Jersey Finance is delighted to invite you to our ‘Africa Community of Interest Group’ taking place virtually on Tuesday 25 January 2022 between 10.30 am – 11.30 pm (GMT). The joining links will be sent 24 hours in advance.

At the event you will receive regional updates on our core markets in the region, as well as an update on our activity for 2022 from our Regional Directors Dr Rufaro Mucheka, our Business Development Consultant – Africa, Faizal Bhana, our Director – Middle East, Africa and India, and Allan Wood, our Global Head of Business Development.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the events team.


Dr Rufaro Mucheka › Business Development Consultant – Africa
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Based in Johannesburg, Rufaro’s primary focus is developing the strategy for Jersey Finance’s engagement in the South African market. She also plays a vital role in supporting the organisation’s wider activity across the continent.

With more than 20 years of experience in wealth management (private banking and financial planning) across Southern and West Africa, her most recent role was with Nedbank Wealth Management in South Africa.

A passionate advocate for the potential development opportunities arising across Africa, Rufaro is well known as a contributor to international conferences on investing in Africa, internationalisation strategies and nurturing entrepreneurship. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, an advisory member of the Women in Tech (SA) movement, an International Campaign Advisor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP®) and holds an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Given her broad experience working in multiple African countries, she believes that Africa can make huge strides in achieving equal opportunities (incl. education) for all, increasing financial inclusion of women and building sustainable communities. Her doctoral study examined strategies used by South African companies as they internationalise into other African countries.

Faizal Bhana › Director – Middle East, Africa and India
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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 and Africa. Faizal specialises in banking and finance and has advised both corporates 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.

Faizal graduated with a first class in his undergraduate Law (LLB) Honours degree and a distinction in his postgraduate (MSc) degree in Islamic Banking and Finance, both from top tier UK based universities.

Having successfully mentored for HRH Prince Charles’ charities, the Prince’s Trust and Mosiac, over several years, Faizal continues with his passion for mentoring young, dynamic and  promising entrepreneurs globally. Faizal currently mentors MBA students from the prestigious and the world’s leading business school, the Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Allan Wood › Global Head of Business Development
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Born in Liverpool, Allan has more than 25 years’ financial service experience in Jersey and the UK.

As Global Head of Business Development, Allan is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Jersey as a leading international finance centre across key strategic overseas markets including Africa, the Gulf region, Asia, the US and the UK.

Allan joined Jersey Finance in 2015 as Business Development Director, before being promoted to Regional Head – West, where he was responsible for overseeing the Africa, US and UK markets.

Prior to Jersey Finance, Allan spent five years with Barclays in Jersey, where he was Vice President and leader of the Jersey International business within Barclays Wealth & Investment Management division. Before this, he spent 20 years with Royal Bank of Scotland.

A keen runner in his spare time, Allan successfully completed the London Marathon in 2014 and 2016, while he is also Chairman of The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a Director of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation, and an advisor to the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board.