Jersey Finance is delighted to invite you to our ‘Africa Community of Interest Group’ which will take place on Tuesday 5 July between 10.30 am – 11.45 am at the Royal Yacht Hotel.

At the event, you will hear 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 regarding this event, please contact our events team.

Speakers

Allan Wood › Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
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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.

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.

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.

Faizal is a regular contributor and an international speaker, providing thought leadership at both public and private engagements across the Middle East and Africa. A regular contributor to both regional and national publications across the Middle East and Africa, Faizal has been interviewed on various platforms including the BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg,  CGTN, Arab news, Gulf News and various other leading global and regional media outlets.

Having successfully mentored for HRH King 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 mentors MBA students from the prestigious and the world’s leading business school, the Saïd Business School at Oxford University. Additionally,  Faizal also mentors select NexGen UHNW family members from his region, supporting and guiding them as they take on more responsibility and positions of leadership within their global family businesses.

Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa › Business Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
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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.

Dr Rufaro Nyakatawa is a multifaceted business consultant with more than 20 years’ experience working in financial services, specifically wealth management in large financial services companies in South Africa and across Africa. She Joined Jersey Finance in 2021 and is responsible for business development in Africa, currently with a primary focus on South Africa.

An international speaker and thought leader, Dr Nyakatawa has been interviewed on various platforms including the BBC, CNBC, ENCA and various publications. She champions women’s issues as an Advisory Board Member of Women in Tech (SA Chapter) and an International Campaign Advisor for the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board, among others. She was recently elected by members to the Board of Directors of the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa(FPI), a Non-Executive Director at Masthead and is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), CFA member and SAVCA member. She holds an MBA and PhD from the University of Cape Town.

Dr Uche Igwe

Dr Uche Igwe Political Economy & Security Risk Analyst

Dr. Uche Igwe is a political economy analyst, legislative scholar and communications expert with twenty years of practical experience working with the parliament, government agencies, local and international non-governmental organisations, the media, research think tanks and the private sector. He holds a PhD degree in politics from the University of Sussex and a Master of Arts degree in Governance and Development from the prestigious Institute of Development Studies (IDS) also in Sussex. His thesis on the ethical landscape in the Nigerian parliament provided insight into how contextual politics and ethical heterogeneity can shape perceptions of corruption and anti-corruption, especially in countries with colonial footprints. He has consulted for the World Bank and many donor-funded projects in Nigeria. A former Africa Policy Scholar at Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, Washington DC, Dr. Igwe currently serves on the Executive Consultative Group of the Blue Dot Network.

Agenda

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10.30 am

Welcome and Key Market Updates

  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
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Keynote 

  • Dr Uche Igwe, Political Economy & Security Risk Analyst
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10.45 am
11.10 am

Key Markets Update

  • Rufaro Mucheka, Business Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
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Q&A Session

  • Moderator: Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance
  • Rufaro Mucheka, Business Development Consultant – Africa, Jersey Finance
  • Faizal Bhana, Director – Middle East, Africa and India, Jersey Finance
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11.25 am
11.45 am

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