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COVID-19 has had a noticeable impact on all sectors of Kenya’s economy, particularly on the top sectors of agriculture and tourism. However, according to the World Bank’s Kenya Economic Update Report (21st edn.), with active containment of the pandemic and favourable weather, the country is expected to experience an immediate bounce back. For this reason, companies already active or interested in entering the Kenyan markets are invited to join NABC on the 12th of May, 11:00 – 12:30 (CET), for the Doing Business in Kenya Webinar tackling the following topic: How to build stronger trade ties between the Netherlands and Kenya in post-COVID-19 era?





11:00 – 11:03


Introduction to the Webinar


Lyla Latif

Founder & CEO

Lai'Latif & Co


11:03 – 11:05

NABC and Kenya

Mackenzie Masaki

Director Business Development & Agribusiness

NABC Country Representative for Kenya


11:05 – 11:15

Trade and Investment Relations between Kenya and The Netherlands before and after COVID-19

H.E. Lawrence Lenayapa

Ambassador of Kenya in the Netherlands


Panel Discussion


11:15 – 11:55

Emerging sectors for Foreign-Kenyan Private Sector Investment Collaboration post-COVID-19 Crisis

David Ongolo

Board Member

Netherlands Business Hub in Kenya


Impact of COVID-19 on the Flower Industry in Kenya and the expectations for post-COVID-19 era

Richard Fernandes


Kenya Flower Council


An investors perspective on how investments will be affected post the Coronavirus pandemic. What to do and what to avoid.

Pius Muchiri

Managing Director

NABO Capital



Carole Karuga

Chief Executive Officer


11:55 – 12:00

Closing remarks

Mackenzie Masaki

Director Business Development & Agribusiness

NABC Country Representative for Kenya




Lyla Latif, Founder & CEO, Lai'Latif & Co, (Moderator)

Founder and CEO of Lai'Latif & Co is a Kenyan research award winning scholar and a distinguished legal practitioner. Her academic scholarship is grounded within socio-legal positivism as a method to transform pan African development within a robust bottom up fiscal governance that introduces Islamic tax and philanthropy as an economic model. Her legal practice focuses around law on administration, asset securities, corporations, commerce, constitution, finance and human rights. Coming from a mixed legal practitioner and academic background, Lyla has worked with governments, law firms, NGOs, think tanks and universities in Africa, Germany, Israel, the UK and the USA. She holds a first class LLB and LLM in Public Finance and Financial Services Law from the University of Nairobi, and an MA in Development and Governance from the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany. She has trained with Muenster University and Leiden Law School on International Taxation, and on Health Rights Litigation with Harvard FXB.



H.E. Ambassador Lawrnece Lenayapa, Embassy of Republic of Kenya in the Netherlands

The Ambassador heads and guides the Embassy in its mandate to articulate and implement Kenya’s Foreign and Trade Policy in the Republic of Netherlands and the Czech Republic. This entails promoting and protecting Kenya’s image while strengthening relations with the host country through promoting economic, tourism, trade and bilateral issues. At the Multilateral level, the Mission works towards promoting Kenya’s interest in the International Organizations and Tribunals based in the countries of accreditation.

The Ambassador is a career administrator who has worked in various districts in the Republic of Kenya and also served as a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources as well as in the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid areas. Ambassador Lenayapa’s most recent position was the State House Comptroller. Through all these experiences, he has garnered a wealth of experience in promoting Kenya’s development agenda. He has an in depth understanding and appreciation of intergovernmental negotiations, regional integration issues and in particular Trade, Governance, Social and Infrastructural issues, Peace and Security priorities and Foreign Policy co-ordination among others.


David Otieno Ong'olo, Board Member, Netherlands Business Hub, Kenya

David Ong’olo is a Board member of the newly constituted Netherlands Business Hub, Kenya. He is an Economist with over 30 years’ experience in economic development, trade and investment promotion. He served in several organisations including the International Labour Organisation, Governments of Kenya and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He is currently the Managing Director of Matrix Development Coonsultants based in Nairobi, Kenya and also serves in several corporate Boards.

In this webinar, he has been requested by the Chairman of the Hub to represent Netherlands Business Hub, Kenya.








Pius Muchiri, Managing Director and CEO, Nabo Capital

Pius is the founding CEO of Nabo Capital and his passion is to connect investors to lucrative opportunities across Africa. He passionately believes that investors cannot afford to ignore the continent, a key topic when he speaks at global investment forums.

Quick to acknowledge he has the best job in the world, Pius believes Africa is the best place for anyone wishing to make a remarkable difference and leave a lasting legacy. With more than 15 years’ experience of successfully investing in Africa, he has overseen investment transactions in excess of $500M.

On the back of remarkable success, Pius led his team at Centum to spin off into an independent fully-fledged investment boutique, Nabo Capital, which is now managing over $200m AUMs and has helped reputable institutional clients from US, Europe, Asia and Africa acquire sizable stakes and break into top ten shareholders lists of some of the most coveted, blue chip companies on the continent.Pius leverages a wide network and with unique, boots-on-the-ground experience operates across multiple asset classes such as equities, fixed income, private debt, private equity and real estate. Pius is a CFA charter-holder, Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelors of Commerce Degree.

Carole Karuga, Chief Executive Officer, KEPSA

Carole Karuga holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Nairobi and a Masters Degree in Public Administration and International Affairs from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She has also pursued several professional courses on Public-Private Sector Dialogue, Global Leadership and Private Sector Development among others.

Ms. Karuga has a wealth of experience in leadership having worked for Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nairobi Chapel and Sagamore Institute for Public Policy Research, Indianapolis – Indiana, where she acted as a liaison between Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the institute before formally joining KEPSA. She worked for several years at KEPSA before being appointed KEPSA CEO.

Ms. Karuga is credited for transforming KEPSA from a little known Business Institution to one of the most influential institutions in Kenya and Globally. KEPSA is the Apex body of the private sector in Kenya, galvanizing the private sector through public-private dialogue and influencing the economic and development agenda of the country and Africa.

Event details

Doing Business in Kenya Webinar
From May 12, 2020
Till May 12, 2020
NABC events