Mr. Ochieng Oloo
Founder & CEO of Think Business Limited
Ochieng is the Founder and CEO of Think Business Limited a media, strategic research and competitive intelligence company based in Nairobi. He is very experienced in research, financial analysis, competitive intelligence, business writing and publishing. He specializes in banking, insurance and investment. He is the publisher of the annual Kenya Banking Survey (15 years), the annual Kenya Insurance Survey (8 years) and the annual Kenya Investment Survey (5 years). He also organizes and hosts leading industry awards for these same sectors (for more than 10 years). He is a well-known publisher and journalist in Africa. He has authored numerous articles for the local and international media. He has been an editor and publisher of several business publications. He was named Barclays Bank Kenya Business Journalist of the Year 2001. He started his career as a business writer with a local daily national newspaper in 1992 and later founded a company known as of Economic Intelligence Limited, that published the monthly Market Intelligence Magazine. In 1999, he was one of the 15 Kenyans who won a USAID/Public Law Institute scholarship to the Les Aspin Centre for Government in Washington DC in recognition of his leadership roles. He has also attended courses at the University of South Carolina, USA and SolBridge Business School, South Korea. Mr. Oloo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from Moi University, Kenya and a MBA from the United States International University- Africa
Mr. Charles Omanga
Managing Principal at Horizon Africa Capital Limited
Charles is a career corporate and investment banker with proven experience and capability in driving businesses’ profitability, executing complex corporate and project finance transactions across several multi-national banking institutions. During his time at Horizon, Charles has executed transactions in Power, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and FMCG businesses. Charles has significant experience in Corporate & Project Finance having served as Head of Corporate Banking at CFC Stanbic Bank, Head of Public Sector & Trade Finance Barclays Bank Kenya. His firm specialises in Structured Debt & M&A Advisory.
Charles holds a MBA from the University of Leicester.
Mr. Sandeep Raichura
C.E.O Alexander Forbes Group in Kenya
Sundeep is a qualified actuary and Chief Executive Officer of the Alexander Forbes Group in Kenya. He has close to 30 years experience in pensions and investment consultancy work gained both in the UK and Kenya. He has been at the forefront of the pensions debate in Kenya and over the last almost two decades has been involved and contributed to all aspects of the pension conversation in Kenya ranging from thought leadership, pension reform, regulatory enhancement, product innovation, pension scheme re-engineering work and investment.
Sundeep has an almost evangelical passion to sensitise Kenyans on the need to plan and save for their retirement and breakaway from the cycle of successive generations of Kenyans not saving. By being at the forefront of creating awareness and promoting financial literacy.
Sundeep has and continues to contribute to a mindset shift from a myopic consumption to a more saving culture in our country in which people understand the importance of financial security. He also has extensive research interests and has written papers on several areas of actuarial and investment research. He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars on pension, investment, social security and health care matters. He is a keen Rotarian, an avid reader and enjoys chess. He is married with two daughters.
Mr. Vimal Shah
C.E.O Bidco Africa
Vimal Shah is one of Kenya and East Africa’s eminent and most respected business leaders. Together with his father and brother, Mr. Shah has transformed Bidco from a humble soap manufacturing enterprise into a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) behemoth. Bidco is presently East Africa’s leading manufacturer of edible oils and hygiene and personal care products with over 40 brands and a footprint in 18 African countries.
Vimal holds a BSc. Business Administration from United States International University – Africa.
Vimal Shah holds many public offices. He is a member of the 3GF (Global Green Growth Fund) Advisory Board and the Tony Elumelu Foundation Advisory Board. Until April 2015, he was the Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance-the apex private sector body in Kenya, and is a former Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the East African Business Council.
He is a recipient of multiple awards and accolades. Vimal was the 2012 recipient of the East African Entrepreneur of the Year award awarded by All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa. In recognition of his contribution to national development, Former President Mwai Kibaki awarded him the ‘First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) in December 2011-the highest national honour for a private citizen in Kenya.
In 2008, the Kenya Institute of Management awarded him the CEO of the Year award with BIDCO winning the Company of the year award. He was ranked the 3rd East Africa Business Leader of the Future and 5th Most Respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in 2002. He was named the Professional Manager of the Year 2001 and winner for Outstanding Executive support for IT in 2001.
In 2015, KCA University awarded him an honorary PhD for his contribution to the growth of entrepreneurship in Kenya. Also in 2015 he was named Oshwal Entrepreneur of the Year in the first ever Oshwal Awards.
In May 2016, Mr. Shah was installed as the chancellor for Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology.
Under his leadership Bidco has received over 30 corporate awards in 15 years across various domains: energy management, business leadership, ICT and manufacturing.
Shah is regarded as one of Africa’s most distinguished and visionary business leaders and was named as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, a position he held together with his brother and business partner, Tarun Shah. He is a much sought-after speaker and mentor on entrepreneurship, leadership and manufacturing and has given talks all over the world.
He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.
Vimal is married to Manda Shah and they have one son named Soham currently 16 years old.
Vimal is an avid reader and his favorite subjects include philosophy, spirituality, leadership, innovation, business excellence and mentoring.
Edwin H. Dande, MBA.
Managing Partner, C.E.O Cytonn Investments Management Ltd
Edwin has over 15 years of diversified financial services experience spanning investment banking, private equity, investment management, and real estate in global and regional financial services brands such as KPMG, former Lehman Brothers, Bank of America Securities / Merrill Lynch, and Britam Asset Managers. He holds a MBA, Finance Major from the Wharton School University of Pennsylvania and Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Monmouth University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Geoffrey Otieno Odundo
C.E.O Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited
Geoffrey is the Chief Executive of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited (NSE). He is an accomplished Investment Banker has been in the financial services sector for the last 24 years, 17 of which have been in the Capital Markets in various senior roles in asset management, corporate finance and securities trading. Prior to his appointment to the NSE, Mr. Odundo was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Kingdom Securities Limited. He was instrumental in the setting up of Co-op Trust Investment Services, Co-op Consultancy Services Limited and Kingdom Securities Limited. Mr Odundo has advised on a number of corporate finance mandates in both the public and private sectors; he has also managed key mandates in the asset management industry. Mr. Odundo has contributed to the growth of the Capital Markets in his previous role in the Kenya Association of Investment Banks, the Kenya Bureau of Standards and on the Board of the Nairobi Securities Exchange. He is currently a Director of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation Limited (Ltd). Mr. Odundo holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Management from the United States International University (USIU) and a Degree in Mathematics and Economics.
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