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Hosted by the Consul of the Nairobi Professional Networking Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Wed 08 Aug 17:30 - 20:30

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Four CEO's on one panel including John Gachora-CEO NIC bank, Jaap Van Luijk- Regional Director Nedbank, I saac Awuondo group managing director- CBA bank and John Ngumi - KPC Chairman and career banker.


A surprise performance on the Piano by a very talented teenager..

THERE WILL BE A WELCOME DRINK AND FINGER FOODS OFFERED BY THE HOTEL. You all remember how good the food was last time:-)


Two very Contentious Topics :

Rate Cap - To repeal or Not to Repeal? Rate Capping was introduced to enable SME's access affordable funding...or so we thought. It has since had the exact opposite effect where banks aren't lending anymore. What would repealing mean? back to the way things were or do we replace it with something better?

Please send me your question,s suggestions, etc.

Mobile Lending: Have Kenyans become prisoners of mobile lending Apps? do we even fully understand the implication regarding interest payment?

Look out for the updates on this page.

Please come early so that we can get all of this covered.

We will have more professionals outside of InterNations joining us so the number for InterNations is limited to 80. Please don't reserve if you can't make it. If you do reserve and your plans change, cancel your reservation in good time to give someone else a chance.

Mike and I look forward to hosting you all.

Mr. Isaac Awuondo

Isaac Awuondo holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA) and member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (CPA K). Isaac has over 32 years experience in the finance and banking sectors spanning Europe and Eastern Africa having previously worked with BDO Binder Hamlyn, Nation Media Group and Standard Chartered Bank in various senior executive roles. He is chairman of the Financial Sector Board of KEPSA, chairman of the Council of Riara University and director of Bata Shoes Company Kenya Limited and Nairobi Java House Limited. He is also chairman of the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and the Kenya Hospital Association (Nairobi Hospital) and trustee of the Rhino Trust and Zawadi Africa Education Fund.

John Gachora,

Mr. Gachora is the Group Managing Director of NIC Group PLC. He joined NIC Group in Protected content . He joined NIC Group from Barclays Africa where he had been Managing Director and Head of Corporate & Investment Banking. In his role he was responsible for Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking activities across 12 African countries (excl. South Africa). Prior to this, he held several executive positions at Absa Bank in South Africa, including CEO of Absa Africa and Head of Investment Banking, Sub Saharan Africa. Before moving to South Africa, he spent close to 15 years in the United States where he held several positions at both Bank of America and Credit Suisse First Boston. While at Bank of America he rose through the ranks to become a Managing Director and Head of the Financial Engineering team. Mr. Gachora holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA as well as an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Jaap van Luijk

Born in the Netherlands he started his International career in Protected content the Regional Representative for American Express Bank, based in South Africa, covering East Africa, which brought him for the first time to Kenya, under his leadership American Express Bank became one of the leading Correspondent banks in East Africa.

The Bank was sold to Standard Chartered Bank in Protected content , when Jaap took on the role of Head None Present Countries till June Protected content he joined HSBC and established their Representative Office in Nairobi- Kenya. He left HSBC in April Protected content , when they decided to pull out Africa and joined Nedbank in June Protected content , in Nairobi, in his current role. He is a member of the Institute of Bankers in South Africa. He is also on the Board of “Friends for Life”, an Dutch NGO which provides ischolarships to girls and boys from poor families in Kenya in order to further their education after secondary school. With a scholarship these youngsters will be able to graduate and eventually find a job within Kenya. The aim in the long term is to generate more income through employment, which will result in a more stable economy for Kenya.

John Ngumi

John is one of Kenya's most celebrated bankers. During a 35-year career, he established himself as East Africa's foremost corporate and investment banker, with a client base spanning local companies and international/global corporates with a regional presence, state-owned enterprises, sovereigns, and financial services groups. In the process he played pivotal roles in developing regional capital markets, in authoring the regulatory frameworks underpinning these markets, and in persuading Governments to regard markets as critical to local resource mobilisation and deployment.

It was during an 11-year stint in Standard Bank Group, between Protected content , that John truly established himself as the Kenyan investment banker par excellence. He started Standard Bank's East Africa investment bank from scratch and oversaw its rise to its present No 1 market position in East Africa, arranging/lead managing USD 8 billion in transactions, primarily debt capital markets and project finance at the beginning, but latterly equity and M&A. In Protected content relinquished operational control to focus on deal origination as a senior banker, before returning briefly as the investment bank head in Protected content to his departure from Standard Bank, a step necessitated when President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed him non-executive Chair of the Kenya Pipeline Company Limited. His appointment and Standard Bank's close relationship with KPC instantly created a conflict of interest, which could only be resolved by John leaving the Bank. Prior to this former Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki had appointed him inaugural Chair of Konza Technopolis Development Authority, the spearhead for Kenya's bid to become Africa's 'Silicon Savannah'. Years earlier, in Protected content , John had also served as an inaugural director of the Communications Commission of Kenya (since renamed Communications Authority), the regulator that oversaw the creation of Kenya's present telecommunications landscape.

John has also played a key role in the development of Kenya's pension fund management industry. At Loita, he established and led the first true asset management firm, Loita Asset Management, and was also part of the team (indeed the only private sector representative) that established the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA), which went on to oversee the development of the industry from virtually nothing in Protected content a present total funds' value of USD 10 billion. John's role in creating the RBA, his chairing and being a director in several public sector boards of directors since Protected content , his leading role in the development of capital markets regulations, his singular achievement in co-founding the Kenyan Market Leaders Forum, which initiated and continues to oversee the Kenyan Treasury Bond issuance programme, his lead role in familiarizing National Treasury officials with international capital markets, leading to Standard Bank playing co-Lead Arranger roles for Kenya's debut USD Protected content syndicated loan in Protected content , and the country's inaugural USD 2 billion Eurobond in Protected content , the only bank to be involved in both - all these speak to his almost unique ability to operate effectively at the nexus of the Kenyan private and public sectors in matters finance
Apart from co-founding Eagle Africa, John has also taken on non-executive Board positions at ARM Cement (East Africa's second largest cement group, after Lafarge, in which the CDC has just invested USD Protected content , and Wananchi Group, East Africa's only triple play entity, which numbers Helios, OPIC and Altice among its key investors.
His life’s overriding goal is to see Africa freed from economic hopelessness, in which task he believes robust and efficient financial services will be a key factor, hence his pivotal role at the intersection of public and private spheres.
Asked to describe himself, John lists the key attributes that have shaped his career and approach to life: he is gregarious; enormously self-confident; possessed of copious amounts of drive, determination, energy and will to win; an excellent mentor and trainer; a strong leader and team builder; an outspoken champion of a neo-African attitude of “we can better ourselves and our circumstances, so let’s stop whining about past injustices, instead let’s focus on sorting out our problems and cease relying on foreigners, or on foreign aid, to do the job for us”; notwithstanding this pro-Africa approach, recognizes that Africa must be plugged into the global economy; innovative, adventurous and adaptable, willing to take risks but not to cut corners.