From Africa Rising to Africa Resilient, Vishal has watched the last 15 years from the best seat at the table: a local one. Based in Nairobi with an emerging market focus, Vishal is an Investment Banker – a Project Financier and Infrastructure Specialist by profession, with 24 years experience.
Presently, he serves as Chairman & Chief Executive of Full Circle Africa, a proprietary investment management firm. He previously served as senior leader within General Electric Africa as Managing Director of Development & Investments.
Vishal started in Eastern Europe doing mass privatisation deals after the fall of the Soviet Union in the mid 90s. He then worked on deals in Asia and the Indian subcontinent, as well as transactions in Central America in Panama, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize among others.
He moved to Africa in 2004 and served as a Senior Partner & Deals Leader for PwC Africa based in Kenya until 2014, before moving to GE Africa as the Managing Director of Project Development and Investments for SSA until July 2017.
As a seasoned corporate leader and active Africa investor, Vishal speaks not only to the African growth stories he witnessed from the front line, but to Localization and to Enterprise-led Development in Africa which he spearheaded in his career.
Vishal has spent the last decade working closely with China, leading high-level engagements in both Africa and China. As a thought-leader, he recently played a key role in GE’s participation within the One Belt, One Road Initiative. Vishal frequently speaks to and tweets about the importance of Sino-African collaboration.
Some of his signature deals are:
– A first-of-its-kind initial public offering of the Kenya Electricity Generation Company (KenGen)
– The largest (at the time) foreign direct investment in Kenya: the acquisition of Telkom Kenya by France Telecom
– A historic bi-national public-private partnership in the transport sector – the Kenya-Uganda Rail Concession
Across the continent, Vishal is excited by the return of Diaspora, the exuberance of young entrepreneurs, the zeal of emerging corporate leaders and the resilience and potential for the continent. He supports young entrepreneurs in the region through mentorship and has a new book on Leadership is due to be released next month. Read more Read less