The Team

Bob Karina, Chairman

Mr. Karina is the Founder and Chairman of Faida Investment Bank and the Vice Chairman of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) Ltd. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Rwanda Stock Exchange, where he has played a key role in the set up of the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) and serves as the Chairman of the Trading Committee. He is also a Board Member of the Central Depository and Settlement Corporation (CDSC), where he serves as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

He is an accomplished stockbroker, an information technology professional and a successful businessman. He plays other roles including; Chairman of Asterisks Holdings, Chairman of Norwich Union Properties Ltd., Chairman of Association of Kenya Stockbrokers (AKS) Nominees Ltd and Founder Member of the Institute of Certified Securities and Investment Analysts (ICSIA). He is also a member of the Institute of Directors. He also served as a Governor and Director of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and as a Director of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) as the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Mr. Karina was instrumental in the establishment of the CDSC, the implementation of the NSE’s Automated Trading System (ATS), the Wide Area Network (WAN), and the Broker Back Office (BBO) system, as the Chair of the implementation committees that spearheaded these developments in the Kenyan Capital Markets. He has broad experience in advising institutional and corporate investors, corporate finance consulting and research analysis. He holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Corporate Finance from the University of Liverpool, in the UK.

Dennis Waweru, Non-Executive Director

Dennis  holds an MBA in Strategic Management from Moi University and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He has over sixteen years experience in Investment Advisory and Portfolio Management. Dennis has served as the Vice Chairman of the Kenya Association of Investment Banks and Stock Brokers (KASIB) and served in the Board for 3 years. He has been instrumental in ensuring the implementation of various Exchange initiatives that have sustainably grown the Stock Market.

Lucas Otieno, Managing Director

Lucas is the Managing Director at Faida Investment Bank Limited. He was previously the CEO of African Alliance Kenya Securities for 6 years and was the Head of Corporate Business and Fixed Income Securities at CFC Financial Services limited and has been in the financial services sector for over 14 years. Lucas is a director of the Kenya Association of Stockbrokers and Investment Banks (KASIB), and a former Board Member of the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE), where he served as a member of various committees; Chairman of the Business Centre Committee and a member of the Trading and Surveillance Committee, Audit Committee, among others.

Lucas is an Honours graduate of the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada in Business Administration and Economics, with a major in Finance. Mr. Otieno oversees the management of the Investment Bank, and heads the marketing and distribution efforts in all public capital markets issues.

Mercy Kamau, Independent Director

Ms. Kamau is a partner at Kagwe, Kamau & Karanja Advocates and also serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Coffee Board of Kenya. She is the former Company Secretary of Family Bank Limited, and also worked at Paramount Bank as Company Secretary/Legal Advisor. She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations, a Masters Degree in Law, is a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

Rina Hicks, Operations & HR Director

Rina joined Faida Investment Bank in 2002. She holds an MBA degree from Strathmore Business School and a Bachelor of Business Degree, majoring in Finance and Marketing from Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia. She sat for CFA ® Level II in 2007 .

Rina has been with the company for over 10 years and has been responsible for the overall operations of the institution, and human resource management. Rina previously served as a Board Member of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, and Enablis East Africa, a Canadian-based not-for-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs in developing countries through its member-driven network, called Enablis Entrepreneurial Network.

Rina was recently nominated by the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) to represent members of the NSE in the Broker Back Office Implementation Project Team and was also nominated by Kenya Association of Stock Brokers and Investment Banks (KASIB) in the Bond Market Steering Committee chaired by the CEO of the Capital Markets Authority. She is a SITI (Securities Industry Training Institute) Certified Trainer by the Nairobi Securities Exchange and has been involved in a number of corporate advisory projects.

David Mataen, Corporate Finance Director

David has 15 years professional experience in financial services including investment banking, corporate finance, stock brokerage, investment research, commercial banking, financial analysis and consultancy. David has also discussed broad and diversely topical business issues weekly in a column titled “Emerging Frontiers” In the Money & Markets pages of Business Daily, a publication of the Nation Media Group Ltd.

 Highlights of David’s current responsibilities at Faida Investment Bank

  • Overall responsibility and directorship of the functions of investment banking & corporate finance.
  • Lead and coordinate the team in responding to RfPs, REoIs, and other forms of requests for consultancy/advisory services
  • Lead the team in exploring, pursuing and managing strategic partnership and alliances with advisory consortia, and other business relationships.
  • Responsible for the firm’s training strategies, programs and calendar.

 Technical skills in corporate Finance and Investment Banking

The following is a summary of major technical skills: Transaction structuring, financial analysis, investment research, macro-economic and industry analyses, financial modelling, business valuations, financial due diligence, business restructuring, business and strategic plans, proposals writing, portfolio construction and management, prospectus writing, researching new business opportunities, and business trouble-shooting.

Experience in the Region

David has participated in corporate finance and investment banking assignments in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Malawi and South Sudan.