For years, there’s been this strange distaste for business. People kept thinking business was bad and business owners were greedy and money grubbers. But the truth is, business is and can be a HUGE force for good. Business can change lives, communities, and countries. Business isn’t the enemy… business can change the world.
My guests this week are Nick Barigye and Greg Urquhart of Karisimbi Business Partners. What Nick and Greg are doing at Karisimbi Business Partners is incredibly unique and their approach to helping entrepreneurs in Rwanda is amazing. I know you’re going to love this conversation!
About Greg Urquhart:
Greg brings 25 years of sales, strategy and management experience, working in international settings and across a number of vertical markets, including six years working in East and Southern Africa. His experience ranges from the Fortune 100 to startups, including Karisimbi Partners and its investee companies, and his role as VP of Partners Sales & Alliances for Xamarin Inc., a hyper growth San Francisco based startup focused on mobile technology (acquired by Microsoft in 2015). Greg has held a variety of senior roles for over 16 years with Microsoft, in the US and Europe. Results-oriented by nature, Greg has a passion for management excellence and people development, believing sound business planning and operational excellence are the keys to success.
About Nick Barigye:
Nick brings extensive strategic, operating and general management experience to Karisimbi Partners. He has served as CFO of the largest juice and dairy processor, CEO of the largest soy processor and COO of one of the largest locally owned road construction companies in Rwanda. He has filled interim General Manager and various other roles for a number of companies ranging from commercial printing to building products manufacturing. Nick is a self-starter with deep entrepreneurial, operational, financial, and business development expertise. He has extensive experience in financial analysis, financial management and investment analysis.
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