Having the right people is key to the success of any business. Big 5 Search exists to ensure that companies in Emerging Markets have access to the very best leaders from the global talent pool.

Our Team

James Adair

James Adair

Partner

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James Adair

Partner

James previously worked in commercial shipping as a chartering broker with HSBC and subsequently covering the OSV market in Africa with a specialist brokerage. He lived in Ghana when working as a GM for a shipping agency and later represented local owners in setting up a successful JV with Swire.

Following this he moved into Executive Search, working as a Consultant for an Africa focused boutique. During this time, he completed numerous C-level assignments with success in representing both operating companies and private equity firms.

William McCaw

William McCaw

Partner

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William McCaw

Partner

William began his career in search and, before joining Big 5 Search, headed the Private Equity teams at two leading international boutique search firms in London, Hong Kong and New York. He specialises in Emerging Markets Executive Search in Alternative Investments and represents clients in VC, Growth, Private Equity, Credit, Family Office, Impact Investing, Energy/ Infrastructure and Real Assets.

Will has completed multiple assignments from Partner to Associate level across North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and Asia, providing confidential advice on team composition, compensation, and competitor analysis.

David Kuwana

David Kuwana

Advisor

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David Kuwana

Advisor

David brings over thirty years of executive and HR leadership experience in multiple Emerging Markets. This includes country CEO roles with Standard Chartered as well as CEO roles with other banks and Fintech firms.

Earlier in his career David held senior HR roles with Anglo-American and Standard Chartered which saw him leading major transformation programmes in Africa and South East Asia. He is currently the Chairman of an African fintech business.

Ade Akin-Aina

Ade Akin-Aina

Advisor

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Ade Akin-Aina

Advisor

Ade is a London based, Canada educated technical recruiter with over twelve years of global experience that spans Canada, Silicon Valley, Western Europe and Africa - in particular Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ghana, and South Africa.

Specialising in the critical technical searches needed to transform product and engineering teams, Ade has placed GMs, Product and Engineering leaders, as well as highly technical individual contributors. With a global network and strong technical acumen, she communicates effectively with both technical and non-technical leaders to identify the talent needed to grow businesses. Ade is a fluent French speaker.

James Stevenson

James Stevenson

Consultant

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James Stevenson

Consultant

James has over 20 years’ experience of senior placements in Africa, Europe and Australasia covering several sectors that include agribusiness, infrastructure services, technology and healthcare. In recent years he has focused on executive level searches in Africa.

On the Continent he has placed exceptional leaders with multinational and indigenous businesses. Highlights include placing a Kenyan MD for a listed, billion-dollar company and building the Pan-African team for an agribusiness across North, West, East and Southern Africa.

Eleanor Khupe

Eleanor Khupe

Consultant

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Eleanor Khupe

Consultant

Having studied for a BS in Human Bioscience (majoring in Psychology) at the University of Cape Town, Eleanor went on to work for several leading executive search firms covering the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

Eleanor has a strong track record in Financial Services having run C-level mandates in Asset Management, Banking and Insurance. With Big 5 Search she is based between Zimbabwe and Botswana, retaining her focus on companies operating in the SADC region.

Reece Owen

Reece Owen

Consultant

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Reece Owen

Consultant

Reece has been in Emerging Markets executive search for over five years, with the majority of his mandates being senior Africa roles. He has an outstanding track record of successfully leading difficult searches.

A few of his highlights are placing the CFO of an AIM listed energy business in West Africa and the Regional CEO in South Africa for a multinational telecoms business.

Fiona Rhys

Fiona Rhys

Consultant

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Fiona Rhys

Consultant

Fiona has over 15 years’ experience as an executive search consultant during which she has focused on Africa and Emerging Markets. Since 2011 she has specialised in senior Africa appointments, working with a diverse range of clients from corporates to social impact organisations.

Fiona previously lived in Moscow where she set up the Russia office of a boutique search firm. During this time, she placed a number of C-level executives in Financial & Professional Services, Oil & Gas, FMCG and Logistics.

David Pinney

David Pinney

Consultant

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David Pinney

Consultant

David has a track record in both emerging markets executive search and banking operations, having worked for JP Morgan in their OTC Derivatives EMEA team.

Prior to joining Big 5 Search David worked for an Africa focused search firm where he advised clients across a range of sectors. Highlights include building the local team for a multibillion-dollar FMCG businesses which relocated their headquarters from Europe to Africa.

Lucy Deane

Lucy Deane

Associate Researcher

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Lucy Deane

Associate Researcher

Lucy has 15 years’ experience in executive search and has headed the research function for several leading boutiques. She has worked on Board level searches for listed companies and SMEs across a number of sectors including Clean Tech, Energy, Infrastructure, Public Sector and FMCG.

Lucy has particular expertise in the infrastructure space in Africa. This includes leading research on senior level mandates for utilities, IPPs, project developers, development banks, funds, investment banks and top tier consulting firms.

Daniel Owen

Daniel Owen

Consultant

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Daniel Owen

Consultant

Dan has ten years of search and recruitment experience, with more than half spent covering Emerging Markets, predominantly Africa C-suite. Highlights include placing the CEO of the first Nigerian digital derivatives clearing house and placing the Group CTO for one of East Africa's largest banks, to build a leading Fintech.

Dan has strong focus on tech enabled businesses and strongly believes in the social impact which technology can bring to Africa.

Lynne Mupanguri

Lynne Mupanguri

Consultant

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Lynne Mupanguri

Consultant

Lynne studied in the UK and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Psychology as well as an Master’s in Criminology.

She previously worked in tertiary education for a renowned UK college under Navitas. Lynne is a Zimbabwean national and works for Big 5 as a sector agnostic supporting consultant.