KudosAfrica is a value capture platform for robust, investable, unlisted African businesses that have social and environmental responsibility in their DNA. Our goal is to enable more investment into mission-driven African enterprises.

We simplify your sustainability journey and focus on the value drivers, using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations, making your company more profitable by being more responsible.


A passionate, dedicated team of experienced professionals with a common mission to inspire responsible business innovation.

By combining our  collective skills, we offer an integrated vision of the future of business in Africa.

We believe in the desire and the ability of African entrepreneurs to make this vision a reality, unleashing responsible business as the single biggest transformative power of our time.


The Kudos rating model utilises tried and tested ESG indicators known and used by international investors. It also incorporates indicators from the new taxonomy of “impact” (IRIS database), and the positive social and environmental contributions that businesses make and which are of interest to a specific and growing segment of impact investors.

These are combined and weighted in a way that makes sense for African businesses.

How the KudosAfrica rating model works:

Value is identified across 4 themes Commitment, Efficiency, Resilience, Innovation(CERI).


Over 100 cross-sector indicators are employed based on material risks and opportunities and are aligned with industry standards including GRI, IRIS and the IFC taxonomy.


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Meet the team

Mike Davies


Managing Director of Kigoda Consulting, a CT based company providing research & analysis of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across sub-Saharan Africa.

Greer Blizzard


Communication, Collaboration
& Research.

In SME and non-profit sectors, Greer, through her experience, has seen the impact both society and business have on the ability of the planet to support both current and future generations.

David Wood



David is a qualified CA with 20 years experience. He completed articles with Ernst & Young's entrepreneurial division, where he recognised the challenges facing young businesses.

Koen van Noorden


Rating Tool & Verification

Green Star SA Accredited Professional with more than six years experience in the new construction and existing building sector, SA’s biggest property developers, banks and retailers institutions.

Carl Reynolds


Strategy & Sales

Carl has a long track record of launching innovative and developmental B2B communication platforms. An entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to achieve the goals of any sustainable society.

Louise Gardiner



Operations & Service

Co-founder of KudosAfrica & owner of First Principles Sustainability Services.

Louise has 15yrs international experience in environmental & social standards, policies and disclosure systems for  the private sector.

Candice Pelser



A systems thinker, business strategist and problem solver. A blend of pragmatic and idealistic, Candice loves bringing people together to tackle tough issues.  Candice managed the first gourmet coffee stores in SA.

We work with companies and investors to stimulate capital flow to responsible businesses in Africa, creating a thriving and sustainable future for all.

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