• about the author
  • about the author

about the author

Hans Gerard Moleman worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa and China for fifteen years.

While based in Johannesburg from 1997 till 2004, he witnessed African companies and workers struggle with new competition from a rising China.

In Shanghai, from 2004 till 2012, he was a witness of rapidly rising Chinese labour costs. Both Chinese and multinational companies are scouting other locations for low cost production -mostly in Asia, but some are also looking at Africa.

Which African countries will be able to make use of that?

Ethiopia, with Africa's second largest population, has plans to copy China. With plenty of challenges, will it eventually succeed in becoming a more peaceful and prosperous nation -and a model for others on the continent?


Before moving to Africa and Asia, Hans worked at the economics desk and as reporter at large for the Volkskrant newspaper in Amsterdam and Dutch national news agency ANP.

He has written two books. De Rode Miljardair, about the rise of Jack Ma and his internet company Alibaba (Lias Publishers, 2015), and Avonturen in modern China, a collection of stories published by the Volkskrant in 2005.

In 2012 he moved back to Europe with his partner in life and work Petra Quaedvlieg, their daughter Maxine -and a sweet Chinese streetdog, Xiaohe. From Maastricht they now work on local and international projects.