities, Acouetey chaired the Education-Training commission of the CIAN (French Council of Investors in Africa) until the end of 2014,


Joel-Eric Missainhoun is a Managing Partner at AfricSearch and an Executing Director in charge of activities of the Abidjan office, Côte d’Ivoire. He monitors the operations of several offices in francophone African Countries. Missainhoun has over 20 years experience in successfully monitoring projects and activities directly linked to Africa. Missainhoun is a technically savvy executive recruitment professional with in-depth experience leading recruitment projects. He has 5 years experience as a lawyer (African Tax & Legal issues) at Ernst & Young in Paris. In that position, he was involved in providing advisory services to multinationals and assisting several African governments.
Missainhoun holds a Masters Degree (DESS) in Banking Law from the Sorbonne University in Paris and graduated from the Paris Bar school


Philip Armerding is a Managing Partner at AfricSearch and an Executive Director in charge of the activities at the Johannesburg Office, South Africa. He is in charge of financial services and insurance practice at AfricSearch. Armerding has over 25 years experience in projects and activities linked directly to Africa. From 1990 to 1995, Armerding worked as a Senior Editor and Business Advisor for Arthur Andersen in Côte d’Ivoire. He supervised and participated in numerous complex assignments in Côte d’Ivoire and sub region including financial audit services, business analysis, diagnostic reviews, advice and assistance to several African governments (in conjunction with the World Bank) in implementing their divestiture and privatization program. In 1997, Armerding joined Merrill Lynch International in Paris (France). From 1997 to 2001 he provided a comprehensive range of investment services to the banks African based clients.
Before joining AfricSearch early 2003, Armerding served as Vice President and Senior Investment Advisor of Global Equities PB, he had successfully established and developed Global Equities private banking activities. Armerding holds Masters in Sciences in Management with a major in finance from the Sorbonne University is Paris.

Patrick Koffi PLACKTOR

Patrick Koffi Placktor is Associate at AfricSearch & Client Partner at Alexander Hughes|AfricSearch.
Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in human resources as both Executive HR Director and Consultant in change and transformation management for multinationals in fast growing environnements.
He joined the Gap Inc in 1993 in the United States and was a part of the startup team when the Gap entered the French market. Later on, he also served as HR Director at the Phone House (1998), CBRE (2002), Hoche Partners (2011) and Edelman (2015).
Patrick Placktor holds an MBA from the International University of America in San Francisco, a BA in Economics from the University of Angers and an Executive Education in Strategy from HEC Paris. Patrick Placktor is bilingual French / English.