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In today’s podcast, Rajan travels to Kenya to speak to one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Vimal Shah Chairman of Bidco Africa who speaks to us about Kenyanness, the perception some have on his country and the deep misconceptions that need to change. From a deep dive into his own personal voyage through to his advice to immigrants and what they need to do to feel a real sense of belonging, Vimal Shah provides an extraordinary glimpse that looks at business, individuality and the legacy of change.

His father Bhimji Depar Shah, witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of the freedom struggle in the mau mau uprising amongst the common people. Being a custodian to the land of his birth Kenya, he decided to help change the fabric of the country through entrepreneurship. The seeds of struggle that were created from there helped shape the mindset of Vimal and his brother.

Vimal was born in 1960 Nyeri Kenya, and after hearing the stories from his father and witnessing his work ethic, his ambitious journey and dedication to giving back to the community began.

He attended the United States International University, Nairobi Campus, after graduating with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Finance.  From humble beginnings, he along with his father and brother set up Bidco Africa which has now become one of the largest companies of its kind across the region. Supporting local communities through employment in addition to inspiring entrepreneurship.

A believer in the power of intuition, a true Kenyan at heart and passionate about his country, this podcast is a change from the norm and an ode to knowing who exactly you are, where you come from and being a role model to the masses.  Indianness is merely a narrative.  A special thank you to Vimal Shah for joining us today.

What are your thoughts on Vimal’s advice, and how have you created a sense of belonging in the country you now call home?  Share your comments below.

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About the Global Indian Series:

My name is Rajan Nazran and in the past 15 years, I have travelled to over 58 countries, taking on some of the biggest conversations and covering stories from around the globe. My appetite for exploration, inside know-how and good food, has seen me voyaging far and wide, from the edges of the Amazon Rainforest, battling against the hurricanes of the Caribbean, being taken hostage in Eastern Europe, through to facing Ebola in West Africa. But now I take on my biggest expedition so far…discovering countries and places that are home to our diaspora and the real experiences that come with it.

The Global Indian Series is an immersive platform that provides original, memorable, and exclusive content with on-ground interviews and insights from incredible people. It also provides a platform to celebrate the extraordinary tentacles of Identity that has weaved itself across the globe and the conversations you need to know. In addition to our award-winning podcasts, we run our print feature in partnership with The Indian Express, host events worldwide and have an upcoming docu-series.

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Presenter – Rajan Nazran

Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth

Guest – Vimal Shah

Art Design – Vanisha Patel

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