TheIFC-Milken Institute capital markets program at the George WashingtonUniversity is keen on moulding the next crop of capital market leaders whodemonstrate potential and keen on creating impact. This resonates well with my passionand aspirations to become a capital markets expert. The experience, knowledge ofthe teaching team, and the opportunity to join a lasting cohort of top-notchcapital market leaders has attracted me to this program. Am excited at theprivilege to interact with notable industry practitioners in the global capitalmarkets and learn from their vast years of expertise.
The moulding is whatthrills me the most about this Capital Markets Program.Myinterest in finance began at an early age while helping out in my parent’ssmall hardware store and after a chat with them, the decision was made to pursuestudies in Finance at the University of Nairobi. The university trainingintroduced me to broad aspects of Finance from financialmarkets, securities market, and corporate finance to real estate financing.Thereafter, I got an exciting role as an analyst in management of ForeignReserves portfolio at the Central Bank of Kenya.
While at it, I wasparticularly fascinated by operations of global markets,and the ease with which participants in financial markets raise and investfunds. This produced in me a strong urge to advance the complex theories behindthe operation of finance. I therefore pursued an MSc. in Finance andInvestments where I developed strong quantitative aptitude in investmentanalysis, global financial markets, market analysis, performance measurementand risk management. To further improve my skills, I have participated invarious training programs organized by the World Bank Treasury as a buy-side participantof the capital market. Recently, I passedthe Financial Risk Manager (FRM) part 1 exam as part of my professional development.
Thisprogram will in turn will help achieve my short term goals to sharpen my analyticaltechniques and financial experience to enhance my efficiency and to obtain arigorous and rewarding career in capital markets. In the long term, the skillsand experience will help me assist the Kenyan government in planning,implementing and monitoring policies for the development of the capital marketand help improve professionalism in market conduct. Throughthis Capital Market program, I will grow in both hands-on experience andinternational perspective and networking which not only come with being an IFC-MilkenInstitute Fellow but also the fact the experience will be from the US, the centre of advanced capital markets. Am keen toleverage on the collaborative efforts amongst IFC, Milken Institute and TheGeorge Washington University to drive the capital markets development agendafor my country and other developing countries.Ihope my zeal and interest in creating a lasting impact in development ofcapital markets in Africa and the global spectrum will be suitable foradmission to the IFC-Milken Institute Capital Market Program.