Rina Hicks directs the Corporate Finance Advisory unit at Faida Investment Bank, and serves as the Operations Director responsible for firm-wide strategic planning and processes in Kenya and Rwanda. She has led the firm in carrying out several capital market transactions over the past five years, including cross listings, rights issues, fairness opinions, mergers and acquisitions, take over transactions and general capital raises in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.
Rina Hicks Career Achievements
She has led the firm’s growth, garnering a seven-fold increase in revenues since 2017. Some notable transactions over the past two years under her steer include Nation Media Group’s share buyback which was the first ever share buyback in East Africa; I&M Bank Rwanda’s rights issue; and RH Bophelo’s cross listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. In 2019, Faida served as the Independent Financial Advisors on the NIC Group PLC and CBA Group Limited merger, the largest merger ever in the country’s banking industry.
An Authorized Representative under the Nairobi Securities Exchange Growth Enterprise Market Segment (GEMS), Rina has fostered a deep knowledge and appreciation of the challenges that businesses seeking capital go through and this has fueled her desire to advance local retail investor participation and higher levels of savings to finance Kenya’s overall investment needs.
As the founder of Money-Wise®, a platform that is involved in content creation, investment coaching and training, Rina has increasingly become an internationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. Specifically, she has trained over 5,000 individuals through partnerships and collaborations with organizations such as StandardChartered, KCB Group, Kenya Wine Agencies Ltd., ABSA, Telkom Kenya, Kenya Revenue Authority, Minet Kenya, and many church-based organizations.
She authored the book “Money-Wise: Create, Grow & Preserve Wealth” in 2017 and hosts the successful YouTube Channel “Money-Wise with Rina Hicks,” which has more than 29,000 subscribers, and over 1 million total views from over 50 countries. Her personal vision through these platforms is to see Africans propelled to greater heights in the management of their finances, creating a Continent of financially secure families.