International entrepreneur Deepak Kuntawala, Founder and Chairman of the global commodity trading and finance boutique company DVK Group, with a strong network in the Africa region, hosted an exclusive private reception in honour of H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka, Vice President of the Republic of Kenya and H.E Madame Pauline in support of the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation, at a high profile event which took place on Thursday 30th August 2012 at The Bentley Hotel, London.
Accompanied by a delegation of prominent Kenyan political figures, dignitaries and business leaders, H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka visited London to attend the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games, and to honour his country’s participation in the magnificent sporting event. DVK Group’s gala reception was attended by an esteemed guest list comprising of British, Kenyan and international dignitaries, political figures and industry leaders, who had flown into London especially for the event from Russia, Malawi, Kenya, India, Spain, South Africa and the UAE. Also in attendance were the High Commissioners of Kenya and Malawi.
The event, which was hosted by renowned TV personality Konnie Huq, was an exquisite evening of high-profile networking, interspersed with delectable cuisine and high-octane entertainment. The Kenyan National Anthem has played majestically to mark the entrance of H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka and H.E Madam Pauline. Performances then followed by a talented dance troupe who delighted with their blend of modern and classical routines infused with illuminated theatrics. The London Community Gospel Choir opened the evening with a soulful rendition of Amazing Grace and later went on to perform Motown renditions of classic tracks, closing the event with both H.E. Kalonzo Musyoka and H.E Madam Pauline joining in to sing Oh Happy Days. This internationally renowned choir has serenaded celebrities and dignitaries alike with their dulcet tones and have performed with the likes of Madonna, Beverley Knight, Il Divo and Kylie Minogue, as well as singing the opening theme for the FA Cup.
Other musical delights included a performance by the 15-year old talented Kenyan singer, Lynette Mutuota, who delighted audiences with her voice as she sung acapella. Nevertheless, the piece-de-resistance came with a show-stopping act from magician extraordinaire Dynamo, who mesmerised and entertained with his illusions of the mind. Another highlight of the evening was a candid and entertaining ‘in conversation’ interview with His Excellency conducted by Konnie Huq. The Vice President seized the opportunity to highlight his vision for Kenya’s progress and its emerging status as a heavy weight on the world stage, reflecting Kenya’s wider “2030 Vision” campaign, which focuses on Kenya’s strategic and continued economic, social and political development. With his commendable relations with foreign ministers as well as the integrity that his name holds, His Excellency has already initiated his vision for Kenya and its neighbouring vicinity. Having played an integral role in the establishment of peace in Sudan and Somalia, Mr Musyoka is a keen advocate for peace and sustained development, simultaneous to the eradication of poverty, tribalism and corruption.
The event host Mr Deepak Kuntawala spoke eloquently about DVK Group’s plans for sustained investment and development in the Kenyan region. The topics he broached included DVK Group’s advising the Kenyan Government and industry leaders on Agro-Funds investment and specialist investment vehicles which are created and structured by the Group per asset class and sector. He finished by stating DVK Group’s commitment to align vital resources to H.E Mr Kalonzo Musyoka’s ‘Vision 2030’ initiative. In a poignant moment, Mr Kuntawala praised H.E Kalonzo Musyoka and H.E Madam Pauline’s humility, vision and ethical conduct in promoting their country revealing touching anecdotes from his time with them at their home. In speaking about the event, Deepak Kuntawala said: “DVK Group was delighted to host H.E. Mr Kalonzo Musyoka at the event. I have always admired the work of His Excellency and his unfettered commitment to the development of Kenya and his vision was so paramount to everyone attending the event. We were amazed by the event turnout especially from the several international dignitaries who had flown into the London for the occasion. They, like the DVK Group, share the same vision for Kenya and we hope that through our international network, we can further catapult the profile of this unique country onto the world stage. Being of African descent myself, I pledge my commitment to fulfilling the future of Kenya, and we have begun to via our various initiatives in the region. As part of DVK Group’s global ambitions and projects that we are pioneering, the event we hosted for His Excellency is one of many we have planned in the UK and internationally. We will imminently be announcing our calendar of events that cut across all segments of our business model and practices.”
DVK Group’s presence in the Africa region extends to a multitude of initiatives and market presence including offices in Kenya, with a third opening imminently, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana and Zambia. DVK Kenya is managed by a specialist team with over 22 years of experience between them in the fields of aviation and finance. DVK in Africa also has onboard specialist local advisors such as Hamilton which established over 110 years ago, and Delliots.
Activities in Kenya and the wider Africa region will dove tail with the Group’s structured trade and commodity financing services in sectors such as energy, automotive and agriculture, through the company’s Africa focused Agricultural Hedge Fund, which on average advises on assets of $150m USD. DVK Malawi’s development of the aviation projects in Africa follows its plans to launch in China, Hong Kong, India and the CIS region and, via the attainment of an AOC license for operating rights in Nairobi, Kenya will further establish its footprint in East Africa.
Via the trade and financing platforms, DVK Malawi will be entering into several private and public sector infrastructure, development partnerships as well as build, operational and transfer arrangements under the professional guidance of Deepak Kuntawala, Kamal Patel and Morgan Tembo. DVK Malawi is also an advisor to other investment vehicles such as a $150m Trade Finance Fund. Furthermore, DVK Private Equity Limited will be a regulated financial entity by the financial authorities and will launch later in September.