Insights

Kina Advisory provides insights on topical issues facing the industry today as companies operate and invest in Africa. Read through our latest thought pieces that give an insight into Kina’s way of thinking, as we discuss ideas that challenge the way business in Africa is conducted, offer solutions to those challenges and highlight the success of others.

 

Ghana Oil Club – Foundation to Sustainable Business

20|08|2018

At this year’s Ghana Oil Club Strategic Roundtable Discussion, Rosalind Kainyah will be discussing market entry strategies and making successes, and options for creating a petroleum hub in Ghana. Rosalind will explain her theory around business, government and society having the right conversations to generate sustainable business

Rosalind Kainyah, Managing Director at Kina Advisory will be participating at this years Ghana Oil Club Strategic Roundtable Discussion, held in Partnership with The Oil & Gas Year. The event will be discussing market entry strategies and making successes, and options for creating a petroleum hub in Ghana.

At Kina Advisory, we strongly believe that a strong market entry strategy is based on the foundations of understanding the country and the relevant stakeholders. At Kina, our concept of “the triangular relationship theory”, the need for business, government and society to have, not just conversations, but the right conversations forms the foundations of our corporate advisory consultancy we provide our clients. Getting to grips with how these three points of the triangle interact is important to achieving sustainable business and unlocking long-term profits.

When businesses engage with stakeholders and contribute to socio-economic development, stakeholders become advocates for the business. When businesses demonstrate an appreciation for government’s top priorities, by finding ways that tie in with the company’s business value drivers’ solutions to address local economic problems, businesses can gain a competitive advantage.

At Kina, we have developed the ‘Kina Advisory Introduction to Doing Business in Ghana’ course designed for executives and senior managers of international companies interested in investing or operating in Ghana. Our popular ‘Experience of Doing Business in Ghana’ session consists of a presentation and Q&A session with a representative from a selected company that has successfully invested and is operating in Ghana. This session arms investors with an insider’s perspective on doing business in Ghana, at a senior level, with the knowledge to manage potential risk and it supports companies as they develop a sustainable business.

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Arise First Operations Report 2017 | Affordable finance in Africa

13|08|2018

Kina Supports the work of Arise. Making available affordable finance in Africa for SME’s, based on an ESG strategy. This life-line investment gives local businesses the opportunity to accept investment in their business without the risk of losing their independence.

Front cover image of Arise First Operations Report 2017 | Affordable finance in AfricaWe at KINA strongly believe that access to affordable finance for SMEs is a critical factor for broad and inclusive economic growth and development in any country.  We are particularly passionate about seeing such growth in the emerging economies of Africa

We are therefore pleased to share Arise’s first Operations Report 2017.  A leading African investment company, Arise invests in and partners with sustainable locally-owned financial services providers in Sub-Saharan Africa who are looking for long-capital without losing their independence.

The report highlights Arise’s successes during the period 1 January through 31 December 2017. A marked achievement is that the financial institutions Arise has invested in have cumulatively provided over one million loans facilities to businesses across the African continent, resulting in the creation of over 12,400 permanent jobs – more than 45% of which are run by women.

Such growth, even with the best financial support, will only be truly sustainable and long-lasting with the right environmental, social and governance (ESG) structures in place.  ESG considerations are significant in Arise’s investment strategy and decision-making process.  In addition, the firm works with its investee companies to establish appropriate ESG standards and systems.

KINA’s support for the work Arise does in the African financial sector is evidenced by the fact that its Managing Director, Rosalind Kainyah, serves as Arise’s nominated Non-Executive Director on the Board of Cal Bank, Ghana – one of Arise’s investee companies.

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Kina congratulates recipient of 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award

13|07|2018

From 4000 finalists from across the common wealth, Derick Omari, a graduate of the Class of 2018 at Ashesi University, Ghana is awarded the Queen’s Young Leader Award. Derick’s goal … “My greatest desire has been to make a substantial positive impact in Africa. To receive the Queen’s Young Leaders Award along the way to this dream is a great honour.”

At Kina Advisory, we are champions of improving the lives of the youth in Ghana and take pride in recognising the excellent achievements attained by individuals. So, we were thrilled to hear the news that Derick Omari, a graduate of the Class of 2018 at Ashesi University, Ghana has been awarded the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award, for his contribution to improving IT literacy in underserved Ghanaian communities. Among 4,000 finalists from the Commonwealth nations, Derick was one of 60 selected for the Queen’s Young Leader Awards.

Recipients of the Award are recognised for using their skills to improve the lives of their communities. Derick has established two initiatives; Tech Era and Berekuso Music Project.

The Tech Era project brings together IT professionals from underserved communities and underprivileged children. The professionals teach the children IT skills and by doing so raise their IT profiles. Over 80 children have been trained in IT skills and the program has begun reaching out to the visually impaired. You can learn more about Derick and Tech Era by watching this YouTube Video. 

