The initiative that is held on a quarterly basis during month-long engagements, features various bank CEOs which covers several topics from interest rates to real estate and mortgages.
This month’s edition of CEO Chat will be hosted by KBA Vice Chairman and Group Managing Director of NIC Bank, James Macharia, Asad Ahmed, Managing Director of Gulf African Bank and Tony Okpanachi, Regional Managing Director of Ecobank.
The CEOs will tackle various topics related to banking over a period of four weeks, with the first event scheduled to take place at 10am on November 8 and will feature the Managing Director of NIC Bank, James Macharia.
Other CEOs confirmed are Asad Ahmed, Managing Director of Gulf African Bank for the CEO Chat on November 15 at 2pm; and Tony Okpanachi, Regional Managing Director of Ecobank for the CEO Chat on November 21 at 10am.
During the sessions, the public will have the opportunity to be part of the conversation through comments and questions which will be responded to by the relevant CEO hosts.
Among the topics to be discussed during these sessions are: banks and the capital markets, product innovation, SME opportunities and challenges, investment tips and career advice.
While commenting on the innovative platform, KBA CEO Habil Olaka said the public should expect more of such forums as the Association works towards closer engagement with the banking stakeholders.
“We received very positive feedback from the initial CEO Chat with people visiting our Website from not only Kenya but also Rwanda, the United States, Australia, and even South Korea,” he said, “It is certainly a departure from the norm, and we hope it sends the message that banks are open and willing to communicate.”
“I am convinced that the information relayed through these conversations is critical in helping Kenyans to make informed banking decisions. We are keen to demystify banking and engage with the public on matters of interest,” Olaka added.
CEOs who participated in the inaugural KBA Chat event were: Richard Etemesi, of Standard Chartered Bank; Martin Oduor-Otieno (Kenya Commercial Bank), Frank Ireri (Housing Finance), Isaac Awuondo (Commercial Bank of Africa), Sam Kimani (Jamii Bora Bank) and Nasim Devji, Group CEO and Managing Director, Diamond Trust Bank.
Interested participants can visit and register on the KBA website www.kba.co.ke , where the chat sessions will be hosted.