Team

Ravi Kohli

Founder & Managing Director

As a 4th generation Kenyan with development projects including commercial space in Nairobi, apartments in Mombasa, and various developments in the UK, Ravi is an experienced residential and commercial real estate developer in the local and international markets. He is a Board Director of Horizon Contact Centers, Kenya’s first state-of-the-art BPO facility, Elephant Soap Industries in Nairobi and The Kenya Property Developers Association where he leads the affordable housing lobby. Ravi holds degrees in Economics and Human Resource Management from Keele University, UK. Ravi is currently a cohort at the Stanford Business School SEED transformation program.

Irfan Keshavjee

Founder & Director

Irfan is a 4th generation Kenyan with over 18 years of commercial experience in East Africa as a Director of the White Rose Group of Companies. He is also a Director of Diamond Trust Bank, one of Kenya’s largest publicly listed regional banks, and co-founder of Honey Care Africa, an award-winning social enterprise. Irfan has been awarded the Ashoka Fellowship and the Acumen Fund East Africa Fellowship. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, Canada and an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK. He has also has a certificate in Housing Finance from the Wharton Real Estate Centre.

Nick Johnson

Founder

Prior to founding Karibu Homes, Nick’s commercial experience includes: Managing Director of a UK retailer, Board Director of a FTSE quoted UK retailer, Corporate Strategy Manager for Europe’s largest cable and broadband internet company, and sales for Europe’s largest newspaper group. Nick is also a co-founder of a UK based real estate development company. Nick holds a degree from the University of Bristol, UK and an MBA from the University of Oxford, UK.

Board Members

Jan Baily

Jan is a respected figure and veteran of the UK financial services sector, having been the Guinness Family money manager for a number of decades. He is also an experienced real estate investor having financed a number of residential developments in the UK. Jan holds a degree from the University of Oxford.

Lauren Cochran

Lauren Cochran is Director of Private Investments at Blue Haven Initiative, where she leads strategy and execution for the portfolio of direct investments. Lauren has worked at Imprint Capital, the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative, and in private equity at Deutsche Bank and Diamond Castle Holdings. Lauren holds a B.S. from Georgetown University and earned her M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Moni Kohli

Moni spent over 30 years as the Managing Director of Elephant Soap Industries, Kenya’s leading supplier of soap and regional manufacturer of numerous global brands including Cussons, Nivea, Dettol, Johnsons Baby and Boots. He has since moved into real estate with developments in the USA, Canada, UK and Kenya. Moni has a degree in Chemistry from the University of North Wales.

Bobby Sarin

Bobby is CEO of O-Zone, India’s largest domestic wireless network. During his 26 year career, he has been at the forefront of the global telecommunications industry with businesses such as Nortel and British Telecom where he was Global President and responsible for 25,000 people and a USD 20bn revenue stream. Bobby holds a degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of London and has attended the Global 2020 Executive Leadership, Executive MBA at Tuck University, USA.

Dipank Sharma

Dipank is the Managing Director of MDHI and has 12 years’ experience as a developer. MDHI has developed over 500,000 sqft of real estate and is currently developing a 425 acre township in India. He has successfully pioneered the development of group housing societies, film studios, commercial developments, school hospitals and townships. Dipank holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Pune, India and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, USA.

Piyush Sharma

Piyush is a partner of a Delhi based law firm. He specialises in Corporate and Commercial laws, banking, insurance, M&A, foreign direct investment and technology transfer. He is also a Director of property development company MDHI. Piyush holds degrees from Delhi University and Cardiff Law School and a masters in law from the University of Southern California Law School, USA.

Ian Simmons

Ian Simmons is Co-Founder and Principal of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office dedicated to investing for-profit and non-profit capital to advance solutions to social and environmental challenges. Ian also initiates projects that enhance democracy. Projects that he has catalyzed have channeled over USD400 million from over 3 million donors. Ian holds a degree from Harvard College.