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Jersey Finance is delighted to co-host an evening networking reception in partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce Kenya (BCC Kenya) on Friday 1 December 2023.

This event is led by Faizal Bhana, our Director – Middle East, Africa and India, and Farida Abbas, Chief Executive Officer at BCC Kenya. The event will 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.

Farida Abbas

Farida Abbas Chief Executive Officer, British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya (BCCK)

Farida Abbas is the CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya. She is appointed to provide leadership and strategic vision to the Chamber by identifying, evaluating, and developing trade and investment opportunities between Kenya and the United Kingdom. Farida comes from a background in sustainable business development and leadership development and thrives on growing SME capacity building. She is renowned as a strategic thinker and a creative problem solver who can focus on complex challenges and turn them into tangible, quantifiable strategies for businesses and individuals. She is fully aware of the significance of establishing relationships of trust and transparency to engage multiple key stakeholders for growth and expansion. Farida draws on work from her experience with the FTSE 100 companies in Kenya, including Diageo, AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and G4S. Farida is an Accredited Executive Coach by the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) UK.

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

  • Farida Abbas, Chief Executive Officer, British Chamber of Commerce in Kenya (BCCK)
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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