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Benson Njiru Financial Services Consultant
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Impact Finance, Strategy, Business Development across consulting, Agribusiness, Markets and Rural Enterprise Development within east Africa regions (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda), Start-ups and strategic partnership building (PPPs).

Work Experience


Schooner Africa Fund
Manager, Strategy and Business Development (Jun 2017 to Mar 2018) 9 Months
• Due Diligence and Credit Risk Assessments: On the ground due diligence of potential portfolio businesses and companies. • Negotiation: Lead deal negotiation for equity and debt investment instruments with the emphasis on alignment of interests of each party while incentivizing each party to achieve desired outcome. • Investment deal execution: Deploy creative deal structuring to minimize investment downside risk and capture upside potential. • Leadership: Develop, train and manage investment teams in countries of operation.
Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) implementing USAID funded program FIRM (Financial Inclusion for Rural Microenterprises)project
Engagement Manager (Jan 2011 to Dec 2016) 5 Years & 11 Months
• Facilitated the expansion of financial services and investment for entrepreneurs and businesses by designing profitable and sustainable financial services models that enable long-term economic growth necessary to improve livelihoods and build resiliency. • utilized Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan guarantees, technical assistance and consulting to de-risk credit processes used by financial and non-financial institutions across current market segments and new business opportunities. • Supported key policy reforms critical to the ongoing safe and sound evolution of the financial sector.
Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd
Customer Team Leader (May 2007 to Dec 2010) 3 Years & 7 Months
• Grew the business by achieving service targets, monitoring and compliance. Reducing costs by adhering to risk and rigor policies. • Took charge of controls and quality of work for loans and accounts through adherence to governance standards and controls. Was also in charge of opening of current accounts, business loans, customer acquisition, retention and appraising loans. • Compiled monthly/daily/weekly reports on productivity and accuracy by collating daily data and overall summary to relevant functions.
NIC Bank Ltd
Team Leader-Personal banking (Aug 2004 to Sep 2006) 2 Years & 1 Month
• Overaw the brand/product roll-out, business sourcing, and development of service centers through efficient marketing strategies. • Resource allocation. • Developed effective models for the team in penetrating and breaking new market grounds and overseeing the bank's ambitious new business acquisition plan.
Cedar Creek Consulting
Finanial Services Consultant (Apr 2018 to Present) 2 Years & 6 Months
• Review financial projections, capital expenditures, past organizational performance and conduct in-depth capacity assessments, political / economic risk scenario assessments for client appraisals. • Lead deal negotiation for equity and debt investment instruments with the emphasis on alignment of interests of each party while incentivizing each party to achieve desired outcome. • Deploy creative deal structuring to minimize investment downside risk and capture upside potential.

Education


University of Nairobi
MBA (Finance)(2012 - 2014) 
Moi University
BEd(Arts) {economics & maths}(1994 - 1999) 
School of African Microfinance (SAM)
Business process Improvement, Agriculture Value Chain Finance, Talent Management & Individual Lending(2001 - 2011) 

Featured Projects


Technical Skills

  • Banking & Finance
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  • Impact Finance
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  • Frontier Market Investment Mgmnt
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  • Finance and Accounting Expertise
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  • Executive experience
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  • Strategy
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Personal Skills

Consistent

Adaptable

Innovative

Team Player

Results-driven

LANGUAGES

English (UK)
Full Working Proficiency
English (US)
Full Working Proficiency
French
Elementary Proficiency

PERSONAL

Nationality
Kenya
Date of Birth
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Marital Status
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Driving License
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iungo capital partnership

- Lead deal negotation for equity funding of USD 1.5M to be invested towards SGBs in EA.
- Adopting a unique investment approach by combining TA, BDS, capital and post-investment support to potential and promising businesses in the region.