At Kolhli Ventures, I do not promote the quick grab and run ideology. I believe in helping to promote and build a sustainable business platform that allows the next generation to create new advances which benefit and improve the quality of life for all those around them.
I recognize that the opportunities are strongest in emerging markets. These fast-growing populations are becoming more upwardly mobile, and their technology adoption rates are surpassing those of the developed world. They are hungry for convenience, novelty and status, and they are turning to the web in increasing numbers to satisfy these needs.
The burgeoning market for the web-based transactions is driving an urgent need for new payment processing technologies to support them. To serve online consumers, we need systems that can accommodate a wide range of payment methods and international transactions without compromising on security.
Worldwide, there has been a dramatic shift in mobile technologies, with mobile devices predicted to replace wired systems as the primary method of accessing the web. The popularity and affordability of mobile devices in developing markets is accelerating the trend in these areas, making mobile delivery an essential element in any web-based venture.
I see a future where people can connect to a wider world, enjoy a new standard of living, and enjoy greater choice and autonomy than ever before and I know mobile and web-based commerce is the key to unlocking this future.
With a stable pro-investment government, highly educated and innovative talent, strategic location and well-developed business infrastructure Kenya has become a premier outsourcing destination and very attractive for the world’s largest technology companies to set up regional offices.
In September 2014, I met with the President of Kenya, his Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta as well as the Deputy President of Kenya. Together we explored the opportunities of investment in the country’s technology and IT sector. In addition, we discussed participation in the construction industry where the Government’s regeneration projects, together with a growing demand for affordable housing, offer vast prospects for foreign investors.
As an ardent philanthropist, I share a common vision with the Kenyan First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta, to set up mobile clinics to tackle the health issues facing Kenyan women and children.
In early 2014 I met the Prime Minister of Moldova, His Excellency Iurie Leanca. In our discussions, I stressed the importance of strengthening the Moldova nations IT skills through education to help support the Government’s “Digital Moldova 2020” strategy – this sets out the vision and development objectives of the information society in the country with the key aim of upgrading the ICT infrastructure through greater private involvement and increasing Moldova’s ICT position within the global value chain.
I met with the President of Cyprus, His Excellency Nicos Anastasiades, and discussed the future of the economy of Cyprus. Even though the county’s property sales are down 36% on 2013 due to falling domestic demand, there are positive signs for the future: more opportunistic investors are already looking for investment opportunities on the island fuelled by the possibility of capitalising on the natural gas found off the island.
R&D SUPPORT – CORNEA IMPLANTS
For many years, I have been committed to funding cornea transplants for thousands of people suffering from corneal blindness; the primary restriction on the number of transplants that can be donated is the number of donor corneas that can be sourced. I am therefore actively supporting the R&D of cornea implants and investigating which pioneering company, in the field of the development of the bio-engineered corneas, would most benefit from further investment through a strategic partnership. My vision is to make affordable artificial corneas available to everyone and ultimately to eradicate corneal blindness in the world.