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
Charles Omanga Managing Principal Background: 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. Academics: Charles holds a MBA from the University of Leicester. Sector Coverage: All sector coverage. Service Coverage: Structured Debt & M&A Advisory
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.
Mona is a partner at Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), and is the co-head of the Real Estate and Finance Department. She also leads the firm’s Private Client practice and has made presentations on estate planning and wealth management for high net worth individuals at several international and local conferences. Mona looks after the affairs of sophisticated high net worth clients through planning and managing various aspects of their finances. Her practice includes advising on succession planning, drafting wills, handling probate matters, advising on onshore and offshore trusts, drafting shareholders’ agreements for family businesses, advising on prenuptial agreements, drafting settlement agreements, and advising on real estate and tax matters. Mona has authored numerous published articles, most recently the Kenyan chapter of the Getting the Deal Through guide (Loans and Secured Financing 2017), the Kenyan chapter in the Real Estate M&A and Private Equity Review, 1st Edition and the Kenya report in the Islamic Finance News Annual Guide, 2017. Mona has been recommended in the Legal 500 directory and is praised for being “extremely professional and diligent in her work.” She was also recommended in the Banking and Finance sector in the Legal 500. Mona was singled out for individual praise by IFLR1000 2016 and described as "honestly one of the main reasons for using Anjarwalla & Khanna and will be an authority in times to come." Mona is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, qualified with LLB (Hons) from University of Reading and completed the LPC at College of Law, Guildford, England.
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.
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.
Michael is a Partner at PKF Kenya. He the director of Taxation Services. He has over 12 years professional experience in taxation and has been involved in complex cross border structuring of companies ranging from structuring of holding and trading companies in tax friendly jurisdictions such as Mauritius, United Arab Emirates, Cayman, and Bermuda. He has dealt with a wide array of tax issues – ranging from risks and opportunities reviews, tax due diligence reviews, tax health check reviews, transfer pricing reviews, customs and excise reviews, group structure and tax efficiency reviews, resolving KRA disputes and tax planning assignments for a range of clients in various sectors of the economy. He has be involved in the restructuring of the sharing of joint venture assets to optimize tax opportunities and enhance shareholder value for various companies. He has also been involve in VAT lobby for various associations in respect of the proposed VAT Bill, 2011. Through his membership in Public Finance Committee of ICPAK, he participated extensively in the preparation and submission of views to Treasury in respect of the proposed VAT Bill, 2011. Other engagements include transfer pricing reviews, benchmarking and documentation for various companies. Michael has also advised on the structuring of the local subsidiaries of an international contractor specializing in energy solutions and to several oil and gas exploration companies. Michael has previously worked as a Senior tax partner at KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and is a Certified Public Accountant (K). A member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants (ICPAK) and its Public Finance Committee. He is also a Member of the East Africa Corporate Tax Managers Forum.
ames R. Dry, Managing Director, Dry Associates Ltd. An investment banker and international capital markets consultant with 30 years experience in Africa and the Middle East. Over the past 10 years, he has been a consultant to the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank with an emphasis on development of financial and capital markets in emerging markets. He is the founder of Dry Associates Ltd an investment firm in Nairobi, Kenya specializing in short and long term debt origination and asset management. He came to Kenya in 1990 with USAID to work with the Kenyan government to help establish the Capital Markets Authority and assist in the rejuvenation of the Nairobi Stock Exchange. Prior to this, he worked at Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, Price Waterhouse, and Smith Barney, Harris Upham where he traded corporate, municipal, and federal debt instruments as well as commercial paper, equities and options. Mr. Dry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics. He is a former Chairman of the American Business Association in Kenya and Trustee of the August 7th Memorial Park Trust in Nairobi.
Anjali Harkoo is currently the Head of Wealth and Investment at Stanbic bank in Kenya. Prior to this she was the Head of Personal Markets at the bank where she oversaw the establishment of a Private Clients segment within the Bank. She is vastly experienced in Wealth Management for High Net Worth Individuals. Before joining Stanbic Bank in Kenya, Anjali was the Vice President, Private Bank at Credit Suisse Bank handling the wealth management portfolio for the East African region. She joined Credit Suisse Bank from Standard Chartered Bank where she started off her banking career as a management trainee before rising through the ranks to become the Standard Chartered Director, Private Bank Africa. In this position, she managed a portfolio in excess of US$160,000,000, including a large semi-institutional sized client, with a client base originating from Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya. Anjali obtained her first degree, a BA Hons in Economics from York University in 1997. She proceeded to the London School of Economics for her postgraduate studies where she graduated with an MSc in Finance and Economics.
Jibran Qureshi Regional Economist- East Africa, Stanbic Bank Jibran Qureishi is currently the Regional East Africa Economist at Stanbic Bank. Jibran is part of a larger team conducting macroeconomic research on African countries. The macroeconomic research is overlaid with fixed income and currency research to produce executable trade ideas in African fixed income and currency markets. In addition, the team’s research is aimed at identifying potentially profitable trading opportunities in the growing African Eurobond market Jibran is regularly cited in newspaper articles and interacts extensively with the media including, CNBC Africa, Bloomberg, Reuters and local market reporters. He advises the banks clients and senior management in various in-country offices on East Africa strategy. He joined the bank in 2012 and holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and MSc in Economics and Finance both from the University of Kent.