Kenyan Securitisation Round Table 

GCR Event: 

Kenyan Securitisation Round Table

Date: Thursday 13th June 2024

Time: 08h00 – 11h30 EAT

Location: Serena Hotel, Nairobi

Duration: 3.5hr

Cost: Free


Sylvia Chahonyo, GCR East Africa Managing Director, invites you to join our Kenyan Securitisation Round Table event at the Serena Hotel on the 13th of June. Sylvia will be joined by Yohan Assous, GCR Group Head of Structured Finance, Securitisation and Funds who is travelling from South Africa along with experts from the region: Ms. Mphokolo Makara from Standard Bank Group and Mr Robert Murai from Absa Bank.

Discussions will include an overview of GCR’s Asset-Backed Securities rating criteria and Cash flow model, an introduction to securitisation and a case study on a rated transaction. There will then be a panel discussion on the applications of Structured Finance within Kenyan Capital Markets where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.


08h00 – 09h00  

Networking Breakfast  

09h00 – 09h05  

Opening Remarks, Sylvia Chahonyo, GCR Ratings East Africa Managing Director  

09h05 – 09h25  

Introduction to Securitisation. Speaker: Yohan Assous, GCR Group Head of Structured Finance, Securitisation and Funds. 

09h25 – 09h45  

Introduction to GCR’s Asset-Backed Securities Rating Criteria and Cash flow model. Speaker: Yohan Assous 

09h45 – 10h15 


Case study. Speaker: Yohan Assous 

10h15 – 10h45 

Tea Break  

10h45 – 11h25  

Panel Discussion: Applications of Structured Finance within Kenyan Capital Markets.  

Panel Members:  

  • Yohan Assous: GCR Group Head of Structured Finance, Securitisation and Funds.  
  • Mphokolo Makara: Executive Head, Energy and Infrastructure for the East Africa region at Standard Bank Group.   
  • Robert Murai: Head, Capital Markets East Africa, Absa Bank 

11h25 – 11h30  

Closing Remarks and Wash Up. Sylvia Chahonyo  



Yohan Assous

GCR Group Head of Structured Finance, Securitisation and Funds. 

Yohan is a seasoned Securitisation expert, leading teams across multiple emerging markets on the African continent.

Mr Robert Murai

Head of Capital Markets East Africa, ABSA

He has over 13 years of investment banking experience in East Africa and capital markets across several sectors in the region

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia, USA.

Deal experience includes: Recent transactions include: Tanga Uwasa’s TZS53.12bn Green Bond, NMB Banks TZS1 Trillion Medium Term Note Programme, Acorn Project II LLP’s KES5 Billion Note Programme (2019-2021, the First Green Bond in Kenya), KES2 billion a private Kenya Roads Annuity Programm (2022), NMB Bank Plc’s (Tanzania) TZS200 Billion Note Programme (2015-2018), Republic of Kenya’s US$2 Billion dual tranche Eurobond Issuance in (2018), Shelter Afrique’s KES8 Billion Note Programme, UAP Old Mutual’s KES2 Billion Bond issuance, EABL’s KES11 Billion Bond Programme.

Ms Mphokolo Makara

Executive Head Energy and Infrastructure for the East Africa region at Standard/Stanbic Bank

Mphokolo is an infrastructure finance specialist, currently holding the position of Executive Head Energy and Infrastructure for the East Africa region at Standard/Stanbic Bank.

Her career in investment banking spans Coverage, Treasury, Transactional Banking, Structured Finance and Infrastructure Finance. Conscious that Africa’s infrastructure development is catalytic for economic inclusion and growth, her skills have been developed through concluding transactions in the aviation, industrial, power, health and transportation industries across both the public and private sectors.

Her area of competence includes the commercial debt financing spectrum for corporate and state-owned entities, through structuring and executing transactions in various markets. Her exposure and experience in asset based and infrastructure finance transactions includes select equity and asset risk in assets such as power generation plants, aircraft and locomotives; which are core to the operations and logistics of supporting industries across the infrastructure value chain.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) – Investment Management degree from the University of Johannesburg.

Her industry accolades include being awarded the Association of Black Security and Investment Professionals (ABSIP) Young Talent Award in 2006 and the Project Finance Deal of the Year in 2016 (Government of Kenya Ministry of Health/General Electric managed equipment services) and in 2018 (Roggeveld 140MW wind power plant).

She currently serves: –

  • On the Kenya Working Group Committee for 100 Women in Finance –
  • As an Investment Committee Advisor to Havaic –

She has leveraged her professional skills to “plough back”, by serving as a Non-Executive Board Member of the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SOC) Limited in South Africa, also having served as a member and chairperson of select sub committees of the Board.


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