Isaac Kahara

Head of Export Finance – East Africa UK Export Finance

Isaac joined UK Export Finance (UKEF) in September 2020 as Head of Export Finance covering East Africa. Based in Kenya, Isaac is responsible for originating a pipeline of new opportunities across the East Africa, as well as help increase access to UKEF’s financing offer, support trade relations between the UK and the countries in East Africa.

Isaac is financial risk management professional with over 15 years of experience in management strategy and transformation. Prior to joining UKEF, Isaac was a financial risks advisor at Deloitte for close to a decade, in addition to several years in various roles in finance, risk management and treasury management for large corporations.

12.05 - 12.50


Doing Business in Uganda (East Africa), Cross border Trading, Access to UK Supply Chain, Partnerships and Projects Financing

Partnering with London Chamber of Commerce and DIT to leverage Private Sector participation in Uganda

  1. How can UK increase institutional investment into Uganda
  2. Given UK's financing offer at hand, where will it be best placed to support Uganda? ( Pamela Mbabazi, Chairperson National Planning Authority)

This session will highlight the UK’s financing offer and how projects can be supported.

Geopolitical outlook: Mapping an increasingly complex financing landscape.

  • What are the UK plans to boost investment in East Africa (Uganda)?
  • Could the evolving geopolitical outlook impact the availability of funding for East African infrastructure, and will this be to the gain of those conducting short term trade deals? With China seemingly set to reduce exposure to large projects, which private and developmental financing players sectors are poised to play a role in East African trade and infrastructure development?
  • Sharing the success of the Aga Khan Development Network in various investment sectors in Uganda. What are the challenges and where do you see opportunities? (Amin Mawji OBE (Aga Khan Development Network), Private Sector Insight)

Networking | Lunch Break and Exhibition | One on One meetings with government officials

15.00 - 16.15


Investing in Sustainable solutions in Finance and Technology, Infrastructure and Urban Development, Construction (Real Estate) and Manufacturing.

Investing in Sustainable solutions in Finance and Technology, Infrastructure and Urban Development, Construction (Real Estate) and Manufacturing.

  • Which are the investment opportunities in Uganda's financial services sector and how can investors achieve highest return on their investment?
  • The growth of information technology innovations and what are the opportunities?
  • How to access funding for digital solutions and FinTech start-ups?
  • As Cryptocurrency/blockchain technology matures, where does the government of Uganda stand on laws and regulations in this area? (Dr. Hatwib Mugasa, ED - National Informational Technology Authority Uganda)
  • Challenges of the banking sector after the covid-19 crisis – how have banks met new challenges, identified opportunities, solutions and addressed them. Where are opportunities for investment?

Opportunities in Kampala City Council.

  • What are the opportunities, challenges and regulatory barriers in financing of sustainable infrastructure projects in Kampala? (Mrs. Dorothy Kiyimba Kisaka, Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA))

Narrowing Uganda’s Digital Divide in a Post-COVID World

  • What are the most important areas of focus to support Uganda and East Africa’s broader post-pandemic economic recovery, including policies and regulations, while building on innovations in health, energy, education, tourism and consumer goods, among other sectors. What kinds of partnerships between the public and private sector can narrow Uganda's digital divide and increase productivity?

Financing Ugandan infrastructure development: What is ‘good debt’?

  • Assessing various financing options for infrastructure development with the need for debt sustainability.
  • What are the benefits and disadvantage of bonds, Export Credit Agency (ECA) financing and commercial loans?
  • How do UK Export Finance and other export credit agencies deals compare to other sources of financing?
  • What are alternative solutions and options to finance projects in affordable way? (Isaac Kahara, Head of Export Finance – East Africa, UK Export Finance, British High Commission, Nairobi, Kenya)

One on One meetings with government officials


  • Martin Muhangi, Director, Investment Promotion and Business Development, UIA