Imagine getting the chance to speak to some of the brilliant minds that make up our great economy? This was the initiative organized by Aga Khan Education Service Kenya and Festival of Friendship-Education Committee for a Youth Forum entitled “Brainstorm- your options” on Saturday 4th May at the Aga Khan Pavillion, Nairobi.
The talk was made up of six talented individuals, Salim Amin (Chairman, A24 Media), Darshan Chandaria (Director, Chandaria Industries Ltd), Joe Maye (Head of Branches & Alternate Channels Diamond Trust Bank), Joshua Oigara (Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Commercial Bank), Nzioka Waita (Director of Corporate Affairs, Safaricom), Ahsan Manji (MD Weetabix EA Ltd), and Kamal Pattni (Regional BD Manager Kaizen Institute).
The first talk of its kind to bring different communities and collaborate, it did fairly. There were no major questions and answers or debates or ideas floating around and the impact of a brainstorm was not achieved. There were however inspirational personal stories from each of the invited guests of how they achieved their success and continue to inspire themselves and their teams. The objective of the talk was to inspire the young to make better choices and have an opportunity to work with the guests in some way or the other. Nzioka Waita pointed out that he has not seen enough Asian CVs coming his way and this is something he hopes that will change especially through inter-community talks such as these. While Darshan Chandaria, only 27-year-old running Chandaria Industries still maintains, “in Kenya the best business was done by networking.”