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  Kenya's Digital Economy

  World Food Programme

World Food Programme   The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. WFPs efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

  Movenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi

Movenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi   Experience Nairobi in our 5 star hotel that charms with its African design, uplifting atmosphere, open spaces, cool features and panoramic views. Situated in the popular Westlands district, Movenpick Hotel & Residences Nairobi is the perfect base to explore Kenya’s capital while staying for business or leisure in 276 spacious rooms, suites and residences. Dine in the spectacular 360 degree revolving restaurant that complements two more restaurants, two bars and a lobby lounge. Chill out at the pool, relax in the spa and work out in the gym. More than a dozen modern meeting rooms, a beautiful ballroom and large exhibition hall make this a fantastic destination for conferences and events in Nairobi.


Usawa.io   Usawa Set to Provide Trustworthy Investment Tool for Africans and Change how Pension Funds and Bank do Business

  Hillcrest International Schools

 Hillcrest International Schools   Hillcrest International Schools is a British Curriculum school based in, Nairobi, Kenya. It has three sections namely: Hillcrest Early Years, Hillcrest Preparatory School and Hillcrest Secondary School.

  Azuri Technologies

Azuri Technologies   Azuri Technologies is a commercial provider of PayGo solar systems to rural off-grid communities. With the widest reach of any provider in sub Saharan Africa, the company is addressing the problem of energy access which affects the 1.3 billion people around the world who lack access to the grid.

  Mihr Thakar

Mihr Thakar   Mihr Thakar started his career in metals trading at the age of 22 in 2014. In 2016, he changed his career and began investing in the Kenyan stock market. He is a career accountant with extensive business experience, including importation, credit management, low margin, leveraged trading in real business and capital allocation. He specialises in financial risk management and investment.

  Base Titanium Limited

Base Titanium Limited   Base Titanium Limited is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Australian and UK-listed resources company, Base Resources Limited. Located in Kwale County, 50km south of Mombasa, it operates Kenya’s largest mine, which was officially awarded flagship project status under Kenya’s Vision 2030 national development blueprint

  FutureDev Properties

FutureDev Properties   FutureDev Properties are specialist Residential Real Estate Developers who focus on the purchase of Raw Land, Re-Development and the Sale thereof.

  Citi Bank

Citi Bank   Citi Research is a division of Citigroup Global Markets Inc. Citigroup Global Markets Inc. provides investment banking and financial advisory services. These include equity and debt financing, asset transaction, private equity, underwriting, institutional sales and trading, and mergers and acquisitions advisory services

  Centum Investments

Centum Investments   Centum is East Africa's leading investment company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and Uganda Securities Exchange. We are an investment channel providing investors with access to a portfolio of inaccessible, quality, diversified investments. Our Key objective is to consistently generate market beating returns by building extraordinary enterprises throughout Africa. Our vision is to be Africa's foremost investment channel. Our mission is to create real, tangible wealth by providing the channel through which investors access and build extraordinary enterprises in Africa. Our Business: we maintain focus through eight distinct business lines namely; Real Estate & Infrastructure, Financial Services, FMCG, Power, Education, ICT, Agribusiness and Health.

  Cytonn Investments


DE LA RUE PLC   At De La Rue, we provide governments and commercial organisations with the products and services that enable countries to trade, companies to sell, economies to grow and people to move securely around an ever more connected world. We do this in the form of banknotes, passports and secure product identifiers.

  Kartik Jayaram

Kartik Jayaram   Kartik is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Nairobi office.

  Moses Musyoka Muthui

Moses Musyoka Muthui   Head of the newly created strategic unit focused on building the bank’s strategy

  Jack Ma

Jack Ma   Founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses. He is also the founder of the Zhejiang-based Jack Ma Foundation.

  The Abraaj Group

The Abraaj Group   The Abraaj Group (Abraaj) is a leading investor, purpose-built for operating in the growth markets of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Turkey. Employing over 300 people, Abraaj has over 17 offices spread across five regions with hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Nairobi and Singapore.


Deyaar   Deyaar is a leading local and regional real estate developer and real estate services company


JEREMY AWORI   Managing Director, Barclays Bank Kenya

  Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee

Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee   Siddharth Chatterjee is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Kenya with effect from 26 August 2016.

  LAC Africa Business Summit

LAC Africa Business Summit   LAC Africa Business Summit, the first in Africa, is aimed at creating and strengthening trade ties between African, Latin American Caribbean countries.

  AITEC Africa

AITEC Africa   Provides news, events and publications in support of Africas computing, telecommunications and internet infrastructure.

