Why bribery in Africa can no longer be tolerated
A strong society rests upon safety, security and trust in the law. Businesses must go above and beyond to ensure it is upheld.
Soraya Narfeldt is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of RA International. A British citizen born in Beirut and raised in Sierra Leone, she founded RA International in 2003. The company is Africa’s leading remote site service provider with a broad range of services including construction, catering, operation and maintenance, life support, supply chain and accommodation catering to clients operating in remote and challenging environments.
Soraya has previously run businesses in Sierra Leone, the UK and the Middle East; and has also worked voluntarily as a United Nations Program Officer for UNDP in Afghanistan.
Since RA International’s launch, Soraya has turned the company in to a multifaceted business with offices in several countries across Africa employing over 1600 staff from 27 countries.
Soraya has been selected as one of the most influential women leaders by Arabian Business three times and was also a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012.
As a strong advocate and supporter of responsible business practices and community-based businesses, Soraya has contributed to several high-profile journals including the Forced Migration Review and has spoken at various international industry forums including the China Mining Summit, IPOA Annual Summit and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) event. She has also consulted widely with officials in RA International’s countries of operations on issues such as Corporate Social Responsibility and on Aid Funded Projects.