The Berekuso Music Project is an after-school program that teaches students to play musical instruments to help expand the opportunities available to them.

Congratulations Derick, from all of us at Kina Advisory! We are proud of what you have already achieved and will be following you keenly as we are certain there is a lot more to come from you.

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Kina Advisory congratulations the 18’ Ashesi University graduates

11|07|2018

Teni’s Journey from high school to graduating from Ashesi University has not been easy, but single-minded determination and guidance through the scholarship process helped her achieve her goal. Without big businesses investing in the future of Africa we can’t move forwards

Image of Teni Agana one of the 18 graduates from Ashesi UniversityKina Advisory congratulates the 2018 class of graduates from Ashesi University. We particularly want to mention a young female graduate, Teni Agana, who has an inspiring story.

Teni’s drive and ambition, that led to her graduating from what is undeniably the best University in Ghana, began in high school. Her aspirations to become a college graduate saw her move away from her family home to work in a market place as a head porter, known locally as “kayayo”, to save money for her college education. However, her savings had to be used to deal with a family medical emergency. But that good turn was repaid when she was introduced to a member of CAMFED, a partner institution of Ashesi University, that supports the education of young women in rural sub-Saharan Africa, to lift them out of poverty to become leaders of change. She was encouraged to and successfully applied for a MasterCard Foundations scholarship to Ashesi University. Her ambition is now to help others who find themselves in the situation she was in realise the benefits of college education.

At Kina, we work with our clients to advise and support the development of social investment strategies and programmes. One such client is Tullow Oil, a supporter of Ashesi University. Tullow is delighted to congratulate the 2018 Ashesi graduates:

“Ashesi University is a key partner in Tullow’s efforts to build capacity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education in order to produce graduates where the company’s host countries experience significant skills gaps and to also help in the development of the country.

Tullow Ghana is providing scholarships to 10 bright but needy students to complete a four-year engineering degree. Tullow supports centers of excellence such as Ashesi University which delivers a solid engineering degree with an emphasis on design thinking and entrepreneurship so that students graduate with hands-on skills which will make them more effective contributors to industry.”

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What we are up to & News

12|08|2020

Ahaspora’s Webinar on Building Business Resilience in Our New World

Join our Managing Director, Rosalind Kainyah MBE, as she participates in Ahaspora’s webinar “Beyond Survival, Thrive! Building Business Resilience in Our New World” with Kosi Yankey, Executive Director of Ghana’s National Board for Small Scale Industries, and David Hutchful, Co-Founder of Bloom Impact. The webinar will explore ways to support Ghanaian business owners impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, sharing ideas on how they can cope in these difficult times and possibly take advantage of the crisis to pivot their businesses for growth. To register, please click here.

Date: Sunday 16th August 2020. Time: 18:00 GMT/19:00 BST.

Ahaspora’s webinar banner | Beyond Survival, Thrive! Building Business Resilience in Our New World

05|08|2020

Joël Rault appointed as the Chief Representative, Western Europe for Gawah Holdings

Congratulations to Joël Rault, a member of our Advisory Board, who has just been appointed as the Chief Representative, Western Europe for Gawah Holdings. Click here to read more.

13|07|2020

Strategic Partnership Between Kina Advisory and INTESTRAT Services Ltd

We are thrilled to announce a strategic partnership between Kina Advisory and INTESTRAT Services Ltd. Reshma Shah, founder and CEO of INTESTRAT Services, will also join Kina as a Partner and Senior Associate. Reshma has extensive experience in Finance, Strategy, Risk & Performance Management, Change Management and ESG. For our full press release, ‘click here’.

28|05|2020

Joël Rault joins Kina’s Advisory Board

We are thrilled to have Joël Rault, Chairman and Founder of Hermès Advisory, join our Advisory Board. Joël has previously served as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for the Government of France and has extensive experience in administration and the management of private companies. He is also an emerging leader of the Harvard Kennedy School. We are looking forward to having his advice and guidance as we forge ahead with advising companies operating in Africa on Sustainability. For our full press release, ‘click here’

02|05|2020

Invest Africa Ltd’s Webinar On Renewable Energy Solutions in Africa

Join our Managing Director, Rosalind Kainyah MBE, as she moderates Invest Africa’s webinar on Renewable Energy Solutions in Africa – Covid19, Sustainability & the future of the continent with Jennifer Boca of Lekela Power, Mansoor Hamayun of BBOXX and Scott Mackin of Denham Capital. They will be looking at whether investment bodies will have to pivot away from renewable energy assets in light of COVID-19; how renewable energy operations have been affected by the virus; the multilateral funds such as AfDB’s SEFA play in renewable energy developments across Africa; and the importance funds should place on ESG standards in the investment decision?

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2020.  Time: 12:00-13:00 BST

For more information, please click here:

 

Rosalind Kainyah moderates Invest Africa’s webinar on Renewable Energy Solutions in Africa