  Dr.Carlo J. Chalhoub

Dr.Carlo J. Chalhoub   Chief Executive Officer: Chalhoub Consultancy, LLC

  Moodys Investors Service

Moodys Investors Service   Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Moody's commitment and expertise contributes to transparent and integrated financial markets. The firm's ratings and analysis track debt covering more than 120 sovereign nations, approximately 11,000 corporate issuers, 21,000 public finance issuers, and 72,000 structured finance obligations. Moody's Investors Service is a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation (NYSE: MCO), which reported revenue of $3.5 billion in 2015, employs approximately 10,800 people worldwide and maintains a presence in 36 countries

  Dr. Patrick Njoroge

Dr. Patrick Njoroge   Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya

  RMA Motors Kenya

RMA Motors Kenya   RMA Kenya was established in 2013 to operate as the authorized dealer for Jaguar Land Rover in Kenya, and is based out of Delta Tower, Westland, Kenya

  Mr. Henry K. Rotich

Mr. Henry K. Rotich   Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury

  Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN)

Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN)   Kenya Electricity Generating Company or simply KenGen is a company, the largest power producing company in Kenya producing about 72% of the electricity consumed in the country.

  Mr. Kiprono Kittony

Mr. Kiprono Kittony   Chairman:The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry


STANLIB Fahari I-REIT   Kenya's first Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT)

  Mrs. Sumayya Hassan-Athmani

Mrs. Sumayya Hassan-Athmani   Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya.

  Pradeep Paunrana

Pradeep Paunrana   managing director, ARM Cement (Kenya)

  Chase Bank

Chase Bank   Chase Bank Kenya Limited, is a commercial bank in Kenya. It is one of the commercial banks licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya, the central bank and national banking regulator.

  Michael Macharia

Michael Macharia   Founder & Group CEO -Seven Seas Technologies Group

  World Bank

World Bank   The World Bank is a United Nations international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs.


UAP INVESTMENTS SERVICES   UAP Investments is fully owned subsidiary of UAP Holdings Ltd. and Licensed by Capital Markets Authority and Retirement Benefits Authority as a Fund Manager and Investment Advisor offering comprehensive investment management and advisory services across East and Central Africa.

  Manoj Changarampatt

Manoj Changarampatt   Director IM – @Samsung Electronics E.Africa

  Frank Matsaert

Frank Matsaert   He is the Chief Executive Officer of TradeMark East Africa (TMEA).

  Dominic Barton

Dominic Barton   Management consultant. He has been managing director of McKinsey & Co since 2009

  Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd

Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd   Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd (MRM) is the flagship company of SAFAL GROUP, which is the leading manufacturer of flat and long steel products in Africa. Safal was incorporated to consolidate the operation of several allied companies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zambia, Angola and Malawi.

  Marco Annunziata

Marco Annunziata   Chief Economist and Executive Director of Global Market Insight at General Electric Co

  Norfolk hotel @NorfolkFairmont @FairmontHotels

  Moody's Investors Service

Moody's Investors Service   Moody's Investors Service, often referred to as Moody's, is the bond credit rating business of Moody's Corporation, representing the company's traditional line of business and its historical name.

  Republic of Kenya

Republic of Kenya   Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi.

  Francesco Confuorti

Francesco Confuorti   President and CEO of Advantage Financial, President and CEO of Advantage GFC, President of GFC Advisers, Chairman of Advantage SICAV.

  Charles Ireland

  Enzo Tolino

Enzo Tolino   Vice President Finance, Oracle Eastern Central Europe, Middle East, Africa. Specialties:Financial Management,IT Industry,Hardware,Software,International,Mergers and Acquisitions,Compliance,Global Finance

  Dr. Titus Naikuni

Dr. Titus Naikuni   Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the national carrier Kenya Airways, a post he has held since February 2003.

  Christine Lagarde

  Deloitte East Africa @Deloitte_EA

Deloitte East Africa @Deloitte_EA   Deloitte in East Africa has been in existence for many years and remain committed to the region. Substantial investments made in recent years serve as an assurance to you that our practice here will continually deliver the same quality of services that you have come to expect from Deloitte globally.

  Hon. Najib Balala

Hon. Najib Balala   Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Mining

  Domenico Fanizza and Ragnar Gudmundsson

Domenico Fanizza and Ragnar Gudmundsson   Assistant Director International Monetary Fund and Resident Representative from the IMF

  Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)   The idea of regional economic co-operation received considerable impetus from the buoyant and optimistic mood that characterised the post-independence period in most of Africa.


ROYAL EMBASSY OF SAUDI ARABIA Nairobi   Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia is a embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia located in Nairobi.


IMF SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, AND ECONOMIC FORUMS   A High Level Conference on Kenya’s Economic Successes, Prospects, and Challenges

  Didier Reynders

Didier Reynders   Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade and European Affairs

  Delonex Energy

Delonex Energy   We are an innovative E&P company focused on East and Central Africa working to unlock the hydrocarbon potential of the countries we operate in and to create value for our host governments by leveraging technology, execution skills and our strong capital base.

  Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan

Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan   Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region

  Patricia Ithau

Patricia Ithau   Managing Director L'Oreal East Africa Ltd

  Dr Christian Turner

  Ahmed Salim

Ahmed Salim   Ahmed Salim is a Program Manager with the Society for International Development (SID) and one of the principal authors of The State of East Africa Report 2012: Deepening Integration, Intensifying Challenges.

  Joe Schwarz

Joe Schwarz   General Manager – External Affairs & Development at Base Titanium Ltd

  International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group   The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

  DaMina Advisors

DaMina Advisors   We are a preeminent independent global frontier markets risk consulting and advisory firm – with a special focus on African markets.


OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE   The National Intelligence Council's (NIC) Global Trends Report engages expertise from outside government on factors of such as globalization, demography and the environment, producing a forward-looking document to aid policymakers in their long term planning on key issues of worldwide importance.

  Dr. Nick Blazquez

Dr. Nick Blazquez   President of Africa at Diageo plc.

  Mr. Henk J. Krasenberg

Mr. Henk J. Krasenberg   Founder of the European Gold Centre, which analyzes and comments on gold, other metals and minerals and international mining

  Karim Sadek

Karim Sadek   Managing Director, Citadel Capital

  Margaret Ireri

Margaret Ireri   Managing Director Kenya, Ipsos Kenya. She is the face behind opinion polling in Kenya and these public polls are conducted on a quarterly basis on social, economic and political issues.

  Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB)

  NZZ Capital Market Forum

  Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)

  East African Securities Exchange Association

  Tim Carstens

Tim Carstens   Managing Director and Director, Base Resources Limited

  Tullow Kenya

Tullow  Kenya   Tullow is one of the largest independent exploration and production companies in Europe.

  Dr. Ahmed Heikal

Dr. Ahmed Heikal   Co-Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Executive Committee, Citadel Capital (S.A.E.)

  Thomas Seghezzi

Thomas Seghezzi   Managing Director at Swiss-African Business Circle and Managing Partner at rainbow unlimited gmbh

  Robinson Njeru Githae

  Cedric Muhammed

  The Treasury

  Eng. Mahmoud Maalim

  Pierre Trouilhat

Pierre Trouilhat   Region Head and CEO of the NestlĂ© Equatorial African Region

  Seni Adetu

Seni Adetu   Group Managing Director and Director, East African Breweries Ltd.

  Dr. Mohamed "Mo" Ibrahim

Dr. Mohamed   A Sudanese-British Mobile Communications Entrepreneur and Billionaire

  Peter Gastrow

Peter Gastrow   The Cape Town Director of the Institute for Security Studies and the head of its organised crime and corruption programme

  Eric V. Guichard

Eric V. Guichard   Founder & CEO at Homestrings.com


CBK   Central Bank Of Kenya

  Rift-Valley Railways

  Ambassador Jacques Pitteloud

  Prof. Njuguna Ndung'u

  Jawad Jaffer

Jawad Jaffer   Project Director for Superbrands east Africa and awarded a Warrior Award from Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) for Marketing Excellence.

  Rwanda Development Board

Rwanda Development Board   The Rwanda Development Board was set up by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof.

  Razia Khan

Razia Khan   Razia Khan is Standard Chartered Bank's London-based Head of Macro-Economics and Regional Head of Research, Africa


Hon. UHURU MUIGAI KENYATTA   Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance

  Trans-Century Group


CMA   The capital market is part of the financial market that provides funds for long-term development. This is a market that brings together lenders (investors) of capital and borrowers (companies that sell securities to the public) of capital.

  H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni



  Marcelo M. Giugale

Marcelo M. Giugale   Director Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Africa Region, The World Bank


GINA DIN KARIUKI   Gina Din-Kariuki established GDCC after her 13 year tenure as the Head of Corporate Affairs for Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited

  Michael Joseph

  U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger

U.S. Ambassador Michael Ranneberger   Current United States Ambassador to Kenya. He was confirmed by congress on June 29, 2006 and began field duties on August 11, 2006. He is also responsible for U.S. relations with Somalia.

  Aly-Khan Satchu

  Bob Collymore

  Financial Times

  Liza Mucheru-Wisner

  Rich Management

  Martin Oduor Otieno

Martin Oduor Otieno   Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Commercial Bank

  Mahmud Jan Mohamed

  Tea Board of Kenya

Tea Board of Kenya   Making Kenya Tea the preferred Tea in the world.

  Synovate Kenya

  Dr. Wolfgang Fengler

  Eric M. Kimani

Eric M. Kimani   Business leader, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist with extensive experience in the Management of Organizational Change and Emerging Technology. A motivational speaker.

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