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Jersey Finance is proud to be sponsoring the East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) 2023 annual conference, which celebrates the private capital industry’s journey so far, and looks forward to the industry’s future, through engaging conversations and plenary sessions.

This year marks 10 years of EAVCA’s involvement in building the local private capital industry and stimulating investment in East Africa. The conference marks a decade of transformation, supporting East Africa as a hub for private capital.

Our Director for Middle East, Africa and India, Faizal Bhana, will host a bespoke feature panel session for the conference titled ‘What does the future hold for the funds industry?’ setting the scene and context for discussion throughout the day. Panellists will include partners of law and accountancy firms, fund managers and senior decision-makers from funds, who will share their insights on:

  • digitalisation and the influence of technology on the industry,
  • the evolving role of IFCs and regulation,
  • and the changing dynamics of capital raising.

Complimentary passes to the conference are available to finance firms in Jersey or their in-region contacts. Please register your interest or for more information, please contact a member of events team.


Faizal Bhana › Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
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Faizal is a UK qualified lawyer and for many years has worked and advised, and is a trusted advisor to institutions, corporates and families across the Middle East, Africa and India. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised corporates, family offices and families including on their international investment and holding structures.

Faizal is responsible for developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in Africa, the Middle East and India. He is focussed on his key markets, regularly travelling to all these countries, liaising and working with key stakeholders, including public and private institutions, corporates and families, building long-term mutually beneficial relationships.

Martha Mbugua

Martha Mbugua Partner in the Corporate & Commercial practice Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH Kenya)

Martha Mbugua is a Partner in the Corporate & Commercial practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH Kenya) and specializes in private equity and venture capital investments, Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A), corporate and debt restructuring and general corporate and commercial law. She has more than 13 years of experience gained in various globally ranked law firms in Nairobi, including Law3Sixty, a boutique firm she run prior to joining CDH Kenya. She also worked briefly in South Africa and in the legal departments of Barclays Bank of Kenya (now Absa Bank Kenya Plc) and East Africa Breweries Limited. Martha has been ranked in IFLR 1000 2021 and 2022 as a highly regarded lawyer private equity and M&A. In 2017, 2018 and 2019 she was as a rising star in private equity, mergers, and acquisitions. The Legal 500 EMEA also listed Martha as a recommended lawyer in 2018.

Hiram Githuku

Hiram Githuku Investment Manager, Goodwell investments

Experienced Professional in Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Sustainable Impact Hiram Githuku brings a decade of experience across Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Impact Investing, and Sustainable Finance. Holding an MBA from the University of Suffolk and a Chartered Accountant designation from ACCA, Hiram’s journey is defined by strategic leadership and innovation. He is currently an Investment Manager at Goodwell Investments, where he seamlessly integrates private equity insights with an unwavering commitment to sustainable finance, reshaping investment models to provide positive and sustainable solutions to local problem.

Frank Mwiti

Frank Mwiti Partner & Eastern Africa Markets Leader, EY

Frank is a Partner and the Eastern Africa Markets Leader at EY. He leads Strategy, M&A and business development across Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan. In addition to other Leadership roles, Frank is the Global Client Service Partner for several multinational accounts and sit on various Boards in Africa and UK. He has 22+ years of professional experience (including 15+ years in London) in investment banking and management consulting advising investors, shareholders, boards, CEOs, government executives and regulators in Africa, UK, EU, US and Russia. He previously held senior management roles in London (UK) at UBS Investment Bank, Deutsche Bank, PwC and Afrika Kapital. He is a CPA(K), holds a Law degree and Executive Management qualifications on Strategy from MIT (US).

Lise Janice Arakaza

Lise Janice Arakaza Investor Relations & Business Development Manager, Rwanda Finance Limited

Lise Janice ARAKAZA is the Investor Relations and Business Development Manager at Rwanda Finance Limited, the company promoting and developing Rwanda as a leading financial destination for international investment and cross-border transactions in Africa. With a strong background in finance and a deep commitment to Africa’s socioeconomic development, Lise plays an integral role in bridging international investors with Rwanda's thriving financial landscape. She facilitates cross-border transactions and forges global strategic partnerships within the investment community, contributing to Rwanda’s growth as a premier financial destination for international investment. Prior to joining Rwanda Finance, Lise worked on Mergers and Acquisitions at Wilmington Trust in the United States, focusing on global capital markets entity administration serving high net-worth private and institutional clients.