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Kyra Valjalo


South Africa

Current Role

Kyra currently serves as Principal and is responsible for Sub Saharan Africa with emphasis on Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia and mainly South Africa. She handles the client as well as candidate management and works alongside the research team in Dubai. She works out of SpenglerFox’s office in Johannesburg, South Africa.


Kyra founded SpenglerFox in South Africa in January 2014 working across industries, but with a strong track record in Consumer, Life Science as well as Industrial and Manufacturing sectors. Kyra has been in Executive Search since 2002.

Being born to Swiss and German parents yet growing up in South Africa she has a unique ability to bridge the gap between African reality and European expectations.


Kyra holds a Bachelor’s in Corporate Communication from the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Career Challenges

In South Africa it’s challenging for Kyra to meet global standards with the all the obstacles South Africa faces every day like rolling electricity cuts and the tough economic climate. But she is inspired to see how resilient people in Africa are and no matter how challenging it becomes you “try to make a plan” with what resources you have.


In her professional life, Kyra lives by the motto: “Don’t dream your life; live your dream!”