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Jersey Finance is proud to be co-hosting an evening networking reception in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya on Monday 27 November – the first event of its kind for both organisations.

This event is led by Faizal Bhana, our Director – Middle East, Africa and India, and Chris Hanlin, Director – Social Business Solutions East Africa Limited. The event seeks to highlight the growing ties between the UK, Jersey and Kenya, as well as the existing strong links between the City of London and Jersey.

Guests will hear from senior keynote speaker, Isaac Kahara, Country Head – East Africa at UK Export Finance (UKEF).

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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.

Chris Hanlin

Chris Hanlin Director – Social Business Solutions East Africa Limited

Chris is a seasoned project manager with 25 years of successful project implementation and management across air and land, specializing in project logistics for large scale infrastructure and mining projects. Utilizes a background in transport/ logistics management and HSSE processes, procedures and protocols in challenging and diverse environments. Experience of managing projects from RFQ/ pricing stage to delivery and sign off, working with clients across all stages. Often managing multiple projects at the same time and in different countries. Extensive experience of developing transport management plans and related risk assessments. Well versed in the commercial side of contracts, reporting and regulatory compliance. Experience of working in challenging business environments in East and Central Africa including Burundi, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda, as well in Afghanistan.

Isaac Kahara

Isaac Kahara Country Head - East Africa at UK Export Finance (UKEF)

Isaac Kahara is an accomplished project finance and financial risk management professional with 17+ years of experience in various leadership roles in corporate, consultancy and public sector. He is currently the Country Head - East Africa at UK Export Finance (UKEF), whose role is to increase access to UKEF financing offer, consider appropriate bankable projects and supporting UK trade relations across East Africa. Prior to joining UKEF, Isaac was a financial risks advisor at Deloitte for close to a decade, in addition to several years in various roles in finance, risk management and treasury management for large corporations.

Event Partners

The British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya (BCCK) gives members privileged access to a high-profile business network.  BCCK has a growing list of over 320 active members ranging from FTSE 100 companies to individual British consultants working in Kenya. We work in conjunction with the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), the Overseas Business network of the British Chambers of Commerce and regional and national bodies in Kenya.





6.30 pm

Registration and Networking


Opening and Welcome from BCCK

  • Chris Hanlin, Director – Social Business Solutions East Africa Limited
7.00 pm
7.10 pm

Welcome from Jersey Finance

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

Keynote Speaker

  • Isaac Kahara, Country Head – East Africa at UK Export Finance (UKEF)
7.20 pm
7.35 pm

Networking and Refreshments


Event Ends

9.30 pm
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