Adventures of Ruka Sanusi Founder Alldens Lane
I’ve have had a rich and diverse international career to date, starting out two decades ago in the UK working as an international development practitioner and a management consultant with an international consulting organisation. My career geographic focus has always been Africa, and I have worked in nearly 20 countries across the continent. I love the emerging and embryonic character of the continent – there are so many opportunities and possibilities to unearth, and this has always made the continent very stimulating and inspiring for me to work in professionally.
I moved to Ghana from the UK a decade ago, and now work with a leading global professional services firm as a management consultant, focusing on business advisory services in the area of strategy and operations. It’s been an energizing and rewarding experience to date.
I turned 40 a few years ago, and began to reflect on a number of issues – one of which was my career and how I could give back to society and the continent at large through my career and life-time professional experiences. One of the areas that I have given back commonly has been in the area of mentoring and coaching – mentoring and coaching female entrepreneurs in the SME/small and growing business sector. When I turned 40, I thought I would formalise this through a movement I have termed Alldens Lane.
Alldens Lane is an ode and tribute my late father, who in his lifetime was a very successful entrepreneur and industrialist. He was born to very underprivileged parents but with a vision, hard work and a lot of perseverance built industries across the country of his birth, employing thousands in the process. One of the homes that he had in the UK was on a private lane in a lovely village in Surrey called Alldens Lane. So Alldens Lane to me speaks to the power of vision, the power of aspiration, and the art of the possible in entrepreneurship. As Walt Disney said, if you can dream it, you can do it.
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