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Confessions of a Headhunter: Impact Job Search Strategies for the 21st Century

Craig Zelizer

November 16, 2022

PCDN is pleased to announce our next  Social Change Career Podcast Livestream. 

This session is supported by the -funded master’s degree or certificate in peace and development studies. 

In our upcoming session learn from innovator, founder and social entrepreneur Paul Breloff. Paul has been working in the social impact sector for over 2 decades in a variety of innovative roles including currently as CEO and Co-Founder of Shortlist, a leading search, recruiting and upskilling (focused on green and digital careers) startup connecting impact talent to opportunity across Africa and beyond. 

In this livestreamed interactive session Paul will share his rich experience and insights from developing and recruiting talent for a wide variety of regional and global social impact organizations. He will discuss tips for how to work with headhunters, explore what are the key skills in demand, how the world of work is changing across Africa and his suggestions for candidates to be more competitive in their job searches.

In addition, he will also highlight his lessons from working at the intersection of development, investment, startups and the global change industry for over two decades. For those seeking to scale innovative solutions to local and regional challenge, Paul will also share unique lessons from his work across a wide range of roles and the ups and downs (as well as maintaining one’s well-being) in the impact world. 


Paul is the Co-Founder and CEO of Shortlist, a talent advisory and executive search firm working across Africa and India. Since its founding in 2016, Shortlist has worked with 1,000+ companies and 1,800,000+ jobseekers across 30 countries. Before Shortlist, Paul was the Founder and Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab, a VC fund investing in inclusive fintech startups globally, and head of business development for SKS Microfinance in Hyderabad. He has also been a corporate lawyer and advertising account executive, and advises several startups and investment funds in Africa. He lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

How do I attend: The Social Change Career Podcast livestream can be watched on Linkedin & Youtube. The recording will be also uploaded to our Youtube Channel and converted to an episode of the Social Change Career Podcast.

When: The session will be streamed on December 8 at 9 am est/4 pm eat(Nairobi)

Why is PCDN doing this? We are deeply committed to helping social impact professionals and students around the world find their path to impact careers. We only have one planet and one life, and our goal is to help as many people put impact & changemaking at the heart of their work across diverse sectors.

For those who want much greater support, access to the world’s best experts, more interactive sessions, networking events & workshops over 350 opportunities per month (fellowships, jobs, funding, socent +startup, training and more) + tons of members only benefits please visit the PCDN Career Campus.

Format: The podcast features short interviews led by the PCDN leadership team with our guests and there is usually time for questions from the audience. 

Check out the Rotary Peace Fellowship

This session is supported by the Every year, 130 individuals are selected to receive a generous award from The Rotary Foundation that funds tuition, living expenses, international field experience, and research/conference opportunities at one of the Rotary Peace Centers, located within eight leading universities around the world.

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