Iris Irumva Lasry appointed Country Manager for ITM Africa in Rwanda

01 February 2019

Rwanda-based pan-African HR consultancy ITM Africa has appointed a new Country Manager for its operations. Former HR executive at UN Migration Iris Irumva Lasry will take over from incumbent Country Manager Lys Mwiza with the objective of leading the company through its period of excess demand.

Lasry holds a bachelors in Leadership & Management, and has completed an MBA in Human Resources Management from the Oklahoma Christian University. She began her career as a Recruitment Officer at U-Com in Burundi, subsequently made her way up the ranks of the firm.

She eventually ended her spell at U-Com as a Senior Assistant for the Human Resources division and an Administrative Director. She left U-Com Burundi to join the International Organisation for Migration – part of UN Migration – where she worked for less than a year in its HR department.

Lasry holds entrepreneurial experience as well, having co-founded Agence Esther in 2011. She joined ITM Africa in Rwanda in May last year and has rapidly made her way up the ladder, having started as a Talent Acquisition Manager at the firm, and eventually being appointed Acting Country Manager in November last year. 

Iris Irumva Lasry appointed Country Manager for ITM Africa in Rwanda

Two months later, she has been appointed the Managing Director and Country Manager at ITM Africa, having successfully completed the transition from former Country Manager Lys Mwiza, who will now work at the group level.

ITM Africa was founded in 2011 as a consulting firm in the HR domain, and has since expanded in its geographical scope to operate in South Africa and Angola as well. The firm’s suite of services includes support with recruitment, soft skills training, logistics and procurement as well as technical training.

Such services appear to be growing in demand across the most prominent economies in Africa, primarily as the continent begins to gravitate towards more innovative and professional approaches to economic growth. HR consultancies across the continent, therefore, have found themselves in a stream of business.

Lasry’s appointment is an attempt to prepare ITM Africa for growth of this nature, in addition to equipping it with the capabilities required for the expanding scope of services being demanded, which include talent acquisition, capacity building and payroll management. Lasry’s body of experience aligns well with these new service lines. 

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BCG appoints Othman Omary as new Managing Director of Casablanca office

11 April 2019

Continuing with its expansion activity in the Maghreb region, global management consultancy The Boston Consulting Group has appointed Othman Omary as a Partner and Managing Director of its Casablanca office. Omary is the fourth Partner at in the firm’s regional office.

Omary holds a degree from HEC Paris, an international business school with prestigious MBA and EMBA programmes. Professionally, Omary has worked at global management consultancy A.T. Kearney for nearly a decade between 2004 and 2014. During his time at the firm, he eventually ascended to the position of Principal. 

At A.T. Kearney, his work was centred in the financial services domain, and he worked in the European division with some of the continent’s largest financial institutions. He has been at BCG since he left A.T. Kearney, and has worked with a number of high profile projects in its African practice.

BCG appoints Othman Omary as new Managing Director to Casablanca office

His clients have primarily been situated in Africa, although he has worked at an international level as well. During his time at BCG, he has worked on projects in the strategy and transformation domains, primarily in the banking and insurance domain.

His experience with transformation projects is particularly relevant in the current African context, given that the continent is undergoing a period of rapid digitalisation. An increasing number of firms are looking for support with digital transformations to remain relevant and competitive in the contemporary market.

As the Managing Partner at BCG Casablanca, he will work with a number of other highly ranked colleagues to help BCG participate in this new wave of demand for digital and transformation services. The financial services sector, which is Omary’s area of expertise, is particularly hard hit by digitalisation.

Omary joins four other Partners at BCG Casablanca, including Lisa Ivers who currently leads the division. Other colleagues for Omary will include Hamid Maher, who was appointed a Managing Director at the office early last year.